Castello: Aristocratica Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-386-3230

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, signed by both Carlo and the recipient. Castello has now brought 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.

- Daniel Bumgardner
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.56 in./65.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.16 in./54.86 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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