Pipe from Hell
Any of us who have been around the Pipe World for any time has probably run across a pipe that really disappointed us. Mine was a pipe that appeared in the mid 70's, it was billed as a major step forward in pipe technology made of a superb material, a Graphite bowled pipe. The one I bought was "The Smoke" it was a bright shiny red with a flat black bowl and a gleaming black stem. I brought it home and filled it with my favorite Wally Frank blend "Old King Cole", I packed it down and lit up. Where was the taste? The sweetness of the Black Cavendish, the overtone of Madiera Wine, the tang of Latakia? I tried PA...flat, I tried Brush Creek, a tobacco that almost got me busted (The Cop thought it smelled like weed.) ... nothing.
I still have it, I keep it to remind me that "New and Improved" is often neither. How about you, what is your "Pipe from Hell"??