Maltese Falcon Update

20th January, 2008: Posted by glpease in Product News, New Blends

Assuming everything continues on the present track, Maltese Falcon will take flight before the end of the month. There’s been a little delay in the artwork, but now that I’ve seen the proofs, it’s been well worth the wait. Daniel did an amazing job in creating a label that reflects the atmosphere and style I wanted to achieve for the blend. He’s just got some little details to work out, and we’ll be good to go. In the meanwhile, I thought a few words about the Falcon might be in order.

This started out as an attempt to recapture some of the magic of my old Raven’s Wing blend, discontinued after the loss of our vintage Syrian Latakia. But, it’s evolved into something even better than I’d ever hoped for. Of course, it’s not really fair to compare aged tobacco to something relatively young, but in terms of overall balance and “smokability,” I actually prefer the Falcon, and quite a few early tasters have echoed this. Read more…»

Turnabout is Fair Play…Update

11th January, 2008: Posted by glpease in Pipe & Tobacco News

If you’re fed up with all the news items concerning companies discriminating against employees for smoking, even off the job, you’ve simply got to read this story from Reuters. Who knows how long the guy will be able to keep it up, but it’s certainly amusing to see someone fighting back…

Okay, so the story has been taken down from Reuters, so I removed the above link to it. Basically, it was about a German computer company owner who fired three employees for threatening to make a stink about his allowing smoking in the workplace. He then said he would ONLY hire smokers. Amusing, but, apparently a hoax, as this story, also from Reuters, reveals. But, there’s some wonderful spirit in this guy. He’s certainly on an valiant campaign against the antis.
I hope this time, the link lives a little longer…