GQ Tobaccos Askwith Kake

Recently I was most pleasantly surprised with a package from our Editor, Erin, containing two small pouches of GQ Tobaccos blends. Though I have read many praises of this blend, living in the USA they aren’t something easily obtained. In fact, my wife, wondering why I was so giddy over the contents of the small…

An Interview with Russ Ouellette, Tobacconist Extraordinare

With an illustrious career as perhaps one of the world’s premiere tobacconists, it was my pleasure to interview Russ Ouellette for our special feature.  You’ve probably tasted at least one of his blends if your interest in the fine hobby of pipe smoking has taken you away from over-the-counter brands; with more than 25 years…

Hold Your Horses! (Standard Tobacco: War Horse, Loose Cut in a John Hines Cavalier)

Well, it has been an interesting time for me to say the least.  Just about 2 weeks ago, John Hines surprised me by sending me a cavalier pipe with the note “thanks for all the wonderful reviews” and on the exact same day, Russ Ouellette of Pipes and Cigars sent me five review samples of old…