We started out the evening by giving out the T-shirts and certificates to those who participated in the tobacco blending contest at our last Pipe Talk way back in the last decade. We then introduced a new tobacco we will be carrying called Spark Plug by G. L. Pease. It is a plug tobacco that you have to cut to use. So,… those who chose to got to cut it. (Let it be known that we at The Pipe Rack take our responsibility for safety very serious so of course we had a first aid kit and paramedics at the ready if there was a plug cutting injury.)
We then discussed pipe hygiene and the importance of keeping the stem of your pipe clean and how the oxidation in the stem caused by not keeping it clean can make your tobacco taste different. The tobacco of the evening was Captain Kidd. With its Golden Virginian, Burleys and Toasted Cavendish it made a very nice cap to an enjoyable night. Old friends caught up, some new friends were made, knowledge was shared, and a good time was had by all.