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

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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