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Simple yet unique, heady yet versatile, elegant but still packing a whollop, we think you'll find this killer Virginia blend much as the settlers of the Old West found its namesake. Presented as a ready rubbed so it's quick to pack and smooth on the draw.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g Tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
None Detected, Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1554)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Derringer.

Note: from bulk, not a tin.

The blend's been rubbed to a coarse ribbon of medium brown and a few yellows. The aroma from the blend is an expected straight Virginia, and my moisture's good.

Derringer gives a rich tasting, Virginia, smoke. There's a pleasant sweetness, some of the usual grass and hay, and a fruitiness which gains strength throughout a bowl: for the first part of a bowl all the flavours are well rounded with one another, but towards the end the fruity character dominates. With casual puffing the temperature's medium, but if the pipe's strained it becomes a bit hot. Stressful puffing also causes it to bite.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

For flavour, alone, Derringer easily achieves four stars, but the heat and bite reduce this to three.


Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Milverton

Age When Smoked: New

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Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (95)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

SIMPLE is the first word in the label description of the blend and I would certainly agree with that. This is a blend of rough cut Virginias (I believe reds & brights) that provide a very direct, all tobacco taste. I don’t find any detractors and it’s very smooth with no rough or sharp edges—for a straight Virginia blend it’s well-mannered. The flavor is slightly sweet hay and just a little fruity without much earth. I place it about midway between mild & medium on the scale for both strength and flavor intensity. And there’s some nicotine, but hardly a “whollop”. There’s absolutely nothing complex or fancy here, but I believe that that was the intention. This is the kind of blend that you just pack it in a pipe, light it, and smoke it.

This can be employed as a blender--I use it to accompany almost any Burley and sometimes along with some cigar leaf. (I suggest equal parts Derringer to Burley.)

Pipe Used: Varied Briars & Foams

Age When Smoked: BULK

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