I received about 6 tobacco’s from Boswell’s after several raving reviews from some friends I’ve met through this blog. The aroma after opening the bag of tobacco was distinctly, and unsurprisingly berryish (if that’s a word). After inspecting this tobacco’s and all of the Boswell’s I received it is clear that this is a top quality tobacco, with a great flavor that unlike most aromatics actually tastes like it smells. It’s very mild, and would would be a great all day smoke. Room note is superb, perhaps the best I’ve ever experienced. It lights great, and burns evenly, but it does leave behind the wet gunk in the bottom of the bowl. For a heavily cased aromatic it’s not too bad on the tongue. Overall I really enjoy berry cobbler, perhaps edging out Peterson’s Sunset Breeze for my favorite aromatic. I am most defiantly looking forward to trying the rest of these Boswell blends.
When I was first getting into flake tobaccos this video was a tremendous help! Thanks Dub in the Dam for sharing and educating, and for having such a sweet accent. I hope you enjoy.
I wanted to give you guys a quick update on some of my pipe making endeavors. Pipe making is such a joy for me, its quite, your alone with your thoughts, you get to take somethings raw and see it transform into something with purpose and beauty (hopefully) and most of all you can “finish.” Most things in life are perpetual, and seemingly never ending, relationships, parenting (at least for me I have a 1 year old and one more on the way), pastoring/leading a church (I am a pastor), ect. Pipe making allows me to sit back and look at what I’ve created and walk away from it, it’s done, this to me is most of why I love it. Well enough deep thoughts for tonight. Most of you have already seen these pics if you follow me via twitter or facebook, but here they are for the rest of you faithful pipe smokers.
The little black nose warmer and the straight grain Dublin/Freehand style. I’m excited about how this one is going to turn out. Thanks for reading and happy smoking.
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Tobacco Tax Parity Act of 2010 (H.R. 4439). I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
As you know, H.R. 4439 was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 13, 2010. This legislation would increase the tax on pipe tobacco from $2.83 to $24.78 per pound. H.R. 4439 was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means for further consideration.
I believe that raising taxes will not provide much-needed fiscal discipline in Washington but will instead impose an unnecessary burden on working families and small businesses who are already struggling in today’s economy. Instead of raising taxes, Congress should focus on eliminating excessive overhead, wasteful spending and duplicative programs. In fact, the Government Accountability Office, an independent, investigative arm of Congress, has identified billions of dollars in federal expenditures that are vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse. That is why I have supported numerous efforts in the Senate to save taxpayers billions of dollars. Most recently, I supported a group of amendments that would have collectively saved taxpayers $120 billion by reducing discretionary spending and cancelling the spending of federal funds that have been unspent for at least two years and not obligated for any purpose.
Furthermore, in an effort to combat wasteful government spending, I introduced the United States Authorization and Sunset Commission Act of 2009 (S. 926). This legislation takes steps to establish the necessary framework to create a federal sunset commission. The commission will improve congressional oversight and facilitate the elimination of obsolete and duplicative government programs—focusing on unauthorized and non-performing programs. This legislation is modeled after the Sunset Act, which the State of Texas instituted in 1977. The Sunset Act has led to the elimination of over 50 agencies deemed duplicative and has saved Texans more than $700 million, and I am hopeful that S. 926 will reap the same benefits.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
I’m not holding my breath, but at least he seems like he is opposing the bill. Has any one also received any of these emails or letters from senators? I am currently in hoarding mode buying up quite a bit of pipe tobacco every week in fear if this crazy bill. By biggest fear is that this bill is going to shut the door of some of my favorite tobacco shops. Government intervention that will result in crushing small business and taxing the working class. Lets keep spreading the word and stop this!!!
A few weeks ago I received my first Stanwell pipe and I am now a fan for life! For the price, smoke-ability, style and beautiful sandblasted finish you cannot beat a Stanwell. Surprisingly one of my favorite aspects of this pipe is the saddle stem. It is just a beautiful stem polished to perfection and the crown over the S stands out in a crowd. This Golden Danish is on the short side but is so conformable in the mouth as it is very light. Unfortunately this style was discontinued for the US in 2003, but this Stanwell’s ’13′ saddle-stemmed Billiard shape will be a new favorite for years to come!
|Length: 5.21 in./132.33 mm.||Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.|
|Bowl Height: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.||Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.|
|Chamber Diameter: .75 in./19.05 mm.||Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.|
|Stem Material: Acrylic||Filter: None|
|Shape: Billiard||Finish: Sandblast|
|Material: Briar||Country: Denmark|
Today a package arrived at my door, 16 oz’s of J.M. Boswell’s hand blended tobaccos. I stocked up on some of their various aromatic tobaccos as I have heard that Boswell is one of the best at hand blending aromatics.
Here are a few that I am looking forward to:
and the Famous “Berry Cobbler”
I will be sure to post my thoughts on each blend as time passes. I am really looking forward to “Berry Cobbler.” When I opened the box there was a faint smell of play-dough??? I’m not sure of that was just the box it came in, or if it is one of the tobacco’s strong casings. More thoughts to come. Happy pipe smoking.
Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting the home and workshop of Ron Fairchild of Fairchild Pipes. As I walked in and he invited me to have a seat in one of his lazy boy chairs, the room was dark, and filled with the sweet smell of aromatic tobacco, smoked from a beautiful dublin that he carved himself in 2007. We caught up on life and talked jobs, children, and of course pipes. After awhile he pulled out five custom boxes of finished pipes to show me. Ron told me the stories of each pipe, everything from pokers, to dublin’s, to billiards, to freehands, and everything in-between. I reached for one particular that I thought was breath taking, he told me he carved it in 1983, which I replied “I was born in 1981.” Ron had a good laugh about that, and called me a young buck! We then walked me into his kitchen and Ron turned on his digital picture frame where showed me his travels from around the word visiting various briar shops and pipe making shops, he named some of the greatest pipe carvers and briar suppliers as I watched the pictures click off. Then Ron walked me into his shop where he showed me all of his tricks to the trade. Ron is truly a master class pipe maker, sticking with the classic shapes. I asked him a million questions about pipe carving and learned so much. Ron has been a huge help for me in as I have been getting into pipe making this past year. He graciously invited me back anytime and I plan on taking him up on that as I continue to lean the art of pipe making. He left me with this quote: “you sure won’t get rich making pipes, but you’ll meet some great friends along the way.”