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Blending Tobacco. High grade Old Belt Red Virginia cut in the easy-burning ribbon style. This naturally sweet leaf not only packs a fine bowl straight from the bag, but also boasts excellent aging potential.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This straight red Virginia is lightly tangy with some dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of art. Has a minor spice note. The nic-hit is very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns clean and cool and a little fast as the tobacco is fairly dry. Has a mostly smooth flavor, though it loses a little sweetness in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves very little dampness in the bowl, and needs few relights. The after taste is kind of bland. Lacks a little of the depth one usually expects from this varietal, but has enough flavor to work as a mixer, and an all day mindless smoke. Two and a half stars, rounded down to two only because there are other blends like this that have more depth of taste that I have rated at three stars. It does work better as a mixer.

4 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (129)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I find some of the reviews somewhat misleading. The idea is to review this tobacco both based on its blending potential and on its own. For starters, I'd say this tobacco ticks a few many boxes in terms of what I expect from all Virginia type tobaccos. It has earthy and hay undertones, does not smoke hot in your bowl, it won't scorch your tongue, has plenty of aging potential, and it is quite good in its own right. As this is just a base tobacco with no added flavours, it can be enhanced with the addition of perique, cavendish or other Virginia leaf. And yes, I can see there is plenty of potential here. Beause this tobacco is borderline full in the taste department, I think it would certainly benefit from an addition of twice as much bright Virginia leaf to tone it down. As you progress with your smoke it gets creamier and creamier, so not boring at all like some reviewers seem to be saying. Every now and then I detect sort of a cigarish undertone, but not very pronounced. If I come to think of how much this tobacco costs compared with other brands in the same range or tier, this tobacco has an added bonus in terms of excellent value for money. All and all I find this tobacco above the standards in many fronts, so I am happy enough to award it with 4 stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

The tobacco itself was delivered very dry and consisted of a short narrow ribbon with a few "fish flakes." It was a mix of shades of light tan and brown. I tried it as delivered and with the addition of some moisture. The hydration brought out some flavor and slowed down the burn rate.

Smoked, it was good but not very exciting. It was slightly sweet and tart. I did not get much fruit, but there was a little. It burned cool and was an easy smoke with the flavor level on the mild end of the mild to medium spectrum. It terms of strength, it is a mild smoke.

This is a decent smoke, and I have no regrets. I am unlikely to buy more, but if I had a pound of it, I would not be challenged to smoke it up. I am not a blender, but I can imagine this might work well for that.

3 people found this review helpful.

The Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Hun (28)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was somewhat surprised by this tobacco since my previous experiences with red virginia was in blends and with McClelland's 5100 Red Virginia. This is no 5100.

Rather dry in the bag, C&D's 525 lights readily and has a strong, almost cigar-like flavor and aroma that develops more as you go down the bowl. There is not a tremendous depth and variety in this tobacco, but there is a good deal of strength and the nicotine level is high.

I find nothing wrong with this tobacco as a straight smoke and imagine that it would blend well with other tobaccos. Unlike McClelland's 5100 I do not forsee blending this with stronger mixtures to cut them back--on the contrary, I can see using this to strengthen those I find lacking.

Although straight virginias are infamous for biting, I have experienced none--and I have a tendency to puff hard and fast.

A tasty tobacco that I reach for when I want a cigarish blend. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Various Briars, Corncobs

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Red Virginia Ribbon.

This was from 4noggins so as always the moisture of it's great, I'm yet to have a bulk blend from them which is too dry! The ribbons are a mixture of medium brown and yellow and some are a little twiggy; a bit twiggy but still smokeable.

The smoke: it's a deeper Virginia than some of the ones that only give sharp citrus, or hay. The smoke has all of the characters I love from a Virginia: tanginess, dark fruit, and sweetness. There's no added flavouring, the smoke's pure and rich. It burns cool, and very independently, albeit quite fast if puffed with vigour.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

A top quality Virginia. Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Atinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Three weeks

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

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

525 - Red Virginia

Star Rating = 2.75

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

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 7

Burn = 7

After Taste = 7

Raw Score = 45

Rated Percentage = 75%

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

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