For a second there, I thought a high-"C" example of Claudio Cavicchi's Smokingpipes 10th Anniversary Lovat somehow found itself in this update's Radice tray. This silver-banded Radice is, suffice to say, bursting with grain - though said silver band, etched with the Radice's signature floral designs, should have been something of first clue as to its true identity. Luigi and sons have really upped their game when it comes to ring-grained blasts and beautifully flame-and-birdseye covered smooths alike over the past few years. Even so, this 'Gold' finished number is still a stand-out.
- Eric N. Squires