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 thrLp 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.
Well, well, well....isn't this a pleasant and welcome offset to the "Everything-Was-Better-Years-Ago" drumbeat!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?
Good post. Yeah I still consider myself to be a newbie pipe smoker, and I'm having a great old time. It's an extremely common occurrence, as I'm more than sure your fine gentlemen have observed that many smokers are bemoaning the loss of various old blends and blenders. Where there is a demand, there will be a supply, and I have seen several blenders step up to the plate and create some superb blends (well I haven't tried most of them but by all accounts that I have heard they're very good.), our own Ernie Q comes to mind.Well, well, well....isn't this a pleasant and welcome offset to the "Everything-Was-Better-Years-Ago" drumbeat!
It does seem that we've had a year of abundance in terms of range of offerings. That's good. I've not yet tried Hogshead and really want to. As well, I've heard that SPC's Give Me Liberty is another real winner, so that'll be on the list of what I hope Santa might bring me this year. I did manage to land a couple of E&oter!ca blends this year [emphasis on "a couple"--it was through the generosity of samples from a couple of PSD brethren that it was proven that some of their blends really do exist. You know who you are and I again extend my heartfelt thanks].
We are awash with pipes and the creative designs continue unabated. One might think that pipe makers eventually would run out of creative thoughts to express, but no. They just keep on coming.
I wonder: if my (adoptive) father were alive today, would he rather have the pickings from his era or what's laid before of us today? I'm guessing the latter.
To be fair, anomalous was facing stiff competition that weekend...Good thread, @Teddy Jeavons.
I haven't had many new tobaccos in '23, but that's more that I don't try a lot of new blends. I did sample Anamalous (it was okay), HU Louisiana Broken (great), and a few old WCC blends from Ernie's private stash (Boston friendly).
I also met up with terrific friends in Massachussetts, bought some pipes from makers whose work I didn't have, and introduced another relative to the joys of combusting leaves. '23 has veen very good indeed.