* Famous Old “Drugstore” Tins For Sale: Page-4

TA0 – Oh Boy! Folks, this is the original Laurus & Brothers Cookie Jar in a beautifully preserved 7 oz lever top tin from the 1970’s. Only a small dent near the bottom of the tin prevents this one from looking like it was made yesterday! It is a very tobacco tasting aromatic. Burley and Virginia comprise the majority of the blend, although there may be other stuff in there I cannot identify. In looking back on my notes (I keep a diary and have for many years on my tobacco impressions), I wrote that this blend compared to Lane’s no longer made Sweet Sue Honeydew, which smelled great while burning. This one will certainly remind you of old grandpa sitting in his rocker on the front porch and puffing away while watching the old Model T’s puttering by on the dirt road out front. For a nostalgic ride that will be worth your coin, try Cookie Jar! Just 1 tin available for $65


TA00 – From the 1980’s this is a ring pull 7 oz tin. As described on the side label – “Red Virginia, Maryland, Lemon Leaf, Burley and Oriental tobaccos, lightly flavored with genuine hickory smoke.” Just 1 tin available for $45


TA4 – A 7 oz tin of the original Douwe Egberts Amphora Regular that is dated to 1998 and the original tax stamp is still intact. This old classic, with almost 20-years of aging, should now be sensational at the match! Considered to be one of the finest “drugstore” blends ever to hit the market. Toasted Burley and Virginia with Cavendish to add fullness to the smoke. I remember back in the 1970’s when I first started my pipe smoking journey, just about every pipe smoker I met had smoked and enjoyed this truly outstanding tobacco. There is a slight dent on the front side panel of this tin and I’ve discounted the price by $10. So, this tin sells for $65


TA5 – A 7 oz tin of the original Douwe Egberts Amphora Full Aroma that is dated to 1998 and the original tax stamp is still intact. This old classic, with almost 20-years of aging, should now be sensational at the match! Considered to be one of the finest “drugstore” blends ever to hit the market. Toasted Burley and Virginia with Cavendish to add fullness to the smoke, and a little aromatic enhancement for the wonderful smell at the match. I remember back in the 1970’s when I first started my pipe smoking journey, just about every pipe smoker I met had smoked and enjoyed this truly outstanding tobacco. I have just 1 tin available for $75

TA6 – A 12 oz tin of the original Douwe Egberts Amphora Extra Mild Cavendish that is dated to October of 1994. This old classic, with more than 20-years of aging, should now be sensational at the match! Considered to be one of the finest “drugstore” blends ever to hit the market. Toasted Burley and Virginia with Cavendish to add fullness to the smoke, and a little aromatic enhancement for the wonderful smell at the match. I have just 1 tin available for $85 – SOLD


TA7 – The famous Crosby Square 8 oz tins made by Kentucky Club and dated back to 1997. As noted in one of the photos of the side panel description, this was a combination of Carolina Bright Virginia and White Burley for those who prefer a natural taste and aroma. I have just 1 tin still available for $48


TA8 – How about this for a collector’s item? Factory dated to 1988, this is a heavy tin with factory seal presentation box of Borkum Riff Ultra Light and the original Swedish production (and not the later Danish made). Inside the box are 6 x 1.5 ounce factory sealed packages of Borkum Riff Ultra Light. The tin art is of Kalmar Castle in Sweden. This tobacco is very light in strength and flavor and tasted like Burley with some Virginia and flavored black Cavendish that was certainly on the sweet side. I can see where those in the pipe smoking community who light up a lot of bowls a day can enjoy this one as it has no bite whatsoever and is certainly light on the palate. This 6-pack with presentation box sells for $48


TA9 – How cool is this? From the original Smoker’s Haven Pipe Shop in Columbus, Ohio, comes Sid’s M.d. Mello-Delight Mixture from the late 1970’s in a 14 oz lever top tin. Whipped up by a former SH tobacconist by the name of Sid Ritter, this is “an aromatic that smokes cool right on down to a powder dry ash,” according to www.tobaccoreviews.com. Just 1 tin available for $65 – SOLD


TA10 – One of the most famous tobaccos of all time, Sir Walter Raleigh 14 oz Key Twist tin that still has the key soldered on the bottom of the tin. And, this is the original Brown & Williamson version! A cube cut Burley with an all tobacco taste that was enhance with an aromatic agent. This tin sells for $65


TA11 – Here’s a goldon oldie; the original American Tobacco Company Half & Half in a still vacuum sealed 14 oz Key Lid tin. Burley and Bright that stole the show in drugstores everywhere. It has been several years, but I sure remember the last time I used the key to open an old tin of this one, and the huge hiss of fermented air that spewed out of the tin upon release was so heavenly that I was walking 5-feet off the ground for a week afterwards. This 14 ounce key twist  vacuum sealed tin sells for $60


TA12 – What old-time puffer has not had a bowl of Paladin Black Cherry in his or her lifetime? Well, here’s a ring pull 12 ounce tin from the 1990’s that is ready to please. This is the current Lane Limited version (originally made by Pinkerton). It is extremely mild and cool. The stoving keeps this from biting the tongue, even with the casing. I found a pouch at a drug store a few months ago, and had to revisit this classic old blend. Yes, it is of drug store quality, but should be given a fair shake. If you want a really sweet, light tobacco taste, and don’t want to purchase a goop laden aromatic, then take up with Paladin for a nostalgic ride. Just 1 tin available for $50


TA14 – John Rolfe Peach Brandy in a 7 oz lever top tin from the 1970’s or 1980’s and it is in beautiful condition. A historical note from the side of this tin itself makes for interesting reading and I have included it above. This tin sells for $40


TA17 – Here it is folks, the old Sutliff Heine’s Blend in lever top 14 oz tins that I swear look like they just came off the tobacconist’s shelf. Late 1970’s or possibly early 1980’s production. It had been many moons since I last smoked this one and got a tin for myself and am still in heaven as I have thoroughly enjoyed every bowl of this old classic. It contains cubed Burley and Deer Tongue as well as a dark and earthy fermented fruit sort of flavoring. The overall presentation was what made it one of the all time great’s. Still being produced today. I have 1 of these marvelously preserved tins still available for $45


TA18 – Another golden oldie that looks like it came right off the shelf! This is a 7 oz lever top still factory sealed tin of the Faber, Coe & Gregg classic, Brindley’s Mixture. A mostly Burley/Virginia crimp cut compilation that had just enough Latakia for smokiness and a little misted (ripe fig taste to me), Black Cavendish. Back in the day considered to be one of the finest American blends on the market. This 7 oz tin sells for $45


TA19 – Wow, remember this old “drugstore” classic, Friends? This is a 1970s lever top 14 oz tin manufactured by the old US Tobacco Company of Richmond, Virginia. A very mild crimp cut blend of Burley with a bit of Virginia for body. Smooth and savory, Friends was old time good, and just naturally made a fellow want to pet his dog. This 14-ounce tin sells for $50


TA20 – Another classic; this is the old Pinkerton Tobacco Company rendition of Rum & Maple in a 1980’s ring pul 14 oz tin (originally made by Larus & Brother and now produced by Sutliff). This one is a Virginia and Burley in almost shag cut form that is lightly cased with creamy maple and hearty rum. Just 1 tin available for $60


TA21 – John Middleton’s Walnut in a still cellophane outer wrapped factory sealed heavy duty 12-ounce plastic tub from the 1990’s. Wow, is this ever a golden oldie. Grown men cried when this one when out of production in 2002. Unfortunately, due to the quality and variety of leaf needed and the time to blend, John Middleton decided to cease production of this very nice “drugstore” English blend more than a decade ago and now it can’t be found anywhere. Walnut was a medium bodied English and despite the depth and richness of the flavors, never overwhelmed the palate. It contained Burley, unflavored Black Cavendish, Kentucky, Latakia, Maryland, Oriental and Virginia. So much variety, and put together in a way that worked wonderfully. This marvelous old tin sells for $75 – SOLD


TA22 – Sail Regular 12 oz tin from the 1990’s. Made by Theodorus Niemeyer of Holland. So, this is the original and not the current STG production. This original was more of a shag cut with a Virginia and Burley base and lightly sweetened with some sort of very mild aromatic topping that enhanced the overall presentation. This 12 oz tin sells for $55

TA23 – Sail Regular 7 oz tin from the 1990’s. Made by Theodorus Niemeyer of Holland. So, this is the original and not the current STG production. This original was more of a shag cut with a Virginia and Burley base and lightly sweetened with some sort of very mild aromatic topping that enhanced the overall presentation. This 7 oz tin sells for $38


TA24 – Sail Aromatic 7 oz tin from the 1990’s. Made by Theodorus Niemeyer of Holland. So, this is the original and not the current STG production. This original was more of a shag cut with a Virginia and Burley base and a Burley Black Cavendish was added and sweetened with some sort of casing that enhanced the overall aroma and sweetened up the flavor. This 7 oz tin sells for $38


TA25 – From Kentucky Club, this is Pouch Mixture in a 7 oz tin from the 1980’s or 1990’s. According to the info on the side of the tin – “A mildly aromatic cool-smoking mixture of Carolina and Virginia Brights, Latakia, Perique and White Burley tobaccos.” I have 1 tin available for $30


TA26 – Long time no see! This a still factory sealed 14 oz tin of the original, Kentucky Club of Virginia produced London Dock.  I’ve smoked both the Middleton and Kentucky Club versions but never had a shot at the old American Tobacco Company production. As good as it gets regarding “drugstore” type blends and certainly right up there with Walnut as an English style “Druggie.” High quality, rich and smoky Latakia, fine, tart and spicy Orientals, and Virginia leaf in short ribbon cut form and as naturally sweet as one will taste. Combined, the presentation was sinfully delicious, cool and dry from first puff to last. Again, IMO, one of the all-time great “drugstore” blends. Just 1 tin available for $65 – SOLD

TA27 – This a still factory sealed 7 oz tin of the original, Kentucky Club of Virginia produced London Dock.  I’ve smoked both the Middleton and Kentucky Club versions but never had a shot at the old American Tobacco Company production. As good as it gets regarding “drugstore” type blends and certainly right up there with Walnut as an English style “Druggie.” High quality, rich and smoky Latakia, fine, tart and spicy Orientals, and Virginia leaf in short ribbon cut form and as naturally sweet as one will taste. Combined, the presentation was sinfully delicious, cool and dry from first puff to last. Again, IMO, one of the all-time great “drugstore” blends. Just 1 tin available for $40


TA29 – The long gone Kentucky Club in a 14 oz canister with inner bag. No date stamp but research has narrowed it down to the 1990’s and anywhere in that decade, probably. Five choice imported and domestic tobaccos are in this one; Turkish, Perique, White Burley, Carolina and Bright Virginia that is in mixed cube, ribbon, broken flake and shag form. This tin sells for $45


TA30 – Briggs Mixture 7 ounce still factory sealed lever top tin in terrific condition except for a lot of scratch marks on the sides. “When a Feller Needs A Friend.” This is the American Tobacco Company version of Briggs. (originally made by Philip Morris, and the ATC version listed here was made prior to the House of Windsor version). This tin hails from the 1970’s up through the mid 1980’s. Briggs Mixture looks like chunky, broken up pieces of cardboard in the tin. Very unusual presentation. Very cool burning, it is straight forward in taste with little variance in flavor as you work your way down the bowl. A straight forward mostly Burley with some Virginia, and I think it is topped with something, but could be wrong. The topping (if there),  is so light it is almost undetectable, but somehow enhances the flavor and made for an enjoyable and unique smoke. “When a Feller Needs a Friend,” Briggs is a great choice! I have just tin available for $40


TA32 – Model in a 12 ounce tin back when the US. Tobacco Company (prior to House of Windsor), was creating this one in the 1990’s. According to the reviewer in P&T magazine back in the 90’s (William Serad), Model was at one time the most popular tobacco in the United States. Here are my personal notes after I smoked this one years ago;  Upon opening the tin I was greeted by a pleasant, light and definitely “tobacco” smell. At the match, the flavor threw its hardest punch. Very much a “tobacco” taste, and my tongue never did detect any topping. It must be somewhat cased though because my wife said the room note was pleasant. I would not define the flavor as sweet, per se, but it certainly never turned bitter. The taste lightened up as I progressed down the bowl and I did not get any heavy hit of nicotine. It was tasty stuff! This 12-ounce tin sells for $40


TA33 – Tuxedo Key Lid 14 oz tin that were prevalent in the 1960’s. Still vacuum sealed! Produced by the American Tobacco Company and it says on the front of the tin, “Specially Prepared For Pipe Or Cigarette. Sweet shag Cut Virginia that should really be smooth and soft after all these years of fermenting in the vacuum sealed tin. Just 1 tin available for $75


TA34 – This is a 7 oz lever top sealed and in beautiful condition 1980’s tin of Hickory. Another of the long-gone classics on display and for sale here in Pipestud’s Consignment Shop. As many of you old timers (of which I am one), may recall, this was the blend of choice for the late Tom Dunn who was the owner/publisher/editor of the famous Pipe Smoker’s Ephemeris Magazine that lasted for 45 years until Mr. Dunn’s death in 2005. I’ve never tasted an all Burley leaf tobacco anything close to this one. The hickory nut flavoring was somewhat like grape vine in its presentation, and left a somewhat dry taste in my mouth with an aftertaste that I actually enjoyed. Mild to the hilt, watch your pipe carefully to make sure its still lit when you are smoking. Why? Because that hickory flavoring still comes through the shank and stem when you puff even when the pipe’s not lit. This 7 oz tin is available for $40