Arango Cigar Co., the exclusive US importer/distributor for Rattray’s briar pipes and tobaccos, has added three new series to its extensive lineup of Rattray’s pipes: Macbeth, Red Lion and Sir William. Each one is available in six shapes.
Arango’s president, Michael Gold, states, “Rattray’s pipes follow the time-honored, rugged styles typical of the British Isles. Some pipes display just enough creativity to make even seasoned pipe connoisseurs look twice. Smokers will find an abundance of shapes, colors, finishes, and mouthpieces.”
Each of the new pipe lines comes in only one style, color and finish Red Lion ($154.70 MSRP), has a smooth, red-hued finish; Sir William ($215.60) comes in a brown sandblast finish; and, Macbeth ($262.50) is a smooth black. All three styles have black acrylic mouthpieces and are trimmed with polished metal bands on their shanks. Quoting Gold, “Smokers who favor classic British briar will find a desirable piece at a fair price, due to Rattray’s innovative carvers.”
Rattray’s pipes can be divided into three categories. Entry-level selections, in limited varieties, average about $115. The great majority of Rattray’s pipes from Arango fall between $150 and $200. This price point is where pipe shoppers find the widest spectrum of selections. Pipes of superior quality and greater freedom of creativity, retail at around $250.
Arango is also offering new English/Scottish tobacco mixtures, bearing the same names as the pipes. They are packaged in 3.5-ounce tins.
Gold comments on the company’s history: “Charles Rattray established his retail tobacco shop in the Scottish capital of Perth in 1903. The reputation that Rattray and his son gained as master blenders built it into Perth’s largest tobacconist. Their unique recipes and adherence to time-honored English and Scottish tobacco recipes have earned them the pipe world’s admiration.”
Shortly after the German tobacco manufacturer Kohlhase & Kopp KG was formed in 1976, it purchased Rattray’s. Pipe connoisseurs haven’t been disappointed … Kohlhase & Kopp has maintained the same quality level, as well as most of the original catalog of tobaccos. Tobacconists nationwide currently have these and other Rattray’s pipes and tobaccos in stock.