This web site is a collection of information about pipe smoking tobaccos
and briar tobacco pipes.
Pipe Smoking Tobacco Introduction covers
the 3 basic kinds of pipe smoking tobacco.
Tobacco History is a brief history of
pipe smoking tobacco.
When John Rolfe arrived in Jamestown in 1610, he attempted to grow a smokable
tobacco leaf from
the small-leafed Nicotiana Rustica strain cultivated by the Virginia Indians.
By 1612, Rolfe had
obtained and grown the seed of a large-leafed Spanish Tobacco, Nicotiana
Tabacum, a subtropical
plant with a special taste and aroma. The new strain was shipped to England
in 1613 and was an
instant success. This new harvest of golden-leaf tobacco saved the Jamestown
colony by becoming
its first exportable commodity.
For a time, tobacco was a medium of exchange for the settlers. Through
barter, it was used to pay
salaries and secure goods and services. By 1791, tobacco accounted for
one-fifth of all American
exports. To this day, it is America's seventh largest cash crop with exports
of dollars to the U.S. balance of trade.
Most pipe tobaccos are composed of several different kinds of raw tobacco,
and in each raw tobacco there are different grades. More at Tobacco
Grades (provides further information on the types and grades.)
For information about numerous tobaccos and tobacco blends:
Cornell and Diehl
G L Pease
Mac Baren Tobacco
Purchase pipe smoking tobacco and
briar pipes at Outwest Tobacco