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A poetic mixture of bright and red Virginias with a good portion of Turkish leaf, elevated by genial portions of Perique and black Cavendish, and topped with the flavors of bourbon and vanilla, C&D's John Marr is an unparalleled voyage of sweet complexity.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringBourbon, Vanilla
Packaging2oz, 8oz Tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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SonofVirginia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SonofVirginia (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This was a delightful surprise for me. I am usually very cautious about aromatic tobaccos, and I approached this one with no small amount of trepidation. Upon opening the tin you get a lovely aroma. A light vanilla with a very subtle boozy undertone. When you go in for a second whiff you catch the wonderful virginia and perique notes, coupled with the oriental tang. It is fairly moist when fresh and I would recommend some drying time, otherwise it leaves the final third of your bowl fairly difficult to keep lit. It is a fairly uniform medium ribbon cut that packs abd lights easily. I was immediately taken with it. Plenty of flavor here. Typical virginia sweetness, accented by the top notes. A fair amount of perique pepper and stewed fruit. Not anywhere near overwhelming, but definitely present. I have difficulty in detecting a lot of oriental flavor here. Retrohale brings molasses and more mild pepper. The flavors build pleasantly as you progress. The top notes are mild in flavor impact, yet help make a very nice room note. Nothing like a typical american aromatic. This tobacco likes a larger pipe, and so do I. I found that I always wished for more at the end of every bowl. A wonderful aromatic that I will keep on hand for the foreseeable future.

Pipe Used: Peterson system, briarworks rhodesian, bc apple

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

5 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28353)
Mild Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Simply scrumptious! Everything is in this blend that a piper will enjoy. All proportions are well balanced and play very well together. The addition of bourbon and vanilla is just an added bonus. The aromatics are not over the top and let the Virginia and Turkish come through. Easy to light, stays lit, and not gooey. Billows of spice with a nice medium nicotine lift.

Pipe Used: Charatan’s Make Black sandblasted Canadian

Age When Smoked: Week old

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4 people found this review helpful.

dfo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dfo (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an intriguing blend that brings together a complex combination (some might say a surfeit) of flavors.

Tin Note: Upon opening the tobacco, a boozy topping plays well with the hay-like aroma of the Virginia tobacco. There is a subtle fruity undertone, which I cannot place. Unlike most American aromatics, the topping in this blend does not overpower the flavor of the tobacco.

The Blend: Though John Marr contains Black Cavendish, Burley, Oriental-Turkish leaf, Perique and Virginia tobaccos, the Burley and Cavendish play a supportive role and easily hide in the blend. At the first light, the grassiness of the Virginias are clearly present as the major component of the blend. The mix of Virginias here do tend to bite a little, so keep your cadence slow. The Turkish leaf adds a distinct dry woodsy nutty flavor to the blend. The spiciness of the perique presents itself as you make your way through a bowl.

Cut and Burning Characteristics: The ribbon cut packs and burns well all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

Conclusions: A good blend that might draw aromatic smokers to explore va/pers and oriental forward blends. I expect this blend to improve with some cellaring to mellow out the Virginia tobaccos.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (276)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A lovely and genuine blend! The very mellow sweet-vanilla aroma is accompanied by a tasty and somewhat fruity undertone, which, oddly I can only describe as: "somewhat cherry-ish". In addition the slightly turfy and boozy note of bourbon fuses with the lovely vanilla note. Once the tin was opened for a while a corn-ish aroma appears, which I find most interesting. Like roasted corn bread or sweet puffed rice. The flavoring is rather mild, leaving enough room vor the tobaccos, mostly the Virginia to shine through in the tin note!

In the pipe the bourbon play some bluesy lead guitar in terms of flavorings, being pleasantly spicy and slightly smoky and with a smooth boozy aroma. It's a lot more present than in the tin-note. Quickly the smooth vanilla joins in, but keeps the amplifier at half-volume, playing some sweet blue notes in the mix.

One might get the impression that this is a full-blown aromatic the way I'm gushing over the flavorings... I just savour this flavoring that much, that I loved describing it in detail! ;-) The tobacco, obviously, is everpresent with the Virginias hay-ish and few earthy notes in the lead. The turkish gives a delightful hint of sharpness, as well as mild nutty and ethereal-flowery notes. I suppose the perique plays a role to the decent spice this blend offers, just as the b.cav. must play a role to the smooth and creamy sweetness.. but they are both unnoticeable as such - well interlaced! ;-)

A lovely Virginia+Orient dominated blend, with an expectionally tasteful vanilla-bourbon topping, that never subdues the tobaccos too much, but harmonizes wonderful with them. The flavoring is a bit less present in the last third, making room for the tobaccos spice to shine for the last notes of this ingenious composition. This could become one of my most favorites regarding flavored blends!

1 person found this review helpful.