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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
Packaging2oz tin, 8oz tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2270)
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.


7 people found this review helpful.

ChristianProbst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChristianProbst (4)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The new Star of the East Gold is a very interesting interpretation of an old classic. But, indeed, it is a completely different blend. When smoking, not the Latakia is the most prominent note, the Orientals playing clearly the main role. Latakia give... s it a bit of smokyness, the Virginia is not very much tasteable, but gives this tobacco a good body and it burns very well. It's not overly heavy, but has body enough to keep it interesting. As most of the C&D Blends, it has less sweetness, but a dry and intense, quite bold flavour. For a C&D Bulk Blend it has a remarkable elegance, and it will age for sure beautifully. Good stuff for Oriental lovers!

Pipe Used: Several Briars, one Meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1775)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Gold.

I received this about a month ago in bulk from, 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:


Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal #03

Age When Smoked: One month

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5 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (148)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The main difference with Star of the East is the Oriental/Latakia ratios. Star of the East Gold is more Oriental forward, whereas Star of the East is a proper Balkan mixture as it contains more Latakia. Having said that, Star of the East Gold will probably benefit from some cellaring time. The tobacco leaf C&D uses to manufacture it is really good quality, but the Oriental's lack those properties so characteristic of the fermentation process that give all Oriental tobacco its unmistakable hallmark. Here I would have expected more peppery and acidic undertones, but all of this is missing or faded. The Turkish leaf is way too one dimensional, and therefore, boring and disengaging. From mid-bowl onward, it gets better and better, but I'd advise to cellar it for a couple of years or so for a better smoking experience.

Edit 06/08/2018

This tobacco has been growing on me since I did my last review, so I am going upgrade to 4 stars, but let me tell you why. The reason why I missed the whole point the first time is going over my head, but I am glad I kept trying. It looks as though the Orientals' profile was more apparent now. I still stand by my first statement in that this tobacco will probably benefit from some cellaring time, but even if you smoke it this fresh, it is still possible to enjoy it. I guess I had in my mind tobaccos such as Skiff Mixture or Squadron Leader when I wrote my first review, and seeing that those fermented/acrid properties were somewhat missing here got me disappointed.

1 person found this review helpful.