“Chew the Smoke”


That’s a phrase Greg Pease of G. L. Pease Artisanal Tobaccos used a few years ago in an interview with Brian Levine on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show (episode 33). It captures something important. To get the fullest flavor of a tobacco, it helps to roll the smoke around so that it hits all taste buds, including those on the underside of the tongue. The idea is to engage the full palate. In doing so, you will move your jaw a bit, resembling chewing. (This need not be really obvious to those around you.) I think this is what Greg has in mind. It reminds me of what wine aficionados do when they swirl wine around in their mouths.

Give it try, and see if it doesn’t make your tobacco more flavorful.

Podcasts for Pipe Smokers

Updated May 5, 2018

We’re blessed with three podcasts (that I know of) dedicated to pipe smoking:

The Pipes Magazine Radio Show with Brian Levine

Pipe and Tamper with Mike Murphy, and

Oom Paul with Olie Sylvester (not in production, but look through the archive).

All three hosts interview great people from the world of pipe-making, pipe-collecting, tobacco-blending, and retailing.

You’ll learn something every time, so check them out!

UPDATE: A helpful commenter reminded me that I neglected to plug Country Squire Radio. My bad! I haven’t listened to many episodes yet, but I’ve liked what I’ve heard.