I think I get the most excited about a new batch of Neerup pipes more than anything else that I carry here at The Pipe Nook! Part of the reason for that excitement of course is because some of my favorite pipes are Neerups, and part of it is because I'm receiving these pipes from an individual (Peder Jeppesen) who I know takes great care in making them in the Danish fashion, all unique, and just right. But another part of it is also the fact that, as good as the photos may be, a Neerup pipe always looks best in person. I made a presentation video for these pipes for my YouTube channel (The Pipe Nook), and a viewer commented, echoing my very thoughts on the matter. Being able to see these pipes in multiple angles simply beats the few pictures I can post with my small knowledge of photography. But even beyond that, being able to hold a Neerup in your hand just takes it to a whole new level! And for the prices these are offered at, you just can't beat 'em.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that, if you like the pictures of these Neerups...just wait until you get one of them delivered to your door...you'll be blown away! Believe me, I know from firsthand experience. If you watch my YouTube video, in which I share the box opening with you, you can see the gears turning with quite a few of these pipes. Not every shape calls out to every person, but when it was all said and done, there are 10 or 12 of these 20 that I would love to add to my personal collection! I can tell you that I'm definitely keeping two of them for myself, possibly more. Hmmm...for the sake of my bank account, perhaps I shouldn't carry Neerup pipes after all...
And now for a quick announcement: I'll be out of town for a few days, so any and all orders placed between now and March 22nd will ship out on March 23rd. Just a quick trip to recharge the batteries a bit, so I thank you for your patience for the brief wait time.
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Here at The Pipe Nook, we're just getting started on our journey of offering premium pipe tobacco blends to our customers. Just as I've done in choosing pipes to carry, I'm taking great care in choosing tobaccos that I personally feel are the best in the business when it comes to quality versus value. As such, I don't ever intend to carry brands simply as commodities. What that means is that it's never my goal to carry every brand, nor even every blend within the larger brands I may carry. Everything offered here at The Pipe Nook is a personal recommendation from me as a pipe smoker!
I kicked things off a few weeks back by offering Dunhill tobaccos. I plan to eventually have about 9 to 12 brands represented, and with that in mind, I'm pleased to introduce Savinelli as the second tobacco brand here at The Pipe Nook!
While some companies attempt to create blends for every mood and palate, winding up with dozens of blends, Savinelli has gone another direction and focused on providing just a few very high-quality blends that can be appreciated and enjoyed by many. No strong, overly-aromatic, or harsh blends here! Every one of these could be all-day smokes, and certainly could be entries into more natural-tasting blends for those who wish to move away from smoking primarily aromatics. Savinelli tobaccos are smooth, balanced and refined, just like the pipes that bear that name.
Four of these five blends are available in 100 gram tins, so let's start with the only 50 gram offering in the line, Giubileo d'Oro, which means "Golden Jubilee." This is an incredibly creamy Virginia/Latakia flake, moderate in strength, and very pleasing to even a Latakia-wary person such as myself.
The second of two blends in the line to make use of Latakia is also another very balanced blend, Essenza Cipriota, meaning "Essence of Cyprus." If the name make you think "Latakia Bomb," have no fear--this is another very well-balanced blend, presented in a ribbon cut and consisting of Virginia, Burley, Latakia, and Oriental/Macedonian.
The other flake in the lineup is Brunello Flake, a non-aromatic marriage of Virginia, Burley, and Oriental/Macedonian. It's very similar to Essenza Cipriota, but without the Latakia, and presented in flake form. This is my third favorite in the group--I told you I was wary of Latakia!
The only coin or spun-cut in the line is Doblone d'Oro, or "Gold Dubloons." This is a fantastic non-aromatic blend of Virginia, Burley, Dark Fired, and Perique. The inclusion of Dark Fired and Perique places this blend squarely in my personal wheelhouse, and I love it! Some compare this favorably with the original Three Nuns blend of old.
And last but certainly not least is my personal favorite of the bunch, Savinelli's 140th Anniversary Mixture. Each 100 gram tin of this limited run is individually numbered out of only 1400 tins made in 2016 to commemorate 140 years of Savinelli! It is very surprising to me that I like this so much, since it may be considered by some to be lightly aromatic in nature, due to the infusion of light citrus and floral notes (and to my palate, a bit of clove essence). But beyond that, this is an enticing blend of Virginia, Orientals, Dark Fired. The special florets used in this blend are a staple in Italian cigar production, and are all grown and double-fermented on a singular farm in the Tuscan Tiber Valley region of Italy— a location recognized for its history and tradition of tobacco cultivation dating back to the 17th century. This in a singular experience in pipe smoking, and I'll be happy to carry these tins until I just can't obtain them any more...although at that point, I'll be hoarding them for myself! While the other 4 blends are made by Mac Baren in Denmark, the 140th Anniversary Mixture was made by Cornell & Diehl here in the USA.
Rare indeed is the tobacco brand that has what I would call no sleepers in the stable, but Savinelli has certainly accomplished that here with their lineup. I hope you enjoy them every bit as much as I do. And stay tuned for more tobacco brands to be introduced here at The Pipe Nook in the weeks and months to come!
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I've yet to meet a pipe smoker who simply doesn't like Savinelli pipes. Savinelli is easily one of the most well-respected pipe makers in the world, and for good reason. They consistently create some of the most loved shapes and finishes on the market. However, I've heard many pipe smokers say things similar to, "I don't use the balsa filters, but they smoke great without them."
Although I'm personally a fan of the 6mm Balsa filter system, I can't exactly say the filters are strictly necessary. Savinelli's filter system is designed in such a way as to allow for pipe smokers to choose whether or not to use filters depending on their own preference, while still providing a great smoke either way! I personally find that the balsa filters are a fantastic feature to tame blends that are overly moist or tend to bite, but many pipe smokers prefer an unfiltered smoke, and Savinelli has answered the call. The Tre series features a more standard 3mm drilling for those who prefer not to use filters and would like to have a more standard draw.
I currently only have the Tre series available in the newly introduced 321 shape, but rest assured I'll have more in the near future. Which brings me to my next point: in addition to the Tre 321's in both smooth and rusticated finishes, I also have re-stocks of 321's in the Dolomiti and Impero lines! This has turned into quite the shape of interest for those who like the look of the 320, but would rather have a smaller bowl size and hand feel. I personally have a 321 Impero Rusticated that I'm over the moon about, but I'll also be adding a Tre 321 to my collection today!
Check out these fantastic pipes in The Pipe Nook web store, and let me know what you think of the 321 shape, and what other shapes you'd like for me to carry in the Tre line!
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