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Cavendish, Perique and Turkish make this a fine alternative for you English fans.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsCavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium to Strong, Strong
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Smoke this leaf slowly and respectfully. Keep a glass of cold water or a pint of chilled ale close by to sip on, as the grey smoke produced rather dries the mouth. This is a tobacco for the pipe that tastes, moreso than any other, like a cigar. It holds this distinction for me even above those mixtures I have smoked that are supposed to contain cigar leaf.

The full bodidness of the rough cut burley predominates with a flavor so earthy as to be occasionally dirt-like. The Perique cannot be tasted en force and serves mainly to add a pepper spiciness. The Turkish lends none of the balsamic essence for which it is so renowned and essentially does nothing but make this stuff go straight to your head. A strong full smoke, beginning to end; perhaps even moreso near the end where it becomes, at times, cloyingly bitter.

Not bad, mind, but I doubt if I would want this mixture throughout the day. Truth be told, I had always imagined Merlin as smoking Grouse Moor.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Appearance: Predominantly medium red, with flashes of lighter and darker components. The cut is random with some medium width ribbon, but mostly small cut. Like most C&D blends, this is on the dry side.

Aroma: I smell the virginias as much as the turkish and perique. This may be because of the overall dryness of the blend.

Packing: Packing is easy in any size pipe, owing to the smallish cut. No special care was needed to get a springy surface with just a slight drag in the draw.

Lighting: Just average - char , tamp and relight.

Initial flavor: This was well balanced for its genre; a non-latakia oriental blend. The spicness of the turkish, and the mustiness of the perique were countered by the virginia weight and sweetness.

Mid-bowl: Continues to burn well, developing nuances of flavor. It remains cool and dry, a well behaved blend in every way.

Finish: I felt it became a bit stronger in taste at the end of the bowl (I usually do), but not overwhelming. The ash was pale gray, and the pipe was clean.

Summary: A very tasty, pleasant alternative to latakia blends. Definitely richer than C&D Oriental Silk which shares some of the same ingredients.

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