I havenít had much
time to write as of late, or maybe Iíve just had little worth while
writing about, but as I woke very early and my little blonde brain is
functioning, on those rare occasions that it does, I thought Iíd pen a
For those that
missed the West Coast Pipe Show, Iím sorry for you. It was another
excellent show. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Lots of great people
attended and this year I had time to catch up with some friends I had
not seen in many years.
Itís a little funny
how little we know about folks. I spent a little time chatting with
Jeff Gracik. Jeff is an extremely talented young man. I am sure we
have all seen the incredible pipes he creates. What I did learn at the
show is that Jeff ( like myself ) is also a guitar player.
talented pipe carver I had time to chat with was Ernie Merkle. We had a
great chat discussing the differences between the Canadian medical and
tax system and that of the US. For ALL you friends based in the US, let
me say this loudly. Medical coverage is NOT free in Canada. Indeed it
is less costly ( up front ) than in the US, but for extended coverage
and the high income tax rates paid here, we are no better off.
This year Greg
Pease attended. This was a special treat, for me, as I had not seen
Greg in 8 years, which is how many years itís been since I have been
able to attend the Chicago Show. Time flies!
Currently I am
trying new ( to me ) tobaccos. I think I have made this comment before,
but maybe it needs repeating. Donít let your nose fool you into not
trying a blend. The two blends are Astleyís No 44 Dark Virginia Flake
and Peter Stokkebye Luxury Twist Flake. I am looking to expand my
cellar and the reviews on these two sounded interesting.
To my nose, I was
sure the Astleyís would be right up my alley. Much deeper and
fruitier. Think figs and plums. The Stokkebye is far sweeter and from
the aroma I am sure it has a topping. I almost did not try the
Stokkebye, due to the topping.
The Astleyís is ok,
but not what I expected from the aroma. A tad sharp and very mundane.
I expected a fuller richer flavor with far less tongue bite.
The Stokkebye on
the other hand is more expansive / interesting. There is a slight
sharpness on the tongue, yet it offers some adventure in itís flavor
profile. It goes through fazes of sweetness with a hint of a citric
undertone. Both flakes were rubbed out to nearly the some ribbon cut
consistency. Both burn well. From the get go I prefer the Stokkebye
blend, but will finish a full 50 grams of each before I pass final