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My Dad was a pipe smoker. It seemed so simple. He bought a can of Brindleys Mixture. Had a handful of good pipes he bought from Fader's in Baltimore. Wooden matches. Pipe smoking was easy.

He introduced me to the habit and bought me my first pipe when I was in my early 20s. I played with the hobby for awhile, then gave it up after a short period of time. Returned to it in my fifties. On Sunday nights I would pour myself a whiskey, lite up a bowl, sit on my deck and call my Dad. "You smoking the rope," he would ask. "Yep." And the conversation would go from there.

He died just after my birthday in 2010. Without our Sunday conversations my pipes fell into disuse.

But on the cusp of my retirement, I returned to the briar again, and this time it has stuck. While I was working, I would catch a midweek smoke break. I would often work through lunch. But on a Wednesday or Friday or whenever afternoon, around 3:00 the flow of email would slow and I would want to catch whatever wisp of weather I could. So I would sit in a park or courtyard and enjoy a good bowl.

Now, it may sound strange, but pipe smoking has helped me to retire. After a frenetic forty years of working, suddenly my days and nights are my own. The abrupt shift in my daily rhythm left me in a frantic state. I was so used to running from task to task, crisis to crisis, that I find myself completely discombobulated by days without tasks and crises.

Pipe smoking has helped me to slow down, and enjoy the moment. I suppose meditation, tai chi, mindfulness, yoga or some other new age phenomenon could have served the same purpose, perhaps with even greater advantages. But smoking a pipe works best for me.

As I have resumed pipe smoking, and explored tobacco and pipes, I have suffered what we all suffer in this era of on-line commerce: a deluge of advertising. And every ad suggests that the tobacco, tool, or pipe offered was made by 300 year old craftsmen working out of their family's stone hut in some, holler, fjord or forest in an lost part of the world. I am sucker for such marketing. But I also realize its all bullshit.

I am here to see what others think. Folks who smoke and know what they like. And I hope to learn some things.

So, thanks for the help. Joe
 
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Welcome, Jags!!! Enjoyed the words about your Dad. Folks on this board may remember that way back in the "60's" I worked in "B&M" pipe/tobacco/cigar store. One of my weekly tasks was to put together the weekly product delivery purchase list (big, long list!!!). I quickly learned that I had to "cover" many of our regulars who smoked a dedicated, non-wavering list of pipe tobacco. Two men always came in for a big tin of Brindley's Mixture!! While I typically ordered a few more, those two tins (plus a collection of others!), were kept discretely in a locked cabinet until the particular individual came in to peruse & purchase! Good days back then!!!! FTRPLT
 

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Welcome, Jags!!! Enjoyed the words about your Dad. Folks on this board may remember that way back in the "60's" I worked in "B&M" pipe/tobacco/cigar store. One of my weekly tasks was to put together the weekly product delivery purchase list (big, long list!!!). I quickly learned that I had to "cover" many of our regulars who smoked a dedicated, non-wavering list of pipe tobacco. Two men always came in for a big tin of Brindley's Mixture!! While I typically ordered a few more, those two tins (plus a collection of others!), were kept discretely in a locked cabinet until the particular individual came in to peruse & purchase! Good days back then!!!! FTRPLT
Thanks FTRPLT. The funny thing is I have never smoke Brindleys. I probably should try it some time.
 

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Great bio and intro Mr. J and welcome to our little world.


Cheers,

RR
 

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Welcome to the forum Joe. I appreciate your sharing your pipe journey; it's interesting how we all ended up here. My Granddad and Dad were both pipe smokers during my childhood. I smoked pipes from the early '70's up until the early/mid '80's when I switched to cigars, primarily for convenience sake after a change in my job assignment. I smoked cigars until July of '18, when I dragged out my old pipes and wandered into the world of online tobacco and pipes. My how things changed in the 35 years I was absent from the pipes. The marketing can be a problem. So can the enablers on forums such as this. The good news is there are so many tobaccos to try, of course for some of us, that's also the bad news!
I'm retiring at the end of the year and am looking forward to some additional smoking time where I don't feel rushed or am up half the night smoking!
Enjoy your retirement and best wishes on your renewed pipe smoking journey!
 

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Welcome jags. I can relate to your situation. Smoked a pipe all the way through college in the early 70s. Much different than today. Most of the profs would let you smoke in class if you sat in the back and opened a window, lol. Then spent 40 years in aviation where everything was about schedules. Lots of panic and crises when a jet broke before takeoff. Especially in the corporate world. Rich folks hate being delayed! Anyway, afterddoetiring took up the pipe again. Wow, really different. No B&M tobacco/ pipe stores in my little burg so everything bought online. Glad I found this site. Good folks, lots of advice and help. I hope you enjoy it along with the rest of us old codgers. Main thing to learn about retirement is you really get to do what you want, mostly, lol.
 

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Welcome to the forum Joe. I appreciate your sharing your pipe journey; it's interesting how we all ended up here. My Granddad and Dad were both pipe smokers during my childhood. I smoked pipes from the early '70's up until the early/mid '80's when I switched to cigars, primarily for convenience sake after a change in my job assignment. I smoked cigars until July of '18, when I dragged out my old pipes and wandered into the world of online tobacco and pipes. My how things changed in the 35 years I was absent from the pipes. The marketing can be a problem. So can the enablers on forums such as this. The good news is there are so many tobaccos to try, of course for some of us, that's also the bad news!
I'm retiring at the end of the year and am looking forward to some additional smoking time where I don't feel rushed or am up half the night smoking!
Enjoy your retirement and best wishes on your renewed pipe smoking journey!
Thank you KXG. I am hoping the conversation here will help me cut through some of the bull. I am torn--should I approach tobacco like wine, and always be on the look out for something new; or like whiskey (or whisky) and find what I like and take comfort in the familiar. Well, there are worse problems to have.

All best wishes on your retirement. It has taken me time to adjust. Even on vacation, I always felt at work. Now, my time is free and what I make of it. Letting the workaday world go and focus on what I enjoy took some doing. But I am a slow learner. Joe
 

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Welcome jags. I can relate to your situation. Smoked a pipe all the way through college in the early 70s. Much different than today. Most of the profs would let you smoke in class if you sat in the back and opened a window, lol. Then spent 40 years in aviation where everything was about schedules. Lots of panic and crises when a jet broke before takeoff. Especially in the corporate world. Rich folks hate being delayed! Anyway, afterddoetiring took up the pipe again. Wow, really different. No B&M tobacco/ pipe stores in my little burg so everything bought online. Glad I found this site. Good folks, lots of advice and help. I hope you enjoy it along with the rest of us old codgers. Main thing to learn about retirement is you really get to do what you want, mostly, lol.
Thank you Ranger. Good words of advice. See my response to KXG--I said just about the same thing about retirement. I miss tobacco shops. I lived in Roanoke, Virginia for awhile. There was--and still is--a little independent tobacco shop called Milan's. I still do some shopping there. It was near my office and would frequently have to walk by it. In nice weather, the door was open and the smell of tobacco would always catch me. In my second return to pipe smoking, I bought my first return-to-smoking pipes there--a Peterson Rosslaire and an Armellini. They are still my favorites.

P.S. Still adjusting to being called an old codger, but I know it was said with affection, and has the merit of truth (unfortunately).

Regards, Joe
 

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Thank you Ranger. Good words of advice. See my response to KXG--I said just about the same thing about retirement. I miss tobacco shops. I lived in Roanoke, Virginia for awhile. There was--and still is--a little independent tobacco shop called Milan's. I still do some shopping there. It was near my office and would frequently have to walk by it. In nice weather, the door was open and the smell of tobacco would always catch me. In my second return to pipe smoking, I bought my first return-to-smoking pipes there--a Peterson Rosslaire and an Armellini. They are still my favorites.

P.S. Still adjusting to being called an old codger, but I know it was said with affection, and has the merit of truth (unfortunately).

Regards, Joe
Sorry about the "codger" designation, but you are correct. It was said with affection and a cordial tone. Suggestion, be proud of it. Look at it this way. We codgers bring a lifetime of experience to the table. To me it is both a badge of honor and a reason to be grateful. As it says on one of my T shirts. Careful boy, I got this old for a reason, lol.
As to your approach to piping, I blended your suggestions. When I returned to piping about 4 years ago, I found I had developed a liking for aromatics. Strange as previously I had smoked mainly balkans and english blends. So I found a few I really liked, mainly sutliff bulk blends, stocked up on them, then started branching out to other offerings, trying new blends in between my regular rotation. Has worked well for me. But then I like trying new wines but I also go back to my fav scotch for my evening smoke and drink. Let us know what you choose. Mainly just enjoy whichever it is, lol.
 

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No apologies necessary. My comment was a bit tongue in cheek. Part of retirement has been learning that certain things are passing me by because of my age.

I also started out with aromatics again--a blend from Milan's in Roanoke Virginia. I then went back to a store mixture from the Georgetown Tobacco Shop--Shenandoah, an English blend of Burley and Latakia. I started reading some reviews and just discovered St. Bruno and it is now my favorite. It is only sold in 2 ounce packets. I have bought several and going to age some of them.
 

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Sorry about the "codger" designation, but you are correct. It was said with affection and a cordial tone. Suggestion, be proud of it. Look at it this way. We codgers bring a lifetime of experience to the table. To me it is both a badge of honor and a reason to be grateful. As it says on one of my T shirts. Careful boy, I got this old for a reason, lol.
As to your approach to piping, I blended your suggestions. When I returned to piping about 4 years ago, I found I had developed a liking for aromatics. Strange as previously I had smoked mainly balkans and english blends. So I found a few I really liked, mainly sutliff bulk blends, stocked up on them, then started branching out to other offerings, trying new blends in between my regular rotation. Has worked well for me. But then I like trying new wines but I also go back to my fav scotch for my evening smoke and drink. Let us know what you choose. Mainly just enjoy whichever it is, lol.

No apologies necessary. My comment was a bit tongue in cheek. Part of retirement has been learning that certain things are passing me by because of my age.

I also started out with aromatics again--a blend from Milan's in Roanoke Virginia. I then went back to a store mixture from the Georgetown Tobacco Shop--Shenandoah, an English blend of Burley and Latakia. I started reading some reviews and just discovered St. Bruno and it is now my favorite. It is only sold in 2 ounce packets. I have bought several and going to age some of them.
Read a lot about st. Bruno but haven't tried it. Like many on here still looking for a replacement for my fav BSOSM. Smoked pretty exclusively through college and years after. Closest I have come so far is Arango Balkan Supreme.
 

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I have never had BSOSM. I think the Shenandoah I smoke from Georgetown Tobacco is an attempted imitation. I like it, but since I have never smoked the real thing, I don't know how it compares. Coincidentally I got a promotion for White Knight, which is supposed to resemble BSOSM. I probably won't get around to breaking open the tin for a while.
 

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Great story; thanks for sharing. Brindley's was my go-to for many years, usually mail-ordered from Faber, Coe & Gregg. The first time I ordered from them they just sent it out with a bill (which I promptly paid) - tells you how long ago that was! Sadly, like many of those wonderful old blends it's long gone. I recently tried one of the "match" tobaccos, and maybe it's just been so long since I tasted the real Brindley's, but...pass. Good group here; enjoy!
 

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I have never had BSOSM. I think the Shenandoah I smoke from Georgetown Tobacco is an attempted imitation. I like it, but since I have never smoked the real thing, I don't know how it compares. Coincidentally I got a promotion for White Knight, which is supposed to resemble BSOSM. I probably won't get around to breaking open the tin for a while.
I have tried many of the so called match blends. None of them like the original. Some of the H&H blends are good but not BSOSM.
 

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I have never had BSOSM. I think the Shenandoah I smoke from Georgetown Tobacco is an attempted imitation. I like it, but since I have never smoked the real thing, I don't know how it compares. Coincidentally I got a promotion for White Knight, which is supposed to resemble BSOSM. I probably won't get around to breaking open the tin for a while.
I have unopened tins of white knight and fuseliers ration. Might be time to break into them. So many choices so little time, lol.
 

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I have tried many of the so called match blends. None of them like the original. Some of the H&H blends are good but not BSOSM.
Your view seems to be the consensus. But it wasn't outrageously expensive. I am just starting to sample tobaccos, so thought I would give it a try.
 
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