This review is concerning the new version of Bell's Three Nuns recently released again in the US.
The original blend was Virginian and Perique tobaccos, this is purported to be a "...curly cut blend of dark fired Kentucky and sun cured Virginia tobaccos mixed with the finest Brazilian Lights..."
I cannot compare to the original, as I have not tasted it.
This blend, however, is enjoyable on it's own merits. Has a nuttiness, not as heavily bodied as an English blend, but...
Product: Vertigo Briar Pipe Lighter
Flame type: Soft, Angled
This lighter is a "Corona Old Boy" knock off. So instead of $100 it's about $20-25.
So far, it has worked well. Filled mine with Zippo brand butane fuel, and I haven't had any issues with the fuel. The flame adjustment isn't as smooth as it could be, but that doesn't bother me.
It comes with a tamper/pick that slides out of the foot of the lighter, and...
Brand: Mario Grandi
Available only on ebay from seller: Futurepipes
these are all one of kind, supposedly handmade by one maker, and shipped directly from Italy.
Bent egg shape, briar pipe, high glass finish, with a couple small blemishes (nothing that bothers me). The stem fits together tightly, and the bowl is large. Definitely able to pack 1 hour smokes if desired.
Smokes well, slightly difficult to get a pipe cleaner all the way through, due to the bends and angles.
This is a straight stem bulldog shape from Savinelli.
Unfiltered line of unfinished pipes, another affordable, yet quality offering from Savinelli.
Acrylic stem (this one has a rubber bit on the end).
This line will take the oils from your hands and darken over time, or can be finished and stained by the user if desired.
Smokes well (a little hot), and a generous bowl size.
A very affordable tobacco pipe, from one of the very prolific pipe makers of today.
A smooth, matte finish on the Duca Carlo line, in a variety of shapes. This is a 6mm line (can use the balsa system filters, or the included 6mm to 3mm tube to do without filters all together).
These look nice, smoke well, consistent and great classic shapes.
(image courtesy of smokingpipes)
Royal Yacht is a mellow blend of Virginian tobaccos in a ribbon cut.
A very nice smoke with some nuttiness, some sweetness, a pleasant room note (not as sweet or fruity/cased as an aromatic), but a very unimposing room note.
An 8/10 in my book.
(image courtesy of cigarsinternational)