Info & Events
the September Meeting
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
Tobacco News & Info
PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio Shows that aired since
our last meeting.
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.
Pipe Parlor (Blog)
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)
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
Pine Hills - (1.5 oz tin)
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)
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.
- 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.
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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