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Thank you, Marcus. I wouldn’t usually use them either. It’s just they go well with two short bent pipes I’ve recently obtained. I have been using the grips and they do give a comfortable hold, but I was concerned about gunk build up between stem and bite piece. Could it effect the taste of the tobacco?. Though the grips are tight fitted.
About mouthpiece bites- are you supposed to throw them away after so long?. How clean do they keep?. Any information on them would be great, thank you.
Hi Joe – by mouthpiece bites I’m assuming you mean what we call soft bite stem grips? That being the case… they are pretty long lasting and just help to take the hardness off the bite. I don’t use them but I’d clean mine after use as they are rubber and easy to maintain. I suppose eventually you’d maybe bite through them but for the most part they are pretty sturdy. Definitely up to the job!
Hi Marcus, can you recommend any pipe repair shops as I have several pipes that require new mouthpieces and a couple that require new stems
Hi David – thanks for getting in touch. We use a pipe manufacturer/repairer on a regular basis so it’s something we might be able to help you with. Can I suggest you email Jenny (email@example.com) with details and she’ll suggest some options…
I believe that was the blend I had serious trouble lighting, even after long time drying out. But there have been no such problems from other smokers of it.
So when is dark flake going to be available in tins?.
Haha, no plans as yet but have you tried the Old Town Vanilla Flake? That’s a great blend, and comes in a tin!
In response to your latest Twitter image: I thought the Foremost Lady was stuffing clothes into a washing machine. Then I saw what the others were doing and it all came together. What a cherishful picture.
I want to buy a full bent ,magic inch pipe ,brown color billiard shape regular size pipe with a vulcanite stem. Do you have this?
None of the Magic Inch pipe has a vulcanite stem I’m afraid, they are all nylon, but have a look here at what we currently have available. I hope that helps.
Can you tell me what this EU directive is that is causing some of your tobacco’s to be discontinued, I cant find anything on google about it
Hi George, here’s a link to a summary of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) part 2 which comes into force this year and has affects on many aspects of tobacco – http://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php/Tobacco_Products_Directive_Provisions
However, also consider that our manufacturer in Denmark is part of a much larger player in tobacco in general and the Directive has meant they’ve had to consider production processes, sources, and volumes across the board as well unfortunately. Some of which has affected Pipe Tobacco for the smaller merchants like ourselves.
I hope it helps.
I recently acquired my third Carey Magic Inch, this time a secondhand full bent billiard.
The bowl has a rather large rusticated pattern and the stem is vulcanite (?) with a slot either side. A silver band, with hallmarks, joins shank and stem. ‘Carey Magic Inch’ and a U.S. registration number are visible, indicating possible production there.
This is a heavy pipe and has been well smoked in its past history.
I’d like to ask about these two slots – which came first, these or the triple row of slots on current pipes? Do you still produce pipes with both these style of vent?
I’m in the middle of cleaning and sanitising the pipe in readiness for smoking. Looking forward to it!
Hi Steven – good question! The 2 slots, 1 either side on the stem, was an earlier design and was superseded by the triple slot design now adorning all Magic Inch stems. This being probably 60 odd years ago I couldn’t tell you the science behind it, but extensive trials were carried out I believe. As for current production, we still stock a range of pipes called the Carey Legacy which have this kind of system – you can find them on the website. Happy puffing!
I’d agree that the Philtpads are a good choice. I use them in my Ser Jacopo’s
All is well, thank you, Marcus. Work days have increased recently, to my dismay, so my tobacco supply is decreasing at a shameful pace. Castle tin arrived today: It feels like it’s going to jump my not-yet-sampled tobacco blends queue.
What are the best filter options available for pipes with a narrower shank and stem? Even 6mm ones are too large for the three pipes I own.
Hi Matthew – that being the case your best bet would be to go for an in bowl system, such as the Philtpads chalk inserts http://ht.ly/YB0Jc. It’s a different kind of filter but they are very popular… Happy puffing!
I hope my Castle tinned tobacco doesn’t disappoint. Am I right in saying it’s not included in the sampler pack?. I bought that a couple of years ago now. I only remember being hooked on dark flake. But my taste has developed since then. I recently tried my mixture 965. Harsh taste, harsh on back of throat also I found it.
Hi Joe – it’s been a while. I hope all is well? Have we ever let you down?! Castle Blend has become a firm favourite amongst our tobacco connoisseurs – after all it’s a Lakeland style tobacco made by our friends at Samuel Gawith and if they can’t get it right, who can? Enjoy!
I am looking for advice on how to remove the mouthpiece from an army mount Peterson system pipe that is stuck because I evidently smoked it too hot even though it sat for 3 hours before I tried to remove it. The pipe is 40 years old and was my first Peterson.
Hello Charles, Please don’t attempt to remove the mouthpiece as this may cause irreparable damage to the pipe. Please send the pipe to me and I will arrange with Peterson pipes to have a new stem fitted. I will contact you directly with further details.
dark flake is still my number one. Almost crumbles apart once dried. Easy to keep alight. No bite, even with a good production of smoke. I wish we had had dry days over the holiday, as I only smoke outdoors. SG’s Balkan flake was tough to break in parts, and difficult to keep alight. Peterson’s Irish is dryer than Dark Flake (not a bad thing) and stronger, with similar qualities- finally a flake worthy of a place beside Carey’s.
I will be ordering some bits for my fiance.
Always good to hear Colleen. Any issues or advice needed just let us know…
Hi. I’m hoping to buy one of your beginner packs in time for Christmas, will be starting with the aromatic sample pack too.
Hi Paul, we look forward to receiving your order. If you need any advice please don’t hesitate to call and we’ll do what we can to help.
Jenny recently sent me the form to re-join the tobacco club, but before I do I have taken advantage of the 10% off sampler packs to revisit some old friends and perhaps find some new ones. Many thanks.
When I was young I hated the smell of cigarette smoke, and so I had no desire to become a smoker. However when I was 21 I was working with a man who used to enjoy his pipe and I loved the aroma, so I purchased a corn cob pipe and a tin of Erinmore Mixture and so began my pipe smoking adventure. I first came to know Carey & Co in the 1980′s and have since purchased many tobaccos and pipes both from Carey’s and tobacconists wherever I found one. Pipes and pipe smoking for me is not just a pleasure but a life long hobby and 2016 marks 30 years of continued enjoyment…..but I still can’t stand cigarette smoke.
Great comments David – thanks for your input! And enjoy the discounted samplers…
Thanks for the information, Marcus. Damn these reviews- I can see another tobacco order on the horizon. More to store for another year
Indeed, Marcus. Do you know what pipe stems were made out of between the First and Second World War?. I’m curious about that time concerning pipes.
Hi Joe – a lot were Cumberland which is a great material but prone to fading. Hence the introduction of more modern plastics such as Nylon and Acrylic.
Thank you, Marcus. That dark flake review has gotten me in the mood for some. I’ve cellared my Old Dublin.
Haha – good stuff! It’s hard to resist with comments like that huh?
Is the savinelli stem polish for both vulcanite and acrylic stems?. I only have acrylic, but have never used anything other than a fresh soft cloth to wipe over with after smoking.
Hi Joe. The packaging actually states ebonite stems based on the fact that they fade and dirty faster because they are softer. The polish has an abrasive element to remove said dirt and reveal the unfaded material below, but as vulcanite and acrylic and harder materials we have used it with good effect on those too. However, as with all these things you should test it on a part of the stem that is less obvious to make sure you are happy with the results before applying throughout.
I joined the tobacco club several months ago and have enjoyed all the ones In have tried so far my favourites being Highland Fling,Spritzer and Castle Blend. I have also bought two magic inch pipes and just ordered a third.
A thank you to Jenny for update on cigar stock
At last but not at least. It’s good to have another member onboard. Welcome, Mr Smith.
At long last I found Carey’s after 20 years
It’s great to have you back!
I recently managed to pick up a secondhand Carey Magic Inch Manx Meerschaum. It has aged somewhat and the bowl rim is a bit scruffy, but it smokes superbly and balances in the hand and mouth just as keenly. This was a great find and inexpensive too. Thought you’d like to know your products, new or secondhand, retain their quality down the years.
The pipe is rusticated and has a bent saddle stem with the vents above and below. The Papyrate sleeves that I have have been useful for this. My only gripe is that I find it hard to get a pipe cleaner all the way through the lower draw hole; it seems to stick part way.
However, I’ll perservere and simply enjoy smoking this vintage, delightful pipe.
That’s great to hear Steven, thanks for letting us know!
Oops: it turns out the stem detaches in two areas. Hello 9mm filter.
That is not the centre of the hole, by the way. The circle is perfectly in the middle, and there are eight “rays”, if you like, protruding from it.
I don’t know how long the image stays up for, but there you go.
I did try pushing harder with a cleaner, to no avail. The seller is baffled.
Marcus- I recently bought a nice mastro pipe, and near the bottom of the stem is some sort of (what looks like, anyway) filter. A white, web-like object is blocking it, and making for a very restrictive draw. I can’t run a cleaner through it, and the object, that kind of looks like it should be there, is unmovable. Ever heard of anything like this?. The eBay seller has always been a great seller to me (from Germany), and has insisted I send it back. Very strange.
Sounds very strange Joe. Can you send me a photo?
Seventeen!?. I will forgive his voraciousness just this once.
Yep. Turns out he wasn’t local, but was here on a ‘chaps of a certain age’ trip away fishing…
Sorted. I’ve added the Partagas to my wishlist: out of stock. Thank you, Marcus. It’s going to be a Christmas gift, so it can hold a day or two.
I knew that would happen! After I wrote the last comment we had someone local turn up and by our last 17 sticks! Typical. It may be worth thinking about something else Joe as I can’t guarantee they’ll be back in time for Chrimbo. Since the US/Cuban embargo was lifted certain cigars are proving hard to source… Montecristo perhaps? Tubed are always better IMO as a gift, unless of course you are thinking of buying a whole box, in which case the Drew Feral Flying Pig is hard to beat as a statement!
I’ll consider those cigars, Marcus. I’ve been asked to find a nice cigar for my friends’ father. All I know is he smokes Henri Wintermans. I recommended a price between ten and fifteen pounds, and he agreed. I’ve never tried Henri cigars, so i don’t know what his taste is. Medium strength I’m scouting for.
OK Joe, here are a couple of ideas for you. The Partagas Serie D4 is <£15/stick and is considered the highest rated cigar out there. At the other end of the budget but tubed, so nice as a single cigar gift, would be the Don Tomas Clasico which is a lovely, mild cigar. Or for Cuban mid range the Romeo y Julieta No 2 tubed?
Posted on behalf of Ken:
I was so pleased to see the photos of some of “The Few” in your newsletter.
My neighbour who is 95 years old/young was a Squadron Leader flying Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain. He has attended the recent memorials at Goodwood, Coningsby and London and was seen on TV several times; a real pleasure for all of us who know him. So few are left.
No drew estate tobak cigars in stock! I’ll have to try something new.
Sorry Joe – just ran out! Have you tried the sweet tipped Larutan? Or the KFCs which start off spicy but then mellow down into a really tasty 20 minute smoke?
I’m replying to your post of 16 September where you passed my query about the pipe stem over to Jenny. I promptly received a confirmation email from Jenny, who then went to some lengths to find me the answer, sending me progress updates. I’ve just placed an order for the pipe which I’m really looking forward to receiving, but my main point in writing is just to say thanks to Jenny who really threw the boat out on this one.
Thanks for the feedback John. Jenny is a customer service superstar and I’m sure she’ll appreciate your comments. I hope you enjoy the pipe!
Matt, the smoker rarely gets the room note from a tobacco. You should ask someone who has just walked into the room if they get it. Regarding taste, what you’re getting might be it. Aromatics rarely taste that strong, in my opinion, they tend to be lighter, faster burning tobaccos. You should try something with a bit of gravitas, like black twist. I bought some recently. It’ll knock your socks off!
Steady on there John – Black Twist may be something of a baptism of fire!! Thanks for your input though, I’m sure Matt will appreciate the comments.
John: thanks for your reply, having read the reviews for Black Twist the high nicotine might be a bit too much for me as not only am I new to pipe smoking I’ve never smoked anything before.
P.S Marcus, thanks also for your post.
Hi all, being new to pipe smoking I’m having an issue that I’m hoping can be sorted out on here. I have both of Carey’s sample pouches, I have an old Excelda straight with no filter, and a Dr Borg half bent Army with filter. The problem I’m having is I get no taste or room note when using the aromatics through either pipe. I am still breaking in the half bent Army, could this be the issue? I think I have the filling/lighting and smoking bit correct, (followed the beginners guide). But all I seem to get is tobacco taste and smell! Obviously I expect that from the traditional tobacco’s but I was expecting more from the aromatics. I’m assuming it’s something I’m doing wrong, any help would be great.
I’ll add my thoughts here as well… when I started pipe smoking I tended to try to smoke the pipe too cool, as in the baccy wasn’t really properly lit. I was producing smoke so I thought I was doing it properly. But only once a pipe is broken in can it be smoked with the necessary heat required to properly burn the tobacco, and that is when I found the real increase in flavour from aromatics. So persevere – try a hotter smoke but of course beware of damage to your pipe or tongue bite!
I fancy a new pipe and the Aldo Velani Soave Semi Bent Tomato No541 has caught my eye – among several others that I have on my wishlist. I’m concerned which material the stem is made of. Is it acrylic or vulcanite? I’m not fond of vulcanite because of the oxidization problems. Many thanks for your time.
Hi John – I have passed your enquiry over to Jenny who will be ion touch asap. Thanks.
I just had one of those special smokes with my new bent, rustic Mastro. Old Dublin outdid itself and continues to surprise me.
I’ve got a craving for Peterson’s Old Dublin out of nowhere. I’ll have to add that to my order. It has been over a year since I had my first and only tin.
Strange how these cravings suddenly appear!
During a very trying last few months of illness that doggedly refused to go away, sleep was a very rare commodity indeed owing to the discomfort and pain induced by the condition.
In those long, dark hours of the night when I was often awake until dawn break, my pipes were a great comfort and, out of all the tobaccos I have on hand, amongst others, your Ready Rubbed No. 7 and Bruno Special were constant sources of distraction and relief from the effects of my condition. I have a big bag full of the Ready Rubbed that I just dived into with a pipe and filled, sometimes very roughly, but that sweet smoke in the wee hours just helped enormously. Just been smoking it now, in fact and it never fails to satisfy.
I’ve written before, but once again, thank you, this time for helping in the most trying of circumstances. Thankfully, treatment is working and I’m on the road to recovery somewhat. What would I have done without my pipe and tobaccos? Goes to show how multi-functional these things can be.
Hi Steven – thanks for your message. I’m pleased to hear that your treatment is working and that our tobaccos were able to offer you some sort of solace when things were bad. Here’s hoping you make a full recovery and continue to enjoy your pipes and tobaccos in a pain free future! Happy puffing…
Thank you, Marcus.
I was wondering if the briar polish you sell is also okay to use on Ashton pipes. Also, do you know of any good cleaning liquid for vulcanite stems?.
Hi Joe – yep I don’t see why not. As for the stem, our Savinelli stem polish should do the trick, depending of course on what you are trying to clean off. Some stems colour fade which could be mistaken as dirt and this of course won’t restore it if that’s the case…
I did give a few pinches along the whole length of the cigar, Marcus- It did help a bit. I’ll try your rolling method if it happens again. Thank you.
I smoke, almost exclusively, E A Carey tobacco, chosen from a large range of custom-blended tobaccos. When, for example, I want a mid-morning smoke which is traditional but not overpowering, I smoke Old English Ready rubbed. If I want somehting more pungent then I reach for Sliced Black Twist. For a particularly late evening exotic smoke I tend to go for Carey’s Balkan Special – a replica of Balkan Sobranie that I used to smoke a lot in my younger days. There is also a wide range of aromatic tobaccos if that is what you prefer.
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