Whether you're visiting Jackson Square or walking down colorful Bourbon Street, the charm of old New Orleans is all around you, in Vieux Carre.

Commonly known as the French Quarter, it is the oldest district in New Orleans, as well as the inspiration behind this Cellar Series blend, first introduced in July, 2016 — a traditional English tobacco with a flavor every bit as complex as the Quarter's own diverse atmosphere.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3023)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The brown Virginia provides a bit of ripe dark fruit and earth with a touch of citrus and a couple blades of grass. The lighter Virginia is citrusy with a hint of tartness and grass in a minor position. They form the base of the blend. The dry, woody, mildly floral and spicy, lightly buttery sweet and sour Izmir is an ever present supporting player. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a moderate presence that mostly underscores the experience, though there are times it does just a little tad more than that. It never competes with the other varietals as it tends to be a complimentary addition. The deeply rich whiskey does tone down the tobaccos a little with a sweet smoothness without overwhelming the tobaccos, making this lean toward being an aromatic English. No chance of bite or harshness even when pushed. The nic-hit is mild. The strength is slightly past the mild to medium level while the taste borders on medium. Well blended, it burns at a reasonable pace for a broken flake, cool and clean with a very smoothly consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves very little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights for a cut of this kind. Burns to ash with little trouble. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke.


17 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Medium Mild Medium Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Vieux Carre (Cellar Series).

It's a broken flake that has a similar appearance to their Burley Flake #1, or Castello Fiammata: strips of flake. The moisture of it was bang on the money when I opened it, and as it's a decent seal on C+D tins I can't see it having done much breathing in the few months since the tin was dated.

The build makes loading a bowl simple, without the need to thoroughly rub: just pinch and stuff. And then igniting it's easy peasy. In the smoke I find the Latakia softer than is often the case. The Orientals share the flavour equally, until the last quarter where they overtake. The Virginia has the lesser weight of the three, giving a more subtle taste comparatively speaking. Although the whiskey isn't heavily added, it's presence is enough to lower the score: it lends a slight bitterness/causticity. The quality of the burn's good, and I get no bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: I don't like it.

It isn't all bad, it's the whiskey that's responsible for two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Levent Meer'

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

6 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

The Lat is mild and soft allowing the other components to come through nicely. I don't mean to say that it takes a backseat, rather that it's soft nature doesn't hide the other components as some Lats do. It's a bit unique in that regard. It's mildly smoky and woody. The Orientals are mildly woody with a touch of sour butter. The Virginias are sweet hay with just a hint of fruit. I really can't taste the whiskey, perhaps because I dry mine very well. It's a pretty nice smoke that goes well any time of day, maybe even all day.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

Joshu88 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joshu88 (3)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am going to review this blend for what it is, NOT what it isn't. First off, it ISN'T a replacement for Frog Morton Cellar. So people who are looking for a substitute need to look somewhere else. It IS however a mild English style blend with an Islay Whiskey topping. The broken flakes rub out nicely, and packs with ease. The tin note is of peat from the Islay single malt, light smoke (from the Latakia) a little citrus/grassy notes from the Virginias, and to my nose, cherries, red wine or sweet vermouth, and of course whiskey. They could of easily have called this a Manhattan blend and served it in martini glasses! This blend smokes nicely with a room note of English smoke and sweet cherries. Even the wife commented that it smelled pretty good! Overall I really like this blend! The light cherry aroma works nicely with the smokey light latakia. The virginias balance the blend out and it is presented very nicely in the tin. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a mild english/aromatic as the topping gracefully fades away mid bowl. Very few re lights, and hasn't left any moisture in my pipe. Could be an all day smoke, however I tend to enjoy this blend on cool nights with two fingers of scotch.

Pipe Used: 2005 boswell, stanwell poker, WO Larsen apple

Age When Smoked: 1 year, 10 months

Purchased From: tobaccopipes.com

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5 people found this review helpful.

LoneRider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoneRider (24)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Talk about disappointing. This came highly recommended (I was looking for a replacement for my "Frog Morton's Cellar). Well, this sure isn't it. The tin note was mild to say the least. I could barely small the whiskey. Upon smoking it, as mild as it was, there was a harshness to it. I found the lack of the whiskey in the smoke to be disappointing also. After all, the gentleman who suggested it said he liked it better than "Cellar". I know that peoples' taste buds are different, but to be that far off. I'll finish what I have and never purchase again.

Pipe Used: Neptune "Stacked Billard)

Age When Smoked: 1year 8 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

WhiskeyPete107 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WhiskeyPete107 (2)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Broken flake with a boozy tin note. The flake breaks apart easily and burns cool. Tried this blend when I first purchased it and found it to be a very grassy Virginia forward blend. After almost two years I opened another tin and still taste the Virginia up front but it has blended nicely with the Latakia and oriental leaf. The top note does not really translate into the smoke, both taste and room note , but I think it helped harmonize the components. Not a ton of lat but a fair amount. The orientals open up mid bowl. Good stuff.

Pipe Used: Savinelli and Boswell.

Age When Smoked: 1 month and 2 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

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4 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (95)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Strong

Meh. I was quite a bit underwhelmed by this to back. It seemed to be one that I would enjoy; a light English flake. However, much as I tried, I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps the latakia is actually too light (which wouldn't really make sense, as I enjoy GLP Piccadilly). Maybe the orientals are too light (this is definite). I'm not certain. I'm a Virginia fan, but the Virginia's in this mixture do nothing for me. I haven't figured it out after (begrudgingly) smoking the majority of the 2 oz tin. Topping? I know it's there, but can't figure out if it enhances or detracts.

I just can't wrap my head around it. All I can say is I don't like it. It's just so boring... It was hard not to give it a one star review, but I know the leaf to be quality tobacco. It's just not my bag, baby. So, two stars. I won't revisit this, though.

Pipe Used: Assorted briars reserved for Latakia blends

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Charmander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Charmander (6)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I live in Baton Rouge, about an hour away from New Orleans. Saw the name and was curious if it would be possible to capture the spirit of the French Quarter in a tobacco blend? Really from the very start, I'd have to say that this actually does. Found it odd that there was no perique in the blend, as St. James Parish is not far from New Orleans and also, this contains English, Scottish, Turkish and Orientals, so where is the indigenous flavor? Even the whiskey is not Bourbon! I guess it lives in the deep subtleties and master blending of these ingredients into something that captures the spirit of a place that is itself as diverse and has layers of interesting qualities. Vieux Carre' is a wonderful looking product, delicate and fragrant slices that are so easy to pack and light. Behaves exceedingly well, and I have nicknamed it the "Big Easy"! I can't keep enough of this around, and I wish I could cellar some but I always end up smoking it! This is my personal favorite blend.

Pipe Used: Several

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Habana Port, Baton Rouge

4 people found this review helpful.

Big robert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big robert (2)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

This blend as with many others the company releases these days is made with young tobacco. The marketing scheme of cellar series with a age of 10 to 15 years is actually brilliant but the reason for it is not . the reviews of boring or flat are simply due to the age of the leaf. I can actually smoke all of the cellar series and enjoy them as they are but they do occasionally show the youth the leaf has .

Pipe Used: moonshine bent billiard

Age When Smoked: 09 10 18 tin date

Purchased From: smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Beaver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beaver (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Awesome blend, I'm really curious to see how it ages. It's not extremely complex but it is solid in what it is. Whiskey flavor is barely noticeable nor is the Latakia but the Virginias shine and so do the Orientals. Stays lit well, smokes cool with no bite. The flavor is unusual with quite a bit of grass notes. I could see where some people might not like it but I certainly do.

Pipe Used: Volkan Bulldog Morta

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Brick and mortar

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (64)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I've decided to review to cellar series blends from C&D upon purchase (or thereabout) and after the recommended amount of aging to see the changes. I intend to update the review after that period of time has elapsed.


Tin note of peat, reminds me of Joie de Vivre. Over time (days of being opened) becomes lighter, more fruity.

The taste is earthy, woody. I don't detect flavoring at this age, really. I got a chocolate note late in the bowl, occasionally. Not complex, but shines in its simplicity.

You can watch my video review of this blend unaged here:

YouTube Video


Stay tuned.

Pipe Used: SMS Meerschaum Skater

Age When Smoked: 2 1/2 Years

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.