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Perique, bright flake, Turkish flake and bright Virginia ribbon combine to make a memorable smoke.

Notes: Oriental Silk was introduced in August, 1996.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (834)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Fun With C&D Samples, Vol. II, # 1

Sometimes you get lucky with samples. Sometimes you fire up your first bowlful and, after just a few puffs, think to yourself that you have a winner. And sometimes that feeling lasts throughout the entire 2 oz sample baggie. This is one of those times.

As mentioned, the cut of this (wide ribbon with some chunks and narrower ribbon) looks like it would burn like tissue paper but somehow C&D has managed to make it burn nicely, if a tad quickly. I've smoked and reviewed all the McClelland Grand Oriental series and I enjoy several of them but this one adds a nice shot of testosterone to the flavor. This is a bolder smoke than, say, Drama or Smyrna in the GO series. Oriental Silk has all their flavor and then some but also a good deal more body and "satisfaction factor" (which may be simple nicotine). The room aroma is redolent with spices and incense and the flavor is a wonderful spicy sweetness. The perique is barely there but does seem to escalate the flavor somehow. It has a "bite" and I mean that in a positive way. It doesn't bite the tongue but it has a nice sharp burst of flavor, like Sobranie or Dunhill 965 does. The flavor of this demands to be actively experienced from the first puff. I wouldn't call this wildly complex; instead I'd call it excellent from charring light to dottle - just a wonderful flavor that I intend to go back to over and over. If I could smoke just one tobacco... well, I'd be irritable for sure but if I HAD to, this would be on my very short list of choices.

C&D has nailed the VaPerTurk! These guys continue to impress me, even though I don't appreciate the taste of all their blends. They are truly working to put something out for everyone. Most impressive blender!

27 people found this review helpful.

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

What took me so long to smoke this blend? I think it is an overlooked front runner and the taste was sublime. The strength of this blend is what attracted me to it and the Perique element is so slight that it can go unnoticed at times. Turkish leaf smacks you immediately with a burst of deep flavor that reeks of quality.

Good job, C&D!

24 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 was much more than I expected. The flavors are rich and there's a depth that's hard to account for. Not sure where that's coming from, but it's very welcome. Turkish forward, but the sweet Virginias make a strong showing. The Perique is very light, but discernible. In a word, delicious.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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19 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been on a Turkish kick of late and recently bought some Oriental Silk. The pouch scent is mainly sour, but in a good way. I did dry the entire ounce sample that I bought as it was a little bit moist for my personal taste. My first reaction to smoking Oriental Silk is that it is a fitting name for the blend. OS is a silky smooth offering. The Orientals take the lead, but the Virginia is just right and the Perique is definitely noticeable, especially as each bowl progressed toward its end. I like small to medium amounts of Perique, but if you are not of fan of Perique, this might not be your best choice as I do think there is more here than others have mentioned. For me, along with the sour, comes a wonderful sweetness and a small amount of mustiness. The Oriental and Virginias come together in perfect harmony. I have wondered if there is a small amount of added sweetener but I can’t say for sure. OS is not a strong blend, but it does have a bit of backbone to it too. I would put it in the medium category in the strength department, unless you smoke it quickly and then…. Oriental Silk has quickly become one of my top three or four C&D blends!

Age When Smoked: new

16 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2152)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The smokey, dry, moderately spicy, floral, buttery sour Oriental/Turkish take the lead much of the time, but this isn’t an Oriental bomb. The bright Virginias offer a bit of citrus, some grass and earth, along with a little tangy fruit in a strong supporting role. I suspect a little orange or red Virginia is present because of that tanginess. The raisin, fig and spice from the perique is fairly noticeable. At times, some ingredients show a bit more than at other times. The nic-hit is mild to medium. It won’t bite, but the pepper will tingle your tongue a little if you puff fast, so it needs a slow smoking cadence. Burns just a little fast with a clean, mostly smooth with a hint of a rough edge, along a fairly consistent flavor. Requires few relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl as it easily burns to ash. The after taste lingers just a little. It has a fair amount of body for an all day smoke.

14 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell and Diehl has an affinity for blending mixtures with weighty tobacco flavor and Oriental Silk is no different. It’s comprised mostly of brightly colored Turkish and VA leaf with small dark flecks of perique, and the pouch note is fruity, a bit sour and smells a lot like freshly leavened bread dough. When lit, it becomes fast apparent that this is not your typical mild-mannered and/or lightly nuanced “Oriental” blend.

This is a stout and spicy mixture with a dense semi-sweet, tangy flavor. And while not as exotic as I expected, there are still some subtle mushroomy nuances, occasional hints of pepper and a few floral notes to be had. But for the most part the smoke is heady with substantial body and it literally coats your mouth with tobacco flavor. Oriental Silk is smooth and balanced and it’s expertly blended to emphasize strength and assertive Turkish flavor character. Retrohalers will find much delight in its invigorating pungent sting.

Quality tobacco flavor with good backbone and best savored at a slow sip.

Pipe Used: Briar & Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

10 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I think that I've enjoyed the erstwhile #414 more than any newfound blend in years...and years. Maybe it's just that it hit me at just the right point in my own 'taste preference progression thing' - lucky me! It's not overly complex...just another VA/Per/Turk...being Perique, bright flake, Turkish flake and bright Virginia ribbon...but it has a fantastic all day kind of straight flavor that just 'clicks'! The sweet bright VA's being balanced by the sour Perique and the tangy Turkish. It's a small sized ribbon/shredded cut, soft and easy to pack. Lights easily and evenly and burns readily but is managable with proper attention (as with amything of this cut a fairly constant light tamp is needed til the halfway point). It does especially well in deeper bowls but I think putting it into too small a bowl would be a sad thing. lol It's also easy to obtain (not a small thing any more) and for what counts today as low prices.

I'll let DK's spot on review below stand as representing my thoughts as well, I couldn't have said it any better!

So let's finish by doing it this way:

1st star: availability (yes, it gets a star for just being there) 2nd star: low pricing (and another because I can afford it) 3rd star: managability of the leaf during packing and smoking 4th star: interplay of excellent flavors

So, mixing the practical and the comes up with a 4-star rating.

10 people found this review helpful.

Funn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Funn (16)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I am scared of perique due to my own stupidity of hearing descriptions of spicey,peppery,et al. Got a sample of this years ago from C&D & finally decided to try it. It looked as if it would burn hot. Light flakes,squares, flat chunks,etc. Smells Virginiaish (Funn Dictionary). Have tried it in small meers, briars am currently smoking a second bowl in a Peterson System 309. I don't understand how Craig can take a feathery light blend that should burn like tissue paper & transform it into an amazing mixture! This is Va.lights & perique at it's BEST. Ultra mild light Old Gowrie. Gravity feed it lightly,grind up some into crumbs or dust on top for combustability (Funn Dictionary). And take your time. This is light Va and Turkish. I huff some and sip discriminently to start with. Don't epect Va. sweetness or perique biteyness or complexity as I did.Take your time and the subtlety of the Va and Turkish will reward your mouth exquisitely. Make sure you have something to drink because it will dry your mouth out. My preferance is green tea. I was shocked at how smooth and biteless this blend is. I bought a lb at the CORPS Show after my sample was gone. Smoking this gives me images of Holmes & Watson dressed in whites at a summer lawn gathering,Bengal Lancers enjoying it in the barracks shade,Sopwith Camel pilots in the summer's heat w/a lager. Cary Grant and Errol Flynn at a Beverly Hills pool party w/Vodka martinis. I light this continously till it doesn't light anymore then gently tamp stopping at any resistance. I can exhale thru my nose occasionally with no ill effects. This burns leaving the pipe walls clean down to a fine grey ash with no liquid or gurgle. The well of my System was left dry. You have to sip this and breathe smoke to appreciate the Turkish blendation (Funn Dictionary) w/the Va.s. Smooth as silk. Highly recommended to any mild Va. smoker but with a drink.

9 people found this review helpful.

Wetheel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wetheel (4)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried Oriental Silk after reading a review by "the Professor," and it's been my all-day smoke for over five years. The Prof said to smoke it slowly, and he understated. Smoke it even more slowly than that.

In fact, I screen it before smoking. Cornell and Diehl favors a rather fine cut (2-3 millimeters) to begin with, and the package contains a good deal of crumbs. Right out of the bag, the tobacco almost flares up, with the natural result that the smoke lacks flavor. It does indeed have some of the character of cigarette tobacco. Use a kitchen strainer (NOT the same one the wife uses--no amount of cleaning will prevent a lot of discussion) to remove most of the fines, and the blend takes on a darker, richer flavor and aroma. It's very satisfying that way.

Smoke it dry, too. Craig Tarler is famous for shipping his product without much moisture, and adding much water to this one will make it burn hotter and lose flavor. After screening, I put the tobacco in a Mason jar, add a teaspoonful of water, cap it and put it on the shelf for a month before cracking the seal. The bright Virginia gets better with age, up to perhaps 3-4 years, though of course it usually doesn't last so long.

Focus! A fill can go for an hour, hour and a half, if you concentrate. Counterintuitively, when the flavor's best, lay off for a moment rather than sucking on it. Smoking while working often means mindlessly pulling on the pipe, overheating the tobacco and getting a fairish nicotine hit but less of the subtle taste. Beginners could well choose a different blend; Oriental Silk calls for a bit of technique.

6 people found this review helpful.

Cappadoc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cappadoc (9)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A total sleeper blend. This is a wonderful tobacco for any lover of Turkish/Oriental leaf, especially those who don't want Latakia. There is a hint of perique pepperiness hiding under a sweet Virginia, but the Orientals are what steal the show. A delicious tangy tin note translates into a slightly spicy bowl with strong wood notes. Medium body and taste and a perfect change of pace as Oriental forward blends without Latakia are not very common, especially at an economical bulk price. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Billiard, pot, prince, apple, meer, rhodesian

Age When Smoked: Fresh and aged 1 year

5 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Upon reading some of the other reviews ( which I usually don't like to do before I make my own ) I noticed a lot of conflicting information. I suspect that since this is a Bulk, there maybe differences in the moisture content and pipe types smoked. My sample is about 4 months old, smoked in a cob and on the dry side. The "fish food" cut was easy to pack, light and stay lit at a slow sip tempo. The Orientals are out front from start to finish, Perique is none existent ( maybe near the bottom) and you could have fooled me if this contains Virginia. All in all, an easy none complicated, one dimensional smoke for when you don't want anything heavy, this is spicy. I could see myself smoking this outside in public because it stays lit so well at a slow sip so you're not generating clouds of smoke. Really too light on N for me but nice once in a while.

Updated 1/2/12= I've had this cellared for about a year and I've hydrated it slightly, and what a difference. The Turkish are more subdued , the Virginias and Periques are now noticeable. Perique provides some spice and interest. For anyone who has tried P&C "Marquee Series; Sweet & Savory" this is very close, not as smooth and no maple tin aroma but close. I will think about moving this to 3 stars but have other blends that I like better, still too spicy for me.

Updated 7/12/12- I'm still having problems with the heat/spice from this blend. It just isn't smooth enough to move to 3 stars. I have to agree with reviewer ,CaptnDan 01/29/2006, in that I also get a slight taste of Burley. Smoke this fast and you get a milder Old Joe Krantz. P&C "Marquee Series; Sweet & Savory" is better than this. I won't buy again.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

The chunks pack very easily. Pretty smooth smoke. But gets a little stronger towards the bottom of the bowl. The turkish, virginia and perique meld together to form a enjoyable smoke. I can not figure out which is dominant among the three types of tobacco. I am leaning toward the vaper with the oriental somewhat in the rear. Taste like a mild Bayou Morning with added Oriental tobaccos.

5 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Appearance: Mostly medium tan with a fair amount of pale yellow, and a small portion of dark leaf. The cut is random with some medium width ribbon, but mostly small cut. Like most C&D blends, this is on the dry side.

Aroma: The predominant part of the aroma to me seems to be the musty smell of perique, backed by the dry "grassy" aroma of turkish. I don't detect much, if any virginia sweetness.

Packing: Packing is easy in any size pipe, owing to the smallish cut. No special care was needed to get a springy surface with just a slight drag in the draw.

Lighting: The tobacco lights easily, sometimes with one Vesta.

Initial flavor: I get a tingle from the perique first, followed immediately by the spicy nuttiness of the turkish. I don't get much from the virginias, they seem to be too light to contribute much weight or sweetness to the mix. The first impression is light, but quite tasty

Mid-bowl: It burns quite easily, but does not get hot unless puffed agressively. The orientals start to dominate the blend here, with the perique playing harmony, and the virginia still stays in the background. The smoke lacks density, probably because of the lack of more mature, darker virginias

Finish: Even smoked slowly, the bottom comes fairly soon. I detect a slight bitterness, and some added strength at the end. I also detect a slight dryness in my mouth when I finish the bowl. The ash is clean and pale gray.

Tried in the following pipes: Several Sasieni Family era Four Dots, a GBD Militaire.

Summary: This would be a great tobacco for warm weather, when darker virginias and latakia are too heavy for me.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

I have now smoked a fill 2 ounce baggy of this blend and I have to say I enjoyed it. It is a nice light smoke, all natural, clean burning, and flavorful. It has a sweet, fresh pouch aroma, it consists of a rough cut mix of khaki and dark brown flakes of fine cut tobaccos and in my case arrived at just the right amount of moisture to smoke right away without any drying period. It packs easily into the pipe, is very easy to light, and smokes nice and dry all the way down to the bottom of the pipe, leaving a fluffy steely grey ash. It is not biting at all on the tongue, and could easily be an all day smoke.

The flavor is a very nice mix of grassy, hay like Virginia, the sweetness of the Turkish, and just a touch of the spiciness of the perique. It overall is sweet and a little creamy. It smokes all the way down without getting harsh and keeps the character of the tobaccos for the whole bowl. The room note is pleasant, I enjoy it and I received no complaints. This is a fine example of what C and D can do with their fine tobaccos. I would highly recommend this blend to all non aromatic lovers.

Pipe Used: briar, cob, meers

Age When Smoked: 1mo after receipt

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (322)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had a friend send generous samples of Pegasus, Orion's Arrow and Oriental Silk. I seem to have reviewed the first two and and never got to writing up the Oriental Silk. I have one more bowl left in the sample and it is time.

This is a wonderful combination of natural tobacco flavors. I claim there is no topping, and the individual tobaccos are identifiable in the flavor profile. The Virginia is bright and sweet. The perique is sour and a little peppery when pushed. The Turkish is spicy and contributes to a slight whiff of incense in the room note. The Turkish has a distinctive "mouth tingle" I have experienced with other oriental blends sometimes. It starts as a med/mild in terms of strength and transitions to a medium about mid-bowl. Think of it as a cousin of Old Joe Krantz.

It all works very well, and it is a tasty blend that is easy to smoke. I will buy more of this and would recommend this to anyone who likes orientals. It is a really a 3.5 on my rating scale. I have not bought it by the pound, but I will. If you want to try a VaPerTurk, this is an excellent place to start.

4 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

After finding Orion's Arrow so much to my distaste I was pleasantly surprised at Oriental Silk. With ingredients seemingly so similar one would not expect such stark differences. Oriental Silk is most appropriately named. It is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and incredibly smooth, very smooth. For those times when I do not feel like wrestling with Old Joe Krantz and also not wanting the demands of a Latakia blend, this fills the bill nicely. Everything works here; no bite at all, pleasant aftertaste. A superb all day candidate. This would make an excellent blend for someone wishing to try a non-aromatic without getting into a full on English (whether Latakia, VA Flake, or VaPer). Also recommended as a good start for a new pipe smoker who is a cigarette smoker as an introduction. A blend one can start with and remain with while checking out the array of other blends. By my own method of ratings, 4 star is only given to 3 star blends I have repurchased. But I make an exception to my personal rule here. Excellent.

Pipe Used: Corncobs, briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh production

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oriental Silk is not a very 'interesting' blend. That doesn't mean it's bad - just that there isn't much going on as you smoke it. If you don't like the beginning of the bowl, you won't like the rest.

Definitely not one for the beginner, I believe that a bit of inattentiveness could produce a serious bite.

The Perique lends a nice backdrop for the interplay between the Va and the spicy Turkish. Neither the Va nor the Turkish dominate, rather they seem to meld into a spicy sweetness that at times produces an aftertaste that almost suggests the presence of Burley.

I realize that a good balance between the various typed of leaf is desireable, but in this case, the balance is almost too good. What could have been an interesting blend turns out to be a bit cloying.

4 people found this review helpful.

J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (37)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Oriental Silk is definitely amongst the better offerings from Cornell & Diehl. The tin/bag note is sour, almost off putting. The cut is a nice ribbon and easy to pack, easy to light. It's a tad dry out of the bag, so no drying time necessary. At first light, it's very grassy and you get that sour note from the orientals. As the bowl progresses it turns buttery, a smooth oriental forward blend with a slight undercurrent of sweetness. The perique is almost imperceptible, providing a bit of body and adding to the play of spice in this blend. Although rich in flavor, I found this blend a bit "airy" and dry in the mouth; rich in flavor, yet this is a mild-medium blend. Not a favorite, but it's growing on me. 3.4 stars. Recommended.

Pipe Used: MM Cob and briars

Age When Smoked: less than a year

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

devinci40 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
devinci40 (4)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Being a burly fan this was never on my try list. Irish flake and junk yard dog are my go to tobaccos. Ill have to say this one caught me by surprise. I bought 2 oz bulk, it has a sweet aroma,it looked and smelled of all the things I dislike in a tobacco.The first bowl was just OK..But the perique send me back for a second bowl. I know some on here said the perique is non existent, I have to say this stuff had enough perique to clear my sinus. Not a whole lot of flavor complexity but I dont think that was the point of this tabacco it is a simple blend,well balance and makes a good all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another nice tobacco by Cornell & Diehl. Kind of a subtle smoke; no one taste or flavor jumps right out. But patience is a virtue. This tobacco grew on me; I found myself reaching for it pretty regularly instead of many other smokes.

This reminds me of other C&D blends, including Virginia Gentlemen and even Sunday Picnic, both of which I also enjoy. If you like a clean, natural smoke with a noticeable amoount of Turkish, punch this ticket.

3 people found this review helpful.

periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Simply put, Delicious! A keeper for anyone who enjoys the flavor of turkish tobacco. Extremely well blended.

3 people found this review helpful.

trevert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
trevert (32)
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I've doen a total about-face on this blend. Initially I didn't like it, but it won me over. It's many things I normally don't like in a tobacco- pale, golden, sweet, grassy, and heavily Virginia, but somehow all the components blend together into a fascinating harmony. It's very finely cut, and is easy to smoke too quickly - I wouldn't recommend it for a beginning smoker, lest he bite his tongue or crack his pipe. Given relaxed puffing and slow savoring, though, it comes into its own with a sweet and very pure taste that always reminds me of a summer evening.

3 people found this review helpful.

Theologia14 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theologia14 (17)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is absolutely magnificent! I was not expecting this blend to be as good as it is based on description alone, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

So as you can tell, I really like this blend and it has become a regular in my rotation. The tin note is grassy with a bit of fruity sweetness, but then the orientals play in the background giving off some sort of nutty, tangy, earthy smell that I can't really describe (the Perique may be contributing to that tangy smell).

On first light I am bombarded with the virgina. It is a Virginia forward blend (which makes it perfect for me). The oriental settles in pretty quickly providing that nutty mysterious flavor throughout most of the bowl. The perique though is what really keeps the whole thing interesting. It's not as perique heavy as other blends in my opinion, but its just enough to warm the senses with its spicy flavor. What is impressive to me is that it smokes just like a good old Va/Per, for an all day smoke if you'd like, but you can also sit down and tease out the different nuances and enjoy the blend. It is just a great over all blend that I especially will enjoy in the warm summer months.

Mechanically, I've never had any relighting issues except those caused by user error. The blend smokes down to a fine white ash every time. I did get it to bite me once when I was really puffing hard on a short smoke break, but it was an extreme scenario. I don't think you will experience tongue bite in most normal situations.

I'll be picking up a pound of this sometime this year to cellar. I bet this will get better over the years to come.

Pipe Used: Neerup Poker, Briar Works straight billiard

Age When Smoked: New Bulk

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

matthew miller Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
matthew miller (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The guy from C&D had run out when I called so he 'knocked' some up for me. This was at least 10 years ago and I did not care for it so it rested in the bottom of a box in a large bell jar until I moved and found it. The aroma is tangy and mushroomy, very redolent of Perique of which there is more than a small amount as I can see it It in the blend. Tangy and peppery with a great burn and I can taste C&D's Izmir distinctly. Now a very good blend and a good find

Pipe Used: smio satou dublin

Age When Smoked: 10 years

Purchased From: C&D

Similar Blends: sunday picnic.

1 person found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (109)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The oriental blend is very good.. The oriental flavor is smooth and non biting . The perique adds a degree of elusiveness.Virgins and maybe a hint of cigar leaf makes this a sublime a tasty blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (98)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Exotic, musty, slightly pungent, and kind of herbal; this is a delicious blend with a sweet tobacco flavor and a very slight woody finish. The Perique works well in the mix without upstaging the complex flavors of the Orientals. No Latakia.

Pipe Used: wide chambers, but not too deep.

Similar Blends: H&H/Sweet & Savory, McC's/Drama and Smyrna, or maybe even Low Country/Waccamaw -- but better than any of these.

1 person found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (93)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I plan to keep this in my smoking rotation. The Turkish (Izmir?) is definitely dominant. It has a sour and spicy quality that I really enjoy. The bright Virginia and Perique work well together. The Virginia provides its hay and slight sweetness with the Perique offering mostly spice and pepper with a little fig taste. I don't know the proportions of this blend but it tastes like about 50% Bright VA, 15% Perique and 35% Izmir. A simple yet complex blend that highlights the fine qualities of Turkish tobacco.

(Edit) Definitely not 35% Izmir! More like 10%.

Pipe Used: Briars, Meers, Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well balanced blend that delivers through the bowl. Orientals are sharp, but not harsh, particularly on retrohale. Sipping fills the palate with a pleasant sweet flavor. Burns clean to the end. Definite four star blend!

Pipe Used: Basket Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

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Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (17)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note was pleasant, with a sour, sweet aroma. My tobacco was at a moisture ready to pack. It took a few charting lights, but once lit, it stayed lit. Burned nicely to the bottom with a nice dry ash. I enjoyed the oriental tobaccos flavor and aroma. Overall this tobacco was sour, slightly sweet, and a bit spicy, more spicy towards the bottom. It also had a few puffs with a musty flavor in the middle, but in a good way. I enjoyed this smoke alot, and recommend it fully. I normally smoke aromatics. As a side note, the pipe I smoked this in was a smaller Kaywoodie Flame Grain 12B Straight Bulldog that originally had a meerschaum lining. When I got it, the lining was destroyed and the stem had been chewed off...several times. I filed a new button into the stem, making this a "nose-warmer", the 4-hole stinger is still in place. I used an inexpensive pressed meerschaum calabash mini-pipe for a donor bowl. I removed all of the original meerschaum liner and added a cork seal. I then cut the shank off of the donor Meer and turned down the bowl to fit. The pipe now functions like a true gourd calabash, with an air pocket below the removeable bowl. This tobacco in this pipe smoked excellently.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie 12B modified w/true calabash bowl

Age When Smoked: New

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ferncourt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ferncourt (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Terrific blend. Well balanced. For those who love the Turkish accent, beware, because that accent disappears after about a year. Still a 4-star smoke, but different from fresh.

Pipe Used: Purchased at Smoking Pipes

Age When Smoked: Smoked fresh and aged

Purchased From: Best in a small to medium billiard

Similar Blends: Same tobaccos as Orion's Arrow with different ratios..

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point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl makes hundreds of blends that I need reviews on TR to help me decide which to sample, and this is on top of the list. Vaper with oriental, simple but impressive combination. Easy to work with and good for all day smoke.

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