Traditional Indian Pipe Tobacco Blends
the finest grades of tobacco are used in my blends.
The blends represent pipe smoking traditions unique to the “Big Sky”
and its early inhabitants: Crow,
Salish, Cree, Metis, Mountain Men, Soldiers, pioneers, etc.
All tobacco blends/mixtures are aged for at least six months and
humidified with Bitterroot Valley apple slices.
All products have a money back guarantee if not totally satisfied. So,
select the best pipe blends obtainable and place your order.
(French Mountain Man Blend)
is a modern version of a 19th. Century blend introduced in western Montana by
French mountain men and French Priests working with the Salish and Kootenai
Indian tribes in the Flathead and Bitterroot valleys. The blend contains a rich
mixture of choice perique, burly, latakia, and black Cavendish tobacco. It is a
mixture for the experienced pipe smoker that appreciates fine tobacco with flair
(elegance de style).
Price: $5.99 (2+ oz)
Colonel Awe’gawae:sha’ “Absaraka” Blend
likes to have a day in and day out blend to smoke. This blend is traditional
among Crow tribal elders and those not so old. I started using it over thirty
years ago. Only the finest Virginia Golden Cavendish and Black Cavendish are
used. This combination is hard to beat.
|Price: $5.99(2+ oz)||$10.99 (5+ oz)||$26.99 (14+oz)|
Dr. Ben’s Special Mixture
is the connoisseur’s delight. This is a mixture that I developed many
years ago and only shared it, until recently, with my favorite pipe smoking
friends. Although it has a traditional Montana aroma/bouquet about it, the blend
contains elements found desirable for today’s active smoker. Only the best
Oriental leaf, perique, black Cavendish, light Cavendish, and latakia tobacco
are used (along with a secret aromatic natural ingredient). There is little bite
and no after taste. The blend is humidified with Bitterroot Valley apple slices.
This mixture is for the sophisticated pipe smoker that demands the best in
quality and smoking bliss.
|Price: $5.99 (2+oz)||
$10.99 (5+ oz)
“Greasy Grass River” Blend
This is a blend in the tradition of Captain Benteen of the 7th U.S. Cavalry (third in command at the Battle of the Little Big Horn). Cavalry officers stationed in Montana in the late 19th century favored blends of this type. Select burly, Virginia Cavendish, and dark Cavendish are used to create a great smoke for every day use. The blend is aged for over six months and humidified with straight whisky before packaging. A few puffs may have you whistling “Garry Owen” to yourself and imagining horse soldier life in Montana Territory circa 1876.
1926 copy of a Burlington
Route railroad promotional of the anniversary ceremony of "Custer's
Last Stand" is included in the initial order of any items listed
Dr. Irvin's Original "Grizzly Bear" Mixture [first formula]
Old-timers might remember the
largest supplier of goods for "outdoorsmen, trappers, and explorers."
Yes, Herter's, Inc. of Waseca,
Minnesota supplied frontier types with the highest quality materials.
Even though Herter's had dozens of different kinds of traps, snowshoes,
and even smoking pipes to sell, they had only one brand of tobacco; for, George
Herter sincerely felt that with his blend, "Grizzly Bear," he had
achieved perfection, and all other blends were inferior.
As a youth I
could hardly wait for my pouch to arrive at the Post Office.
Unfortunately. Herter's grandsons bankrupted the old company in the early
1970's and this great
blend was no more. In the spirit of
Herter's, this mixture is an attempt to
again offer this delight. Exotic
tobaccos are used, and similar to the
original, cured with Angostura aromatic bitters and humidified with Bitterroot apple
slices. This hardy mixture will
appeal to mature outdoorsmen/explorers and not to the fainthearted.
|Price: $5.99 (1.5+oz)||$10.99 (4+oz)||$26.99 (11+oz)|
Fort Assiniboine, just north
of the Bear Paw Mountains, was in operation from 1879
to 1911. It was one of the last
frontier forts designed to keep a watch on Indians.
In the 1890's John "Black Jack" Pershing served
there as a young cavalry officer. The
fort was close to the Canadian border and was influenced by frequent visits from
"Her Majesty's" officer corps.
After 1890 fort life became rather boring for the Indian wars were over.
This "limited edition" blend reflects British tradition with a complex
mixture of Syrian latakia, Turkish leaf, and four other English style tobaccos.
Imagine it is 1904 and you are in the Officer's Club at Fort Assiniboine
sipping quality brandy, making lively conversation, and smoking this blend in
your favorite briar. My supply of
this blend is very limited.
|Price: $5.99 (1.5+oz)|| $10.99 (4+oz)
Chief Plenty Coups was the
last Chief of the Crow Indians. As
a youth he had a vision that foretold the future.
He predicted the end of the Bison herds and the coming of the railroad.
In 1921 he represented all American
Indians when he was chosen to place a wreath on the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier. In old age Plenty
Coups often sat in front of his tipi
smoking his pipe and looking at the Pryor Mountains.
When asked why he did this, he replied: "The mountains are the only
lands the White man will never plow." This rich mixture contains plenty of
dark Cavendish, natural Cavendish, and other quality tobaccos.
It is a good evening blend that will delight young and old.
|Price: $5.99 (2+oz)||$10.99 (5+oz)||$26.99 (14+oz)|
Indians used a variety of herbs to procure physical and
emotional health and well being. Many
pipe smokers often limit their smoking because of the harshness of their tobacco
mixtures. In times past and present,
Native Americans often used the herb Mullein
(Verbascum Thapsis) mixed in with mild tobaccos to achieve a smooth
and therapeutic smoke. Many
smoked pure Mullein to heal damaged lung tissue. This extra mild blend combines Mullein with the mellowest
and Kentucky Burly possible. This
blend is great to smoke at any time; but, it is especially recommended if a pipe
smoker has a chest cold or slight cough.
|Price: $5.99 (2+oz)||$10.99 (5+oz)|
Two Leggin was a lesser Chief
of the River Crow Band of the Crow tribe. As a boy he
was orphaned and was determined to become a Chief so as
to improve his status. In
his later years he lived north of Saint Xavier on the Big Horn river.
Shortly before his death in the 1920's the Hardin
Rodeo Club let it be known that all major Crow Chiefs could attend the Hardin
Rodeo for free. Upon entering the
rodeo grounds Two Leggin was told that he would have to pay for admission.
He was so upset that he put a curse on the rodeo.
To this time, it always rains during the Hardin Rodeo.
Locals refer to it as the "Two Leggin curse."
This is a rich blend of selected dark Cavendish tobaccos with just a hint
of latakia and a special ingredient (used by the local Jesuit Priests that lived
near Two Leggin at Saint Xavier). This
is an all day mellow smoke that will satisfy both the beginning and experienced
|Price: $5.99 (2+oz)||
Charles M. Russell Mixture
The noted artist Charles
Russell came to Montana Territory as a youth in
the early 1880's. This was a
time when bison were still hunted, barbed wire was unknown, and Indians still
roamed free. As a young man Charlie
cowboy in central Montana and was interested in a frontier that he realized
was quickly vanishing. For a period
he lived with the Blackfoot. In his later years, as a now famous artist,
he was invited to address an association
of Montana pioneers. Charlie told
the group that he wished to God that
the pioneers had never come to Montana; for, they had ruined much of what once
was a paradise. He was forced off
the stage. This is a mixture that was common to Montana cowboys in the late 19th
century. It includes golden Cavendish tobaccos and substances Russell was known
to favor: Oriental latakia,
cinnamon, and cured with straight Montana
a good smoke to use while riding the range; or as
the late Bill Jordan might have said, "It will do to ride the river
|Price: $5.99 (2+oz)||$10.99(5+oz)|
#11. Medicine Tail Coulee Blend
|Price: $5.99 (1.5+oz)||$10.99 (4+oz)|
#12. Bob Boyer's favorite Blend
|Price: $5.99 (1.5+oz)||$10.99 (4+oz)|
|Price: $5.99 (1.5oz)||$10.99 (4+oz)||$26.99 (11oz)|
Can't make up your mind? Get all thirteen (13) blend/mixtures to try out. Each blend/mixture comes individually wrapped in a one plus ounce pouches.
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