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At first glance, pipes can feel like an overwhelming wave of information and uncharted territory. Here, we break it down nice and simple to help make it as seamless as possible. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. We’ve got your back friend and have the 411 you need to get up and running in no time.
Pipe tobacco is uniquely cured and seasoned to create a flavor and aroma that’s typically much different than other types of smoking tobaccos. Utilizing a variety of tobacco strains, grown on nearly every continent, pipe tobaccos are normally a composition of a variety of these leaves blended in order to achieve a desired flavor and strength level. Additionally, these tobaccos are cured and/or fermented by different means to further add distinctive flavors. A smoking process is common, and the different woods used in this process each introduce their own unique characteristics. Then, some tobacco blends undergo a casing process which includes the addition of sugars and/or top flavorings to create a less harsh and/or more aromatic experience. Moisture content and the style of cut also add characteristics to the overall taste of a pipe tobacco. In short, there are millions of pipe tobacco combinations, each one crafted according to a strict recipe in order to create a desired profile and smoking experience.
Learning the proper way to pack, light, and truly enjoy a pipe takes a bit of time and patience. You didn’t learn to tie your shoes the first time you tried, and the same can be said here. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be packing a bowl in your sleep.
Take it slow when smoking your pipe. Many newcomers puff too fast, resulting in a hot bowl and smoke. Take your time, have patience and relax. You may have to re-light your tobacco several times throughout the course of your smoke. This is completely normal.