Updated on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11:20AM by Neill Archer Roan
In pipe-smoking terms, yesterday was an atypical day for me. I opened and smoked a bowl from the pictured tin of Balkan Sobranie Virginia No. 10. For some years, I have strictly adhered to my own rule to open and smoke these rare tins only with friends and at pipe club meetings or shows.
Because the storied tobaccos are so rare and expensive, most pipe smokers can’t or won’t acquire them. So, the only chance many of us have to experience these tobaccos results from the generosity of our fellow pipe smokers. For example, if Fred Hanna hadn’t shared some of his remarkable Marcovitch, I would never have had the experience of smoking one of the most remarkable tobaccos that has ever tickled my palate.