|10 Nov, 2002
||And, now for something completely
different! How abot some pipes by Germany's Paul Becker? Okay,
so it's another pipe maker. "What's so different?"
you may ask. what's different is that these pipes are brought
to you by the perhaps soon-to-be infamous collaborative efforts
of Pulvers and Pease. Marty and I are excited to bring these
pipes to you, and I'm excited that Marty's doing most of the
hard work. Have a look,
and if you see something you like, and we're sure you will, give
Marty a call to order it. Details are on the page.
|7 Nov, 2002
Robusto, Robusto! It'll be released next week. I'm STILL
really excited about it! I've just added some beautiful pipes
by Kent Rasmussen and Peter Heeschen to the site,
as well as a few Estate
pieces and some vintage tobaccos (on the Estate page). You know
what to do...
|14 Oct, 2002
||I'm excited to report that the 8oz
bags have started finding their way to dealer's shelves, and
are being greeted by an enthusiastic audience. So, for all who
have been asking for larger packaging, I HAVE been listening!
Now, get out and get some! The Virginia blend I've been working
on is still under development, and is getting close to what I
am after, but it's not quite there. However, I've also been developing
a blend that incorporates cigar leaf, and it will probably be
released sometime in November. To my tastes, this is a wonderful
example of what this style of tobacco can be. I'm using a beautiful
maduro wrapper leaf as a spicy condiment, rounding out the blend
with just a bit of Cyprian Latakia, and filling in the gaps with
some wonderful oriental and Virginia leaf. It's called "Robusto," and the
name is fitting. Watch for it.
|17 Sept, 2002
||Okay, so it's been a while. I've
gotten the mail, heard the phone messages. "Hey, Pease!
What's up? What's the news?" So, here's a taste of "what's
up." First, after well over 3 years of research and development
in alternative packaging, I've made a decision. Very soon, 8oz
bags of GLPease tobaccos will be available. These bags are manufactured
from a multi-layer high-barriar film that has demonstrated in
extended tests the ability to not only hold water, but also to
retain the non-polar products of fermentation and aging, which
is the stuff that's lost in more common bags. In other words,
tobacco will actually age in this packaging. I still believe
the tins to have the edge, and personally feel that the smaller
packages are preferred for long aging anyway, but the bags will
work superbly. There have been some technical details to work
out, but I'm satisfied with the result. Labels are at the printer,
and the new packaging should be ready in time for the CORPS show.
Second, I've been working on a new blend, this one for the straight
Virginia lovers. It's in the final stages of development, and
I expect it to be released sometime in the fall. Watch this space...
And, yes, I did return from Denmark, though it wasn't easy.
|20 July, 2002
||I'm on my way to Denmark, Germany
and Sweden for a couple of weeks. The shelves are stocked, and
the elves are ambitious, so there'll be no shortage of tobacco
while I'm away. When I return, there will be new pipes, and probably
some big news. I'm really looking forward to the trip. It's part
business, part holiday. I haven't had a real vacation in 12 years,
so it's about time! I'm told the weather is beautiful, and so
is the scenery. See you in a couple weeks!
|1 June, 2002
||Hard to believe it's June already,
but here we are. Cumberland has become quite popular, and I'm
really thrilled with the comments I've received. Thank you all!
I've just put up a small selection of pipes
from Johan Kock of Ærø, Denmark. These are wonderfully
unusual pieces, and well worth looking at. These are attractively
priced, and lovely. Work continues on the next blend. It's coming
along nicely, and I expect to make an announcement soon. But,until
then, no hints...
|25 April, 2002
||Back from Chicago. What a show!
Thank you to the CPCC for putting on this amazing event, and
for continuing to make it bigger and more amazing every year.
Thanks especially to everyone who came by to visit, to say hello,
to sample the new blends, to chat for a while. My newest blend,
well received, and we sold out Saturday afternoon. For those
who missed it, it's finding its way to dealers' shelves, and
should be generally available soon. The early reviews have been
quite encouraging! I'm working on the next blend, but no hints
yet, except to say that it does not contain Latakia...
|5 March, 2002
||I've been working on a couple new blends. The
first is coming along very nicely, and will be ready in time
for release at the Chicago show. It's a delightful blend of several
red Virginias, a wee bit of perique, and some VERY special leaf...
I'll save the rest of the details for April. In the "Just
For Fun" department, Dark Lord t-shirts are now available.
What the heck is with Dark Lord t-shirts? Read
the story and see the shirt...
|25 January, 2002
is gone. There may be a tin or two on some random shelf, but
I'm starting to doubt it. I had NO idea this would happen! It
has sold out as soon as it's been received by just about everyone.
Next time, I'd better make a little more! Odyssey
is finding its way to the shelves, now, and at least a couple
retailers have received their first supply. I'm working on some
new things; watch this space. Finally, my deepest and sincere
thanks to the hardworking folks at Cornell &Diehl, distributors
of GLPease, for their amazing efforts through these intense times!
Their dedication and hard work in keeping my tins flowing, while
simultaneously running their own line is truly herculean. I wouldn't
be here without them.
|18 January, 2002
The labels are done, the first batch is in the tins, and this
new blend will begin finding its way to the dealers next week.
News from the pipe front? I just received a couple of beautiful
pipes from Oliver Brandt. These are beautiful, and more will
be coming soon, but be sure to check these out. Exquisite! There
are still a few nice pipes from Brian Ruthenberg, some lovely
pieces from Refbjerg, with more on the way, and a couple of really
nice pieces on the Estate Pipes
page.It's an exciting time for pipe smokers, I think.