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A unique combination of Virginias and Burleys, with a slight touch of Turkish for added sophistication, create a superb all day smoke for those who enjoy Virginia blends, but find them a touch bitey for all day enjoyment.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was putting in an order on and imagining my cellar. I thought, "Mr. Motoyoshi, you sure do have a lot of latakia blends...." so I was on the search for a bulk VA. I had heard nothing of this blend up until that point and didn't really read the description after "Unique combination of Virginias and Burleys..." My haphazardness would deliver me a tobacco I will not forget.

I'll admit, I tend to lean towards the VaBur mixtures. I like how the sweetness from the VAs plays with the nutty earthiness of the Burleys. Nothing wrong with Latakia in my book, but it's just my preference to have these two tobaccos in my pipe.

The tobacco from SmokingPipes was just at the right moisture level when I took it out of the ziplock bag. Some part of me thinks this is just a coincidence. The cut and composition almost reminds me of Prince Albert's blonde brother, Prince Lucas ;) There are some pieces that are much bigger than the others but I usually just put them at the bottom of the bowl to support the rest of the packing.

My first smoke:

Lighting this tobacco I thought I was just going to get a VA with some Burley in the background. But from the start I could tell there was something different ( Remember I didn't know there was Turkish in this). I puffed about 1/4 of the way down and was getting sweet caramel notes and some nuts but something else... I stopped my car (because I was driving) and got down to the half way point. "VA, check, Burley, check....but there's something else" Took out my phone and looked up and realized there was also Turkish in this lovely mixture. At the end there was nothing left but about a half a centimeter of ash and it gave off the loveliest nutty flavor before it got to the end.

I'm living in Japan now and trying not to stock up on too many tobaccos as I don't want to pay a ton of taxes when I return to the US for good next year. But, I can say without a doubt that I will buy a pound of this for my cellar in America. Easily an all day smoke and much more complex than your typical VaBur. The Vitamin N isn't really too strong in this one but if smoked too fast you may get a little bit of a Burley Kick. This is a great tobacco to be getting work done, or used for those pensive smoking sessions where the flavors bring your thoughts to another level.

The bright VAs give off a nice honey and slight citrus-like flavor while meddling with the Burleys that keep this blend smoking cool and support the flavor profiles (even absorbing some them as well) Turkish is just enough to give it some distinction without being overbearing. Smoked my way through 3 oz of this and my only regret is that I didn't get more.

Pipe Used: Ardor 1/4 bent apple

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13 people found this review helpful.

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

The Burley is the base here with the Turkish and Virginias pretty well balanced in front. Only at the end does the Burley try to assert itself. There are many nuances of flavor, sweet, spicy, sour, butter, earth, nuts, citrus. There's a lot going on. Medium in body and medium in flavor. Very, very nice.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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13 people found this review helpful.

k9zm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
k9zm (7)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

An interesting blend. One of those in my recent burley exploration. Very light grassy, straw-like scent. Mostly a light brown and dull yellow mixture. Not too fine of a cut, but plenty of small pieces.

The Virginia's used are light, citrus-like. The Turkish makes itself known right away with a little tingle. The burley acts to meld it all together in a fine smoke. After a few minutes a nice, light sweetness grows. I smoke a lot of my blends in large bowls and this one is well-mannered in a 1 inch Ben Wade. Plenty of flavor. Strength is just right for sipping. Another one of those blends that make my mouth water.

The flavor intensifies a bit as the bowl is smoked down, but never over-powering. Could be an all day smoke for some, in the right pipe. The lemony aspect to the room note should help it's acceptance. After the half-bowl point the burley tries to come to the front, more toasty and creamy flavors are noted. The Turkish fades a bit.

I will have to get more of this blend for the cellar.



13 people found this review helpful.

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

#969 has always been a favorite of mine in the C&D line. I actually add a bit of McClelland's Blending Oriental to this blend to produce what (for me), is a taste similar to the old Balkan Sobranie White with Perique. I have noticed a difference in flavor presentation from tin to tin, and that could be caused by any number of things, so, I enjoy some tins better than others.


10 people found this review helpful.

aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Despite the name, this is a burley/Va blend first and foremost, and I recommend every fan of burley/VA blends try it. I am a fan of several C&D burley blends, but sometimes find myself wanting their great burley taste but less strident and nicotine laden. This is it, and it is very good indeed. It leans a bit more to the Va side than such blends as Haunted Bookshop and the other Ronowski blends. This isn't blended by Bob Ronowski, but it keeps in his tradition. Better yet, unlike many C&D blends, it doesn't require a lot of aging to smoke well; I even liked it fresh off the truck. The additon of Turkish enhances the interest of the traditional interplay between the burley and Va. A natural, all-day blend. It might improve with more aging, but I smoked up my sample within a few months, and I didn't notice appreciable change after a month or so. There is an unusual lemony nose to it in the pouch which does not translate to it's taste. I suspect this is due to the Va which is used rather than any applied flavoring.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 0 to 5 months

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7 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant


An odd one. The components should definitely afforded me a great smoke but this one missed the mark with me somehow. The last reviewer felt that the oriental component was too noticeable. I found it not noticeable enough. I picked it up in the room note but it was suspiciously AWOL in the flavor.

This is a light colored and light bodied blend that tasted primarily of lemon virginias. The burley did tone down the citrus flavor that I often find in lemon VA and turned it more grassy... which I appreciated. The existence of Turkish should have elevated this to something special but I found there simply wasn't enough added to give it the boost I felt it should have. As this was a sample directly from C&D, the remaining oz is going into my cellar to see how it behaves after a year. I'll update this review at that time. In the meantime, I find it hard to recommend this one. It's not a bad blend, it just doesn't distinguish itself as many of C&D's other blends do. As always, YMMV.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a very pleasant VaBur with a distinct oriental zing. The Virginias are bright and citrus/hay. It is a fairly mild smoke, and while the burley smooths it out, there is not much burley here. It is a Virginia blend first. The Virginia is a little more dominant and sweet in the last half of the bowl. This is not an in-your-face smoke, and it does not dazzle you with complexity. If you are looking for a flavor bomb look elsewhere.

Having said all this, I will buy more. There is a light, tasty, simple quality to it, and if you like orientals (as I do), it makes an excellent smoke while reading or working in the office.

I smoke a lot of PS Norwegian, and this is a little like Norwegian kicked up a notch. This is a solid 3.

5 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

There's something about this tobacco that keeps me coming back. It's not particularly full, not too mild...It's just right!

This tobak has a clean simplicity about it. Very natural with a subdued sweetness that doesn't immediately jump out at you. Not a bite in the bowl. It's kind of a pure tobacco that isn't bland or boring.

If I have any caveat, it's that many Cornell and Diehl tobaccos seem pretty similar with one another. But seeking out the small differences can lead to a very rewarding smoke, such as Virginia Gentleman.

Govern Yourself Accordingly,

SmokeKing David

5 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I am and have been a fan of Craig and C and D. I tend to like most of his blends and rarely do I come upon one that I don't like. This blend is in the pouch a khaki and light brown flake with a very light and basic tobacco aroma. My sample is pretty dry which is how tend to smoke them anyhow. It loads into the pipe very easily and lights right up on first light. Immediately this blend tasted almost like an aromatic. A very chemical and unpleasant taste and the aroma was very perfume like. I know this could be the turkish I am tasting and smelling but it is way over the top. It smoked somewhat hot as well and all I got was the sweet acrid smoke similiar to a cigarette. I do not have anything good to say about this blend other than it smokes and stays lit well all the way down to the bottom into a fine grey ash. I will not venture into this one again. Too many good C and D blend to smoke this one again.

6/11/14 Actually, I did revisit this one as I still had a tin that has now aged for several years. Over time, this blend has melded together into a very nice blend that I have found to be a pleasure to smoke. It is now a nice not in your face blend that is smooth and creamy and has just the right sweetness on the palette and very little bite. Just proves that some blends do get better with tome and aging.

Pipe Used: briar, corn cob, meers

3 people found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (47)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Hey, I keep sampling this C&D tobacco and I am going to get hooked. This one is just terrific. I only got enough for a couple of bowls, but I am going to fix that right away. Try this one as it is complex and just plain great. The touch of Oriental is just genius. After 2 pounds of this stuff I have to move it up to the highest as an all day and early evening puffer.

3 people found this review helpful.

Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (65)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very satisfying mixture with the taste and manners expected of a gentleman. The light citrusy casing is applied gently and adds to the pleasure of this excellent blend. The Virginia and Turkish come to the fore, with the Burley adding depth and coolness. It's been a long time since I've so enjoyed a Virginia blend. The Turkish does indeed add interest, with the Burley eliminating the usual sharpness associated with most Virginias I've tried. I can understand why the other reviewers have rated this blend so highly. If Virginia Gentleman stands the test of time, I'll be raising my rating to 4 stars.

2 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (117)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Some recipes form eternal archetypes that delight pipe smokers for generations. In this mixture, as in the very similar blend "Prince Albert," the magic is formed of a lot of Burley, sweetened with Virginias, and then given a piquant tang through the inclusion of Orientals. This makes for a gentle mixture with a honey, hay and buttermilk type flavor. Pouch note is exceptional, smelling like a hay barn on a spring day, and with minimal moisture it lights well and burns completely. About halfway through a bowl the Virginias caramelize and meld with the zingy Orientals, with the Burley rising in the background and taking on those flavors within its roasted grain flavor. For those who love Virginias, this may be a blend for experienced tasters, since it is more like buttermilk bread than the breakfast cereal of the big market Virginia/Burley blends. An instant favorite.

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert.

1 person found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (91)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Virginia Gentleman delivers on its promise. It is an all day, bite-free Virginia based blend. The bright Virginia offers a distinct lemon citrus. The nutty cashew-like burley wrestles for the lead at times and is dominant at the end of the bowl. The Turkish leaf is subtle but contributes sour, spicy, and woody flavors. Overall the blend is much more savory than sweet.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is flavorful and I love the "Dunhill like" ribbon cut. Very similar to C&D's "Oak Alley" in behavior and flavor , although OA starts as a darker plug and it has a touch of Perique. I feel like Virginia Gentleman might have a touch also? My only problems with this blend is it burns hot for me and just isn't that smooth. The Turkish Orientals (& Perique ?) are used with a heavier hand than the description indicates and somewhat overpowers the Virginia sweetness and brings in some spicy heat.

POST SCRIPT: As I went to post my review , I read some of the other reviews, fellow "Pipers", we are all over the place with this blend ? Some felt we had too much Turkish, others were adding Turkish. Some felt it was a VaBur, others VaO. Some found this smooth others acrid & cigarettish? People even seemed to have different experiences from tin to tin and with different aging. My conclusion, we might be having a blending consistency problem at C&D with this one.

Pipe Used: cob & maple

Age When Smoked: new tin open 1 week

Similar Blends: H&H Sweet an Savory, Sierra Nevada, C&D's Oak alley.

1 person found this review helpful.

Rauchmeister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rauchmeister (3)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There's nothing wrong with this blend, it's simply not the flavor profile I enjoy. With the components of virginia, burley, and orientals I was hoping for slightly sweet, nutty, and spicy. However, to me this is light, with high notes (which other reviewers refer to as citrusy or perfumey) and a harshness or astringency almost cigarette-like. I suppose it would be considered a good warm weather blend. I guess if I were to put this in beer terms, I prefer a good creamy, nutty brown ale, Porter, or stout, or even a nice pilsner on a hot day. This is wheat beer with a slice of lemon. Not bad if you like that sort of thing.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (299)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Oooh wow this is a great all day Virginia Burley blend! I imagine this is what my grandpa would have loved 50 years ago as he smoked PA with some added Bugler RYO tobacco. VG is not too strong and not too light, really the "Baby Bear" like in the Goldylocks kids story in the C&D Burley tobacco line. The Burley really cools down the Virginia and adds some toast like taste with the Turkish providing some much needed spice, I tried a bowl with a pinch of 5100 added and I think it made a stellar alternative for my morning smoke. (I really wish C&D would team up with McClelland for a couple of Burley blends since McClelland rarely uses Burley and I find have superior Virginias to C&D, maybe one day....) Virginia Gentleman smokes cool and never got bitter on me. Again a delightful all day simple blend in the OTC codger style but with top shelf leaf. I will need to cellar a pound and see where it takes me a year from now. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It is like sunday picnic except for Burley replacing Perique. I like SP a lot, but this one seems a little musty and spicy. Maybe a couple of aging will bring out more refined flavors.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (26)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

Virginia Gentleman is a Burley/Virginia ribbon cut tobacco. This is a good smoke, but compared to others I have had, it is not one that will be part of my regular rotation. It smokes well and I didn't get any tongue bite, but for me it was just okay compared to other weed I have smoked. It is a quality smoke, but just not good enough to make my rotation. It is worth trying once, you may find that you love it.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: right out of the mailbox

Purchased From: smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Lucas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lucas (7)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

As a cigar smoker for over 20 years, I've started taking up pipe smoking by getting a sampler pack of well rated tobaccos from Cornell and Diehl. I must say, after 5 bowls of VG, only the best cigars from Havana come even close. I agree totally with the prior reviews.

The non-burning taste of the tobacco along with with the sweet complex of aromas make this a keeper. I'll be buying a large batch of this soon.

1 person found this review helpful.

earl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
earl (12)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Carlos, I agree with you. A mainstay tobacco for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was a nice smoke. Burns well, satisfying, and decent flavor. I don't know if I could detect the turkish component, though it did seem a bit perfumy/incensy at times. Not too grassy for a yellow virginia, which I appreciated. I definitely prefer After Hours from the same company, but this is better than anything else I tried from them. I got more smokes from this than anything else I have ever tried: 33 from 2 ounces! But even though that is good in itself, I really got tired of this by the end of the tin. Nice for every once in a while, but not every day.

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