Pipe Notes

I’ve been on leave for surgery recovery for the past week with another one to five more to come. The office/lab has converted nicely to a recovery room. Needless to say there hasn’t been a lot of DFIR going on.

The requirement to be as sedentary as possible has given me good time to focus on mindfulness and my other favorite breathing activity, pipe smoking.

That’s right, it’s not just a logo, I’ve enjoyed smoking tobacco pipes for years. That said, smoking is bad for you and if you haven’t started I can’t say that I’d suggest it. If you do decide to, at least use the good stuff. Life’s too short to smoke $#!%.

Like my bourbons, I have my tobacco staples that I stick to, but I also like to try new varieties. As would be expected, not all deliver on their descriptions and I’m left with a lot of ‘ok’ to ‘good’ leftovers, and not all are worth smoking on their own. As I try to be thrifty, I’ll often blend 4-6 with complimentary flavors together to make something new. Mixology for tobacco if you will.

2 Recent concoctions that came out really well:

Old Fashioned Tobacco

Just the right aromatics, not too sweet; easy to be a daily go to.

Bourbon blend:

  • Borkum Riff Bourbon
  • Stanwell Vanilla
  • Moontrance (fruit bourbon vanilla)
  • Cherry (mild blend)
  • Molto Dolche (as simple syrup)

Accompanying in jar:

  • Bourbon stave 1×1 cube
  • Orange rind 2×2, for flavor and natural humidor for tobacco

The next one was a combination of leftovers from the sweet side.

Sweet Tooth

  • Crème brûlée
  • CAO Vanilla
  • Autumn Eveni;ng
  • Wicked

Tastes of autumn apples, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla. Caramel Apple Pie a la mode. Dessert in a pipe.

That’s all for now. I’m off to the porch to enjoy a pipe. See you soon.