OLD TOBY a blend By The Country Squire.

Do you like samples? Would you enjoy a sample tasting club? Are you ok with tasty Aromatic and just as tasty straight blends? Maybe you should consider the BRTV and explore the lore of Middle Earth. https://youtu.be/7PaoKRZAs8I if you don’t need the video to trust me, then go here. https://www.thecountrysquireonline.com/product/brtv-middle-earth-sampler/

Today, July 18, the first bag has been opened and the sample tasting has begun. We are attempting to do one sample a month starting with Old Toby and working right through to Kingsfoil in December. If you are just hearing about this now, I must apologize as I inform you that you are late.

More on the club to follow in further editions of this blog, on to the Review.

OLD TOBY. Named after Tobin Hornblower, who if legend has it correct is the Hobbit responsible for bringing Pipe Weed (Now called Tobacco) to The Shire. If you are completely confused by the reference, you haven’t read anything by J.R.R. Tolkien or watched a movie in Years.

What it is: An Aromatic blend of Virginia, Burley, and a touch of Perique with a Sugar casing. It comes out of the bag almost soggy and will need a considerable amount of drying time if you want to keep it lit. Mine has just a touch of vanilla but that might be from one of the other samples. It reminds me of Christmas baking in my Grandmother’s kitchen. In my opinion she was the best cook that ever lived so lets just say that it smells like Heaven.

The Smoke is wonderful, and even though it comes WET, there is no tongue bite. Having smoked it all day, and I’m still not tired of it, I’m already planning to get more. The Burley is just right and the Virginia smooths out the strength to just a touch past medium in strength. The Perique is very faint and adds to the sweetness in a Cob and the pepper in a Briar. I find Meerschaum is better for the flavor than a clay, but not by much.

It burns well, once you can get it lit and forms a nice powdery ash when it is done. It also takes its own sweet time though I don’t imagine that will bother you.

It pairs well with everything you might want to drink, and you can just as easily smoke a whole bowl without needing a drink.

For the Binary I give it a 1 (and another 1 for the nostalgia of being named for the Tolkien reference)

Sorry no pictures but if you need to see what comes in the sampler, https://youtu.be/6XUL6VSclBM here is my YABO from earlier in the day.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

Get a sampler and follow along if you can.

By the way, it is a major Birthday for The Country Squire so let them know.

ERIN GO BRAGH

Erin go Bragh is an English corruption of the phrase Éirinn go Brách in the Irish language. … The term brách is equivalent to ‘eternity’ or ‘end of time’, meaning the phrase may be translated literally as ‘Ireland until eternity’ or ‘Ireland to the end (of time)’. Thanks Wiki

Scandinavian Tobacco Group? Well they own Lane and Lane owns 1-Q and that’s the #1 selling Tobacco on the planet. The blend is Flue-cured Virginias, Toasted White Burley and Sweet Black Cavendish. Spiked with aged Irish Whiskey.

Break the seal with it right in your face. You are not going to want to miss the aroma. It’s something like Southern Comfort. You get sweetness and Whiskey right from the bag. Given the information it is just what you should expect.

The cut is very fine and easy to pack, but the overall blend is sticky. Those without my Cast Iron tongue may want a healthy amount of drying time. So let’s get to smoking.

SWEET. Ok, I knew it would be but I thought it best to warn you. Give it a little time though and it tones that down to something nice and flavorful. About 20ish puffs and the Burley finally makes an appearance. Don’t worry it gets stronger as you go. I would love to say that I can taste the whiskey, it’s just not there for me. What is, that warm mouth feeling when sipping a whiskey on a cold evening. That part is very nice.

The Burn: Slow and steady but surprisingly hot. Not excessively but definitely warm.

Strength: Medium edging into full,

Smoke: Thin and dissipates quickly. Mostly gray and white.

Room note is excellent. Not overbearing but not so lax as to be unnoticeable.

Personal Preferences: Later in the evening with a nice cocktail (Old Fashioned – straight up) and a book. First thing in the morning with Coffee or Tea. It’s just too relaxing for a mid day smoke unless you have nothing to do but fish.

On to the Binary. (1) Big shocker there.

I won this from Martin https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ95JSZuach1B6PzPStw_zg on his live Friday night show. I will definitely purchase more at some point.

While we are doing Shout Outs, I have 2 more first is Phil. His channel has no content but his tirelessly working for the whole community is why you should follow him.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1nXvZiVT-HvYefEjjClnw

And one of my Favorite Canadians who will actually make it possibly more than worth your time to subscribe to Phil, Mike http://Check out Michael J. Glukler (@briarblues): https://twitter.com/briarblues?s=09 but his video below is what you really want. https://youtu.be/bxLqEXmDj9E

A time for some Change

This is not hope and change, this is not sweeping social reform, this is the Comoys Cask 7 Coins Review. Oh, yeah, and a little tiny change to the reviews.

The slight change – I am useing these coins to describe the size of the bowl. So if from now on you read a pipe described as a “2 coin Cob” or a “3 coin Briar” just know, that is what I can comfortably fit in a bowl. Your own preferences will likely vary.

On with the show.

My pipes,

Savinelli Trevi KS 320 – 3 coin Briar. Most of us have one or have at least held one. It makes for a very convenient baseline as well as a very consistent smoke.

Missouri Meerschaum (Washington Bent?) – 2 coin Cob. If you don’t have a Cob, you are missing out. Everyone has a Cob and I find it brings out the sweetness of a blend.

Falcon Hyperbole Meerschaum lined. 2 coin Meerschaum. I call it a 2 coin Meerschaum because that is what the bowl is. I have also tested it against my 100% guaranteed Meerschaum pipe and could find no difference in taste. Only the size of the bowl.

¾coin Clay. This is the reason I switched to the Falcon. Both my Clay and my Meerschaum are ¾ coin bowls. Every once in a while I get a slight difference in taste between the clay and a Meerschaum but the size difference is now a better mix.

Sorry for the long introduction, back to the coinage.

Why coins? You might have to trust me as I finally decided to trust Phil. If you dont know Phil, https://www.briarreport.com/ or https://www.briarreport.org/ you would do well to get to know Phil. He is tapping into the world of pipes better than anyone else I have ever found.

Sorry, another Wild Tangent.

Ok, I roll my coins and then twist them into the bowl. You can rub them out or try one of the other methods, I like to roll. This particular coin collection is rather difficult to light, but once it is lit, it smokes like a champ and requires very little tamping. Don’t be surprised if you have to light it 3-5 times including the charing light.

I’m trying to cut down on the ton of pictures except for any Epic Ash Review.

First couple of puffs, the Black Cavendish shows up with a touch of sweetness something similar to an Apple or a Raisin but faint enough that I personally can’t be sure. The Burley shows second. More of a feeling of Burley than a flavor.(Don’t give up a few more puffs and the Burley taste takes front stage) Latakia is there, but for me it is well rounded and very satisfying. To be honest, if I did not know better I would swear this is a VaPer. Virginia Perique – VaPer. Cobs will bring more of the Black Cavendish forward and for this blend the Briar is not pulling more pepper than the other 3.

The burn is smooth, slow, and cool. Holding onto the bowl should be comfortable except for the Clay. Even when I think the bowl is packed too tightly the Draw is excellent. For a more pleasant experience separate the coins slightly before rolling. Edge of coin to center of next coin.

The smoke is light gray and dissipates quickly. Like wise, the ash is a mild salt and pepper and very powdery. Proving that you are going to get your money’s worth out of these coins.

Strength is medium to full leaning towards full thanks to the Burley. Tongue bite is minimal to nonexistant perfect for someone who is just getting into Burley and/or Latakia.

Best and worst- with coins, control is the best thing. Each coin weighs about the same and contains almost the same amount of each Tobacco. The worst part is time. If you are pressed for time, don’t even look at these coins. 40 minutes on a ¾ coin clay, 2+ hours on the Savinelli just be ready for something or someone to interrupt before you can finish the bowl.

There are so many great qualities of this blend and style, if I was using a points scale it is my highest rated blend. Luckily for me I use the Binary.

1 without a doubt I will get more of Comoys Cask 7Coin cut. I’m just waiting for it to go on sale so I can get a pound. In fact that is the only reservation. Price.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

Before I go, this goes out to all Americans (A) Happy Juneteenth (B) if you want some premium free stuff click on the link below and do what needs doing.https://youtu.be/q4mqUIyWKnI I’ve never seen a Briar Report GAW that was not overboard in the prize department.

Good luck

Willy Lee A two hundred forty one review.

Ok, before someone screams racism, (Welcome to society 2020). Before anyone says, “Isn’t that a Johnny Cash song?”, and a good one at that. Welcome back to cigars with Voodoo. Some people might have guessed, I am a big fan of Crowned Heads. Las Calaveras 2014 set me on that path, with a few exceptions, I still really like their sticks. (Go Green, Go White) Today is no exception. A recent find is the Crowned Heads Juarez Willy Lee.

Yes, it is named after a Johnny Cash song, Jack Brown is the other size. Willy is a Toro, Jack is a robusto, relatively speaking. Both are very price friendly. Both sticks taste the same. But today I’m reviewing Willy Lee.

Let’s start with the facts. The wrapper is San Andreas so there will be some pepper. The binder is Ecuadorian, I tend to get hints of chocolate from Ecuadorian tobacco. The filler is Dominican and Nicaraguan. There are alot of flavors from each, but being filler most of it will only be noticeable if you retrohale. It should be medium-full Strength but I have heard some say it is Full. Last fact, I’m wasting time typing about it, I need to get to smoking it.

One puff in and it’s like a Hatch dusted Hershey’s kiss. If you have never had chillies in chocolate before your missing out.

There is a slight wood oak maybe, but if it is it’s post oak. The mouth feel is smooth with the pepper picking up on the back side. Want more wood and pepper? RETROHALE. The smoke is Thick and lingering, with the nice little breeze I can still see a good puff at 30 feet.

If you don’t know about Crowned Heads, you might not believe me, the ash is like concrete.

I could probably stand 75% of this cigar on its ash. The draw is beautiful, just the right amount of resistance.

So Voodoo, what is this bit about a two hundred forty one Review? 241- AKA 2-4-1. Surprize this is also an EPIC ASH photo shoot.

And then the big black bee changed my mind. Let’s just say the ash was truly epic but mother nature can not be denied. You try staying real still when a bee the size of a Cessna starts dive bombing you. Cheers to the Tuskegee Airmen, it had everything but the red tail.

On to the Binary.

This is a 1 priced to be an everyday smoke and flavor enough for the exceptional event. Construction of a stick that is 2 to 3 times the price. The only reservation I have is that you better buy them by the box and unlike most cigars, it wont chase my mother-in-law away.

As Always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

Donald’s Black Duck

Ok, I get it, it is not really Donald’s “Black Duck”. It is officially Cornell & Diehl’s Black Duck. My title just has a certain ring to it that makes me smile.

They (C&D) say, it is a medium to full blend of Latakia, Burleys, and unsweetened black Cavendish. It’s actually on the other side of the can.

Just look at that dark chocolate colored mass of ribbon cut goodness. If you know what you are looking for, there is my Savinelli Trevi KS 320 from The Pipe Nook. https://www.thepipenook.com/

Alright, stop right there, forget the word chalk-o-lattè you won’t taste it, and from here on in this Review it is all about fact and taste. I am using a Savinelli for a Briar, a Falcon for a Meerschaum, and one of my many cobs. (Yes, I felt obligated to explain what I’m doing just incase it has been too long since the last time). Why 3 bowls? They all can bring out different qualities and maybe, just maybe, one of the 3 is going to be the perfect choice.

“Black- My Team, My Coffee, My Pipe, My Cup, My Duck, and My Soul.”~It’s a Voodoo thing.

Ok, quite honestly I have no way to describe the blend other than to ask; When is a VaPer not a VaPer? Sure the Latakia is there, you can smell it in the tin note. Yes, the Burley is there, you can feel the tingling of your tongue. (Not tongue bite) The Cavendish is proving to smooth out the edges and brighten up the layers. You want to find more Latakia? Go with the Retrohale.

As with most C&D blends that I acquire, drying is optional. Black Duck is mildly sticky when you first open the tin. It smokes well, with a thick bright cloud that disappears fairly quickly.

The Briar brings out more of the pepper than the others, The Cob brings out a certain sweetness, and The Falcon brings out a touch more of the smokiness of the Latakia. All three media are very enjoyable with this blend.

The burn is nice and cool, the ash is a fine salt and pepper gray with very little tamping required. Except for the fact that I didn’t purchase a pound of Black Duck, it is an excellent choice for an All Day Smoke. Having just enough strength for the full strength Smokers, but not quiet enough to blow your head off if you are just a medium.

Ok, on to the Binary.

1, of course, with a slight reservation. Pay attention to the pipe you are smoking it from. It will change flavors are strength slightly though I really enjoyed all 3.

Now that you have gone this far, if you still need some Pipe content, check out BRTV, that’s Briar Report TV. YouTube has been cracking down on Tobacco and the #YTPC in general. https://www.briarreport.org/brtv/

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

CINCO DE MAYO

When I find myself in times of trouble
Padre Piper comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, Covid free.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom,Covid free. Covid free, Covid free. Whisper words of wisdom,Covid free.
And when the broken hearted people, Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, Covid free. For though they may be parted there is Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, Covid free, Covid free, Covid free. Yeah
There will be an answer, Covid free. And when the night is cloudy, There is still a pipe that lights for me, Smoke on until tomorrow, Covid free. I wake up to the sound of music Padre Piper comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, Covid free, Covid free, Covid free.
There will be an answer, Covid free, Covid free,Covid free, Whisper words of wisdom, Corona Free.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

Baby it’s COVID-19

This is intended for humor. Should you be offended, please take it someplace where you can enjoy a pipe or a cigar and preferably a good stiff drink.

I really can’t stay (Baby it’s COVID-19 outside)
I gotta go away (Baby it’s COVID-19 outside)
This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d stayed in)
So very nice (Go wash your hands they’re just like ice)
My mother will start to worry (Cough cough what’s your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the ambulance roar)
So really I’d better scurry (Here’s your mask what’s your hurry)
Well maybe just a half a drink more (I’ll spray some Lysol while you pour)

The neighbors might think (Baby it’s bad out there)
Say what’s in this drink? (No one is safe out there)
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)
I ought to say no, no, no sir (just don’t move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (Baby don’t hold out)
Baby it’s COVID-19 outside
Ah, you’re very pushy you know?
I like to think of it as opportunistic
I simply must go (Baby it’s COVID-19 outside)
The answer is no (But baby it’s COVID-19 outside)
The welcome has been (How lucky that you stayed in)
So nice and warm (Just your fever starting to storm)
My sister will be suspicious (Did you just sneeze on my dishes?)
My brother will be there at the door (Hes just as sick I can be shure)
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Sneezing again on my dishes!)
Well maybe just a cigar more (Never such a sickness before) (Social distancing from the smoke)
I’ve got to get home (Baby you’ll sneeze out there)
Say lend me a coat? (More than pollen from the trees out there!)
You’ve really been grand, (I feel sick when I touch your hand)
But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my life long sorrow!)
At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died!)
I really can’t stay (Get over that old out)
Baby it’s Corona
Baby it’s COVID-19 outside
Okay fine, just another drink then
That took a lot of convincing!

And people thought the song was creepy before?

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes

The COVID-19 Post

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival. ”

“Never, never, never give up.”

All the above quotes are attributed to Sir Winston Churchill.

I do not believe it can be said any better.

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes
“Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.”

Be well, Voodoo will be thinking best wishes to you and yours.

The Perfect Pipe for the Busy.

I don’t do many just pipe reviews, in fact I’m reasonably certain that this is my first one other than a post about clay pipes and a Savinelli from The Pipe Nook. https://www.thepipenook.com/ My pipe today is the Falcon, Shillelagh, with the Meerschaum lined, Smooth, Hyperbole, sometimes referred to as just a Hyper. It almost hurts to write that out, but Voodoo is a stickler for specifics and Accuracy. I want everything I post to be repeatable by anyone to the best of their ability. That even goes for an Epic Ash even if it is better than mine.

Why is a Falcon perfect for the busy pipe smoker? Cleaning. Plain and simple. Being able to unscrew the bowl, cleaning it is super easy and takes half the time. It can be done with any stick that fits the hole and a single pipe cleaner. Basic maintenance cleaning can be done with a paper towel or napkin.

For this picture set, I smoked 3 bowls of C&D Chenets Cake last night and let the pipe sit dirty for several hours. Normally I would clean it as soon as it cools enough to not be hazardous to the threads on the bowl, they are made of wood.

The pipe. Yes, I highly suggest the bowl shape for smokeability and a rubber nib protector for those that love to clench.

What you will need to buy. No the white leg is not necessary, neither is the scar tissue.

Dirty? Try filthy. I only took it this far for the sake of pictures.

A stick, I picked it up in the backyard this morning.

As you can see it does an admirable job of clearing the blockage. Go from bottom to top. Then blow through the bowl to finish.

Switch to the pipe cleaner, return the stick back to the yard.

Start at the nib and insert the cleaner. Give it a few passes.

Switch ends of the cleaner and swab out the moisture chamber. Then swab the bottom of the bowl. Make sure to clean the threads.

Ready to reassemble.

From filthy to clean in less than 5 minutes.

Make sure to not cross thread.

Half a turn and you are back in business.

Yes, it is really that simple.

Back to smoking.

In the Binary, a big 1. You just about can’t over pack this pipe. I tried, only came close with a super moist blend once. Ease of cleaning is a definite plus. It doesn’t smoke for over an hour and that is the only thing I can find to say that is less than 100% positive.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.

Ps… Wear green on Tuesday.

Let me Perique your intrest.

Recently I found a tin of Chenets Cake. The blend is named in honor of the Louisiana farmer that is credited with the creation of Perique. So what is Perique? Take a specific strain of Burley, cultivate it through some Indian tribes, further cultivate it by some Acadian Farmers in Louisiana. That’s just the first hundred years give or take a few centuries. Only allow 12 leaves, no sucker vines, and only pick it in the evenings in June. Hang the whole plant for 2 weeks or less in a drying barn with no sides, then roll it into 1pound rolls. Now place those in hickory whiskey barrels and press the air out for a year. Release, roll by hand, and repress. Labor intensive is easy to say. Oh yeah, only really able to grow it in a 30 square mile triangle shaped area.

What comes out is a strong, fermented, dark brown nearly black tobacco that most claim is too strong to smoke by itself. The fruity aroma and power is the most notable feature, just like the blend being reviewed. (sorry for the history lesson)

Blend note…Perique and Virginia ~ not a VaPer, more a PerVa.

Ok, let’s smoke. Open the can, and ok, that’s new, the cake is moist. I mean damn near soggy. Check the label for a Sutliff disclaimer but nope it says Cornell and Diehl. Be prepared to let this cake dry or be brave and dive right in. The fruit smell, always reminds me of Plums, is in full effect before the cake was unwrapped. Puff, Puff, BAMB, fruit flavor and a little worry I’m thumbing my nose in the face of tongue bite.

Halfway through and surprisingly smooth, no Tongue Bite yet. I’m starting to feel that, “Find me a Rocking Chair feeling”. I knew it was supposed to be strong, but I’m not sure I was really ready for it. Might I suggest that you smoke a bowl at home without the need for driving a motor vehicle or operating heavy machinery first, just to make sure there are no ill effects.

Side note (1) I could not detect any noticeable difference in flavor or strength in Briar, Meerschaum, Clay, Cob, or Falcon. Packing it before drying got the Falcon to feel plugged and I was sure that would never happen.

Side note (2) Chenets Cake is great for Ghostbusting. Ok, I still feel Haunted Bookshop is better, but not by much.

Finally, let’s get the Binary. One. Only a very small reservation. The strength and the cleaning. I have been going back through my old Review list with the Falcon. The ability to take it apart and clean it makes for a new and (to me) interesting dynamic. Full pipe Review coming soon.

As always,

Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes