I could start off this review the same way I started off the last review with a long vitriolic diatribe about insomnia, but unless you’ve ever suffered from insomnia you have no idea what I’m talking about, and if you have you don’t need the tirade.
Anyway, after finishing two reviews and being up all night, I had nothing left to do but start another review. My brain had reached overload, and I was done my third mocha when I thought, after that last mild tobacco (Capstan Gold), I’m going to need something strong, and a lot of it.
So as I mixed my fourth mocha, I contemplated my tobacco collection for something strong, and came up with Comoy’s Cask #4.
Brilliant, I thought, a nice strong Va-Per made from bright Virginias, now for a pipe to smoke it in?
Heading back over to the table my eyes fall on a lone, discarded, forgotten pipe in the back of my pipe rack and I remembered, that Brigham Voyageur 103 has an enormously large bowl. That solves my “and a lot of it” dilemma.
So I dust off the old Brigham, and draw out 1 ½ flakes which I then proceed to fold and stuff in the pipe.
With a strong slug of my mocha, I bring the old friend up to my mouth and strike my BIC.
After the fruity bag note, which I enjoyed, the large chamber of the Voyageur is inordinately hard to light, but I accomplish it after a few moments.
Comoy’s of London makes no effort to advertise, nor do they make fancy labels, and they know that no fancy label is going to sell bad tobacco, and no good tobacco needs fancy labels or advertising.
And then I thought of the slight irony of smoking that in a Canadian pipe. You see, Canadian tobacco legislation prevents any sort of tobacco products from being advertised including going so far as to prevent them from sponsoring a group or individual with products.
Brigham makes some incredible pipes, and they remain quietly in the background because Canada won’t let them tell anybody about it. They also make some very good pipe tobacco, but I will get into that in a future article.
Fortunately, for my magazine I have an American address, so I’ve been trying to get a hold of somebody at Brigham USA, to see if they could sponsor us, so if somebody from Brigham is reading this, please forward it to somebody at Brigham USA.
In any event, the patented Brigham rock maple filter delivers a clean, dry smoke, and the inexpensive pipe performs quite wonderfully.
I smoke the large bowl, having to relight twice, after taking a long break to dictate to my computer, for a good 45 minutes becoming thoroughly buzzed on the nicotine.
However, unlike a few reviews that I found online, I have no problem with the tobacco burning evenly, and the pipe remains quite cool throughout the whole smoke.
The taste of the smoke is simply one of delicious Virginia peppered with Perique and is quite satisfying.
After smoking the pipe for a good hour and 10 minutes, I finally finished a bowl and tapped out the reasonable amount of dottle and ash and set down the pipe thoroughly sated.
I was high enough on the nicotine that my mind was racing along and I hoped that people would be up soon, so I could wax philosophical with them.
Time for my fifth mocha, maybe I’ll squeeze out yet another review.
Just as an aside, as I was looking up this tobacco online to tell you where you get it, which by the way is smokingpipes.com for tinned at $12.37 USD for a 3.5 ounce can, or
pipesandcigars.com for bulk, as the highest price there is $2.95 USD per ounce and it just gets better from there, I discovered that there is no hard description of its tobacco online. Each group has their own description, and Tobaccoreviews.com for description only says “Comoy’s”. Again, it reinforces that this company relies on the reputation of its tobacco not fancy words, they leave that to me.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!