"Smoke 'em if you got 'em" was a popular saying amongst officers in World War II, as a means of instructing their troops to take a break. Smoking throughout it’s history has been a leisure time activity, reserved for times of relaxation and contemplation. The pipe is an accessory that remains after the pleasant aroma and effects of nicotine fade. And, as with any accessory, the pipes people choose tend to reflect the style and culture of the person who smokes them. Equally as distinctive and diverse is the flavor and of tobacco that one chooses to put in his pipe. Whether sweet, spicy, or earthy, each person tends to have a brand and flavor they prefer which amounts to a signature, like a scent.
We prefer a good cherry wood pipe with straight or slightly bent stem, depending on our mood, and while we generally stick with two brands, our tobacco also changes with the season. In the winter we prefer the McClelland Tobacco Company’s No. 27 Virgina Pipe Tobacco, which has a sweet/spicy mellow flavor and light subtle aroma. In the warmer months, we prefer Nat Sherman’s SoHo blend, with a fruitier, cherry flavor and natural spices.
For the pipe smoker on the go, we also suggest, picking up a pipe pouch, which should carry your tobacco, a pipe, pipe cleaners, and pipe tool. Ours, pictured below, is made of dark, supple leather by Savinelli in Italy.
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