Chelsea Morning 8oz Tins - Coming Soon

15th December, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News

But, not too soon.

Okay, I’d really expected to roll out the 8oz tins before Christmas, and it’s true that a couple of retailers have gotten a few of them, but they’re not really available yet. See, the problem is that Chelsea Morning has been a little hard to keep on the shelves. It seems to have gained quite a fan club, as the reviews would seem to indicate. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support of this new blend. (And, Union Square, too. It’s still going strong, and more and more people continue to discover its pure Virginia virtues.)

Despite this evident popularity, however, some of the retailers are still ordering in too-small quantities, then selling out in two or three days, and placing another order - sometimes three times a week. This, of course, makes it difficult to accurately plan rollouts. (It also makes it almost impossible for the blend to reach the #1 position on a popular “top-10″ list, which I think it would if it stock levels were kept higher and they didn’t sell out of it every three days. Grumble.) So, the big tins won’t really be available until early in 2010, but they are coming. I promise. And, a big thanks to all of you who have enjoyed this one enough to write your wonderful reviews.

While I’m at it, deepest thanks to all who have purchased the In Celebration of Briar calendar, and the Chelsea Morning mugs. If you’ve been wanting one but putting it off, now is the time. It still might not be too late to pick one up for Christmas.

Chelsea Morning Mugs

16th November, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News

When Maltese Falcon was released, I was given the wild idea to have mugs made, sporting the wonderful artwork from the label, and engaged the fine folks at Café Press to do what they do so well, and produce them on demand. The mugs were beautiful, so when Key Largo was released, more mugs! Now that Chelsea Morning is getting some press, gaining some fans, and I’ve had a couple of requests for, you guessed it, mugs! Of course, who else but Café Press to produce them, again? I just finished up the artwork for the 8oz tins, so it seemed sensible to make the mug art ready too.

Mine arrived today, and I think they turned out great. I took a quick photo, shown here, and am now off to have a nice cup of tea. Order one, or a seven day set, and enjoy your morning cup, along with your morning bowl, in Chelsea Morning Style!

Order from Café Press

Cover of the Rolling Stone?

22nd October, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News

Well, not quite. But, In Celebration of Briar did get some notice by Pipes Magazine, who did a brief piece on it. Check it out.

2010 Calendar Update

19th October, 2009: Posted by glpease in Product News, Pipe Sightings

It’s ready. It’s done. It’s put to bed, and shipped to the publisher. It’s available now! Last year, I got the thing ready way too early. This year, it’s a little late. Maybe for 2011, I’ll have it just right. You can view a preview of the photos that are included, as well as last year’s selection. I’m really happy with the final design and the photographs. There’s a bug in Lulu’s “preview” generator, so if you look at the preview on their site, the tops and bottoms of the images are cut off. Quite silly.

The calendar is 13.5″ x 19″ - quite large.  It’s printed on beautiful, heavy, coated stock. This isn’t the cheap flimsy thing that you find in the bookstores. It’s printed “on demand,” so there won’t be hundreds of copies destined for recycling after 2010 is just a memory. Yours, on the other hand, will be kept to look at year after year.  Many people frame some of the photos after the month is over to decorate their office or den walls. The price is just $35.

It takes about 7-10 days for printing and delivery, but I suggest ordering early to get a jump on the new year.

It’s been great fun putting this year’s together, and I know you’ll really enjoy it.

2010 Calendar Coming Soon

15th October, 2009: Posted by glpease in Pipe Sightings

I’ve been working on the final images for the 2010 edition of the calendar, In Celebration of Briar, and wondering what I was going to do for the cover shot. Since all the photographs inside have a horizontal composition, which works particularly well for most pipes, I always have to find something different for the cover. I’d selected a pipe that I thought would make a dandy vertical shot, and was making plans to shoot it when I got a call from my friend Adam Davidson.

“Hey, Greg. I’ve got some new stuff I’d love to show you. Can I send you some pictures?” Well, I suppose. It’s such a burden to look at pictures of beautiful pipes, but I’ll make an allowance for a friend. Right.

“Sure, Adam. Send away.” In moments, my inbox contained a few quickly snapped shots of some really interesting work, including the one pictured above, a pipe Adam calls the Serendipitous Gastropod.  I think he’d been drinking the stuff he’s supposed to clean pipes with. I was back on the phone almost instantly. “Send it. I want to shoot it.” I didn’t tell him I was considering it for the cover, and I wasn’t actually sure I was, but it sure struck me as the right pipe, what my fellow sewer rat Richard calls the “Cover Girl” for the job.

“I’ll have to ask the guy who bought it.”

Damn. It’s one of the downsides of doing this. I sometimes have to photograph pipes that I really want, but cannot have. Not so much different from shooting for certain magazines, I’m sure. You know the ones I mean. The ones with really wicked, sporty Italian cars, photographed in huge studios with massive banks of softboxes all round. What did you think I was talking about? Fortunately, the new owner agreed, and the pipe was on its way the next day.

It arrived yesterday. I was all over it. I’d already developed the concept in my head, so I took the photo and designed the cover last night, finishing up at about 2am, when I too often seem to have the necessary confluence of creativity and exhaustion that allows me to do little more than click shutters and design type, without rational thinking getting in the way. It’s a  new look from the last three years, and I’m really pleased with it.

So, now the cover’s shot, and most of the interior photos are done. I’m past my first deadline, and running dangerously up against the second one, but I’ve got some confidence I’ll actually get the production finished before the end of October.
Stay tuned. The calendar will be published, again, by Lulu Press. It’ll be the same large format (13.5″x19″) Print-on-Demand beauty they have done for the past three years. Assuming I can continue the pattern of sleeping too little and working to much, that is.

If you want to see a larger version, you can click on the picture up there. Nice blast!

-glp

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.

-glp

2009 NASPC Show Blends

12th August, 2009: Posted by glpease in New Blends

The 2009 NASPC show is almost here, and as has been traditional for the past nine years, I was asked to do their special, limited show blends again. This years, Gimli’s Stash and Treebeard, continue with the usual Hobbit theme, but I did something a little different, and I think, quite fun. Read more…»

Finding a Retailer, Part Deux - New List Up

13th July, 2009: Posted by glpease in Site News

It took a little longer than I’d anticipated, and I fear the list is not yet complete, but it’s a good starting point, and it’ll be easier to keep it current, so, I’ll leave my fanatical obsession for completeness at the door, and present the Where to Buy list. It’s also accessible from all the tobacco pages, as well as from the front page. I actually published it on Friday, and already, some of you sneaky scoundrels have found it. Statistics indicate that it’s been seen in a dozen countries. Nice to see that so many of you pay such close attention! ;) Cheers!

-glp

Finding a Retailer

1st July, 2009: Posted by glpease in Site News

Over the next few days, I’ll be putting together a page listing all the stockists of G.L. Pease blends. I had one once, but it got horribly out of date as new shops came on-board with the blends, and others disappeared from the face of the planet (always a sad thing). Since I couldn’t seem to to get things synchronized, I turned off the page. Then, I forgot about it. Time to fix that.

There is a useful resource on-line for finding tobacconists in your area, sponsored by the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer’s Association (IPCPR). From this page, click on a state, and all member tobacconists are listed by city. Of course, not all of them carry our blends.
If your favorite local retailer does not stock what you want, you can always ask them to order for you, and we strongly encourage the patronage of the local shops. The Brick and Mortar tobacconist is still the life-blood of our hobby, and we all need to do everything we can to help keep them in business, especially in these times of increasing pressures against tobacco of all forms. Of course, these days a lot of cities don’t have the luxury of a local tobacconist’s, as many have already been forced to close their doors, and many customers have no choice but to order on-line. Fortunately, there are many excellent shops with Internet presence that can fill that void, but let’s do what we can to keep that void from widening.

Whenever possible, please support your local. When the stockist list is ready, I’ll post an item here.
-glp


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