This Ardor Meteora is not a pipe for the shy or reserved. Of course, few Ardors are, but even by this particularly colorful Italian marque's standards, this briar is a real stand-out. And stand it does indeed, the towering, deep-chambered bowl provided by quite an anchor, in the form of a stout shank about on par in length with a Dunhill Group 5 pipe in its entirety. Then there's the finish, of course, sporting a vibrant amber-and-burgundy contrast that I've never seen on a Meteroa before.
- Eric N. Squires