This week, I've added new pipes from three Rattray's series: Dark Ale, Kyloe, and The Judge! While Dark Ale and The Judge pipes will become a part of my ongoing Rattray's offerings, Kyloe pipes have been discontinued, so the few I have are all there will be. Here's a bit of info about each of these lines:
The color of the Dark Ale series is reminiscent of brown ales from England and Scotland. The acrylic mouthpieces have a Cumberland look that is the perfect match for these beautifully dark-stained pipes. Rattray's Kyloe pipes are unique in that they are Canadian pipes with 9mm filtered, saddle stems! In appearance seemingly an extra large Lovat, the combination of long briar shanks and filtered stems make for a pipe that can handle any tobacco you give it, even those that may give you problems with tongue-bite in other pipes. The tall bowl makes for an excellent flake smoker, if you tend to fold and stuff your flakes. And finally, The Judge series of Poker shaped pipes features an aluminum base that is decorated with a laser engraving of Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice. Perfect for an evening smoke, no matter the trials of the day.
I mentioned last week that I would soon have available Cornell & Diehl's newest in the Small Batch tobacco series, From Beyond. Since then, many online shops have already sold out! The benefit of both being a small shop, and currently only being able to accept mail orders for pipe tobacco, has allowed me to still have a good stash of these tins! Taking inspiration from the popular, Lovecraftian "The Old Ones" series, Cornell & Diehl's Small Batch: From Beyond is a rich, potent, and incredibly complex English mixture that captures Head Blender Jeremy Reeves' impression of a wonderfully aged, 1980s-era tin of Dunhill Nightcap. Balancing full flavor with robust strength, it's handcrafted using a host of rare tobacco varietals: Eastern NC Red Virginias (2017), Bright Canadian Virginias (2017), Turkish Izmir (2018), Greek Basma (2019), Cypriot Latakia, and genuine St. James Perique. The flavor is dark, rich, and subtly sweet with a smoky, incense-like quality. If you're interested in ordering some of these tins, check the Tobacco page of my site, and send me an email to order today!
Peterson's Dublin Filter series, which I've carried for about a year, was the first and only 9mm filtered series available to the US market. But it's apparently been successful enough for Peterson to introduce a second 9mm filtered series in the form of the new Army Filter pipes!
Peterson's Army Filter pipes bring the timeless aesthetic of the popular Irish Made Army series to a 9mm filter arrangement! Specially designed for smokers who prefer the use of traditional 9mm filters and available in smooth Heritage and dark Sandblasted finishes, each pipe is drilled with a 9mm airway and topped with a hand-shaped nickel army mount, allowing the pipe to be disassembled even when hot. This push mount system is a staple of the Peterson brand, and I'm so happy to present these 9mm versions to you!
As with all of the 9mm filtered pipes I carry, these new Army Filter pipes will fit the Peterson, Savinelli, Stanwell, and White Elephant 9mm filters, which I have in stock in the Accessories section. If you struggle with tongue-bite (and I'm among those ranks), I strongly encourage you to try out charcoal filters, which for me personally, completely eradicate the issue! But if filters aren't your thing, these pipes can be smoked without a filter in place, if that's your preference. But it's certainly good to have the option at least for those blends that tend to nip at you.
Keep 'em lit,
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