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Joie de vivre, that magnificent ability to see the joy in everything, and the very embodiment of the festive spirit of New Orleans, is the inspiration for this singular, eminently cellar worthy blend. A foundation of fragrant Latakia and sweet red Virginia is joined by equal amounts of Perique and Katirini Turkish to enhance complexity, and then finished by a dash of unsweetened Black Cavendish for extra smoothness. Estimated peak: 8-12 years from tin date. But it's delicious right now!

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very nice tasting English. The components are melded together giving, at first, a "traditional" English flavor profile. Perhaps a little sweeter than "traditional" due to the addition of the Black Cav. Not a great deal sweeter, but mildly sweeter. That's probably good for the aging process. There is a fair amount of Perique which becomes more evident the deeper into the bowl you get. It's nice and spicey by the time you get toward the end. Medium in body and taste. Perfect moisture right out of the tin. Crumbles easily and burns perfectly. Seems like a blend that will age nicely. I'm adding it to my stash. Once again, I'm reserving a star until I've tasted the aged product. 3 stars for now.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (9)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The distinguished Zombie is right on target, this is a great blend and since it is a cellar series, it will be very interesting to see how this progresses. This blend is right up my alley considering it is not flooded with Latakia. Now don't get me wrong, I love the smoky condiment, but find that so many blends are overloaded and so strongly impart its essence, almost exclusively. This blend allows for one to really enjoy the fine sweetish, VAs and the Turkish gives a nice sour counterpoint. Perique is added, not shyly, and as a result it helps to monitor the other elements, keeping all in check. The Cav gives some fuller body, mind you this is not sweetened black Cav, but a stoved Burley which adds to the overall body of this preparation. The moisture content was perfect in the 2 cakes and they broke easily apart and took the flame quite well. Once lit the volume of smoke was impressive. One word to describe this would be difficult, but I would have to say "balanced", and indeed it is. I have 6 tins on the way and have not been able to pull myself away from the heady aroma and wonderful mouth feel since opening this artistically labeled tin. Some will go to the cellar for sure, but some will find place in my various pipes daily. One bowl was very filling, but I'm a bit of a glutton and find two or three during the day suits me very well. Highest of recommendations! MJBWY

Pipe Used: Stanwell bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

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