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02 June 2010

Monty Python's Tobacco Shop
 Musings on pipe tobacco availability

"So I curtailed my Walpoling activities, sallied forth, and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some tobacco-y smokables." "Come again?!" "I want to buy some tobacco!"

"How about a little Full Virginia Flake?" I'm afraid we're fresh out of Full Virginia Flake, sir." "Never Mind."

"How are you on Stonehaven?" "Never at the end of the week, sir. Always get it fresh first thing on Monday."

"Tish Tish. No Matter. Um, well, four ounces of Best Brown if you please, stout yeoman." "Uh, well, it's been on order for two weeks, sir. I was expecting it this morning."

"Yes, it's not my day, is it? Ah, Blue Note?" "Sorry." "1792?" "I almost said yes, but today the van broke down." "Penzance?" "Sorry." "Dunbar? Squadron Leader?" "No." "Any German Hamborger Veermaster?" "No."

Between Samuel Gawith, Esoterica, Dan Tobacco and assorted other things, running a major purveyor of pipe tobacco in the United States right now feels a bit like running Monty Python's Cheese Shop. Every time I have one of these discussions with a customer, I can't help but think of the above exchange. I love the Cheese Shop skit; it's right up there with the football match between German and Greek philosophers and Ministry of Silly Walks among the pantheon of great Monty Python moments, but I don't particularly like living it. Especially given I'm the guy that gets shot at the end of it.

Short and long of it is that we're working on it. We hate not having some of the best tobaccos in the world in stock all the time. We love these blends as much as you do. Last Samuel Gawith shipment (and it was a big shipment) lasted three days. We're getting as much as we can. In the meantime, enjoy the original...

Posted by sykes at 1:08 PM | Link | 5 comments

Re: Monty Python's Tobacco Shop

That's a great re-write of the script. Next we have to act out inside of Low Country Pipe & Cigar and record it on video - do our own re-make.

Maybe on my next trip up. We might have to use a Southern accent instead of a British one though.

Posted by keving on June 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Re: Monty Python's Tobacco Shop
I've been smoking a private label. No preservatives, the least amount of chemicals possible and man what a difference in the pipe and with any bite. Now the draw back is that you much watch how you store it, to keep it fresh.

Posted by smtghost on June 3, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Re: Monty Python's Tobacco Shop
At least one of the dancers is a pipe smoker.

Posted by EJ on June 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Re: Monty Python's Tobacco Shop
Sykes, you're TWISTED man. But in a good way!

Posted by michael catalano on June 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Re: Monty Python's Tobacco Shop
I could hear the skit as I read along. It juxapositioning sounds "spot on"

Posted by Mike Addiego on June 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

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