It's been a good year for pipes and tobacco

Teddy Jeavons

Relight counting is the thief of joy
Sales
The birds of a feather series was excellent and interesting. Whimsical and Anomalous are terrific. I stocked up heavily.

Hogshead is the best new regular production straight Virginia in several years. And Down Yonder is good and seems to hit a sparsely populated market area.

The Gawith family of tobaccos are getting more available, remain excellent, and we even got that fun run of some plugs that hadn't been seen in a long spell.

Ernie keeps on killin' it.

The Vegas show is growing and Chicago seems to be finding a new swing of things.

What would you add to the list?
 

Mikewood

Well-known member
It seems everything is doing just a little bit better. More things are in stock at my
local tobacconists. More bulks, tins and even pipe selection are up. It’s cool to see large selections of Pete’s, Nordings and a host of other nice pipes and several artisan hand made pipes by local crafters. Mitch better than a coupe Nordings and a basket of picked thru pipes. Prices on tins are are high but it’s nice to be able to see them in person and I don’t mind supporting the local guys when I can.
 

Yakster

Well-known member
The auction of the old Maison Michel of NC inventory in May of this year after sitting for 40 years probably will make this list.


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dobbs

Well-known member
Patron
C&D Steamworks and Carolina Red Flake with Perique were also fantastic releases this year. I know y'all don't like the "limited edition" thing, but these are great tobaccos and I don't care if they never make them again.

On a personal level, I am learning to love dark-fired this year, so that's been fun.

-dobbs
 

Teddy Jeavons

Relight counting is the thief of joy
Sales
C&D Steamworks and Carolina Red Flake with Perique were also fantastic releases this year. I know y'all don't like the "limited edition" thing, but these are great tobaccos and I don't care if they never make them again.

On a personal level, I am learning to love dark-fired this year, so that's been fun.

-dobbs
Limited edition as a marketing tool preys on the rafts of internet-driven compulsive buyers.
But limited edition runs as ways to experiment and make use of genuinely highly limited leaf availability is fine, even good.
I think it's worth trying to make that distinction, though it might be a little fuzzy. Either way, I suspect it's here to stay as pipe smoking continues to evolve into a boutique market.
 
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