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C&D's annual blend for the 2008 Chicago Show. A tasty flake of Virginias, dark fired burley and a dash of perique.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByToney / Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Wow, Mr. Tarler hit a home run with this blend. The name itself is worth putting in the Hall of Fame. The Burley comes through strongest with a peek every now and then from the Virginia and Perique. It smokes slower than I thought it would, even after further rubbing the broken flake.

VA/Per fans may wonder if this one qualifies due to the Burley. It is... well, different (in a really good way).

Finally, if strength worries you then avoid Exhausted Rooster. This one sticks out its chest and fires off a stout "cock-a-doodle-do" as it is being consumed.

21 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I first popped this tin and took my initial whiff, I thought they had mislabeled one of their aromatics. Sure, perique blends have the tin aroma of figs and such, but who are they kidding with this stuff??? This smelled like Granny's kitchen at Christmas!

The good news is that the aroma doesn't transfer to the taste nearly as much as I feared. It burns off fairly quickly except for an underlying sweet flavor that definitely heightens the experience. The virginia is the lead player, followed by the burley and the two mesh wonderfully, giving us a nutty, sweet taste. The perique is kind of a jack-in-the-box that adds some spice periodically and noticeably, then retreats back into the mix. That final third of the bowl, the burley and perique square off with the virginia subsiding. But the sweetness remains and I think it's due to the expert blending of the casing with all the tobaccos.

Well done! I liked this well enough that I will revisit from time to time. It's different, and in a world of sameness, that's a good thing.

15 people found this review helpful.

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

EDIT 2/26/2016

I am not writing to change anything on this, but more as an affirmation of my earlier review in light of some later experiences from C & D with regard to consistency in some of their aromatic offerings. Shortly after writing my review I ordered a couple 8 oz cans of ER which have yet to be opened. When I had the inconsistency problems with the aros, I was concerned about these two cans. Last summer someone surprised me with a bunch of samples.

Unbeknownst to my benefactor I had already tried ER, but was happy he sent it to me nonetheless. I am happy to report the sample still carried that fantastic tin note and had that great taste. I believe in my earlier review I cited Burley as the primary taste in this one and would say that the flavor components actually probably favor the Virginias more than the burley. In any case, it is still a fantastic smoke and still highly recommended.


I really enjoyed this blend. A good and strong Va/Bur/Per with an aromatic topping of some sort. Perhaps I am assuming a little with that, but the tin note tells me there is something there. It has one of the nicest tin notes I have ever smelled. To me, it smells like cranberry juice.

I bought this at my local J & R Cigar for the sole reason that it looked like the tin was about to explode. I figured that had to be good stuff inside. lol The tin date was 2011 and I bought and opened it in November 2013. Like many C & D blends this is (a) strong in nicotine and (b) stars Burley as the primary player. This one also has a good amount of perique in it as well. The Virginia, IMO, plays a minor role adding its natural sweetness to compliment the whole.

I have a hard time finding anything that compares to this and I do like it. This would give it an easy three stars in my book, but in the case of the rooster, I have recommended this to several forum friends and everyone seems to like it. For these real world results I am adding a fourth star and I believe anyone who likes these components will enjoy this even for just a change of pace.

Age When Smoked: 2 to 3 years

Purchased From: J & R Cigars, Southfield, MI

12 people found this review helpful.

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

The Virginias have some tangy sweetness, a light citrus note, a hint of grass and some earth. The dark fired Kentucky offers a woodsy spiciness and is aided in the latter category by the plumy, raisiny, peppery perique. The burleys are earthy, toasty, and nutty. The various flavors are more noticeable at different times here and there, but the spice, Virginia sweetness, and earth and nuts are omnipresent. It does seem to smooth out a little after the half way point. The nic-hit is stronger than one usually finds in a medium strength product. Won't bite or get harsh. While there are several ways to pack a broken flake, I find this performs better when rubbed out a little. That helps the burn rate and lessens the degree of moisture left in the bowl, which isn't much. Most of the time, it burns to a fine ash at a moderate pace, and needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

11 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl's Exhausted Rooster presents as a gently broken flake of medium to light browns. The tin note is bready with lighter notes of hay and candied fruit. Moisture content is just right and the blend arrives ready to smoke. The flavors of the initial lights match the nose, with the fruit flavors deeper and less candied - stewed fruit typical of VaPer blends, some spice, mildly woody, with subtly sweet Virginia in the background.

In the first third, the stewed fruit flavors are dominant with the Virginia mellowed a bit by the burley which provides some nut, basswood and parchment tones framed in that mild but distinct smokiness that is the hallmark of dark fired leaf. In addition to the famous VaPer stewed plumminess, the Perique provides just a touch of spice and pepper on the tongue to keep the blend multi-dimensional and interesting. By mid-bowl the Kentucky elbows its way past the Virginia for the starring role, providing lightly smokey, woody flavors that become deeper, more earthy and leathery in the final third, largely overwhelming both the Virginia and the Perique.

A very enjoyable and complex blend that starts off with flavors of Christmas baked goods ranging from sweet bread to stewed fruit with a touch of salted nuts in the background - but a blend that strengthens as it is smoked, concluding with earthier, more woody and smokey notes. An outstanding interplay of fire cured burley and Virginia with the just the right condimental dash of Perique. Burns exceptionally well with few relights. Will smoke a bit hot if pushed. Ends in a dry ash with no mess in the pipe. Robust with vitamin N.

(I've read comparisons to GL Pease's Haddo's Delight, but I don't find them apt. A better comparison would be to Pease's Cumberland, though Exhausted Rooster presents significantly more fruit on the nose and in the first third of the bowl.)

10 people found this review helpful.

thesillyoldbear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesillyoldbear (4)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

It's described as a broken flake, though it seems more of an untumbled ribbon cut as the 'flakes' are maybe 2-2.5 times the width of a normal flake.

Tin note is odd but very pleasant. Tangy but effervescent, kind of like the sherbet you make in year 7 science with sodium bicarbonate and citric acid but less citrus and more...ooh! Like a rum and raisin sorbet!

I rubbed it out into a ribbon and after about 20-30 mins loaded it into a new Barling bent billiard.

Charring light doesn't reveal anything that wasn't present in the tin note, maybe a touch more nuttiness, so now it's rum and raisin and nut sorbet.

After a true light down to half way through the bowl while the burley dominates, the VA does lend a sweetness. There's a hint of Perique but not much. Nuts, hay and still some definite raisin.

At about the halwfay mark the Perique started too pick up. Not peppery but spicy like hot cinnamon.

It's a very simple tobacco but no less enjoyable for it. Burnt to a powdery, white ash.

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7 people found this review helpful.

Smokntaz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokntaz (1)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Opened my first tin of Exhausted Rooster today. The tin has about 8 months of age on it and smells of sweet rum & raisin. I'm half way through the bowl and the smoke has been very good. The perique is subtle and I can taste the sweetness of the Virginia. I would put this at medium-light in strength and a must try for the Vaper lovers.

EDIT: 2nd half of the bowl was just as good but the perique did pick up in strength. I

7 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Gentlemen, this is one hell of a tobacco! Exausted Rooster is a one of a kind tobacco with the addition of DFK with the VAs and Per.

Even though it has an eggnog like aroma in the tin, as well as when it is being smoked, it is, nonetheless, not intrusive. The sweetness of the VAs marry beautifully with the smoked/spiciness of the DFK and the peppery & plum flavour from the Per which provided me with an excellent and flavorful moment.

This tobacco is rich, tasty and strong in nicotine in an acceptable way.

Like all C&D and G.L. Pease blends, this tobacco gains to be aged at least 1 year before opening.

If I had the option of only 1 tobacco to smoke, ER would be the one.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1608)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Exhausted Rooster.

Brilliant name, amusing tin art, and a sublime smoke. It's that good, when I first put it into comparison with some of the blends in my favourites list it made me think about re-considering them!

I popped the tin open and was met by some 'only very slightly' broken flakes; Broken Flake can't half be a misleading name sometimes (it says Broken Flake on this site, yet it only says Flake on the tin). Even though they're still pretty much un-broken, they rub with brilliant ease; this is made easier by the good amount of hydration.

The hydration also assists with the ignition and burn: easily lit and very steady. And then I love it!

It says there's Perique in this, but I only get a gentle plummy sweetness with absolutely no spice; it works nicely alongside the other flavours, but I doubt it would suit a proper VaPer lover.

The Burley and Virginia are in charge here: slightly grassy, a little fire cured, and somewhat nutty; it's a lot more like a VaBur.

I know a few of the other reviews suggest that maybe a topping of some kind has been used, but this is an attribute which eludes me; the only tastes I get are the ones that would emanate from the tobacco's themselves.

The ONLY negative from my point of view comes partly down to technique: if it's puffed vigorously it can become a touch warm; it doesn't bite, it just gets a little hot.

Other than that though, I think this is absolutely great.... Highly recommended.

Four stars, straight into my favourites list!

Pipe Used: Stanwell 2016

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Gauntleys

5 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (147)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of C&D's better blends IMHO. For one thing the nic hit is solid, and a bit over medium. It reminds me a bit of Haddo's Delight, in that its the same kind of smoke. Smokes pretty cool, but its best puffed patiently. I think there is a very very mild casing, but its not intrusive at all. But its there. The perique is noticeable but not as strong as in Haddo's I dont think, or a number of other vapers. The burley is classic cornell & Diehl burley. Its sharp and nutty and altogether there is a smooth slightly sweet and tangy taste. Im rounding off to four stars though really, its not quite in the classic realm. But Ive ordered more and I expect it might age pretty decently.

Purchased From: 4noggins

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I considered myself lucky to find a Aug '12 can hidden in the back shelf of my local tobacconist. I rushed home and blew off the dust and popped the top. ahhhh that smell.. Had a bit of vinegar smell to it. But underneath the white lid was a beautiful row of golden looking tobacco pressed to perfection at the right moisture content. (Reminds me of Sunday Picnic) I went large and reached for my Peterson XL305.

Holy cock-a-doodle doo! The tin art gives you the impression this is a lazy rooster but this rooster is a fighter! The smell of the Va's start it off, but then it gets spicy. However, the perique is a bit in the background. The burley drives the blend. Then the nicotine jumps in the fight… and I mean Nicotine. I can handle my nicotine but boy this was a shock. I've smoked long enough to know when to the put the pipe down and going large at first smoke didn't help matters. I like the N drug but my knees buckled when I got out of the car after running some errands. This is a great old school smoke with some great flavor. Though the ingredients are common the blend and taste have a refreshing twist and freshness to it. I like it! However, newbies beware this Rooster likes a good fight. Smoke it up!

Pipe Used: Peterson XL 305

Age When Smoked: From Aug 12 tin. Opened 9/10

Purchased From: Jr Cigars

Similar Blends: A bit like Sunday Picnic..

3 people found this review helpful.

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

A very flavorful smoke. I get the Virginias and Burley with nearly equal influence. The Perique lags behind, but provides ample spice. The flavors include raisins, plums, earth, with a mild touch of nut. There is a wonderful sweetness, some of which is topping. Burns slow and cool. Comes a bit dry and needs no drying time. This is a great tasting flake.

Medium in body and taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Mark Twain, Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I bought this bc I like va/pers and I like to expand my experience of the range in a blend style. And, of course the tin art lol. Poor bastard. At least he gets a smoke break. Initially they were out when I ordered it, and they got back to me by email when the had it again. Btw, the people at just for him are second to none on customer service. Actually got back me by way of a personal email. Thanks Amanda.

Tin note is not what I thought it would be. Very sweet, raisins, ketchup kind do of smell too. It translates to the charring light, and and was not my cuppa first time around. It settles in very well though. Presentation in the can is a mess. Not a bad one, but still. All chunks and such. Interesting color layering. You can a few different browns and golds in there. The flakes must be huge when they cut them. Doesn't matter too much to me as I prefer to rub it out nowadays.

The flavor is pretty full after about the first third. I think I'm beginning to pick up on the dark fired Kentucky flavor now. The perique pops up only here and there in the first half and makes itself better known in the second. Peppery goodness and hot a bit like cinnamon. (I put my finger on that after reading sillyoldbears review). I like this one a great deal now that I have gotten about halfway through the can I bought. It's grown on me. Also, I get a nice mellow nic high off this one.

The last quarter of the bowl is turning out to be delicious. Reminds me of how I prefer the the end of a cigar more than the beginning. Full and earthy. I would definitely recommend this to va/per fan, or a full bodied tobacco smoker. I will most likely order more of this in the future, if not just try others from c&d. Happy smoking.

Update: it does much better in my opinion having been left in the can for awhile and coming back to it. I think the flavors came together a bit more. It wasn't as much of a slap on the charring light and smoked down easy, with a nice peppery flavor that I find to be delicious. If I could give it another half star for that I would.

Pipe Used: Peterson #01, MM diplomat

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From: Just for him

Similar Blends: Haddo's delight.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I keep finding myself reaching for c&d blends. Lately they just seem to hit the spot. Anyway enough about that.

The two tins I had of this had a couple of years on them so that might sway this review.

Tin note: ketchup,sugar and spiced rum.

This blend is rather sweet to me, in a good way. I mostly get the sweetness from the Virginias followed by the rum and raisin of the perique. I don't find much of the burley in there. This blend is medium in the nicotine department.

I enjoy this blend. Not my go to blend but would like to try some young and see the difference.

Pipe Used: Hilson

Age When Smoked: 2 years 7 months

Purchased From: Ebay

2 people found this review helpful.

LivingFreeinTN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LivingFreeinTN (24)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Being new to pipes, Exhausted Rooster was my first experience outside of the standard drugstore brands. C&D jumped out at me with their tin art so I made them my first purchase of a quality tobacco. When I opened the tin, I was blown away by the amazing smell of fermented fruits. It was mouth watering. Rubbing out the flake was a fun experience for a newbie like me as well. After filling my cob and lighting it, I was amazed at the smooth and mellow taste it brought forth. The smell from the tin comes out very light in the smoke but even an inexperienced piper like me could pick it up; very pleasing. I'm sorry to say that I'm smoking the last of it as I write this review. Although there are a ton of tobaccos I'm still waiting to try, I know this one will be part of my budding rotation for a while.I almost hope nobody else picks up on how good this blend is so I can have it all to myself lol!! Give it a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dragonslayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dragonslayer (4)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

The Exhausted Rooster, is it too tired to crow? I received a tin of C&D ER a while ago in a hit back trade and put it in my “smoking box”. While searching today for something a bit different the tin came out with a why not, the artwork is cool and my two favorite words in tobacco… Virginian and Perique. On opening it and working my way through the 3 layers of cardboard I'm searching for some tin notes. To say it had a rum aroma would be an insult to rum. This was almost vinegar. This mostly past and some hay from the burley started to show.

What surprised me was the cut. Listed as a broken flake it seems more like the intent was to produce a flake and with too much burley or not enough time, it was basically your first quarter inch cuts for cubing. Fairly dry with only a few minutes after finishing the cubing job, the bowl was filled and the char lit. A flash of spice from the Perique some nut from the burley but no Virginian to be found. First light became what the bowl was about. This was another blend of burley adding a little Virginian and Perique to make it sound different. Thankfully the alcohol smell was gone in the smoke.

The smoke has quality to it mostly added by the cut. Cubing this is the saving grace here. If this was a ribbon and the Virginian and Perique quickly burning off, a total fail. The cubes allow for an even release of a hint of sweetness from the Virginian and the occasional hit of Perique. With a little more of both would make this a smoke for the burley man's rotation. Towards the bottom the Perique steps up and matches with the hay and nut of the burley. The quality of the burley is defiantly above average and the tin should have listed it first. There's nothing Virginian about this, and it's a quality burley, so marketing this as a Virginian I believe hurt the blend for those looking for a burley. The finish unloads the vitamin N with a force, and the quality of the burley and the cut left a white and gray finish with a single tamp and one re-light. So I recommend this to a burley smoker looking for a quality burley that is really a full flake that fell apart into strips and a little Perique and heavy N. This is the first time I've run across a burly that could be cubed nicely and it does make a big difference. I'll be hitting back my traders with this as it was a surprise to enjoy a long smoke with a cube cut BURper.

2 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (190)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

A couple of years old tin that smells of rum and raisins or eggnog. That's a surprise, I thought it had no topping! So this is a good, strong aromatic, the nicotine is quite present. The flavor profile is earthy, spicy and surprisingly cigar like but not at the same time. The topping is there most of the time, raisin sweet rum molasses.

I prefer to smoke it a bit dry so that the topping recedes a bit as I'm not an aro smoker. I certainly highly recommend it to amateurs of strong aromatic tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

Doctor Willet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doctor Willet (6)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Open a tin of Exhausted Rooster and you might think they've mislabeled it. The tin note is a bit fruity for this sort of blend. When I first popped the seal, it smelled pretty strongly of berries; almost like a blueberry pie with fresh tobacco on the side. After a few days of smoking and smelling it (a lot), the initially strong berry aroma has faded, and is now part of the mix of smells I get which are mainly that of Burleys and Viriginas. Additionally, its presentation is much nicer than most C&D "flakes" I've had. These flakes are mostly intact, which I certainly prefer over messy broken flakes and flecks.

The flavor is what's most interesting here, as Exhausted Rooster is a true flavor monster. Burley is the main thing I taste in this, with Virginias pretty close behind, and those flavors are followed up—and supported with that peppery sweet flavor—by what seems to be a perfect amount of Perique. The casings and/or toppings bring the flavor profile to whole other level by adding just enough of a "dark fruit" taste (I taste blackberry and raisin), and a hint of what could be rum. The twist that the casing or topping adds to this blend is a head-scratcher, but it's delicious. It just adds a touch; it's not a berry-flavored aromatic blend, not by any means.

The final notes are on nicotine and tongue bite. As with nearly every C&D blend I've had (around 30 by now), the latter isn't an issue at all. On the nicotine front; as C&D is well-known for their "biteless" blends, they're also well-known for making some strong blends, and Exhausted Rooster is no exception. It's not as strong as some others of theirs, but it's got a noticeable kick. Overall, an excellent blend which I definitely recommend. Mr. Tarler's a very talented blender. However I must admit to a bit of bias though, as I really love C&D's products—both their house blends as well as the Greg Pease recipes.

Pipe Used: Neerup Bent Egg; M.M. Little Devil Cutty

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (147)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This was my first C&D blend!and i confess i am amazed!the tin appearance with the sketch of an exhausted rooster is very different than i was used to see in pipe tobaccos,haha!when you open the tin you instantly smell strong vinegar,plum,spices and citruses.the flakes look aged,they are soft,very managable.once rubbed it doesn't need drying time.lights easy and some relights might needed.while smoking the flavours are very tense and pleasing combining figs,plum,vinegar,nuts,citruses,sour and sweet notes.burns normal and medium hot to ash.the nicotine level is a bit higher than medium.the room note ia a bit all day blend?depends on your smoking profile..a must try?definitelly!this blend is a burst of flavours!i found very similarities with C&D red carpet.

Age When Smoked: Rubbed and packed at once

Similar Blends: C&D Red carpet.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mochzky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mochzky (8)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The first several draws did not fail the tin note. A sweet liquor-like flavoring. But … they don’t use Rum. No flavoring. Still, I can’t believe it. Does this distinctive note come from Perique or Burley? Or both? Whatever, if I follow my inborn sense, this is too much before breakfast, and it gives a bit of a sharp punch on my stomach along with the tangy, pungent taste. I don’t feel any coarseness, however. After the mid-bowl,VA comes in the foreground and what seems to be flashy odor lingers in the background, most leaving through the backdoor. I do not call it inconsistent. In other words, if likened to the world of colors, it’s like undefinable flamboyant colors are coming together to become one familiar color before it is fading out. Again and again, I check the tobacco description of this, which says “flavoring; None”...?

Pipe Used: Bulldog, Dublin, Billiard; I smoke 365 days a year

Purchased From: Cup o' Joe, Smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (106)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

The flavor here is just, well, different--a little smoky, a bit woody/woodsy and slightly sweet. The smoke aroma reminds me of something with brown sugar and molasses cooking over a campfire, but that aroma doesn't necessarily completely transfer to the flavor. There is a light casing, but I fail to identify it precisely. This blend is well-mannered and about middle-of-the-road in both body and strength. The smoky Burley certainly makes its presence known, but it's not overly domineering due to the ample Virginia component. As for the Perique, it only registers occasionally around the edges and more strongly toward the end of the bowl.

Don't overlook this blend because it's worth the side-trip!

1 person found this review helpful.

TnRooster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TnRooster (15)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great tobacco! C&D keeps me coming back for more with entertaining tin art and outstanding blends! ER grabs you from the tin opening with a fantastic fermented fruit smell. The ribbons rub out nicely and stayed lit. The taste is wonderful with the tin notes playing throughout nicely in the background. I am a pipe/cigar smoker from way back and I can say this is at the top of my list for a great smoke.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeyBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeyBear (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

From a fresh tin this is truely a great tobacco. This blend of broken flake is golden and smells great in the tin like rasin mixed with a touch of heaven!

Burns to a white ash right out of a fresh tin (no drying time needed) has a sweet flavor from the start from the virginias and developes rather quickly to a spicy peppery flavor. This blend would be best as a evening smoker with a good scotch/whiskey or strong coffee in my opinion. A nice oaky red wine would also do well with this blend. The perique really comes out halfway through the bowl and dominates the finish. Strong nicotene kick with thick smoke. The room note would be slightly offensive to the non-smoker but rather intoxicating to smokers. Overall this in my opinion is a top shelf tobacco for the experienced smoker.....aeromatic lovers need not apply.

1 person found this review helpful.

JasonDicker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JasonDicker (22)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

With each bowl of Exhausted Rooster it has steadily climbed to my #1 spot of all- time favorite blends, sharing the podium with Sunday Picnic. Being new to C&D blends, I sampled over 40 of their fantastic blends and Rooster was the tin I finished first! That tells you a lot! I love vaper blends, but the addition of burley makes for an incredibly deep & tasty smoke, leaving a lasting impression.

It can be a bit difficult to smoke if not rubbed out and aired properly, but once you are fully acquainted with the Rooster, you'll have a life-long friend!

1 person found this review helpful.

BurleyLegal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BurleyLegal (9)
Medium Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

After spending some time trying this magnificant flake in different pipes and varying stages of rubbing out, I have welcomed the Rooster into my fold of tobaccos that I vow to never be without. The flakes come slightly broken and a tad moist for my preference, but after a brief dryout the Rooster smokes great in whatever incarnation of rubout you prefer. The tin note is staggeringly delicious as many have said (I will add "eggnog spiked with Gosling's rum" to the list of descriptions). If you are a fan of dark fired burley you owe it to yourself to try this one, the burley is delicous and assertive and the flavor sitcks with you for a while after you are done. It has that "just right" amount of sweetness that I enjoy and a pleasantly medium amount of vitamin N. There are some great cigar-like flavors and aromas, and the room note is fantastic (for me, anyway). If you have a passion for BurVaPers like I do I simply cannot recommend Exhausted Rooster enough. Slainte'!

1 person found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I get a distinct flavor of Rum, similar to Barbary Coast, this is even better, to me this is a wonderful burley blend, a good dose of nicotine, with the VA/per taking a solid place alongside... solid natural tobacco tastes, a top strong Burley/VA Flake.

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Morgoth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Morgoth (22)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A true VaPer this is not. The Burley is forward facing, with support from the Virginia and more subtly by the Perique.

I am bewildered by some of the “Flavoring” ratings here...makes me chuckle. To me...a definite Egg Nog or Rum ‘n Raisin, heavily laden, casing. Think rum extract used in baking, versus the alcoholic drink. It is definitely perceptible in the flavor when smoked...particularly the first third of the bowl. This surprisingly does burn off, and some nuttiness of the Burley eventually becomes evident...absolute pleasure for the last two thirds of the bowl.

Rubbing it our further, and letting it dry on a side-board for a couple of hours was desirable. I blew through this 2oz can rather quickly...I must have liked it a lot.


A companion infusion: Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

C& D gives us another winner. The larger flakes in my tin were ~ 2"x3"x1/16" and mostly brownish with some golden and darker colors intermixed. Many were broken up and I don't know if this was by design or occurred in transit. The tin aroma was intense and inviting. The ideal moisture content allowed easy lighting and packing without any rubout and a smoke without the need for relights. At the start, the Perique came thru but then the smoke smoothed out and the balance of the components was great to the end. Give it a try.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (64)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

It's not marketed as a navy flake, but boy does it ring that bell for me... is that rum? That being said.. it's most definitely the burly component that jumps out as you work your way down the bowl... makes it something that pairs well with coffee rather than tea... perique is there but not in a bayou morning type dose... bravo. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars... if you are in the right mood it's a 4... falling in love with Cornell and Diehl I must confess.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (76)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Sweet red virginias complemented by burley and a barely noticeable amount of perique, everything here is done with restraint I won’t say that the flavors interweave each other but I would say that this one was probably made to be as unobtrusive as possible nothing here distracts your attention if you’re doing something else i would not call it boring either it’s just there, the nicotine is barely noticeable, great on a size 3 to 4 pipe kinda meh in something bigger, Would I buy it again...don’t think so , C&D has so many other blends that are more interesting and cheaper.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie 5186B Apple

Age When Smoked: 9 years

Purchased From: Pipe and cigars

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Exhausted Rooster remains to me as probably one of C & D's best tobacco. It's a very well balanced Virginia and Perique that, through the addition of some DFK makes it a very spicy and hearty smoke. And the Perique, being very fruity, brings an interesting contrast to the overall spiciness. I don't know if there is a topping in ER but I swear that I detect, somewhere among the fruitiness and the spiciness, something akin to a very light touch of eggnog!

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (98)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Unnoticeable

By and large I love C&D Vapers, and this sounded like it would be right in my wheelhouse. I was very disappointed to find it flavored very strongly with something medicinal tasting, like clove or eucalyptus, or maybe even mint (reminds me of something between Pepto-Bismol and Listerine mouthwash, ugh). Too bad, because the leaf in this blend doesn't need any help.

Well, I'm in the super-minority here with respect to ratings, so maybe it's an idiosyncratic response to the topping. The flavor description (i.e. "none") is just plain wrong. I fail to understand how over 80% of reviewers could miss this cloying spice flavor.

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Old Jack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Jack (3)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Other reviewers say ER is not an aromatic. I bow to my betters - BUT - what is that odor???? I really think my sample is a little too moist and, therefore, somewhat difficult to rub out.

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

From the tin this stuff smells like Haddo's Delight IMHO. Strong smell of fermented fruit, a little grass/hay, and hints of cocoa. The broken flakes are beautiful, medium to dark with flecks of gold mixed in.

Easy to load and light, whether you slightly rub the flakes a bit and stuff them in or if you rub it out all the way and pack your pipe. A light to medium packing does seem to work better for this stuff. It can burn a bit moist, which can gurgle a bit....I find slowing my puffing helps with this though. Took a few matches to light, but once rolling firm tamping will keep it going.

I know the description doesn't mention any topping, but I swear I thought, at least through the first half of the bowl, that there was chocolate added, or something similar, as a topping. It may be just the flavors combining that give it that aroma and flavor though since it's not overly sweet or like some heavily cased blends. I detected tangy, dark fruit, and sweetness from the VAs. Nuts and chocolate from the burley, with just a tad bit of wood. The perique seems more plum and fruit forward than peppery, but there is just a tiny hint of spice. now and again All these flavors blend well together to make a flavorful, enjoyable smoke. I was surprised how much I liked this tobacco, as it doesn't seem to be like any other Va/Per or Va/Bur/Per I've tried. I would almost put this in the aromatic category based upon my experience, thought again it not overly done.

This is good stuff...upgrading to 4 stars now since I haven't been able to stop smoking it since I popped the tin.

Pipe Used: Rattray Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New from store - 1-3 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A slow somewhat spicy smoke. The burley is definitely present and is a little bitey on the tongue and in combination with the Perique makes this disimiliar from your typical va/bur/per. The Virginia is there but take a back seat role, just providing a bit of sweetness. For my tastes, this isnt well balanced with the burley perique very forward. I'm going against popular consensus with this one and saying it's only ok and will not be reordered.

This review was done after opening, having a few pipes and then letting the tobacco rest for a year to mellow and re-trying. It mellowed a little but not much.

Pipe Used: 61 dunhill tanshell 3T

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (60)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A really nice blend with some complexity. Virginia and Perique are the stars,with some nice support from the Burley.

Not as full as most top quality straight Virginias, but not bland and weak.

Strength is mild to medium.

Slightly sweet, fruity and some nuttiness.

3.5 stars

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mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (66)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was hard for me. I was stuck between 2 or 3 stars, but I am rating it by its lack of Burley vs the Virginia. This is much more a VaPe blend vs the usually classic awesome Burley blends C&D is known for. If I was rating this off a Virginia blend, I probably would have given it 3 stars. It definetly leads with the sweet grassy notes of the Virginia. The Burley lends just enough to give it more taste than a typical VaPe. I love strong Burley blends, and this just did not deliver. The tobacco is quality, packs and smokes well, no tongue bite for me. The nicotine level is nice. If you are looking for a Burley led blend, move on. If you enjoy a VaPe with a bit more kick, you can try this.

Pipe Used: Savinelli & Ben Wade

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (36)
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Cornell and Diehl really made me mad this time. I hate aromatics with a passion. Why don't they mention in the description that this is heavily flavored? It tastes like egg nog. If I had known that it had chemical flavoring I would have never touched it. I am one of those people who thinks that tobacco tastes like it should, without any help. And I know that any flavors you add to tobacco are going to increase the number of chemicals in the smoke. It is dangerous enough with plain natural tobaccos. When you add spices or flavors you add risk. Total fail.

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Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (44)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I agree with other reviewers that this smokes more like a burley than a VA. It is very smooth and subtly sweet. The perique is mildly present and pleasant. Where I disagree with other reviewers is in the strength. I'm no heavyweight, but for a C&D burley blend with perique to boot, this is very mild; not wimpy but mild.

Just as a side note, I didn't really get the name, "Exhausted Rooster." But my wife said it was rather suggestive. "Well, what do farmers normally keep roosters to do?" she asked. Maybe the blenders thougth this would be a good smoke after some hard work of egg fertilization. I'll report back and let ya'll know.

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

in my opinion a very balanced tobacco. Taste according to my opinion: Slightly sweet, with hints of bread and molasses and also some small hints of something that reminds me of cinamon. This tobacco goes well with flavours like a good stored Rhum and/ or Whiskey.

Im new to pipe smoking so i'm reffering to flavours i know instead of different types of tobacco.

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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

The tobacco seemed to be a bit under-developed. The smoke was quite harsh and had an acidic quality against the throat and nostrils. The finish was undesirably rancid. The only upside was the extreme jolt of nicotene.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (53)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not bad. Not great either. Just OK. Very moist so you have puff slow to manage the bite. Tin note is nice. Has some type of alcohol casing. Virginians are sweet. Not enough perique and too much burley. Leaves a cigarette aftertaste in your mouth. I'll let it dry out a bit before I take another stab at it.

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MrPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPiper (30)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have a confession to make. I tried it, tried it again, waited a couple of months and tried it again. I just found it to be simple. I bought an 8 oz. tin and had high hopes but was dissapointed. I found it best after fully rubbing out and drying a bit. Very good tobacco with richly dense smoke, and nice flavor, maybe for me just not enough perique. Also, I am a big fan of "Frog on the Byou" so maybe I am missing the latakia.

My confession is this: I did add 2 oz. of latakia, mixed thoroughly, watied a couple of months, and liked it a lot better.

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bluedog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluedog (19)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I'm kind of caught in the middle with this tobacco. I opened my 50 gram tin about a month ago. I enjoy the tin note of rasin like others have said kind of like a fruitcake. I also like the taste and smell of the bacco but it likes to slightly sting my tongue. Its not a harsh bite and its not so bad that I have to put the pipe down but it is noticable. This is my first experience with perique and I'm sure that's what is stinging me. Iv had the tin opened for a month and still have to dry the rubbed leaves for about 15 minutes. It seems like the rooster needs to be packed more loosely than others and needs a few relights but once it gets going it is not a bad smoke. I would like to try another blend with perique to see how it compares to exhausted rooster. I think I will put the other half of this tin up for around christmas time and see if my tastes have changed.

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juanmedusa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juanmedusa (8)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I seem to be with the minority here but I did not care for this blend. I found the flavoring to be cloying with this one. I am looking for a more natural taste from my va/pers. I get about three good puffs per bowl where I think the tobacco outshines the flavoring but that's it. I would however recommend this to an aromatc / mild aromatic smoker that may not be put off by the flavoring. But not for me.

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

When the rooster crows at the break of dawn,you'll roll over and I'll be gone. You're the reason I'll be travelin' on, but don't think twice. Its all right....... This line goes through my mind as I smoke this fine weed. The lyrics don't have much in common with the tobacco except the word "rooster". It is much better than "all right" and I would never leave it behind..... Come to think of it, I seem to be singing this Bob Dylan song to myself no matter what I'm doing. Anyway...This blend has a fragrant smell upon opening the tin, from the topping, that doesn't carry over that strongly to the flavor of the tobacco once lit. With mostly rich burley flavor, virginia comes through nicely and the perique is noticeably slight. This blend comes a bit more moist than most Cornell & Diehl blends and I dry it for twenty minutes after rubbing out.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

At last, me lads, one from C & D or G.L. Pease that I can truly enjoy.

The previous reviewrs have summarized this tobacco very well already.

Suffice to say my tin was dated May '09 when I opened it today. Yes, there is a topping similar to eggnog that will be present in the taste when smoked, bringing a refreshing addition to the sweetness of the VA, the slight nuttiness & smokiness of the DFK, and the occasional punch of the Perique.

It smokes very well, has a good dose of vitamin N and I thouroughly loved it.

I will buy more and I can garantee you that this one will become part of my top 5 favorites.

You must try the Rooster!

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although not a burley fan, this blend is very enjoyable to me. It's for fans of natural tobacco in which one can taste the actual tobacco flavors. If there is a topping, I don't notice much of it during the smoke. The burley is certainly present, so fans of JackKinfe plug might want to give this a go. It's not the same but there are similar flavors in there.

It's a broken-up flake, and thoroughly rubbed out it's an easy light. The bowl I'm smoking right now I didn't bother - I just shoved a wad in and lit up. In this case it took a few relights, but once on fire it burns steadily and reliably.

The last third is awesome. If the whole bowl was like that it would get four stars.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I was a bit put off by the "vinegary" aroma in the can. Fortunately, the can aroma doesn't affect the taste of this top shelf offering.

Despite what the label reads, there seems to be more than "a dash of Perique" in here. Not that this is a bad thing, the Perique blends perfectly with the Virginias and Burley for a satisfying and tasty smoke.

Can't find any faults with this one...VaPer lovers should definitely give Exhausted Rooster a dance.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (108)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I rather enjoyed this one, the VA's for me had a nice base flavor which balanced well with the Perique and Burley to deliver a bit more of a punch. For me this one hit a bit hard with the nicotine and so it isn't a regular smoke for me. I still have a bit more left from a small sample, so perhaps I'll have more to say about it later on, but as of now not being a huge burley fan and taking a foray into the C&D burley blends, this one comes out as one of the better ones for me.

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Kyrob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyrob (41)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I bought this tin in December based on the name and tin art, and it was definitely better than expected. When I opened the tin and saw the loose broken flake and the marbled and consistent colors of yellow, burnt orange, and brown my mouth began to water. The tin aroma was like plump juicy raisins in a fresh made fruit cake. I did not bother with drying it out as it felt sufficiently dry to the touch as I loaded my first bowl after rubbing it out. Sipping the unlit full bowl brought the raisin taste to my mouth along with background notes of dark fruit.

My initial impression when I lit the bowl was that the blend was pretty bland other than a light spiciness which was most likely the perique. After my first tamp, the raisin-like taste came back full throttle with more of that underlying darker taste that danced from a dark rum back to a dark fermented fruit pulp. The taste of a rich, but not sharp, fruit cake is the best way I can describe this blend. These flavors stayed down to the light gray ash at the bottom of the bowl. I did not find this blend to have a long finish, but it did leave a nice and toasty room note.

I found after having this in my rotation for a week that I preferred it fully rubbed out in a briar, but enjoyed a whole flake stuffed in a cob or meerschaum. Note that I do tend to burn my cobs and meerschaums hotter than my briars. I will definitely be buying more of this to cellar to see how it develops with time.

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vinnie799 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vinnie799 (33)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Man this rooster really crows! Opening the tin I was smelling some kind of sweet liquor, almost had me relapsin'. A broken flake that I find easy to rub out and smoke right away. I did find though if she dries out some it gets like it wants to bite ya. But then when you mess with an Exhausted Rooster ya just might get an adverse reaction.

I like to smoke this blend slowly and boy is it rewarding and the taste stays with me for a while afterward. Just long enough to tell me to grab another pipe and have saome more if time allows. If not, I'm lookin' for anyother chance to fire some up. This blend seems to work best in a medium to small bowl. With a big bowl the rooster just crow too loudly and gets a little bity with all the flavoring burning in there. Yeah , this is a really nice blend and there are several tins under my belt and more on the way.

This one gets FOUR stars without a doubt!

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This is an unequivocal 4-star smoke to me. It thwarted and then exceeded my expectations, which were high to begin with. I've long been a fan of C&D, but I would also say that only a few of their blends are flat-out spectacular. This, I am happy to say, is one of them.

The presentation and burning characteristics are typical of a well-prepared flake tobacco. They fold, stuff, or rub out easily. They are a bit moist, so I recommend drying them for a little while before loading your pipe.

There is a definite topping applied here. I'm not sure what it is, but it immediately reminds me of Haddo's Delight -- it's not identical, but very similar. Upon first light, the flavors of sweet VA dominate the bowl. As the smoke progresses, the burleys begin to assert themselves more along with the perique. This blend isn't exactly complex, but there are some subtle nuances that may at first escape your attention. There's a decent nicotine hit here, and absolutely no hint of bite. The flakes smoke cool and don't require much in the way of relighting.

This strikes me as being -- in effect, if not in design -- a toned-down flake version of Haddo's Delight. It's not quite as sweet or tangy as Haddo's but it's considerably easier to smoke. This is not a bad thing. It won't completely replace Haddo's in my rotation, but it's a great alternative on days when I'm wanting something not quite as full yet equally tasty (which, for the record, means most days).

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ewlewis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ewlewis (7)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

First this is a flake-ish type tobacco for me. I suppose it is a flake, but it easily separates for those who like to break their flakes down. I found it enjoyable whether I folded and stuffed a flake or if I broke it down to be gravity filled.

The aroma right from the tin packs a big sweet, almost fruity, punch, giving a promise of what it may smoke like. The VA's definitely provide a pronounced sweet taste, so much so that I want to say there is a coating on this baccy. The perique does not present itself until later in the bowl and the burley was hardly present for me, other than as a side note that helped add balance to the blend.

This particular blend seemed to fair better in larger bowls, which allowed the nuances to come to the forefront. The strong scent of the the tobacco that is present at first does tend to lay back a bit as the perique comes forth. This could be an everyday smoker for some, just not me. I did enjoy it quite a bit though and will smoke it quite regularly.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Well, this one surprised me! I was expecting a sweet flavored aromatic, could swear I smell a sweet topping on this one by smelling it in the bag, but it never developed in the smoke at all. The smoke from this blend just tasted nice and VA sweet, fuller bodied than a VaPer because of the burley and the perique moves in and out during the bowl, there but not dominating. It is rich and creamy and I enjoyed this bowl all the way down to a nice dark grey ash at the bottom of the bowl. It comes in a nice slightly loose flake, feels someehat damp when handling, which is different for a C and D blend, but several hours of drying in a tray and it was perfect1 Rubbed out easy, packed easy, lit easy and was just a joy to smoke. I only had to relite once about halfway down. For a Vaper fan, and I am, that wantes to try something a little fuller bodied but still taste the sweet hay flavor of the Va and with perique used as a spice, it would be hard to beat this one. Highly recommended!

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Mystic Rune Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mystic Rune (35)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

To me this is a nice anytime tobacco. I detected what I thought to be a scent of a topping in the tin, but it never transfers into the smoke. The flakes are the right moisture level for me. Packs and lights well after rubbing out. The perique is nicely balanced with the Burley and Virginia. Smokes cool, dry and slow. A solid choice in the VaBurPer realm.

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A great all time tobacco for my tastes. The perique addition is very well balanced, so it doesn't adds a unpleasant strength and pepperness to the taste. I detected a very subtle fruity freshness of the pure Virginia. Many of the pipe smokers may consider this flavor a casing. From my point of view this nice flavor comes out from the pure, high quality Virginia. The flakes have a suitable moisture degree, althouh you may dry them a bit to suit your personal preferences. The tobacco packs and lights well. Smokes nicely and slowly. A top shelf choice for all the Va-Per lovers which will also enjoy the Burley addition here.

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funkysideup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
funkysideup (3)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Upon opening the tin the first time I was shocked by the aroma of, eggnog? I didn't let this deter me. The dark brown flakes are a good size and hold together well. ER is a bit moist right out of the tin. After about an hour of sitting out a flake is ready. These flakes pack easily. It's a little work to get lit (2 or 3 charring lights) but no problems after that. It has a sweet taste that is to be expected from a Virginia. There is also a taste I can't put my finger on, kind of like malt. I can still taste ER half an hour after finishing a bowl. All in all I would say ER is pretty good stuff. G

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A very nice VaBur flake. The topping was a bit like eggnog, but not overpowering in any way. I loved puffing on this, and finished the tin pretty quick. Nice tin, as one would expect from C&D. Sometimes they let you down, but often the artwork approaches that of classic cartoons. The burley let itself be a little too well known for my tastes when I puffed it hard, which I was tempted to do because of the sweet Virginia element. I did not taste much perique, perhaps it was there. Sometimes I like heavy perique, so perhaps I'm jaded. I wouldn't put any more perique in this, though; it's fine the way it is. I do like what C&D does with burley; sometimes they could almost convert me.

1-20-10 Just ordered the 8oz can, along with the new Merde de Cheval (horse shit) by F&K. I want to see if the rooster crows as sweetly for me as he did before!

5-3-11 Aging nicely in the jar. I don't smoke this all the time, but enjoy it when I do. It can be a bit of a strong one if you want it to be!

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (262)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

This being my first foray into the world of Cornell & Diehl, I must admit to being impressed. I had heard much good of the company's offerings before, and had read a lot of very positive reviews here, but even after that, I was surprised by this beauty.

Taking into consideration that the C&D offerings are a bit on the expensive side in Europe (there is an 89 % import duty on non-EU made blends), I am currently still expanding my horizons and after all the good things I had heard and read, I thought I could invest in a couple of 50 g tins.

Opening the tin of Exhausted Rooster, I was greeted by what I can only describe as creamy freshness, the Perique and VA reaching out to me with a hint of smokiness in there, with an amount of fruitiness that I at first had to get myself accomodated with; I am not really used to such a combination of forces of VA citrus/orange, Perique freshness and DFK toastiness.

The tin I got contained what may have entered the tin as complete flake slices in the U.S., when it reached me it was basically a rough ready-rubbed which stuffs easily and lights OK -- it was a little on the moist side at first. The taste shouts "tobacco!" from the first full puff; the Perique gives this blend a delightful, champagne-like bubbliness; the VA provides the sweetness and the Kentucky spices things up nicely. Burning smoothly and gently, I'd say this one is for the wider bowls -- it needs some space.

The room note is dominated by the VA with some Perique and KY notes noticeable in a nice way. I was complimented on it by a non-smoker, so I guess it must be pleasant or better.

Exhausted Rooster belies its name though; the strength (fullness and nicotine content) is anything but exhausted, but I guess I can see how a rooster might want to smoke this blend at the end of a hard day of work. I wouldn't recommend this blend to novices or afficionados of English blends, but I believe even Aromatics smokers might get a kick out of it. Beautiful, and even though all C&D blends are in the Rolls-Royce price bracket here in Germany, I seriously consider buying more.

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hillbillypalate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hillbillypalate (20)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Im in a quest of good Virginia/Burley/Perique blend. Tried this blend. This is an ok blend to smoke just to break the routine of your go to smoke. This blend will deliver its potency when smoke on the dry side. First half of the bowl will be smooth and a bit of that perique sting. but the last half is when all that punch will sneak up on you. Dont make a mistake like me smoking this on a XL upshall. recommended to be smoked in a small to medium bowl.

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KAW999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KAW999 (5)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

How should I say this... Exhausted Rooster upon opening the tin I personaly dislike the smell, it is cased rather heavy and not to pleasing to me but it really fills my nicotine need. ER also holds a lite rather well with some effort at drying the tobacco. I've been experimenting with different blends trying to find a all day smoke and I think I will be continuing my quest. I will keep this blend and smoke the three tins I have already bought but I do not think I will buy anymore.

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pghmod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pghmod (5)
Medium Mild Full Strong

Now I may be fairly new to pipe smoking, but I have to chime in on my review of this tobacco due to the fact that an overwhelming amount of people seemed to have enjoyed it, but I have not. The tin aroma is very citrus-like - a tad overpowering and pungent at first, but upon airing out a bit, it calms down to a rather pleasant aroma. My first smoke I have chalked up to poor rubbing, tight packing, and not enough air drying of the tobacco - it was a horrendous experience.

In my second smoke I feel I got things "right" and suffered through no tongue bite, and had to relight far less. I still suffered through an odd feeling through my mouth, and tonsils - very tingly. The flavor still tasted somewhat "burnt" in nature, although it was not smoking hot by any means. My experience with VA based blends in the past has been much more pleasant, with a multitude of flavors coming in and out at various stages of the bowl, but no luck here. My friends have had the same experience, sampling some of my tin.

As stated, my few months of pipe experience may be somewhat to blame here, but take this as a warning to fellow 'noob' pipe smokers - beware of this higly rated blend.

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Captain bob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain bob (38)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

Since Craig Tarler has perfected the processing of Flake tobacco's, I have become a fan like never before. Every one I have tried has the characteristics of perfection in blending, smoothness in smoking, and the wonderful taste and aroma of natural tobacco. The "Rooster" is another Four-Star blend for me. I enjoy the Burley element of this Flake. Every C&D Flake presents a unique charactor to be enjoyed. I recommend them all to you. They're all excellent for the discriminating pipe smoker.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Rich rum, rich fired burley, rich perique. Very good and tasty.

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luvinthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
luvinthepipe (28)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

=supplemental review 6/19/09= I have really gotten into the Va/Per thing now that warmer weather is upon us and I decided to finish off this tin. I like the taste a lot. The eggnog topping is still there but does not in any way make itself into the smoke. The smoke was just a very nice, somewhat cool burning Va/Per. I enjoyed the rest of the tin very much. I won't buy any more because the topping is not to my liking and I have many other tobaccos to try and this one will not make my regular rotation. Perhaps the few months of sitting in the tin did this one well. Anyway, I upped my review to * three stars. If there was a 2.7 I would give it that.

The tin says "a tasty flake of Virginias, dark fired burley and a dash of Perique." To me this seems like a Va/Per from the description. I have to put it in that category by taste exept for one very strange addition. This smells like egg nog. The tin has some nice cartoon like artwork, a catchy name and a description of a va/per flake with some burley in it. For some reason the blender decided to add some egg nog topping that takes away from the potential of a great va/per. It doesn't taste like egg nog but it smells so strongly of flavoring that you think you have a heavily cased tobacco when you open the tin. Look under the paper and you don't find a flake but rather a broken flake which is not quite the same thing. I smoked some and couldn't get beyond the egg nog thing then put the rest into a small sealed Ball jar for 6 months. I have been loving and getting really in to the Va/per experience and decided to pick this up again. Once again I found a tobacco with no identity. It wants to smell like a flavored aromatic, wants to taste like a va/per, wants to be a flake but somehow fails miserably in all areas. I really want to like these blends from Cornell and Diehl because I want tobacco with no humectants, but I can't help but think that perhaps they really need a master blender to make all this ambition really work. It seems like a pipe tobacco inthusiast with lots of money decided to make tobacco but forgot to actually get somebody involved who knows how to make those magical alchemical blends. This blend is all flash and no substance. Just a big disappointment. I will try some more blends from Cornell and Diehl but will I ever really find a tobacco from them that meets my hopes? this blend gives me doubts.

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vincenzo peruggia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vincenzo peruggia (13)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am not a burly fan at all ! Had to go with the rooster when my supplier ran out of my regular C+D blend Sunday picnic , That won"t happen again ! Anyway with full knowledge I don"t like burley in my Virginia read the tin " Virginia Burley Perique !I laid the money down and walked out .I am more lucky than clever!The blend is nice I like it . If I was a burley lover it might well blow me away. i will keep some on hand! I would also like to say with as many blends as C+D puts out I am amazed at the quality of the ones I've tried. It shows they love what they do.I will experiment with more of their blends;and keep the faith. Vincenzo now somewhat a burley believer!

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mrmcmc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mrmcmc (15)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Well folks, this is as close as one can get to an aged Old Vine Zinfindel, in a pipe. Upon opening the tin, it is nearly impossible to want to smoke this stuff. It smells so good, one almost wants to merely sniff this stuff. Hints of chocolate and fruit, almost good enough to eat. An excellent offering in the pipe. Notes of Almonds and Pecans, berries, an excellent Virginia sweetness, held together with just the right amount of spice from the Perique. It does not get much better than this. I can't seem to put this one down, and just ordered another pound of this fine blend. Kudos to Cornell and Diehl, for yet one more excellent offering. I tip my hat to you gentlemen, and I can't thank you enough for this particular batch of weed. Happy Smoking!!!

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Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
Medium Very Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really wanted to wake up to the cock-a-doodle-doo of the rooster but that's probably not going to happen. This is a high quality mixture without a doubt so it gets a full three stars. I just can't smoke something that smells and tastes like a Cadbury rum and butter chocolate bar(IMO). When I smoke a virginia/perique mixture I want to taste only the natural tobacco flavors that are produced with that combination. If you like Virginia/perique mixes to have added flavors atop it's natural base then you would be hard pressed to find better then this and I would never hesitate to recommend Mr. Tarler's skillful products.

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jazzyguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzyguy (15)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What am I tasting???? It is SO delicious and so overwhelmingly tasty that I find it to be one of the best tobaccos I have experienced in over 50 years of smoking pipes. I would never have learned of this excellent blend had it not been for Tobacco Reviews and once again I wish to extend my thanks, All I can say is VIVA EXHAUSTED ROOSTER! (Pardon my shouting but it must be shouted out!)

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (46)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

This rooster is just ok, not somthing Id rush to re-order. I found it to be perfumed up with a topping that kind of reminded me of cloves. Ive smoked only one tin, and it seemed the topping became more noticable the more I smoked. I like Haunted Bookshop much better than this.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Very nice flavored VaPer. The aroma from the tin and the first third of the bowl is so similar to Haddo's Delight that one could say this is a great imitation. So, this mixture's main problem is the unavoidable comparison to Haddo's, which won't hurt it until you reach half the bowl. From there, Haddo's evolves in new subtle flavors, while ER stays the same thoughout the smoke.

If it wasn't for the Dark Lord, this would get 4/4.

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UsaRet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UsaRet (17)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is some seriously good tobacco. When I opened the tin it smelled so good I wanted to eat it. The tobac was a little moist for my taste so I dried it a bit and then experienced one fantastic smoke.

The burley gives a nice medium body to the smoke and the topping is not noticed while smoking. The virginia was in the lead and the perique gives an extra zing without over powering the blend. No tounge bite and it burns to a nice ash all the way down the bowl.

Be forwarned, Exhausted Rooster can become habit forming.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Now, this is a blend to ?CROW? about! Exhausted Rooster is exceedingly smooth, well balanced and with a nice, light touch of perique. The blend also proved to be somewhat puzzling. To wit, although this is primarily a burley blend, I enjoyed it much more in my pipes I reserve for VA blends and less so in my pipes that I reserve for burley blends. What?s that about? Talk among yourselves. I?m EXHAUSTED!

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this blend 9.93 out of 10.

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al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This one is a knock out. I expect flavor from my pipe and this delivers. My experience was very simillar to the previous reviews except the initial perique kick only lasted a couple minutes then it smoothed out quite nicely. Firey is a good way to describe this. I mean that in a very good way.

As far as tin aroma I can't figure exactly what it smells like but it made me rush to get it in a pipe, I'll put it that way. I have smoked mcclellands a lot but am finding the C&D products to smell and taste better to me in most instances. A lot of perique out there gets at my throat like burning tree leaves in an unpleasent way but this C&D is not like that at all. Until now I disliked perique, I think I am converted in this case.

This has a good kick to it but remains soft enough to enjoy. It smoked dry all the way to the bottom with no dottle, just ash. This tobac is the exact opposite of many others in the fact that it starts off sharp and gets better and better till it's over. Never dissapoints at the end and that often makes all the difference to me.

This is not a dark flake unless yours was aged a lot more than mine. I got mine straight from C&D at the pipe show and it was golden brown with small bits of stoved burley scattered about. The tobac is extreme high quality leaf but honestly I had to pick out more stem than I thought I should have.

I believe the magic in this one comes from the fired burley. It ties it all together. Very Nice, Firey and spicy yet smooth at the same time. Superb balance of flavors and does have some complexity. Perique complements the burley and the va keeps it from going sour. So very well thought out. I smoked it straight from the tin with no drying and was very surprised it stayed lit well and burned dry and cool, leaving my pipe dry and clean. I'll try a little air time but it is delivered at very nice moisture level and the tobac is springy when rubbed out.

Very nice and highly reccomended to someone who has a little experience. This could be a little too much for a beginner. My friend who smokes aromatics could not smoke this more than 5 min at a time. Said it was too much for him and I know he wanted to dump it but did'nt want to offend me after what I paid for it so he probablly is hurting right now in the tongue. Again it is a superb blend if you have a few bowls of english or straight va under your belt. If you are an aromatic smoker it might bite you hard and is not a good starting point to cross over- comprable to a good red va as far as tongue bite issues go.

I think you owe it to yourself to try this.

Update: not really smoking this anymore, I just can't find long term satisfaction in a burley. Still for those who like this kind of thing great tobacco.

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drmeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drmeer (20)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Good stuff, with a nice smell in the tin. Lights well, smokes pretty dry, but smoke it slow or it will give you the shakes. Kidding... but like strong liquor, sip it.

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muddler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
muddler (6)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The scent on first opening the tin is scarily similar to that of Haddo?s Delight. But the backy didn?t hold this scent as long as HD does. It?s a dark flake & was presented at the perfect moisture level. It lit with no difficulty. In spite of the 'just a dash of Perique', it was the first thing I noticed ? a flush that soon passed, softened by the Va?s. But the Perique was there, a little touch of spice on the tip of my tongue. And then the Burley came through, nutty & solid, straightforward but rounded. Until two-thirds of the way through the bowl. Then the most remarkable change occured: it all backed off & was replaced by a soft, creaminess ? quite perfect. A bit like Lindt chocolate. I could detect no dominance of ANYTHING at this stage, apart from a certain smugness. At this stage too, my wife noticed the smoke & commented that it smelt wonderful & mild. The pipe is a Pete deluxe which I?d just given a quick reaming with my pipe tool. It is one of my older pipes ? I have a soft spot for it since I bought it from the Pete shop in Dublin. Now I?m about ¾ of the way down the bowl. The cream is still all there but the perique is creeping in again. Bliss...

This is a very fine smoke indeed. Highly recommended.

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Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'll most likely come back and update this after a few more bowls in different pipes. I've smoked it in three different pipes thus far and will today fire up a deep and narrow bowl in one of my favorites. This, like most others, reacts differently to different bowls. So far it is a major thumbs up - for lovers of Burley. I prefer Bluegrass Melody (best fresh), Solani Aged Burley Flake as well as the Wessex stuff, Gawaith's shaggy Kendal Kentucky, know, the darker Burley blends, unflavored thank you. While E. Rooster isn't exactly unflavored (the very slight whatever it is adds to the tobacco experience instead of sitting as a seperate flavor) the main experience is that of dark Burley with just a hint of Perique (a little less would have been OK - but it doesn't detract) and some VA to sweeten things out a bit. If you've ever smoked a really straight dark Burley you know it needs "something" to hang it's hat on. To complete that analogy, this is a dark brown fedora with a cocoa band pulled down over one eye with a wink and a knowing smile - a HIT right in the 9 ring...very, very good stuff.

Update: Two notes: One: This works VERY well in deep large bowls. I tried this twice yesterday in a monster sized cherrywood poker (long shank stem) and it was sublime. Two: While working on a trade to get MORE of this I discovered that C & D are now doing 8 and 16 oz. tins via their website. currently the pounders are going for $50 - to me, for this quality, it's a steal!

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant

This VA/Bur/Per blend is just what I expect from a top notch tobacco company. The balance of tobaccos is excellent, the quality of the tobacco its self is top shelf and consequently the end result is one fine blend. The tin note is of pungent fruit with just a bit of pepper from the Perique. The dark fire burly adds combustibility to the blend and perhaps a bit of earthiness. The blend is never overly sweet, but never gets sour either. It also burns without any problems to the bottom of the pipe. It does seem to favor a larger pipe, but can be enjoyed in all sizes.

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Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Was lucky enough to receive this as a sample from a good friend. After opening the package, got a fruit like smell- Citrus? I let it air for about an hour and the smell disappated. Rubbed them out and Loaded into a Ser Jac Bulldog reserved for Va/Pers. The initial taste is of a good stout Burley, Perique, Virginia in order of dominance. At the start, the perique is prickly, but not in a bad way. Just letting you know it's there. The Citrus/Orange? flavor plays lightly, but it's there. This is a good solid smoke. Nice flavor, Med Strength, Dependable to the bottom. I like it very much. C&D flakes just get better and better. Try it. You won't be sorry.

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varg winter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
varg winter (11)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Opening the tin, I was suprised with a nice fruity-like aroma coming from the beautifull tobaccos wich is pretty intense. The virginia dominates then the perique. I fully rubbed out two flakes and put into my pipe. Light my pipe the virginia and perique dominates playing with the dark fired burley till the end. The tobacco is slow burning becouse of his humidity. I smoked it outdoors, smoking indoors I let a pipefull dry out for 30 minutes after rubbed it out. It's fine to have "a dash" of perique in this blend, more will be to much. This blend is a true masterblend and all components are in the right proportions. Enjoy the magic coming from C&D! Highly recommended!

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