Any pipe smokers out there (of the currently legal variety)?

I've been an occasional cigar smoker for years now. But I wanted to try something new (remembrances of my Grandfather) and decided to ask for a pipe for Christmas. Well, my wife hooked me up and I enjoyed my first bowl of Ambrosia tobacco this evening.

I'm still getting the hang of packing the bowl and lighting it properly, but practice makes perfect I guess.

I thought I'd start a thread for any pipe smokers out there, to discuss good tobacco or pipes or smoking techniques.

I am!

I am enamored with aromatics. Lots of vanillas and maples, etc. I find I have to sample a lot to find the type that won't bite my tongue.

Later tonight, I will be enjoying a blend called "Vermont Meat Candy" which is a blend of Cavendish that's been given a deep, sweet maple flavor and dark Burley that's been fire-cured with hickory wood, which delivers the flavor and aroma of hardwood-smoked bacon. Hee! I knew I had to have an ounce to try.

More later.

There were quite a few of us with our pipes at Castle Ravenwood, some were even smoking tobacco.

I have amassed a decent little collection, Estate Sales and Ebay are great places to find pipes. And I am often perusing Ebay or my local smoke shop for a new one.

Off the store shelves, for a beginner, I suggest a Yellow Bole pipe. It is made of strong stuff, damn near impossible to crack, and it has a honey coating in the bole to break it in.

Some of note

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Mr Brog. Churchwarden
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Diry Bear Maple pipe, very rustic- and not for beginners.

I tend to smoke the aromatics (a 12 oz can of Capt. Black sits in front of me), with occasional forays into North English or Scottish like Samuel Gawith blends (more earthy scents and flavors).

For tips on packing.

I still have an issue over packing my bowl, much due to wanting a longer smoke.

Ghostship wrote:

As a non smoker, pipe smoke is the only smoking product that isn't entirely revolting. In fact, some are actually more pleasant than incense. It has made me consider trying a pipe.

I doubt I will, but, is there any description of the experience that you could provide which would explain the pleasure of it to a non smoker; keeping in mind that I have very little experience with smoking, and for me, it's not something I generally do not enjoy. For example, bachelor party cigars, occasional cigarette in bars when I was in my early twenties. It's been generally a tolerated delivery method for the tobacco buzz, or perhaps other smokable products.

Just wondering.

Also, if by a pipe smoker's opinion, the experience is more pleasant than cigarette tobacco, why aren't cigarette tobaccos made with the same aromatics?

Having had exactly one bowl full of tobacco in my new pipe, I can't truly attest to the pleasure yet. I'll let the more experienced pipe smokers respond to this. Though one of the reasons why I wanted a pipe is that it is an activity that essentially forces you to slow life down a bit.

Regarding cigarettes and why they smell like sh*t, well, cigs are meant to be inhaled, whereas pipes and cigars are not. That may contribute to the difference in the blends of tobacco that are used.

As a non smoker, pipe smoke is the only smoking product that isn't entirely revolting. In fact, some are actually more pleasant than incense. It has made me consider trying a pipe.

I doubt I will, but, is there any description of the experience that you could provide which would explain the pleasure of it to a non smoker; keeping in mind that I have very little experience with smoking, and for me, it's not something I generally enjoy. For example, bachelor party cigars, occasional cigarette in bars when I was in my early twenties. It's been generally a tolerated delivery method for the tobacco buzz, or perhaps other smokable products.

Just wondering.

Also, if by a pipe smoker's opinion, the experience is more pleasant than cigarette tobacco, why aren't cigarette tobaccos made with the same aromatics?

Ghostship, there is obviously the nicotine. In my opinion a smoker who states that they smoke a cigar or whatever for the flavor and aroma is as honest as someone who drinks whiskey for the same reason. Smoking relaxes me.

A cigar or a pipe, over cigarettes? If a cigar or a pipe is sipping scotch or a martini or drinking a pint of Porter, then a cigarette is taking a shot of vodka or shotgunning a Bud Light. You want to enjoy the experience, and make it last. Cigarettes are a quick fix.

Even my smaller pipes will burn for a good 30-40 minutes.

There is also a communal aspect. I enjoy going to my local tobacconist, loading a bowl of my pipe, or buying a cigar while I walk around, chat with the owner, often I will be with a friend while there as well. It becomes an excuse and an occasion to gather and share a mutual interest. For other people this might be golf.

Lastly, it tastes and smells good to me and many other people. My wife is not a big fan of most of my cigars, but she likes the smell of pipes.

The tobacco used for pipes and cigars is a bit less industrial than that for cigarettes. There are vintages and aging of these tobaccos in private hands. People will store and age them for decades, or tobacconists will age and store as well. Some can be fine wines.

Even your run of the mill pipe blends will be special selected leaves, blended carefully, aged, and then sold.

TLDR version:
It feels good, it tastes good, it smells good.

We're gradually rejecting the speed of modern western culture aren't we? Or I've been reading too many of the "Shave, Smoke, Whittle like your grandfather" threads.

Still intrigued by pipes. The nicotine addiction will likely be what prevents me from trying it out. I cannot become a smoker for too many reasons. I really wish I could explain to myself why it's so fascinating. Partly that it's doesn't smell horrible as do cigars and cigarettes. Must also be nostalgia from when I was really little and my grandfather smoked a pipe. And a dash of whatever it is that attracts nerd culture [inclusive, if that's less offensive] to all things off the beaten path.

Besides nostalgia, a lot of it is its defining of masculinity. Yeah, I know, gender roles and all of that, but there is something overtly masculine about smoking a pipe, the way I see masculinity in using a brush and bar to apply shaving cream and a straight razor for shaving.

And gasoline for aftershave, amiright Phoenix Rev?

KingGorilla wrote:

And gasoline for aftershave, amiright Phoenix Rev?

Ha! Although I will say, I feel the same about the scent of Bay Rum.

Phoenix Rev wrote:

Bay Rum.

My brain kept reading this a Bum Ray and was really confused.