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High grade Old Belt golden Virginias. Sweet, with just a hint of citrus. Due to a naturally high sugar content and relatively low presence of oil, this bright leaf makes a both fine companion to a burley, and makes for a dandy smoke on its own.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
3.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2195)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

This thin cut bright Virginia ribbon burns cooler than others of this cut, and offers some grass/hay, and a very mild citrus. The sugar aspect is just a little more obvious than citrus. Here and there, I noticed a subtle drop or two of honey. Barely has any nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns slightly fast and clean with a very consistent flavor, though there's little depth to it. Leaves no moisture in the bowl, and hardly needs a relight. Has a pleasant, very short lived after taste, and light room note. An easy going all day, monochromatic work and play smoke that also makes a decent mixer. Two and a half stars.

-JimInks

6 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (328)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

The cut is a long(ish) medium ribbon. The pouch note is hay and a slight sweet. Moisture level is on the dry side of what I consider perfect. I smoked it as delivered and packed it a little firmly.

Smoked, this is pleasant and does not challenge with nuance. It is your basic bright Virginia and has a sweet grassy flavor with a side of citrus. The flavor is consistent, and it burns a little quickly. I did not have issues with tongue bite or goop. The tobacco lends itself to reloading the same pipe for another round, and it could be a great all-day smoke for someone who likes Virginias.

This one is easy to recommend, but it will impress you with consistency and not with complexity. I have enjoyed it. I am confident it would make a great blending tobacco, but I have never tried using it that way. it is a solid three for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Since I'm the first to review this, I'll be a little more thorough.

In short, a nice straight Virginia for smoking as-is or blending. All your favorite characteristics for a light Virginia are present: naturally sweet, slightly grassy, slightly hay-like, easy light flavor. Like any straight Virginia, the flavor is straight-ahead and mono-dimensional. Also like any other straight Virginia, it requires proper cadence to prevent burning hot / biting. Like most un-aged Virginias, it has the slightly rough edges of youth. I'd imagine aging this would do very nice things. Not that it's harsh when fresh, but not the exceptional smoothness / complexity of well aged Virginia either.

In the bulk bag, it's just a little damp which can make relights more frequent if you're trying to not over-puff. Dry it a little, and this problem goes away. The ribbons are rather fine cut, and golden in color. Aroma is very mild, typical of Virginia's.

All in all, it serves my intent rather well: a straight ahead blending tobacco to lighten / sweeten any blend without adding tons of character of it's own. I can even smoke it on it's own like I would a VaPer or Virginia flake, although it's just a touch thin for a frequent stand-alone smoke.

Pipe Used: Dedicated Virginia cob

Age When Smoked: fresh from bulk bag

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1707)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Bright Virginia Ribbon.

The ribbon cut mixture includes one or two coarser pieces but the majority of the ribbons are mid-sized. On the lower side of things it has room to be a bit moister; it's not 'dry', but I'd prefer it to have more hydration.

The smoke has quite a mellow character. The Virginia citrus and grass, the sharper flavours, are a little constrained by the lighter hay, slightly bready, and sweet side of the smoke. To be negative, it burns warm; alas, this would be a paramount reason to use it for blending, not straight-smoking. As well as the heat it tends to burn quickly, too.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

The flavour's top-notch, but the physical attributes let it down: heat and speed. So, I'll only somewhat recommend it:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2014 #03

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (95)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I enjoy all sorts of fine Virginias including those from Gawith, Dunhill, Pease, Esoterica, and Mac Baren. I also like many C&D Virginias like Opening Night and Carolina Red Flake. This one is in another category. It's charmingly simple. The tin note is wonderful nothing but sweet tobacco and hay. It smokes well with a good sugar content, not too much. Lots of hay, a little grassy, and a hint of citrus. Some bready notes occasionly and I get some spice through the nose. The room note is very pleasant with a fresh baked bread aroma. No tongue bite or heat and easily burns to nothing but ash. This makes a great blender with Perique, Izmir, or Burley but I love smoking it on it's own. This is multiple pound worthy if you enjoy bright Virginia tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (140)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This ribbon cut gold Virginia leaf (bright Virginia) exhibits the same standard properties of any Virginia tobacco you could expect in this category, that is, sweetness with a citrusy background, earthy and hay undertones, grassy, nutty, etc. Exhibiting somewhat similar properties, I believe there is more depth and background flavour in its cousin counterpart (Red Virginia Ribbon), but this brighter version is no mean feat either. This tobacco wants to be sipped and will develop quite nicely as you progress with your smoke. I believe there is plenty of blending potential here and surely enough it will benefit from the addition of perique, but in its own right, I find it to be quite good never the less. Not as complex as other tobaccos that will require all of your attention, this bright leaf might as well be used as an everyday blend that will fit quite nicely in your rotation. This baccy is gonna get 4 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.