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The Puff Glossary - January Edition
Written by James Payne

Friday, 22 January 2010

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Calabash – Known for providing a dry, cool smoke, the Calabash is a type of gourd (think squash or pumpkin) grown to make the Calabash pipe.

Canadian – A type of pipe that features a long shank and straight bowl.

Cake – Carbon built up on the bottom of a briar pipe bowl.

Casing – A mix of flavors and binders used in the making of aromatic tobacco blends.

Cavendish – A process whereby tobacco is treated by first steaming it, then pressurizing it for fermentation.

Churchwarden – A long stemmed typed of pipe.

Clay – As the name suggests, this type of pipe is made of clay. It comes in the more prestigious hand-made varieties, as well as the molded type. Known to burn hot.

Corncob – You might remember this type of pipe thanks to the loveable Christmas character Frosty the Snowman. Made from a corn cob, it is a relatively cheap pipe and good for the novice smoker.

Cube – A method of cutting tobacco. In the process, tobacco is cut into small squares.

Curing – A process whereby tobacco is dried.

Dottle – This is the name of the tobacco left in the heel of the pipe that has not been burned.

Dublin – A type of pipe, similar in shape to the clay pipe. It consists of a straightened shank and a forward leaning bowl.

English – A type of pipe tobacco that usually contains no artificial flavors. Typically English tobacco is comprised of Virginian tobacco mixed with other Oriental tobaccos.

Summary

Well, that is all the time we have for this episode. Be sure to tune in for part two, where we will be wrapping up this series. Thanks for reading, and if I missed anything, please feel free to drop me a line. Till then! 






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