23 December 2009

Scottish Rite

I acquired my first pipe in 1997. An Austrian friend from boarding school bought it for me from a tobacconist in Covent Garden. The model was called 'The Prince,' so named for the Duke of Windsor who was partial to the style. After a period of experimentation I settled on a favourite tobacco, Black Cherry Cavendish, and soon learned that Davidoff and J.J. Fox offered a premium supply. I even attended a few meetings of the Pipe Club in London. From my social circle I was introduced to a fellow pipe enthusiast, an elderly English gent in a trench coat who wrote action novels. Pipe smoking is an experience that introduces one to a world of pleasure, mental lucidity, and self-transcendence.

5 comments:

Brian said...

now that picture looks like Christmas to me. Merry Christmas!!!

Richard said...

I absolutely love pipe smoking, and I do feel more clear mentally with a pipe puffing and hanging from my lip. I also love this picture.........Merry Christmas LBT!

Aesthetic Traditionalist said...

This picture is a feast for the eyes! Happy New Year!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

My father-in-law gave me his pipe rack a few years back. Stuffed full of all shapes, it is a delight. I settled on "Old Virginia Shag" which should be a natural tobacco, but has a bit of sweetening these days. In those heady pre-children days, it was a treat to sit and smoke a bowl with a friend or just a good book and a bit of whisky. Strangely, it clears the head.

Tabitha said...

I LOVE JJ Fox - I think you may be be my animus!

Have you seen their ledger with Churchill's orders? Quite fascinating.