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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
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (854)
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

6 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (185)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very broken flake. Black with patches of off-white bloom. Hard and dry tobacco. The bag note is dried fruit with an acetic note. It looks, smells and feels like a stoved Va.

Lights easily and burns cool and dry. The opening with this tobacco is stellar. It has light, clear citrus notes and a pleasing acidity. It has a refreshing sweetness like lemon sherbet. Don't be mislead by the 'cavendish' label, there is nothing whatever cloying about this tobacco. I can't detect any flavour additives.

About a third of the way into the smoke, clove and other spice like components of a phenolic character assert themselves. This adds an oriental like dimension to this tobacco. This is definitely not a linear or monochromatic blend.

I found the last part of the bowl of this tobacco to be on the harsh side, with a specific musty and slightly bitter taste that I wished were less pronounced. Nonetheless, this is a very good tobacco and those like me who enjoy fermented Virginias and stoved tobacco will appreciate its nuances, whether it is actually a true cavendish or not.

Edit 6 March 15. After smoking about 2 ounces of this I'm a little more dialed into its flavour profile. The burley component is much more in evidence and I strongly suspect the mystery component is deer tongue. I have taken to adding 5 to 10% Perique to 'brighten' this tobacco thru the latter half and it turned into a fairly decent smoke in its own right.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier/MM Legend

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28472)
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.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28472)
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.

1 person found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (109)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

This is quite different from many years past. Previously, I think C&D were getting this made for them by Lane where the typical green river tobacco was made into a sweetend but unflavored black cavendish and susequently was washed to reduce the sweetness. The current version is rather earthy with a slight dark chocolate aroma and cigar leaf character. this doesn't work as an aromatic blender and is more of a specialized blending component for more straight mixtures. I not sure it would be that good even for a straight english but I found it's greatest affinity would be towards ribbon virginia/perique blends. The old stuff was what I was looking for as a blender and I have noticed over the years that some of the older blends are quite different and suffer for this change in character i.g. Two Friends Redwood. I would imagine C&D are producing this in house and that may be the problem. This tobacco isn't "cavendished" thoroughly enough. They are more of an advanced amateur opperation and lack the industrial capacity and expertise to properly produce certain products.

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