Category Archives: Finer Things

Smokables Update

I enjoy the fact that I have a tobacconist. I get a kick out of walking in and being greeted by name, being able to just kill time and talk about everything smokables or everything but.

I’ve recently finished off a pack of Tatiana cigarillos with a cinnamon flavored wrapper. I quite enjoyed these little treats as the tobacco itself is unflavored, which is my preference when it comes to my rolled smokables.

I’m currently working on a pack of Neos chocolate flavored cigarellos which I can’t say as I’m enjoying quite as much.  They’re a much smaller cigarello and as such have a tendancy to burn a bit quicker and hotter.

This past weekend I also picked up a club-pack of Monte Christo cigarellos. I’ve had them before and felt like treating myself. They smoke just as wonderfully as a full on Monte Christo.

With all that said, I had my first pipe of the season about 8 days ago and I’m looking forward to the pipe season to start. I want to finish breaking in the Charatan from last season and I’m hoping to rescue my orginal Choquin Butz, but as I’m afraid it just may be too cheap to be a really nice smoker.

I’ve spent a bunch of time on lately, quite enjoying the posts there. I may even start posting soon.

First round of the Salt and Alcohol treatment

The first pipe I bought has seen a bit of abuse over the last 2 years and I’ve started to become displeased with the way it’s been smoking.  It’s not entirely surprising either. So many different blends have been through that bowl. It’s been time for a good, thorough cleaning.  The question is, how do you clean a brier bowl?

After joining the forum and spending some time reading over the maintenance section the solution seems to be the “Salt and Alcohol” treatment.  Wherein you remove the stem, block the shank, fill the bowl with kosher salt, then top it up with alcohol.  Let it sit for 12-24 hours.  Remove the contents of the bowl, let it all dry out, and repeat.

We’re currently at the “let it set” stage.  Here’s to hoping I get to enjoy my first pipe again.