Weber Meerschaum-Lined Refurb

I have had this pipe hanging around for at least a couple of years. I keep seeing it but get distracted by other pipes/jobs. I had a friend contact me yesterday about finding a groomsman gift and he specifically asked about meerschaum or meerschaum-lined pipes. Awesome! The perfect opportunity to finally get this pipe cleaned up!

Here are the before pictures:

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Stem
I wet-sanded the stem with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. This process helps remove grime and oxidation off the stem. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this stem did have an extra metal part on the tenon. I used steel wool on the metal part. Scrubbed the inside of the stem with pipe cleaners and vodka. The stem gets finished with a buffing of red tripoli and a buffing or carnauba wax.

Bowl
I lightly reamed the cake build-up off the inside. I was very careful to not hurt or damage the meerschaum-lining. Some of the lacquer/stain was coming off of the bowl already, so I decided to remove the stain completely. I sanded the outside of the bowl with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. I then lightly sanded the top of the meerschaum-lining to bring back some of it’s original white color and smooth it out. The bowl gets finished with a buffing of red tripoli and a buffing of carnauba wax.

Here is the finished product!

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Thanks for looking!

Nat Sherman Havana Ovals (Brown)

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During my time in a retail cigar shop, there were quite a few people that came in and asked about Nat Sherman cigars. An even smaller portion would ask about the Nat Sherman cigarettes. I had heard of them, seen them advertised online or in a magazine, but I have never tried them until now!

While on a mini vacation to Gatlinburg this past weekend, I stopped into my favorite local shop, the Gatlin-Burlier. I have been in there quite a few times and make a point to pop in when I am passing through. I had never noticed that they carried the Nat Sherman cigarettes until this trip. For some reason they just caught my eye this time and I decided to take the plunge.

I left it up to my other half to pick which pack to go with. Thus, I ended up with the Havana Ovals (Brown). These are non-filtered and do actually have an oval shape to them. As the “brown” in the description suggests, these have a nice dark-brown color to them.

The aroma is pleasant, almost a “tea” type smell to them. The draw is smooth, definitely not too hard or too easy. The oval shape fits nicely between the lips for a relaxed fit while smoking. I really enjoyed the smoke from these. A hint of sweetness but also a steady richness throughout the whole smoke. I didn’t mind that they were non-filtered but I did end up with some small bits of tobacco in my mouth.

Final Thoughts
I liked them! I would consider buying them again in the future. They would only be for special occasions or if my circumstances dictate that I need short, quick smokes. These are a bit more expensive than regular cigarettes but you most certainly can tell the difference in the taste and the quality! If you like to change it up every now and then or find yourself curious about premium cigarettes, give them a try and let me know your thoughts!

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Peterson Irish Flake Tobacco Review

Time to review the first pipe tobacco for this blog!

Brand: Peterson
Blend Name: Irish Flake
Blend Composition: Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring: None added
Smoking in: Peterson System Standard
Note: I chose this pipe because I just finished cleaning/refurbing it for my personal collection. It had nothing to do with the fact they were both Peterson products.

Pre-Light
I popped the tin to find the beautiful layers of the beautiful flake. I was immediately greeted with some serious hay smell. It was nicely moist but did not feel overly humidified. The moisture content was pretty much spot on for how I personally prefer my tobacco to be. I started rubbing it out so that i could pack my pack. I used the three-part method to pack.

Lighting & Smoking
I lit the pipe with my Corona pipe lighter. It took a few puffs togged it going well. A light tamping and the bowl was going well enough to kick back and relax. I suspected from the pre-light smell that I would get a great deal of hay but that was’t the case! I did pick up notes of hay but it blended well rather than being overwhelming. I picked up some undertones of cream as well.

I read some comments on this blend before, most saying that it is strong blend. I must agree with that! It certainly does pack a punch! Although it does have some strength to it, there was a slight bit of sweetness to the smell.

About halfway through the bowl went out. A quick tamp and re-light, the bowl was going strong again. I found myself enjoying the blend so much that I had been sipping quickly. That caused my pipe to get a little hot but that is certainly no fault of the blend!

The last quarter of the bowl really brought back the hay taste to the forefront of the tongue. It was a rich and complex blend and it definitely has a maturity to it. Hay, cream, and a tiny but of nuttiness on the back end were the most dominate flavors. If I were to smoke this blend a few more times, I am positive that I would pick up even more notes because of it’s depth.

Final Thoughts
It’s not for the faint of heart! It is indeed strong and would not be a blend I would smoke before breakfast. This is a blend I look forward to smoking again as I unpack the hidden flavors. I would definitely purchase a tin of this again in the future. If you like rich, complex, heavy on the nicotine, and creamy, this would be a good blend for you to put to the test!

Stay Smokey!

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Welcome!

This blog is for me to share my passion of pipes, pipe tobacco, pipe repair, cigars, and all things premium tobacco that I enjoy! I will be posting my latest refurbished pipes, what I’m smoking, tobacco reviews, pipe reviews, and premium tobacco news. I’m excited to be on this journey and I hope that you will enjoy and comment about your experiences as well.

A little background: I started smoking premium cigars in 2008. A friend talked me into trying one and explained the process of smoking one. I believe my first cigar was a Tatiana Groovy Blue (ironically, I can’t even bring myself to smoke that cigar anymore!). Shortly after that cigar, I tried a Drew Estate Dirt and I was HOOKED. I loved the sweetness, the relaxation, and the moments you take out of the day to enjoy it. I went on a kick where I would only smoke Drew Estate Dirts for a few months.

My friend and I ended up going to a local cigar bar and the owner convinced me to try a Rocky Patel 1999. I was finally swayed away from my single cigar! I am grateful that he convinced me to try something new. I then had a whole world opened up to me of new tastes, strengths, roll types, and styles. I dove in head-first and haven’t regretted it since! Now I can’t even smoke flavored cigars!

Before that I had purchased my first pipe in 2009. What a different experience! I was amazed at how much tobacco could fit in a pipe bowl… Just to realize that I had packed so much in it that I couldn’t even get a draw! HAHA! Certainly a learning curve.¬†After much research, I started to get the hang of my pipe, how to pack, how to light, how to tamp, and how to keep it going well. Through my research I came across some wonderful blogs, forums, and FB groups. I made many friendships that still endure today. Many kind people helped me along my way. Some of the kindest most generous people are people who enjoy cigars and pipes!

After that, I ended up for working at that very cigar bar (starting in 2012) and their second location for 4 and a half years. It was a fantastic time of learning and growing. I was determined to learn everything I could about premium tobacco from a retailer and consumer view. While working at the cigar bar/shop, many people would come in and ask about replacement stems or pipe repair. We carried a small selection of pipes and pipe tobacco but nothing that really helped those people. So, I took it upon myself to learn! I bought an inexpensive Kaywoodie pipe on eBay (I think it was less than $10) and started working on it. Once again I found myself digging through pages and pages of pipe forums and asking endless questions on how to refurbish a pipe. I finished my Kaywoodie and went to a pipe shop and asked them to buff it for me because I didn’t have a buffer of my own. They did it without hesitation and for free (I bought some cigars as a thank you). I was immediately hooked on making something old, grimy, and abused, into something shiny, clean, and beautiful.

Over the past 4 years, I have continued to refurbish and fix vintage pipes. Some that I bought online, some that people bring to me to refurbish for them. I have honed my skills, learned new tactics, gained many new tools, and I still have so much to learn! At this moment in time, refurbishing pipes is my only income. I refurbish them and sell them on eBay.

That brings me back to why this blog is here. It’s for me to share my experiences in the premium tobacco world. The cigars I like, the cigars I don’t, the pipes I fixed, the pipe I’m smoking, whatever tickles my fancy! I hope you enjoy following my journey and perhaps find something useful for your own journey. Until next time, stay smokey!