Tuesday night is pipe night at my local B&M and last night was incredible. One of our group brought a tin of Cope’s Escudo he had recently purchased. His generosity goes unmatched as he passed the tin around and allowed us to share in his bounty.
I opened the tin and sniffed. It was magnificent. Immediately the anticipation induced a Pavlovian response in my mouth. The dark chocolate, leathery coins of candy were presented in a beautiful spiral arrangement. They felt dry to the touch but when I pulled on the top coin it resisted but soon yielded to my coaxing and came out as a whole and actually ended up feeling just a tad oily.
Faint crystals shown in the light as I moved it around in my hand. Trapping the coin in my palm, I placed my hands together and rubbed the coin out into long strands with only the edges breaking into tiny little dry pieces. I pinched the strands together and they held, making it perfect for loading my Lorenzetti bent Dublin.
Knowing the rarity of this tobacco I hesitated on drawing out another coin. The owner, sensing my hesitation only encouraged me to “take, take and enjoy”. So with a gleeful smile, I dip my fingers into heaven, lay hold of a second coin and repeat as I did with the first.
Tis a thing of beauty.
It took a little more effort to light and keep lit but the extra “work” is completely overshadowed by the magnificence of the flavor and taste. This Virginia-Perique is heaven in a bowl.
Over the next hour I pretty much didn’t say a thing. I sat there mesmerized by it’s intoxicating aroma and gentleness. It’s purity was only slightly interrupted by the occasional nudges of sweetness that flowed in and out every so often adding to the indulgent nature of this tobacco. The smoke filled my mouth with a slight oily feeling that made the flavors linger ever bit longer and much to my agreement.
I puffed slowly and tamped ever so gently not wanting this to end but alas, all things must come to an end and smoking a 30 year old bowl of Escudo has no reprieve from this law of the universe.
A heart felt thank you goes out to my fellow piper for sharing such a wonderful treasure. You my friend would make a horrible pirate but you do make a great saint!