G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
Big disappointment!
My first big disappointment from Greg Pease. I usually love a mixture with these components, and I gravitate toward bourbon-vanilla aromatics, so I thought this would be the one for me. HOWEVER ... although this one smells great when the tin is first opened, it is tastes and smells awful once lit. The room note drove my usually tolerant wife out of the room, and even the cats wouldn't hang out with me once I lit it. I gave this tobacco several tries over time, just to be fair, but I was terribly disappointed every time. Don't waste your money.

Lighters - IM Corona Pipe Master Pewter with Pipe Shapes
Just one drawback...
I'm sorry that Samuel R. got robbed. I agree with his review, but I'd just add that there's one drawback if you smoke stack-shapes or other deep-bowled pipes. Because of the location of the control that you need to hold down to keep the flame lit, when you point the flame straight down into a deep bowl, the flame comes right back up toward your hand. Other than that, it's a great lighter. Also, the built-in pipe tool is the perfect size for adjusting the flame by turning the screw on the bottom of the lighter.

Clear 'Collect' Bent Dublin (N1)


Henri Sorensen
Smooth Paneled Apple with Horn

Currently Out of Stock

Jared Coles
Sandblasted Bulldog


Alex Florov
Smooth Fig with Horn


Barley Spigot (03) Fishtail

$230.00 $184.00

Barley Spigot (03) Fishtail

$230.00 $184.00

Bishop Oom Paul


Smooth Olivewood Oom Paul


Pawn Dublin


Pawn Volcano


Corbezzolo Bent Brandy


Bishop Bent Dublin with Boxwood (E)

Currently Out of Stock

Sovereign Dublin with Silver (ELX)

$910.00 $819.00

Pebble Grain Lovat (XXX)

$325.00 $292.50

Pebble Grain Brandy (XXX)

$325.00 $292.50

Brindle Bulldog (XXX)

$325.00 $292.50

Nanna Ivarsson
Smooth Bent Apple with Boxwood (1924)

Currently Out of Stock

Nanna Ivarsson
Smooth Tomato with Boxwood (1824)

Currently Out of Stock

Ken Dederichs
Smooth Volcano

    A Lady's Intro into Pipes
  • ► Kelly, one of my nieces, who's about to graduate from college, is now our family's newest pipe smoker, and when she asked me for advice on the use and care of her first pipe, I also showed her your blog and many of the other helpful blogs and tools like the pipe locator and tobacco locator on Thanks!
    Basil Rathbone: Pipe Smoker
  • ► @Jon Randolph: Sorry the SKU isn't working for you. If you copy and paste it into the search window, it should come right up. Anyway, as an experiment, I logged into the store site and simply searched on "Dunhill 02" and got a bunch of examples from Group 2 through Group 6 in size with a variety of stems and finishes. SKU 004-002-19183 (a Group 3) is a particularly good example, in my opinion!
  • ► @Jon Randolph: Helpful Hint: If you're in the blog at the time, you need to return to the store first for that SKU to work as a search term.
    Canadian Pipe Shapes
  • ► My favorite of these shapes is the Lovat. Anyone know why it's called a Lovat? It doesn't seem to be a nationality or ethnicity (like the Hungarian, which is also called an Oom Paul for :Uncle" Paul Kruger, former President of the South African Republic). One definition of Lovat is a certain rank of Scottish nobleman. Another is a particular shade of grayish green (odd, huh?). Anybody out there know the answer?
    Halloween Pipe Horrors: How Not to Treat your Briars
  • ► OK, I'll admit it -- I don't know what a chode is, but it sounds like a bad thing. Bad Aaron! Bad! Down!Thank you DR, Paul, and Steve!
  • ► And thanks also to Andrew, of course!
  • ► OK, now I KNOW what chode (or choad) means -- although now I wish I still didn't. That said, my post stands.
    History of Dunhill Tobacco
  • ► Yes, this is excellent! Thanks, Eric! The lore, the history, stories just like this are one of the best things about our hobby!
    How to Start Your Own Pipe Club
  • ► Just checked out the Cobbit Collection on Missouri Meerschaum's website -- pretty cool! Thanks, Rich!
    IM Corona: The Best Hard-Use Pipe Lighter
  • ► I've used an IM Corona (not the Old Boy but the Pipe Master with pipe shapes, item 001-068-0050) for years and years and although it's blackened with use and the finish is faded, it's never let me down in all that time.
    Ivarsson's Legendary Influence
  • ► Sykes,The blog fonts look just fine on my screen, but when I try to print out a blog page the default size of the printout font is HUGE (e.g., if I hit print for this blog, the first page only contains up to the word Legandary in the title, and the whole printout would be 15 pages long!), so I have to reduce the font size by as much as 50-60% to get a decently readable hard copy. I have an iMac 11,3 with an IntelCore i3 3 GHz processor running OS 10.6.8. My browser is Safari Version 5.1.10.
    My New All Day Smoke
  • ► Jeff,From the page on Claudio Cavicchi under "New Pipes on "Claudio grades all of his pipes from C to CCCCC according to grain and shape, with the Diamante as his pinnacle (very few have been made)." Here's a link to more info on him in Pipedia: that helps.
    Proper Pipe Tobacco Humidification
  • ► Mr. Stanion: Thank you for that clear and thorough explanation! Mr. Gallagher: An honest mistake is not "fake news." "Fake news" is deliberate fabrication of sources or deliberate inclusion of misinformation or disinformation. By taking responsibility and correcting the error, you've earned back any "points" you may have lost, and then some! Kudos to you both!
    Savinelli's 315: A Prince of Briars
  • ► One of my favorite shapes! A Savinelli Hercules 315 EX, or a Dunhill 6128 (Diplomat/oval-shanked Prince), or a Dunhill 6407 (classic Prince of Wales) is a burley man's pipe; a group 3, 4, or 5 Prince is a true gentleman's pipe; in more delicate, elegant proportions, or as a small-bowled churchwarden, a Prince can be a refined ladies' pipe.
    Summer Picnic 2015
  • ► I think it's an e-cigarette. He's probably "vaping" (i.e., smoking vapor), which makes him a "vaper." Brings a new meaning to Va-Per (Virginia-Perique pipe tobacco blend). Like Calvin of "Calvin and Hobbes" famously said, "Verbing weirds language."
    Survival Pipe Skills
  • ► Without question, THE most reliable way I've ever found for starting a campfire -- even in wet, cold, windy conditions -- is to stack your tinder and kindling carefully and then place a bunch of the finest grade of steel wool below your tinder. Then touch both terminals of a 9-volt battery to the steel wool. That completes a circuit which heats the steel wool red hot very fast, and lights the tinder, which lights the kindling, and "Robert is your father's brother!" You can then use a burning or glowing piece of tinder or kindling to light your pipe. Oh, and you can also warm yourself and also cook your food, of course, but lighting your pipe takes top priority.
  • ► You can order butane online directly from ( They can't ship to Alaska, Hawaii, US Outlying Territories, APO, AFO or a PO Box. The product costs $3.30 per can and shipping to my state was $9.95. I don't know how Zippo covers the HAZMAT costs, but it doesn't appear on my order form or invoice.
  • ► And in case I was unclear, the shipping wasn't $9.95 per can, it was $9.95 total for my whole shipment even though I ordered several cans at once, at $3.30 each.
    Tasting Notes: Drucquer & Sons: Loch Ness
  • ► Shane,With deep respect, I feel I must point out that you're misusing the term sweetbreads. The culinary meaning is not sweet breads such as come from a bakery, like shortbread, but to certain edible parts of animals such as the heart, thymus, pancreas, and other organ meats. Quoting an etymological source online, "It is thought by historians that they are called “sweet” because they taste richer and sweeter compared to typical meat, and they are “bread” because the old English word for flesh is “bræd”. Sweetbreads are the thymus and pancreas glands of animals."
  • ► @Shane: Sorry if my well-intentioned advice was unwarranted. I was honestly just trying to be helpful. Thanks for explaining and also for not calling me a dick.
    Tea and Tobacco: A Pairing Guide
  • ► @Campbell -- In case this ever comes up on Jeopardy or a bar bet or whatever, you can win it -- "drinking tobacco" and "drinking smoke" are how people used to refer to smoking back in the days soon after Columbus introduced smoking to Europe. The practice was so new to the Europeans, and appeared so odd to them, they didn't know how to describe it, and that's one way that didn't catch on for the longer term. As long as we're on the subject, in centuries past early medical practitioners did indeed have their patients drink water or other liquids that had been infused with tobacco leaves. I once saw a very old photo of a poor immigrant laborer who had no money for tobacco but he had some tea so he was pictured putting his tea into his pipe. I was young and foolish, so naturally i tried smoking some tea leaves -- I don't recommend it! It burned extremely hot and fast, and it had a most unpleasant taste and smell.
    The Air Pocket Packing Method
  • ► @Bethany_B: Thanks very much for your quick help! On I found both flat disc-shaped wire screens and the ones I remember shaped into a ball. The search terms "tobacco screen," "screen filter," and "screen ball" also work pretty well. They're inexpensive, and they come in a variety of sizes to fit most pipe chamber diameters. What a great community we have!
  • ► Jeffery,I recall years and years ago pipeshops used to sell small wire-mesh screens that were folded into a tiny rounded shape that fit right in the bottom of a pipe bowl, so that you could insert that and then fill your pipe easily leaving about 1/2 inch of air gap between the tobacco and the very bottom of your bowl? Are those still made and sold somewhere today?
    The Art of Seclusion
  • ► @Daniel S: Sounds like we could be twin sons of different mothers! I work in an office, so I can't smoke at work, but everything else you said above I could've said myself!
    The History Of Brigham Pipes
  • ► @Bill: Can you elaborate on what you meant by "... even knowing how they come to be?" Maybe I missed something when I read the article?
  • ► @Old Timer: I don't think the 1202 in the pic at the top of the article is the same one that's offered as Product Number: 002-491-2903. If you enlarge the two photos and compare them side by side, despite some similarities, the grain patterns don't match closely enough, in my humble opinion. But the two photos are taken at slightly different angles, so there's room for debate. Besides, if it were the same pipe, why wouldn't Smokingpipes just use the same photo?
  • ► @Bill: Thanks! I appreciate you doing that research and posting what you found.
    The History of Mac Baren Tobacco
  • ► Been smoking Mac Baren tobaccos since the 1970s. Tried 'em all and seem to keep returning to Mixture Scottish Blend and Mixture Modern.
    The History Of The Zippo Lighter
  • ► @Astrocomical: Two words of advice: First, if you don't have room to pull the flame from your Zippo pipe lighter into your pipe when lighting it for the first time, it's not the lighter; you've filled your pipe too full. Second, I ask you, on behalf of all pipe collectors, NOT to use a "blowtorch" ("flame-thrower") lighter to light a PIPE! Use a "soft" (or "candle") flame lighter (like a Zippo or an Old Boy or whatever brand you like -- or a match, even! Imagine that!). Torch-flame lighters are for cigars, not pipes.
    Time for Another Churchwarden
  • ► Tim, I have a bunch of churchwardens in my collection, most good smokers and some great smokers. Here's a couple tips in hopes of helping -- I've found any Vauen convertible to be good, and see Frank's post above for an extra reason to like those. Also, Savinelli CWs have all been good to me, too. My very favorite CW (and best for the money in my opinion) is the Brebbia Lectura series -- and they look great too -- HINT: There's a good Brebbia MPB Lectura available now from Smokingpipes, item number 004-006-11054, but don't tell anyone or they may get it before you do! Best of luck to you -- let us know how your search for a satisfying CW goes!
    Top 10 Best-Selling Aromatic Tobaccos
  • ► Been a dedicated pipe smoker/collector since the 1970's, and MacBaren Mixture: Scottish Blend has always been one of my favorites! Highly recommended to old hands and newbies alike!
    Top 10 Trending Bulk Tobaccos
  • ► Can one of you please explain your tobacco rating system -- Strength (of nicotine? of what?), Taste (how powerful it is? how pleasant?) Room Note (to the smoker? to other smokers in the room? to nonsmokers in the room?) -- thanks!
    Top Resources For Pipe Smokers
  • ► I use Pipedia all the time -- very highly recommended! I'd also point out -- not for the top ten, but I think it deserves honorable mention.
    Vulcanite vs Acrylic Pipe Stems: What's Right for You?
  • ► Thanks for this article, Davin! Great stuff!I prefer acrylic, because it doesn't oxidize, but I have several vintage pipes with vulcanite. I use rubber pipe bits on both kinds, because I'm a clencher, so even my acrylic bits are comfortable enough and the buttons don't get tooth marks.
    What is Fire and Why Do We Like It
  • ► Without question, THE most reliable way I've ever found for starting a campfire -- even in wet, cold, windy conditions -- is to stack your tinder and kindling carefully and then place a bunch of the finest grade of steel wool below your tinder. Then touch both terminals of a 9-volt battery to the steel wool. That completes a circuit which heats the steel wool red hot very fast, and lights the tinder, which lights the kindling, and "Robert is your father's brother!" You can then use a burning or glowing piece of tinder or kindling to light your pipe. Oh, and you can also warm yourself and also cook your food, of course, but lighting your pipe takes top priority.
    Why Smoke a Pipe?
  • ► My dad occasionally smoked a pipe, and even though he smokes inexpensive "drug store" type tobaccos, as a little kid I loved the aroma it gave off. My mom's brother, Uncle Hal, also smoked pipes. My honors professor and thesis advisor at college smoked pipes. That uncle I mentioned collected pipes, and he got me started in collecting them myself, way back when. They've all passed on now, and I carry on the tradition. I find smoking a pipe to be a contemplative, almost meditative, experience. I work in a high-stress environment, and smoking a pipe is relaxing and enjoyable when I get home after work.MARK: I absolutely agree with everything you wrote about pipes, cigars, cigarettes, and especially your characterization of pie smokers as "solid, reliable, amiable people!" Bravo! BTW, here's a tip for you -- I know it can be painful to spend a lot for a cigar when you know you're going to destroy it by smoking it and (unlike with a pipe) afterward you will have nothing to keep (except maybe the memory of a great smoke). However, really fine quality (and therefore usually costly) handmade cigars will hold together and keep their ash for a surprisingly long time before the ash drops off of its own weight (that is of course unless you knock the ash off or force it to break by moving the cigar around abruptly). A good ashtray designed especially for cigars (such as with a long supportive tray or shelf for the lit cigar to rest on above the actual ashtray itself) might help, too.