Monday, March 22, 2010

The Never-Ending Journey

The great thing about the pipe smoking hobby is you can take it as far as you want. Most of us probably go too far but thats part of the fun. Some pipers get into the search for the "perfect pipe", others journey for a lifetime in search of the perfect tobacco, then there are the tamper collectors, and the pipe puffer who needs the perfect lighter for every occasion.
My journey has always been tobaccos. Occasionally someone will post on a forum that they've indeed found their "perfect tobacco", then, of course the "Desert Island" posts pop up a few times (or more) a year. My thought is always, "Why limit yourself?" (Of course, as with all things in life, spendable cash plays a major role!) And while I have my favorites, part of the enjoyment for me is looking forward to trying something new.
Sure, I could probably enjoy the rest of my pipe smoking life puffing away on tobaccos I consider to be "staples": McClelland #2010, 2015. Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake and Proper English, C&D Three Friars, Bayou Morning, and Haunted Bookshop. But really! Who wants to stop there? Many other blends await that I have yet to try. And thats not counting the many blends that will be born in the future.
Even now, although limited in the amount I can smoke, the "tug" of another journey is strong, leading me to contemplate a trip to an area B&M for a tin or two I can't find locally. So here's to the possible start of another Journey! What will it be this time? Possibly Aurora? Maybe Beacon? Union Square? Dorchester or Dunbar? One of Butera's Royal Vintage? I cannot be sure where this journey will lead, but I am certain it will be a pleasant one! What will your next journey bring?

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree. I keep thinking I'm going to stock up on a few particular blends in my cellar, but I keep buying tins of tobacco I've yet to try. Nicely stated, and good luck on the search.