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Blending Tobacco. Unsweetened Cavendish

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

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish
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Mild to Medium
None Detected, Very Mild, Mild
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (607)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Looks like your basic vanilla black Cavendish and even has some of the bag aroma of BCA. Black wide ribbon with some grayish color. Taste-wise, it's very clear that this is where something like Lane's BCA gets its genesis. However, this is not your average goopy aromatic that leaves a wet heel. The point of this seems to be as a blender, which is the reason I bought it. There is no vanilla taste but there is a slight, dark sweetness - different than a stoved Virginia... not as naturally sweet but just as dark. More caramel-y but like caramel with most of the sugar removed. In a word, exactly what I was looking for.

I'm working hard on an oriental-no latakia blend of my own. Whereas I prefer the flavor when I use a stoved VA, this was an interesting sidetrip. I'm going to use this on a sub-type but I'm not as close to finishing it as I am the main blend (without this added). Basically this brings a less firmly-backboned sweetness that will reduce the richness of an oriental blend while coloring the blend in a different manner. Kind of a caramel taste, but caramel "lite"... like a caramel for dieters or something. Hard to describe but really interesting, and destined for my blending table.

Pipe Used: meerschaum

Age When Smoked: new

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SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Bulk: Sweet carmel smell, like carmel popcorn. Grey black, various chunky pieces rough cut. Rather dry but not crispy, not sticky.

Packing & Burning: Clogged the airhole each time it was packed and difficult to get lit. Tool numerous relights and vigorous puffing to keep it lit.

Taste & Aroma: Straight: The smell fron the bag is not at all replicated. Not overtly sweet. Completely lacking in depth. Seemed to show promise of being dark and toasty but did not deliver.

Mixed: With a few VA blends, all that BC does is impart a dark complexion, obscuring the nice VA character.

BC does the make the smoke last longer, slowing the burn rate.

Overall: Go to 4Noggins bulk blending section for another description. If this is representative of burley cavendish, I can't see it as adding much substance. The aroma in the bag is not matched by the taste or aroma. The only thing it does is slow the burn rate. 3 stars, for what it is; two stars, for what it does.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

I am reviewing several C+D blending tobaccos as a precursor to some blending experiments. I know not many people blend, but these reviews may provide some hints to those wanting to do so.

Stock Black Cavendish - the staple of many blends. Smokes cool with little bite, but also little flavor. Best in the designated role of a cooling agent and carrier for casing. Though if you want to smoke a very mild burley tasting tobacco, this could be it for you.

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