| The Mill
May 24, 2019
In lieu of my somewhat contrived B.S.
to fill this spot, I have some very solid
info to impart. It comes from I book
espied while looking for something
else. The title is "Oriental and Latakia
Tobaccos" by D.B. McDonald and was
published by the Imperial Tobacco Co.
(still very much in mega-business) in
1951. It's more of a booklet than a book
with 45 pages and soft-bound although
the original owner of the publication
sought to bind it in a handsome,
two-tone tobacco brown stiff cover. It's
good looking and I doubtless bought if
from Ben Rapaport, our hobby's book
seller for so many decades.
Latakia is my mainstay tobacco and if
it were only sold unblended, I would
happily smoke it just that way. Indeed,
I sometimes do, and straight latakia is
what introduced me to the joys of pipe
smoking in a way that other varietals or
styles simply could not.
What caught my eye and compels me to
impart it to you are the myriad varietals
listed in this pamphlet. There are a
stunningly large number, with names I
don't recall ever hearing. By
comparison, tobaccos like Xanthi,
Dubec, Smyrna, Drama and Dubec are
as common as Burley.
Indeed, 13 areas in which tobacco is
grown in Turkey are listed and 9 in
Greece. After being named, they will
be "dealt with in detail elsewhere" in
Getting to that 'elsewhere' we come
across the varieties in the Marmara
region of Turkey (near The Sea of
Marmara one supposes). McDonald
describes Düzce, which is one of the
finest of the Marmara types," and then
goes on to Izmit, which is "often
difficult to distinguish...from Düzce."
What a fool McDonald is, huh? How
can a good pipe guy not almost
automatically distinguish Düzce from
Izmet. I can smell the difference across
the room even before looking.
I'm being a bit sarcastic here, of course.
Now, we'll never see these tobaccos.
One small extra point before I quit...a
variety called Balikesir is pointed out as
"not normally suitable for good Oriental
cigarettes." Can you imagine, then, the
wonderful possibilities in cigarettes
available decades ago, when for a few
extra shekels one could purchase
cigarettes with good Oriental
tobaccos? It does conjure up pictures
of a multi-lingual Near-Easterner
pulling out a packet of Botschafter and
offering you a smoke after dinner.
Tobaccos like those mentioned could
make cigarettes seem near glamorous.
Remember: "We are all bozos on this
Most recently posted are a 1967 Dunhill Shell
Bulldog, a near-new Hardcastle, a Comoy's
Essex Canadian,& a Charatan Perfection , all on
the English page, of course. Also, two groups
of assorted pipes for $40 each group on the
It is time for me to wrap up the Rolando
Negoita project on this site. Thus, I will be
reducing the price of the pipes on the Specials
page by degrees, until they are all gone. We
have reached phase five of the discounts and all
pipes that were donated for Rolando will be
reduced by 20%. The next reduction
commences May 25thth, and will make the
discount 22.5%. Check out the Specials page.
(At the show in Chicago, Kurt Balleby gave me
an exceptional Apple to be applied to Rolando's
treatments. This pipe will go on the Danish
page and is not going to be discounted. It is
going to list for $1350 and is a very good deal
considering what Kurt gets for his pipes.)
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man should never be ashamed to own he has
been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other
words, that he is wiser today than he was
yesterday. -Alexander Pope, poet (21 May
(Seems to be a dearth of that kind of
self-awareness at the top today)
I finally got to post pipe # 4 in my Human Folly-
HumanTragedy series, which I am doing in
collaboration with pipe maker Don Gillmore.
This pipe is The Children's Crusade,
representing all the centuries children have
been abused physically and emotionally,
creating a foundation for a screwed up next
On the front of the pipe's bowl is an
etched Knight's Templar Cross.
Somehow I jumped over pipe #3 in the
Series. The pipe, a volcano representing
the folly of building a city under a regularly
spewing Vesuvius, is in stock and only needs to
be posted. I'll do that soon.
# 3 in the Human Folly/Human Tragedy series is
now posted. If you think that building a city
under a live volcano, as the citizens of Pompeii
did, consider how much we've learned as a
species, with California, a state of over 30
million inhabitants, doing nothing but building
skyscrapers in cities like San Francisco, Oakland
and Los Angeles over huge fault lines. Brilliant.
Don't forget to see the Original Sin Apple
on the Human Folly page. It's called
"Paradise Lost" & it's the first pipe in our
ground breaking series that points a shaming
finger at instances of thoughtless human folly
that inevitably led to human tragedy. That first
five sold out quickly, and the 2nd group, three
of them, have just arrived. If you want one,
please let me know now as it will be awhile
before any others are produced.
We now are also showing pipe #2 in our Human
Folly Series, The Helen of Troy, a Yachtsman
(what else) to symbolize "the face that launched
thousand ships" and provoked a 10 year war
culminated in a demolished great city state.
Also on the Specials page is pipe # 4, The
Children's Crusade, a reminder of the way we
abuse kids physically and emotionally, assuring
a screwed up next generation. The shape is an
Acorn of sorts, but the defining detail is the
Cross etched on the front of the bowl.
Pipe # 3 in the series is ready to post, too. It is
a Volcano, which might help you remember Mt.
Vesuvius and the devastation it did to the com-
munity that oh so wisely decided to camp and
build at the bottom of a deadly, active volcano.
It is horrifying that we have to fight our
own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)
Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who
wish to annoy their fellow creatures.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his
delusions is called a philosopher.
If you wish to understand a philosopher, do not
ask what he says, but find out what he wants.
Friedrich William Nietzsche
Philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading
from nowhere to nothing.
Those who lack the courage will always find a
philosophy to justify it.
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale. $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. $250.
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.
More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50 grams.
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30
For easy access to the address of other fine
used pipe dealers, please visit Estate Pipes
The web site is: www.estatepipescentral.com.