David Kirkpatrick

January 29, 2008

Pipe’n n bloggin’

Filed under: et.al. — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:21 pm

Spent part of this afternoon relaxing with a nice bowl of Peter Stokkebye’s Luxury Twist Flake and reading some fun pipe blogs like A Passion for Pipes and Pipe Lore.

Luxury Twist Flake is about as topped as I can handle pipe tobacco (that is, not very much) but is a solid Virginia and a great example of a lightly flavored Danish blend. I actually prefer Stokkebye’s Bullseye Flake, but the Twist Flake is a nice change of my usual pace.

I had this bowl in the first pipe I ever bought — a no-name black, rusticated lovat stamped “Made in London, England.” Probably a second (or third) from one of the known British brands and it’s been a great smoker for many, many years. The Twist Flake went in that pipe because of the topping. Years ago, like most beginning pipe smokers, I exclusively bought a heavily cased aromatic blend.

These days I’m much more partial to straight Virginias, Virginia/perique blends and various latakia and oriental blends.

January 9, 2008

The “media” catagory

Filed under: et.al., Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:36 am

I expect to really give my use of the media category a workout. It’s going to reflect the media as in print, online, television, etc., and also reflect the plural of the noun “medium” to handle posts about books, artwork and maybe even some very short fiction.

In another sort of medium — pipe tobacco — not to be confused with any sort of media, I just finished a bowl of Mac Baren’s HH Vintage Syrian, a nice blend featuring Syrian latakia. Although my memory is waning, it’s not quite in the realm of Greg Pease’s Bohemian Scandal but still a good smoke.