First ScHIP Victims Sunk

24th June, 2009: Posted by glpease in Pipe & Tobacco News

So, Waxman’s Titanic ScHIP idiocy seems to have taken its first victims. I wonder how many of the nearly 500 employees of this company will be left using the children’s health-care that comes at the expense of their jobs.

From an article in the Miami Herald:

Hav-A-Tampa cigar plant closing; 500 lose jobs

The Associated Press

A cigar factory in Tampa is closing its doors and laying off nearly 500 workers.

Altadis USA announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its Hav-A-Tampa plant in light of decreasing demand and higher cigar taxes. In a letter to the state, Altadis USA said it plans to terminate 492 positions by Aug. 24.

Rick McKenzie, the company’s vice president of human resources, says business has been hurt by rising taxes. A new federal tobacco tax went into effect in April and will help pay for a health insurance program for low-income children.

The company’s Web site says Hav-A-Tampa cigars were originally trademarked in 1902.

McKenzie says the cigars will continue to be produced at a plant in Puerto Rico.

Release: Union Square 8oz

19th June, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News

Today is the day. Union Square will begin finding its way out of the warehouse and onto your retailers’ shelves today. Expect to begin seeing it next week.


Review of the Day

18th June, 2009: Posted by glpease in Review of the Day

It’s no secret - I watch the reviews on If you were in this business, wouldn’t you? They’re often entertaining, sometimes enlightening, and occasionally, even well thought out. There are guys out there who have that rare combination of an understanding of what they’re smoking, a gift for articulating their impressions, and the willingness to open their minds to what might be a new experience for them.

Usually, I even enjoy the less than glowing reviews that are sometimes penned about one of my blends. Sure, I’d rather have positive ones, but a well considered criticism often brings with it new understanding of the way others experience things. We’ve all got different tastes, and it’s a source of constant interest for me to get a glimpse of just how different they can be.

Once in a while, though, it just gets silly. Today’s Platinum Pen Award for thoughtful eloquence goes to this one, reproduced in its entirety.

Nothing special here. Just the Trademark taste of crap! I cant believe I fell for the GL Pease line. Have not found one variety I would buy twice!

I’ve always wondered what crap really tastes like when smoked in a pipe, having never actually tried it, though I’ve never considered whether or not it could actually be trademarked. I’ll file the registration papers at once! Thenceforth, anyone producing anything that someone thinks tastes like “crap” will owe me a percentage of their profits. With all the “crap” on the shelves of grocery stores, not to mention produced by the fast food industry, I’ll be rich beyond my wildest dreams!

I’m heading over to the Bugatti dealer to order my Veyron.  By the time it’s built, I should have just enough pennies in my piggie.


Note: I’ve moved the Review of the Day posts over the Briar & Leaf Chronicles. It just seems to make a little more sense to have it there. I’ve left this one because I guess I’m vain and I like the comments. -glp

Quality Briar On-line

13th June, 2009: Posted by glpease in Pipe & Tobacco News

It’s not often in our little world of pipes and tobaccos, where brick and mortar shops seem to be closing monthly, that a new shop opens its doors, even if they are virtual ones. In a bold move, Nick Miller has done just that with his new website, Quality Briar.

Those who are familiar with Nick know that he’s got pretty good taste in pipes. He’s also a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to selling stuff, and that’s not a bad thing; he wants to actually talk to his customers. There’s certainly room on the planet for another pipe-shop, even a virtual one, and I’m glad Nick has opened his doors. Stop by for a look around, and join me in wishing him success with his new venture.


Union Square 8oz Tins

13th June, 2009: Posted by glpease in New Blends

The response to Union Square has been unprecedented, and I couldn’t be happier. People have been asking for a straight virginia from G.L. Pease for years, but I had no idea it would be so well received. I’m truly grateful for all of you who have given it a try, and written such lovely things about the blend on various forums and in the wonderful database. I do feel it’s a special blend, as evidenced by the fact that it’s even turned me, a dedicated Latakiaphile, into a real virginia lover. Who knew?

It’s not that I didn’t like virginias before, but only that I rarely smoked them, and when I did, I often either nearly passed out from their strength, or found that I’d reach the end of a bowl, and was left wanting something else. Latakia. Always Latakia. Not so with this one. It’s satisfying, without being overpowering, and there’s enough depth of flavour and character to keep even my Latakia loving palate happy. I’m really thrilled with the way it’s turning out. (I’m puffing on a bowl as I type these words, in fact; a lovely accompaniment to a nice cup of tea.)

In response to those who have asked for the larger tins, we’re preparing to release the 8oz size as soon as we can get it out. The large tins should be finding their way to your favourite retailers within a couple weeks. Watch for it!