This pipe has definitely been smoked, and to a degree that makes it clear it was enjoyed. That's no surprise though - it is a family-era Barling, after all, and these things are legendary for the standards their production was held to. They don't make them like they used to, as the saying goes, and in the case of Barlings, they couldn't. The reject rate this marque maintained, even for stummels turned from the highest-grade briar available, would likely bankrupt any factory that tried it today.
- Eric N. Squires