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Named for the famed Renaissance man of letters, arts and science, this blend evokes the Near Eastern influence that trade brought to the docks of Renaissance ports. The base of light Virginias and Burley is overwhelmed by the smoky pungent aroma of Cyprian Latakia. This is the perfect blend for the true lover of Latakia; but be forewarned, this blend is not for everyone. Additionally, because of the high Latakia content and slow burning nature of Da Vinci, it would be a very good blend to break a pipe in with.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong

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LoneRider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoneRider (12)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

What a difference time makes! I bought an 8oz. tin of DaVinci at the 2009 Chicago show. As soon as I got home, I tried a bowl, using a Ben Wade that I had bought on EBay and worked on, removing pits and making it look much better. Oops, sidetracked there, didn't I.

First of all, I love latakia. About 90% of the blends I smoke have some latakia in them. That said, I was somewhat overwhelmed with the amount of latakia in this blend. Hovever, I was not turned off by it. Still, something was not quite right. The flavor seemed a bit sour. Anyway, I would go back to it once in awhile. Then it just seemed to disappear from my rotation, collecting dust on my shelf.

Well, the other day I grabbed the Ben Wade, which BTW has an absolutely cavernous bowl, and filled it with DaVinci. Now, I've heard tell that if you store tobacco and let it age, it will most likely be a bit different than it was originally. I'm usually to impatient to let mine age. But,different! It was like smoking two different tobaccos. The basic taste was the same, but much smoother, like an aged scotch. It was very strong, but in a good way. In the end, this ended up being a most delicious blend. Aging your tobacco? I'M A BELIEVER!

3 people found this review helpful.

russianbeardedman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
russianbeardedman (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Holy smokes! If you are a latakia lover, this one should be considered. As I am writing this review I am still feeling a little woozy. Such a great blend. Good hit of nicotine that relaxed right from the start of the bowl. Rich in flavor. I did get a bit of a tongue bite but just because I was puffing on it a bot fast. Love love love it! Great latakia full bodied blend. Well done, Cornell & Diehl!!! Will definitely be coming back to this one!

2 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Square and chop cut, mostly dark in the tin with the extremely musty aroma of latakia (go figure!). Lights easily and stays lit. Burns somewhat quickly and, as mentioned previously, this will create a nice cake in your pipe.

The taste was pretty much of latakia only, but with a hint of body. Not much of the burley or VA flavor came through but I've smoked straight latakia and it's less pungent - and sweeter! Somehow the basic sweetness of this leaf was masked in Da Vinci but the campfire smokiness came through. Unfortunately for me, this was a monodimensional blend that rattled its sabre constantly but failed to excite. It left a very dusty, dirty taste in its wake, and the room note is what I would use to get rid of unwanted guests. No flavor development of any kind and no complexity - just the brute strength of latakia. But that's what this blend is about so I can recommend it to those who love their latakia to the exclusion of all else... and to those who might enjoy eating a big bowl of mustard!

I think this blend does what C&D intended; it's just not for me. But it may be for you.

2 people found this review helpful.

thehaggis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thehaggis (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Like a previous reviewer said...it's a "lat bomb"! (well said btw...) I love it and have devoted my new Nording to this tobacco alone. That being said, it is not for everyone and it could easily clear a room....it is a heavy smoke. It is a slooooow smoke, great for quiet evenings on the porch with a whisky or nice port. Made the mistake of loading up my little pug with this and that was a major oops....one does not smoke this whilst driving as it requires quite a bit of fiddling with, relighting etc. All in all though a brilliant blend and one I will truly savor. I appreciate the detailed reviews on this blend (like on so many others here) as it led me to give this one a bit of a burl.

1 person found this review helpful.

VaPer Lock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VaPer Lock (6)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Strong

Is exactly what it purports itself to be. Heavy Latakia. After smoking other Latakia blends da Vinci has grown on me more than I would have imagined a few years back, and it is my go-to when I want a smooth, slow burning Latakia smoke.

I recommend this to Latakia lovers, but I can't see why someone not into Latakia would smoke this.

1 person found this review helpful.

al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

I saw this on the C&D table at the local show last weekend and decided to make it my sample to smoke during the show. Upon my examining the tin the lady helping me warned that it was their "heaviest" latakia blend. I said good, That I liked that sort of thing and packed a bowl up.

I was pleasently surprised it was very smooth and flavorful, Not harsh at all. I was expecting something more like Pirate Kake but this is way better and stronger too. I went back and bought an 8 ounce tin.

I have been smoking it all week and I love this stuff. It is definitley a cooler weather smoke. There is plenty of volume of smoke too.

The Burley plays a nice background part and keeps things interesting. The nicotine will make you sit down after the first few bowls until you build up a little resistance, it packs a punch. I find this stuff makes the best nightcap ever. It just makes you feel so lazy and lethargic. Very relaxing smoke.

I smoke it on the slow side and find it while not overly complex to be dimensional and not boring. The latakia in this stuff is exceptional in flavor and is so smooth.

C&D has a real hit on their hands with this one, At least with the true heavy english smokers out there like me. I planned on buying a bit of this for the cellar. It really is good, I reccomend it to anyone ready for the big one.

1 person found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend scared me at first with it's 75 percent Latakia content. Normally, I only like Latakia as a seasoning, not as a main character. I thought this would be way too strong, and harsh, but as I won five tins of this in a Pipe Chat essay contest, I gave it a try. My first reaction upon lighting it up was WoW! Not a bad Wow, but a good one. This tobacco has the sweetest, smoothest Latakia I have ever smoked. And the burley background really works with it. It has the leathery aroma of Latakia in the pouch aroma, and is mostly black with some dark brown leaf mixed in. It comes the perfect moisture content as do most C and D blends. It packs very easy in the pipe, and takes a couple of lights to really get it going. But the sweet taste is wonderful! I had several bowls with my morning coffee and it just was a great wakeup blend. It smokes slow and steady, it has very little bite and then onlt if one puffs too agressively. The Latakia obviously dominates, but it has a wonderful sweet taste on the tongue and is smooth and creamy. It takes a couple of relites with it's slow but and the fact it's best smoked sipped. It smokes down to literally no dottle just a nice grey fine ash. No moisture in the pipe at all. Room note is good to me but it chased away anything within a mile of me and it does tend to cling to the smoker for hours afterward. I really enjoyed this blend and plan on keeping in my rotation for when I want something to wake up my taste buds. I recommend trying it, a very good good blend from C and D.

1 person found this review helpful.

rajabalak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rajabalak (4)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Overwhelming

As the tin said "Heavy Latakia", that's the reason I bought it and I am glad. For the true Latakia lover only, I have smoked about 40 tins day or night so far and seems like got hooked on it. My other milder blend are Penzance, Night Cap and Odesey, but none give me that full latakia punch like de vinci. Warnning: if you smoked this for two days, other tobacco will not taste anything any more...there is no turning back.

1 person found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

Da Vinci. Oh where to start. How about with that latakia eh?

I was pretty concerned at first thinking the latakia was gonna be too much. I was very wrong. It was so well blended. It smokes very cool, and the taste was incredible.

The room note is not pretty and the wife was worried for my well being. However that is normal for a lot of english blends.

The burleys and virginias, which I haven't seen as an extra add great flavor and calm down the smell just a touch.

In the end the ribbon cut and cool smoke add up to yet another fantastic C & D blend.

Pipe Used: Nording Freehand

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extra Full Overwhelming

What a wonderful blend. I ordered Da Vinci on a whim. I was expecting the 75% Latakia blend to be a bit of a gimmick but I was pleasantly proven otherwise. What a splendid example of what Latakia is capable of. Smokey, smooth relaxing blend sure to invoke deep thoughts. The perfect blend for those time you just want to be alone with your thoughts. The tobacco burns slow, even and produces thick, milky smoke. The flavor is also of the highest caliber. Bold, smokey with just enough Virginia to add a sweet undertone to this bold lakakia blend.

Pipe Used: Nording bent billiard

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (64)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Real lumberjacks smoke Da Vinci, for sure. Holy smoke this is an interesting full-latakia blend. Only, it is not broken flake. But I am sure if you have a couple of consecutive bowls of it, you will nevertheless believe it is broken flake. Caution.

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bayro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bayro (18)
★★★★
Medium Strong Extra Full Extra Strong

That's what I call tobacco for a real man! It reminds me of Pirate Kake, but mor like its "younger brother". It has the same ingredients as P.K., but I find it a little milder. Recommendation: A word of advice: avoid smoking it in the presence of your wife, keep it for men's company!

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RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This was my first experience with Latakia, and about my 5th pipe tobacco back when I was first starting pipe smoking. It is heavy latakia and I'm very fond of this blend, and will always have extra tins in storage and open on the shelf in an mason jar.

Tin note is very strong latakia, with nice sized tobacco leaf inside. It smokes great, down to the bottom with very little dottle, and layers the pipe nicely. Dedicating a pipe to just this blend makes it even better. Like it was stated above, this will always be in my collection of tobacco.

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juvat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juvat (36)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

As others have mentioned this is the poster child for "lat-bombs." But there's no attempt to hide it, it says right on the tin: "Heavy Latakia" (I read somewhere that it's 75% latakia). So if that isn't your thing, move along.

There are flakes of virginia and burley mixed in but you'll never taste them in the smoke. The lat flavor is in full force here and the virginia serves only to "take the edge off" so to speak from the latakia overload.

In conclusion I would say that, while I enjoyed this blend myself and if your a lat lover consider this 4 stars. If not, look elsewhere. And of course, pipe beginners need not apply. There really isn't any middle ground with this blend.

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Barling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Barling (19)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

I am a true lover of Latakia, but this was the first Latakia blend I could not finish smoking. It truly tastes like you are smoking straight Latakia, and overwhelms you with the taste of burning tires. About the only thing I would do with this is use it to add some Latakia punch to one of my "house" blends in the event I ever run out of my straight Latakia.

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longlost00 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
longlost00 (22)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

It's latakia.

I'll take them at their word that the 'blend' contains anything else, but it doesn't show up in the flavor, save for a mild sweetness on the retrohale.

That's not a bad thing necessarily, but it makes for a linear lat bomb. I like it. Many will not. Don't look for complexity here, but this one could be a great end of the day smoke...or you could throw yourself into a doused campfire or climb up a chimney.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A sample from 2000, sent to me by a fellow smoker, that has dried out and in part turned to dust. Despite this, it is still perfectly smokeable if care is taken in packing to not begin loading the pipe with the dustiest of the dust, and to not puff too enthusiastically. Most of the dust is of Latakia, though the same could be said of this blend in general! Another Latakia Bomb from C&D, like Pirate Kake. I would be more likely to buy Pirate Kake (though not for a while, since I have 8 oz. and won't smoke it often) just because I love the fun of working with a Krumble Kake, but for those who prefer their Latakia Bombs in a less esoteric form, this will do nicely. I can't say much more, except that this is for the Latakia lover and those like me who, though I prefer Virginias and VAPERS for everyday, like the occasional Latakia mainline. There is some burley in here, they tell me. Who would know?

Warning: the above review contains two split infinitives.

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pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I must confess, other than the cut of this blend I could tell absolutely no difference between this and Pirate Kake. Therefore, let my review of Pirate Kake suffice.

soli Deo gloria

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Dunc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dunc (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Please let me begin by saying - I am a self-confessed Latakia addict!!

Wow Wow Wow!!!!

This fantastic creation is full of the beautiful black stuff my whole being cries out for. Its Latakia all the way!! If you dont like Latakia then please dont buy this!! I love it!!

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ned Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ned (10)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

another beautifull journey, smoking that tobacco, hight quality, nice taste.

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Link9228 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Link9228 (1)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco has a very strong, but I think pleasant aroma. Many who I smoked around found it unbearable, so it may be best to smoke alone or not in a confined area. This tobacco leaves a good after taste when you have finished smoking it. It burns nice and slow so you can enjoy the smoke. I had issues keeping this tobacco lit, and I'm not sure if mine is somehow over moistened or what, but this is the only blend I have that I have to relight 3 or more times per bowl. I've heard that this is a good blend to age for a while before smoking it, so you may want to try that.

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Kerdy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerdy (43)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Over dose of Latakia. I like it, but it isnt something I would smoke everyday. This seems to me a little more like a blending tobacco. If you dont like strong English, dont smoke this one. I gave it two stars only because I dont think most people would like it. I do.

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Tim in Ohio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tim in Ohio (2)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I had grown fond of Maltese Falcon and ran out of it while awaiting the arrival of my first tin of C&D DaVinci. By the hype I was expecting Lat overload and was fully prepared for that. I was very pleasantly surprised upon my very first puff of the DaVinci. The lat that I was looking for was there to be sure, but what shocked me is that it doesn't overtake the blend. I'm not great at identifying flavor components, but I'll just say that the lat was very delightfully interlaced with the other elements of this blend in a way that I found very appealing. I also found it to be one of the most relaxing smokes I've tried yet. By the end of the bowl I was ready to flat out chill. I'm gonna store a few tins of this for sure.

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ferncourt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ferncourt (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Extra Full Strong

The previous two reviews express mine. Good stuff.

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BriarPatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarPatch (33)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Preface: I have been smoking Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium for near-on 30 years, believing that it has no equal anywhere on earth. But it is gone now, and so I begin a quest for my Holy Grail: A substitute to replace the standard on which all English tobaccos are based.

DaVinci will not be the one. Primarily I object to the presence of Burley, which to my mind has no place in an English, and whose flavor I do not appreciate. Otherwise it is a quality smoke. Any Burley smokers out there who want to try what we English smokers rave about might want to start here. English absolutists will be disappointed I think.

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bearzerker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearzerker (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Strong

Ok, I just deleted my original review of Da Vinci because I was way off. When I wrote it I had just received a can of it and went right to town on it and didn't really give it much of a chance. I put the can in one of my kitchen drawers and forgot about it until I found it about 4 months later and gave it another shot. I don't know if aging has anything to do with it or if I've gotten better at smoking pipe but this is great stuff. I'm a full flavor kinda guy and this stuff knocked me for a loop. The first time I smoked it I compared the flavor and aroma to that of a camp fire. I have to admit I was taking pretty big puffs which was a HUGE mistake. This time I took my time and really got lost into the whole smoke. I found the flavor more complex. I noticed a really woodsy smoke smell which turned into a sweet taste and aroma. It burned really cool and slow and the flavor was excellent to the end. I was getting ready to give up on Latakia after my first experience with Da Vinci but now I'm a changed man and I suppose second chances do pay off. I have to say I've found this very addictive and it's hard for me not to smoke it all the time but it overwhelms the pallet and so I save it for my last smoke of the day.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Very Full Strong

This is the heaviest Latakia blend that I have ever tried. The flavors are of Latakia, Latakia, and well a but of zesty VA and well they say there is burly in the blend, but I will have to just take there word on it. I am a HUGE fan of Latakia blends, but I think this one has taken it to a bit too far. Yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The Latakia is of very good quality, and has a delightful smoky taste. The blend is very cool and long smoking, I just feel it is a bit too much of a good thing.

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Griswold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Griswold (16)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Da Vinci is indeed a heavy Latakia blend. 75% of the smoky leaf is a measure unsurpassed by any other blend on the market I'm aware of. But the high Latakia content is also the blend's Achilles' heel, especially if you like a little complexity in the smoke, for plain and simple, there is none. Lot's of woody smokiness, with a little tart Virginia sweetness, the Burley is hardly noticeable at all, but certainly gives some body to the smoke. And the taste stays the same throughout the entire bowl.

Mind you,uniformness in taste is not always a bad thing, quite the contrary. When I'm working on things that demand my undivided attention there's hardly anything better to accompany such tasks as absent-mindedly puffing on a bowl of Da Vinci. The same holds true for a smoke to go with a dram or three of a peaty Islay Single Malt that I like a lot.

But one should be aware that, after a bowl of Da Vinci, one will not be able to taste virtually any other tobacco for a while, so either reserve this blend for the last bowl of the day or don't smoke anything else all day long.

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petersonsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
petersonsmoker (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I will preface this review by saying that I normally smoke English tobaccos with a heavy latakia content and that this is my first premium blend to contain burley (although I have been smoking for several years).

This is a great smoky tobacco with zero bite, zero nicotine kick and zero drawbacks. I have finished 100g's of this blend recently and plan to make this my new all day smoke. Da Vinci burns clean and dry. I does not even leave a bad taste in my mouth afterwards (something new for someone smoking Nightcap for years).

Da Vinci does burn rather slow and cool making it a perfect tobacco, like the advert says, to break in a new pipe with. I am new to C&D blends but if they all smoke this good then I look forward to sampling many of their other blends.

If you like a big, white cloud filled smoke with the sweet nutty flavour of burley then give this blend a go.

Tim

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am afraid that I must go along with the majority of the reviewers here who found few redeeming qualities about Da Vinci. I found the Latakia to be harsh and overpowering, and the Burley element somehow detracted, rather than added, to the overall smoking experience of this blend. Dare I say the Virginia flavor, smoldering in the background, was also a disapointment? And C&D is known for putting together outstanding blends of this genre.

After reading most of the preceeding reviews, I have also come to the conclusion that there is a great variance in what greets the palate from tin to tin. I won't personally be pursuing that possibility. One tin of Da Vinci was one tin too many for this cowboy.

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Holy crap, this is great! Electric tobacco, shiver your timbers for sure.

A new smoker, I was afraid of this blend. Latakia? 965 was shit -- mixing it now with Devil's Holiday, a pain to smoke and get rid of.

I bought Da Vinci to break in some pipes, and why not? Supposedly good for it, they say. I was expecting a chore. Two half-pipes later I'm hooked -- can someone provide this in bulk?

Wow!

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I had high expectations of this blend, being a Latakia lover. However, I found it rather dissapointing. It is not as rich as the Dunhill blends I am best aquainted with, despite its high Latakia content, nor does it have any of their balance. While blends like 965 and Nightcap blend harmoniously to produce a truly majestic smoke, this mixture seems rather discordant.

I suspect that Latakia needs to be supported by the musty Orientals to bring out the best flavour in it. This blend contains Burley, which does not seem to add anything. I presume the reason for adding it was to cool the smoke and prevent bite. But Latakia smokes cool and does not bite. Latakia is spice, and without the correct tobaccos to support it, it has no backbone, no body.

I was also dissappointed by the preparation. Moisture content has remained ideal, despite the unusual tin, but the tobacco has crumbled to a very fine consistency. When I first got it, it was cut too wide, and was a pain in the neck to light, and kept going out. However, its now mostly dust, and burns a little too fast..

The tin is like a cat food tin, which was quite a novelty at first, but it's annoying having to watch the sharp edges inside the top of it when taking tobacco out.

However, it is quite a pleasant smoke, and easy to puff away at when I'm at the pub with friends, I'll use it up there, and afterwards, will know better how to appreciate the magnificent Nightcap!

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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Very Strong

[This review was originally written on 25 November 2005. One slight change was needed (reason for the update).] Cornell & Diehl products have always stuck me as inferior. Perhaps it is the name that they give many of their blends or the art that is chosen for their tins that has caused me to feel this way. [...] Whatever it is, I have not tried any Cornell & Diehl tobacco blends until daVINCI. Regardless of what I have just written, the name is good and the tin art is uncharacteristically splendid (even if the lid does not bloody fit). Equally surprising, I like this tobacco for its flavour. With an abundance of Latakia it is shocking that this weed is so mild, nevertheless. I would have preferred what I expected from a blend that boasts 75% Latakia--something stronger. It has such wonderful flavour, however. Visually, it is lacking. It looks like tobacco scraps, choppy little pieces, and does not pack well as a result. The roomnote is dreadful--like a mixture of sweat, liquor breath of an alcoholic, and stale cigarettes. (Hmm, I suppose that particular pong is akin to a busy pub the morning after.) I am going to try some more Cornell & Diehl blends in the future (if only because I already have purchased multiple tins), but I will not be able to purchase this again even if the mild flavour is fantastic. The flavour does not outweigh the weed's other problematic issues.

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Le Fumeur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Le Fumeur (10)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It is quite heavy on the Latakia, which is not my favorite flavor. Overall I find it heavy and smoky. It burns very, very quickly. My friends and I smoked our entire bowl in a matter of a few minutes. Though Latakia is supposed to burn slowly, I found the opposite. Maybe I was puffing too hard (?), but I think I smoked it as I do all my tobaccos. If you really, really like Latakia, then you might like it, because I know Cornell & Diehl makes quality blends, and that is the only reason I am giving it two stars instead of one.

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I had the CAO DaVinci, which I also reviewed and disliked. Luckily, this is completely different. There?s no Tuscan wine in the blend and none of the muck to accompany it. Here are beautifully speckled leaves of black, yellow and golden brown as if picked from the floor of an autumn forest. DV is a full strength, magnificently rich English with plenty of luscious latakia. It?s purity is that of Pease, especially the Montgomery Street or the Two Friends Valley Crucis series. Made with Pease's fastidiousness and C & D skill, this is one of the finest full English blends I?ve tried in a long time. It certainly makes me swear off Dunhill blends, which I find have diminished considerably in overall quality. Latakia enthusiasts should not miss this one under any circumstances.

Four and a half of five stars ------------------------------------- Revision - January 30, 2006

Much as I hate to, I'm downgrading. I bought another tin of this and don't like it nearly as much. It's really overpowering and should be taken in small doses. I still enjoy the cut and the burn once you get it lit, which is no small effort. However, it tends to overpower, and all you taste is Latakia. It seems a bit stronger than the first time I tried it. I appreciate it for what it is, but smoke sparingly. It's a real kick in the mouth.

Two and a half of five stars

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I have changed my opinion on this blend. It really is sorta,kinda,maybe tasty for the Latakia lover. It does however have a noxious odor,uh, I mean aroma. C&D has many other better offerings. Their best Latakia Mix in my Opinion is the 5 star Strathspey. This Davinci will help you lose friends and not influence people. Take a pass.

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The sample I was gifted was dry which prompted me to slowly smoke this blend - a tactic that payed off in a very high quality experience. The treatment of the Virginia and Burley leaf is a careful composition for the background influence of a rather mild latakia. A tawny visual presentation of browns and near black shades hint at the artful product of a skilled blender's hand. This smoke should be good indoors or outside as there are no nuances that need attention but instead a tour de force of full flavor. Not an everday smoke, it provides diversion to those seeking a full bodied evening's entertainment. This is not a blend for the novice, but instead a blend with swagger to capture attention from beginning to end.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a CAO Dunhill Man Pasha

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

I've found this one a wonderful tobacco, although too dry in the tin, as many C&D come. The latakia clearly dominates, but not so much as you could think while reading the ingredients: the burley interacts in a great way, creating a nutty and sweet background. To me it is great to combine those two tobaccos, they do a great job together. It just lacks a little deepness due to the very low percentage of Virginia and the lack of oriental leaf, but it remains a great smoke for the latakia lover as I am. I have noticed a very very light alcoholic note while opening the tin, maybe rhum, but I have been the only one I know to smell it, so I may be wrong.

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Cohiba Coast 1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cohiba Coast 1 (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

In critiquing anything fairly one must confine his critical review to those elements which the creator of the "thing" purports it to be. In reviewing a tobacco blend, therefor, it would not be an objective review to grade it upon a scale which is beyond the scope of what the blender intended. To this end, the tin description must be our guide as to whether or not the blend succesfully achieves this.

In the case of Craig Tarler's "Da Vinci", I have to say that it is everything that it purports to be.

This is, indeed, a Latakia lover's blend. The tin odor is exceedingly Latakia with an earthy, musty, smokey odor that I somehow relate to the smell one first encounters upon stepping into an Army/Navy surplus store. If you know what I mean then you know what I mean. If you've ever camped in a damp canvas tent and warmed yourself by an open fire then this blend will undoubtedly stir those memories.

Da Vinci is blended very consistently and the moisture level is perfect. A couple of charring lights and it burns slow and long. I first smoked this in a new, unseasoned Savanelli Opera #316, which has a relatively shallow bowl. This lasted a full hour and needed only one relight toward the very end. With no cake in this pipe I fully anticipated a wet, troubled smoke but was pleasantly surprised when absolutely no moisture developed. This pipe utilizes Savanelli's balsa filter system which may have had some bearing on this and also seemed to help tame the richness just a bit.

Although the room aroma is barely tolerable to the non-smoker, I found the smoke true to the tin aroma and absolutely intoxicating.

Da Vinci is a fantastic blend and because it is everything that the tin describes, I give it a 10 out of 10. A must try for the Latakia lover.

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Thatcher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatcher (58)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

My favorite C&D blend so far. The consistently off-putting thing about C&D?s blends, though, is the massive amount of tobacco ?dust? or finely ground tobacco. I realized this morning as I packed my bowl with DaVinci that the tobacco literally had the consistency of dirt. Sure, it tastes great, but it doesn?t have the look and feel of a high-quality blend. Despite its fine taste, it?s hard to enjoy a blend when you spend the first third of the bowl sucking in little specks of tobacco. Admittedly, I don?t know much about the intricacies of tobacco blending, but I wouldn?t have thought that a mortar and pestle would be involved. Anyway, a great tasting blend, but it loses points for its physical characteristics.

I?ll say this for the blend, it burns extremely dry and smooth all the way down, rarely requiring a relight.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (299)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Practically a softer and already rubbed out version of Pirate Kake. It smokes wonderfully, with an incredibly intense taste: latakia is clearly the main character, but nutty burley plays a significant role too. Of course it doesn't feel as "full" and sweet as some more typical English tobacco, due to the lack of orientals and a light hand with the Virginias: it's just a spice feast. Tasty but doesn't calm the appetite, not "meaty" enough or complex at all. The Latakia is clearly similar to the leaf used in some GLPease blends, as it has quite a similar taste. Very good, anyway! Minor complaint: too much fine tobacco dust in the tin!

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is what I would call a Great American/English Blend. My original smoking roots lay in burley blends, then I went onto the English/Oriental styles. While I am not partial to blends with this high a Syrian Latakia content, I find that the use of Cyprian allows this smoke to be a blissful experience. Is this due to the mellower type being employed? I think it is.

While the latakia plays the predominant role, one can enjoy the virginia and burley weaving in and out down the length of the bowl. The traces of nuttiness and airy subtle sweetness dance in and around the smokiness of the fine Cyprian.

Overall, I really enjoy this blend and always have several tins cellered.

It burns to a nice grey ash and a dry dottle.

A Really Nice Smoke.

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Very Full Strong

Another interesting product from Cornell and Diehl.C and D is one of the most innovative blenders in a market that is often driven by tradition. The krumble-kake koncept they are famous for is a good example.("...overwhelmed by the smoky pungent aroma of Cyprian Latakia"- it almost sounds too derogatory to put on your label!) .

So... I had high expectations DaVinci. Now let me say right up front that I like this tobacco, even though it had a few strikes against it. First off, the tobacco in my tin was too @#%& dry, even by C and D standards! Bone dry! Dry as the death of a sponge. This of course could be remedied. It was also in poor condition consistency-wise, however. Tiny pieces of ribbon and lots of powder. Seems like it was the very bottom dregs of the batch, 'cause no one would purposely sell tobacco in this condition intentionally. This being one of my first experiences with C and D I was quite disappointed. (In retrospect, I guess the consistency is what you would get if you over rubbed-out something like Pirate Kake.)

So I put a little unsweetened burley cav. in the bottom of the bowl to keep the crumbs out of my mouth, filled up a half bowl and lit her up. Surprise, this stuff tastes good: "The perfect blend for the true lover of Latakia". Well not perfect, but definitely a good latakia fix. I would say that the burley is of fairly high proportion in this blend (C and D love their burley blends, don't they), making this an atypical "english-style" smoke. All the component tobaccos made their presence known as the bowl smoked down, with a little sweetness from the Virginias poking through from time to time

Though I had rehydrated it a bit, it was still quite dry, which seemed to work OK. The dry powdery texture was easy to light and burned fast, giving amazing clouds of lat-heavy smoke. I kind of enjoy that. A real "mouth-feel" to the dense smoke. It is no Pirate Kake, mind you, but still good stuff.

One interesting feature of the tobacco IMHO is the immediate and short-lived ammonia-like aftertaste this tobacco has near the bottom half of the bowl. I am struck by this every time I smoke it. Not too bad,just weird.

In my book this is a "niche" latakia blend that has me coming back for more when I am in the mood. Sure hope my next tin is in better condition...

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is definitely a unique blend. The burley is not in cube form as I am used to but all 3 tobacs are in a medium/short ribbon cut. The moisture upon opening is perfect. The aroma in the tin is delicious with the latakia making its prescence known. I tried half a tin of this in a Radice classic poker (not all at once, of course). The taste upon first light is of the burley grassiness with the brightness following but after the second light, the latakia harmonizes nicely. What I like most about this blend is how it develops as you smoke it down the bowl. The nuttiness of the burley with the smoky sweetness of the latakia and the brightness of the virginia make for a truly exotic journey for the tongue. Speaking of which, there is no tongue bite in this blend and as advertised,it smokes slowly. This is marketed as a vintage blend and if this is what the old-timers smoked, I think I was born in the wrong era. This is truly a great unique blend. Highly recomended......... Update 07-03-03: This blend is not to be confused with Dan Tobacco's Da Vinci which IMO is an aromatic abomination.This blend is very full flavored, I liken it to a "maduro" wrapped cigar. It leaves a fluffy grey ash when finished, but be warned,this is for latakia lovers only......

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