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Blending Tobacco.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1508)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Smoking it straight, it did nothing much for me. I got the usually hay and grass notes with a slight citrus and oat note. Burns well, maybe too well, even when moist, and it's cigarette-like the last part of the bowl. As a mixer, it's decent enough, but I found better elsewhere.

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wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

In the pouch, the faint aroma of this small flake-cut blend is of sweet wheat and hay.

The bright virginia used is clean and flavorsome, essentially a quality cigarette- grade which is light in body and moderately sweet with a sharp and tangy edge. No tricks of processing, maturing or topping are evident.

Used straight, 170: Bright Flake is a bit vapid. However, its versatility is a notable virtue, as the old-school flake presentation makes it a good choice as a mixer.

Chamber Gauge: Narrow to Medium

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

Tin: A C&D blending tobacco only available in bulk. Oatmeal scent. Looks just like small, thin, beige-tan wood chips. Dry as popcorn!

Packing & Lighting: It is so dry, the flakes are not very cooperative in getting the tobacco packed. Needless to say, a bowlful burns in an instant.

Taste & Aroma: Tangy, sharp, bitey. Not really a rich, full taste, but a bland straw or oat taste; mildly sweet.

Light moisture is produced in the stem even though the tobacco is bonedry. The bottom of the bowl delivers a much richer, fuller taste. Not surprisingly, it burns down to an ash, which has a cheap cigarish odor.

Nicotine: very light

Room Note: vague burnt oats

Overall: Bland VA taste overshadowed by tangy, sharp, and bitey qualities. 2 stars, as received, dry; not recommended. Compare to Samuel Gawith FVF.

Addendum: The tobacco can be hydrated by putting it in a bowl and covering with a damp cloth, not letting the towel come into contact with the tobacco. With the tobacco thus moistened, the pros and cons seem to flip flop. It has a rich oat taste, with the tangy, sharp, and bitey aspects receeding to the background. As moistened, the tobacco is moderately recommended, 2 stars.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Not really a Flake tobacco it is a flaked Virginia meant for blending. As such it would merit three and one half stars. All by itself I would go with two and one-half stars. A bit of harshness at first smooths out to a respectable Bright Virginia. Very dry as received.

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

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.

A fine base-line VA flake. A good example of the "straight" VA taste - a tiny bit sweet and slightly cigar like. A sense of fresh straw and "oat" like taste. Extremely dry and quick burning on its own. A tiny bit of bite.

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