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High grade, bright Virginias (sweet with just a hint of citrus) form a marriage made in heaven with its natural mate of White Burley.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByAmar Blends Co.
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (314)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a very tasty VaBur that comes at an attractive price point. It is slightly sweet and easy smoking. It is not an aromatic but has a gentle medium-mild tobacco flavor. It is on the mellow end of the mellow->harsh spectrum. It is mostly a medium short ribbon with a few chunks, and it comes a little dry. I smoked it as packaged and enjoyed this a lot. Despite the manufacturer's description, I did not get much citrus in the Virginia. There is a little bitter in the finish, and it is enjoyable to the end.

This is a basic "all-day" smoke. I am not basing this observation on a single bowl. I have actually smoked back-to-back six bowls of this and did not regret the experience. There is enough there to interest me and not so much that I decide I need to give the taste buds a break.

If you like VaBurs or cavendish processing, you will like this. This is not a black cavendish, but is a little similar in taste profile to PS Natural Dutch Cavendish with a little more burley sour/bitter in the flavor.

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2077)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The white burley is a woody, earthy, mostly dry tasting component with a light sharpness and rough edge, and a little sour. The dark burley offers some toast, earth, wood, some nuttiness, and a hint of molasses as a supporting player. The Virginia has a little grass and hardly any citrus, with a couple drops of honey in the background. The strength and taste levels are just a little closer to medium than they are to mild. The nic-hit is just past the mild level. Won’t bite, but fast puffing may get you a harsh note. Burns at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, slightly sweet, slightly more sour, dry consistent flavor from top to bottom. Those flavor aspects also translate to the after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a little less than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A very versatile tobacco, I like it straight and its a great balanced base for blending to suit individual tastes. The burley is the headliner here, and I think there is more dark burley than C&D are leading on as it's bitterness and aroma are evident on the palate and room note. The white burley levels it off and the VA is subtlety sweet but not center stage. The cavendish slices are not densely pressed which gives this blend a bit quicker burn rate but it marries well with a cob for a short smoke break. Thick plumes of slightly sweet and nutty white smoke are produced, it does start to get a case of the burly bitters toward the 2nd half of the bowl, but that's about the norm I'd say for this type of mixture. Good all day smoke, and a well behaved blender that gets along with anything you can throw at it. Should be on any burley or VA/BUR smokers list of trys.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a very good smoke. Nutty, sweet, and a certain slight "fresh" taste from that hint of citrus. Smoked at a moderate pace, it's smooth and tasty. Don't push this one too hard or it can get a little harsh and ashy. If you behave, the tobacco will also. This is very pleasant and satisfying.

Mild to medium in body and flavor with the flavor leaning a touch more toward medium. Comes a bit dry and ready to smoke. Burns perfectly. A firm 3 stars.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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1 person found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (94)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great on its own or very adaptable as a blender! I’m going to avoid describing most of the nuances as I often find this tends to confuse things, but I will say that this blend is primarily about the Burleys with sufficient Virginia to sand off the rough edges and provide a hint of sweetness. I believe that there’s certainly enough of that rustic Burley flavor to satisfy most Burley fans. The aroma of the smoke is typical of a Burley—slightly sharp, a bit acrid, somewhat pungent. The top half of the bowl is sweeter than the bottom and some sourness (but not bitterness—Burley’s nemesis) grows as you progress toward the bottom and a little nuttiness makes its appearance only in the latter half of the bowl. I don’t find any casing, but I can’t deny that there might be one (maybe some extra sugar?)—I suggest that any additional “flavorings” may be due to processing. This is not a nicotine bomb, but there’s adequate nicotine to provide some satisfaction.

For something that at least on the surface appears to be pretty simple—some Burleys and a little Virginia—this is assembled with an artful hand; the tobaccos are properly proportioned and they compliment each other quite well. As I’ve already said, this should satisfy the Burley regulars as well as providing some appeal to smokers of Virginia and VAPER blends. I believe that it’s nearly impossible to dislike its natural, all tobacco flavor. This blend is not complicated, but really, do blends need to be complicated to be enjoyed?!?

Pipe Used: Several Stanwells & Danish Sovereigns

Age When Smoked: Bulk

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aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable

This reminds me of Prince Albert but with much better quality tobacco. An easy burning, bland tobacco which I think is more appropriate for blending than smoking straight. There is nothing wrong with it, but there are far more satisfying burley blends from C&D than this. If you are a Prince Albert fan, give it a try, it has all of it's positives without the negatives.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant

A light to mid brown short ribbon. To my nose it had no discernible casing. My bag came tinder dry.

Fr Tom's earlier review of this baccy is pretty much spot on, but I did enjoy the citrus/sour element to this smoke which I think gives it an interest beyond many of its bulk competitors.

Edit. After further consideration I think the citrus quality to this tobacco is a casing. Also upping the strength rating of this baccy.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier

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