Alright, so I've tried pipe smoking once before and did so with zero knowledge of what the hell I was doing. I'd like to pick up this idea once again.
This time I'd like some help though. I'm looking for a moderately priced (read: <$50, I'm just starting mind you) pipe and some decent tobacco suggestions for someone who normally smokes medium-full bodied cigars daily.
I've become an occasional pipe smoker over the last couple years and find it a nice compliment to my smoking rotation. If you have access to a B&M and sells pipe tobacco in bulk then that's a great way to get started. You can just get 1oz samples of several different things. I have found through much trial that I tend to enjoy engligh blends with latakia and I like VAPER blends with Virginia and Perique.I have not found a aromatic (flavored) that I like very much.
Here are some of my favorite tobaccos
Dunhill Early Morning Pipe
Dunhill Night Cap
Frog Morton (Original)
Frog Morton on the Bayou
GL Pease Gaslight
GL Pease Sixpence
Gl Pease Haddo's Delight
Escudo Navy Deluxe
When it comes to pipes I don't think it really matters that much. I have one of these and it smokes great: http://www.morganpipes.com/store/p61/Bones_Pipe.html
I actually recommend getting a couple cheap cobs for your trying out tobacco phase: http://corncobpipe.com/. You'll want to dedicate a briar pipe to each of the different types of blends you smoke. If you smoke a VAPER in a pipe that you have smoked a tone of English tobacco through, your VAPER will taste like it has Latakia in it. I have pipes dedicated to engligh blends and pipes dedicated to Virginia/VAPER blends.
I have limited pipe smoking experience, but here's my two cents worth:
Although I smoke my Escudo in a small briar, the Country Gentleman that I got from www.Aristocob.com has served me well. I have a few other cobs from Scott, but the CM would be a good one to start.
Aromatics seem like a good idea, but don't buy too much to start. I got tired of them quickly and now I have a few tins unopened.
In addition to VaPers like Escudo, I think Frog Morton is a good introductory English. FM's Cellar might be a good intro blend. I have a tin but haven't opened it yet.
I heard someone say "The worst the tobacco smells, the better it tastes. The better it smells, the worse it tastes." I would generally agree with that sentiment.
Thanks for the great suggestions and advice. I've been drawn towards aromatics, but I'm glad I asked this since I'd hate to get all pumped and be let down.
I think the closest B&M that carries tobacco is about 30-35 minutes away, so I may check them out in the near future. I will definitely start with corn cob pipes, as I can't pass up the price on that site.
Pipes and Cigars has a good selection of bulk pipe tobacco that you can http://www.pipesandcigars.com/pipe-tobacco/bulk-tobacco/
Cool, I'll check em out!
I definitely have a line of canning jars. (I work for Jarden, aka Ball/Kerr jars, at the main distrubition production facility)
I'll check out those sites as well!
There are a lot of good aromatics out there. Just make sure you get a quality one, such as: Boswell, Drew Estate, Tsuge, C&D, just to mention one's I've had luck with. And once you smoke an aromatic in a pipe, that is all you should smoke in it.
Dunhill has some great traditional tobaccos, Elizabethan Mixture is excellent. Seattle Pipe Club Potlatch is a must try. Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky is tasty as well, and we are smoking it on Pipe Dummies tonight too. ;) GL Pease Gaslight is a solid tobacco too.