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A rich and balanced English mixture delivering a creamy finish to the discerning palate. Medium-bodied.

Notes: 2013 IPCPR release

BrandCastello
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2oz Tin, 8oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Very Mild, Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2038)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The Virginia is grassy, citrusy sweet, but almost a minor player. The Oriental/Turkish is dry, smoky, woody and slightly spicy with a few sour notes. The Cyprian latakia is smoky and woody, but it lacks the much of the usual Cyprian sweetness one expects from it. Won't bite or get harsh. A fairly dry smoke that burns at a reasonable pace, needs a few relights, and leaves just a tad bit of moisture. Has a consistent flavor. It's a decent blend with a little nic-hit, but doesn't distinguish itself in any real way.

2 people found this review helpful.

The Pipe Smoking Chemist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Pipe Smoking Chemist (3)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Castello pipes and C&D has so many good tobaccos that this one seemed like a no-brainer; it said virginia, latakia, oriental, a good combo IMHO. But seriously, what's the deal here? Did they forget the latakia in my tin? I'm getting nothing. Just a bland, flavorless tobacco. Not bad tasting, but certainly not what I would call an "English mixture delivering a creamy finish to the discerning palate." Unfortunately, this one misses the mark big time. I'll leave it to marinate for a while and come back to it.

I put "somewhat recommended" in the hope that it will eventually taste like something I want to smoke.

Try this one at your own risk. (Side note, Sea Rock is a decent aromatic, so they're not all bad)

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Do you like the idea of smoking pencil shavings? Load up some of this and you'll be close. Very woody with a bare hint of smoke and sweetness. That's about it. The Orientals dominate with very little input from the Lat and Virginias. I need more from an "English".

Mild in body. Mild to medium in taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked the entire lineup of Castello blends years ago when they started coming out. I'm told that Castello wanted a range of tobaccos that would appeal to smokers of all types of tobaccos. I don't recall who the original blender was but Old Antiquari was a new one released a few years ago by C&D. Latakia forward with Virginia coming through. The Oriental component was really light and played peek a boo with my palate. A decent smoke for lighter English lovers and certainly a bargain price.

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