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Along the historic Waccamaw River, roughly five miles inland from the coast of rural South Carolina, and just downstream of Brookgreen Island, lies a quiet, remote creek by the name of Guendalose. On quiet summer nights, it offers locals a much-needed bit of solitude, and countless moments of quiet reflection.

Paying tribute to this secluded creek, and to those moments of gentle respite, we have selected choice Red and Bright Virginias, our own Red Virginia Cavendish, fine Katerini Turkish leaf, a dash of spicy Perique, and exquisite cigar leaf to fashion a blend that readily evokes the flavors of a full-bodied, Nicaraguan cigar.

BrandLow Country Pipe & Cigar
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2 ounce tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable
3.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The major player is the Columbian cigar leaf, which is smoky, very woody, with a toasty sweet, slightly salty quality, and mildly nutty with a light coffee hit. The regular processed and cavendish red Virginias are dark fruit sweet and mildly tangy with some earth and a hint of spice and toast. The bright Virginias offer citrus, zesty fruit and some grass in a support role. The Virginias form the base for the other tobaccos, though you will always observe them, mostly in the background. The perique is a minimal addition, and I notice the raisin and fig notes more than the spice. That’s mainly because its pepper aspect intermingles with the more prominent Katerini component, which brings its own spice into play along with a woody, mild smoky sweetness. The nic-hit is closer to medium than it is to mild. The strength is medium to full, and the taste is slightly past the medium threshold. A little dry out of the tin, it burns well, cool, clean with a consistently smooth, moderate creaminess from start to finish. While the cigar leaf’s presence does crowd out the other flavors a bit (less so the Katerini), the other tobaccos will continually underscore the experience. Won’t bite and has no harsh or weak spots. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl. It’s not an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable. The after taste is very woody, smoky, mildly sweet. The room note won’t impress the ladies, but this will give you a chance to watch your television show in peace. Three and a half stars out of four.

10 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a good smoke as is, but I think it will benefit from a little aging. The components don't seem as "married" as they should be. There seems to be a degree of separation with the Virginias and Perique on one side and the Turkish and Cigar leaf on the other. Perhaps it's just too fresh right now. It's most noticeable in the first half of the bowl. I have to say though that there are times during the second half that the flavor is sublime. I have been of the opinion that you just can't replicate a cigar in a pipe bowl, but during the times in the second half that this all comes together as it should it gets damn close. I stashed a couple of tins in the cellar and I'm going to jar the rest of this tin and revisit it in about 6 months. 3 stars for now.

Body is a shade above medium. Taste is medium to full. No added flavorings. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A very solid cigar leaf blend! Although this is described as a Virginia-based blend, the taste of the cigar leaf dominates the flavor. The cigar leaf presence here is strong, but I would be unwilling to classify GUENDALOSE as truly "cigar-like"--this is still a pipe blend. The power and flavor of the cigar leaf certainly could indicate a South American heritage (like some cigars containing Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Panamanian and Colombian tobaccos in my experience). The cigar leaf used here which has been identified as "Colombian" is very rustic and a little brutish; Colombian is normally reserved for the cigar filler blend where other cigar leaf tobaccos can be added to temper some of the more intemperate properties of the Colombian.

Although the Virginias are sufficient to mitigate the cigar leaf to an extent, they are not sufficient to completely control it. I actually find only a very, very subdued sweetness that is sublimated by the bitterness of the cigar leaf. I can definitely identify the Katerini in the smoke aroma and I believe that it is responsible for a bit of sourness in the taste while the Perique adds only the suggestion of dark pepper spice. Both the Perique and Katerini are merely ingredients in the recipe, but they probably help to elevate the interest level and subdue the cigar leaf, but only to a small degree.

Ignore all of the other hyperbole, this blend is not all that complicated or complex though it is not totally single-dimensional. It can be interesting and worthwhile if you enjoy a blend that is strongly influenced by cigar leaf. As for the label description, "evokes the flavors of a full-bodied, Nicaraguan cigar", well, I think that's a stretch.

Like several other of the LOW COUNTRY blends this is more of a robust, “IN-YOUR-FACE” kind of thing. I believe that if you enjoy the taste of SAINT LUIS REY cigars you may find some of that taste here. And if you enjoy cigar leaf blends in general, this is one that you probably shouldn't miss!

This is a pretty fair effort to capture some of the taste and essence of a cigar in a pipe blend. In comparison to just a few other cigar blends from C&D, GRAY GHOST is the most cigar-like. COUNTRY LAWYER (Briar Works) is a Mulligan's Stew of tobaccos that somehow gets reasonably close to the taste of a light/medium-bodied Dominican-like cigar. SEERSUCKER (another Mulligan's Stew of tobaccos) is a cigar leaf enhanced blend that is definitely influenced, but not dominated by the cigar leaf, so it is more complex and intricate. All of these use different cigar leaf, so the cigar taste is not the same in any of them.

What I like about all of the above mentioned blends is that they do NOT contain Latakia. For the Latakiaholics, Latakia is always a good thing, but for those of us who are sensitive to the presence of Latakia, we don't always appreciate it. I especially do not care for the combination of Latakia and cigar leaf with one notable exception, KEY LARGO, which is an especially well-done cigar leaf enhanced blend that incorporates Latakia, but only as a spice element.

I've awarded 3-stars, but undoubtedly there may be some who will have little difficulty awarding 4. (I think it depends on your tastes in cigars.) I do enjoy this from time to time, but it's just not my favorite cigar blend. I find the cigar leaf used here to be a little too unrefined for my tastes, so overall 3-stars.

2 people found this review helpful.