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world of increased difficulty for smokers to find a place to enjoy their diversions, it is
often time that is even more in short supply for those of us who choose to smoke. We have
in past issues noted than many who find themselves in time restrained situations turn to
smoking pipes. And specifically those kinds of pipes that are conducive to the smoking and
inhaling of cigarette tobacco. The general geometric configuration of a pipe that is ideal
for cigarette tobacco use is one of shallow bowl, wide stem and with filter capabilities.
Pipes of this sort serve well for pipe tobacco as well but the shallow bowl does require
more frequent lighting, which is good as most people who smoke cigarette tobacco in a pipe
only want a puff or two at a time. Recently, Music City Marketing sent us a
new Dutch pipe that is perhaps the most ideal medium for smoking cigarette tobacco since
the paper or tube. It is call the Tattoo. It comes in a wide range of
cool colors (see the head graphic at the top of this page) has a clay bowl insert that
toasts tobacco evenly and provides for an extremely mild, inhaleable smoke. If you need
even more mildness, these really neat looking Euro-style pipes use a quite sophisticated
filter that is made for the quality line of Big Ben pipes. The filter (shown at right) is
a multi-chambered piece of engineering that lasts for quite a while and filters most
effectively. After much testing (enjoyably so) of these pipes we are convinced that a
large majority of smokers will find this pipe completely suitable for that
quick smoke. They fit easily into a pocket and beside being a real eye-catcher, they
provide an extremely enjoyable smoking experience. Suggested retail is around $17.95, but
street price may be as low as $16. We sell them at our experimental store for that price.
But there is a new pipe that is even better. It's called the Cigapipe and it can be seen
in our current issue on the Filter Tube page by clicking here.
The new Zig-Zag 100 mm roller ( www.zigzag.com ) is a welcome addition to the family of extra-length hand-rollers. Now at first glance one might observe that this is just another 100 mm roller with a different name printed on it. That could not be further from the truth. This little piece of eye-candy was designed from the ground up by Zig-Zag for specific purposes. The rolling bars are narrower than in any other roller of this kind and the blanket, while admittedly quite a fashion statement, is made of a slightly softer material that is quite effective in forming the roll and then grabbing the paper. But the true difference in performance of this new roller is its ability to roll very narrow (small in diameter) smokes. This allow the consumer the ability to use a wide range of really quite tasty but inherently strong tobaccos like Gauloises, Bali, Samson, and, of course, Zig-Zag's own Golden Halfzware and wind up with a delicious smoke that is not too powerful to remain vertical after smoking. At about the same price as our current favorite long rollers, the Rizla Blue & Orange and CHILLS Supercone, the new Zig-Zag 100 mm roller should find a significant market. Let me explain. Now it should have become abundantly clear by now to those who have read this magazine for awhile that we prefer injecting fairly American or Turkish style tobaccos into tubes. However each day I find myself craving one of the more heady European tobaccos like those mentioned above and to enjoy them fully, I like a thin stick. The Rizla roller does a pretty good job at rolling these thin smokes but not nearly as well as the new Zig-Zag. The thinner roller bars make this possible as does the slightly smaller blanket. All in all we were able to reproduce the above result quickly and consistently with a wide range of papers including Zig-Zag's new French Orange King-Size (see the Rolling Papers Section in this issue for more on this great new rice paper). We love the design and the colors, truly a happy little roller for a big smoke.
we get a lot of mail about handrolling techniques and we feel it is pretty obvious how to accomplish this feat with simply tobacco, paper and two hands (in some cases one). So, we will continue to repeat the techniques, tricks and tips for true hand-rolling. As a preface, however, suffice it to say that hand rolling is mostly a matter of practice - not secrets. - RYO
Our thanks to Paul at TobaccoLovers.com ( http://www.tobaccolovers.com ) for the following graphics and text
|EDITOR'S NOTE: These reviews are solely for the convenience of people of legal age who already smoke, are trying to cut down on smoking, wish to spend less money on their smoking, want to roll their own cigarettes from high quality tobacco, and, in general, wish to have a far more satisfying, and economical smoking experience when compared with smoking pre-manufactured cigarettes. We, in no way, encourage people to smoke. Further, we prescribe to a sane, more logical approach to smoking that involves common sense as to quantity coupled with a strong desire to manage the habit until it becomes an occasional, freely chosen, diversion, that can be fully enjoyed with minimal health risks. Finally, we strongly encourage those who do smoke to take it outdoors, or to appropriate environments where tobacco can be enjoyed away from those who do not smoke, most especially children. We do not sell tobacco or related products from this site; We distribute information about our perceptions of the quality of what is available and where it can be obtained. If you are under 18, it is illegal to buy tobacco and you should immediately exit this site. If you do not smoke, it would seem illogical to start.|
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