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PIPES & PIPE TOBACCO
Pipe & Pipe Tobacco Basics
Choosing A Pipe
Pipes can be found in an array of materials, shapes and designs to suit the fancy of every smoker. Although
meerschaum and corn-cob pipes are available, the most widely used material is briar, the burl or crown of a
shrub known as Erica Arborea which grows in the Mediterranean area. Briar pipes are recommended for beginning
smokers. Your retailer has a wide variety from which
mouth and in your hand. See how they look, whether they suit your face and personality. Think about the
occasions upon which you will use your pipe, remembering that a heavy pipe demands the use of your hands
and a light pipe can be held easily in the teeth.
No matter how pretty it looks or how efficiently it works, your smoking pleasure will be no better than the
tobacco you pack into its bowl. The real key to pipe smoking enjoyment is good tobacco.
Types of Tobacco
Few pipe tobaccos marketed today consist of a single kind of tobacco. In almost every case, pipe tobacco is a
blend of several varieties. Tobaccos generally fall into six basic categories with their own distinct qualities and
Burley: More Burley is smoked in pipes than any other kind of tobacco, for experts consider this type, grown
mainly in Kentucky and Tennessee, to be the finest pipe tobacco in the world. Its popularity is due to its
excellence, its flavorful taste and the fact that it mixes readily with other tobaccos. Many quality pipe blends (like
ours) contain a high proportion of choice Burleys, which can be identified by their light brown color.
Virginia: This is a pleasant tasting tobacco grown in several Southern states, which mixes well with Burley or is
good as a stand alone varietal. Sweet and high in sugar, Virginia tends to burn faster than Burley types.
Latakia: Grown in Syria and on the island of Cyprus, its stems and leaves are cured to produce a strong, smoky
flavor. Latakia is a primary tobacco used in “English” style blends.
Perique: A slow-burning variety often referred to as the “salt and pepper” of the trade, because it is mainly used
for flavoring and aroma. This type is very mild and pungent, and is popular in English Style tobaccos. Perique is
unique in that it can only be produced in a small area near New Orleans (St. James Parish).
Turkish: A number of kinds of tobacco grown in Turkey, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East are known as
“Turkish”. These mild and fast burning tobaccos are commonly used in more exotic English style blends and some
cigarette blends. Many English and Balkan blends use Turkish extensively.
Black: Burley tobacco that has been steamed for over 48 hours to achieve its color and exceptionally mild smoking
characteristics; the tobaccos used are normally from the Green River section of Kentucky. It is not technically a
type of tobacco, but it is used as such.
Smoking A Pipe
Watch an experienced pipe smoker. He selects a pipe from his rack to fit his mood, for every pipe is unique. He
checks the bowl to see if it is clean, makes certain there are no obstructions in the stem, then carefully fills the
bowl with his
After a couple of puffs he tamps the tobacco again and may have to relight it. He is then ready to relax and
enjoy his pipe.
much as an hour of smoking pleasure from a single pipeful. When he is through, he carefully knocks the ashes from
the bowl and runs a pipe cleaner
through the stem before placing the pipe back in its rack.
taste. Then there are appurtenances ranging from cleaners to reamers, which your local tobacconists can tell you
bout. They will show you how they can
help make your pipe a greater source of pleasure.
There is nothing difficult about it if you keep this in mind. Don’t try to accomplish everything at once. The payoff
in contentment, relaxation, and
satisfaction is worth waiting for.
smoker. If you start with a quality briar pipe and a good, mild tobacco (like an Altadis brand, of course), you will
have no difficulty. Begin with a little bit the first day and go slowly to learn all the incredible pleasures and
nuances pipe smoking offers.
Here are a few tips:
Fill the bowl of a new pipe one-half to two-thirds full, using your finger to tamp each layer firmly, but without
losing the feel of springiness in the tobacco.
Light the pipe evenly all around. Tamp the tobacco again and relight. Proper packing and occasional tamping will
keep it lit.
Smoke the first few bowlfuls slowly. Allow your pipe to cool and dry between smokes.
Remove ashes by gently slapping the bowl on the palm of your hand. Hold it by the bowl, not the stem, and avoid
striking your pipe against hard objects.
Keep your pipe clean and dry. Use a pipe cleaner occasionally.
Rest your pipe between smokes bowl down.
A good retail tobacconist can answer any questions you have about pipe smoking.
fuel is oxidized. The intensity of oxidation (burning) is governed by the kind of fuel and amount of air drawn
through the flue (pipe stem). With a clean chamber, good fuel, and proper air supply, combustion will be complete
and a maximum amount of energy released. In a pipe, pleasure, not energy, is the product. For the best results,
you need the right combustion chamber (pipe) and high quality.
Styles & Cuts of Tobacco
Aromatic – Mixtures are often a Burley/Virginia blend of tobaccos that are highly flavored. Cherry, vanilla, rum,
whiskey, etc. are some of the most popular flavors used. This style of tobacco is the dominant choice of most
English – This term refers to tobaccos that are flavored ONLY with different types of tobaccos and DO NOT have
added flavors. Generally these blends use Latakia, Perique, and Virginia tobaccos. The nomenclature refers to an
Old English Law that stated that no tobacco products could have anything but tobacco as a percentage of its
Navy Flake or Slices – The term Flake or Slices can mean different things to different people.
Typically in a Tobacco Shop, the term flake refers to the style of tobacco that has been hard pressed into little
cakes and thinly sliced. These thin slices are then “rubbed out” to smoke.
Cube – A more exotic style of tobacco that is formed into a cake, pressed together under extreme pressure, and
then sliced into little cubes. Red Lion’s products often involve the usage of cubes. Normally cubes are made from
Burley tobacco, although there is a demand for Virginia cube.
Casing & Flavoring
Casing – A process in which a casing mixture is made and applied to the tobacco to help smooth out the smoke as
well as act as a base flavor. Each manufacturer will have their own unique casing recipe and will typically apply it
before final flavoring. Popular casing ingredients are licorice, corn syrup, and sugar. There are two methods for
Dipping - Tobacco is dragged through a trough of casing and the excess is squeezed out of rollers. This applies a
great deal of casing to the product and is essential to the production of plug cut style tobaccos. Cubes, slices,
and some of the more traditional styled products are also dipped.
Spray Cased – Tobacco is run through a cylinder and casing is sprayed onto the product. This method is the most
common casing method today. Tobaccos cased under this process tend to be fluffier than dipped tobaccos.
Flavor – Blended tobaccos, are almost always treated with flavoring agents to enhance their natural taste. The
flavoring process – employing such ingredients as sugar, honey, licorice, or fruit extracts – is governed by
formulas which are perhaps the most carefully guarded industrial secrets in the tobacco business. Flavoring is
applied to cased tobacco, and some typical flavors include vanilla, rum, whiskey, or cherry, to provide the “Top
Notes” of the blend.
The Art of Pipe Smoking
The act of smoking a pipe carries a built-in responsibility. You owe it to millions of fellow pipe smokers to live up
to certain standards.
reliability, level-headedness- a long list of admirable characteristics which add up to a splendid masculine picture.
The very act of lighting up a pipe seems magically to endow a man with these attributes. Good tobacco in a
trusty pipe provides him with strength and serenity. There is a calming bonus in the ritual of filling, lighting,
cleaning, and caring for one’s pipes.
fully the unmatched contentment of a good pipe and flavorful tobacco, you must learn how to go about it
properly. To attempt to smoke a pipe as one might smoke cigarettes or cigars is like trying to play tennis with a
nine-iron. It just isn’t the same game.
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