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Katxinba

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Hello All,

I am introducing myself to this distinguished fellowship.
I am a pipe smoker since I was 18 years old ( that is 37 years), but I have been the last 9 years without smoking a pipe (being lazy, enjoying cigars).
In Spain,I started in the 80s with St Bruno (flake), Capstan (flake), Amsterdamer, Half&Half, Clan and Borkum Riff whisky, but settled with Borkum Riff Black Cavendish for a long time.
Beginning of the 90s, the pipe tobacco available choice grew ten-fold 😎 (Balkan Sobraine, Radford, McBaren, Escudo,etc), and I moved to Dunhill pipe tobacco (Standard Mixture, Full Aromatic, Elizabethan Mixture, etc).
In the mid 90s I moved to Glasgow, Scotland, and discovered the loose and plug British tobaccos by the hand of Grahams @ St Vincent Street (sadly gone), and it was pipe smoking paradise🤩.
In the 2000's I started discovering US blends (GL Pease) but stopped as parenthood and lack of proper state of mind to enjoy pipe smoking got me in a "pipe suspension" until today ( It may have been because 37 years ago I started smoking pipe around this time of the year?).
I will retake my discovery (and enjoyment) of US blends, and revisiting my favourite blends.
Cheers all and enjoy

P.S. This intro felt like going down Nostalgia Avenue
 
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Ranger107

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Welcome to the group. I was in Scotland many, many years ago and loved it. Beautiful country and great people. May go back if we can ever travel again. 🤨 i'm 1/8 Scottish and Braveheart is one of my favorite movies, lol.
 

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We are neighbors!
Well, sort of.....I'm in Culross....a short hour on the M80.
Take the train into Edinburgh to work.
Are there any tobacco/pipe shops of note in Glasgow?
I haven't spent that much time there.
There's literally two in Edinburgh with slim pickings and exorbitant prices.
Cheers!
 
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Katxinba

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We are neighbors!
Well, sort of.....I'm in Culross....a short hour on the M80.
Take the train into Edinburgh to work.
Are there any tobacco/pipe shops of note in Glasgow?
I haven't spent that much time there.
There's literally two in Edinburgh with slim pickings and exorbitant prices.
Cheers!
Hi Donk,
I am at the other end of the M80 ;o), and I also commute to Edinburgh.
Unfortunately, there is no tobacco shop of note left in Glasgow ( it more about whisky, bongs or vaping).
We lost Grahams (St Vincent St), a late Victorian oak-furniture magic tobacconist (the family sold the business to investors who kept the name but transformed it into a whisky&cigar shop) and, since, I buy online or when travelling abroad ( surprising how cheap can pipe tobacco be outside the UK).
It seems that Edinburgh has better places.
Cheers
 

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"Latha math".......
Pickings are slim in Edinburgh...Vape and Bongs...two or three shops with Cubans, but as you say, the prices are ridiculous.
Anytime, my cigar supplies are low its time for a train trip to Paris!
Prices are government controlled and less than 50% of UK prices.
Since I'm a burley smoker, I make sure my visitors know the toll tax to enter my home.
One large can of SWR or Prince Albert.

I've attached some photos of my little village, Culross, for our Brothers from other shores.

Saor-làithean sona.....
 

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Welcome - I understand about the “state of mind” part. I’m like that as well. Pipe smoking is the result of having peace of mind, not the cause of it unfortunately. If I’m unsettled or need to get something done, I don’t feel like smoking.
 

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"Latha math".......
Pickings are slim in Edinburgh...Vape and Bongs...two or three shops with Cubans, but as you say, the prices are ridiculous.
Anytime, my cigar supplies are low its time for a train trip to Paris!
Prices are government controlled and less than 50% of UK prices.
Since I'm a burley smoker, I make sure my visitors know the toll tax to enter my home.
One large can of SWR or Prince Albert.

I've attached some photos of my little village, Culross, for our Brothers from other shores.

Saor-làithean sona.....
Wow that looks like a beautiful place to live.
 

Donk93953

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We are just a short 30 minute drive across the Firth of Fourth to Edinburgh.
In the last photo, you are looking across the Firth towards Edinburgh on the far shoreline.
Much of Culross was constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The environs are protected by the National Trust of Scotland.
It is a tourist location and much to see.
If you look at the photos of the village on-line, they may look familiar.
Much of the village was used in filming Outlander.
 

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Welcome to the board! Thank you for sharing the images of your respective villages. It’s always neat to see where others live!
 
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