Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

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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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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The Moretti Obsession Continues

There’s something about Moretti pipes! Here’s one that just came in; its almost 10 inches long and what a beautiful masterpiece it is!

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More Morettis

My addiction to Moretti pipes continues unabated. Here are my latest acquisitions:

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RIP Sir David Tang

Sir David Tang was chairman of the Pacific Cigar Company Limited, the exclusive Cuban cigar distributor for the Asia Pacific region. He walked with royalty, and cavorted with stars, yet he made me, a nobody, felt like a somebody.

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Rimowa Gourmet Travel Humidor

Cost me an arm and a leg; what I paid for this could enable me to buy 5 pieces of Samsonite luggage, but what the heck, YOLO!

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Just in – Another Two More Moretti Pipes

This time, a super magnum volcano; thanks Marco! And a Canadian:

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