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Three Burley tobaccos, two Virginias, and a touch of unsweetened black Cavendish form a classic American blend, hearkening back to the days when Burley was king in American pipe tobacco blends.

Notes: Reminiscent of old original Bond Street blend.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByBob Runowski
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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morleysson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
morleysson (23)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

OK, I understand that Pegasus is one of my own offspring, but I am partial to it. In the blending, I sought to find a mixture that really reflected rather common American tobaccos which could be enjoyed as a smoke through the day. Years ago, I enjoyed smoking Bond Street, and my hope was to approach the flavor of Bond Street with its pleasant room aroma.

The base of the blend are three burleys: cube cut, white and dark. They are the majority tobaccos. The two virginias and the unsweetened black cavendish provide the flavor. I have grown very fond of ribbon cut virginia with its matured sweetness and clean burn. Black cavendish has drawn criticism because of the travesty which some blenders have inflected upon it with the "bag o' smokes" available in some venues. But, C&D black cavendish is uncased and very smooth, w/o excess sugars.

Smoking Pegasus is best in a larger bowled pipe, to allow the tobaccos to meld. I chose a Ben Wade large Dublin which I got from Bill Unger of NASPC. In the first lightings, the initial bitterness of burleys are expressed, but then their fullness is tasted followed fairly quickly by tasting both virginias and the BC. The smoke never seems to fall into any harshness and levels out into clean and pleasant experience. I believe that both the new and more experienced smoker will find Pegasus acceptable.

42 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (322)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an excellent burley blend. I can see some black cavendish in the loose tobacco, but it is not flavored. There is not much Virginia here, but it contributes to a slightly sweet note every now and then. This is mostly burley goodness. The taste profile has some oats and has some bitter notes especially in the last half of the bowl.

Think of a slightly stronger Carter Hall with no topping. If you like burley, you will like this blend. There is a certain satisfying quality to Pegasus, and I find it very easy to knock out the ashes and load another bowl. My last purchase was a pound.

Edit 6/15: I have almost finished a second pound of this since the initial sample and then 4 oz to "round out" an order. I think this is easily one of the best "all-day" blends out there. It is a very good smoke.

Edit 8/15: Bob Runowski is the man. This blend grows on you. I am enjoying this one enough I am going to bump it to a 4 "everyone should try this."

30 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2144)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

The burleys are nutty with a touch of molasses, and are a little toasty and earthy with a slight sharpness (from the white burley), and are the star components. The Virginia is grassy with a little citrus in a supporting role. The unsweetened black cavendish smooths out the burleys a little with some brown sugar. Burns at a reasonable pace, fairly cool with a consistent flavor, though it can get a little bitterness in the last quarter of the smoke. Leaves virtually no moisture and won't bite even if you push it, but I suggest a moderate pace. Needs few relights. Has a little nicotine and is a rather comfortable all day smoke.

28 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Based on my hazy memory of Bond Street, I think Bob Runowski did very well. This is a burley/VA/cavendish blend with a predominantly burley taste and a nice room note. I liken this one to Hearth & Home's LJ Heart Burley. This one burns more cleanly than LJ Heart but doesn't have quite the flavor explosion. It reminds me of a cereal I use to love as a young man - Fortified Oat Flakes. A nice, oaty, slightly sweet flavor.

As with a lot of C&D blends, the cut of this one is all over the map. As always, I'm amazed that it burns evenly but I blend on occasion for myself and I leave the blending for others to the professionals. If you enjoy a nice, lightly sweet, meaty blend that can be smoked all day and you've eschewed burleys in the past, this is one good place to start with burley blends. I doubt I'll return to this one very often but it was a nice experience.

23 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (96)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Pegasus is among the world's most perfect tobaccos. It is positively transcendent in a way that I would never encounter through tobacco. Cornell & Diehl employ some of the finest burleys to be found on the market today, and it appears that nearly all types of this leaf that they had to offer went into this blend in perfect proportion. For those sad folk for whom perfect burleys are not enough, two Virginias were added, and this only seemed to deepen the flavor without making it over-sweet, over sweet in the Virginia sense, mind ye.

For a perfect hint of sweetness, so slight but so skillfully executed, we have the black Cavendish. Easily the finest example of black Cavendish that can be found, almost what I imagine the old Rattray's Virginia based black Cavendish to have been like, not that I am old enough to have tasted that particular leaf. Is this all that is required to achieve true tobacco perfection? So it would seem.

This is the blend, along with Prince Albert, of course, that turned me into a devoted smoker of classic American-style mixtures. I have gone through more than five pounds of the stuff so far and the gods only know when I will let up. Be warned, once Pegasus casts her spell, it is not easily broken.


A. Morley Jaques

20 people found this review helpful.

7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of my favorite tobaccos. As a rule I love burley and more specifically I love burley from C&D. It's of very high quality and always brings me enjoyment. Contentment in a tin.

I think of this tobacco as a comfortable pair of slippers, your favorite robe or a well worn pair of jeans. It's certainly not fancy or "complex" but it is satisfying and relaxing.

In the tin I see cubed, dark and white burley with what must be a little darker unflavored cavendish and a small amount of Virginia that must provide the gentle sweetness. This blend has a nice gentle sweetness that perfectly matches the nutty burley and has the very slightest hint of cigar notes from the dark burley. It has a nice full oat like flavor at times that almost reminds me of cereal grains. The nicotine is squarely in the medium range and I would rate it slightly above Prince Albert (another favorite if that helps you with my take on the review).

The blend burns well and I would recommend a light gravity type load with a light tamp at the beginning. I also like to load up my pipe and leave it overnight. Although the blend already seems dry the cubed burley seems a bit moist and burns a lot better after drying out a bit. Tongue bite is pretty much non-existent although I would recommend a slow smoking pace since I seem to get the most out of this blend by going slow. No need to hurry!

Overall this is a wonderful that I will most certainly be stocking up on and dedicating a pipe or two to it. Pegasus satisfies, relaxes and is another winner from C&D.

19 people found this review helpful.

PoppaPig Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PoppaPig (2)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

C&D's Description: "Three Burley tobaccos, two Virginias and a touch of unsweetened Black Cavendish make this a classic American blend."

Sentiment: Every time I pack and roast a bowl of Pegasus I experience a moment of prideful sentiment of what it means to be a tobacco user and American. Although Washington has been a part of the union for quite some time now I feel rather misplaced; especially in the winter months when I smoke Pegasus. I believe this blend calls the front porches of the south home, but I am grateful it makes allowances for my personal geographical displacement. The warm summer day(s) in the Pac NW on the deck are the closest I come to achieving the ideal setting for Pegasus.

Dry Characteristics: Described as a ready rubbed, the leaves are unique among the thirty or so blends I have tried over the years. If one were to make a miniature model of a PA neighborhood in the fall, Pegasus would make the perfect raked pile of dried leaves. They are not flecks nor shreds, but small leaves of brown tones.

Packing: Pegasus is ready to go directly out of the tin. The tin-note is one of subtlety with a detection of dried fruit. Their is no need for moisture adjustments of any form and its burn qualities are very good. I prefer a larger bowl for this blend as the leaves cited earlier are too large to pack an ample portion without applying too much pressure in small or mid sized chambers.

Light: Lighting is an easy venture. One match to char and a second to get the light and you may not need another one until it is finished.

Smoking Experience: The flavors upon lighting represent the sweeter spectrum of this blend. you will be revisited by this sweetness on occasion as the bowl progresses but the overwhelming majority of the experience will be spent tasting quality burley. There are a few layers of flavor within pegasus but by and large my palate is stricken with that of a bag of walnuts. Within a bag of walnuts there are many flavors depending on the nut. Some nuts are sweet, some meaty, and some carry the sharp flavor of the shell. Every now and then the VA and Cavendish blend to convey almost a cornmeal or sweet bran like flavor but is not a theme.

Don't let the description of VA and Cavendish fool you. This is a Burley. Unadulterated glorious burley. If you don't like burley, leave pegasus alone. It does not deserve to be slandered by VA addicts looking for robust levels of sweet (I love me some VA too). This blend is nutty, woody, bran-meal goodness and I want more.

14 people found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (63)
Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

I'm with TallPuff on this one. Pegasus is hands down the best of the Cornell & Diehl burleys.

Not that I've tried them all. An impossible feat for most of us. But if I did, I could almost smell the disappointment. Simply put, Pegasus gets everything exactly right. Let me try to explain why.

Burley excels at providing a slow-burning, satisfying flavourful and fragrant smoke. The only potential downside is ashiness. If puffed too hard or fast, burley can turn on you. Giving a harsh, acrid unpleasant experience.

Pegasus builds in an extra layer of protection against ashiness, in the form of a small admixture of Virginia tobacco. Not enough to taste on its own, mind you, but enough to mellow out the strong burleys used in this blend. Fortunately there's no temptation to overpuff this one: even the tiniest sips give a LOT of flavour, aroma and satisfaction.

Then there's the unsweetened black cavendish, which has a beautiful toasty flavour and bewitching aroma. Fortunately it's not the aromatic type of BC which frankly I can't stand: no added fragrances are detectable. Instead, the unsweetened BC used in Pegasus is more like a spice tobacco that prevents this burley-heavy blend from ever becoming monotonous. And it works beautifully. Just the perfect amount.

When I first fired up my initial bowl of Pegasus, it struck me as being of medium strength. But by the time I finished, I definitely knew I'd had a smoke. Because it's STRONG. Make no mistake ... you want to take your time with this one.

For what it's worth, I did have the occasion to smoke Bond Street about 40 years ago. And I must say that Pegasus reminds of that experience: captivating aroma, full-bodied, and dry smoking. The blender of Pegasus definitely knew what he was doing. No doubt about it.

Pipe Used: MM Washington

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online Vendor

Similar Blends: House of Windsor - Bond Street.

12 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An excellent choice for folks who want a burley blend thats a bit sweet with no Perique. Excellent quality 100% good smokable tobacco without nasty bits to pick out. Very easy to light and smoke hard without any bite. Initial flavor of beer and honey drifts toward popcorn as the bowl is finished. This is an honest medium strength blend, suitable for a medium to large pipe. Very nice with pale beer on a warm day. Excellent aftertaste with a very faint smoky beard note, as if you'd just had a very mild Balkan mix. I could sit on the porch and smoke this wonderful stuff all day!

Pipe Used: MM Great Dane Spool COB

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes

12 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (481)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! This one blew me away. to my tastes this is hands down the best of the C & D Burleys that I have tried. It is a codger burley with gravitas. If puffed hard this will come off as pretty harsh and ashy as many C & D Burleys do, but at the right tempo the smoker is treated to a perfect amount of nutty sweetness you would expect from a codger burley.

A forum friend sent me about a five bowl sample of this and I puffed through it in two days. I don't know why I bothered to put it in a jar. I find many of C & D burleys to be overwhelming a bit in both taste and nicotine, but the Cavendish seems to settle this one down enough to make it more palatable. The nicotine is there and does dance along the line of overwhelming. I kind of like this so to me this is perfect.

As for the room note, I really can't give an answer as my two days of smoking it didn't include any other objective noses around, but the sidestream was fantastic. Very pleasant pipey aroma you would expect from a codger burley. I liked this better than Jack knife plug, which is saying a lot as I enjoy that blend immensely.

I wouldn't say it is as good as ABF, but it is such a different blend it isn't fair to even compare the two. I would hold this closer in performance to some of Uhle's offerings, but fuller in body and stronger in the nic.

I have listed the flavoring as very mild, but am not sure whether the Cavendish is topped at all, it just seems a little sweeter than what I would expect from a non topped blend.

11 people found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Very relaxing, old fashioned blend. Typical C&D Burley goodness. Sweet, Nutty, Smooth and Strong. The Virginias add a bit of sweet and spicy to the mix while the cavendish smooths it all out making for a relaxing, tasty all day smoke.

Being a burley lover I decided to go through C&D's bulk burley blends and ordered an ounce of this, Big n' Burley and Morley's best. All three are great blends in their own right but as an all day blend Pegasus takes the cake. Very soon after receiving my sample of Pegasus I went online and ordered 4 more ounces. Its that good! Everyday I have at least one bowl of this fantastic burley blend.

Also, the room note is fantastic. The roommates tell me its nutty, smokey and sweet. Like homemade cookies with a pipe smoke smell (obviously).

This blend has also been a huge help for me trying to cut back and eventually quite the cigarette smoking. Smoking a bowl of this on my way to work instead of two or three cigarettes has really made the cab of my truck smell amazing! but for those trying the pipe to quite cigarettes I'd advise you NOT to inhale your pipe. 1 that defeats the purpose of losing the nicotine dependency and 2, blends like this one will destroy your throat if your brave enough to inhale! Pipe smoking is about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the flavors of your tobacco. and for that Pegasus is, in my opinion among the best of the best.

11 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (202)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The third blend in what I refer to as "Bob Runowski's Holy Trinity." Pegasus is an enjoyable smoke, although after indulging myself with Haunted Bookshop and Old Joe Krantz, I must admit that I miss having a little perique tucked in with my burley. The flavor of Pegasus is most certainly burley driven; it’s nutty, earthy and slightly sour with touch of bitterness. The Virginia does add a delicate natural sweetness to the mix and the Cavendish gracefully softens the edges.

There's an excellent balance of bite free flavor here and just like Haunted Bookshop, the more I smoke this blend, the more I want to smoke it. Pegasus does have a bit of a kick to it, but this is a nice starter mixture for anyone looking for good ol' fashioned sweet tobacco flavor. A perfect blend for a well seasoned cob.

Pipe Used: Cob & Briar

8 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This blend is nicely balanced between the Burleys and the Virginias. Can't say that I noticed the Black Cavendish. Nice body, nice flavor, and satisfying. I like it for an occasional treat.

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The combination here works. I especially enjoyed the cavendish "nut like" flavor that came on strong with the Burley, particularly over the last half of the bowl. The Virginia stayed in the backround from start to finish, but did lend to what I termed a solid "bottom" once I got there.

I've had better tobacco, but I've also had a lot worse. The 50g tin was worth the price. I was reminded of days gone by - good ones, I might add - while smoking this tobacco. I think Grandpa would have enjoyed it, too.

8 people found this review helpful.

fogpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fogpipe (1)
Medium Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was prompted to register by seeing this tobacco had only 3.3 stars. Pegasus is my everday go to tobacco. Great burley with just the right amount of sweetness added by the va and cavendish. Its an exceptional smoke new but with a few months of age gets even better. "Hits the spot" for me almost everytime.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend from start to finish was a great smoke. It was medium bodied, and I would be very hesitant to call it an aromatic. Don't get me wrong, this blend does smell amazing.

The taste throughout was just a great Burley blend. There was a few hints of Virginia, but not much. The cavendish was unnoticeable, but made it a great full smoke that burned evenly.

Not much else to say, a great blend.

Pipe Used: AKB Freehand Meerschaum, Peterson System (Bent)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

6 people found this review helpful.

Ryepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ryepipe (19)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I did not mean to age this blend intentionally. It didn't get on base with the first few pipefuls nor did it strike out. It got 'archived'/bottom of the piled. Every now and then I'll sit on my deck with a handful of pipes and a pile of tobaccos and conduct a tongue-fry festival with a review of blends. This time the Peg pegged it. I like a bit of sweetness, I do not appreciate most true (black cav based) aro's, many straight Va's with high sugar bbq my taste buds. I like burley blends. If this sounds like your profile, you like burley's plus 'something', this will make you a happy camper. I wouldn't recommend puffing on it like a Wagnerian tuba player but shy of that you'll still be able to enunciate clearly with no problem. Highly recommended.

6 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I like this blend. This is a nice chewy this I mean it had great mouth feel, it wasn't flat at all, I knew I was smoking something and felt the substantial quality of the smoke. C&D only uses distilled water to hydrate their tobacco so this was not flavored by any humectant and it arrived more on the dry side. It had a nice mildly sweet aroma that mixed well with some nuttiness and slight haylike character. The Burlies and Virginias are quite well balanced and the Black Cav. lends something, but not much since there just isn't much in the tin. Nicotine content is moderate and when I puffed on some of the Pegasus in the early morning it was definitely an eye opener and helped me get moving, in many respects (grin). Moderate volume of smoke, burns pretty well. This is a broad ribbon-like cut so it tends to burn quickly but if you are partial to a burely blend with a moderate kick and some sweetness that is not overdone at all...give this a try. Hell you'll probably give it a try anyway if you are obsessed with trying new blends and on the persistent hunt for your tobacco "Holy Grail".

5 people found this review helpful.

Thedarklord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thedarklord (9)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Absolutely delicious. I am not a burley fan, but this blend is terrific. Upon opening the tin, I am greeted by a delightful mix of burleys and Virginias with a little black Cavendish peppered in for good measure. The smell is of brown sugar and bread.

I must say that age has not made a great difference here. I have not noticed a change over the year that this tin has been opened. It has always packed well and lit easily. The taste has been consistent as well.

After a charring light, I am greeted by a stiff kick in the chops. Wow. You?d better be seated for this one.

Pencil lead dominates the taste, but the burley adds an almost perfect touch of sweetness. The Cavendish adds to the sweetness and the body. That being said, the finish is a little flat and bitter. How disappointing. Smooth out the finish and this would easily be a 4 star blend. Too bad.


Age makes all the difference. It's like aging fine wine. Here she is. 1 year old and 4 of 4 stars.

5 people found this review helpful.

Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (62)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! This surprised me. I bought an 8oz tin on description alone and really like it as a go to blend at any time of the day. Great aroma, perfect burn, flavor that is nutty with a faint background sweetness. I will be devouring this over the summer and will definitely be stocking some for the future. Great price too for the half pound tin.

5 people found this review helpful.

Rusty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rusty (38)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is one of C&D's "American Classics", so called to honor the great blends in the American tradition. Well done! The rough cut burns cool and even, and the flavor a wonderful balance of nutty burley harmonized with tangy virginia. The cavendish provides some extra depth, doing for Pegasus what triple ligero leaf does for a cigar, that is providing the bass note. The quality of the tobaccos, the proportions used, the burn, and the overall satisfaction IMO earn this blend four stars. This is a world class blend.

5 people found this review helpful.

Ivanhoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ivanhoe (35)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have tried most of the C&D burley blends, but I left this one out until now because I usually do not care for cavendish. This blend, though, is really very nice. It's predominantly a burley taste, but the Virginias are definitely there. The cavendish does just what it is supposed to do and smooths the whole blend together beautifully. There are no rough edges on this one. It's a pleasant smoke from top to bottom, and leaves only a little white ash when it's gone. Highly recommended.

Edited 11 Feb 2010:

Four years later and this blend has only improved in my estimation. The thick, silky mouth feel that the cavendish provides is what sets this blend apart from other C&D burley blends. And, at the same time, it maintains the nutty burley taste that I love and never seem to tire of. This one stays at four stars for me.

5 people found this review helpful.

akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Pegasus is the epitome of the "all-day smoke," whatever that might be. Made of three burleys, two Virginias, and a pinch of unsweetened black cavendish, it tastes of natural tobacco, with a blend of burley strength and natural Virginia sweetness. It is piquant and mild, burns better than any tobacco I've ever put in my pipe (I don't say this lightly), and doesn't bite a bit.

I don't know how similar it is to the original Bond Street, but on its own terms, this is great stuff. It will make you happy as you create those delicious clouds of smoke, smolder without needing many relights, and please those around you. And it's mild enough to smoke bowl after bowl. What's not to like?

5 people found this review helpful.

DownSouth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DownSouth (8)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Pegasus is a wonderfully full blend, with a good, stout, nutty body from the three burleys. Plenty of nicotine, plenty of great taste. The Virginias and black cav provide just the right amount of sweetness to make it a nice sweet change from the "straight" burley taste (which I also love). It is definitely NOT an aromatic, at least not in the sense of having any topping that I can detect. A good, straight forward, all-tobacco taste and smell. Simply delightful in my book, I definitely give this one 4 out of 4 stars.

This blend definitely gets better with age, the jar I just finished was 16 months old, and was significantly better than the "fresh" sample I tried, though it was still good... this one truly becomes GREAT with age!!

5 people found this review helpful.

Sheldon Richman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sheldon Richman (11)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am liking this immensely. Nice and tangy. I've heard it likened to Haunted Bookshop (which I don't love) without the perique. I do like perique, however. At any rate, this is very tasty stuff.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog no. 39 and others

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: I forget

Similar Blends: I've heard it likened to Haunted Bookshop..

4 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (92)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is an awesome burley-based blend. Not quite a set and forget blend for me, when I pay attention is when I see this tobaccos charm most. The three burleys are nutty and toasty with oats. The Virginia is bright and grassy sweet. I get a honey sweetness from the black cavendish which brings the whole blend together. I taste honey-nut cheerios when I smoke this one. Great combustability, room note, and consistent flavor.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1608)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Pegaus.

Aside from a few chunky bits of black Cavendish the blend's been pretty well broken. There's nothing special about the pouch-note, and the moisture's great.

The flavour depends on how you load: if you want it sweet put more of the few black Cavendish pieces in, or less for a savoury smoke. This is based on my method of just randomly stuffing some in. The initial quarter is mainly Burley, with the others joining in a little later. When they join the pack I'm surprised to get more vanilla from the black Cavendish than the appearance suggested I would.

Now a few negatives: it burns too warm, and also too fast. And then, towards the end of my first bowl I noticed the bite from it.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's tolerable at best.

Not the best I've had from C+D:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2014 #03

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: 4noggins

4 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (76)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Another great blend from the late Bob Runowski, Pegasus is a solid old-school Burley blend with enough of a nic hit to satisfy. Burley, Virginia, and unflavored black Cavendish meld together in a hearty smoke that I've found that I enjoy quite a bit. A little bitter Burley, a little toasty Cavendish, and a nice sweetness from the Virginias.

This blend is not even close to being complex, but its charm is its simplicity. A great smoke for when you just want to puff away and not preoccupy yourself with the nuances of tobaccos, which I've found is what I seem to prefer in a tobacco. I still like to play detective with my pipe tobaccos sometimes, but mostly I just enjoy the act of puffing away absent mindedly or while doing yard work.

If you like Burleys, this is an excellent tobacco to give a shot. If you're on the fence, the Virginias give it enough sweetness to keep you interested. If you're not one of the former two, why aren't you? :-)

Pipe Used: Custom-Bilts, mainly

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I have been a huge fan of Bob's blends since the early 2000's and was really saddened at his passing, but like all legends, his blends live on for future generations to enjoy. Pegasus came packaged dry with the usual C&D Burley rough cuts (wild cuts) and a fresh hay, almost vegetal aroma in the tin, no aromatic essence whatsoever. Whereas OJK and Haunted Bookshop can beat you up with their Burley and Perique 1-2 punch, Pegasus keeps things subdued with the addition of unflavored Cavendish. The Burleys, Virginia and Cavendish all work in harmony to make a Medium strength Burley blend that has an OK room note but not one in which you will win any friends within smelling distance. I think Haunted Bookshop could benefit from having a little of this Cavendish added or perhaps adding a little Perique to Pegasus, either way I feel I am missing a little spice in this blend but it is pretty good otherwise.

4 people found this review helpful.

Cappadoc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cappadoc (9)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A tour de force of burleys! A fairly sour taste- in a pleasant way- that I crave almost daily. Medium in strength, strong in flavor. A consistent easy burning blend with sourness increasing throughout the bowl. Nutty and sweet as well. Can get ashy at the bottom of a large bowl if ash is not dumped. Perfect in a cob with coffee.

Pipe Used: Cobs mostly, but also shines in medium briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 1 year

4 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I bought a small 2 ounce sample as I work my way through Runowski C&D blends and I also wished to explore something non-flavored that was not a VaPer or Latakia based. If C&D did not already have a former blend named "Americana" that would have been an appropriate name for Pegasus. For those times when I want something mellow (i.e.; not wishing to wrestle with Old Joe K.) I load a cob of this up. It is pleasantly full flavored - a flavor of TOBACCO. A perfect light and forget smoke. The burleys are well behaved, the Virginias noticeable without being too sweet, and the black cavendish supports both by filling the smoke and keeping the rest in line. I have not even jarred up this small amount but keep it in a rollup pouch with a humi-coin for those times when I am smoking away from home among non-smoking company. My wife says it smells good. She rarely complains but then she rarely comments either way. With Pegasus the response was unsolicited. I just might re-purchase and thereby (by my rating system) kick this to a 4 star blend.

Pipe Used: Corncobs

Age When Smoked: new production

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I've recently been in a "hold the latakia" phase. Maybe it's the Summer weather that drives me to Burley blends, maybe it's just that I like 'em. I believe it's a given that C&D are one of the premier blenders of Burleys and I tried this one out after pouring through reviews, looking at component tobaccos, etc. hunting for blends that featured Burley along with VA. Perique, and perhaps other condimentals...but NO LATAKIA. An innocent little tin of 'Exhausted Rooster' kicked me into gear. If you haven't tried it and you have any affection for Perique, then you need to get some ASAP. THIS one (Pegasus) was purchased via an online sale in an 8 oz. tin on the basis of reviews here. To my delight, the tin I got was put up in September of '07. Nice! (I got another tin, of VA Gentleman in the same order that was put together in March of '06!) You can read other reviews here for the nitty gritty of this or that's all pretty personal or often depends on the pipe in which it's smoked. But this is certainly a high quality, well flavored blend that should suit the likes of Burley smokers. Of special note to me is that in some ways it mirrors the flavors found in Edegworth Ready Rubbed, but smokes cleaner in my experience. Some have commented on what might be a flavoring's slight, and if anything it reminds me of dark molassas...adding to the deep Burley flavor in a very positive way. Call it a semi-aromatic if you will. To me, there are a number of Semi's out there in which the added flavoring enhances the tobacco blend in question - a whisper as opposed to a shout - this is one of those cases. Burley usually needs SOMETHING added to get it off the ground a bit, asside from the high quality tobaccos used this one was designed with a deft hand.

4 people found this review helpful.

Matches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Matches (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Pegasus will definetly give you the jolt of burley and enough sweetness to satisfy anyone. If you like Old Joe Krantz or Riverboat Gambler, this is a must try blend. Another perfect recipe!

4 people found this review helpful.

smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
Medium Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

Be aware up front in this review that I am an unabashed fan of Bob Runowski blends. Morley's Best was the tobacco that really converted me over to burleys and the following blends (Haunted Bookshop, Old Joe Krantz) only made the bond stronger. Craig Tarler also deserves some credit for this by faithfully reproducing the blends Bob designs.

Now I have a pound of Pegasus, his rendition of the old Bond St. tobacco, of which I never partook. The thing that sets this one apart from its' siblings is the sweetness, which I believe comes from the VAs (although the Cavendish undoubtably has a small part in this, too). It's a delightful contrast to the bitterness of some burley blends. Behind that, though, it's still the toasted nuttiness of burley that runs the show.

Pegasus seems not to be picky about pipe size and lights and burns exceptionally well. For me this is an especially good early morning smoke, when I may not be ready to deal with the heavier notes of something like Morley's.

After significant increases in the price of tobacco, C&D have finally broken the $30/lb. mark on their bulk blends. This was probably inevitable and is not nearly as bad as the rise in (for example) gasoline prices over the last six years.

Scores on Pegasus; flavor- 17 of 20; lighting and burn- 9 of 10; value- 8 of 10. a 34 overall earns Pegasus a ** rating.

4 people found this review helpful.

UncleSquinty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleSquinty (26)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

From reading the description I had high hopes that this one would be my All Day Buddy. Except for one significant characteristic of this blend, it would have been.

Flavorful is the word. Burley is IMHO more of an aroma absorber, much as tofu tastes of the food with which it is cooked. Yes, there is sometimes a semi-sweet, nutty or bready taste... and as often with inferior burleys, graphite dust and Marlboro ashes.

Enter Pegasus on hyperbolic wings. Strong as the mythical flying horse...and therein lies the problem: The stuff is too strong to be smoked bowl after bowl all day long.

Friends, I am a nicotine junkie with the tolerance of ten mortal men. I eat Irish Flake like cornflakes for breakfast. (exagerration for effect...), and this delicious, devious mixture impresses me.

I never smoked Bond Street, although I remember the name. The room note of this is classic "cool old guy in the barbershop puffing on his old Kaywoodie" smell, nostalgic, clean, slightly sweet and definitely tobacco-masculine. It nowadays would be found to be offensive to the tender millenial nose.

Moisture and cut are flawless, ensuring a fabulous burn. In my M.M. Country Gentleman Oakwood a loosely packed bowl required only one light after the charring light to burn the tobacco down to soft ash. No relights were required. In a large '70's vintage meer billiard, results were identical. In a group 1 Stonehaven pocket pipe as well. Light tamping and a regular but relaxed puffing cadence were the only other requisites.

Taste to me was a very rounded burley with a surprisingly strong bottom note. The white burley and perhaps, the cubed are more than a bit bitter, and the dark burley softens the bite, yielding a buttery note to the nutty overall profile. The Virginias are used with wise restraint and in good taste, sweetening but also freshening the smoke and giving it further tenor notes. The alto section, unsweetened black cavendish is ridiculously small but softens the more strident sopranos in the burley section.

This is delicious from first puff to last spark, especially if a regulated and soft smoking style is maintained. Yes, this will get ashy and bitter if overworked, but soft smokers will be rewarded by overall continuity of flavor punctuated with subtle variations as the cavendish and Virginia bits are encountered.

Great DGT tobacco, although can taste a bit more ashen and burnt if not ignited with care.

I am certain that I could add something to this to dilute the nicotine a bit and turn it into an all-day smoke, but I wouldn't. This tobacco is a true 4/4 stars blend that is perfect as blended. A reasonable pairing might be with a light ale or pilsner.

Pipe Used: M.M. Country Gent, meer billiard, briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh from bulk

Purchased From: Online

3 people found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (51)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A remarkable tobacco. I cannot say enough good things about this blend; however if you pick it up and expect to have a reveletory experience you are likely to be disappointed. My love of this blend grew slowly into the steadfast one i now feel. I like the genre of american style burley. I more often than not like the blending of C&D. So i expected to like this blend. However, i didn't so much, initially.

I mostly smoke burleys from smallish cobs. At the match there is an astringency that i didn't expect. To borrow a phrase from another reviewer, i tasted the hull of walnuts. Tannin heavy and a bit rough. This never entirely disappears, but it does soften and weave in and out of the smoke. And the flavor deepens, always with the rough edge present, to include very slight wisps of sweetness from both va and the cavendish. It is a deep, rough, barely sweet flavor that is remarkably walnut-ey. And that's it. Unpleasant as it initially was to me, i began to desire it throughout the day. I am a smoker who indulges his desires. More and more often i desired the experience and flavor. It does have depth and nuance too, it is just all crammed into a bassy spectrum. When at a smolder in a larger than average bowl, it satisfies something for me that few other blends do. I truly find it exceptional, roughness and all. Has a decent (medium) amount of nicotine. Excellent stuff. Don't be put off by the inclusion of cavendish or the name Pegasus. This is a burly burley for a burly pipe urge itchin.

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: New to 6 months

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (106)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I generally do not smoke burley blends. They are generally too bland for my taste. I purchased a bag of this from Smoking pipe. The bag indicated that it had been blended at least a year ago.

The Virginias played very well together, adding delicious and delightfully delicate flavor I found uniquely distinct . I cannot remember a Burley blend I ever enjoyed as much as this one in my 35 plus years of pipe smoking.

My only regret with this blend is I only bought one pound.

Pipe Used: Savenelli Champagne

Age When Smoked: 1year

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

After aging my tin for 3 years my first couple of bowls were surprising in the sense that I felt confident that this would be a favorite. Right off the bat I found Pegasus to be more of an aromatic than a Runowski burley blend. Despite our political differences [I'm a progressive that's left of FDR, more like Elenore ;-)], I love just about everything Morleysson ever blended; don't tell anyone, but through emails and postings on various chat groups I even like Bob personally. :-) For reference, Haunted Bookshop is in my top 5 blends; and I consider myself a burleyphile, favoring Solani ABF and Edgworth Sliced over Edgeworth RR and Prince Albert. Bob's blending has turned me on to an era of pipe smoking that I missed.

First of all, Pegasus bit my tongue, something only cheap aromatics do to me. I can smoke McClelland Virginias all day without tongue bite; I'm a pretty slow smoker. While coming in perfect humidification right out of the tin, I let it breathe for 3 months with the plastic lid on. Finally I've transferred it to a Mason jar. Last night I finished the evening with a couple of bowls and this morning I've started my day with a few more bowls of Pegasus. In two of my coolest smoking pipes the bowls got very hot. While not terribly uncomfortable, this third bowl is causing my tongue some sensitivity that could get worse if I'm not careful. The burn is fair. If I pack it with care I can smoke through without a relight, but my pipe's bowl gets hotter than I prefer. Could that be caused by the wide cut of Pegasus? The taste is pretty good, perhaps a little sweeter than I prefer. My beef here is that I think the Cavandish is overpowering the burley's nutty flavor that I love so much. As one of the previous reviewers said Pegasus has a "chewy mouth feel" that I do like and a lovely room-note. Moreover, it's made of terrific leaf.

I will finish this tin and see if Pegasus grows on me. Perhaps I'll even get another tin. I would hate to miss out on the experiences my fellow reviewers have so adoringly described. I really am surprised this isn't more to my liking.

3 people found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Age really made a difference here. When I opened a tin that was 18 months old, I ended up enjoying a very robust, smooth, and nutty mix of tobaccos. It wasn't spectacular, but it was very nice and I'm looking forward to finishing up the other tins I've got buried in my cellar. One caveat: I don't know why, but this time around Pegasus struck me as being almost a mild aromatic. There was a lot of sweetness and the roomnote reminded me a little bit of vanilla. Even more surprising, it left a pronounced "ghost" in the briar I smoked it in. This was easily eliminated with a few bowls of Prince Albert and Morley's Best, but it was nonetheless a surprise. I wonder if this batch didn't end up with a little more Black Cavendish than the first one had.

Original review (09/15/2007): I was looking forward to this for two reasons. First, I'm a big fan of C&D burley blends. Second, based on the reviews on this site, I figured it would be something I'd really enjoy. But I found this just didn't have enough flavor for me -- it struck me as utterly nondescript and dull, and it also bit me. The quality of the tobaccos seems to be excellent, however, and obviously a lot of people like it, so I might just be the odd man out on this one. I would highly recommend this blend if you like Haunted Bookshop (another blend I find to be too bland), as this strikes me as a sweetened version of it.

3 people found this review helpful.

DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a blend for burley lovers. Similar to the old Bond Street, this does best in a large bowled pipe. Pack up the biggest bowled pipe you have and get ready for a real treat.

3 people found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus

Admittedly I don't do a lot of burley blends but this one is my favorite.

After it's been in the jar for a couple months and I crack that jar open and take a deep whiff, it smells like homemade chicken noodle soup with carrots and celery.

This blend contains no added sweetness or flavors that I can find. The burleys are earth and nuts, slightly more earth I'd say. Also a bit of wood, birch is where I'd put that one.  The virginia adds it's sweetness but little to no twang.  The black cav is slight in amount, I'm not sure I taste it but I imagine it smooths the edge out some.  There is still a little bit of edge to this blend.  To me it seems like the burley dominates for the first half of the bowl while the virginia becomes more assertive in the second half.  From time to time I taste what I'd liken to corn flakes and rarely a slight taste of dill weed.  I have a pretty high tolerance for vitamin n but the first time I smoked a bowl of Pegasus it almost pushed me down much to my surprise.

This is a fabulous example of what quality burleys, devoid of toppings chemical or otherwise, can do. Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

BryGuySC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BryGuySC (26)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I smoked this one blind, having no foreknowledge of what to expect. From the onset, this one struck me as spicy and a little bit brash. It didn’t exactly bite, but it was hot and “rough” in my mouth. I figured there was burley in it. I picked up some nuttiness and spice. I was certain this was a burley/virginia blend with a good dose of perique. I was surprised to find there was no perique, as the spiciness did not go away at all. There were a few hints of sweetness (from the black cav) and a woody note that I picked up occasionally.

Not a bad smoke at all. It may not react well with me particularly, as it is a little rough in the back of my throat, even after I am done with it. If you are a burley fan, especially C&D burleys, give this one a shot.

2 people found this review helpful.

North by North Best Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
North by North Best (4)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I bought this tobacco in bulk two years ago expecting a sweet, nutty burley blend that would be an all day smoke. What I got was an acrid, cigaretty tasting smoke that I immediately consigned to the back of my cellar, thinking that I would never return. Two years went by and I eventually tried it again... Lo and behold, I found a sweet nutty burley blend, an all day smoke. Lesson learned. If you buy this blend in bulk, jar and age. You will be rewarded with a smooth, semi-sweet nutty blend, with a nice N punch.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Similar Blends: Peterson 3P.

2 people found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (58)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Pegasus presents as a light brown chunky ribbon, with a few black flecks mixed in. Relatively dry, easy to work with, easy to smoke.

The predominant flavor here is clean dry burley. I do occasionally pick up a hint of the sweetness of the black cavendish, but it's faint and not always there. The Virginias don't speak to me at all. In fact, if not for the description, I'd swear there was no Virginia at all.

On paper, it looks like it would be right up my ally. But it just doesn't ring bells for me. Straight nutty burley, a bit too heavy in flavor, virtually no sweetness, dry and astringent. I don't find it offensive, and I keep trying out small samples in hopes that it will grow on me, but it just doesn't rock my world.

2 people found this review helpful.

J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (37)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Nutty, toasty Burleys take center stage, supported by a bit of earthiness and hay from the Virginias. I don't pick up much sweetness at all from this blend, the Cavendish mostly serving to smooth out this tasty blend. There's a bit of pepper past mid bowl. A tad dry, packs well, and the Nic hit is a good notch or two above medium. Again, very tasty, pure tobacco taste. A great Burley blend. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Briars and Cobs

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (147)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I've been a big fan of C&D's Old Joe Krantz. Its the perfect driving on a long trip tobacco. Pease's Cumberland is good too. This is just personal. Dan Tobacco's Mellow Mallard (straight virginia) is another easy to smoke blend but with enough nic hit ( in mallard its barely enough, but its there). C&D's Crooner is fine if you like deer tongue. But Pegasus might be my new favorite. Ive been partial to un cased black cavendish in other blends but its very pronounced here. The virginia's are in the background and taste like the sort C&D use a lot. Its got a medium nic nit. Not nearly what OJK is, but this is a very very very easy to smoke and fine tasting blend. Its one of those tobacco blends you simply do not get tired of. I like Pease's Montgomery for example. But you just cant smoke it all the time. Im not sure how that works, the psychology of taste, but some blends one can love.....just not all the time. This is an all time tobacco but not bland. Macbaren's My Mixture is a good all the time blend...but its bland. And there is little nic hit. Its delicious, and i keep a tin around but i dont smoke it as often as i might think. The burley here is OJK...and the cavendish is mildly earthy, nut like, but more walnut than cashew as it were. The whole thing is just wonderful. A great everyday blend of great quality and it also holds its taste start to finish. In fact thats one of the best qualities of Pegasus. It is totally consistent.

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

bent_bulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bent_bulldog (4)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was curious of mostly-burley blends and ordered a sample of Pegasus with an order.

1st bowl: Hmm, that was very satisfying. 2nd bowl: Man, this is a good blend! 3rd bowl: I love this blend!

Like others have said, it grows on you. I highly recommend it if you like burley, the tin(bag) note is very enticing, it's very easy to pack and light. It produces nice chunky smoke and has some strength, although I find it less strong than other C&D burleys.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Savinelli 311KS

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Theosprey247 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theosprey247 (69)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

Pegasus is a very popular blend in the same "family" as Haunted Bookshop and OJK, but much less nicotine than either. It's a nice burley blend with a little virginia and unsweetened cavendish thrown in. IMO those two tobaccos don't take the edge off the burley enough. You are left left with a slightly harsh tasting smoke. Good for mixing with aromatics.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: SWR but without the sweetness.

2 people found this review helpful.

XDipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
XDipper (30)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

UPDATE: In an effort to even out my reviews providing more useful and honest information, I'm updating my review of Pegasus. Like Crooner, this blend is in a very difficult category, the semi-aromatic burley. While this is probably the best of the breed that I have sampled, it still is what it is. It smokes quite a bit smoother than some of the genre (which typically turn into horribly bitey, diluted burlies and/or horrible aromatics). Pegasus is guilty of none of the aforementioned charges it just seems a bit timid for my tastes. When stacked up against Old Joe Krantz, my current front runner, it just can't compete. It's quite like comparing apples and oranges I know but to my tastes, Pegasus will only occassionally have guest appearances in my rotation.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: Every once in a while, you encounter a blend like Pegasus and why you smoke a pipe becomes very clear. I have to be honest right up front and say that initially, Pegasus was one of those blends that just didn't grab me. I couldn't point to anything wrong with it but it just didn't grab me right up front. But anyone that has smoked a pipe for any length of time knows that there are three kinds of pipe tobacco: Blends that are instant hits and you know from the first puff that you love (i.e. OJK and Prince Albert in my case), blends that you despise from the first puff and vow to never attempt to smoke again (mixture 79, Borkum Riff Cherry) and finally blends that you have no specific complaint against but they just don't grab you right off (i.e. Pegasus and Edgeworth RR). The first two categories are fairly straight forward, I love it and plan to smoke a lot of it or This sucks I'll never smoke this crap ever again. The final category is a bit more complex. These are the creeper blends that you don't get at first but suddenly begin to reach for more and more until all the sudden you discover a certain taste that is fantastic that it just took you a while to warm up to. This is where Pegasus sits with me. This process of exploration is one thing that makes pipe smoking as enjoyable as it is. A cigar tastes like a cigar, a cigarette tastes like a cigarette, but a pipe can taste like a million things and half the fun is figuring out what is good to you personally. Initially, I found nothing wrong with this blend but likewise found nothing very exciting either. But the more I smoked it the more I began to appreciate the interplay of the various component tobaccos and what a unique and exceptional flavor it really is. Very mild, very tasty and very simple to smoke. At the end of a bowl you are left with a pipe full of grayish white ashes and an anxious anticipation of your next bowl full of Pegasus. The black cavendish is largely responsible for the fragrant sweetness but lest you be fooled this is a good, old school natural blend through and through. Burley runs the show here. The trace amounts of virginia merely enhance the subtle sweetness and provide a bit of body and complexity. The black cavendish is an amazing touch of subtle sweetness and aroma but does it very smoothly and quietly without the goopy, soapy taste normally associated with more heavily cased black cavendish. Once again, Bob Runowski, The Guru of All Things Burley has delivered in fine fashion. The desert island blend is a distinction I rarely find appropriate but if I were leaving to be stranded on a desert island today I think Pegasus, OJK and a few four-digit Kaywoodies would be essential gear. If you are a burleyphile, this one is a must try but the lesson learned (at least for me) was that sometimes even great blends take some time and patience to appreciate. Don't expect immediate fireworks with this one but give it time, once you get it, it's well worth the wait.

2 people found this review helpful.

SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin: Pegasus smells like sweet toast. Rough cut, light to dark brown, with a mahogany hue, there is the occasional black fleck of roughly 10%. Albeit, having read the reviews, I would agree that it has a slightly sweet classic American signature, with no Latakia smoke or oriental incense. There is no medicinal smell from doctored up burleys as in some burley blends. Pegasus is on the dry side.

Taste and Aroma: I have heard Bond Street praised in reviews of other blends and it must have been a tad bland because Pegasus is no effusion of taste or aroma. The subtle sweetness of the black cavendish is contrasted with a typical stale burley taste and aroma. Again, to its credit, Pegasus is not a cloying, mediciny burley, but feels natural. Smoked outdoors, there is some goopy moisture which drains out of the stem.(An anamoly? This didn't happen indoors.)

Room Note: Decent, for a burley, but still the typical light stale burley aroma.

Nicotine: Medium to strong, closer to strong. It is no more heady than the last blend I tried, an oriental-based tobacco.

Overall: One of the few burley blends I can appreciate, it doesn't have an overly heavy burley smell. As burleys go, good, 3.2 stars. Compare Pegasus to two extremes of flavored burley blends, Half and Half, a drugstore aromatic completely flavored, and Prince Albert, not nearly as cased as H&H, but having decidedly less natural taste then Pegasus. To a degree, I recant what was said about burleys being bland, having sampled a VA afterwards. Perhaps burleys are sometimes described as bland because of the way they naturally taste, and that there is less sweetness.

2 people found this review helpful.

Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's a decent blend but nothing outstanding. C&D offers far better classic American blends such as Old Joe Krantz and Haunted Bookshop. This to me seemed a bit harsh and bitey. There just isn't anything special about this blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (77)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this tobacco based on a review by Bob Runowski and I must say his review is right on. This is a good choice for the smoker that likes a natural "English" without the latakia. It starts off a bit harsh but smooths out a little farther down the bowl. I found it necessary to hydrate this one to take out some of the bite. The cut is good and it burns easily. Definitely one to try for those looking for no-nonsense tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (68)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is an excellent burley and black cavendish blend. It's a very clean and straightforward Burley ribbon. Good but not fantastic. Not Uhle Blend 00 good anyway. The addition of the unsweetened black cavendish raises the bar on this blend. It gives the Burley a sweetness that it is lacking, and overall rounds out the blend into a more compelling smoke. Smells like marshmallows to me when I open a jar sometimes. I think if there are two C&D tobaccos that everyone should try, it's this and OJK. Both stellar burley blends. I wish I would have found this earlier in my cellaring. I keep feeling like I need more of it, so I must.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (75)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

MY sample came with some larger fragments of tobacco, looked sort of like a tobacco salad, not very attractive and makes one wonder of quality control. Well, Well, what have we here? This is a nicely medium strength, medium bodied blend. I taste good tobacco flavor here, a little harsh at times and a little green (I detected some ammonia) This is not all bad though, just like some fine Brie has an ammonia component...I was not turned off by this. I like this, I don't love it, but I like it. It had enough smoke volume and tingled nicely when exhaled through the nostrils. Good blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was highly disappointed with the cut quality of this tobacco. There were distinct, large pieces of tobacco, oddly shaped...I actually found the lower part of a tobacco leaf with the stem attached. Poor quality control to be sure. Smoking this blend was pleasant, but not really remarkable in any way.

1 person found this review helpful.

aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (66)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This one really didn't do it for me. I didn't get much flavor out of it unless I dgt'd it and despite 9 months of age, it had a bite to it. Likely the reason I don't like it is that it is mainly red VA and I like a more full burley taste. If you are a VA smoker who wants to try a VA/Burley blend, you might like this. In fact, I've got a tin for you, send me an email!

1 person found this review helpful.

tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I'm afraid I have to agree with Grampa with this blend. For years, with rare exception, I've avoided blends with burley. Recently, I've come to enjoy a number of them including some by Cornell & Diehl. There's something about Pegaus that really turns me off. I suspect it has something to do with either they type, processing, or the amount of the burley. Whatever it is, I just don't enjoy the flavor.

Add a star or two if you're a big fan of burley, as notwithstanding what I have said, as this is surely a quality blend.

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