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French tobaccos?

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Thaisamurai, Oct 10, 2010.

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  1. Thaisamurai

    Thaisamurai Member

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    Hey everyone, I'm flying to Paris on business at the end of this week, and I thought it might be a good opportunity for me to pick up some unique tobaccos/accessories while I'm there.

    Can anyone recommend any good and/or interesting tobaccos that are unique to France? Which shops should I visit? I will be staying somewhere near the city center, if that helps.

    Please keep in mind that I'm a new pipe smoker, so I'm not exactly sure what I like yet. I think I prefer natural tobacco flavors, but am also willing to try aromatics if they're highly recommended. I had a bad experience with a "cherry cavendish", but I'm sure not all aromatics are like that.

    Thanks very much in advance!
     
  2. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

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    It's an interesting question. I don't think France is associated with fine tobacco or pipe making. It will be interesting to learn what suggestions get offered up. It's a nation of smokers but besides cigarettes, I don't think France makes a dent in the tobacco world.

    Enjoy your trip and eat well.
    WK
     
  3. AndyLowry

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    Pipe-wise, there's Butz-Choquin, Ropp, GBD, and Chacom, but I don't know of any French tobaccos other than Gauloise (which I don't think I'd put in a pipe). I'd be interested to hear about anything you find, Thaisamurai!
     
  4. Burner

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    Not sure about french tobaccos but I found talk of a pipe store in paris
    "You'll find a wonderful pipe shop in the arcade in Palais Royale."
     
  5. Dondi

    Dondi Active Member

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    According to Forbes magazine, one of the top ten tobacconists in the world is located in Paris, one block away from the Louvre:
    À La Civette
    157 Rue Saint Honoré, Paris 75001
    Phone: 011 42 96 04 99


    There was a forum discussion some time back about a Belgian blend called Semois, you might want to check for that too. The thread is here.

    A famous French luxury goods maker is Longchamp, their first products were pipes. Read about them here

    Bon voyage! [​IMG]
     
  6. WillH

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    Not sure about central France but Luxembourg (right next door) has all the regular tobacco products you'd find around Europe. I think they serve the smallest beers in the world there :eek:hyeah: . I have a Claude Romain pipe that was made in France. Surely they had something around to fill it? :dunno:

    Will
     
  7. Thaisamurai

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    Thanks for your comments everyone. I'm not sure how the multi-quote function works, so I'm going to post replies for each comment in their respective order:

    I will definitely eat well while I'm there! That's the least I do whenever I go somewhere new. Thanks for your well-wishes!

    Yes, seeing as France seems to produce quite a few good quality pipes, one would think they produce good tobacco too. I will report back on any interesting finds I might make while I'm there.

    I'm still looking for additional information on the pipe shop in the Palais Royale. If I manage to make my way there, I'll be happy to share my experiences there for everyone.

    As for À La Civette, I checked them out on the 'Net, and they seem to be primarily a cigar shop. Hopefully I'll be able to check them out too. And after reading the Semois thread, I think that's something definitely worth picking up! Longchamp...I thought they just made leather pouches for pipes at first. Always good to learn something new!

    I wish I could go to Luxembourg! But since I'm going on business, I won't have any time to travel outside of Paris...maybe next time. And if by a "small" beer you mean the serving size, I think Cologne, Germany is a strong contender for that...the local brew, Koelsch, is served in 200ml glasses (an American pint, by comparison, is 473ml).
     
  8. Dondi

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    Yup, la Civette's primarily cigars, but there are posts on other forums which say there are definitely some pipes there, including some nicely discounted meerschaums [​IMG]
     
  9. Thaisamurai

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    Seeing "meerschaums" really perks my interest. "Discounted" positively makes me drool, haha :P REALLY have to find time to go now!
     
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