Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Long Moretti Morta

Marco Biagini is the consummate craftsman behind Moretti pipes: He has just made me an extra long morta pipe. Morta is wood from trees that have been buried and fossilized in peat bogs. No picture will do justice to any Moretti … Continue reading

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The Obsession Continues

With Moretti pipes being so beautiful it is impossible to wean oneself off them. Here is my latest Moretti: a sandblasted lovat made with the arbutus briar. Pipes made from arbutus briar are great for smoking because they taste sweet. … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Wrong One In

For my first date with my wife, more than three decades ago, I took her to a fancy restaurant. Prior to our second date, she told me she would be quite happy eating at food courts. At that moment, I … Continue reading

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Wet It First?

A pompous self-declared “cigar king” once said he sometimes puts his cigars under the tap before smoking them to enhance their flavors and the overall smoking experience. One joker heard about it and actually picked up two 2008 Ramon Allones … Continue reading

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Moldy Cigars?

Without realizing it is plume, also called “bloom,” a cigar merchant dusted them off my box of vintage La Gloria Cubana Inmensos I had kept at his store. He thought my cigars had turned moldy. I don’t blame him. Many … Continue reading

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Mario Grandi Pipes

The Mario Grandi line of pipes was created in 2006 by Italian pipe-maker Aldo Pierluigi as a sub-brand of his mainstay brand Mastro Beraldi. Mario Grandis are very affordable yet of great quality. Two recent purchases:

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