October 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
*** Dinner location TBD at Perkins ***

Club Info & Events

Details from the September Meeting
Due to a scheduling conflict this month, we had our meeting at the Massapog Sportsman's club which is always a welcome change of pace. At least we didn't have to smoke in the parking lot this month Undecided. Attendance was at our usual summer numbers but the air has begun to get crisp, so with the summer weather coming to a close we begin to turn our thoughts to a season that lends itself well to pipe and tobacco. Images of falling leaves, fireplaces and easy chairs seem to blend harmoniously with the charring glow of a favorite briar, the woodsy smell of Latakia and the slowly descending warmth from a fine scotch. If you haven't been to a meeting in a while, we hope the cooler weather brings out the pipe in you and reminds you of your friends here at the club. Hope to see you soon.

Meeting business included discussions on our tobacco contract with PipesandCigars.com, Sutliff tobacco (more on that below) and some discussion about the 2014 club pipe project which Tim has graciously agreed to take on. The current plan is to work with Steve Monjure of Monjure International to have Brebbia make next year's pipe. We should hear more on that from Tim at an upcoming meeting.

So relight your pipe, and enjoy the narrative below by club president, Eric Kahn on his recent visit to Iwan Reis. Next month we'll hear about Tim's visit to Low Country Pipe & Cigar, home of SmokingPipes.com. Thanks to Eric and Tim, Ernie, Rick and all of you who contribute to this newsletter. It has given new life to something that has slowly becoming a little stale.

Goody Bag for New Members
So I pull into my driveway last week to find six large boxes on my front stoop. For a few seconds I was baffled... what did I order that would come in that many boxes. Then it dawned on me... it was the Sutliff Goody Bags. I have to admit, I was a little anxious to see what was inside and was half expecting a plastic sleeve of tobacco blends. But was surprised to see it was indeed a good "bag" filled with tobacco and not all of them were Sutliff blends. These goody bags will be given out to all new members of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club so if you like to smoke a pipe in good company and get some free tobacco to boot. Send us an email and we'll get you connected. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Stoughton.

In addition, all current and renewing members will receive a Sutliff coffee mug and one of Sutliff's special "yearly" blends (which have not yet arrived). So come on out to the next meeting and pick up your mug.

Kahn's Korner

Well another month, another trip. This time it was to the Lincoln, NE area. I had a hospital to visit, and as usual, I found a few minutes to look for the tobacco shops in the area. I was planning to stay only two nights in Lincoln. It's a very nice smallish city, with a big city flavor. Actually, the city has a lot to offer: College town, very clean streets, football stadium (The new one, still under construction, looks like a flying saucer.), great restaurants, and several cigar stores. The evening weather was not all that conducive to going about the city. Each night we had thunder storms and heavy rains. Indeed, on one of those nights we had tornado warnings. But I did manage a glance at two of those shops.

The first was Jake's Cigars and Spirits, and basically, it's a cigar bar. Somewhat overpriced drinks, (Although a VERY LARGE selection of scotches, ryes and beers.) To go along with overpriced cigars. It's a well kept place, but a place to which you bring out-of-towners to impress them.

Then there was Cliff's Smoke Shop. It's run by a former lawyer named Miles. He bought the place from someone who bought the place from Cliff. Cliff's is a landmark in Lincoln. He specializes in cigars, with just a few pipe tobaccos from which to choose. He's pleased with his sales in pipes, though, he told me he does quite well with them. Indeed, on my first visit to his shop, Miles told me of a 5 (or was it 6?) pipe sale he'd just completed, and they were not cheap pipes, trust me. Miles, himself smokes a pipe. A VERY WELL SMOKED pipe. He gets to take a few puffs on it between customers, or while "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by," as he coyly admits to doing in the morning. "Best views are when the college is in session." But, hey, what's a guy to do when the shop is quiet?

And about that shop. There a quite a few floor based humidors, and a small walk-in humidor. Sadly there are only two seats in the place, a bridge chair near the cash register, and a comfortable easy chair, just as you walk in the store, and they don't face each other. So conversations are unlikely. Miles works with a bar next door, and hopes to turn it into a cigar bar in the near future. But unlike Jake's, this will be more of a working man's bar. I've included a few photo's of Cliff's. That's Miles in the photos; he smiles a lot. Hey, take a close look at one of the photos in the group... See something familiar? Something Worcester-ish?

During the three days I was in Lincoln, if I wasn't at the hospital training, I was at Cliff's. I'd like to think Miles and I got to be good buddies over that time. It was obvious that Mile's has his following. Regulars would pop in and out to get their favorites. "Heading to Vegas. Need about ten of the usual." Another customer comes in, and Miles reaches for the "special order" that he got in for him. A box here and a box there, it all adds up. As to tobaccos? Largely the Lane bulk blends, some Altadis and Peterson. Pipes? Well, a little of everything, but not a lot of anything. But Miles will get it for you.

A funny thing happened on the way home the last night. I was scheduled to travel home on a Thursday evening, but as nature would have it, there was a storm and my flight from Lincoln to Chicago, the last flight of the day, was delayed. But the flight from Chicago to Boston, also the last flight to Boston that evening, was not delayed. So rather than flying into Chicago and staying at an airport hotel, (Is there anything worse for a smoker than an airport hotel?) I opted to stay an extra day in Lincoln, and the first thing in the morning (my flight was out at 4 p.m.) I was back at Cliff's. So the nice man to whom I'd said good-bye to the day before, was quite surprised to see me back on his doorstep the next morning. But he wasn't unhappy about it at least.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since our last meeting.

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look
This month I found a few blogs you might find interesting. The Pipe Parlor also sells pipes and accessories and is the result of a ten year dream of Sean Eppers, the owner. Be patient with the site, the pages are loading a little slowly while they troubleshoot the problem.

Talking Tobacco
Briar Files
The Pipe Parlor (Blog)

Tobacco Raffle
P&C.com recently re-introduced a complete line of tobacco originally put out by Mel Feldman of "The Smoker", a well known tobacco shop in Albany, NY.
This month's raffle includes a couple of those blends.

New York, New York (1.5 oz tin)
A very unique Virginia/Perique blend consisting of four different types of Virginia (bright, stoved black and two types of red), plus a hint of sweet and tangy Perique and made even more interesting by the addition of excellent Turkish tobaccos. Expect toasty sweetness with nice complexity without being heavy.

Pine Hills - (1.5 oz tin)
If you want a comfortable blend that you can smoke all the time, then Pine Hills fits the bill. Slow burning, nutty, cube cut Burley is combined with an earthier darker Burley for body, then a sweet, fragrant black Cavendish is added. The result is a super-cool, lightly sweet blend that’s easy on the tongue and will please everyone in the room.

Erin Go Bragh - (1.5 oz pouch)
Pipe smoking and silky smooth whiskey have long been associated with Ireland, so what could possibly be better than bringing them both together in one superb package. With that in mind, we proudly introduce Erin Go Bragh pipe tobacco. American and African Virginias are expertly combined with pleasantly sweet black Cavendish and a wonderful mellow toasted Burley, and then the mixture is finished with the magnificent flavor of Irish Whiskey. The aroma is beguiling and the flavor is rich, but exceptionally subtle. Here’s a taste of the Old Sod- Erin Go Bragh.

Tobacco Review - by Ernie Whitenack

Lane Limited - Black Raspberry

I received a sample of Black Raspberry in an order from SmokingPipes.com. The odor was apparent when I opened the box and I thought to myself, “If they are going to send samples, I wish it could be a blend I might enjoy rather than a junked up smelly inferior tobacco”.
It sat around for a couple of days and much to my surprise, I began to enjoy the odor emitting from the bag and decided to try some in an old, almost burned out, pipe.
Now, anyone who has talked to me about tobacco knows my thoughts on flavored tobacco. Much to my surprise, I liked its almost juicy and natural raspberry flavor and, how smoothly it smoked. I had another bowl after dinner.
The remainder of the sample was left with a friend in Vermont but I kept thinking about the raspberry flavor so, I ordered another 2 ounces today along with a half pound of English – naturally.
Give it a try all you flavored tobacco fans. You will be in for a very pleasant surprise.

Salty Smoker
I met another pipe smoker this weekend while sailing in Cotuit, MA. One thing about this guy, he's not going to let a 16 knot breeze get in the way of his pipe smoking. A true salty dog he is. Hopefully we'll see him at an upcoming meeting.

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