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The first of our working mans series. Morning Drive time is a light English and Burley blend with a touch of Perique to start your day off RIGHT!

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByChris Tarler and Keith T.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique
Packaging2 oz tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Andy Stewart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andy Stewart (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I almost always smoke English blends like Dunhill MM965 and GL Pease Chelsea Morning but I wanted another, lighter tobacco to rotate in - preferably with a pleasant room note to appease The Blond Tyrant. You can't easily find Morning Drive Time (MDT) in the UK, but the very little online coverage of this tobacco intrigued and encouraged me, so I ordered some online and waited impatiently for the delivery from the US. This is my first 'proper' tobacco tasting, but I confess that I am wowed by this blend.

In the tin - I've never smelt anything like this before in a tin, and it's wonderful! Dark fruits - prunes and raisins - so full that I had to check the label to confirm that it's not an aromatic. The closest I can come is the aroma of a deep, heavy Jerez sherry I used to drink with friends in a small Spanish restaurant in Waterloo; it was incredibly good and was became known as 'alcoholic prune juice'. Rich and full with an incredible allure, but definitely for adults only. The loose ribbon cut tobacco is attractive; not moist, but not too dry.

In the pipe - MDT is supple and springy, which means that it packs well (even for this ham-fist) and it was easy to get a compact bowl. The false light was sweet on the tongue and the nose, while the true light gave me sweet, fruit, and a hint of alcohol-fresh at the back of the mouth.

Opening - As the pipe developed, the dark fruit lingered over a creamy base. It was actually tasty, with the promise of more to come. The smoke itself was light and the room note very pleasant - The Tyrant even commented on how much she liked it!

Middle - The tobacco continued to burn well and the tastes just kept on coming. The English characters came out to play, with a constant, smooth cream Burley supporting dark fruit and burnt caramel from the Latakia and occasional bursts of spice and ginger from the Perique that tingled the edge of my palette. I drank coffee with this pipe and it worked brilliantly, with MDT allowing the drink to clean my mouth rather than fighting and competing for dominance.

Close - I really didn't want this smoke to end but the Finale was superb. The base element got stronger, with a real biscuit taste. Meanwhile, the pockets of sweet, fruit, and spice blended to introduce what can only be described as Christmas cake. However, at no point did the smoke become heavy or overpowering; the whole bowl was clean, dry, and cool. There was no bite and the nic kick at the end was recognisable but discreet. As I cleaned the pipe, my mouth felt fresh and ready for more.

Technicals - The whole smoke lasted 50 minutes in a Dunhill Group 4, with minimal tamping and only 2 relights. The ash was iron-grey with pale/white flecks and the dottle was minimal. A key point to add here; the pipe I used for this always smokes hot and a little wet, but not with this tobacco. The bowl and the smoke remained cool throughout and there was no need to use the cleaner I had ready to swab out the airways.

I genuinely didn't know what to expect from Morning Drive TIme. I'd never tried Cornell & Diehls' products before and had limited knowledge of this blend. I have no doubt that other palettes will find gaps in this offering, but for me the balance, the tastes, the whole experience with MDT was sensational. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Pipe Used: Dunhill 4103 Bruyere Billiard

Age When Smoked: Less than 1 year

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3 people found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (42)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

As I have said in other reviews this Working Man's Series has changed my life. On a good day this is my mid-morning pipe tobacco. It has a gentle flavor and I really enjoy the taste and aroma in the mid-morning time. The good news is that when your run out of time and finish the pipe in the afternoon it has enough flavor to make the afternoon complete. Definitely try this tobacco a time or two. It is just pleasant with that nutty Burley and the other components just make it pleasant.

Pipe Used: Classic Digby Pot, BBB Yacht

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Mars

Similar Blends: Maybe it reminds me of the old time burley blends without the nasty overtones..

2 people found this review helpful.

gin0115 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gin0115 (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Well what can i say, i got a sample of the from Iain Walker of Northern Briars who picked it up for the Nottingham (UK) Pipe Club. had 3-4 bowls and its simply divine stuff. All of the flavours are there and well balanced. The Burley is tasted on the exhale/finish, the Latakia/English taste is wonderful and the hint of spice from the Perique just finishes it off.

A great way to start the day and i cant help but call this the Early Morning Drive Time (Done in a very poor morning radio presenters voice)

If you love a good mellow English then this is a must for you. As others have stated, this is one of the best C&D blends i have tried (around 30 of the 260 odd they produce)

2 people found this review helpful.

periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Absolutely the best way to start the day. A wonderful smoke to go with your coffee or tea. If 5 stars were an option that's what I'd rate it.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (953)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The burleys are nutty, molasses sweet with a little toasty earthiness. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woodsy, and lightly sweet, and its flavor is more mellow than I expected even though the blend only has a moderate amount of it. The perique is more plum, raisin and fig-like than it is spicy, and is a minor, but necessary component. A well balanced blend that allows you to always notice every nuance in virtually every puff. No harsh or dull spots to be found, burns cool and dry with no dottle. It's just over the threshold of being an all day smoke, but it's certainly repeatable through the day, and leaves a pleasing after taste. A nice change from heavier English mixtures or for those who aren't into lat-bombs. Three and a half stars, but not quite four.

1 person found this review helpful.

plexibass Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
plexibass (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I dont know what the folks over at C&D do to set themselves so far above the bar with their blends, but I just hope that they keep doing it. I received a generous sample of this from pipe maker & repairer MARK STEWART over at 1st, visually this is a stunning looking tobacco. It looks like it tastes. It smells like it tastes and it tastes like heaven in a bowl! I'll steal this quote from MARK STEWART, but I don't think he will mind: "I have just had the pleasure of smoking 2 of C&D's new "Working Mans Series blends" and cannot overstate how terrific they are. Morning Drive Time is the perfect morning smoke with that initial cup of Coffee or Tea. Lunchtime blues is, without question, a great mid-day pick me up and is the perfect all day smoke. Although I am a great fan of their tobacco, they have really out performed themselves with these 2 blends. Morning Drive for breakfast, Lunchtime Blues for lunch and Crooked Lane for dinner. This is now my daily routine of smoking perfection."


1 person found this review helpful.