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Merging the Old World with the New, Sansepolcro is a very special entry into the Small Batch project — carefully blended from unique, Italian dark-fired florets and some of the finest red Virginias from North Carolina.

Aromatically spicy with earthy, clove-like undertones, these florets are all grown in the Sansepolcro region of Italy, which boasts a history and tradition of tobacco cultivation to the 17th century. Combined with mellow citrus and bread-like notes of the reds, it makes for a wonderful melange of flavors and aromas — at once both familiar and exotic.

Notes: First introduced in July, 2016. Limited production of 4,500 (2oz) tins.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Kentucky, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2231)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The very woody, earthy, Italian dark fired florets have a multiplicity of flavors, and takes the lead. They do offer a mild floralness, a touch of smoke, a little nuttiness, and a sweet and dry savory quality to them, the latter characteristics being the main feature of the lingering after taste. The spiciness is mild, and is more like the kind one would use in cooking rather than having a peppery quality to them, though the pepper is a little noticeable. As an important secondary player, the red Virginia is tangy, dark fruit and mildly citrusy sweet with a light fermented quality that reminds me of stewed fruit (raisins and prunes). It also provides a touch of spice, grass, bread, and some earth, and is a shade more perceptible in the last third of the proceedings. Well blended and well balanced, you’ll observe most of the inherent aspects of the tobaccos in the majority of puffs. The strength level is just past medium while the taste is medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. While there is a roughness to the blend, it won’t bite, and has no dull or harsh moments. Burns at a little less than a moderate pace, cool and clean with a very consistent taste. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl, but does need a few relights. Has a sweet, pungent room note. Not an all day smoke, but the experienced smoker will certainly find it repeatable.


20 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (212)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What I would categorize as a rugged smoke, but one that I really enjoyed. The tobacco is on the dry side and the tin note is relatively light and smells mostly like a straight unadulterated C&D Virginia, raisiny with a hints of spice and a light grassy, vegetal aroma. The red Virginias are quite sweet but also earthy with a slightly bitter edge. The Italian dark fired isn't smoky smelling or tasting like Kentucky dark fired is, but it does add a good amount of peppery spice to the finish as well as a unique woodsy flavor that sits low in the mix and plays exceptionally well with the flavor of the Virginia. The tobacco burns cool and smokes smooth with loads of naturally sweet flavor. As the bowl progresses, the Virginias really shine and some interesting darker complexities come forth adding to the pleasure of this clean but meaty tasting blend.

Overall Sansepolcro has a heady punch to it that's sure to please pipers that prefer intense but well balanced tobacco flavor. The tobacco flavor strength is medium-strong and the nicotine level is a firm medium. I would imagine, given the quality of the Virginias that this will age nicely.

19 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (117)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Update, 08-06-2017: Time spent in a jar has worked magic on this one. I't's not only easier to smoke but it's less cigar-ish and more floral, with a sort of "soft intensity" that reminds me of well-aged JackKnife Plug. Outstanding!

Original review: Cornell and Diehl’s Small Batch Sansepolcro is nothing remarkable in the tin, short, chunky ribbons ‘n bits that range from light-ish to medium red/browns. Scent is restrained, medium “depth”, well-aged VA tobaccos with a light topping of something like molasses, treacle, and a drop of anise. The lot smells like tobacco-ish brown bread. Nothing jumps out. Moisture is fine for smoking right from the tin. It loads easily and lights OK, and it smokes down OK, too, once it gets going. Stout but mature, earthy, sweet, air cured and lightly stoved red VAs start ahead of the Sansepolcro. At this point the lot is like earthy brown bread, with very faint meadow flowers, only slightly smoky, with a whiff of dark cocoa. It’s rich, but it’s not at all intense. I can see where someone might try to summon more flavor, but I advise against it, since the Sansepolcro rises and gets spicier, anyway, and IMO it could become too much of a good thing, at least for this blend. YMMV, of course. The Sansepolcro tobacco is loamy, a little musty, slightly smoky, and slightly bitter. As it comes up it reminds me more and more of dry Italian salami. Though there are “cigar spices” they are muted and condimental, the way I prefer to smoke it. If I puff harder, it starts to taste like those powerful little Italian cigars; pretty gnarly. I like to keep it as balanced as I can; then the lot becomes even richer and tastier for the rest of the smoke without ever getting too sharp, spicy, dry, or bitter. Strength builds smoothly to well past medium; likewise, the tastes. Aftertaste is smoky, VA-sweet black bread, and it lingers long.

C&D Sansepolcro is a fairly easy blend that’s tasty and rewarding; just what the doctor ordered; 4 stars from me. It’s easier than and not as complex as Savinelli’s 140 Year Anniversary blend (made for Savinelli by C&D), which also features (even less) Sansepolcro. I think anyone who likes 140, or GLP’s JackKnife Plug or Key Largo might like C&D’s Sansepolcro. For lots of fun, I recommend comparing this blend to Tabac Manil’s Le Petit Robin. FWIW, I am betting this will age well, as JKP and Key Largo do.

Pipe Used: various briars; group 4 preferred

Age When Smoked: fresh to 1 mo. from an un-dated tin

Purchased From: Cup o' Joes

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to C&D/Savinelli 140 Year Anniversary, GLP JackKnife Plug and Key Largo; also, Tabac Manil's Le Petit Robin.

7 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (95)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

As a cigar smoker, this blend really sung to me from the first bowl. Sansepolcro is an earthy, dry smoke that reminds me of a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro. The red Virginia is earthy with a very subtle sweetness that fades in and out. The woody and slightly smoky Italian dark-fired florets are rich and spicy with some cinnamon and black pepper. The C&D website says there is black Cavendish though I don't taste it. I have enjoyed this in cobs, briars, and meerschaum. An easy 4 stars!

6 people found this review helpful.

Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Extra Strong

Rough, strong, scratchy.

Dry and smokable right from the tin. Packs and lights easily. Woodsy, smoky, spicy. Burns well. It scratches the nostrils and dries the upper palate. Outside on a below-freezing day, this carries through well and overpowers the cold. Its not that it is large and boisterous, it is that it is untamed and raw. A strong cup of coffee is a good accompaniment.

However, there is a tendency toward an accruing ashiness on the tongue. Smoked indoors, the room note quickly becomes unpleasantly strong, ashy and hangs like a pall for a long time. Not good.

In small bowls outdoors, this is ok. This is one of the few I won't smoke indoors at all. And the lingering ashiness on the tongue means I have no desire for another bowl anytime soon. Given these limitations, this will not be a repeat buy for me.

Pipe Used: Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

6 people found this review helpful.

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

Drums and JimInks have described this blend perfectly so I'll just add that this is delicious. If it were a blend that would be readily available I would add this to my favorites list in a heartbeat. This, my friends, is a wonderful smoke.

Medium to strong in body, nic is medium. No added flavoring. Taste is medium to full. Burns very well. Stock your cellars before it sells out.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

initials SG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
initials SG (29)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yep, this is some great pipe tobacco.

Tin note is fragrant and deceptively spicy, the spice from the firecured tobacco tingles my nose a little.

Love the sweet red virginias, they run the full spectrum of red virginia flavor from a little bright citrus to bready with a lot of fruitiness in the middle. In contrast to the spicy tin note, I found the Italian dark-fired to be earthy, mellow, fragrant in a way that reminds me of kitchen spices, and very flavorful. Only a hint of smokiness. As others mentioned, there can be a slight rough edge to the smoke which I enjoyed.

Thanks to the C&D rep for hooking my local brick and mortar shop with this, since I only shop local I wouldn't have gotten it otherwise. Someone else got to all but one of the other tins, which I will cellar. Guessing that it will be pret-ty magical after a few years.


Age When Smoked: 1 month

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1730)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro (Small Batch).

I bought and cellared this about five months ago and got it out this morning solely because I couldn't decide which blend to smoke. The name Sansepolcro didn't make me think English, aromatic, VaPer, etc., I didn't even know it was a region of Italy until I read it on the tin!

This isn't one of the blends badged as a broken flake but some of the flakes are still in need of a rub, the tin contains a blend that looks more like thick ribbons. Mine appeared to be a little too dry when I removed the lid, not crunchy, but not suitable for long term storage.

Sansepolcro lights easily, but, as I suspected, can burn fast. Even though the mechanics aren't the best, it's still a nice smoke, though. The Kentucky leads with a robust flavour, but isn't quite as burly as Kentucky can often be. It has a delicate fragrance to it, which placates any harshness. The Virginia adds a fruity sweetness, creating a flavoursome support to the Kentucky. It can become too warm if it's not sipped.

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: not great.

Sansepolcro? I'll put the dryness down as a one off. The flavour's good. Recommended:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Stamped 09/25/17

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Bearded Piper 09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bearded Piper 09 (5)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Upon opening the Tin the smell is very light, grassy, little vanilla/sweet, i rubbed it out further than it was formed a wad and packed it, packs easily you have to be careful not to pack to tight as it compresses very easy. Nic comes on slowly and lasts for hours (at least for me) it packs a punch similar to Irish flake or a good burly. It has very nice dry smoke, lights amazing and tamps wonderfully. Burns slowly and steady needs reasonable amount of relights if your taking your time took around 1.5 hrs as i went back to it a few times during my morning smoke. Overall taste is light grassy naturally sweet but continues to gradually get deeper and deeper the Dark fired is very subtle but just a perfect amount of spicy/ tingly sensation on retro hale. the room note isn't pleasant and is strong not that of cigarettes but not pleasant enough for an indoor smoke. Some may consider this blend "Blah" but for me its a perfect weekend morning smoke enjoying the sunrise.

Pipe Used: Cob, Savanelli Hercules 121

Age When Smoked: 1 year

3 people found this review helpful.

the_dalai_lama_himself Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_dalai_lama_himself (44)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

First of all C&D has probably the best Red Virginias in the business. And this blend partners them perfectly with the Italian leaf. Spicy in more of a cardamom kind of way, woody, stewed fruit into vanilla, earth, lemon zest, it is a bit rough but in a very very good way. Burns perfectly, a relight or two perhaps. A good amount of nicotine as well. Got a couple tins to cellar and a couple to smoke as I find myself going back to it again and again like a relief pitcher. Clean on the tongue but a little harsh on the soft palate.. it is both balanced and rough around the edges. Excited to see how it ages. Somewhat of a cigar leaf quality as it approaches on that acrid kind of thing but the finish is unique and tamed by the sweetness/fruit of the Virginia. I wouldn't call it bready per say, if anything more like potato bread then a dark grain.

3 people found this review helpful.

bobspipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobspipe (14)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Extra Strong

An impulse buy, both the sansepolcro and small batch caught my eye at my local smoke shop. I have to agree with Warwick on this one. Seemed rough and scratchy to me, strong after taste that lingered, and the room note indoors seemed overpowering. I could see why a cigar smoker, those who enjoy dark-fired tobacco would appreciate this. Just not my cup of tea.

3 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (158)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I just finished two tins over the last month or so. Boy this is good stuff. Yikes. I live in dread of C&D running out of it. It reminds me a bit of dark bird's eye crossed with something like old dark fired or kendall kentucky. Its ribbon cut, which it the only thing I don't love about it. But it does make it easy to pack and smoke. Its got a pretty big nic hit. Its a nice all day smoke if you can handle the nicotine, and I can ....ergo i smoked these two tins pretty fast. The flavor is smokey but not burnt. Its more a tangy bitey sort of spiced smoke. All tobacco all the way. Great stuff.

Purchased From: 4noggins

3 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (112)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Grassy, semi-sweet with a subtle spice note. Not your regular dark fire flavor. Very nice indeed! Darn near perfect moisture and cut straight from the tin. You would suspect this to be a strongman blend but it is toned down to a high medium in both taste and nicotine. I believe this will be a super blend after it spends a while in the cellar, will definitely get more for just that purpose! Excellent blend C&D😎

Pipe Used: MM devil cutty

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (21)
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

A friend of mine passed on this tin I gave to him as a Christmas gift and gave it back to me. He didn't like it. As for me, I'm enjoying this one. It's manly and will put hair on the chest of the fruity, light aromatic smoker. Strongest thing that I notice is the prominent flavor of what seems similar to dark-fired Kentucky in this blend. Retrohaling will bring the cloves to the palette as well. Being a cigar guy who switched to smoking pipes over the years, this earthy kick appeals to me. I'd say this is a good blend for cigarette smokers as you can freight train this stuff and feel the nicotine really kicking in. Not at all an aromatic to me, but that's what Cornell & Diehl are claiming. Should cellar very well - and that's what I'm doing with the remainder of this tin.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cobbit

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

toddsmith7378 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
toddsmith7378 (36)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Ok, so I see some great reviewers on here who get me imagining a lot.......In the dark fired realm I think I've had Navigator, GL Pease Jackknife Plug, and maybe one other I can't think of. I definitely know that type of taste.

I have to say its primarily in that ballpark. It's a stout flavor, but not as pronounced and strong. It's a bit more subtle then those. So, It's not quite as overwhelming as Kentucky dark Fired blends with that flavor. It's like a less strong dark fired Kentucky flavor with a lot of what I think is Red Virginia.

I absolutely love Red Virginia blends and this Italian dark fired tobacco doesn't completely overwhelm the Red Virginia taste I love. All the other dark fired blends I've tried are super flavorful with that and its hard to notice much else but that stout flavor in them. This Italian stuff isn't quite like that, so I would prefer it any day to those. It's still pretty stout though, just not as much as the Kentucky, if that makes sense.

If you like Red Virginia and would like a bit of dark fired mixed with it, that's about what I'd say this is like. I still get the Red Virginia though, so if you like Red Virginia blends, this really hits the spot there too.

If you like full bodied stuff, its still fairly strong and It's kind of nice for a nice after dinner smoke, not one I'd smoke on all day, or in the morning. It' not a complete favorite, but its nice to have in the rotation of Red Virginia blends, if that's your thing.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (271)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A nicely earthy blend, the rough cut, not quite a thick ribbon not quite a true broken flake, is slow-burning. Unlike some other reviewers, however, I found it pretty monochromatic. Unsurprisingly, a bit cigar-like at times, so those who favor those types of blends should give it a try. Ok as an occasional change of pace, not for my regular rebuys.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

p120d16y Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p120d16y (19)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sansepolcro is a well balanced sweet red Virginia and dark fired blend. The exceptional Italian dark fired varietal adds a good strength and spice, while the VA sweetens to just the right amount. A good nicotine medium blend that I find very satisfying. Wish I could have cellared a few tins, but glad I was still able to get one a few months after the release. In the right pipe, it'll make my mouth water. Smells excellent in the tin. I'm assuming it's the same red Virginia that was used in the Small Batch Carolina Red Flake, or very similar.

Pipe Used: Zenith ceramic, various briars, Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Few months tinned

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

Similar Blends: Vaguely similar to Jack Knife Plug, but not in flavor or complexity. Only similar in the way both use dark fired tobaccos and Virginias..

2 people found this review helpful.