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April,
2004

MERCHANDISE AND NEWS FROM THE PIPE WORLD

Indianhead Adds New Bent Shapes
to European Value Pipe Line


Indianhead has introduced six new bent shapes to its line of European-crafted value pipes, bringing the total of shapes available to 16.

“We introduced the original nine shapes of these ‘board pipes’ at RTDA 2003, after a successful marketing program,” says Bill Bock, president of Indianhead. “Their acceptance has exceeded expectations. Retailers report brisk sales, and have asked for more shapes. So, we have introduced these latest models, all popular with serious pipe smokers.”

The original offering included bents, half-bents, and straights, in smooth and rustic finishes, all with vulcanite stems. The new shapes are all bents, with Danish- style vulcanite stems. “All carry a silver band on the stem,” says Bock, “which adds a touch of luxury that is rare on pipes at this price point.” Like the previous introduction, all are crafted from aged briar. The new shapes are available in a varnished warm mahogany shade or mediumbrown matte.

Wholesale cost for the pipes is $126 per dozen ($10.50 each); they are sold a dozen to a carton.

Indianhead, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 292-4858, Fax: (305) 623-5494, Web: www.indianhead.com.


Pipe Club Gourmet Pipe Tobaccos

When members of one of Europe’s oldest and most selective pipe clubs wanted several exclusive aromatic blends that were not otherwise available in the commercial market, they set out to create their own. After much testing, five blends were developed exclusively for this connoisseur group, produced in small, hand-blended batches. Recently this “invitation only” pipe club agreed to share its private tobacco pleasures with the public.

An XYZ Direct exclusive, these tobaccos are the epitome of the blender’s art. The quality of the base and condiment leaf is complemented by the unusually adventurous combinations of top flavorings. Pipe Club is packed in brightly designed, square collector tins, and consists of five varieties:

No. 1: Virginia, Burley, Oriental, Cavendish, and double fermented fire-cured Kentucky are blended then long matured with a top flavoring of natural plum, vanilla, and tonka essence (no coumarin). Medium strength with full bouquet.

No. 2: Kentucky, Virginia, two types of Cavendish, and spun cut disks of Virginia form the base and are flavored with caramel, honey, plum, and vanilla. Mild taste, delicious aroma.

No. 3: Hard pressed for more than a month, then broken (ready rubbed), this premium Virginia cake has the flavors baked in, not added. Cognac, orange, and honey subtly transform the tobacco into a gourmet experience. Mild, yet flavorful.

No. 4: A balanced blend of evenly cut Virginia, Burley, Cavendish, and Oriental with a distinct flavor that combines malt whiskey, ginger, cherry, and vanilla. Mild, delightful aroma.

No. 5: Matured natural Virginia, Georgia Burley, Old Belt, and special black Cavendish in a classic aromatic blend, uniquely flavored with pure vanilla and coriander.

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


UPCA hosts 2nd Annual Pipe Smoking Contest

United Pipe Clubs of America will present the 2nd Annual National Pipe Smoking Contest at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show, Sunday, May 16, 2004 at the Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Ill. Pipes will be provided by Genod of St. Claude, France; the tobacco blend is Competition by McClelland; and tampers are provided by Kaywoodie. Entrance is limited to the first 100 paid registrations. There are 75 seats reserved exclusively for American smokers, with 25 additional for international contestants. Prizes will be awarded in three divisions (U.S. Men, U.S. Women, and International).

Participants may register online at www.unitedpipeclubs.org


SMOKESHOP - April, 2004