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Red Virginia and unsweetened black Cavendish (Kentucky Green River Burley) are mixed in a blend that is reminiscent of the old Rattray's 'Dark Fragrant.'

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The red Virginia is dark fruit sweet with a little earth. They say the black cavendish is processed from Kentucky Green River burley, and I believe it because I certainly taste some toasted nuttiness and a drop of molasses and wood from it. It plays a nice back up to the Virginia, and it appears they did not sweeten it, but I get a sugar note from it. The nic-hit is medium. Well blended, you’ll taste everything you’re supposed to in every puff from start to finish. No dull, weak or harsh spots to be found. Requires very few relights. Won't bite. Burns at a reasonable pace with a cool, clean lightly sweet flavor, and leaves no moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant after taste. An all day smoke that easily keeps you interested.

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

My sleeper pick for favorite new tobacco of 2010!

I loved the strength and the sweetness (natural), of the leaf. The Burley Cavendish was mixed expertly with the quality Virginia. It burned nice and dry with nary a nip.

I've decided that extolling the virtues of Winchester without sounding truly excited is impossible. This is great stuff!

12 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is an interesting blend. It struck me as a blend that came about when someone at C&D wondered what you would get if you replaced the burley in Pegasus with red Virginia. Initial impression is good but nothing too exciting.

It grows on you, and I have a pipe with a tapered bowl that gives me a wonderful smoke with this. It is slightly sweet with a hint of fruit from the red Virginia, and there is a smooth, soft quality to it. The last half of the tapered bowl picks up in sweetness and intensity. There is a certain delicate quality to the taste, and it is very enjoyable. I do not discern any topping, and the tobacco flavor is good.

Mine came a little damper than probably anything I have ever bought from C&D. I have not dried it, and have smoked it as is, being careful not to pack it too tightly. Eventually I may try drying it a little, but I have not had problems with damp heel or gurgle.

This is a remarkably good smoke that falls in the "all-day" camp. It is subtle and not a powerhouse. I claim it benefits from a dedicated pipe. It may not appeal to everyone, but if the description sounds remotely appealing, you should give it a try.

5 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (99)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

C&D's Winchester features a gently sweet/zesty Va melded with a velvety Cavendish to produce a creamy, luxurious non-aromatic smoke. Sip on this one and allow wisps of smoke to wreathe through the nasal passages while the full mouth-feel of the Cavendish washes across your palate. The honest tobacco taste is manly: assertive without being harsh; sweet without being saccharine; and earthy without being bitter.

Easy to light and burn; good smoke volume; medium nicotine hit; nice alternative for smokers who are tired of the ubiquitous, overworked condiments: Latakia and Perique. This works best in a well seasoned pipe with, in my experience, a medium capacity bowl (I use a ¼-bent bulldog, ~17mm). It puts me in a serene, contemplative mood. Can you tell I like it?

5 people found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (47)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This was a surprise for me. I had never heard of it. I was ordering sample of C&D from my tobacconist and checked it off. Wow, I like tobaccos that you can smoke often and this one can be smoked all day every day. It's funny in that the first few bowls didn't rock me...kind of like GL Pease's Stratford but when you just TASTE it a few times it grows on you. I admit I'm hooked now and it is one of my favorite C&D blends. It hits the rotation daily.

4 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

Winchester is good Virginia blended with quality black cavendish. This means that it gives the smoker a multilayered but never cloying sweetness. One will taste the warm, bracing flavor of simple red Virginia leaf, which has, in and of itself, an underlying sweetness. Couple this with Cornell & Diehl's black cavendish, the single most honest and masterly black cavendish to be found today and you have a combination of mere mild sweetness and a genteel, restrained sweetness that common aromatics could never aspire to. There is true tobacco flavor here, but it flirts with you from behind a voluptuous, velvet curtain. It puts me in mind of a seemingly proper, but slightly naughty Southern hostess.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This is my first %100 non-aromatic. It makes a great transition blend in that respect. Very mild comparatively, however it never tastes flat or dull. Always rich and satisfying. This blend showcases all of the flavors I was looking for in my aromatics but could never quite find under the casing of those blends.

2 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (121)
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: Mostly flavorless and slightly sweet, this is mild tobacco done too generic to be anything but boring.

If you like your flavors flat and unthreatening, Winchester revives many of the blends of old: a bland flavor of Virginia and unsweetened Cavendish made from Kentucky Green River Burley, merged together, becomes an invariant and unexceptional leaf taste with barely measurable doses of Nicotine. The Cavendish has an earthy watery peat flavor that is particularly unnerving. I like the theory behind this blend, just not the implementation. On the plus side, dumping in some dark and white burley and adding a patch of Dunhill "Nightcap" makes an interesting, relaxing bulk smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Strong Strong Medium Tolerable

456 - Winchester

Star Rating = 2.75

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 7

Bite = 7

Burn = 7

After Taste = 7

Raw Score = 44

Rated Percentage = 73%

Comment = Strong Flavor, has a bit of a Bite, This is not a very good smoke

1 person found this review helpful.

dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (75)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

The VA spiciness in my somewhat-dried-out sample bag shines through here.

A decent tobacco- nothing special.

Images evoked: a caravan of marauding undead barbarians stopping on a tropical isle, lying on the beach, mid-day, trying to get a bleach-tan.

Update= Time is not kind to this blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As noted, in part, at C&D?s web site:

"Winchester - the city, not the rifle - is strategically located at the mouth of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Winchester was the most fought over town of the Civil War. It changed hands 72 times and was the site of three major battles.?

Winchester (VA) changed hands 72 times in the Civil War? So neither the Confederacy nor the Union could WIN WINchester (for any length of time) but which side finally WON WINchester? It makes no matter now but the winsome WINchester, the tobacco, WON me over. This is another nice blend from C&D that I found to be on the medium to strong side with natural, tobacco flavor. At times, it had cigar-like notes about it. At other times, it could be ?red Virginia sweet? and flavorful. I also noted that in some pipes it did grow a bit harsh towards the bottom third of the bowl but this could have been because of an inadequate cake. In most well caked pipes this was not a problem and proved to be a great smoke from beginning to end. This is not an everyday smoke for my tastes but it is a real nice after dinner smoke on the front porch.

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

I rate this tobacco 8.7 out of 10.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

There’s not a lot of blends like this on the market nowadays. An unsweetened, old-time American mixture of Virginia/Burley/Cavendish with no topping, no hint of liquor, no vanilla, just tobacco.

I found the flavor of Winchester to be centered on the subtle bitterness of C&D’s burley. The Virginia and Cavendish help to sweeten and round out the edges but they don’t entirely spell the character of the burley leaf. Oddly, the Cavendish is noticeable and it lends body and a gentle creamy quality to the smoke that really comes through by midbowl where the overall flavor is much more harmonious than dissonant. This is a decent smoke with pure tobacco taste and a woodsy, bittersweet & slightly spicy finish.

Altogether, Winchester performs well. It’s easy to pack and light and burns cool regardless of cadence. This tobacco produces a large volume of smoke and even smaller sips can be worthy of a smoke ring or two. I ran this through a few cobs, which seemed fitting, but for whatever reason it tasted best to me in a briar.

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William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (76)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Winchester is a simple, but tasty red Virginia blend with some unflavored Black Cavendish thrown in for a little toastiness. I actually ordered a few ounces of this stuff on a whim and the few ounces will translate into about a half pound purchase. I'm exploring Virginias and have been becoming more of a Virginia smoker; this blend is an excellent introduction to that World.

Rich, flavorful, and wine-like red Virginias, which are combined with Black Cavendish, are all that are present in this blend. At least, from what I can gather and what I can detect. There is no topping and there needs not be any. This Virginia has enough going on to need no supplementary flavorings. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this one. It's definitely a keeper.

The trouble here is the rating. For me, it's a sold 3.5 blend. Winchester has the flavor and the body that I want in a Virginia. No airy, steam-like experience , but definitely not overwhelming either. Just good flavor and mild complexity. A true all-day tobacco. Virginia purists may not like it because it's a bit boring. That's okay, I like boring a lot of the time, but this is not boring to me. I can sit and think about what I can taste in the blend or I can mindlessly puff away. I love the stuff, myself. I can't wait to see how it ages!

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Flame Grain

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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

I was put-off by this one. Will leave it at three stars for now and give it time to mature a bit. The Burley seemed to dominate too much and the combination seemed quite harsh. Knowing how Burleys can get better with age, "I shall return!"*

* Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Later attempt: Burley, burley, etc. Strong Burley.

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