From the time I got up, until the time I wrote this review, it was just, “my day.”
All day I kept thinking to myself, “this has got to be some sort of joke”, but it wasn’t! After cutting through all the bureaucratic red tape, making a doctor’s appointment for the next day, dealing with cheques, Visa, and medical needs, all of which going in my favour, I finally got a chance to slow down and reflect upon this great day, and enjoy a good pipe.
So, I thought to myself, “on such a lucky day, I really should smoke an auspicious pipe.”
Well, which of my pipes is the most fortunate?
I have a few pipes that were given to me, but they are hardly lucky.
Then I considered my WDC Milano Bent Dublin. When I got this pipe, from Keith Keller at Mason Pipes, it was because he sent me the wrong pipe. Well, it turns out that I liked this pipe more than I liked the pipe that he was supposed to send me. Though the pipe was of a similar quality than one that I ordered, and of a similar shape, they were of different makes and colours. He did offer to make good on the deal, and send me the other pipe, but I liked this one better!
That is my most fortuitous pipe.
So, I find myself sitting on my porch, with my WDC bent Dublin and a bowl of Peter Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake ruminating on my good fortune, and trying not to jinx it.
Surprisingly, for a non-cased tobacco the bag note is really quite pleasant and fruity, and though easily smoked folded and stuffed, I find the tobacco smokes better when rubbed out, hence my pipe is loaded with a couple of rubbed out flakes.
The bowl of my bent Dublin is on the smaller side, so two curly cut flakes fill the chamber to capacity.
Slowly, I cock my lighter…
Wait!? Loaded!? Chamber!? Cock!?… I’m starting to sound like an American!!
Just kidding, my southern brothers (and sisters) of the briar, who at least have weather conducive to smoking outside, and whose dictatorial government has not yet used the “Sydney” model to ban public smoking.
I understand totally!
You need your guns. How else will you protect yourself from the government?
Anyway, thinking amusedly on the good happenstances I light up my pipe and begin puffing away, chuckling to myself, contented.
Well, I am smoking outside, but I’ve been told the room note is light, floral, and woodsy.
The taste is magnificent, just magnificent! It could just be that I’m having a great day, but this is honestly the best Va-Per that I’ve ever tried, and I think it’s finished nicely with the black Cavendish center.
Chuffing away in the cool air of a Canadian Spring night, the pipe began to gurgle near the bottom of the bowl, but that did very little to counter my great mood.
The tobacco left little in the way of dottle, and burned to a clean ash, and even a small bowl left me a little buzzed. Maybe I was a little buzzed anyway.
All that having been said, this is a great tobacco! Smooth, but with a peppery bouquet. Light and fruity, but full-bodied and satisfying. I love it, my wife loves it, my husband loves it, and my roommate loves the smell of both the bag note and the room note (he doesn’t smoke)!
Definitely can’t go wrong with this one!
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!