Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

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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Moretti Fever

Just purchased a couple more pipes made by the very affable Marco Biagini of Moretti Pipes. Moretti pipes are among my favorites! For size comparison each pipe is placed next to my Group 5 Dunhill Shell Briar with bamboo.

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How to Age Cigars

Do cigars get better if you age them? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist? All cigars are smokeable. But freshly-rolled cigars tend to smoke better if laid aside for about a year. Some continue to become nicer even after many years … Continue reading

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Another custom-made Baki

It is always a joy to receive a meerschaum pipe from Fikri Baki – no one carves meerschaums like him.

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