Charatan has a long, rich history in the world of pipes and tobacco. Frederick Charatan began carving Meerschaum pipes in mid-1800s London, and in the following decades would turn briar pipes garnering international prestige from the pipe world. Frederick’s son Reuben took the reins in 1910. The Charatan’s would keep things going until 1960 but the lights went out until the 1990s when British American Tobacco introduced a Charatan cigar range in the UK.
The brand would ultimately end up in the hands of Tor Imports Ltd, and in the wake of Dunhill’s withdrawal from the pipe and cigar industry, Kohlhase & Kopp, Tor’s manufacturing partner (responsible for the manufacture of favorite brands such as Astley's, Rattray's, Solani, some Cobblestone, etc.) took to concocting recipes that would fill the gap left in Dunhill’s absence. The line was released in to the UK in 2018, and now thanks to a partnership between Kohlhase and Sutliff Tobacco, Charatan tobacco is being distributed in the United States. Let’s take a look at these odes to the mixtures that created the tobacco pipe archetypes still integral to the craft today.