Recently, Shane and I were tasked with a tedious and rather formidable project: listing all the component tobaccos and assigning strength, taste and room-note ratings for all 1335 tobacco blends we have on the site. No, we weren't being punished for some horrible infraction of the SPC Handbook. We were collecting information for the new Tobacco Locator tool. This tool is a really useful addition to our site and is a sister to its equally useful predecessor, the Pipe Locator. Our tobacco selection and pipe selection are so large that even though I navigate the site all the time every day, it can be overwhelming to keep track of. These two specialized tools pare down the thousands of options available to display only those items that fit your specific needs and tastes.
Located in the upper right-hand corner of the site, and visible from any page, the new Tobacco Locator button is ready to help you with your shopping at anytime. Like the Pipe Locator, the Tobacco Locator is designed to help you find the offerings on our site that best suit your needs. By selecting specific options from the drop-down menus, you can search the site in new ways, by selecting from eleven different search refining drop-down menus.
Here is how it works: start by clicking the Tobacco Locator button, which will take you to a list of parameters by which to search, located on the left-hand side of the screen. These are a series of drop-down menus including Recently Added/ Sale, Tin/ Bulk, Tin Brands, Bulk Brands, Cut (of the tobacco. ie: Flake, Ribbon, Cube Cut, etc...), Components: Include (the component tobaccos you want to search for in a blend), Components: Exclude (the component tobaccos you don't want in a blend), Family (the blend category, ie: Virginia, English, Aromatic, etc...), Strength (nicotine), Room Note (how what you are smoking smells to those around you), and Taste (body and intensity of flavor). Below these options, you will see a drop-down to decide how many tobaccos per page you wish to display in your search, and just below that there is a gray button that says "Find It!".
You do not have to use all of these fields, just the ones that apply to your search. For example, let's say I wanted to know what tobaccos had the highest level of nicotine strength, and were available in a flake, containing no Latakia. To do this, I select Flake as the Cut, Latakia for Components: Exclude and Very Strong for the Strength. Nothing happened. How come? Oh yeah, I forgot to hit Find It! Once I click the Find It! button, my search yields 2 results. The strongest flakes on the site which contain no Latakia are Cornell and Diehl Burley Flake #1 and Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Dark Flake Scented. Cool! Now I know what to smoke when I get tired of being able to see straight.
Now let's try another one. I want to know how many straight Virginia Ribbon tobaccos there are on the site with a Mild Taste and a Very Pleasant Room Note. So I select Ribbon for the Cut, Virginia as Components: Include and Black Cavendish, Burley, Cigar, Dark Fired Kentucky, Deertongue, Latakia, Orientals and Perique as Components: Exclude. For Room Note, I select Very Pleasant, for Taste I select Mild and click on the Find It! button. This search yields 4 results: Low Country's Santee, Cornell and Diehl's Autumn Evening and Vanilla Cavendish, and McClelland's Pastry. Awesome! Now I know what to smoke when I forget to wear cologne!
The thing that makes this new tool so cool is that you can refine your search as much as you want. You can even make several selections under each search modifier. For example: you can select multiple tobacco components to include or exclude, or you can search for Flake, Ribbon and Cube Cut tobacco simultaneously. I use this tool all the time, and I hope all of you find it as helpful as I do.