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Cavendish cut burley, Turkish, Latakia and Perique. Similar to the old Balkan Sobranie White.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2152)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

No, it’s not similar to Balkan Sobranie White because this is an American English blend. The very nutty, molasses sweet burley is the star component. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is an important secondary player that never takes a lead. At most, it occasionally competes with the burley, though it seems just a little less potent in the last third of the blend as the Turkish shows itself a mite more. The Turkish is woody sweet with a touch of sour, and lurks in the background just below the level of the raisin, plum and peppery perique. Both underscore virtually every puff. The nic-hit is just a little over the mild threshold. Burns well, cool, clean and smooth with a rich, mildly complex flavor from start to finish. There is an occasional light inconsistency in what you'll taste, but for more often than not, you'll observe all the flavors you're supposed to in each draw. Won’t bite, and has no dull or harsh spots. Easily burns to ash with very few relights, and leaves no moisture in the bowl. Has a nice smoky, woody sweet after taste with a little spice. The room note is almost sweet campfire-like. An all day smoke.

8 people found this review helpful.

Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The claim that this tobacco is similar to Balkan Sobranie White is somewhat true. The tin note is almost exact, but the taste is somewhat lacking. One thing for instance is that from my recollection Balkan Sobranie White was a VA based tobacco. But these are not detractions from the tobacco unless you are buying it specifically to replace Balkan Sobranie White (which goes for a pretty penny on eBay). The tobacco is a beautiful mixture of colors and is inviting to the eye as much as the nose. The tobacco burns very well and does not ever get too hot or wet. It has a very nice Latakia note that is complimented by the Turkish and Burly. I also like the added condiment of Perique it all seems to be in quite good balance. This blend is one of my new favorites, not because it is a replica of Balkan Sobranie, but because it is a good blend in its own right. If you want to have a bowl similar to Balkan Sobranie try Smokers Haven Our Best Blend.

8 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For me this was more of a Burley blend than an English/Balkan. Where in Red Odessa the Virginias simply provide a base, here the Burleys are an equal player with the other components. All four components are very well balanced providing a fairly complex and enjoyable smoke. My personal preference is for Red Odessa, but if you're a lover of Burley I suspect that you'll really enjoy this blend and be grateful that you tried it. Give it a shot.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I think I will provisionally use a new term in describing Odessa - an American Scottish. Burley used in English Latakia Balkans is often termed American English, so why not? Creamy, buttery, tasty; the high grade Burley gives legs to the sweetish Turkish Izmir and the Latakia is wisely used for spice and depth.

This could be an all day blend for me and I might in future bump the rating further. Wife likes the aroma even. Further use of positive adjectives would serve little purpose. I like this one very much.

Pipe Used: Large billiards

Age When Smoked: New stock

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pouch note... ahhh... BALKAN/ENGLISH! Earthy caraway seed and cumin spice with cocoa, some honey, a little smoke, and a touch of fig/raisin. Nice and familiar territory here...

Char and initial draw has that familiar English perfume and earthy spice. Considerably less "bready" character than I typically pickup from the others in this style I've been lucky enough to try. This still has fantastic body, a savory richness. The lat in here plays second fiddle, it's ever present but mild, the orientals are taking up the bulk of the flavor with more of the caraway seed-like spice and warm rich nuttiness.

Room note, I was outdoors but still caught a waft of a rich, almost perfume character which was very nice. The lat didn't make a strong presence in it so despite the humidity outside where I smoked, I didn't feel like I had to change clothes when I came back inside.

Nic strength was agreeable. I felt it but wasn't overpowered at all.

All in all, I've had 5 or 6 English/Balkan blends including this one. This one is definately is a keeper - it's real good if you are keen on English style blends.

Pipe Used: MM Legend

Age When Smoked: Unknown (gifted)

Purchased From: Unknown (gifted)

4 people found this review helpful.

berger_ar_fur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
berger_ar_fur (4)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

WAOW What a nice blend ,a big flavour , a complex smoking taste ,a really an "all along the day" blend for me

4 people found this review helpful.

Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

History....Thats what this reminds me of. Old english libraries on estates of well to do gentleman..... This starts with a wonderful smokey taste, metamorphasing to a blend of Turkish, burley and Cyprian latakia. Like a gourmet coffee- Dark and tasty. I'm sure the perique is there, but its a team thing- so I never noticed any one thing performing a solo act. Its not for the aromatic follower, This is an ENGLISH. I was advised by Mr. Tarler that this was his dedication to Balkan Sobranie White. Never having tried B.S.W.- Its just plain good to me. I hope people give more attention to C&D's bulk blends- Pretty packaging is nice, But there are glories out there- and some secrets are forth discovering. If you like a good balkan- You owe it to yourself... **I have noticed this will put you to sleep if your not careful....

3 people found this review helpful.

Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

It's been a while since my sample arrived in a mild state of dehydration. Time and introduction to osmosis filtered water brought it back to life.My experience with this blend is favorable. The nutty sweet Burley is made user friendly by the Cavendish Cut, the Turkish and Perique. I find easy pleasure without being mindful of some of Burley's undesirable characteristics - excessive bite and a tendancy to turn bitter if smoked too fast. The Cyprian leaf provides counterpoint, much the same as harmonica in a blues band. Burning it to the bottom of the bowl will generate no regrets, nor fade of flavor. The typical heavy Balkan presence is not here. Letting it settle and marry with time is of great benefit, otherwise the smoke may be a bit harsh. Regge music seems to enhance the smoking of this multidimensional blend. It's worth a try to see if you can find some of the magic.

Meerschaum Man Smoking an old signed Ural

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (114)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought two tins of this blend in 2012 because somebody told me that it was a Balkan Sobranie Mixture wannabe; however, they were wrong. It took me five years to find this out, as I put the tins in the back of my stash and forgot about them until recently. When I popped the tin, I was taken aback at the appearance: a very reddish brown mixture whose cut was rough and slightly shaggy and not at all the appearance of the old ribbon cut BS Mixture that I had smoked. I was equally taken aback by the tin aroma: five year-aged Burley with undertones of Latakia and Perique that, while wonderful to our pipe smoking nostrils (the tin top and bottom had begun to bulge after five years), bore no resemblance to BS Mixture. This blend is NOT Balkan Sobranie Mixture. Now that we've got that out of our systems, lets smoke this thing. I liked Odessa's smoking qualities right from the get-go. It came on rich and smokey and spicey, but in a way that didn't bite or overpower. The Burley was, clearly, in command in the top third of the bowl and I liked that. As we crossed over into the middle third, the nature of the smoke shifted toward a mellowed marrying of the four components. I thought this to be okay, but already missed the savor of that earlier smoke dominated by the Burley. Then we went into the finish third of the bowl and, here, things flattened out to a kind of tepid and tasteless tenor that is so familiar in these bottom third smokes. So, while not Balkan Sobranie Mixture, Odessa can hold it's own with many burley based blends and I have no problem rating it as Recommended with three stars.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars octagon Dublin (2009 NASPC pipe)

Age When Smoked: 5 yrs old

Purchased From: C&D @ 2012 NASPC show

Similar Blends: Odessa smokes like a stronger version of it's C&D stablemate, Rocking Chair - the ingredients are, basically, the same but the enjoyment level is much better..

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've not posted any reviews of C&D blends over the past couple of years although I have nearly 100 of them in my personal tobacco log. So, I am running through them as I get time to transcribe here on my favorite place to hang out and blab with my fingers. (-;

I really didn't find any true similarities between Odessa and Balkan Sobranie White, other than it was an Oriental forward blend with the Latakia and Virginia off in the background. Also, BS never had Perique in it and you can sure taste the Perique here. It was a good, solid middle of the road Oriental forward mixture that was easy to smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (322)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tobacco itself is a medium ribbon chopped at different lengths. There is a mix of colors from yellow to black with a couple of shades of brown. Pouch note is light latakia and a little earthiness. The blend came it a very good level of hydration for smoking.

Smoked, this is oriental-forward. There is a slightly herbal quality to the flavor. My daughter did not comment on incense, and she does sometimes in an oriental-forward blend. There is a slight plum from the perique every now and then, and it did not present as spice or pepper to me. The burley gives an earthy depth to the smoke, and there is less latakia in the profile than you might expect from the pouch note. You know it is there, but it is not the dominant flavor.

This is a good smoke but not too remarkable for me.I doubt I will get this again, but it is enjoyable and easy to recommend. If you are interested in orientals and want to dip your toe in the latakia waters, this would be a great one to try.

1 person found this review helpful.

earl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
earl (12)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

To me this is an oriental blend. It is the orientals and perique I notice first supported by burley, while the latakia is a condiment. But all 4 meld well together. I find that I enjoy burley-based oriental/latakia blends more than Virginia-based. Smokes well and no bite. It is 1 of my mainstays and I smoke it mostly throughout the day. So, obviously a 4 star blend for me. Price point in bulk is hard to beat.

Pipe Used: large to extra large bowls

Purchased From: smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the first disappointment for me from C&D. Actually, I think it's a matter of body chemistry. The flavor is there, and I agree with most of what Talonr1701 said, but it's gets really bitter and ashy tasting towards mid bowl. I wish it weren't so, but this blend gets me all choked up, and not in a good way. Is it similar to BSW? Well, a Frankfurter is similar to a Nathan's hot dog, but not even close to the real thing.

Having only finished 4 out of 8 ounces in various pipes, I may revisit this review, but doubt it. I think this is a good candidate for the next pass of the tobacco box. Off to try Star of the East.......

1 person found this review helpful.

CJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJ (45)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

General Comment for All C&D Blends. So far, all my samples have burned clean and dry. They contain quality ingredients. If purchased fresh from C&D, I find that I must adjust the moisture content, and let them rest for 3-6 months before sampling. They change flavor dramatically in just a few months.

#968 Odessa Looks like a tobacco that I would enjoy. It has a full range of colors. It has the cut and pouch aroma of the English blends that I prefer. The Turkish and Latakia dominate the pouch aroma. It has more than the average zing when blown out through the nose. All this being said, I find it lacking for me. I should find this to be a satisfying blend, but I do not. I notice that there is also a #968R, Red Odessa that substitutes Virginia for the Burley in #968. I will assume that the "R" version would be more appealing to me. In fact, one of my favorites is #99 Engine 99 which is described as a mixture of 968R and Pirate Kake.

For those that find #99 a bit strong, and for those that lean to Burleys more than Virginia's, this could be a good middle of the road English blend. I will have to order the #968R version before making further comments.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1627)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Odessa.

Okay, before I really digged around in the pouch it looked promising, and then I noticed the amount of twigs. I found a fair few of them in a short amount of time. The water content's good enough, if anything it's a bit too dry.

As expected from the moisture amount it lights easily. The tobaccos are quite well balanced with one another, ergo the smoke's fairly well-rounded. On one hand this is good, yet on the other it's bad. You see, there isn't really anything that particularly stands out where the flavour's concerned - what some would call well-rounded others may call boring? Me? I find it a bit mundane. This feeling lasts for half a bowl, and then it turns to dislike: it develops an ashy taste.

The nicotine's medium and the room note's alright, I suppose.

Only somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Jeckyll & Hyde #05

Age When Smoked: Six weeks

Purchased From: 4noggins

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Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (30)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Burley and perique stand first and second while the Turkish and latakia and some smoothness and depth. Nicely blended, full body an very enjoyable. After drying a bit there is some burley bite if smoked slowing there is no bite to speak of. Smoke's clean and very little dottle, depending on bowl, I find a bull dog or Dublin works best both with small bowl's. Is not my every day smoke, all day smoke , however goes hand and hand late evening with a shot of old #7 Black Jack Daniels .. enjoy.

Pipe Used: briars

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: tobaccco pipes

Similar Blends: Pirate kake.

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trevert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
trevert (32)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Here's a colorful tobacco, with bits ranging from pale yellow to dark black. The advertising claims it's a copy of Balkan Sobranie "White", but my taste buds can't find much relation between the two. I think Odessa is better, really, as evidenced by the 2 Star placement of BSW. It's a medium-strength smoke, with a dusty smell that reminds me of old libraries. It doesn't have the bite that Balkan does, and is a much smoother and mellower smoke. If it has faults, it's that, despite this mellowness, it can still be a little rough when compared to the 5 Star tobaccos. Also, the taste is good, but not exceptional - it's a hearty meat & potatoes supper to Winter's Tale's Chicken Madras.

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