A new pipe tobacco from A&C Peterson designed with Mark Twain in mind. Made with selected choice tobaccos, this blend has a striking, rich aroma. A wonderful Danish style aromatic, with great taste and no bite.

Notes: Now made by the Sutliff Tobacco Company under their banner as per Smoking Pipes website: "Previously known as an A&C Peterson blend, No.150 Mark Twain now flies under the Sutliff banner. A Danish-style aromatic, this mix of black cavendish, burley, and Virginia is known for its creamy aromatic flavors and mild strength, making for an easy smoke and a pleasing room note."

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The grassy, citrusy Virginia forms the base for the blend. The nutty, earthy, molasses sweet burley plays a secondary role. The unsweetened black cavendish provides some brown sugar . The toppings sublimate the tobaccos to a great extent, and caramel seems to be the most prominent one followed by a little vanilla and sugar, an undercurrent of marshmallow, and a touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and spice. The strength level is a step shy of the center of mild to medium, while the taste is slightly past that mark. The nic-hit is very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. May need a light dry time. Burns cool and clean and slightly slow with a mostly consistent, creamy sweet bakery store flavor from start to finish. I say “mostly” because the toppings slightly weaken toward the finish. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a very pleasant after taste, and can be an all day smoke.


21 people found this review helpful.

Fire and Oil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fire and Oil (16)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Surprisingly balanced bulk blend.

I took a trip out to California and needed some toby (and matches damn you, TSA) while I was there. Took a chance on a fine smelling aromatic and was pleasantly surprised at how daggum danish this blend turned out to be.

I smoked it outside in the presence of non-smokers and all agreed that it smelled quite nice. Tasted nice too. Nothing exceptional but it would make a solid go-to aromatic.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Supermate 1025

Purchased From: Olde Towne Smoke Shoppe - Temecula, CA

15 people found this review helpful.

CnS Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CnS Pipes (40)
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Mark Twain No.150 is first off a beautiful blend of beautiful high grade tobaccos and visually looks awesome, that's one thing I absolutely love about this pipe tobacco blend besides the smell, I always have my nose in this one to because it smells so dang good. Now I'm going to pack and light up a good pipe of Mark Twain and do the best I can at a honest review on how I perceive this wonderfully made mixture and it truly is a fine aromatic. When I opened the bag I stuck my nose in it and took a big sniff and the first thing I smelled was a coconut chocolate sweet smell I was really surprised. It even crossed my mind that it reminded me of the slight odor of Parrot Bay or something serious I was a little thrown back by it because the description was nothing like the smells I got upon first smells. I just lit the pipe and starting to smoke and ya I taste a light coconut and a liquor of some type but I can't tell if its rum or not you would haft to be the judge of that but its there that I can tell you. Now ive noticed right now its the Cavendish in this that puts out the chocolate taste, its really light which is a good thing but its there and taste really good. This blend is pretty close to Mac Barens Seven Seas Royal that just came to thought, I just got back from sniffing the jar and yep, very interesting I can't believe I didn't put that one together until now. This stuff is so smooth and so sweet and the topping is just perfect, all the tobaccos are in perfect harmony with this one and there really is no dominant in this blend they all work together (I'm sipping and tasting-sipping and tasting) and that's what I get here, a tobacco blend that works as one. Very velvety and a super soft buttery smoke, it has nutty tones in it for sure but in a sweet creamy way. Mark Twain does not have a strong natural tobacco taste but you can still tell its tobacco cause they don't use junk in this mixture so that reflects, I was told the room note smells like a nice old school sweet pipey tobaccoy smell and very pleasant. The nicotine level for this is on the low side but its far about that with this anyway because its about the enjoyment of the taste. The taste stays pretty consistent and midway down the bowl here the taste of tobacco comes through now but its smooth and is staying very sweet and light, this aromatic is very well behaved, no tounge bite or awful steam its been a pleasant smoke (actual smoke) and has that nice undertone of chocolate behind the scenes here that tastes very nice. I'm gonna finish my pipe now, I highly recommend Sutliffs Mark Twain good job!!! This is a fabulous aromatic that I give two thumbs up and I do like MB 7 Seas Royal alot BUT I love Mark Twain alot more and it made my top ten aromatics list plus its a good price and easy on the wallet which is a huge plus.I am going to smoke some 7 Seas Royal after this bowl so I can ponder on it, I love smoking the pipe so much. If your new to pipe smoking this aromatic is really good, I wish I would of discovered it sooner but at least I found and smoked it finally. Thanks for reading my review, I write them out with great joy so you who reads them can enjoy a potential new pipe tobacco, have a good evening and God bless all you fellow pipe smokers. TABAK!!!

Pipe Used: CnS Pipe #12 and FE.RO

Age When Smoked: 39

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Mac Barens 7 Seas Royal.

12 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I must admit that trying this blend was a complete change of direction for me.As a long time Virginia smoker,I sampled this one with some trepidation.

To my thinking smoking an aromatic was like going back to the begining of my Pipe apprenticeship.I need not have worried,my experience proved most enjoyable.

I could not source this blend in tins and ended up with a small bulk purchase,with hindsight I should have bought more!

On opening and rubbing the mixture, the smell of the blend was marvellous and quite moist.It required very light tamping when loaded and stayed in,even after the first light.I had a good long smoke down to a very fine ash. Like most Aro's it was light on the nicotine.The casing was neither overwhelming or sickly.I always find that the best way to test room note if you are alone is to leave the room you have been smoking in for a few minutes and then return. Well in this case it proved a real winner ,very pleasant.

I would however caution that this blend would require a dedicated pipe.It certainly leaves a ghost in the machine!

Overall I would highly recommend this one,old Mark Twain would have loved it.

12 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - No. 150 Mark Twain.

This one's been a bit of a pain to get hold of. Not due to the availability of it, more because of my rubbish memory; every time I've put through an order with smokingpipes.com over the past six months I've been meaning to order some but only remembered as soon as I've clicked the end button on the payment page! I finally ordered some so here are my thoughts on it:

The pouch contains various different cuts and sizes, it's not just ribbons alone. The only real smell, aside from the tobaccos', is a caramel sweetness. There looks to be a little less Black Cavendish compared to the Burley and Virginia.

I like the flavour of the smoke, it's just like the pouch-note had me expecting: the tobaccos' come over in a mild fashion and there's an obvious caramel/sweet topping; to me, this qualifies as dead-on medium in weight. The smoke itself is very palpable and feels almost heavy against my palate. The temperature's cool and the description's correct about the bite: none. Mark Twain gives a good burn, with quite a steady flavour throughout a bowl.

On the room-note I'm with the majority: very pleasant, and I'll also go with the general consensus on nicotine: mild.

I think this is a very nice smoke:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Racing Green #221

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

11 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Mark Twain is an excellent aromatic in the Danish tradition. The caramel smell in the tin makes you salivate! But this is another of those rare aromatics that has managed to strike a balance between casing and good tobacco flavor. A mild smoke that's excellent for after dinner or sitting with good friends. Oh, and the room note - HEAVEN!

9 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

In Theory,is a Danish Mixture: Sweet Virginia with Sweet Cavendish Tobaccos.

During smoking, in the Pipe, it evolves a creamy smoke with a very good rom note, but is basic this...

In my re-avaluation, it may be good for begginers,or for people that enjoy low Nicotine ammount.

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Seems to be a moist, high quality flake with a strong aromatic quality. It is sweet like cotton candy or confectioner's sugar, but not so much so that is is gross. After breaks when I went to puff again there was a unique and different taste/aroma that I couldn't place my finger on. It would be there, then it was gone. I realized that it was play dough (the smell reminded of it anyway)...I know that probably sounds bad, but it wasn't at all. Reminded me of carmelized sugar. The taste wasn't nearly as sweet as the aroma but it was more soft and (marsh)mellowish. As I said it was moist so there was a little gurgling but even my English and VAs do that on occasion which might be me more than the tobacco.

It lit readily using the Frank method, burned evenly and smelled great. I'm away from aromatics so it wouldn't be a favorite of mine but, like I said, it seemed to me to be of high quality. I could see where an aromatic lover might fall all over themselves for this one. English lovers will curl up and die.

6 people found this review helpful.

Talltree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talltree (31)
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I think I expected something special from this tobacco because of all the glowing reviews. What I received was too moist, so I left the bag open all night, and then left it open for a few weeks. Surprisingly, it did not dry out and the steaminess interferes with the flavor. Add to this that it smokes hot and is just a bit sludgey. No nic hit, which is good.

I wanted to like it because, doggone it, who doesn't like Mark Twain, but it just has not compared well to my favorites, Carter Hall, Sutliff Match Flying Dutchman, John Bull and MacBarens Plumcake. Two stars.

I left the bag open for several months and it dried out enough to be smokable. My rating goes up to 2-1/2 stars.

Pipe Used: corn cob

Age When Smoked: fresh out of the bag, and left open to dry

Purchased From: in bulk from smoking pipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

final_id Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
final_id (37)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Unnoticeable

Another plain straightforward tobacco. Didn?t thrill me.

5 people found this review helpful.

Legion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Legion (27)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Generally speaking I don't smoke many aromatics so I usually tend to go for lightly topped aromatics when in the mood. [Like Orlik Golden Sliced or MB Plumcake for example] Occasionally when I feel like something extra sweet or a blend for social situations, Mark Twain will do nicely.

Although I'm susceptible to tongue bite [One of the reasons why I tend to avoid aro's] I can smoke a few bowls of MT without any bite.

The caramel is at the front with a touch of vanilla in the background & even my unrefined palate detects some spice. It has a very pleasant taste & room note. Those around me enjoy the aroma. Mild to medium with low nicotine [which suits me nicely]

Aromatic lovers should really enjoy Mark Twain as is. For my tastes, I blend in around 25% Daughters & Ryan Windsail Virginia. Although MT is not at all goopy, it is a touch moist [so requires a little dry time] Windsail is quite dry so blending in 25% to MT balances the moisture level.

For my personal taste MT is at least a solid 3 stars. My preferences aside, it's easy to see why aromatic lovers would give MT 4 stars. So 3.5 stars from me.

Pipe Used: Briars & cobs.

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 12 months old.

Purchased From: 4noggins

4 people found this review helpful.

pipewrench Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipewrench (10)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Very pleasant pouch note. Sort of a bakery- confectionery smell which translates somewhat to the smoke.

I detect a slightly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon?) caramel flavor along with a hint of vanilla. It reminded me of coconut toasted marshmallows. Slightly sweet, but not sickening. The tobaccos begin to peek out a little about halfway into the bowl while the flavor fades slightly, but doesn't completely go away. Nice amount of smoke. Very pleasant light to medium room note. A little airing out gave a better smoke.

I experienced an occasional little tingle to my tounge. A decent aromatic. 3 stars (B-)

Pipe Used: 3 different briars.

Age When Smoked: 1 wk. to 4 months.

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

UncleSquinty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleSquinty (27)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Sutliffe No. 150 Mark Twain

I bought this on a 20% off sale on Sutliffe bulk from Pipes & Cigars. I am always looking for a replacement for my beloved but these days expensive Carter Hall. This might do, although the toppings are just a bit heavy handed. Just a bit. I'll be the fourth 3-star rating for this tobacco.

In the pouch the mix feels too moist to burn properly, and I aired this for 20 minutes at 34% relative room humidity and 72 degrees F./22.2 deg. C. Even after drying, this tobacco still seemed to be very moist, although it loaded into the pipe without fuss and caught fire easily. One charring light, one real light and a re-ignite about 2/3 down the bowl. I will dry this longer for my second bowl. Yes, this review was written on first impressions.

Bag note is scrumptuous, rich with bakery notes, sweet bread, nutmeg. cinnamon and even a wee hint of clove.

While the aromas don't translate 100% into taste in the mouth, the aromas are readily apparent with retrohaling, French inhaling and other smoke play. Mouth feel is a creamy, medium bodied affair. The room note wins friends, even among anti-tobacco activists. I find this best smoked in a filtered pipe, as it did smoke a bit wet for my liking. I'll be eager to see how this performs after being dried for an hour or so. I'll let you know.

Leaves a very pleasant room note, aftertaste, beard aroma...and just a bit of goopy sludge, especially if smoked too hard and fast. This won't bite, although my tongue is now a bit numb after the first bowl.

While this isn't in my top 10, nor is it in my short list of desert island tobaccos, it is a stellar offering from Sutliffe and well worth even the non-discounted bulk price. Recommended. 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Cobbs: this will ghost a favorite briar.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: P&C on a 20% off Sutliffe bulk promotion

Similar Blends: Carter Hall meets Grandma's baking spices.

4 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

MT is somewhat wetter than most danish aros I'm used to, but it's a pretty good smoke with a superb baking dessert room note. The bag aroma is amazing as well. The smoke is creamy and bite free, and I pick up mostly flavors of vanilla, caramel, faint cinnamon, and touches of cocoa. There's a little gurgle but I haven't ever found the blend to burn hot or harsh. Overall, I find MT to be a nice change of pace blend with a holiday sort of feel and a delicious aroma that allows me to smoke indoors when it's freezing cold out.

Pipe Used: MM Wizard cobbit

Age When Smoked: Fresh pouch

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is an aromatic that even non-aromatic smokers can enjoy. This is an aromatic that even non-aromatic smokers can enjoy. The aroma upon opening the lid of half pint jar the tobacco has a bakery smell to it. By that I mean the aroma reminds me of smell of fresh baked Cinnamon rolls and pastries. The sweet smelling aroma has undertones of vanilla, raisins, spice, cinnamon, and or nutmeg? The tobacco tastes as delicious as it smells.

The tobacco is moist, as most aromatics tend to be because of the casings applied to flavor the tobacco but is easy to light and remains lit without much effort. This tobacco is very enjoyable for you the smoker and the people around you. I've received many compliments on the aroma of this pipe tobacco.

4 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Ginormous chunks of black cavendish outweigh the Virginia and burley in Mark Twain. The moisture is just on the moist side of the spectrum, but it doesn't hamper the lighting.

The pouch note reminds me slightly of Boswell's Spice and Nice. It's difficult for me to put my finger on exactly what the aroma is, but somewhere along the lines of Danish pastries. It smell creamy and sweet, with just a hint of alcohol.

Before packing, break up the cavendish chunks to promote better burn. No twigs or stems found in my 2oz.

This does have a definite Danish style tobacco profile. A mix between Boswell's Spice and Nice, and PS Luxury Twist Flake. It's sweet, (but not cloying), toasty, and creamy smooth. I can't help but echo the "bakery" comment several have made, but it's spot on. This is probably one of the best room notes I've had the pleasure of being around. It's great on road trips, especially if the wife is riding shotgun. No bite, no harshness or rough spots even when puffed hard. Doesn't burn wet or goopy.

This is truly a wonderful aromatic that I will always keep in the cellar!

3 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

If what they says about Mark Twain is true, that his taste is tobacco leaned toward cheap harsh tobacco, then this blend is aptly named. It is billed as a danish, but it is likely the worst danish I have tried. The tobacco itself was up to Sutliff standards,lit and burned well. The taste just wasn't there for me.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

dustoff56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dustoff56 (10)
Mild None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

To me the smell doesn't equal taste. Doesn't strike me as an aromatic. Not bad of a blend of you want smooth but no flavoring. When I smoke aromatic I want flavor and this doesn't have it. Not a bad smoke but not my cup of tea.

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

vigliucci Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vigliucci (1)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Excellent taste , moisture was perfect. Mild, room note very pleasant, my new everyday smoke. Purchase from smoking pipes.com. Due to excellent reviews, I ordered 8 oz. I never do this with first trying it out first, I was very pleased that I ordered this blend.

Pipe Used: Missouri pride corn cob pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

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1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I really wanted to like this one more than I did. It was a decent smoke and it came with an ok moisture content. I guess the taste of the flavorings wasn't strong enough to fill in the lack of tobacco taste. I couldn't figure out what was going on with the flavorings either. It wasn't bad, but not great either. I'm glad I tried a couple ounces to satisfy my curiosity, you should do the same. Definitely don't buy a whole bunch until you've tried it though.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

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JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (153)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Fret yourself no how on “Roughing It” in the wilds there, cousin. Rousing in that lonesome downriver stretch sounds a welcomed clammer. Tis the sweet song of those faithful paddlewheels loudly slapping that dark deep watered delta. Coming with a full head of steam, chance floats a determined riverboat loaded with a right proper Missourian-spirited dandy. So, fella pipers, don’t stand there gawking. Go fetch that best Huck Finn cob and get ready for the sweet promise of a titillating aromatic delight. That surely handsome steamer bears us a cargo load of Sutliff’s No. 150 Mark Twain fixing to hit the dock.

A dated recipe originally conceived by A&C Peterson with direct attention towards Mark Twain himself, this mild-medium Danish style blend is now crafted by the Sutliff Tobacco Company. Comprising a mixture of choice varietals that enfolds extensively processed Black Cavendish, assorted stock Burleys and a base component of Virginian leaf, this mix enters quite suitably encased with an alluring condiment of caramel, vanilla and miscellaneous embellishing spices. In themselves, the gathering of aptly applied dressings does serve to form the premier attraction of the blend standard taste profile as I soon perfectly discovered.

Opening the bulk pouch of this tobacco a cute aroma of creamy vanilla and regaled caramel took immediate notice of my senses. Gazing at the golden-brown and black speckled casting of coarsely cut chunks and meaty ribbon tobaccos, further confirmation of its contents was secured as a sugary nuttiness spiked with crisp aged grass further encouraged a disclosure of authority. Leaning more directly into this aroma, some lower soured tart and dark agitated woodiness lifted from the internals of its thick mass. From practical appearances, the optimally moist Mark Twain presented a preference to the contribution of the Burley and Cavendish as the recipe’s mainstay body. Striking the light upon my pipe, instantly a demonstration of warm buttery caramel prepared the original sketch of this mixture’s illustrative character. Its principal depiction graciously submitted as notably creamy and full of rich dark sugary scrumptiousness. Hugging closely to this leading buttered sweetness, I did record a soft supportive vanilla stream nudging through as it bundled with just a trace of diluted honey on the top wave of the forward registration.

Furthermore, with continued smoking, I came to suspect that a sweet cream-based additive might be hiding in the secret sauce of the unpublished coatings. And as these various elements combined in magnitude, the fused projection that followed was a familiar and agreeable accord at that. Namely, the rendering struck me as something very similar to the cloying delight of a crème brulee type dessert. Additionally, some lively seasoning garnishments were presented by the influential accents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and possibly all-spice as they performed a vital contextualizing effect.

The smoking trials revealed Mark Twain to be essentially a Burley forward endeavor as to the affluence of the constituent native strains. Although I must admit at time the weightiness of the Cavendish did stand up to fight toe to toe for an equaled footing. Nonetheless, with the Burley, the selections tended to center on a character patterned with a light brown sugared pecan nuttiness, while pulling in some tasty herbal wood undertones. It’s primary accenting was quite noteworthy with a strong molasses relishing and a node of gentle savory sourness. Regarding the cased Black Cavendish, the strain endowed sugary smokey earthiness, an interesting rich fertile dirt undertone, charred native wood, and little hints of captivating zest. While lying on the bottom, the Virginia supported the experience by markedly chambering itself with the passive shelving of bright, tangy, seasoned weathered grass, some minor bread notes, and a consoling touch of a diminutive floral quality. As smoked, these tobaccos staged to produce a meaningful plume of rich brown-gray vapors. Categorizing this production, I was a bit surprised by what I perceived to be a lighter medium bodied intensity. Chiefly, a very pleasant fragrance of cooked buttery caramel cream immixes with some brown sugar blissfulness. Moreover, the extent of additive spicing tendered with balancing concentration. Last, evidence of the native leaves showed modest notice with an offering of passive nutwood and roasted sweetgrass.

In response to the assessment of mechanical attributes, Mark Twain burned exceptionally well, in a nice cool, even cadence. What is more, I experienced no thankless harshness nor punitive bite with its presentation. The impact of nicotine leaves little for discussion as it was minimal in impact. One tick worth noting however, although the tobacco consumed beautifully on the whole, the blend did leave a considerable volume of pasted dottle at closure.

Peaceful and mellow to the core, Mark Twain entertained me with its gentle smokey savor as I found myself lost in sessions of easeful relaxed sipping. The celebration of its variable flavored streams solidly melded with delightful harmony and the cumulation of registerable taste held consistently for the entire bowl. In a word, in partaking this charming aromatic excursion, I fell into the pacified release of its good-natured company. That my friends, is what pipe smoking is supposed to be all about. And on that very point, I put my faith in the thought that Mark Twain would have personally endorsed this mixture, given his simple down to earth sensibility.

On a final thought, last week while in Florida, I found myself meandering across the sprawling beach of Clearwater taking in the wonders of the ancient seashore as I puffed away on a bowl of this featured mixture. You know given its settled age; it never ceases to amaze me how this physical thing of antiquity, manages to maintain an everchanging face that is seemingly excited by the endless sessions of rolling and changing tides. And as I watched the approaching break moving closer and closer to my feet, glistening off the gem-like fragments of lonely shells embedded within the confines of the restricting sand, a related thought did occur to me.

It is on rare occasion that one finds precious pearls lying upon the open shoreline posed for the free taking. No, the truth is you must leave the comfort and security of the white sand to ride the spontaneity of the waves. Only by diving into that uncertain water with the spirit of exploration can the principal ingress to discovering these hidden treasures be found. And in deference to my originating point of discussion, somehow, I think Mark Twain would have appreciated the epiphany revealed in that moment of time. 3.3 Pipes

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