Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

July 2019

The July Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 9th at 7 PM at the Massapoag Sportman's Club.

President's Corner

Surprisingly, Smoking Tobacco From A Pipe May Have Health Benefits

Posted on by Joe@EatThePlanet

Why Are We Told That Smoking Is So Bad For Us?
Because smoking cigarettes is. It harms almost every organ in your body. It causes 20% of all deaths in the united states annually. Cigarettes often contain poisons such as acetone, ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, tar and more. Most studies on smoking that indicate how bad it is for you tend to group cigarette smoking which is full of these poisons with pipe smoking which contains none of these poisons. The chart below shows how likely a cigarette, cigar or pipe smoker is to develop lung cancer compared to a non-smoker.

Pipe Personality: Rudyard Kipling

While visiting Gloucester, MA James Pringle, of the Boston Globe, who met RK on one of his visits to the fishing port of Gloucester, Mass., found him friendly and unpretentious. He wrote:

...he affected no fine raiment or sought notice by distinctive attire. While here he wore a suit of brownish tweed which might have been picked out from a lot on a ready-made counter at the prevailing price for a suit of that quality in those days, $15... Inseparable was the pipe of French briar.."

Although Kipling was well know for smoking a pipe, he was often photographed with a cigar and is the author of well know quote: "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke."

(The following is borrowed from Historic Figures )

Kipling was an English writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is best known for his poems and stories set in India during the period of British imperial rule.

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, on 30 December 1865. His father was an artist and teacher. In 1870, Kipling was taken back to England to stay with a foster family in Southsea and then to go to boarding school in Devon. In 1882, he returned to India and worked as a journalist, writing poetry and fiction in his spare time. Books such as 'Plain Tales from the Hills' (1888) gained success in England, and in 1889 Kipling went to live in London.

Riverville Murder - Chapter 5

“Start tomorrow. I’ll inform the volunteers watching out for Kelly to expect you. Don’t go overboard on this, time is important. Thanks Charlie. I know you will do a stand-up job.”
“It’s doubtful that your volunteers will even see me, most of the time anyway. I’ll be using long focal length lenses that allow me to shoot from cover and at great distances. Of course, there may be times when I will have to be in the open, but I’ll look like a tourist,” Charley told Carl.
“We are anxious to get the pictures to the State Police ID group and the FTA. The profile might be handy” ........

Tobacco Review: Planta's Presbyterian Mixture

Presbyterian Mixture contains Latakia tips (the highest leaves of the plant used to make Latakia) in a modest amount, along with premium-quality Virginias, and select small-leaf Orientals. It's a mellow yet complex blend that makes a perfect introduction to Latakia blends, and won't tire your taste buds. It's especially nice with a morning cup of coffee.

Nelson gave me this so I will write my thoughts on Presbyterian Mixture and give him something for the Gazette. Guess he didn’t much like it. In the tin, the smell was just tobacco with not one element  predominate. My first thought, upon lighting up was; Man, this is strong stuff! It caused quite a tingle on my tongue and mouth that stayed with me long after the bowl was finished. At that time, I was thinking I didn’t want to go any further with it, but the next day I figured that wasn’t fair and would continue with it the rest of the week.I discovered Presbyterian Mixture needs to be smoked very slowly; probably because of its thin and daintily-cut elements. It cooled down some and the flavor increased. By Friday, about half way through a wide chambered bowl, it settled into a soft smoke. The problem is, I cannot discern any flavors other than tobacco. Very little, if any, sweetness comes through from the Virginia, or smokiness from the  Latakia. Perhaps they are shadowed by the other Orientals in the mixture. Is that why it’s called a mixture rather than a blend?
All that being said, I don’t believe it is a tobacco I want in my stable; although knowing how tobacco flavor seems to change from time to time, for reasons I do not comprehend, I might continue trying it occasionally, but only in a large chambered pipe smoked very slowly Presbyterian Mixture has a fine reputation and many smokers like it. You might too. I think I am so used to the (standard) English blends that perhaps I can’t appreciate this one.   - Ernie Whitenack

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

This month we have the new John Cotton's Double Pressed blends.  These are so new that there are only three reviews on  They are composed of different tobaccos, but are prepared in the same way.  Each blend is first pressed and then sliced into a flake. It's then tumbled into a ribbon, allowed to breathe and put back into the mold to be pressed again into a crumble cake.  This causes a second maturation cycle which deepens the flavor and takes any sharp edges off the blend.  Even though there is no Latakia in either blend, we'll have the usual aromatic alternatives.

John Cotton's Double Pressed Kentucky (1.75 oz. tin) starts with smoky dark-fired Kentucky blended with sweet Virginias.  The natural aroma in the tin will enrapture you and the flavor is so rich that you'll want to go back for another bowl!

John Cotton's Double Pressed Virginia (1.75 oz. tin)  is a blend of sweet Virginias.  The second pressing not only takes the "edge" off, but also darkens the leaf, giving it a deeper, richer flavor.  Finally, a Virginia that almost anyone can enjoy!  This blend was also the winner of the 2019 Chicago Bowl!
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Pipe and Tobacco Podcasts

Country Squire Radio
countrysquirelogoA weekly podcast about all things pipes and tobacco.  Beau and Jon David have a great chemistry and keep you entertained every week. Check their website for show times. They mix it up a lot YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
PMag radio show logoA different interview every week with Brian Levine a well known member of the tobacco industry.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!       iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Pipe and Tamper Pipecast
PMag radio show logoA Podcast for the Tobacco Pipe Enthusiast. Interviews with pipe carvers and industry influencers. Quick tobacco reviews and segments on pipes and tobaccos. New episodes are available on the 1st and 15th of every month.     iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes Podcasts

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
IHOSElogoA delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
Trifles Cover smFrom the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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