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Blending Tobacco. Red Virginia Cavendish.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsCavendish, Virginia
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1036)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I suppose it can be smoked straight, but it doesn't work well that way as it's meant for blending. It was less sweet than I expected with a little spice note, and some harshness. I worked with it some, but there's much better blending red Va. out there that will do more for experimentation than this.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (651)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Ribbon cut of mostly moderate to darker brown. Kind of a musty bag aroma and it came very dry but not crispy. My intent was to use it as a blender but I smoked a couple of bowls of it straight to get a feel for what it would bring to a blend. Unfortunately, it didn't do what I wanted, which was to create a mild sweetener to a more robust blend. It was a bit too robust on its own, with a bit of cigar flavor thrown in. Not very sweet.

So what happened is that for the blends I'm creating, this has yet to find its purpose. I tried it with a lemon VA, with dark stoved with and without perique and with latakia and/or orientals. It made everything worse, except when mixed with a light burley, to which it imparted a little thinning of the body of the smoke and a touch of additional flavor. But not enough to make this a staple of my blending table. I'll keep the rest around and try some things with it down the road, but for now it's hard to recommend as a Cavendish-based sweetener.

Pipe Used: meerschaum

Age When Smoked: new

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (358)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Fruity with just a slight sweetness. Can be harsh depending on moisture level and how hard you push it. Can burn a little warm. It's a decent smoke, but not something I'll reach for. Mixed it 75% RVC with 25% McConnell's Pure Latakia and got a pretty good smoke out of it. The very smooth Lat did a decent job cooling it and hiding some of the harshness. Overall impression is that other options for a Red Virginia should be considered.

Medium body and flavor.

Pipe Used: MM General

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Strong Strong Medium Tolerable

525V - Red Virginia Cavendish

Star Rating = 2.75

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 7

Bite = 7

Burn = 8

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 46

Rated Percentage = 77%

Comment = Strong Flavor, has a big Bite, This is not a very good smoke

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jhigh58 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jhigh58 (13)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable

I bought this as a blender and have not smoked it alone. I mixed it with Gawith's, Kendall Kentucky to cool the bite & burn. It works fabulously. Since my early review I have smoked this alone. I don't care much for it that way. Dry, dusty no taste.

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StylesSharpman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StylesSharpman (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

don't really know why I have avoided these straight tobaccos, but am sure glad I ordered some. this one is a great peppery all Virginia smoke of medium high nicotine. If your on the fence like i was about trying a blender, put to bed any feelings of an inferior smoke, because their not.

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SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
Very Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Bulk: Smells natural, like sweet grain; not really a red hue, but varying hues of light brown; quite dry but not crispy. A standard, slightly stiff, medium to long ribbon cut.

Packing & Burning: A slight bit of care is needed when packing, due to the slightly stiff ribbon. An easy one-match affair. Smokes more friendlier and cooler if it is smoked slow enough to require relights. RVA smokes fast and the bowl stays cool.

Smoking: Refreshing, smooth; cool, almost menthol cool, not in taste but in feel; biteless, biteless, if smoked at a leisurely pace.

Not much taste, but something like sweetly smooth. The taste actually reminds me somewhat of burley. Towards the bottom, there is a mild grainy taste.

Nicotine: Rather quite strong even for a small bowl. Extra strong maybe, heavy buzz in 1/2 of a bowl.

Room Note: Natural grainy, clingy VA; pleasant for a piper, tolerable for an innocent bystander.

Overall: The Cavendish processing has banned the bite--not even any salsa sting, smooth--but diminishes the taste. An indoor smoke but way too strong for all day. 3.6 stars for what it is, a blending agent, 3.8 stars for what it does.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A continued review of some C+D blending tobacco I have recently sampled. I find the Red VA cavendish superior to the black cavendish for my purposes: a more natural flavor of deep va sweetness than the usual black cav aroma and kind of flat flavor. The cavendish process nearly elminates any harshness and bite from the red VA. It does however flatten the taste a bit and make it a bit less husky. A fair trade off particularly when using it to smooth out a blend.

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