|My dear wife and flew down to Charlotte, NC to visit our youngest son. And while there we drove up to Ashville, visited there and came down through the mountains on a secondary road, through Morganton, home on Cornell & Diehl.
Our visit to the Tarler's shop was the highlight of the excursion. The Tarlers are a delightful couple, and their crew was friendly and and informative. Craig walked me through their operation, explaining the different machines and processes, all the while quizzing me on the tobaccos I like, handing me tins to try.
One of those tins was Manhattan Afternoon. I have had several bowls and it is a very nice smoke. I just did not click with some other Cornell & Diehl blends in the past. Lately, I have been on a winning streak with them. Manhattan Afternoon is one of the winners.
If you try it, I think you will find it enjoyable. I also highly recommend a side trip to Morganton if you are ever in NC. Just call or email ahead to let them know you would like to visit. It is worth the time and gas.
The first reviewer gives a more thorough, analytical review than mine, check it out for the details. My less detailed judgment? "Two thumbs up."
|I am honored to be the first to review this fine tobacco as well as to have sampled it during the Chicagoland 2007 show. I have already purchased and cellared alot of this tobac and for good reason; I believe that it can rate with the classics of virginias.
At this time, the tobacco is young but, with a couple of years aging, it shall get better and sweeter. There are similarities between Manhattan Afternoon (MA), SG's Best Brown Flake, SG's FVF, McClelland's Organically Grown Flake, and McClelland's Christmas Cheer. The latter four, in my opinion, are the gold standard for virginias. However, MA is a little anemic now and needs some age. Given that the virginias are all golden, this should be like smoking candy in 2009 and 2010. Nice hay-like smell. I'm excited!