Those of you receiving our quarterly catalogue will know by now the sad news that the EU has been meddling once again, and like with all these things there is always collateral damage!
What am I talking about..? Pipe tobacco of course, and specifically Carey’s Pipe Tobacco.
The latest EU Directive has required the removal of a number of ingredients found in tobaccos, some of which are also present in pipe tobaccos. Specifically they are some of the flavouring agents as these are deemed to attract 14 year olds to smoke a pipe (sorry, couldn’t resist an element of sarcasm there!). Seriously though, the necessity to remove some of these ingredients has led our main manufacturer to restructure it’s entire production process, remove old machines, buy new machines, etc, etc as they will be phasing out a number of their own well known brands. And with this restructure came the sad and, frankly, frustrating news that a number of our tobacco blends would no longer be sustainable. However, fear not as we ‘went into bat’ in a big way and have managed to conclude our negotiations with the removal of only four of our 16 Private Blends. Solace indeed, but obviously not for those who smoke one or more of those four… The tobacco blends in question are Black Aromatic (2006), Spritzer (2031), Ready Rubbed No7 (2024) and Broad Cut English Mixture (2026).
An all too common site on streets around Britain and Europe…
Luckily we have some direct replacement tobaccos… Dark Flake No7 (2023) is identical to it’s ready rubbed equivalent (2024) simply without the final rubbing process (that was one of the machines to be discarded in our supplier’s shake up); to replace 2006 we have Soft Black Aromatic (2009), a more highly rated aromatic that is equally fruity but with more vanilla and maple tones; 2026 is most similar to 2025 Old Belt Virginia Blend although there are obvious differences between these two; and Spritzer (2031) can be replaced by Highland Fling (2034) which contains the same tobaccos in slightly different ratios but retains the wines/spirits top notes.
So it’s not all doom and gloom, and in fact we have already had some feedback from customers who are mentioning this is the kick up the proverbial for them to try something new that they’ve been considering for some time! A sad farewell indeed, but maybe it’s time to welcome in something new…