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I haven’t written in some time about a Pease tobacco and since I have a lack of new smoking-things piquing my interest lately, I’m going back to things I know and things I know I like. Meridian, a GL Pease mixture, falls into this category. It is often misunderstood for reasons two: being boring when it is in fact subtle, and fools arguing about it not being a “true English” because it isn’t caked with a crap-ton of Latakia. I have described it in the past as Pease’s tobacco-attempt at singing Barry White when he’s normally busy conducting Wagner or Tchaikovsky. Critics and fans alike often don’t know what to do when chart-topping hits aren’t in line with the status quo, and a finished piece in that sense often says more about the hand of the creator than the creation. Meridian is exactly this in my world.
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With the recent
demise closing of McClelland, it got me thinking how prices will fare with the change in the landscape, and how the existing tobacco retailers and suppliers are handling the changes and how does the vintage tobacco market look today after the dust has begun to settle. Who better to help me figure out this new normal than Steve Fallon?
I sat down with Steve a.k.a “The Pipe Stud” and pulled up a pipe, and as usual, he offered to fill it with his mixture of vintage 1980s Dunhill Royal Yacht but only if he could include 5 brothers with this concoction. Don’t try this at home unless you’ve got a full stomach gang. Steve likes to see people turn green and giggle when you’re not looking. Lighting my pipe, gagging on the 5 brothers, I picked his brain on how he thought the market was heading.
Pipe smoking has a way of stirring up the past, sometimes emotionally, sometimes directly. Lately I’ve been figuring out a lot of what means something to me versus what does not, as it’s been a trying last few months. Tobacco is, unscientifically, a form of patience grown in the sun, harvested, cured and treated in various ways, and released when we set it ablaze. Poetry isn’t my strong suit, but memory is.
Dr. Michael Garr, Ph. D. aka "Doc Garr"
We have lots of anecdotal information about whether pipe smoking is on the increase or decrease. And we have anecdotal information about what age groups are more likely to smoke a pipe. What we are lacking is systematic information about the age distribution of pipe smoking across a number of years.
One of Peterson's signature shapes, the "68" bent Brandy serves as a more curvaceous sibling to the "69" bent Billiard design. More full-bodied in ...