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

Notes: 2013 IPCPR release

Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2oz Tin, 8oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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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.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
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.

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

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1 person found this review helpful.

clovis-man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clovis-man (4)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I'm pretty much in agreement with Pipestud on this blend. My tin is 4 1/2 years old at the time of opening. The latakia is the first thing noticed and persists consistently throughout the smoke. The orientals tickle the tongue in a non-aggressive way. the Virginia tags along and provides a smooth underbody. The tin info says "Medium-bodied" and I have to go along with this as well. Certainly no bite. Could be an all day smoke if one were so inclined.

Pipe Used: Ferndown, GRC, Bonfiglioli

Age When Smoked: 4.5 years

Purchased From: Cigar Monkey, Merced CA

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