Still More CORPS News

18th September, 2009: Posted by glpease in Pipe & Tobacco News

Well, sort of. It’s not about CORPS, but it’s about something that will make its debut there;  the first pipe from Pease/diPiazza Design in collaboration with Radice.

Presenting, the Rubens Rhodesian.

Back in 2007, Luca di Piazza and I started working on a fun project. It’s been an interesting journey so far, and we’re really excited to announce that this tree is finally bearing fruit! You can read the full story over in the Briar & Leaf Chronicles. It’s just the first of many; we’re already working on the next design, and a few other interesting things.

Chelsea Morning to be Launched at CORPS Expo

11th September, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News, New Blends

The CORPS Expo is coming up in October, and it seems like the perfect time to launch the Old London Series with its first member, Chelsea Morning.

I’ve been working on this series for a year. The idea has always been clear to me. I wanted to produce a series of blends in classic styles, using time honored methods, but with each designed specifically to compliment various parts of the smoker’s day. Yeah, I know. It’s not a new idea. Others have done it. We know their names. But, I haven’t done it, and I wanted to bring my own twist to the concept. The series will consist of four blends. I had actually planned on releasing three of them at once, but the other two aren’t cooperating. The prototypes have been good, but not right, so they’re still under development.

Chelsea Morning, however, is ready to go. Comprised of a variety of sweet red and yellow virginias, fragrant orientals, a measure of rich Cyprus Latakia, and a pinch of L.A. Poche’s brilliant Acadian perique. The leaf is blended in layers and briefly pressed to integrate the flavours before being sliced and tumbled into short ribbons. The final form is between a broken-flake and a ribbon-cut tobacco. It’s easy to pack, easy to smoke, and is a great blend with which to start the day with the morning cup. The flavours are lively and engaging, with a subtle fruitiness and gentle smokiness that wakes up the palate. For those expecting a Latakia powerhouse, this ain’t that. The Cyprus leaf provides depth and character; it’s certainly present, but it’s not the dominant voice. In that respect, Chelsea Morning is similar to Piccadilly, my previous ‘English Breakfast Mixture’ from the Classic Collection. But, it’s also very different. The orientals present in this one add another dimension to the smoke. It’s really a delightful blend.

Of course, it would be silly to say that it’s only enjoyable in the mornings, but to my tastes, that’s when it shines its brightest. Over the coming months, as I polish off the edges of the others in the series, it will be joined by Afternoon Tea, Cocktail Hour and Quiet Nights. I’m really excited about this new blend, and the entire series.

And, just because I know someone will ask, no, it is not a ‘clone’ of that other famous tobacco with ‘Morning’ in its name. But, if you liked that one, you should certainly give Chelsea Morning a try.

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.