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Whether you're visiting Jackson Square or walking down colorful Bourbon Street, the charm of old New Orleans is all around you, in Vieux Carre.

Commonly known as the French Quarter, it is the oldest district in New Orleans, as well as the inspiration behind this Cellar Series blend, first introduced in July, 2016 — a traditional English tobacco with a flavor every bit as complex as the Quarter's own diverse atmosphere.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringWhiskey
CutFlake
Packaging2oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected, Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2042)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The brown Virginia provides a bit of ripe dark fruit and earth with a touch of citrus and a couple blades of grass. The lighter Virginia is citrusy with a hint of tartness and grass in a minor position. They form the base of the blend. The dry, woody, mildly floral and spicy, lightly buttery sweet and sour Izmir is an ever present supporting player. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a moderate presence that mostly underscores the experience, though there are times it does just a little tad more than that. It never competes with the other varietals as it tends to be a complimentary addition. The deeply rich whiskey does tone down the tobaccos a little with a sweet smoothness without overwhelming the tobaccos, making this lean toward being an aromatic English. No chance of bite or harshness even when pushed. The nic-hit is mild. The strength is slightly past the mild to medium level while the taste borders on medium. Well blended, it burns at a reasonable pace for a broken flake, cool and clean with a very smoothly consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves very little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights for a cut of this kind. Burns to ash with little trouble. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

The Lat is mild and soft allowing the other components to come through nicely. I don't mean to say that it takes a backseat, rather that it's soft nature doesn't hide the other components as some Lats do. It's a bit unique in that regard. It's mildly smoky and woody. The Orientals are mildly woody with a touch of sour butter. The Virginias are sweet hay with just a hint of fruit. I really can't taste the whiskey, perhaps because I dry mine very well. It's a pretty nice smoke that goes well any time of day, maybe even all day.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1482)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Vieux Carre (Cellar Series).

It's a broken flake that has a similar appearance to their Burley Flake #1, or Castello Fiammata: strips of flake. The moisture of it was bang on the money when I opened it, and as it's a decent seal on C+D tins I can't see it having done much breathing in the few months since the tin was dated.

The build makes loading a bowl simple, without the need to thoroughly rub: just pinch and stuff. And then igniting it's easy peasy. In the smoke I find the Latakia softer than is often the case. The Orientals share the flavour equally, until the last quarter where they overtake. The Virginia has the lesser weight of the three, giving a more subtle taste comparatively speaking. Although the whiskey isn't heavily added, it's presence is enough to lower the score: it lends a slight bitterness/causticity. The quality of the burn's good, and I get no bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: I don't like it.

It isn't all bad, it's the whiskey that's responsible for two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Levent Meer'

Age When Smoked: A few months

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