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An unusual combination of burley, Perique and Turkish tobaccos.

Notes: This was an Atlas Blending Corp. mixture. Cornell and Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.5
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (659)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl have created blends I loved, blends I sort of liked and blends I have not liked. With this one, they've created a blend I find characterless (although this supposedly is an Atlas blend they picked up).

A mostly mahogany brown mix of what appears to be pencil shavings and twigs, this has a heavy tobacco bag aroma with a very faint citrus note. Based on the definition of Shandygaff, I would guess it to be ginger but that very slight taste was more 7-up than Ginger Ale to my taste buds. It was very much to the rear. Up front was the "flavor" of non-descript burley with a perique overcoat. Whatever flavor this is supposed to have was garbled and confused. Mostly the effect was warm air with the full spectrum of nicotine.

Recommended for cigarette smokers looking to move to the pipe. Other than that, there's really no point to this one. One star ratings are usually for those blends I hate the taste of but this one earns one star for being a waste of time.

4 people found this review helpful.

Brooklynsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brooklynsmoker (10)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

What an interesting tabaco. I just got two ounces from SP.com and It is real good.A burly perique that has something else going on.Came ready to smoke as far as moisture and took flame real good.It is kinda a cross between OJK and briar fox in my opinion.Not a smoke for a hard puffer, just like Briar fox You need to sip and take your time or you will get bit.There is a fine sweetness and a nice nic hit like OJK.I did not get a ginger taste or salt like others but it did leave a pleasant after taste. A good smoke if you like Burly.

Pipe Used: Some briars

Age When Smoked: pretty new I guess.

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

Similar Blends: Briar fox and Old Joe Krantz.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1051)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

The burley is toasty, nutty and kind of bitter with a dull card board taste. The Turkish is sour, smoky and woody. In a supporting role, the perique has a very light spice hit, and has some raisin and fig notes. The topping is apparently a lightly applied ginger, but it doesn't do much for this blend. The percentages of the tobaccos dull the effectiveness of the burley, and the overall sourness is unattractive, especially when a noticeable tone of cigarette becomes more obvious in the final third of the bowl. The perique doesn't do enough to off set its short comings. Burns well and fairly cool, has a little nic-hit, and leaves no moisture. The after taste is no different than the actual flavor of the mix.

2 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (166)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

My girlfriend and I had tasted several different Virginia blends to add to Shandygaff to give it a little more sweetness (she prefers her blends much sweeter) and we settled on McClelland's Virginia Woods. While McClelland's has the best Virginia's on the market (IMHO), they have almost no nicotine, C&D has all the nicotine and great Burleys but their Virginia's are not as rich as MCC. So we tried several variants and settled on 4oz of Shandygaff mixed with 2oz of Virginia Woods. Man the VW elevates Shandy to a whole nother level! We both really love this mix and she has started labeling the Ball jars as "Summer Woods". We wish C&D and MCC would combine forces on a blend or two, C&D Burley with MCC Virginia making a Two Friends type deal. I think it would be a huge hit...

This is not a review based on 30 year old notes I had written in a notebook on a pre Viagra night in 1978, blends change, manufacturers change hands and tobacco crops differ year to year, because of that I only review a blend if I have smoked it in the last 6 months or so. Saying that you loved 3 Nuns since it contained perique doesn't help the guy that wants a review of the Macbaren version with Kentucky, see what im getting at? :-) I asked Rich at 4Noggins to get this in stock for my Dad so if you have wanted to try this blend now is the time since he just got it in stock this week and it is very fresh! I love the cedar / #2 pencil / salty taste I get from Shandygaff. I mostly agreed with the positive previous reviews. This blend is much closer in taste and cut to the John Patton blends than the traditional C&D blends since it is far from harsh or rough and the cut is also much finer than most C&D bulk blends. I was wary not ever having a blend without Virginia or Cavendish to sweeten and smooth out a blend with Turkish and Perique but there is some sweetness present perhaps from the Burley? Really really tasty and the closest thing to an all day blend from C&D that is not an aromatic. No dottle or wet pipe cleaners and the room note while not Apricots or Vanilla did not provoke violence from the ladies in the room so that's a plus! A nice Nic hit but not overbearing at all.

Boo boo dee dee da dum... -Bing

Age When Smoked: Fresh Bulk

Purchased From: 4Noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (51)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just bought an ounce to try before stocking it. Bag note: cinnamon raisin bread. Moisture level: perfect, ready to smoke. I'm not a big Turkish smoker, because I tend to associate Turkish with cigarette flavor. But this blend is amazing! It's the sweetest non-aromatic that I've ever smoked. It tastes like Old Joe Krantz dipped in corn syrup. And these flavors are natural, not some sugary topping. Shandygaff behaves very nicely in the pipe; it's easy to light, stays lit well and it burns cool and reasonably slow. This blend tastes like I want Five Brothers to taste like after it goes nuclear (about two minutes into the bowl). I'm very impressed! Smokes to a fine ash, leaves the pipe clean and dry.

Pipe Used: MM DIPLOMAT COB

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Shandygaff certainly lives up to its description when they say it is unusual. Honestly, I'm not sure if I would have purchased it, the combination of tobaccos didn't sound too promising to me. I knew I had to try it though when 'chaplikc' handed me a sample and said "You have to try this!" I'm glad he did.

This blend is full of surprises. Frankly, I had my doubts when I got home and looked up chaplikc's review. Salty? Yes, kind of. It does remind me of the sea air.

In a medium sized bowl, the Perique started off a bit strong for my taste, but soon settled down to a very pleasant level. In a narrow bowl, the Perique was much better behaved.

Burley is the base, and it forms a very sound foundation in this blend. The surprising thing, to me, was the way the Turkish supported the Burley without becoming overbearing.

After the first 1/3 of the bowl is where I feel Shandygaff really begins to shine. The nutty/bitter Burley is in full bloom with the Perique doing a little dance in and out. The Turkish is seasoning things ina very enjoyable manner.

At the end, I often got the usual "flourish of Perique" as the bittersweet Burley retreated. The bowl was bone dry with nothing but a powdery ash.

2 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (92)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was an interesting blend to try. I got a sample from a friend and was able to smell the tin as he put some in a baggie for me. The aroma that hit my nose was oddly enough that of Va and ginger ale, an aroma that I never thought I would pick out from a freshly opened tin of tobacco. Upon lighting the tobacco the taste of some wiley Va's hit my buds and as I continued to puff I exhaled a bit through my nose, this proved to be a good tactic with this blend as I again picked up some of that ginger ale flavor that I found so perplexing from the tin note. I found this blend to be one that I was willing to smoke indoors, and especially enjoyed during the spring season, it is a bit biting if one is not careful to sip as you usually should with VA's. I smoked this one during my second real streak of interest in Va's and found that it fit right into the rotation. If you smoke alot of Va's and you are looking for something a bit unique to throw into the mix, try this one, I don't think it will disappoint.

1 person found this review helpful.

Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (146)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I had high hopes for this blend. Ginger is a favorite of mine. In the summer months a shandy is a great thirst-quencher. So what went wrong? I found the ginger casing used in Shandygaff to be artificial tasting and the perique is used with a heavy hand. Too much pepper ruins the ginger. Seems like a recipe for disaster to me.

1 person found this review helpful.

Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok, I'm not an aromatic Guy. Really don't like the stuff- Seems the taste is always kinda flat. If your anything like me, You'll probably like Shandygaff. Not unlike Spice nut, It has a great tobacco flavor, with a touch of something else. Mr. Dottle says ginger- and I won't argue. By definition, Its Ginger if the name is accurate to what it is. Whatever- I dig it. Great burley, Turkish tase. Throw just enough perique to make it spicy, and throw that flavor.... Its exotic, Tasty- and can throw you a mean head buzz if your not carefull.... Give it a shot.....Its worth it.

1 person found this review helpful.

The Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Hun (26)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know about this one.

As I have mentioned in other reviews, I love perique and the spicy goodness it adds to blends. Even though I can gets its tingle in this mixture, it can't save what came across as a muddled mess called Shandygaff.

I got no ginger. I got no saltiness. All I got was burley and turkish trying to fight each other for supremacy with neither one succeeding.

Maybe my taste buds are shot. Maybe it's a bad batch. The tobacco did behave well in the pipe and burned completely to ash, but other than that I can only recommend this somewhat. Someone may find it interesting.

Pipe Used: Various briars, cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh from bulk

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

Unlike the two previous reviewers, I did not detect a salty taste in this blend nor was I reminded of the sea air. What I did taste in this blend was a lightly spicy, gingery flavor that, for me, grew old quickly. The description does not state that ginger topping is present but another C&D blend, Valle Crucis, does have a ginger topping. Not knowing what 'Shandygaff' meant, I subsequently looked it up and it is defined as ?A drink made of beer or ale mixed with ginger beer, ginger ale, or lemonade.? So perhaps my taste buds were true to me with this blend. Shandygaff is a good and different tasting occasional smoke but not an all day smoke or a regular smoke for me.

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

I rate this tobacco 6.9 out of 10

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I had to try this when I read the description. This is indeed an unusual combination for a blend. The burley took center stage followed by the turkish and then the perique. It is hard for me to describe the flavor in that I've never tasted a blend quite like this. It is nutty, salty, and had a pleasant sourish note that intermingled in the flavors. The perique would come in and out of the flavor throughout the smoke. This smoke very cool and packed very easy. Overall this kind of reminded me of the ocean or sea for some reason. Maybe it is that salty element that is in this smoke. This is a definate must try for the adventurous or curious.

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