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You Should Smoke A Morta Pipe

Why would anyone want to smoke a pipe made out of partially petrified bog oak? For a lot of reasons actually. Still a lot of pipe smokers are hesitant to take the plunge on morta. Whether they are loyal to briar or just a traditionalist, breaking out into the world of morta pipes can be a big ask. But for me part of the fun of the pipe hobby is mixing things up and trying something new, or at least new to you. In that spirit, here are some of the reasons why smoking a morta pipe is a good idea. What is morta? Before we get ahead of ourselves let's quickly go over what morta is and where it...

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Winston’s Tasting Notes—Esoterica Margate

Winston’s Tasting Notes—Esoterica Margate Welcome to this edition of Winston’s Tasting Notes!  In this installment we are tasting Margate Full English from Esoterica. Be sure to check out our video and detailed tasting notes below. Esoterica Esoterica pipe tobacco is one of those storied brands and it is made by an even more storied company.  The blends are made by J.F. Germain and Son which has been in business since 1820 in the British Isles.  They make some other fantastic blends under their own name, J.F. Germain, along with Esoterica and a few others.  This is a very small company that makes all of their blends in limited quantities. A number of the Esoterica blends have a lot of hype...

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Winston's Tasting Notes--Davidoff Flake Medallions

Davidoff is a name that is known for luxury, the finer things in life, and tobacco of the highest quality. Although the company is known for their cigars, the company got their start with pipe tobacco. Most of the blends currently offered by Davidoff are classics--tried and true blends. Some companies innovate and experiment with their blends, but Davidoff keeps it simple. Below is our video tasting notes review of the Davidoff Flake Medallions. Be sure to read the rest of this article for more of our thoughts.  Davidoff Flake Medallions As the name implies, this is a spun, round, flake pipe tobacco. The bend here is one of the classic marriages of Virginia and Perique with a black Cavendish...

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Winston's Tasting Notes-- Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky Pipe Tobacco

Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky isn’t really a new blend.  It had been available in the past but, had been discontinued years ago. But now it is back!  The new Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky has been available since last summer.  Two of our Tobacconists, Sam and Andrew, set down and had a bowl. Below are their tasting notes in the video and some written thoughts. Be sure to check out both and leave us feedback. If there is something you would like to see us review, be sure to let us know!    Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky This blend from Orlik lives up to its name. It is a flake tobacco that is a mix of bright Virginia and dark fired...

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Winston's Interview With Davorin Denovic

Winston’s visited with Davorin Denovic about his history, pipe smoking, and his unique pipes.  Davorin is from Croatia and English is not his first language but his answers are easy to follow.   You can buy Davorin's Pipes Here. Winston’s: When did you take up this great hobby of pipe smoking? Davorin: Well, it was a long time ago. I bought my first pipe when I was a student at the University. Now, I have been a devoted pipe smoker for forty years. I am also president of Association of Pipesmokers “Lula” from Zagreb, Croatia. W: When did you carve your first pipe? D: That is an interesting story. In 1995 I met Ivo Oblian, a great pipe carver whose pipes...

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