Did someone say “parfait”?! In pipe lingo, “parfait” is often used to describe a layering of two or more (usually more) different tobaccos in a specific order, the idea being to “sip” the top blend, move to the second (etc.). Think of a two layer tobacco parfait as a “Black Velvet”, a three layer as a “B-52”, with more being a “Rainbow” (you can also usually think of a 4+ layer tobacco parfait as a “disaster, waiting to happen”, but that’s for a blog). This Thile Billiard, with that tall (2.15”) beautiful stack, almost seems custom made to try out a parfait, and the chamber diameter of .72” would also make it a dandy match-up for a tasty coin or flake tobacco. Parfait is also French for “perfect” but, when describing the sheer quality of the dual stain and grain on this vessel, I’d have to reach for a pluperfect as well; “plus que parfait”
(more than perfect).
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves