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Straight Up English was Cornell & Diehl's very first Small Batch blend: An English blend done the traditional way. No topping. No added flavors. Red and bright Virginias and a healthy dose of Latakia. Straight Up.
Notes: A limited production with 17% latakia, red and bright Virginias, a pinch of white burley, and no topping.
Original Tin Copy: Straight Up English is exactly what it sounds like: an English blend done the traditional way. No topping. No added flavors. Just red and bright Virginias, a pinch of white Burley, and a healthy dose of Latakia. Straight Up.
The bright Virginia is very citrusy sweet with a light grass, sharp spice note. The red Virginia is ripe, tangy dark fruit sweet with some earth, and a hint of spice as second lead, though I seem to notice it a little more at the start than at the finish. The white burley is ten percent of the blend; woody with a minor sharp note here and there as it provides a little complexity and strength in an important support role. The very smoky and woody sweet Cyprian latakia is seventeen percent of the blend as it provides enough body to make interesting without diminishing the effect of the other components. The nic-hit is mild. The strength is half way between mild and medium while the taste falls just shy of the medium level. The strength of the taste is partly due to the sweetness of the Virginias. Won’t bite. The moisture level of the tobacco is optimal for a ready smoke. Burns well with few relights, and a cool, clean, fairly consistent flavor as it easily burns to ash without any dampness in the bowl. Has no harsh or dull spots. Has a nice after taste and campfire sweet, light spice room note. It was designed for the English smoker who wants a lighter latakia mixture in the genre, but experienced smokers may consider it to be a nice, sweet change of pace.
I received a two bowl sample of the new small batch Straight Up English from C&D and I have to admit that I generally am not a fan of Burley added to my English blends. However, this is mild in nicotine strength and the White Burley went over quite nicely. It is mild to medium in flavor and even with the Latakia in a supporting role; the reported 17% is enough to make it slightly more than condimental. I found the Burley to be unobtrusive simply providing a little bit of body to the smoke. I don’t get any tang out of the red Virginias, but the combination of the red and bright Virginias is well done and make this a naturally sweet, balanced blend. While offering little in the way of complexity from start to finish, the sweet and smoky flavor carried the day for me. When new, I often find C&D blends to be a little “rough” for my personal taste. But that wasn’t the case here as there wasn’t a rough edge to be found. I really found Straight Up English to my liking and given that this is already a fairly sweet blend, I expect that Straight Up English would be a nice addition to the cellar.
Initially I smoked this in a GBD prince that smokes almost everything well. I then switched to a cob with a custom 7/8 in bowl ID, and decided the flavor was a little better, so I stuck with that as I smoked up the sample.
The blend is a short ribbon that varies a little in width. There are mostly tans and dark browns. There is enough of the black ribbon in there I can believe it is 17% latakia. Pouch note is a slightly smoky latakia blend. Hydration was excellent with no need to air it any. I am not sniffing any topping at all.
Smoked, this is very good. It has a slightly sweet Virginia base more on the fruit side of things. Puffing brings out the tart. The latakia is a basic smoky and "campfire." The burley gives it some body, and part of the tart when puffed may be burley sharpness. There is not a lot of "wow" here, but my first impression is that it is a solid med-mild English blend with no topping. I suspect I could smoke a lot of this and not get bored.
This is a solid 3 on the scale. If this were all I had on that legendary desert island, I would give thanks every day for my good fortune. It does not punch enough of my buttons to buy a pound at a time, but I enjoyed it.
Father The Flame release- Bright Virginias lead the way with citrusy sweetness being the most prevalent facet in this blend. Red virginia provides a tangy slightly spicy midrange and the Latakia is more of a condiment with its smoky woodsiness a team player. Well blended and very natural tasting... somewhat refreshing for a C&D blend with the bright virginias being The main focus. I would say there are better blends out there that do the same thing Esoterica'a come to mind. 3 stars. Should age well. This April 2017 release has no mention of burley in the blend there is a slightly nutty creaminess almost like macadamia that could be it or the bright va playing off the Latakia but I dunno. Short chopped ribbon cut burns rather quickly.
A friend of mine who hangs out at the tobacco shop on Merrimon Avenue just got this and rather strangely gave me his entire tin... So I smoked a few bowls. Now I know he was not being generous(!), because so far (4 bowls into it) this is pretty bland, cigarette-like even. So I looked at the description and I saw there was Burley. Well, that's fine but don't call your blend "straight up" English. The packaging, the name tries to convey authenticity, but a traditional English blend does not include Burley. At best this is a misnomer, which wouldn't matter so much were it not so bland.
Pipe Used: Dunhill, Comoy
Age When Smoked: Fresh!
Purchased From: Gift from friend
Similar Blends: Any blend that purports to be English but has burley ..
An interesting English. The new tin is prepared well and ready to smoke upon opening. A bright blended note of latakia, earth, hay, are present upon opening. With no topping this blend is a good starter for a light English. No fuss in prep and good flavor throughout. Notes of campfire are light and enjoyable while the red Virginia's play in well. It will burn warm at times but overall a cool smoke.
Surprise a bit of pepper yet no Perique. The red Virginia's do that. I smoke English mixture mostly. The flavor,mood and thinking posture of this English is pure and needs to be tried by fellow English lovers, you'll be hooked.
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