The fish graspeth the hook, Thinking to find food, But the fisherman is the enjoyer
of the meal.


Making a Cake (Pipe Tobacco)

A week or so ago I came across a small pressed cake of tobacco that I put together about a year ago. It was essentially a bunch small but very nice ligero leaf that I had grown as part of my 2007 tobacco crop. It had been de-veined and gone into a partial secondary fermentation when I gathered it up and pressed into the bottom of a wide mouth Mason jar.

I have recently become fascinated by pipe blends that are pressed in layers with a variety of tobaccos and then cut. This re-discovered “cake” sparked my imagination.

Given that is was constructed from similarly cured tobacco the chance to add to it was limited. I then remembered a bottle of Macallan Amber Liqueur, “Single Malt Scotch Whisky Delicately Flavoured with Maple and Pecan.” So I took the tobacco cake and allowed it to soak up as much of the Amber liqueur as it wanted. I then wrapped it in parchment paper and placed it in a press for 3 days in a sunny room.

This photo essay of what happened next.

Light ‘em up if you got ‘em!