Castello: Collection Great Line 'Aristocratica'
Product Number: 002-386-1343
During the period from 1968 to 1979, Castello founder Carlo Scotti had produced a number of special pipes, called the "Aristocratica", that he gave only to close friends. Each of these briars bore a darkened rim, and were individually recorded in a special book, as well as signed by both Carlo and the recipient. Castello has now brought the the Aristocratica back, but with one important change: You no longer have to be a personal friend of the head honcho to get one. I've seen quite a few pipes before with "fumed" rims, as they're sometimes called - it's a look particular to the Italian school, if not terribly common these days. I have to say, though, that Castello, rather unsurprisingly, does a finer job of it than any other, lending the rim and upper bowl a rich, smoky look while still preserving the contrast of the main finish all the way up to the top. This is particularly noteworthy given that, as expected, this special-series briar sports a considerable amount of flame grain.
- Eric N. Squires
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.85 in./173.99 mm.
- Weight: 3.20 oz./90.72 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.84 in./72.14 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 2.34 in./59.44 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
- Stem Material: Acrylic
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Italy