Big Ben Royal Tan pipes are the best of both worlds. They have a neat retro feel about them, but with upgrades that bring them squarely into the 21st century. They have the classic appearance of the Wellington style pipes, but in clean, contemporary shapes. One big change is that the glossy black stems with a flare just above the fitment are made of durable black acrylic, so there's no need to worry about oxidation. These gorgeous briars are finished in a polished, warm brown contrast staining so the grain really pops. And, of course, they all feature the consistency and quality you can count on with all Big Ben products, with excellent engineering and attention to detail. They accept 9mm charcoal filters to reduce gurgling and tongue bite, but you can always use P&C's 9mm to 3mm adapter so it will smoke like an unfiltered pipe. Best of all, these pipes are a lot less expensive than comparable briars of this design.
This pipe is the best bang for the buck pipe I own and I own quite a few pipes. The finish is very attractive with nice grain and I didn’t notice any fills. The pipe is the perfect length and is very lightweight. The look has a military bit style even though it has the 9mm filter which in my opinion makes pipe smoking so much more pleasurable. This pile is pre-broken in so you can just load up your favorite mixture and have immediate enjoyment. The draw is perfect. The lightweight and balance makes this pipe comfortable to hold in your mouth puffing away contentedly as you drive. As I write this I see that there only a few left. Snatch one of these beauties while you can. I was so impressed with this Big Ben pipe that I just purchased another Big Ben pipe in the Dublin style on this site a short time ago.