@MikeMason-- I'm not surprised that you found them in Europe. Aren't licorice pipes originally from Finland? I think that's where they still come from. Licorice candies have been popular in Europe for centuries and they have so many varieties.
I love licorice pipes too but more than the flavor, I love the shape. I once used a licorice pipe as part of my Halloween costume. I needed a pipe and didn't have a real one. At least I got to eat it later.