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Cornell & Diehl's Manhattan Afternoon is a naturally sweet golden Virginia leaf, with a drop of honey, sliced into flakes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is "sippin' leaf," for sure... A lightly topped (with honey), Virginia leaf that is smooth, cool and slow burning due to the flake cut. I smoked very slowly for best results. It'll deliver a nice palate pleasing taste but won't rattle your cage with strength.

9 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2136)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is a little spicy with a few tangy citrus, grass and earth notes. The honey topping is light, but noticeable. Not complex, but it's a pleasant enough smoke, though the spice is kind of tingly on the tongue, but it won't bite. At times, it disrupts the smoothness of the smoke. Has a very mild nic-hit. Burns clean at a slow to moderate pace, requires a few relights, and needs to be sipped for full enjoyment. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Has a decent after taste. Can be an all day work and play smoke. Deserves another half star, but it's too monochromatic to be a three star blend.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

Mine came as a small sample. It had a good level of hydration - maybe a hair on the dry side. I rubbed out the flakes. The pipe of choice was a GBD pot that favors Virginias.

I pick up a slight citrus and some hay. There is a hint of honey, but the topping is very mild. It is slightly sweet and smoked easily. I found the flavor consistent but with some added strength at the bottom of the bowl.

This was a satisfying and tasty smoke. It is not especially complex, but it is pleasantly satisfying. Virginias are reported to burn "hot" and this one did not for me.

For a similar smoking experience in a ribbon, try C&D Virginia Ribbon.

4 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I first tried this blend fresh out of the tin and while a very flavorful smoke, it was a touch moist for my tastes and was hard to keep lit and it tended to be a little burning on my tongue. I left the tin open for a few days and it dried to a nice moisture content and mellowed into a very pleasant smoke. It has been pressed and cut into thick ribbon flakes and it is a medium brown in color. They are rather long flakes and can be smoked either rubbed out if you like it moist, or as is if you let it dry somewhat. It has a very sweet clean tin aroma, smelling of the straight VA that it is but you can also get a whiff of the honey flavoring added. I have found in the past that honey flavoring can make a blend smoke hot, but this is not the case with this blend. It has just a hint of sweetness to the already sweet flavor of the VA. Moist and you can pack it to tight but dried a little and it packs nice in the pipe and gives a nice slow smoke that stays lit pretty well. It burns slowly down to the bottom of the pipe with a medium grey ash and just a little dry dottle at the bottom of the bowl. The room note is a pleasant sweet VA aroma and not overwhelming at all to others. OK, here is why I did not give it a 4 star rating, while it gives pleasant smoke and my tin did seem to empty awful fast, if you smoke it even a tiny bit fast it will bite. But smoked slow, it I very satisfying. I also would have liked for it to have been cut thinner to speed up the drying process and to make it where it would be easier to roll out before smoking. Overall, this is a very enjoyable smoke, jut not among the top ones out there. Well worth a try though.

4 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Strong

After a long debauch with strong dark flakes I felt the need for a lighter virginia. Remembering C&D's sublime Opening Night I thought it might be time to crack open that five year old tin of Manhattan Afternoon I'd been cellaring and give it a try. A light Va, delicately sweetened with honey sounded like just the ticket.

The smell on opening the tin was surprisingly strong and acrid, redolent of wet hay and young plums. Smoked right from the tin gave a bitey, acrid smoke that wouldn't let me parse the flavors correctly. Letting it dry out a bit gave a much more pleasant smoke, but still not the sweet Va with a hint of honey that I was hoping for. The honey is definitely noticeable if you slow down -- a lot -- but the honey doesn't integrate with the flake so much as sit lightly on top of it. One thing is clear, though, as others have said, this must be sipped very slowly to be appreciated.

bteddy says that it "has a somewhat barn taste". I think there's something to that. That's why I think calling this blend Manhattan Afternoon is a misnomer, since there's nothing simply elegant and urbane about it. I think Morning Hayride or Podunk Barnraising would be closer to the mark.

I can understand what others see and appreciate in this flake, but it was not what I was expecting. It's not a sweet nor a creamy smoke. Still, it's not a terrible smoke, so I'll finish the tin and update my review if my opinion changes.

Update 07/17/13:

I do not find this an agreeable flake. I'm almost through the tin, and I have not had a single relaxing bowl: the cut is difficult to work with; it smokes very hot; it needed constant tending to. The flavor occupies a unique alto range that I like, but I suspect the honey turns the flake acrid rather than sweet when burning, which gives it a sharp character that is unpleasant to my tastebuds.

I've had a few sips that revealed its secrets to me, but it's too little reward for the effort: the flake requires such a slow smoking rhythm, is too acrid, and requires so much attention when burning that it's not worth the trouble.

That said, though I think it's not a smoke that most will enjoy, I suspect there are some for whom the flavor will hit the bullseye, since it is a quality flake that occupies a unique flavor profile. So I think it's worth the gamble for the serious virginia flake lover who wants to try something different in a medium-key smoke that's acrid but with hints of sweetness. But it's definitely not for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I was anxious to try this blend as it seemed to be similar to Interlude that I enjoyed a lot. I was given a pretty small sample of this one in Chicago that only worked out to be two and a half bowls, so I don't feel like I really had enough to give a solid review. This review is probably more for my own recollection rather than being helpful to others, but here I go anyway.

This is a Virginia blend touched by some honey as the description says. This is the same combination as is in interlude. I found this to be a little fuller than Interlude and not quite as enjoyable even though I still did enjoy this one. A friend of mine found the exact opposite with regard to the fullness of the vas, so I guess like anything else tobacco, we all have our own tastes.

The Virginia in this and, all the other simply elegant series, does taste like Virginia should. I say that because many C&D blends that contain Virginia tend to come off as burley tasting with some harshness. The SE series tend to give you all the hay sweetness you would expect with a good amount of nicotine as well. The honey topping is light yet does seem to heat up the blend a little as you are smoking it.

I am leaving this at three stars until I have had a chance to try out a full tin and can more accurately share my impressions.

2 people found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

This tin comes in a very easy to light, if done right, flake. It's a very long lasting light smoke.

During the entire bowl, even the end, I got a great subtle honey overtone. A greatly done casing. The main flavor was a solid C & D bright Virginia. The room note was obviously great. The wife loved it.

This blend isn't exactly as mellow as some, but I enjoyed that factor. Still an all day smoke, and one I would like to stuff a pipe with, and drive across the country. A must try.

Pipe Used: AKB Freehand Meerschaum, H.I.S Egg Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Opening Night (Simply Elegant Series), Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

kaizoku Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kaizoku (12)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

somewhat acrid, with a small hint of sweetness from the honey. as others have said it almost tastes like a barn.

smoking qualitys: burns very hot and needs a lot of attention whiles smoking it very slowly.

Im mostly a fan of burley, but i thought id like a light virginia for a change, cant really say im impressed by this blend unfortunatly.

appologies for my bad writing skills...this is not my native language.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The blenders at C&D, not to mention their many happy customers, must have very different palates to mine. I won't judge their taste, and trust they'll extend me the same courtesy. This was yet again a disappointment to me. Imagine making a sandwich out of untoasted white bread and hay. That's about the flavor I got from this, no matter how dry or wet or rubbed out I smoked it. Toward the end of the tin, after it had dried out too much and had to be re-hydrated, there was more sweetness (perhaps really a muting of the other flavors, allowing the sweetness to come to the forefront) and more nicotene. That was better, but still nothing to write home about. I still have some C&D blends in my cellar and in my list to try, but so far my luck with them is dismal.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1606)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Manhattan Afternoon.

Medium brown, sweet smelling, easy to prepare, flakes.

The flavour would be perfect for a lazy day in the sun. A notable honey addition, but it isn't too strong. As well as the moderately applied sweet note, there's high quality Virginia leaf. I get no tongue bite, it burns well, and I find the temperature relatively low.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: super.

I've been looking for some blends to take on holiday with me and this will be one of them! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Three months

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1 person found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Yet another fantastic virginia blend from the Simply Elegant Series. Smooth, Sweet with a bold spice that lingers on your tongue. This blend is an excellent example of why virginia flake tobaccos are so popular. The addition of honey makes this a mouth wateringly sweet smoke while still retaining that spicy tang that C&D virginias are known for. An excellent all day smoke. Light, Sweet and interesting.

1 person found this review helpful.

bteddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bteddy (23)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Not what I expected, there are many better Virginia blends on the market, this was way too mild for my taste with hardly any note of honey. Has a somewhat barn taste - like wet grass clippings, didn't even finish the bowl.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr.Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.Jones (9)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I must divide this review in two parts. I was impatient and I first smoked it fresh out of the tin: the taste was nothing to write home about, too plain. It burned too hot, I found the nicotine content to be too strong...I finished the bowl and the bad expience was certainly my fault, I didn't let it dry enough, but it left a bad impression.

I stored the flakes in a mason jar with the rest and forgot about it for five years.

Second try. I rubbed a flake -now very dry, but still ready to smoke-, packed the pipe and lighted it. The smoke was nice: mild taste, sweetness and grass, a rich smoke. The true surprise came at the middle of the bowl, when I truly detected some light hints of honey that persisted until the end. The pipe needed only a couple of relights, but other than this, it burned well and cool until the end and left just a light gray ash.

Let it dry a bit and smoke slowly, this flake will reward you with a cool, light and pleasant smoke. It's not strong and lacks the deep rich flavour of english blends, but it's a great mellow tobacco.

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Yerna Fumpf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yerna Fumpf (1)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Conjures a Spring afternoon in the country. An exceptionally refreshing experience. Manhattan Afternoon, despite the incongruent moniker, is a well-prepared flake of deep golden to very light whisky color, seems straight off a colonial farmer's homestead. Body is there, but flavor can be a little bland over time. Sometimes this is needed. I've packed it both by folding and rubbing out. There's a bit of residual moisture, so the prep can make a difference in burning. This is the perfect contrast if you generally smoke English blends as do I, and also an excellent relief from Aromatics. (The most I'll go there is Davidoff Danish.) It also blends amazingly well 60/40 with Yale Mixture, an English reputed to be the heir to old Craven mixture. Sue me if I blaspheme. Or try what you will. End of the day, this is a necessary in the cupboard.

Pipe Used: Barling Olde Wood billiard

Age When Smoked: 11 months

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: A straight All-American Virginia, similar though not identical to Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake..

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although monochromatic, the flavor is pretty nice. Hay and a touch of citrus with the honey adding sweetness and a very mild floral note. Heat and bite are the biggest problems. I managed to avoid both by either sipping or taking long, gentle draws and slowing my normal cadence by just a little. It's basically a pain in the ass for me to smoke. 2 stars.

Mild in body. Very mild flavoring. Mild to medium in taste. Burn isn't a problem at all.

Pipe Used: Ropp Tomato, MM Dwarf, MM Little Devil Cutty

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Perdurabo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perdurabo (23)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Manhattan Afternoon is a golden Virginia with a touch of honey. Not very complex but inviting, the tin note reveals notes of Mead and Chardonnay. The tobacco arrived as a broken flake, with 4 to 5 flakes left intact, and dry.

The Virginia's in this blend do develop into a medium body smoke, but starts out with light hints of spice and hay notes. The honey topping isn't very prominent but reveals itself when the bready aromas develop midway to the end of the bowl. This flake needs to be sipped, not because of tongue bite but for the coaxing of flavors from the tobaccos. Probably not the Virginia for a Neophtyte.

Manhattan Afternnoon tends to give me the hiccups and the tightning of the throat, but not really packing a huge punch of Nicotine.

It's Golden Virginia's and if that's what your after, Manhattan Afternoon deliver's with a Simply Elegant Cornell and Diehl Style.

Pipe Used: Briar and Cobbs

Age When Smoked: Tin not dated

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Pipe Gent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Gent (8)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Searching through hordes of aromatics, I finally found a tobacco that could be smoked indoors, yet that still retained the "pure" tobacco taste. I enjoy a true aromatic on occasion, but this is great--it just straddles the line between aromatic and straight virginia, and allows me to get away with smoking it in the home without offending company. The flakes in the tin I received were lovely to look at, but did fall apart fairly easily. I will admit I am still a flake rookie, but I was able to get a nice bowl going. Upon lighting up, I was surprised to find that although the golden virginias were prominent, the honey was also more noticeable than I expected. However, this is not a negative trait about this tobacco--the honey and the golden virginia marry very nicely together and the experience as a whole was both pleasant and calming. The honey was by no means overpowering and lent itself nicely to a pleasing room note. This might still be too mild for some, and the virginias might not be "unspoilt" enough for the virginia purist. Still, I consistently enjoy it when it is too cold to smoke one of my more robust blends and makes for a nice variation and a peaceful evening. If you are interested in flakes, virginias, and don't mind a drop of honey in your pipe, do try this.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A pleasant, mild smoke.

The honey is not overwhelming and this one burns to nice, white ash.

I prefer my Virginias with a little more moxie but would not hesitate to recommend Manhattan Afternoon to someone looking for a milder, sweet smoke.

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takkun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
takkun (9)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An anecdote: I sat on the landing over my building's mailboxes waiting for the postman to arrive. This is a blend I've wanted to try for six months, and yet I couldn't wait for it to get here.

The tin: I prefer the European-style screw-lid tins, and this was my first American tin. The artwork is lovely, and the neat little note inside made me overjoyed to try know the work that went into this blend. I took a big whiff. Plums plums plums. Almost the same smell as opening a bag of prunes. The flakes are thick and mostly intact, which I can't say from when I buy loose flakes from my tobacconist.

Packing and lighting: the flakes were moist and springy. I usually like mine a bit drier, but went ahead anyway...too excited to wait. They folded well and crumbled a bit, which made it easier to get into a small conical Kirsten bowl. It took a little work getting it lit, but it stayed lit and burned evenly.

The smoke: Again, plums. A very rich taste. No sign of any honey that I can detect. this burns very cool and no bite (my tongue is sensitive, so that's saying a lot), with no drying. Occasional hints of citrus, and a little bit of hay, but not as much as PS Luxury Navy, my usual go-to. Burns to a grey-white ash.

Room note: I gave that rating because I find that inevitably, with a few exceptions, pipe smoke goes stale very fast: aromatics smell like acrid chemicals and virginias smell a bit like cigarettes, so I'm being more objective than the average piper. The sidestream is strong, but the room during the smoke is leafy and sweet and really adds to the experience.

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DoctorHoo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorHoo (6)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I'm going to be presumptious and review MA and Interlude at the same time since they are quite similar and I'm giving them both three stars, even though neither of them is really my thing. They are both obviously well made of high quality tobaccos. Unlike at least one of my fellow reviewers, I like the semi-broken flakes. For me, though, the flavoring is just too strong to enjoy smoking either of them regularly. Someone with a better pallate might be able to taste the subtlties of the tobaccos through the casing through the flavoring but I really can't. Like others have said, though, this would be a great introduction to "real tobacco" for an aromatic smoker Plus, if I ever win the lottery, I will be buying several pounds of one of these to smooth out some of the the over latakiaed or overly nicotined blends that haunt my tobacco shelf.

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mskywalker2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mskywalker2000 (11)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Bright Virginia, muted by honey. Honey does not particularly stick out.

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dogwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dogwood (17)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

it smokes cool and smooth. the flavor is great. it has just enough honey to complement the tobacco but not overpower the subtle sweet flavor. i've been looking for an alternative to hal o' the wynd b/c of it's immense nicotine content. this blend is a good alternative yet not quite as fine as hal which to me is the bench mark.

the only downside is the absolutely BONKERS cut that C&D use for their flake tobacco. it would be nice to rub out into ribbons but instead you get tiny useless specks of tobacco. i've found smoking small pieces to burn faster and produce harsh bitter smoke. you must smoke this tobacco in broken flake form or fold large half flakes into your bowl. C&D should just sell this as a crumble cake like briar fox, blockade runner, etc. that's how the tobacco is cut anyway. at least then there would be a logical reason for the odd cut.

even with the wierd cut this is still a fantastic blend and well worth checking out.

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EJinVA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EJinVA (1)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This has quickly become one of my favorites. I find it very mellow and delicious, a good relaxing smoke. I can't add much more to the favorable reviews ahead of me. No bite, no bitterness, just a good sweet Virginia.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (53)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is a very nice Virginian flake. The flakes rubbed out easily and the moisture content was just right.

In both the tin and in the smoke the Honey casing is barely noticeable but, it adds a subtle sweetness to your pallete. Try it with some Drambuie or nice cup of tea to enhance the honey effect even more. I got to bite at all from this one.

This is a nice light blend to relax with and enjoy your surroundings.

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Captain bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain bob (38)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Another winner Flake from C&D. I love them all! The "honey" note comes through ever so slight as you smoke. This is all natural,delicious and sweet Golden Virginia tobacco. Pressed and sliced to perfection. Slices were completely intact and moisture was perfect. An easy rub, crumble and pack. I packed a large bowl two-thirds full and smoked for an hour and a half. It was perfection all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

I love Flake tobaccos, the way they burn, smell and taste. You can't go wrong with this one, either. A classic prepared to perfection. Four Stars.

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chgo.piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chgo.piper (37)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

sweet, light and tastey. pretty good smoke volume for being a lighter blend. To mild for me though.

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Aunrd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aunrd (1)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

The fastest I've ever gone through a tin. This was my go to smoke for quite a while. Light and tasty. Highly recommended.

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proc2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
proc2000 (7)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A nice, slightly sweet tobacco without being overly sweet. It takes awhile to get the packing of this one down correctly, but it burns very nice once you do. Light honey flavoring comes through and is very light. The taste of the tobacco is at the forefront, and is naturally sweet in and of itself. A nice Virginia.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Good tobacco; basically Briar Fox with a light honey casing. The honey seems to mute any underlying complexity. So don't expect nuances of flavor. But it burns pretty well and doesn't bite. All in all, a solid choice but not a bell-ringer.

This somewhat reminds me of MacBaren burleys, but I like the Macs better because I find they have more depth. The Macs are, to me, just more interesting and satisfying.

Govern Yourself Accordingly,

SmokeKing David

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (162)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Looked like an interesting Virginia flake but smoked too hot for me due to all the brights and honey added. Tried to age it for many months, but stayed about the same.

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Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

C&D's "Simply Elegant Series" is............. Yet another winner from the Tarler's at C&D. This is the sixth blend I have tried from this GREAT blender of fine tobaccos. I have rated each one 3-4 stars. M A is simply a fine golden Va. I detect no casing, only sweet mild tobacco. After drying and rubbing out I find that M A packs, lights easily, and burns cool. Briar Fox, and Sunday Picnic may be slightly better, but I will be buying more of this for now, and the cellar. It will only get better.........for now a give this one a solid *

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

These nicely prepared flakes are typical of the C&D craft and had an ideal moisture content from the tin for packing. It smoked cool and without bite from start to finish without any further rubout. In my larger sized bowls (5+), some condensation developed in the bottom 1/3 which spoiled the smoke. I didn't taste the honey but enjoyed the sweet tobacco taste. However, overall the smoke was one dimensional but may improve with aging.

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Of course, sweet gold Virginia leaf with a dose of honey in the flake. A very good Virginia, with a very beautiful, sweet and natural flavor, which makes me be sure that I was in a hurry to characterize FVF. It is a tobacco of high level which we have to supply in a good quantity and keep him at least 1-2 years. As the reviewers say, when it gets more mature, it will become more enjoyable. Dry till the end, it does not warm up the bowl, no coughing at all. P.S. I need a Joker guys, so I can visit their laboratory. The more you smoke, you understand that it is a TOBACCO. These kind of tobaccos, define to a large extend the smoking philosophy of each country. Americans smoke in a different way than the Europeans and the British.

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prison chaplain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prison chaplain (38)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

My dear wife and flew down to Charlotte, NC to visit our youngest son. And while there we drove up to Ashville, visited there and came down through the mountains on a secondary road, through Morganton, home on Cornell & Diehl.

Our visit to the Tarler's shop was the highlight of the excursion. The Tarlers are a delightful couple, and their crew was friendly and and informative. Craig walked me through their operation, explaining the different machines and processes, all the while quizzing me on the tobaccos I like, handing me tins to try.

One of those tins was Manhattan Afternoon. I have had several bowls and it is a very nice smoke. I just did not click with some other Cornell & Diehl blends in the past. Lately, I have been on a winning streak with them. Manhattan Afternoon is one of the winners.

If you try it, I think you will find it enjoyable. I also highly recommend a side trip to Morganton if you are ever in NC. Just call or email ahead to let them know you would like to visit. It is worth the time and gas.

The first reviewer gives a more thorough, analytical review than mine, check it out for the details. My less detailed judgment? "Two thumbs up."

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ajaj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ajaj (69)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am honored to be the first to review this fine tobacco as well as to have sampled it during the Chicagoland 2007 show. I have already purchased and cellared alot of this tobac and for good reason; I believe that it can rate with the classics of virginias.

At this time, the tobacco is young but, with a couple of years aging, it shall get better and sweeter. There are similarities between Manhattan Afternoon (MA), SG's Best Brown Flake, SG's FVF, McClelland's Organically Grown Flake, and McClelland's Christmas Cheer. The latter four, in my opinion, are the gold standard for virginias. However, MA is a little anemic now and needs some age. Given that the virginias are all golden, this should be like smoking candy in 2009 and 2010. Nice hay-like smell. I'm excited!


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