140th Anniversary Peterson Pipe, Special Reserve Tobacco

Peterson Pipes of Dublin is celebrating their 140th Anniversary and to mark the occasion they are producing an exact copy of company founder Charles Peterson's favorite pipe. The original pipe is kept in the Peterson museum in Dublin and the silver band is engraved with the message, "When stolen, please return to 55 Grafton Street," signed by Charles Peterson. "Peterson obviously has great faith in the honesty of his fellow Dubliners," notes Peterson Pipes managing director Tom Palmer.

The large bent bowl is finished in a ruby red color. The silver band is engraved with the Thinking Man/Peterson icon. As with the original pipe, it is fitted with a space fitting mouthpiece. Suggested retail is $260.

Peterson has also released the 2005 Special Reserve Tobacco, presented in a new style 100 gm. tin engraved with their Anniversary logo. This year's tobacco is a blend of Black Cavendish and Virginia from three continents with an aroma of berries, coffee and cream. It is described as "very smooth" and "highly aromatic" in taste. Suggested retail, $24.

Ashton Distributors, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., Tel: (215) 676-8778, Web: www.ashtoncigar.com

Ashton Reinvents Pipe Tobacco Line

Ashton has released a brand new line of pipe tobaccos manufactured by Kohlhase & Kopp of Germany. The line features seven new mixtures (Artisan's Blend, Consummate Gentleman, Rainy Day, Guilty Pleasure, Gold Rush, Winding Road, and Smooth Sailing) ranging from aromatic to English-style blends. The new blends are presented in low-profile, screw-lid cans at a suggested retail price of $9.50. Ashton's previous line of 50-gram canisters has recently been discontinued.

Ashton Distributors, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., Tel: (215) 676-8778, Web: www.ashtoncigar.com.

Bits & Pieces

Arango Pipe Spray, reformulated to meet government environmental guidelines, has returned to the marketplace following a several-year absence. The spray refreshes and sweetens pipes - even ones with heavy deposists and sour-tasting buildup - and dries almost instantly, allowing pipes to be used within five minutes of cleaning. An extension tube is included to reach inside the pipe bowl and shank. Suggested retail per 6-oz. can, $9.99.

Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Ill., Tel: (847) 480-0055, Toll-free: (800) 222-4427.

Tobacco blenders Craig and Patty Tarler moved their company, Cornell & Diehl, Inc., to new facilities near Morganton, N.C. in August. The new building is 5,000 sq. ft. in size, with 3,000 sq. ft. dedicated to production and 1,000 sq. ft. each to office space and storage. The Tarlers described the move as necessary to "accommodate a welcome business expansion." The company's telephone, fax, and mailing address remain the same at: Box 475, Morganton, NC 28680, Toll-free: (800) 433-0080, Fax: (828) 433-1083, Email: cnd@hci.net or craig@cornellanddiehl.com, Web: www.CornellandDiehl.com

SMOKESHOP - October, 2005