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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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Extremely Mild, Mild to Medium
None Detected
Very Mild, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1370)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

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

1 person 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)

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