The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
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09 August 2010

The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
 Or, what happens to New Orleans when Andrew Jackson isn't around...

Fortunately, the British are a little more welcome here this time than in 1814; rather than muskets, they come bringing pipes, which is far more congenial to the denizens of New Orleans, not to mention those pipe seeking visitors from South Carolina. Every year since Dunhill began working with Music City Marketing as their US importer, they've hosted a private Dunhill selection room before the IPCPR show actually begins. We were in there bright and early at 8am this morning.

I've written 'pipes abound' in more places and contexts than I care to remember. It's one of those little Sykes phrases that elicit gentle mockery in the office at this point. Well, in this particular context, it would have been a woeful understatement of the extraordinary spread of Dunhills we had to choose from. We selected about 130 pieces (we sort of lost count there at the end), but we had so many to pick from that our selection barely left a dent. It is a truly wondrous experience to be able to select, say, three dozen Shell Briars from among four or five hundred. We buy so many pipes (very large percentages of some makers' productions) that those sorts of selection ratios are something we are rarely able to enjoy. It was extraordinary.

I shan't let this particular cat out of the bag, but Dunhill had some very special series that will be available later this fall. I'm super excited about these and, having seen the packaging, but not the final pipe, containing my enthusiasm is almost impossible.

We are momentarily off to look through Castellos, though because we selected so many in June when we were at the factory, we won't be going quite as crazy this afternoon as we did this morning. I'll keep you posted here as things develop!

Posted by sykes at 2:43 PM | Link | 4 comments

Re: The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
Excellent news on the Dunhills in New Orleans.

But I really just wanted to write to congratulate you on this blog, which I've been enjoying immensely. I'm impressed with the diversity of the whole thing and find it alternately funny, informative, goofy, wise, serious and silly. I've learned a ton about pipe makers and pipes and even the best way to say adios to an old friend found fins up.

For my part, I hope you keep with it and maintain the diversity of voice and perspective that make it such a pleasure to read.

Posted by BP on August 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Re: The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
Thanks so much! I'm glad you're enjoying it, BP.

Posted by sykes on August 11, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Re: The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
I was in the Dunhill room Monday afternoon (my first time!) and was in a state of awe, shock and well, lust. AMAZING! I selected one pipe, a group 4 Cumberland bulldog with silver band, and felt as though I'd only seen a fraction. I wished I could've met the crew. Hopefully, the show will return to New Orleans soon.

By the way, the Battle of New Orleans took place from 23 Dec, 1814 to 26 Jan, 1815. The Treaty of Ghent, ending the war was signed on 24 Dec, 1814.

Posted by Wayne on August 12, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Re: The British Invade! Dunhills Dominate!
Yeah Wayne, it's pretty awesome. And regarding the Battle of New Orleans, I actually new that it spanned across 1814-1815 somewhere in the back of my head, but all I could think was "In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson...".

Posted by sykes on August 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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