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    A visit to my Buenos Aires tobacconist.

    Thought I'd post a short report about my visit to Buenos Aires yesterday which included a short visit to 'my' baccy shop Tabaqueria Inglesa. Although I've always been an early riser it was far too early a start for this now semi retired lazebag. A 6am alarm call was needed as we were to be picked up at 07.30am for the 160km taxi ride to the centre of the capital. The reason for the visit was the inspection and hand over of keys to our apartment in the capital which had been let out for the last 15 years. Once the ceremonial hand over of the keys had taken place we hit the streets to do some shopping and have some lunch.

    The city really is beautiful especially on this sunny morn.





    By now, time was marching on. I had planned we walk the eight blocks from the flat to the tobacconist but as the capital has a traffic restriction in the micro centre at certain times for those who don't have permits. As our taxi didn't have one we didn't have time to walk so headed in the taxi instead. Tobacconists here are more like smoking clubs and Tabqueria Inglesa is no different. It has a smoking room as well as an outside garden area where you can smoke, drink and socialise. Not my cup of tea so I've never experienced that scene.



    We entered and the place hadn't changed since my last visit several years ago. On entering you pass cabinets filled with pipes. Knowing next to nothing about pipes here's hoping those who do might find the pictures interesting.






    We headed downstairs to the walk in humidor where Nacho the manager was attending to customers advising them on which Cuban cigars to buy.like most other tobacconists in Buenos Aires cigars are their speciality rather than pipe tobacco.
    The usual brands were in evidence Samuel Gawith, Peterson, Dunhill. I immediately spied a small selection of Gawith Hoggarth blends which were a new addition since my last visit. The wife reminded me our taxi was waiting for us so as Id been swatting up on Bosun Cut Plug beforehand I decided to take a couple of tins of that along with a tin of Lakeland Dark. I asked Nacho if he had any Capstan or Erinmore and the answer was a no so I decided enough was enough.



    On the way out I made sure to say cheerio to the shop cat.



    Now we have the flat back we shall be visiting the capital more often which will give me the opportunity to visit other tobacconists.....I still have plenty of Sayri twist to keep me happy. More thoughts on the baccy I bought to come after I've given them a good testing. I've had one bowl of each so far....one blend has astounded me the other less so.

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    Very nice write up! The architecture reminds me of the style in Madrid Spain...While not identical (and mind you, it has been 30 years since I was there) it is of a similar style...A 160 km taxi ride!?!?! Holy Cow! That can't have been cheap.
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    Nice trip.

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    What great pictures, Crawford! Plenty of pipes in that beautiful shop, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver View Post
    Very nice write up! The architecture reminds me of the style in Madrid Spain...While not identical (and mind you, it has been 30 years since I was there) it is of a similar style...A 160 km taxi ride!?!?! Holy Cow! That can't have been cheap.
    They do say BA is more European than some cities in Europe.....very much Italian and Spanish influenced of course.

    The cost of the taxi from 07.30- 6pm was 2600 pesos in total which included the waiting time plus the three tolls each way. The bus fare is 600 return each person so 1200 for the two so it's definitely worth paying the extra. At todays rates 2600 pesos works out at 78.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    What great pictures, Crawford! Plenty of pipes in that beautiful shop, too.
    Thanks Russ. Would love to have had more time to look at them properly but the wife was annoying me. Next time I shall go alone.

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    Thanks for the photos. Look forward to reading your tobacco reviews.
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    What a great tobacconist! Shame you didn't have time to browse, looks like a good selection they've got there.
    If you're anything like me, you'll like the bosun more than the dark. It's supposed to be a copy of the old Bulwark Flake, from Wills. I never had the wills version, but pluggers gave me some when it was later made by Peter stokkebye(I think).
    Very similar, & both very good flakes. Nice to see photos of the capital! I had Spanish friends who visited there, they called it the 'Paris of South America'.
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcbriar View Post
    Thanks for the photos. Look forward to reading your tobacco reviews.
    Marc
    Cheers Marc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    What a great tobacconist! Shame you didn't have time to browse, looks like a good selection they've got there.
    If you're anything like me, you'll like the bosun more than the dark. It's supposed to be a copy of the old Bulwark Flake, from Wills. I never had the wills version, but pluggers gave me some when it was later made by Peter stokkebye(I think).
    Very similar, & both very good flakes. Nice to see photos of the capital! I had Spanish friends who visited there, they called it the 'Paris of South America'.
    Thanks for the info Simon.
    Yes it's one of the better tobacconists in the capital although I wish they would stock even more blends....especially ones like HH but at least they have a decent range of Gawith blends. Last time I was in they had Capstan and Erinmore Flake so I was disappointed to find they no longer stocked them. They say it's up to the importers and they have to take what they offer them.
    As to your thoughts on which of the two blends I prefer. Despite reading numerous reviews on both of them before sampling I have to say neither of them have turned out to be what I expected. Which goes to show you really have to try it for yourself rather than let a review decide whether it's for you or not.

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    Excellent photos, Crawford. Thanks for sharing.
    The next time you go visiting, will you say hello to the shop cat from me..?
    In tabaco veritas et fumo ergo sum
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