Cornell & Diehl King Cake

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.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Series Cellar Series
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Nuts / Beans, Plum, Rum
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 2oz Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Medium to Strong
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2017 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.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 05, 2019 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)
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 16, 2017 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 18, 2023 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
A really nice take on a Vaper. The plum/liquor flavor is very mild and does not overshadow the Perique. The cavendish and Virginia smoke sweet and cool. There is still a good amount of tobacco taste. I have a hard time picking out the Orientals in this blend. The best part is that this is a great cross over tobacco- smokers of all genres will find something to love about it.
Pipe Used: Corn cob
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco Leaf Store. Lakewood Colorado
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 12, 2022 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
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