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Edmonton is not an easy city to get people to visit. So, it is a very special occasion when we get someone like Antoine Grenard of Chacom Pipes to come to town.

This will be Antoine’s second visit to Edmonton. Those of you who were lucky enough to attend the last event will remember Antoine as a remarkably friendly and knowledgeable fellow. He was born into the pipe business (the family has been making pipes for generations). We have decided to do an event in conjunction with the good folks at Q Cigar Room (which is happy to accommodate pipe smokers as well). This event will be designed to cater to pipe smokers of all levels of experience with group sessions for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. The date is Wednesday, May 25th.

There will be dozens of pipes on sale, accessories, tobaccos to try (and buy), but most of all community and comradery.

There is no charge to attend but limited seats for each session; 5 – 7 and 7 – 9, so we ask you to please reserve a spot by contacting us or Q Cigar. Drink and food specials will be available to attendees.

This is a rare opportunity for Edmonton pipe smokers. We look forward to seeing you there and enjoying a bowl together!


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In spite of it tasting nothing like its name, Aaron recommends you try some of the Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding. This is an English Balkan blend like no other that uses a mix of 6 different tobaccos and is presented in a nice thick pressed cake flake. This is a highly sought after blend and is well worth the try for any lover of latakia.

He also recommends that you try the Casa de Garcia Connecticut or Maduro cigars. Available in a few different sizes, these are a very budget-friendly cigar in the Canadian market & are also a great first-time cigar. With a pronounced level of sweetness & a nice creamy body, these are cigars that should be in everyone’s humidors!


Now that we are headed into the glorious cigar & pipe smoking season, why not ease yourself in with these light but satisfying treats.

For the pipe lovers, a good tobacco for cleansing your winter palate is C.E.O. – a light & refreshing vanilla blend that will set you up for something heavier later on.

The Macanudo Inspirado Broadleaf (formerly known as the Inspirado Black) is a great choice for cigar smokers. This wonderfully dark & rich cigar has notes of mocha & spice, & its mild-medium strength profile is a good starting point for the season. Rolled in the Dominican Republic, this cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and a Nicaraguan Esteli filler!


Happy May everybody!

For the cigar smokers out there, Anna recommends trying the H.Upmann Connoisseur No. 2. This milder Cuban is a fairly new vitola from Habanos S.A. that measures 51×5 1/4. With flavour notes of caramel, almond, cedar, & cinnamon-spice along with a sweet & creamy body, this will indeed make for a very tasty smoke.

We are also very excited about our upcoming Pipe Exposition on May 25th featuring our special guest coming all the way from France in Antoine Grenard of Chacom Pipes! If you are at all into pipes, she highly recommends that your RSVP your time slot (5-7pm or 7-9pm) as space is limited. We hope to see you all there. In the meanwhile, try a bowl or two of our blend Tolkien. This burley-forward blend is smooth with a hint of sweetness and a superb aroma.