Exploring New Blends
Penzance. It’s fantastically popular, utterly delicious, and can be extraordinarily difficult to come by; but not impossible. The trick to scoring a tin or two (or an eight ounce bag) of this dark English flake will, more often than not, boil down to a matter of tenacity. This is a sad but true reality. With the covetous demand for this tobacco far outweighing any retailer’s meager supply, I was only able to make my first stash of Penzance by checking websites like Smokingpipes.com twice a day for weeks at a time. If this kind of obsessive acquirement disorder is too intense for your pipe smoking habit I suggest abandoning the quest for this blend in search of another, regularly available sort. There’s a lot of wonderful stuff out there. But for those of you intimate with the pure delight of this treasure by Esoterica, I’m sure you appreciate my plight. It’s my humble opinion that Penzance is as good as it gets.
I mention all of this because I’ve wanted to talk about Penzance here for a while. As of yet, I’ve not, simply because I’ve sworn myself from talking about tobaccos that someone couldn’t turn around and buy. It would be cruel of me to poetically wax some blend that many of us will never have the chance to smoke. To sit back and muse on how lucky I am to sample Stonehenge or Balkan Sobranie or just about anything by Sam Gawith is downright unfair. So I’ve shied away from some of my favorites. That’s OK, because there’s a lot of wonderful stuff out there.
Nevertheless, Penzance is out there and it’s delicious. At that, there are dozens of great blends that are hard to snatch unless you stay diligently watchful. Keep in mind that a lot if this stuff gets sold just about as fast as it gets received. Sometimes it can’t be found for weeks, even months, at a time. But the truth is this: if you want it, you can have it. Keep an eye out, be tenacious. Trust me; the juice is worth the squeeze.