Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Smoking Flake Tobacco - What You Need To Know

Whether you’ve been smoking for years or just starting out, it’s important to have knowledge under your belt, or should I say behind the pipe. Flake tobacco is popular by taste, but often one that smokers are less aware of. One of the most interesting types of tobacco, Flake tobacco is full of zest, delicious flavor and lightly sweetened to perfection. Want to know more? We’re sharing everything you need to know, before diving deep into the world of Flake tobacco.

How it’s made

Regardless of what type of tobacco you’re interested in, it’s always best to understand how it’s made. This will give you better insight as to what actually goes into the tobacco, and might also help you make a more knowledgeable decision about what you like. Flake tobacco is made by pressing the tobacco under intense pressure, which allows it to form into a cube. The cube is then sliced into strips called flakes, hence the name. One reason flake tobaccos are left in slices is due to fact that the strips ultimately retain freshness longer. And who doesn’t want fresh tobacco?

Before you smoke, you must prepare

When it comes to smoking the tobacco, there are variety of ways to do it. Each technique offers something completely different for the smoker. However, before you can smoke you must prepare.

1.     Rub Method - Using the palm of your hands, rub out the Flake so the tobacco slowly breaks apart. Depending upon how you big or small you want your pieces to be, you can completely rub the entirely flake out or you can go for a lighter approach. You can then load the tobacco into the pipe, and smoke happy!
2.     Fold Method - Grab a Flake of tobacco and fold it against the grain, right down the middle. Repeat this fold, only this time fold it with the grain. In front of you will should be a square shaped piece of tobacco. Put the entire thing inside the pipe and gently push down with your fingers. Warning! There may be excess tobacco. Trim accordingly and your pipe is ready to go.
3.     Roll Method - Lay your flake down on a flat surface, and roll lengthwise, with the grain. Once again, place your rolled tobacco into the pipe and gently push down with your fingers. Helpful tip: there should be some space between the tobacco and the rim. If it’s sticking out trim some of it off and insert the tobacco back inside.

Unlike a loose mixture, Flake tobacco will often expand when lit on fire. When packing your pipe, it’s important to keep this mind. Make sure to pack it lightly, leaving room for the flakes to swell. All that’s left is to find a flavor you enjoy, a brand that suits your tastes. Happy smoking!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What To Look For When Purchasing Your First Estate Pipe

Although purchasing a tobacco pipe might seem like a simple task, this process is actually a bit more complex than you might think. Regardless of which type of pipe you’re interested in, there are variety of factors that go into finding the perfect one. Walk into any pipe shop, and you’ll immediately be faced with an abundance of questions. Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry, we have all the answers you need.

When it comes down to it, estate pipes are great for beginners and will provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. These pipes are pre-owned, and most likely have been broken in. Choosing the best one for you ultimately comes down to three categories: Aesthetics, Mechanical and Price. Your first pipe might be the pipe you stick with for the rest of your life, so it’s important you’re knowledgeable when making a selection. We’re breaking down all three categories in order to make this a simple and exciting process for you!


More likely than not, you won’t know what you like until you walk into the store. Purchasing a pipe is a personal experience, one that I don’t recommend doing for someone other than yourself. Think about what kind of person you are, what kind of look your sport and then pick your pipe accordingly. If you’re into being over the top then a larger, more extravagant pipe might be the perfect choice for you. And if you’re a more subtle person, something a bit more sophisticated would work for you. The best way to know for sure is to head on into the store, stand in the mirror and check yourself out. It may seem silly, but it’s no different than trying on a really sleek coat. If you look good, chances are you’ll feel good and who can argue with that.


Making sure you’re pipe is in great shape is key. Before making a final decision, it’s important to inspect your pipe. When inspecting your pipe there are many factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, the weight. You want to be comfortable smoking your pipe so it’s best to find one that won’t weigh you down. Next, be aware of fillers that may have been used to fix holes or pits in the pipe. Although the putty used is not harmful and will not impact the ability to smoke, over time it may change the shape of the pipe. It’s also crucial that you’re aware of where the draft hole is located. It should be as close as possible to the center of the bowl and should align perfectly with the airhole, creating a smooth airway for the smoke stream. Once you have the perfect pipe, you’re free to buy the tobacco of your choice, and the accessories that best suit your needs.


The truth is, when it comes to the price of your pipe it’s all about personal preference. Although pipes can range in price, there is really no such thing as a cheap pipe or an expensive pipe. Whether you pay $20 or $75, it’s all about how well the pipe smokes. Find the right pipe for you, and smoke happy! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Aromatics vs. Non-Aromatic Tobaccos - Which Should You Choose?

When it comes to tobacco, the flavors and aromas are endless. However, types of tobacco typically fall into two distinct categories: aromatic and non-aromatic. In order to decide which tobacco is best for you, it’s important to you first understand the difference between the two. While one person might consider a specific tobacco aromatic, another would not agree. Opinions often vary and differences are not always distinct. Looking for more specific information on these two types of tobacco? Not sure which one to choose? We’re breaking down those blurred lines, and sharing all the specifics you need to make an informed decision.

Aromatic Tobacco

One of the key characteristics of aromatic tobacco is flavor, and of course aroma. If you’re looking for a sweet taste, or a floral scent this is the perfect choice for you. During the manufacturing process, casings are added to the tobacco, or otherwise known as flavor. Most often flavors include vanilla, honey, liqueur and cherry. You might be saying to yourself,  “I don’t want the sweetness to be overpowering.” Not to worry, the amount of flavor varies. Depending on the amount of flavor added, the tobacco may be deemed slightly-aromatic or semi-aromatic, giving off a much less potent taste. At the end of the day regardless of what flavor or scent best suits you, it’s always important to choose a high quality brand.

Non-Aromatic Tobacco

This type of tobacco is made with the purpose of keeping the natural flavors and aroma a priority. Manufacturers focus on producing the tobacco with flavors such as wood, grass and other natural spices while still offering something for that sweet tooth. Depending on the plant, the amount of sugar varies, which automatically impacts the sweetness of the tobacco. The earthy tones, and clean taste provide a more subtle choice for those who aren’t interested in added flavor. Whether you’re looking for something strong or more mild, the wide range of tobacco options are endless.

Equipped with all the information you need, making this choice comes down to personal preference. When comparing aromatic and non-aromatic tobaccos, one is not better than the other. While some people prefer the sweet flavors of aromatic tobacco, others prefer natural aromas of non-aromatic tobacco. Choose one or try them both. When it comes down to it, the best way to know for sure is to test them out and then decide which brand embodies what you love about the taste.

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