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ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

All you need to know about the different aspects of smoking – in a nutshellCigars - Smoking for Pleasure
The Complete Pipe Smoker
The Manufacture of Briar Pipes
The Perfect Tobacco Blend!
Latakia & Perique
 
 
 

Previous Articles from Across the Counter
"Conversations with Customers"

Relating to Pipe and Cigar Smoking
Aspects of Pipe Smoking

Aspects of Cigar Smoking
Commentary Articles

Non-Smoking Articles


NUMBERED BLOG ARTICLES IN DATE ORDER



Frequently Asked Questions/SUBJECT INDEX
275 Relax in the Library (December 17, 2011)
325 Relax in the Library (December 18, 2013)
419 Relax in the Library (December 21, 2017)

Relating to both Pipe and Cigar Smoking

408 How is this to make you think! (June 8, 2017) 443 Wrapping up 2018 (December 6, 2018)
394 The year 1887 (November 24, 2016) 406

Essentials for your Pipe and Cigar hobby (June 8, 2017)

348 A natural filter – the Cigar, the Pipe (December 4, 2014) 358 “Snus” is the answer (May 28, 2015)
294 No Smoking? Use Snus (September 20, 2010)
325 Relax in the Library (December 18, 2013)
230 Dunhill - The White Spot (March 11, 2010)
226 New Tobacco Control Legislation (October 1, 2009)
     
 

Aspects of Pipe Smoking

 

Aspects of Cigar Smoking

    473 Cigar Notes (March 5-18, 2020)
472 Pipe Filters – for quality pipe smoking (February 20 to March 4, 2020) 471 Ringsize (February 6 – 19, 2020)
470 Refurbished Pipes!! (January 23 – February 5, 2020) 469 Cigar for a new smoker (January 9 - 22, 2020)
467 Question: Which is the best pipe for a new Pipesmoker? (December 5, 2019) 468 Enjoying your cigar – the ash (December 12, 2019 to January 8, 2020)
465 Nording - personally selected (November 7, 2019) 466 My Cigars are too dry! (November 21, 2019)
463 A beautiful finish! (October 10, 2019) 464

Cigar smoking – Hobby, Art or Science? (October 24, 2019)

461 Stanwell - What’s new? (September 12, 2019) 462 Humidor - DIY (September 26, 2019)
459 Savinelli - The Classic Innovator (August 15, 2019) 460 Cuban cigars going forward (August 29, 2019)
457 Music to my ears (July 18, 2019) 458 The Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke (August 1, 2019)
455 Tick the boxes (June 20, 2019) 456 Test the Acid Taste (July 4, 2019)
453 Spice up your Tobacco (May 23, 2019) 454 “The American” (June 6, 2019)
451 2019 - the year so far (April 25, 2019) 452 Behike – The Best of the Best gets better (May 9, 2019)
449 Meerschaum – what’s that? (March 28, 2019) 450 Cohiba – The Best of the Best from Cuba (April 11, 2019)
447 Pipes deserve responsibility (February 28, 2019) 448 Cigars for all Tastes (March 14, 2019)
445 Stanwell (February 12, 2019) 446 Montecristo – The Iconic Cuban Cigar. (February 14-27, 2019)
442 Nording pipes are extraordinary (December 5, 2018) 444 The English Influence (January 10, 2019)
440 Savinelli – always consistent (October 25, 2018) 441 Year-End Cigars (November 8, 2018)
438 Small and neat (September 27, 2018) 439 Lighting Up (October 11, 2018)
436 Estate pipes – next collection (August 30, 2018) 437 Creating in harmony (September 13, 2018)
434 The return of the Lorenzo 9mm pipes (August 2, 2018) 435 Dust on your cigars? (August 16, 2018)
432 A Good Surprise (July 5, 2018) 433 Cuban Cigars – Did you know? (July 19, 2018)
430 The woes and wows of Briar Pipe manufacturing (June 7, 2018) 431 More Cigar Tips & News (June 21, 2018)
428

A pipe is a pipe isn’t it? (May 10, 2018)

429

Discussing Cigars (May 24, 2018)

426 The traditional straight pipe (April 12, 2018) 427

A passion for farming & for cigars (April 26, 2018)

424

The Churchwarden Pipe (March 15, 2018)

425 Tips! (March 29, 2018)
422 A different taste! (February 15, 2018) 423 The Simple Cigar Band!! (March 1, 2018)
420 Creating a Tobacco Blend! (January 18, 2018) 421 Top Cigars 2017 – Cigar Aficionado (February 1, 2018)
417 Enjoying your pipes (November 16, 2017) 418

Cigars - on the move! (November 30, 2017)

415 Economical Pipe Smoking (October 19, 2017) 416 Economise Cigar Smoking (November 2, 2017)
413 Stanwell - take note of the name (September 21, 2017) 414 Large Ringsize cigars – some comments (October 5, 2017)
411 Trends in Smoking (August 24, 2017) 412 Vintage Cigars (September 7, 2017)
409

Estate pipes – at last (July 27, 2017)

410

Cuban Blending – it starts with the seeds (August 10, 2017)

407 Marca - The Story of a Winner (June 29, 2017) 404 The Premium Cigar Revolution / Liberation (May 18, 2017)
405 Savinelli – a perfectionist (June 1, 2017) 402 Meaningful Measurements: Length and Ringsize (April 20, 2017)
403 Savinelli – a perfectionist (April 6, 2017) 400 Cigar Talk (March 23 – April 5, 2017)
401 The Lorenzo Effect (April 6, 2017) 398 Short Filler Cigars (February 23, 2017)
399 Across the Counter (March 9, 2017) 396

The good 5 cent cigar (January 26, 2017)

397

Pipe Tobaccos-Shrinking choices and supplies. (February 9, 2017)

392 CIGAR WRAPPERS (October 27, 2016)
395 Teflon pegs – Pros and Cons January 12, 2017 390 Other factors within Cuba? September 29, 2016
393 Pipe Smoking – the start (November 10, 2016) 388 FDA Regulations, USA (September 1, 2016)
391 Dry Smoking (October 13, 2016) 386 The taste of a cigar (August 4, 2016)
389 What is the use of a tobacco pouch? (September 15, 2016) 384 Light up your Cigar, and relax (July 7, 2016)
387 Lorenzo - that little extra (August 18, 2016) 382 Turmoil? What Turmoil? (June 9, 2016)
385 The long short smoke. (July 21, 2016) 380 Current Premium Cigar situation in SA (May 12, 2016)
383 Why won’t my pipe stay alight? (June 23, 2016) 378 Humidification (April 14, 2016)
381 Who, or what, is MARCA? (May 26, 2016) 376 Value Cigars (March 17, 2016)
379 Pipe Filters. Why? (April 28, 2016) 374 The next cigar! (February 18, 2016)
377 Meerschaum re-visited  (March 31, 2016) 372

Fortnight Articles – Product Selection  (January 21, 2016)

375 10 Minute Pipes (March 3, 2016) 370 Cuban Seed (November 12, 2015)
373 Fortnight Articles – Product Selection  (February 4, 2016) 368 Guidelines - Your initial cigars (October 15, 2015)
371 The name “Savinelli” (November 26, 2015) 366 Ringsize - again (September 17, 2015)
369 The Pipe - a Dry Smoke (October 29, 2015) 364 “Nub” – a generic? (August 20, 2015)
367 Eriksen Keystone Pipes from Denmark (October 1, 2015) 362 What can the Cigar ash tell you? (July 23, 2015)
365 Spring is sprung (September 3, 2015) 360 Cigars in Winter (June 25, 2015)
363 Lorenzo Revisited (August 6, 2015) 358 “Snus” is the answer (May 28, 2015)
361 The Gentle Art (Alfred Dunhill) (July 9, 2015) 356 Just looking for a few cigars (April 30, 2015)
359 Meerschaum Pipes (June 11, 2015) 354 A “Safe” cut (April 2, 2015)
357 Father’s Day (May 14 , 2015) 352

Good News (March 5, 2015)

355 Stanwell - the Innovators (April 16 , 2015) 350

So you did get a Humidor for Christmas! (February 5, 2015)

353 Lorenzo: Great value pipes! (March 19, 2015) 347 Carry care for your cigars. (November 20, 2014)
351

Travels and Arrivals (February 19, 2015)

345 New Arrivals (October 23, 2014)
349 MARCA Dry (January 22, 2015) 343

Cigar Smoking Questions (September 25, 2014)

346 New Arrivals: Chapter 2 (November 6, 2014) 341 Meaningful Measurements (August 28, 2014)
344 Why not use a turbo lighter to light a pipe? (October 9, 2014) 339

The Dinner (July 31, 2014)

342 PIPELESS! (September 11, 2014) 337 Dispelling perceptions (July 3, 2014)
340 Benefits of the Savinelli Dry System pipe (August 14, 2014) 335

Cuban cigar history brought up to date (June 5, 2014)

338 Getting his pipes really clean (July 17, 2014) 333 The Basics - cigars (May 1, 2014)
336 I’ve no time to finish the pipeful (June 19, 2014) 331 Ringsize - the diameter of your cigar (April 3, 2014)
334 Does anybody still smoke a pipe? (May 15, 2014) 329 Time is short - you require a shorter smoke? (March 6, 2014)
332 Beyond Potholes (April 17, 2014) 327 “That’s exactly what happens to me!” (February 6, 2014)
330

Look!  See!  Feel! The Sandblast Pipe (March 20, 2014)

324 Which is the BEST Cigar? (November 28, 2013)
328

I always clean my pipes properly or do I? (February 20, 2014)

322 The Puro (October 31, 2013)
326 A New Year - 2014 (January 23, 2014) 320 Make it go right! ... Part three…(October 3, 2013)
323 Houseblends: The Modern Trend (November 14, 2013) 318 Make it go right! ... Part two…(September 5, 2013)
321 Pipesmoking Potholes (October 17, 2013) 316 Make it go right! (August 8, 2013)
319 Pipesmoking Potholes (September 19, 2013) 314 Limited Edition Cubans (July 11, 2013)
317 Put the tobacco in your Pipe (August 22, 2013) 312 Which Humidor to choose - Which cigars to store (June 13, 2013)
315

Prestige Pipes Re-visited (25 July, 2013)

310 Which Cigar Case to choose (May 16, 2013)
313 The new Pipe Smoker (June 27, 2013) 308 Which Cigar Cutter to choose (April 18, 2013)
311 Which Tobacco pouch or Pipe bag to choose (May 30, 2013) 306 Over-Humidification (March 21, 2013)
309 Which Pipe Knife to choose. (May 2, 2013) 304 Boutique Cigars (Febrary 21, 2013)
307 Refurbished and Refurbishing (March 21, 2013) 302 Email from a new Cigar Smoker (January 24, 2013)
305 Savinelli and Lorenzo (March 7, 2013) 300

Robusto, Robusto, Robusto! (December 13, 2012)

303 Stanwell - a Danish Classic (February 7, 2013) 298 New Laws, New Ideas, Same Care! (November 15, 2012)
301 “Oom Paul” re-visited (January 10, 2013) 296 New Limited Edition Cigars (October 18, 2012)
299 Travelling with pipes (November 29, 2012) 293 It pays to listen (September 6, 2012)
297 Questions and Answers: Pipesmoking problems (November 1, 2012) 291

New Humidification Technology (August 9, 2012)

295 The Savinelli Dry System - not an accident (October 4, 2012) 289

A Great Experience (July 12, 2012)

292 The Basic Pipe (August 23, 2012) 287

Selections  – Trial without Error (June 14, 2012)

290 A (fiery) Winter’s Tale (July 26, 2012) 285 The demand for Premium Cigars (May 17, 2012)
288 A Standing Pipe (June 28, 2012) 283 It pays to visit (April 19, 2012)
286 The Churchwarden Pipe (May 31, 2012) 281 In cigars -“One size does not fit all” (March 22, 2012)
284 Dunhill - the first 2 years (April 19, 2012) 279 More than just about advice and selling (February 23, 2012)
282 You can throw away the pencil (April 5, 2012) 277 Caliqueños - a Spanish secret no longer (January 26, 2012)
280 Time in the Office (March 8, 2012) 273 Limited Editions (November 16, 2011)
278 Time in the Shop (February 9, 2012) 271 Cigars are Serious (October 20, 2011)
276 Succession to Lorenzo – the Italian Master (January 12, 2012) 268 What can go wrong? (September 8, 2011)