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A natural blend of Latakia, black Cavendish, rough cut Burley and Virginia ribbon.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (101)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A very enjoyable full - very full American English. I have been a Fan of this one since 1999. I have no idea why the rating is so low as this blend is excellent. Full in nature to almost very full. Wonderful Sweet and Sour taste on the palate. If you love a Full well balanced English then this should be on your must try list.

Pipe Used: Unmarked Freehand

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Pirate Cake & Star of the East - are similar to Constellation in strength due to the Latakia content. PC & SOTE have Oriental tobaccos - Constellation has Burly tobaccos instead..

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very good smoke. Well balanced and fairly rich in flavor. The Latakia, Burley, and Virginias provide ample smokiness, earthy nuttiness, and sweetness. The Black Cav adds a note of toast. Medium body and medium to full in flavor. A solid 3 stars.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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4 people found this review helpful.

EAL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EAL (36)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I feel sorry for those who might be misled by ratings here and would disregard a blend like this because of silly numbers or stars.

The flavor matches any expectations one would have from the blend description. In other words, it tastes like a blend of Latakia, black cav, burley, and VA. And a very good blend at that.

The tobacco quality is top notch and the balance of flavors is superb. Each component contributes its fair share. There is a medium to medium-full proportion of Latakia flavor but none of the other component flavors hid behind it.

I like the saltiness from the natural black cavendish working with the Latakia. The Virginia throws in a little sweetness along with some tang, and the burley does its thing too.

This is fantastic pipe tobacco. The fullness and complexity does not take it out of the running for a great all-day blend.

4 people found this review helpful.

Black Seamus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Seamus (56)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like the moisture content of my tobacs to be very dry. This sample of #411 is almost crispy.

First third: Burley is evident at the first light, followed quickly by the Latakia and the Virginia tobaccos. There's a hint here of something that reminds me of the Gawith line of Virginias. Burley tends to be the major player, though not by much.

Second third: The Virginia flavor, which leans toward tanginess, tends to take the lead, with an underpinning of play between the Burley and Latakia. I'm not noticing any of the overt sweetness I had expected due to the inclusion of the Cavendish leaf. That faint hint of "Gawith-ness" continues.

Final third: The Latakia has taken the lead in the final part of the bowl. The Burley leaf has taken on its charactristic bitterness which plays well with the smokiness of the Latakia and the tanginess of the Virginias. The Cavendish has lent body to the entire bowl, but has never raised any distinctive flavor. There's still that hint of "Gawith-ness."

If you like Barking Dog, Morley's Best, Easy Times and the like, you'll feel right at home with this tobacco. A very interesting take on the American/English genre which has been mastered by C&D. I get the idea that if you find the right pipe for this blend, it could become an all-day favorite.

2 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance and Aroma: Looks like an Americanized English Blend. The typical combo of colors and leaves very apparent. Latakia is the predominant aroma.

Packing and Lighting: A breeze as is typical from C&D. Moisture is perfect.

Initial Flavor: The Cyprian Latakia is predominant,but settles quite quickly.

Mid-Bowl: This blend is well rounded with all the leaves mixing well. No one leaf ights for predominance.

Bottom of Bowl: A slight increase of strength and flavor, just a good solid smoke. All is dry and mottled gray at the end.

Overall: This is solid blend that is perfect for all day smoking if one wishes, but is nothing spectacular.I won't be purchasing anymore, though. I suppose one could do much worse. I'll stick to "Hanted Bookshop" and "Pirate Kake" for now...

1 person found this review helpful.

Eddie Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eddie Rich (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Had to try it since I like astronomy, and it's not a bad tobacco but it didn't blow me away either. There are no flavorings and the mix is very ... ummm ... neutral, bland, plain Jane tobacco taste. It's not strong and the mix has very little taste. It is similar to the C&D Mountain Camp but doesn't have that earthy taste. If you like a mild/medium smoke with no flavors, I'd highly recommend this. It's a good smoke for the ride to work or morning coffee, but I think there are better blends out there.

Pipe Used: MM Ozark Mountain, Ropp Poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 3 months

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Nobody has rated this review yet. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (109)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Summary: this American English mixes Black Cavendish with sweet Virginias to produce a piquant, mild smoking mixture.

This blend feels like an Americanized version of Dunhill "My Mixture 965" but with a salty Black Cavendish instead of the sweeter version, and sweeter Virginias instead of the richer varieties. The Latakia taste appears first in interplay with the tangy Orientals, then the Black Cavendish takes over with a dark, dried vegetation flavor, with the Virginias providing a constant sweet backdrop and the Burleys filling out the middle. The result has the sweet-n-sour balance of a good English with the fuller body of a Burley blend, but tends too far toward the sweet and salty, making this piquant blend somewhat cloying.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine forum member "fnord" for this sample.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - My Mixture 965, Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany, Cornell & Diehl - Engine 99.

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Ring88 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ring88 (10)
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I'm not caring for this blend it is Flat and not that strong I was hoping for a 965 or a Billy Bud or any Ok McClellands blend this was a big let down

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