Experiencing The Room Note For Yourself
I was recently watching a YouTube presenter who titled his video "The Pipe Smoker's Curse", in which he so aptly suggested that as pipe smokers we suffer the misfortune of not really getting to experience the room note of the tobacco we smoke. Oh, from time-to-time I'll get a whiff as I initially fire-up the pipe ... but it's those around us who either truly enjoy the aroma of our blend - or are adversely affected by the pungent stench. Which is why when writing a review for a blend I'll intentionally leave the room for a length of time then return, or sniff fresh coffee beans to cleanse the old nasal passages before commenting on the room note.
Last night was a perfect example.
I was smoking a bowl of Sutliff Chocolate Mousse while watching an episode of "Ripper Street" when I heard commotion in the backyard. A friendly possum who comes by nearly every evening to eat what the cat leaves behind in her bowl, was pushing the bowl across the back stoop unsuccessfully trying to get the last morsel of food from the bowl. So I went to the kitchen and got a fistful of cat food from the bag and proceeded to go outside and add the food to the dish. Naturally as I approached the bowl the possum backed away (he's friendly enough ... just cautious). But once he heard the food being poured into the bowl he moved forward and began eating. I stood a short distance away and watch him eat until he wandered off up the hill. I was probably out there a total of three or four minutes.
When I returned to the family room where I was smoking that wonderful room note of Chocolate Mousse literally flooded into my nostrils, and for a brief moment of nostalgia I was transported back in time into the kitchen of my youth where my Mother was making her old fashion fudge on the stove. Not that creamy fudge you buy in the store and shops today ... but that hard rich chocolaty fudge made with enough sugar to put a Type 2 Diabetic into a coma. If you've only had the creamy fudge and not the old fashion hard sugary confection you have to break in pieces with a hammer, you've missed out on true chocolate perfection. Walking headlong into the room note that permeated my surroundings was heavenly. And the comments of the YouTube Pipe presenter on "The Pipe Smoker's Curse" were fully realized. Sadly, room note, that one very important facet of the pipe smoking experience is lost to us as we blissfully puff away.