The Briar Cigar from Morgan Pipes
While I was in college in the early 90s, I fell in love with smoking a pipe. To me, there has always been a more sophisticated air about pipes compared to cigars. Sure, it takes similar amounts of patience to get through a stogie, but I felt more scholarly with the smoldering bowl in a gnarled piece of briarwood. In more recent years, I fell victim to the same cigar-smoking craze as most of my friends and have a humidor full of hand rolled delights, but rarely do I have forty spare minutes to proper enjoying a Rocky Patel.
As I’ve rediscovered my pipe collection in the past year, I still search for ways to get a quick smoke when the environment won’t allow for a full bowl. Traveling as much as I do, it would be great to have a quick-to-deploy and quick-to-pack option. Enter the Briar Cigar from the experts at Morgan Pipes.
I have several Morgan Pipes, and even though this cigar/pipe concept was new to me I figured, how hard can it be? You just fill it, light it, and smoke it. On the Morgan Pipes website, they advise cutting/chopping the tobacco a bit before packing to get a better, more even smoke. I used some Checkmate from Old Virginia Tobacco Company, packed the cylinder and lit up. For the next fifteen minutes in the yard with my dogs, I enjoyed the Briar Cigar and thought of how I could incorporate it into my travels.
I particularly like the rubber O-ring equipped seal of the end cap which allows me to pack the pipe, stash it in my pocket, and save it for later. It does a great job of keeping the contents in place during movement. I found it easy to step outside, grab a few puffs and then reseal the cigar without fear of ash going everywhere.
In this video, Chris Morgan, CEO of Morgan Pipes explains every bit of detail and reasoning behind the Briar Cigar.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- Equal to a 52 ring cigar (125mm x 22mm)
- Weighs only 0.8 oz (20 grams)
- Briar by Mimmo
- Solid Briar Construction
- Round Vulcanite Mouthpiece
- Calabash-Style Plenum Airway
- Internally Tapered Mouthpiece
- Durable Sandblasted Finish
- Carnauba Wax Top Coat
- Cigar-like Styling
- Proprietary Bowl Coat
- Highly Portable
- Ability to Re-cap and Store the Pipe Mid-smoke
- Looks Cool!
At a price tag between $140-$160, it is on par with well made traditional pipes. I’m going to work the Briar Cigar into my normal relaxation rotation and report my findings in about sixty days. This, I am convinced, is a noble pursuit.
[Morgan Pipes can be found online here]
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