"By the great Beau Brummel's impeccable fashion sense!" I have no idea how Castello managed to lay its collective hands on a Pipe of the Year from 1998, but I'm guessing that some long term employee has, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, "Some 'splainin' to doooooo"
While it would be a stretch to refer to a production number of 234 (out of 235) as "lofty", it certainly is in keeping with discovering a long forgotten sleeper, and this is a bloody Castello POY from 1998 - who cares? A superb Zulu shape, a killer band of sterling, and a true keepsake. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate.
-- R. 'Bear' Graves