Cornell & Diehl Dark Fired Kentucky

(3.62)
C&D's high-tiered, dark-fired Burley from the fields of Kentucky. Rich and smoky in flavor, this condiment leaf can be smoked straight for a bold profile or used in your own mixtures to transform and lend depth to other Burley and Virginia components.
Notes: Primarily for use as a blending tobacco.

Details

Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Cornell & Diehl
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Kentucky
Flavoring
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 2oz Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium to Full
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.62 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 24, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This blend offers a bit of wood and earth, a little nuttiness, a slight floral note, and has some sour, savory dryness along with some smoky sweetness and spice. The strength is medium, and the taste level is just past that mark. The nic-hit is close to the medium threshold, and gathers a little strength by the last third of the experience. Won’t bite or get harsh. No cigarette notes either. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a slightly slow pace with a very consistent, moderately rich flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires slightly more than an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and stronger room note. Can almost be an all day smoke for the veteran as well as a good mixer, the latter being the main reason for its existence. Have a drink handy when you smoke it, and I recommend a smallish size pipe if you smoke it straight.

-JimInks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 28, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
t has been a couple of years since I've posted any C&D blend reviews and I have smoked nearly 100 tins of their various offerings in that time. So, it may be awhile before I get to all of them.

I picked up a couple of tins of Dark Fired because the contents made me curious. Not really a blend made to stand alone, but really fun to include with Virginia based blends for added strength. I actually made a blend I like by added 25% of this to an old '83 crop Red Ribbon tin from McCranie's. It beefed up what I consider to be a super great blend and lent little flavor of its own. I later tried it with a Latakia mixture that I enjoy (Rattray's Black Mallory), and the appeal was equally enhanced.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 03, 2018 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Love the taste of Dark Fired Kentucky and just can't get enough? This is for you -- think of DFK, and this will tick every box. Not harsh, easy smoking, but smoked on its own it can be a bit overwhelming in larger pipes. Obviously, this is nice to have around to add to blends.
Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers
PurchasedFrom: Mars
Age When Smoked: 14 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2018 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is straight KY no frills just good tobacco. It is woodsy, a little spicy and very smokey with some earth and nuttiness with a little floral note. There is a slight sweetness here and there but it is far from a sweet smoke. As a straight smoke it is fine and can be repeatable throughout the day. As a mixer it is okay as well. I had some success with Cater Hall adding 1 part DFK to 4 parts CH the overall body moved into the med. range the cocoa notes stayed but the earthiness became much more pronounced almost muddy. Still it added to the overall smoke and was enjoyable. There are not a lot of straight KY blends out there so this is somewhat unique but when I think of 100% KY I think of G, H, and Co. Kendal KY which is hands down much better in all categories than this. Still I could recommend it to those looking to add some body to VA's, Burley's, and Lat blends that are lack luster or if Kendal KY is just too much in the nic department for them.

I still have about 4 oz of this and am using it as a mixer primarily now. I have found that it goes very well with red VA's. McClelland's 5100 Red Cake and this work very well together, other VA's that might have some red that is dominated by brights have been changed as it seems to bring the red forward and make it more noticeable over the brights. In this regard it seems to work very well.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 07, 2023 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Jar note of barbecue, smoky, and wood. The dark brown tobacco is ribbon cut, or a well tumbled out flake. Moisture is on the dry side. No prep needed. Burns slow once lit, with a few extra relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and mostly consistent, with notes of smoky, earth, spicy, very woody, musty herbal vegetation, mildly sweet (and gets a little sweeter later), mildly buttery, dry, a mildly bitter nutty background note, and a moderately peppery retro. Room note is tolerable to strong, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: DR Ardor Urano Dublin
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 5 years
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