Buch0 Posted March 25, 2010 Share Posted March 25, 2010 Well after my curiosity had been launched while observing and smelling the aroma of a group of men smoking pipes at a bar I was at recently, I decided to buy one and give it ago myself. I had read about cigar/pipe smokers who used the pipe as a sort of secondary option to cigars, when they didn't have the time or the means to sit down and smoke a cigar, and thought this could fit in well with my lifestyle. There are times where in the past I have found myself wanting to smoke something but not seeing it feasible enough to smoke a cigar e.g watching a league game/movie on tv or something of the sort. I am the type of smoker who really likes to focus on the cigar throughout the duration and indulge/appreciate the experience, rather than smoke one for the sake of smoking something. I know some of you guys light up a cigar while doing the gardening or playing golf etc, but my budget at 24 doesn't allow me to smoke cigars at will like some of you do (This will change sometime in the future ). Anyway, with most pipe tobacco blends being around $30-$40 for 50g around here, I thought that a pipe would complement my cigar collection perfectly. I went to my local tobacconist near work and after handling numerous different types and shapes of pipes, I finally found one that I felt most comfortable with and as strange as it sounds, felt I had an instant connection with. It was a Medico pipe made in italy, a bent briar with a round bowl. The tobacconist had a magnitude of different blends, which being a newcomer totally overwhelmed me. I had read a bit about the different types and flavours produced by each, but there are literally hundreds of different types making it hard to single one out. After smelling the aroma of multiple, I found my most preferred to be a English Luxury blend, produced in Denmark by the Pipeman. It wafted with apricots/malt/sultanas and smelt delicious so I bought it and headed home to have my first pipe experience. The aroma wasn't close to what any cigar smells like, it was ALOT sweeter and fruitier, not subtle be any means. This was one of many indications that it was not going to similar to anything I taste in cigars which wasn't a bad thing, after all it was for a change of pace/scenery, not a substitute. After reading the importance of a correctly packed pipe, I made sure I had sufficient knowledge not to ruin my first bowl. I watched a video on the 'frank method' of packing and decided this is what I would try first. (See the frank method here: ). It was indeed a special experience and probably one I wont forget when I comes to my smoking journey. There really is an art to perfect the packing of a pipe, as there is to lighting/smoking a cigar I guess. When I thought I was ready to go, I sat back on my balcony and lighted up not knowing quite what to expect.. the rest is history. Mouthfulls of dried fruit and vanilla malt filled my senses with a 'cool' sensation on the palette after inhaling/exhaling the smoke, which along with the thickness/copious amounts of smoke produced is probably the thing that caught me out the most. Never before had I experienced that type of texture in smoke, one that leaves your mouth feeling like you had just eaten a mint. After a few relights throughout, I got to the end of the bowl where the tobacco started smoking bitter and hot which was the point where I decided to empty what was left. Overall the experience on its own was quite enjoyable and in a complete different world to cigars. The main difference to me was the little to no complexity the pipe tobacco has. The first puff is what you will taste on the last, and the same as what future bowls will produce (as long as you are consistent in the packing/lighting phase). Complexity in CC's and their 'true' tobacco is one of the things that I love in cigars and one that cant be matched by anything else. In saying that, I am looking forward to trying more blends to see what they have to offer and can picture my pipe being alongside my cigars for a time to come. I am interested to hear from any other members who on occasions pull out their pipe, and there thoughts on their own experiences! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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