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Storing, carrying and keeping tobacco fresh

    Smoking is not just packing and lighting your pipe, as there are other things to consider. When we take a pinch of tobacco and press it lightly into the bowl, the texture of the tobacco that we feel between our fingers should feel right. It should feel ready and just how we want it to be. If lighting a pipe is a ritual, then part of this ritual includes what the smoker does and feels the moment in which the smoker opens the pouch,...

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Cakes, Slices, and Ribbons

Part VIII

  Centuries ago, sailors would experiment various ways to preserve tobacco as long as possible. One of these methods consisted in steeping the tobacco in a sugar-based syrup, making a ball or else putting it into a rough mould, and subsequently pressing the tobacco tightly by hand. This do-it-yourself method has been abandoned, of course, to be replaced by increasingly industrialised processes adopted by the blenders, which we mentioned in...

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Pipe Cleaners

  In order to keep our pipe well-preserved, in good working order and to avoid bad smells, it is recommended to devote some time to cleaning it, which is not too demanding. Ideally, this should be undertaken regularly after each smoke. However, do not be daunted, as this is simple and quick maintenance, and all you need is a good quality pipe cleaner. Fortunately, the market offers a vast array of pipe cleaners, and so it is up to the smoker...

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Tobacco is like wine

Part VII

    Thus, we have tobacco strains such as Virginia, Burley, Cavendish, Perique, Dark Fired Kentucky, Maryland, Carolina, Oriental, Latakia, Tropical... and other less well-known varieties of tobacco bases for blends. However, the blend is not just a question of taking a certain amount and mixing it. There is still another step to consider, essential for more than one reason, not least that the strive for perfection is shared by blenders...

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In with the New, Out with the Old

Indeed, it seemed the most natural thing to do, to adopt briar

  In Csillag Utca, which intersects with Csapó Utca, lived and worked Mihaly Seres. A two-storey house, like so many around at that time, but at the back, instead of a stable and pigsty, a workshop, a furnace with a tall chimney, a barn used for curing tobacco, a shed where Mihaly and his assistants had the clay delivered in chests, which were then hauled out and the clay was worked by treading on it until the clay became uniformly...

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1906

Al Pascià’s New Classic Pipe

  In 112 years in the world of pipes we haven’t yet lost our enthusiasm of rising to a challenge, and commitment to designing and creating something new. This time we’re talking of a whole range, not just one model; a whole array of variations on each model, not just twelve; not just one artisan, but many, highly skilled craftsmen. However, there is only one driving force behind it all, with the confidence that can only come from...

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