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Old 10-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #491
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Downtown Chicago or St. Louis? My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm planning on spending the day in the Iwan Ries smoke lounge watching football. I know they're family owned. Would be happy to check out any pipes or tobacco and get them over to you if you're interested.
I was looking at pipes at Lewis Pipe here in Mpls. Small place, but they make some nice pipes. I checked out the website for Iwan Ries & Co., that place looks amazing! I know I've poked my head in there back when I lived in the 'burbs, may have even bought a cigar or two there, but it was before I'd gotten into pipe smoking so I didn't pay attention at all.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #492
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Oh right for some reason I thought you were in St. Louis...

Woah some of those pipes look awesome. I like the tobacco leaf ones.

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:10 PM   #493
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$300 to $400+ for a pipe is rediculous.

Just saying.

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #494
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Oh right for some reason I thought you were in St. Louis...
Thankfully, no, but come January, I may wish I was.

I'll have to poke around on the Iwan Reis site, it looks like they carry absolutely everything. That's what I miss most about the big old city, you get those places that've been there since our great great grandfathers were alive, and they cater to every one. I also really miss that area of downtown, grabbing a cigar (or a killer sandwich or dog) and a beer and soaking in Michigan Ave or Grant Park. I used to commute right through there, Metra train into downtown, then walk to the South Shore line to go to the south burbs. I'd walk right down Madison and I'd often stop down in that area for lunch/dinner or a beer. Thanks for mentioning that shop, my wife keeps bugging me to take her to the Art Institute (she's never beer to the great one, and is a grad from the AI of Mpls) and the kids on the Science and Industry Museum/Aquarium/Planetarium rounds. So we'll be there soon.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #495
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Also really like that area, lot of hidden gems. Glad I could help, and now you have a stop on the family return to Chicago! I haven't been in yet but it looks pretty awesome. I'll let you know in a few weeks and like I said if you're interested in anything or want me to snap a few pics of pipes let me know.

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FYI, I placed order for the previously mentioned tins through pipesandcigars.

Within an hour of clicking submit i had confirmation that the order had shipped minus one tin on backorder. A short call was placed and a higher priced substitution was comped at the ordered price.

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If any of you are at Iwan Ries and want another smoker to chat with or just want to grab a beer, let me know. I can usually head over as long as I'm not too busy at work. It's only a block away.

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Also really like that area, lot of hidden gems. Glad I could help, and now you have a stop on the family return to Chicago! I haven't been in yet but it looks pretty awesome. I'll let you know in a few weeks and like I said if you're interested in anything or want me to snap a few pics of pipes let me know.
Definitely will. I stopped at Lewis today and picked up a couple ozs, a B&B blend and English Supreme which is mostly latakia, so with that and the McBaren's, I'm set on tobacco. I'd like to see some of the briars, it sounds like they have an incredible selection of pipes. I'll let ya know.

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If any of you are at Iwan Ries and want another smoker to chat with or just want to grab a beer, let me know. I can usually head over as long as I'm not too busy at work. It's only a block away.
Ace, I will most definitely take you up on that offer next time I come home to Chicago for a visit.

I'm really digging on this Eng. Supreme. I was torn between this and their Balkan, and I'm glad I chose this one. It's a very nice smoke to enjoy with a good beer as I reacquaint myself with my recliner.
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I will try different tobaccos in time. Seems like I did that enough though many years ago, but will probably try a few more times.

I must admit I'm back with my old favorite again, the Virginia #1. And to that - each their own.

I experimented with cherry first (my dad was a TinderBox Anniversary Special dieheard, I think a vanilla cherry burley blend) which smells great but taste like crap according to my palate.

There was a tobacco I used to buy in tins, it was called Plumcake, probably from Mac Barens cause I am their fan. Very moist tobacco. I think with proper aging it smoked well. Proper aging when I first smoked a pipe meant I didn't like it at the time, set it aside and out of desperation for some pipe tobacco gave it a try a year or so later and then it went from mouth burning, tongue stinging hot; to mellow and smooth, very nice smoke!

When I first smoked a pipe I had no idea the tobacco actualy got better with age. Was so stuck on keeping it moist. Pipe tobacco should not be to moist, it takes time to become really good. Which is sort of like smoking a pipe and making beer, they both take patience. It's something I've learned over the years.

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Rambling appreciated. Being a cigar smoker, my instinct is to keep the tobacco fresh and moist, and it's nice to know that's not the case. What I have noticed is that there seems to be a balance, you don't want the smoke too moist, nor too dry, and you may even want to dry it a bit before packing and lighting.

I've also noticed, as I've been trying other tobaccos, that to me it's a lot like cigar smoking. Or even beer drinking for that matter There's a variety that I like, and when one is well made it's very enjoyable.

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