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Centurian 803
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:04 am

I think I mentioned that my Mom took a fall right after I got my package. Well I took the McClelland Oriental Mixture 1 and the Savinelli up to her house while I took care of her. The pipe is a delight to smoke and the oriental mixture is wonderful. I expected (don't really know why) a strong flavor and maybe some bite but found it to be very smooth. The taste really begins to peak about half way through the bowl and from there down to the bottom is sheer bliss. Today is my last day before my break so tonight I'm gonna try some of that wonderful Earl Grey and start breaking in the Stannie. Not sure yet which tobacco I'm gonna try. Thanks again Santa for making this a very merry Christmas.
And by the way, Mom is doing fine.
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:42 pm

Centurian 803 wrote:
I think I mentioned that my Mom took a fall right after I got my package. Well I took the McClelland Oriental Mixture 1 and the Savinelli up to her house while I took care of her. The pipe is a delight to smoke and the oriental mixture is wonderful. I expected (don't really know why) a strong flavor and maybe some bite but found it to be very smooth. The taste really begins to peak about half way through the bowl and from there down to the bottom is sheer bliss. Today is my last day before my break so tonight I'm gonna try some of that wonderful Earl Grey and start breaking in the Stannie. Not sure yet which tobacco I'm gonna try. Thanks again Santa for making this a very merry Christmas.
And by the way, Mom is doing fine.

Sorry your mom had a tumble... Sad I worry about mine all the time, her knees ain't so good.

I bet the pipe was a nice relaxation for you to look forward to after doing some things for her!
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:34 pm

Sorry, I am just now getting around to posting a picture of my amazing gift.



It's funny, W.O. Larsen's aren't a pipe brand I ever paid much attention to but it is a gorgeous and very well made pipe. How come no one told me??? Laughing

Thanks again for such a wonderful gift. This year's Secret Santa definitely gave any previous years a run for it's money.

P.S. My daughter says you guys spoil me.

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:21 pm

That is a good looking pipe! santa
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:29 pm

Very nice J! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:36 pm

hi Jason,

How does she smoke?

Bill
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:40 pm

Like a dream man. I was very impressed. When I first received it the stem was a little loose but that was from it being cold, after it warmed up it was perfect. Great wide open draw. Like I said, I can't believe I hadn't looked at Larsen's before.

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:51 pm

Well, now I can say that I have actually received my SS-2011 package! cheers
It appears Santa has moved a little further South of the North Pole this year. He was VERY generous indeed! He also wrote a very nice personal note.

The loot from the "ol' bearded one" included:

1) 1lb. of Bulk Park Lane RED PARAMOUR affraid (Score!!!!)

2) A very well cared for Erik Nording Freehand "Nordcoat" Pipe. These pipes color just like a meerschaum does, except they are briar. (Nicely Broken in too!)

3) A handmade Wyoming Antelope Tamper (Sweet!)

4) and a couple of collectible patches for my Law Enforcement / Military patch collection (Nice touch indeed)

You did good Santa, you did VERY good! santa
Merry Christmas & a joyous New Year to all of the Brothers cheers

Sean aka "DoverPipes"
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:45 pm

Nice Larsen Jason, that shape is just awesome. What did you pack it with for it's maiden voyage?
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:29 pm

Looks like Santa did his homework. Way to go Santa! santa

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:41 pm

I love this idea...I would love to participate in this next year.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:47 pm

Boxerbuddy wrote:
I love this idea...I would love to participate in this next year.

...or at least until Secret Easter Bunny comes around... Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:51 am

Watch for those delivery trucks today! The last Secret Santa package could be on someone's doorstop soon. santa

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:50 am

Boxerbuddy wrote:
I love this idea...I would love to participate in this next year.

Well, we'll start in about 10 1/2 months. . . . (barring, as Kyle pointed out, anything done on Mardi Gras, Easter, 4th of July, etc.) Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:11 pm

If you missed out--or want to go around again--keep your eyes peeled here around late March...
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:33 pm

PipeLeisure wrote:
Nice Larsen Jason, that shape is just awesome. What did you pack it with for it's maiden voyage?

G.L. Pease Jack Knife Plug... and it performed amazingly. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:15 pm

jhuggett wrote:
PipeLeisure wrote:
Nice Larsen Jason, that shape is just awesome. What did you pack it with for it's maiden voyage?

G.L. Pease Jack Knife Plug... and it performed amazingly. Very Happy

Was it the new ready-rubbed?
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:44 pm

No, just the plug that I rubbed out. Haven't ordered the new stuff but I'm sure I will in the future. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:43 pm

Well, just one package left to hear from about delivery. Can you tell I am nervous? Having shipped many thousands of packages over the years with all the major companies, I know how they can be. santa

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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Doc Manhattan wrote:
If you missed out--or want to go around again--keep your eyes peeled here around late March...

Cool! Hope my income improves by then! Darn retirement is killing me. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:09 pm

Finally cracked one of my SS Union Square tins the other day, loaded my JSEC Roccio Bamboo and puffed away.

Delectably rich and sweet, light and complex fruit and hay waft over the palate in an ecstatic sugar plum dance.
Translation: this stuff is great! Thanks Santa! rendeer
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:13 pm

My JSEC is still in the mail... Cant wait to get it.
How does yours smoke Uber?


Bill
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:04 pm

My Dear Secret Santa,
A few times in ones life, they may meet an extraordinary person, you are one of those. Although we have never met, through your choice of gifts it's as though we have shared many pipes together. I would have chosen exactly these same items.

Rattray's "Marlin Flake" the APR 2004 edition.

McClelland's "Navy Cavendish" SEP 1995.

McClelland's " Christmas Cheer" 2003.

Danmore Pipe Cleaners 100 count.

Diamond Matches 10 boxes.

A wooden box containing 2 Walker Briar Works Custom Missouri Meerschaum Diplomats with metal bands and "Forever Stems", one Amber and one Black, straight billiard. Perfect, is the only thing that can describe these gifts. Complete with a personal message (Thank you for that).

Pictures will follow.

Everyone knows this Secret Santa.

WOW Santa!!!

Bill

Thank you for this kindness and generosity
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:10 pm

Very nice haul Bill. You've obviously been a good boy this year. Santa loves you. Enjoy!
cheers
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PostSubject: Re: SECRET SANTA 2011   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:11 pm

billmess wrote:
My JSEC is still in the mail... Cant wait to get it.
How does yours smoke Uber?

Bill

Oh it's great. I'll take some pictures when I get home from work tonight and toss them up. The pipe I have is elegant and beautiful, very light, and very comfortable in the teeth. It's still technically breaking in but it already smokes VAs like a champ. I think that James is doing solid work and, as I'm sure he's tired of hearing from me, his stuff keeps getting better and better!

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