Tobacco Grain Free-Hand Pipes from Savinelli

This series of free-hand pipes features unique carving that simulates the veins found on a tobacco leaf. As with most freehands, no two pipes are alike, and each is stained in a choice of three color finishes: Semi-natural, Walnut, or Bordeaux. Each pipe comes with a non-oxidizing acrylic mouthpiece and a 20-count pack of balsa inserts with adapter.

Savinelli U.S.A., Morrisville, N.C., Tel: (919) 481-0511, Web: www.savinelliusa.com.

Value-Priced Wessex, denicotea Tobaccos New from XYZ Direct

The venerable pipe tobacco brand Wessex has been extended to a new line of valued-priced, domestic-made tobaccos by its Atlanta-based distributor. XYZ Direct is now offering four new Wessex blends packaged in 1 1/2 oz. gold foil pouches. Aromatic Mixture combines mellow mild Virginia, Burley, and Cavendish with a rich spice aroma; Burley Broadcut is a mellow burley plug blended with mild black aromatic Virginias; Dark Cavendish is a dark toasted Cavendish with Perique that is naturally sweet; and English Mixture is a medium-strength blend of natural Virginia and Oriental tobaccos. All four Wessex pouches have a suggested retail price of $6.00 each.

Also new from XYZ Direct is the American-made denicotea Blend No. 100, described as having a "rich taste and full aroma," while "cool smoking" in the pipe. The blend is especially good in a filter pipe, and is packed in a 1 1/2-ounce, refolding foil pouch

XYZ Direct, Ltd., Marietta, Ga., Tel: (770) 951-2800, Email: info@xyzdirect.com, Web: www.xyzdirect.com.

New Bulk Tobacco Blends Available from Altadis U.S.A.

Altadis U.S.A. has introduced several new pipe tobacco blends to its extensive bulk tobacco collection and "Tobacco Galleria" program:

  • B29 Ascot Gran Marnier is an all Black Cavendish smoking tobacco flavored with Grand Marnier, paying tribute to Louis Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, who created the exotic cognac-and-orange liqueur in 1880.
  • J8 Ambrosia mixes flavors of pineapple, marshmallow, and coconut in a Burley and Virginia blend that evokes the mythical "food of the gods."
  • D57 Rum Raisin is a smooth Burley and Virginia mixture spiced up by the classic combination of rum and raisins.
  • Z88 Maple Walnut layers sweetness and rich nuttiness over a base of Virginia, Burley, and flavored Black Cavendish.
  • Z87 Mardi Gras adds flavors of Raspberry and Hazelnut to a base of Burley, Virginia, and flavored Black Cavendish tobaccos for a indulgently luxurious effect.
  • SPS-2005 Mimosa mixes orange and champagne in a blend anchored by flavored black Cavendish, pressed Virginia, and Burley for a refreshing, all-day smoke.
  • Finally, 523 Voodoo Queen pays tribute to Louisiana legend Marie Laveau with its unique blend of Virginia Flake, Latakia, and Louisiana Perique tobacco.

    Contact Altadis U.S.A. for sample pouches and pricing information.

    Altadis U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 262-2511, Web: www.altadisusa.com.

SMOKESHOP - February, 2006