In the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, no confection is quite as synonymous with the season as the colorful King Cake. Beginning on Epiphany, January 6, the streets explode with parties and festivals, bringing together family and friends in the spirit of Mardi Gras. With that very same intent, Cornell & Diehl created this Cellar Series blend to honor the New Orleans staple. Experience Mardi Gras like never before with King Cake.

Estimated peak: 10-15 years.

Notes: First introduced in July, 2016.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNuts / Beans, Plum, Rum
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The dark and lighter Virginias offer some citrus, mildly tangy dark fruit with some grass and a little earth with a small spice hit. They form the base of the blend, and sport a slight fermentation. The woody, dry, smoky, lightly buttery sweet Izmir plays a strong second lead. The unsweetened black cavendish adds a little brown sugar in the background for some smoothness. The raisiny, figgy, plumy perique is lightly more noticeable than the black cavendish. The hazelnut topping is mild, and is less prevalent than the plum and sweet rum. The aroma of the hazelnut when you open the tin is stronger than it is in the smoking experience. The toppings do tone down the tobaccos just a little, and hold on to the finish.The nic-hit is mild to medium. The strength and taste levels lean a little closer to medium than they do to mild. Doesn’t bite, and has no harsh notes. This crumble kake is easy to break apart to suit your smoking preference, but no matter how you do it, it’ll burn cool and clean at a slightly slow pace with a fairly smooth, mostly consistent deep, complex flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and requires just a little more than an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste, and room aroma. As the taste has a bit of depth, I would not say this is an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable.


24 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'll try a Krumble Kake blend just about anytime. I love the way the leaf just melts in your hand as you load up. I'm not sure if King Cake is going to stick around due to the FDA thing, but I wish I had gotten more than just one tin. I really like this weed. Black Cavendish played a much larger role than I expected, offering some backbone and complimenting the Orientals and Perique nicely. The Virginia, which usually benefits from the good old Bayou Blessing (Perique), was more of a background supporter for the Black Cav. The Orientals had trouble peeking through the other stuff, but I did catch wisps of flavor from them on occasion. I think I would have liked this one better had it not been cased. It left sort of an aftertaste of fermented fruit and rum cake. I tried hard to like this one and think the moderate Aromatic crowd will enjoy it more.

13 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2066)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - King Cake (Cellar Series).

Inside the tin sits only one block of kake, it isn't part-broken. The aroma from the tin imminently reminds me of Christmas Cake: plummy, rummy, and sweet. The kake prepares easily, and although a touch moist there's no problem with smoking it fresh.

'Rich': a great descriptive word to use for the smoke. The Perique has a deep fruitiness and this flavour is a match made in heaven for the added plums. The Virginia also gives a heavier fruity flavour, rather than fresh, sharp, citrus. The black Cavendish and Orientals join together to give the smoke a creamy, buttery, smoothness. The alcoholic side of the rum seems to be more for the first quarter, after the initial part the alcohol settles down and gives way to the molasses from the rum. The plum and rum are more notable than the hazelnut, the hazel' only offers a light support throughout a bowl. The burn from it can't be faulted, giving a medium temperature, bite-free, smoke.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

King Cake? Worthy of four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Chacom

Age When Smoked: Stamped 4/26/17

Purchased From: Tammy, my wife.

9 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Mild to Medium Medium Full Pleasant

This has become my favorite aromatic. The moderately sweet topping pairs perfectly with the savory tobaccos. I taste mostly earthy Virginias with some hay. The perique has a mild spice while the Izmir is woody and sour. The black cavendish keeps the smoke very cool and bite free. The topping is a complex work of art. It's nutty with cocoa and fruit. Cherries, plum, and rum notes pop up periodically and in some bowls I've gotten a maple flavor. King Cake may improve with age but it's already highly recommended by me.

9 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Happy Mardi Gras 2019

In honor of the day, I popped a tin of King Cake which I just happened to get in the mailcall today. I know the Cellar series is supposed to age for 10 years or whatever, but I couldn't wait that long.

Once you pop the can and open it up, you find one typical C&D "Brownie" in the can. The tin note is incredible sweet and fruity. It does actually remind me of King Cake (minus the baby).

I picked a few pieces from the top of the cake and crumbled them into a smaller Belge shaped Morgan Bones. They were moist to the touch but not soaking wet. A quick charring lite, tamp, and then true light.

the fruitiness was on top which I'm guessing is the casing. I quickly got some stewed fruit which I'll say is the Perique. Sweetness came through which added to that sweet cake experience. The aftertaste and retrohale had more nuttiness in it.

I can't say this is a blend that I'd want to smoke everyday, but much like the holiday blends at Christmas it will be a nice treat.

Pipe Used: Morgan Bones Belge

Age When Smoked: Fresh from Tin (2/19 tinning)

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

S8ntsfan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
S8ntsfan (21)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Very nice tobacco, with a really good taste and room note. I'm a C&D fan, and also hail from New Orleans, so I was very intrigued when this hit the market, as I'm a homer and anything New Orleans I have to try. A very well constructed cake, with an amazing scent out of the tin. Once rubbed out it's easy to pack. First few draws yielded the nutty flavor immediately followed by the plum and subtle rum flavoring. Stays lit, and burns very cool in all the pipes I've enjoyed it in. Finishes well on the palate, and no bite or aftertaste. I smoked it again a year later and it's even better after some aging time.

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani, MM Cob, Paronelli Billiard

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (143)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Opening the tin and you are hit with a smell of cake. More specifically it smells of vanilla, hazelnut, and fermented tobacco with a slight hay hint. What you see if a large brick of mostly medium brown with dark brown bits of tobacco combined a nice and neat cake. It smells so good that one is almost tempted to eat it.

It's easy to break of chunks and rub out. Loading is easy and I found that it took the regular/normal amount of lights. It easy to keep lit with light tamping and I didn't require relights often, if at all.

I have to say that I'm not a fan of highly cased/topped blends. This one smells heavily cased/topped when you open the tin. It reminded me a bit of Capt'n'Crunch actually, but it doesn't smoke like a heavily cased blend. The smoke is creamy and rich with flavor from both the tobaccos as well as from the casing. The casing flavors seem to reduce as you proceed through the bowl, but are present during the whole smoke. The hazlenut and vanilla flavors seem to compliment the slightly tangy, earthy, dark fruit notes of the tobaccos. I get some slight wood and grass notes as well, but they are brief as the nutty sweet cake flavor takes over. There is a slight spice and nut flavor from the tobaccos as well that accent the sweet cake flavors that are present from the casing and the tobaccos. Multiple people mention Perique in this blend, even though it is not stated anywhere that this is one of the component tobaccos. I can see where they get that from. This is a good tobacco and recommended, give it a spin for something quite tasty and unique.

Pipe Used: cob, billard, poker

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Nothing that I have tried yet.

2 people found this review helpful.

aztobaccosavant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aztobaccosavant (12)
Medium Extra Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Amazing aromas, exactly as the tin lists. Love the Krumble Kake consistency. A bit miffed by the other reviews describing this Baccy as over the top and too heavily topped. It was SPECIFICALLY produced to be long term aged. The assumption would logically be that C&D produced this amazing blend for those heavily applied toppings to "age off" or mellow in tandem with the tobaccos blending and maturing IN THE CAN.

So here is the caveat, I adore this AROs flavor profile. It's a strong dose of toppings on an incredibly well blended mix. IF you open it pre-aged range it will be deeply aromatic. I expect that a blend this masterfully produced will Age with poise and grace, way more then I have!

Pipe Used: Dunhill, cob, Askwith, Larryson

Age When Smoked: 3 months in the jar

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (93)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was gifted this by a good friend and I appreciate the gift wholeheartedly. However, this tobacco won't be made a permanent member of my rotation. I like a good topped tobacco and most "aromatic" blends that contain full tobaccos without the bane of goopy black cavendish. This blend, though, is in no way goopy or even have a constituent of a majority black cav, but C&D was a bit too overly zealous with the flavorings. I have to disagree respectfully with JimInks who noted that the hazelnut was not as apparent in the smoke as the rum and plum. Hazelnut was all I tasted for over half the bowl. The next night I broke some up and left it on the dresser overnight to air out. This helped the blend immensely and toned down the hazelnut flavor to a tolerable level. It was actually enjoyable after some of the casing had dissipated. The Virginias, Perique, and Turkish are wonderful in this blend and work together quite well.

I know this seems like a negative review and there are problems I do have with this blend. However, it is really good for a change of pace from my usual VAs, VaPers, and Burleys. I do think the casing is overdone in my opinion. I also wonder why they included a blend with such a low percentage of Virginias in a series that consists of tobaccos formulated to aged. Oh, well. I do like it, but it's over the top for me.

Pipe Used: Tinderbox Christmas Pipe

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (144)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Tin note of Nutella, rum and fig newtons. Tobacco cut is Krumble Kake, the chunks of tobacco are marbled light brown, medium browns and a little dark brown. Tobacco breaks apart easily and rubs out fairly easy, it is also a bit moist and probably could use some drying. Burns moderate with normal amount of relights. The strength is mild-medium and nic is mild. Flavoring is mild, with background notes of spiced rum, overly ripe plums, and sweet nuts. Taste is medium and mostly consistent, with notes of tangerines, ripe fermented fruit, lemon grass, pumpkin spice, dry earth, stewed Rasins, maple, mild cedar and moderately peppery retro. Virginias are leading with Izmir supporting. Cavendish is keeping pace but remains in the back. Perique is all over the place. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: 2015 XXX Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (100)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Want an aromatic that tastes like the tin/room note? This is it! The tin reeks of hazelnut, chocolate, plum, and rum when first opened. This changes to hazelnut and plum over time with the rum fading considerably. The hazelnut comes across strongly on the char. There are some nice “cakey” notes on the palate early each bowl. The room note is delicious and identical to how it actually tastes. This is also one of the best smelling room notes I have ever encountered. The wife loved the way it clung to my beard.

This cake crumbles quite easily and smokes surprisingly dry given that it is heavily cased and comes quite wet (by C&D standards anyway) in the tin. The VA takes the lead, and provides some nice bready tones. There are some Carmel/maple sweet notes that danced in and out of each bowl. Mild bodied. Mild in nicotine. It can border on mild to medium if puffed fast. Given the incredible taste, this is an easy thing to do. While made to age, KK smokes beautifully when young. To those who include aromatics in their rotation, this is HIGHLY recommended. This is not necessarily something I would want to smoke regularly, but what a nice tobacco to pull out each year for Mardi Gras.

Pipe Used: Numerous briars

Age When Smoked: 2/3/20

Purchased From: SP

1 person found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (65)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

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.


Sweet beans, like japanese ice cream, dark fruit. Rum/other sweet liquor. Vanilla/chocolate flavor/quality. There's a slight citrus. Like a fruit cake with a rum glaze. Creamy, marvelous balance.

You can see my video review of the unaged blend here:

YouTube Video


Stay tuned.

Pipe Used: SMS Meerschaum Skater

Age When Smoked: 1 1/2 Years

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.