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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:41 pm

I'm curious if any brothers have had any luck placing an order with Steve recently. Finally out of my stash of his blends and was looking to order some more. Seems that the numbers I have for him are no longer in service. Seem sorta active on their fb site as of a couple months back. If anyone has had any luck, I would love to know how Smile. Thanks and have a good one brothers.
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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:07 pm

His webpage is still up.

https://squareup.com/market/house-of-calabash-2
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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:35 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
His webpage is still up.

https://squareup.com/market/house-of-calabash-2
I saw that, always placed orders via the phone in the past. The number linked on that page doesn't work anymore. Seeing that his old web page was hacked I dunno if I would place an order through another without being able to contact him.
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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:21 pm

Understood. & I agree. Perhaps Blackhorse knows a bit more about his status. Last I heard, Mr. Books was keeping really minimal hours.
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DireWolf

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:57 pm

He's still open.

He apparently pissed someone off, and has had his Web site and FB hacked bad 3 times, and has some bad info out there. He closes when he feels like it, and never answers his shop phone.

I asked him about closing early once, and realized I had made a mistake in about 3 seconds. He gave me his daughter's number to verify hours, and place orders. When I get back in town, I'll PM you if I remember and can find it.

Been enjoying his House of Legion VaPer lately. Great stuff.
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Ozark Wizard

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:07 pm

His stuff ain't cheap, that's for sure
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Cadfael



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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:05 pm

He was very nice to me - had an order mix up some months ago and he called and emailed to make sure all was good.
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:56 pm

I use the barber shop two doors down from his shop. The cutters in there say he's in on a regular basis, though his hours and mine don't seem to match. Cost? You get what you pay for. His blends are singular, of insane quality and hard to get. So...you do the math.

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:05 pm

Expensive & Exquisite.

If I could afford to buy his blends more often, I would.

DireWolf sent me some Grandfather's Own a while back, Very, very good, and there are very few burley mixtures that I like as much as I liked that one.
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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:29 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Expensive & Exquisite.

If I could afford to buy his blends more often, I would.  

DireWolf sent me some Grandfather's Own a while back, Very, very good, and there are very few burley mixtures that I like as much as I liked that one.
They are worth it though. Quite fond of Grandfathers Own and Irishman's 5 o'clock.
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:33 pm

I've been lucky to sample a few of his blends, while he was at Rich's and after. He's a master blender and has access to some unique and quite aged 'baccys. The cost vs worth has to be determined by the individual smoker.


Cheers,

RR

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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:47 pm

Hiram-2011 wrote:
They are worth it though.

No disagreement there. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:37 pm

yup
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Wet Dottle

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:26 pm

Tried to buy these blends so many times... Was never able to get through to the store by phone or e-mail... The mystery of the absent salesman.
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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Tue May 19, 2015 8:56 pm

Was able to get through to Steven on the phone today and place an order. Spent a good 20-30 min chatting with him. Real pleasant guy to chat with and his wealth of knowledge on tobacco was mind boggling.
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Tue May 19, 2015 9:52 pm

Hiram-2011 wrote:
Was able to get through to Steven on the phone today and place an order.  Spent a good 20-30 min chatting with him.  Real pleasant guy to chat with and his wealth of knowledge on tobacco was mind boggling.  

Great! So what did you get Shane?

Question


Cheers,

RR

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Tue May 19, 2015 10:22 pm

Hiram-2011 wrote:
Was able to get through to Steven on the phone today and place an order.  Spent a good 20-30 min chatting with him.  Real pleasant guy to chat with and his wealth of knowledge on tobacco was mind boggling.  

Glad to hear you got through to him. Steven Books is a national treasure.
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 4:17 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Hiram-2011 wrote:
Was able to get through to Steven on the phone today and place an order.  Spent a good 20-30 min chatting with him.  Real pleasant guy to chat with and his wealth of knowledge on tobacco was mind boggling.  

Great! So what did you get Shane?

Question


Cheers,

RR

A kind brother from this forum picked up & shipped me 8oz of Grandfather's Own last week. I ordered 8oz of Irishman's 5 o'clock, 1oz of first pipe of the day & 1oz of a cavendish blend of his that sounded good.
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 7:19 pm

Hiram-2011 wrote:
A kind brother from this forum picked up & shipped me 8oz of Grandfather's Own last week.  I ordered 8oz of Irishman's 5 o'clock, 1oz of first pipe of the day & 1oz of a cavendish blend of his that sounded good.

Not terribly familiar with his line. What do those consist of? Just for future reference, mind.


Cheers,

RR

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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 7:34 pm

http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/4533/steven-books-first-smoke-of-the-day-reserve-blend
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/4529/steven-books-grandfathers-own-blend
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/5134/steven-books-irishmans-5-oclock
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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 7:42 pm

Hiram-2011 wrote:
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/4533/steven-books-first-smoke-of-the-day-reserve-blend
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/4529/steven-books-grandfathers-own-blend
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/5134/steven-books-irishmans-5-oclock

Thanks Shane. That's very helpful.

Do let us know how you get on with them.


Cheers,

RR

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 7:55 pm

His blends have long held my interest so maybe it's time to order. Looking forward to your impressions Hiram. Congrats on getting through to Steven and ordering up a few blends.

Enjoy!

cheers
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Hiram-2011

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 9:47 pm

I would put Irishman's as one of my favorite Balkans and grandfathers is probably the only aromatic I keep on hand.
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loneredtree

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PostSubject: Re: Steven Books/House of Calabash still opened?   Wed May 20, 2015 9:52 pm

I enjoyed Irish Men's 5 O'clock. It has all of the good characteristics of Steve's blends. It was a Balkan with a slight  nutty taste and mild Latakia notes. The moisture level was good as it arrived but there was some dottle at the heel. I hope to get up to his shop by July.

Does anyone have a list that is current of his blends and their components? The web site listing is not current.

Very Happy
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