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BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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Please login to review this blend. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (109)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: Most will want to blend this tobacco, which has a flavor of sweet roasted nuts and grain but some greenness that most will prefer to balance by spicier ingredients.

Although C&D "White Burley" is sold primarily for blending, smoking this tobacco on its own reveals some of the secrets of Burley. The bowl begins with a slight bitter undertone in a thin grainy taste, but then blooms into a medium-sweet flavor like roasted almonds or fresh honey bread toast and increases strength as the smoke goes on. Throughout the bowl, a faint "green" flavor like lightly-cured vegetative products often have is present, and in addition to the nicotine, something else exists in this blend which manifests itself as a dense feeling in the chest and gut. While it is of medium strength, it is not mild. Imagine stoving this and adding cocoa and small amounts of wintergreen flavor and you have Prince Albert; it is also reminiscent of the many times it appears in other blends as part of the supporting cast. When mixed with another tobacco, it takes on the flavor of the stronger ingredient but then adds its own harmony in the form of a warm, broad and full flavor that picks up and harmonizes the flavor of the other leaf.

Probably few will want to smoke this on a daily basis but it is a better leaf than most estimate, and would not be a terrible all-day smoke. If you mix this 1:4 with dark Burley, that forms an excellent base for whatever condimental tobaccos you wish to add, probably on a 1:3 ratio of condiments to base. That mixture with Tabac Manil "La Brumeuse" Semois as a condiment has proven to be a favorite around here of medium-strong strength, moderate sweetness and a lasting flavor with internal depth of variation.

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2077)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

If you smoke this straight, you'll find it rather bitter and harsh with no sweetness, with a woody flavor, a little nutty and a mild hint of cedar. I did smoke this in a pipe with an exceeding small bowl and for a quick, short smoke, it wasn't bad, but on its own, it's difficult to recommend. If you're a pure burley smoker, you won't be satisfied. As a mixer -which it is designed to be -it can be used to good effect, as many blends with white burley can attest. That's the real reason to buy this. The nic-hit is almost medium. Burns reasonably well with a very consistent flavor. I give it two stars, probably deserves two and half stars as a mixer. As for smoking it straight, one star is plenty.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I am reviewing several C+D blending tobaccos as a precursor to some blending experiments. I know not many people blend, but these reviews may provide some hints to those wanting to do so.

Definitely the blending base of the lot. This tobacco is very bland and seems to have strength primarily in burning characteristic - very cool and no bite. Just a slight almost cedar like flavor and aroma.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

Harsh, bitter, and lacking flavor. If you can dry something beyond the state of being dry this is it. Wonder how many years this has sat in the bin it came from? Turnover can't be very high. Longer than my old dog has been alive would be my guess.

Mild in body unless you count the harshness. Mild in flavor unless you count the bitterness. A genuine inferno in the bowl.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh??? bulk

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carolina kid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
carolina kid (17)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Bought this for blending. Found it to be very low quality. Burns nicely, but tastes sour and flat -- like dirty gym socks.

Put some in the oven on 200 degrees for about three hours, which turned it dark brown and improved things tremendously.

There must be better burleys out there. Don't waste your money.

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (42)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Burley. I love C&D, but this tastes like smoking a brown paper bag. Very poor quality low grade burley. A real disapointment and IMHO a total waste of money. I bought 2 lbs of it and a threw away 1.85 lbs of it.

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