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Beginning with stoved bright Virginias, followed by equal measures of Cyprian Latakia and red Virginias for a bit of body, Star of the East Gold then incorporates a fair amount of Turkish leaf, resulting in a sweet, floral English mixture.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz tin, 8oz tin, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
2.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2040)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The stoved bright and red Virginias offer some citrus, sugar, and tangy dark fruit, a bit of grass and earth. The floral, dry, woody, earthy, buttery sweet Turkish is such a important presence that it is at times a tad more obvious than Virginias. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is almost a supporting player as you’ll notice it to various degrees in every puff. The strength level is a hair past the mild to medium mark. The taste threshold barely reaches medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a little inconsistency in its sweet, mildly floral, smoky flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste, and isn’t so filling that it would preclude being an all day smoke for a veteran smoker. Two and a half stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1477)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Gold.

I received this about a month ago in bulk from Smokingpipes.com, so because it's in a loose pouch, having had a month for excess water to abate, it's become perfect to smoke. Although it's badged Ribbon, it's on the coarser side.

The smoke would suit those who like their English's without a kick in the teeth of Latakia: the Latakia's notable with a subtle woodiness, albeit, not the leading flavour. This position goes to the Turkish, being quite fragrant, and a little aromatic. The Virginia gives a touch of sweetness, and a fruity note. It burns well enough, but can be a little quick if not puffed with ease.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Star of the East - Gold: I'll give it three stars based on it's slightly unique character, although it wouldn't make my rotation:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal #03

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.