Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bird's-Eye Pipe Tobacco and Trichinopoly Cigars: Elementary's Long Way


Summary: Sherlock, attuned to bird's-eye pipe tobacco and Trichinopoly cigars, apprehends smugglers on Elementary's You've Come a Long Way, Baby July 16, 2018.


Cigarette smugglers are undone by Sherlock's and The Nose's expertise in all things tobacco, including bird's-eye tobacco, Trichinopoly cigars and possibly Virginia Slims, in CBS Elementary tv series' You've Come a Long Way, Baby (season 6 episode 11): nammatrichy.com @nammatrichy via Facebook July 15, 2013

Previous acquaintance with bird's-eye pipe tobacco and with Trichinopoly cigars assists in apprehending high-priced cigarette smugglers in the Elementary procedural drama series episode You've Come a Long Way, Baby July 16, 2018.
Director Guy Ferland and writers Robert Doherty, Bob Goodman and Kelly Wheeler build upon Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle's (May 22, 1859-July 7, 1930) tobacco-related stories. A Study in Scarlet concerns "scattered ash from the floor. It was dark in colour and flakey -- such an ash is only made by a Trichinopoly." The Sign of the Four three years later, in 1890, describes the "black ash of a Trichinopoly [cigar] and the white fluff of bird's-eye [pipe tobacco]."
The televised episode echoes the storied references to bird's-eye and Trichinopoly tobaccos and to the monograph Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccos.

Season 6's 11th episode, series' 131st overall, fetches The Nose (John Horton), Brooklyn brownstone Irregular whose "sense of smell outpaces even" Sherlock Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller).
The Nose gives "Pine. Star anise. Grapefruit. Specifically Chinook hops, grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley" as "something off about the smell" of confiscated Brooklyn bodega cigarettes. The hunt for cigarette smugglers heads to Fort Greene, Brooklyn neighborhood with a craft brewery whose shipping trucks have regular routes through the cigarettes' Ohio homelands. The information immediately impresses Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) even though Sherlock indicates that "tobacco is the one area of olfaction in which we've agreed to disagree."
The Nose judges that Sherlock "has never let it go" that he "pointed out that his [Sherlock's] distinctions between Trichinopoly and Bird's Eye were all wrong."

According to the University of Chicago Press publication Relating Religion's Chapter Seven, A Matter of Class, Nov. 10, 2004, Sherlock knows cigar, cigarette and pipe tobacco.
The New York-born author Jonathan Zittel Smith (Nov. 21, 1938-Dec. 30, 2017) lauds Sherlock learning "the nomenclature of two sorts of Indian cheroots (lunkah and trichinopoly)." He mentions Sherlock mastering "pipe and cigar tobacco (bird's-eye and trichinopoly)" and ash white-fluffed because bird's-eye's "midribs have been removed from the leaves prior to shredding." Tenth Precinct Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) noted similar astuteness "previously on Elementary" in Be My Guest, Season 5's 11th episode, 107th overall, Jan. 8, 2017.
Gregson observed to baseball card-stealing, security guard-killing Mr. Charles (ironically played by John Bolton), "Holmes here recognized the [Majordomo's Royal Tan Blend] ash from your pipe."

The 150-some-year-old chewing twist, hand-pipe and hand-rolling tobacco and nasal snuff manufacturer Gawith Hoggarth in Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom, presents possible information sources for Sherlock's expertise.
Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Ltd. bird's-eye queues up print and word-of-mouth reviews historically and online reviews presently as full-tasting, shag-cut, strong smokes for fishermen and sailors. Sir George Watt's (April 24, 1851-April 2, 1930) Dictionary of the Economic Products of India relates Nicotiana tabacum ([Jean] Nicot's [1530-May 1600] tobacco) and Trichinopoly cigars. Fenn Thompson & Co. and Spencer's, one of ten Madras Presidency (1652-1947) Trichinopoly cigar factories, perhaps serve as respective information sources for Miller's and Doyle's Sherlocks.
Bird's-eye pipe tobacco and "coarse, black, briny" Trichinopoly cigars for Doyle's villains, and perhaps Virginia Slims, take Sherlock the long way to Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer).

Tobacco products have come a long way, from Ohio to New York in the case of smuggled cigarettes and from South India to England in the case of Trichinopoly cigars, and also Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and his father, Morland (John Noble), have come a long way in their relationship in CBS Elementary tv series' You've Come a Long Way, Baby (season 6 episode 11): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook July 7, 2018

Acknowledgment
My special thanks to:
Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.
Image credits:
Cigarette smugglers are undone by Sherlock's and The Nose's expertise in all things tobacco, including Trichinopoly cigars, in CBS Elementary tv series' You've Come a Long Way, Baby (season 6 episode 11): nammatrichy.com @nammatrichy via Facebook July 15, 2013, @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=548731028516812&l=2057e6090c
Tobacco products have come a long way, from Ohio to New York in the case of smuggled cigarettes and from South India to England in the case of bird's-eye tobacco, Trichinopoly cigars and possibly Virginia Slims, and also Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and his father, Morland (John Noble), have come a long way in their relationship in CBS Elementary tv series' You've Come a Long Way, Baby (season 6 episode 11): Elementary @ElementaryCBS via Facebook July 7, 2018, @ https://www.facebook.com/ElementaryCBS/photos/a.151627898295663.14686.151013691690417/1104060653052378/

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