Cornell & Diehl Granby Station

Like its namesake conduit to the majestic Rocky Mountains, this mixture of black cavendish and red Virginia leaf — adorned with the subtle spice of perique and topped with the flavors of vanilla and applejack — makes for an awe-inspiring experience.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Cornell & Diehl
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.73 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 21, 2018 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
This review is based solely on first impressions after smoking only a couple bowls, so take it for what its worth.

Perique? What perique? I don't taste it, although it may contribute a bit to the fruity side of the flavor profile. It certainly adds no pepper. To me, this tastes almost like a straight Cavendish, although I'll accept the fact that other tobaccos are used in this blend.

Toppings are generously applied but not overly done. Smoked slowly in a corncob pipe, this burns down to mottled grey ash with a few bits of carbon and slightly less than average aromatic goop.

The liquor used to top this is apple jack. Apple jack is ice distilled from hard cider; the cider is left to freeze and the ice scraped from the top of the frozen cider. What remains is strong cider with an average alcohol content of around 10%, nearly double the strength of most hard ciders. This boozy concoction adds a lot of apple aroma and hint of alcohol to the pouch note, but ends up making the smoke taste a bit sour and fruity. The overall profile is a vanilla Cavendish flavor with just a little fruit in the background.

Mechanically, this earns a grade of B-minus. It can be abit hard to keep lit unless it has been dried a bit. A loose initial pack followed by frequent gentle tamping will ensure a steady burn to the bottom of the bowl.

I like this one, because it is different from most other aeros I enjoy. I can recommend this, but I won't give it 4 stars. There are better aeros available. I am glad I bought a 2 ounce bag to try, and I will finish the bag but at this point do not see myself reordering this.
Pipe Used: M.M. Legend and Country Gentleman
PurchasedFrom: Online retailer
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 05, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant
Cornell & Diehl - Granby Station.

The blend has an intriguing appearance, many shapes and colours. The aroma from it has a touch of sharp apples in there. It arrived at a smokeable moistness.

The smoke? I've never drank applejack so can't comment on the authenticity of the aromatic addition here, but what I can comment on is the way the smoke tastes to me. The main tobacco flavour's a VaBur one, sweetened with black Cavendish and hardly any Perique. The vanilla addition tastes nice, there's just enough to identify it, but the applejack has a flavour which is just bitter and sour; nowhere near as sweet as I'd have liked.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Granby Station? Although the applejack topping ruins the smoke I'll give it two stars based on the tobaccos and vanilla:

Somewhat recommended.
Pipe Used: Chacom Atlas
Age When Smoked: Two weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 28, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
Arrived moist in pouch, set it out to dry for 30 minutes. Bag consist of mainly brown and black tobacco. Virginia's were mainly bready and the burly's tasted of molasses. The black cavendish was front and center with the topping adding a sweet mild honey flavor. Very nice aromatic, the topping did not drowned out the tobacco taste. I can barely taste the Perique at all. I think it may be adding a slight Plum flavor
Pipe Used: Savinelli
PurchasedFrom: Smoking pipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 13, 2020 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
I'm reviewing some Granby Station that has been jarred since June 2017 which I decided to try again during the great lockdown of 2020.

Still moist in the jar. Dark black and brown ribbons. Jar note is sweet, topping sweet. I let it sit out about 30 mins before packing each time.

Very easy to pack with the ribbon cut. Easy to get lit with a little tamping. The beginning of the smoke tasted 100% aromatic as it burned through the topping. I got vanilla (mild), and some sort of Alcohol.

Not sure if it is Applejack or not. Applejack is Apple Brandy mixed with clear liquor.. to make an Apple Whiskey.. I always thought of it as redistilled Hard Cider (which I enjoy). There's a very faint apple note in the smoke if sipped softly, so I shall give it the benefit of the doubt.

As the bowls progressed I could pick up a slight pepper, which I will place with the perique and this hits the tongue as a little sourish.

Beyond that, the rest of the tobaccos seem to be along for the ride. It's not a bad smoke by any means as long as you smoke slowly and don't push it as it wants to burn a little hot if pushed at all.

Seemed to smoke best in Canadians with longer stems to help cool the heat. Put out generous clouds of smoke. Wife complemented a "fruity" room note, so that is a plus while I'm doing most of my smoking inside these days.

There is a slight sour aftertaste with probably 75% of the bowls. Can't figure out why not all of them.

I'll smoke the other ounce that I have, but I doubt this will be something I'd go out of my way to buy again.
Pipe Used: Radiator Pipes, Canadians
PurchasedFrom: Gift
Age When Smoked: 2017
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 14, 2018 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I bought this tobacco because the name intrigued me. One of my favorite spots in the world is Grand Lake, Colorado. The town of Granby is nearby. There is a little Amtrak train station in Granby that can be used by residents of Denver to get to Rocky Mountain National Park and the lakes around Grand Lake. So, I ordered an ounce to try out. I am very pleased with the easy, cool, and fresh aroma of this fine tobacco. It packed well, only required one or two relights. One can definitely detect the apples throughout the smoke, along with a nice molasses influence. I will definitely be buying more to store in a Mason jar.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Basket
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2019 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Smells great in the bag. In fact, first thing I thought when opening it this close to Easter was, that it smelled like hot cross buns. Maybe fruitcake if you prefer, but definitely a sweet raisiny bread aroma.

The smell doesn't particularly carry over to the taste for me. It's neither very sweet-apart from the sweet grass hint from the virginia-nor sour, just a neutral rich tobacco flavor with earthy and subtle tones. The Cavendish is not highly toasted and imparts more coolness than flavor. There seems to be a complete lack of perique either visibly or gastronomically. I'm not sure what Applejack is, but I don't get any tartness or apple flavor at all. The pouch note also doesn't carry over to the room note, though it's not at all unpleasant.

Smoked it right out of the pouch with no drying, so it did sizzle the whole way through. Perhaps the casing vaporized off and left me with a false impression; I know by now to let tobacco properly age but I'm always impatient to try it right away. I'll come back and update in a few weeks possibly.
Pipe Used: Tattoo meerschaum lined
Age When Smoked: New bulk bag
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 10, 2021 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
"Adorned with the subtle spice of Perique". The first time I opened the pouch I swear they sent me straight up blending Perique. Besides a slight sweetness, the aroma of the musty Perique overpowered any other aroma that may accompany it. This blend is an even mix of black and dark brown tobacco. Although it arrives moist, its not sticky and it does seen to hinder the burn. You may do well to dry this blend a while before lighting.

Initial lighting takes some time. The spring of the pack needs to be tamped a few times before its no longer an issue. I try to only pack half, to 3/4 of a bowl to allow for expansion, lest you will be charring your rim.

Granby Station produces thick, voluminous smoke. The spiciness and role of the Perique is more than subtle.

To be honest, this blend straight up confuses the hell out of my palate. Besides Perique, its not really obvious what other tobaccos are in here. Due to the strength, that tells me there is burley in here. I do get a subtle sweetness that I cannot tell if its from the VA or the vanilla topping. I do not detect any apple jack whatsoever. I smoked about an oz of this, and Im going to say its not for me....

It does have a ton of spring in the pack!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 25, 2021 Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable
I have much love for C&D but this is the worst blend on their roster I have tried so far. Based on other ratings, I am clearly the outlier here. I did indeed pick up on the apple flavor, which comes across as generic apple juice from concentrate on the tip and sides of the tongue. The room note isn’t so great, and there is something just “off” about this blend. I really didn’t get much traditional pipe tobacco flavor here, and the overall moistness, smoking characteristics lends it to having more in common with hookah tobacco. I did not detect the Perique, and the Virginia rarely pops up to make itself known. There is something wrong about this blend.
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 28, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I really like this blend. Little sour tin/jar note. I definitely get a little vanilla upon lighting, and it hangs around with a slight sour note as well, I assume from the applejack (never tried it so don't know for sure). I get a little spicy tongue tingle but not in a bad biting way, and I assume this is perique. Several other reviews said the perique was almost unnoticeable, but since I have not smoked too many perique blends I must be a little more sensitive to it.

Only a handful of bowls in, so might be early to give 4 stars, but so far I really enjoy this, and will probably keep it in mind for further purchases. Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: MM Cob Country Gentleman
Age When Smoked: Bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 26, 2022 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
So it starts of mildly flavored I picked up on some vanilla didn’t see much of the apple jack I did pick up a hint of spice and the Virginia is fairly present it burned very well excellent burn I got a little bit of nicotine out of it the cavendish seemed to be in there to mellow it out overall it was not a bad smoke but was not something i would smoke all of or purchase again
Pipe Used: Bings favorite
PurchasedFrom: Smoking
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 26, 2023 Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Coming from within the deep coiffures of Cornell & Diehl’s collection of popular and original blends, rolling up to the platformed structure situated in the Rocky Mountain foothills, we arrive at our featured destination the quaint wooden structure of Granby Station. It is here that we come to discover an interesting aromatic offering that calls for the boarding of primary Red Virginia, White Burley, supportive Black Cavendish and a far from home Louisiana Perique. And so, to make our continuing journey comfortably entertaining, the good folks at C&D have presented this assemblage in a swill of classic vanilla and decent old fashioned applejack booze.

Showing a solemn deep dyed appeal, this unique blend presents a visual attraction the springs forward with an upright darkened brooding complexion. Essentially a mildly moist accumulation of committed ribbon cut tobaccos displays a sincere palette of lighter tans, orange/golden reds, bright copper, striated browns, and provoked dark chocolate slightly occupied by a run of coarse blackened flecks.

Sampling its essence, the pouched fragrance is positively bold given the captured Perique which for all purpose dominates the fundamental nose. Remorselessly evidencing a strong native pungency and fertile funk, Granby Station’s aroma intertwines this awesome heading with a dash of passive vanilla, stoved wood tones, a bit of vibrant cocoa, some mild sour-tart and just a light brush of sugary fresh apple. Interesting in all candors, this tobacco harbors a pledge for something unconventional by way of an orthodox “aromatic”.

Conceivably, the most appropriate description summarizing Granby Station’s standard character is to suggest that this tobacco brings a tolerantly coated aromatic excursion that enfolds an honest fusion of a Virginia-Burley encounter balanced with a slightly challenging ration of quality Perique. In specific, the smoking experience reveals an interesting mingling of these individual elements sweetly joined in a graceful package that accentuates the classic attributes of the respective leaves. However, occasion does lend itself to featuring the undulating proudness of the Perique, which adds a neatly fashioned complexion, a peculiar definition of course, to the recipe’s overall achieved results that is certain.

What is more, the featured topdressings posture with a milder stepping within the complete taste profile, in that they are well metered by selectively showing their complementing influence, yet not so much as to displace the native savors. Objectively, my series of trials did support the notion that C&D has thoughtfully considered applying “just enough” to be worthy and appealing. As a mild-medium strength/intensity natured concoction, Granby Station could easily suffice as a duly respectable crossover blending, ideally.

By comparison to the average performance of the subject aromatic genre, this mixture engenders a dotingly peaceful and mellowing smoking experience in that it feels gentle and somewhat silky upon the palate. With the additive coatings, one discovers a softer paled vanilla chord which poses an embellishing garnishment or enhancer, if you will, soothing any turbulence surfacing amid the trimmed edges marrying the central streams of various flavors. Sitting quietly in lower reserve, there is no question that vanilla brings a delicate curtailing ambience to the potentially rancorous throws of the bold-natured strains with its tapering accomplishment.

Accompanying the latter enticement is the lead recording on congenial apple; I’ll get to the “jack” portion here directly. This fruit-based projection counters with a classic tart-sweet persona more of the Jazz varietal than anything else if I were guessing and honestly I am. Principally because a dosing of this particular fruity additive is quite a tricky blending endeavor at that, the apple influence is arguably conservative in demeanor on a standard aromatic scaling yet much more present than the bashful vanilla.

Wholistically the apple recording occupies considerable real estate within the composite taste landscape. Namely it circulates freely within the immediate sphere showing a heightened importance by forming what I perceived to be an overarching forward envelope surrounding the general profile. This substantive flavor can be carefully witnessed with each drawl upon the pipe. With that very development the contribution of flavorsome contextualizing of the stronger independent native strains underneath is quite impressive in its effect

And now on to the “jack”. Yes, with my trial smoking I did infrequently delight in the movement of a clean shot of a sweeter boozy brandy like nuance, which commemorates the inclusion of that stiffer spirited ingredient. It surfaces sporadically within the mid-rear taste band or at least that is how my palate perceived it. You know, admittingly, I have never properly engaged in a libation of old-fashioned applejack, but based upon the renderings within this tobacco it strikes me as being something that I probably would enjoy. Maybe I’ll have to investigate that, uh-huh. On that note, the last critical point for consideration is that a demonstration of top-coating consistency in the registerable calling does shine for the duration of the bowl, which speaks favorably to the blending efforts exerted by C&D.

Regarding the baseline Virginia/Burley element, given the Red varietal constituent, Granby Station’s registration is distinctly polarized with an airy featuring of deeply seasoned woodiness that is pigmented with a bit of tangier tart and sweeter caramelization. Further supplementing this base notation is a colorful undertone of earthen floral. In deference to the White Burley, it is a tad more absorbed and fainter in magnitude, yet does lend some nice toasted sweet almond nuttiness, accented with a drop or two of softer cocoa as the leaf’s physical value helps in maintaining the tobacco’s cooler burning temperature.

So, we move on to the resident Perique, yeah, which is uniquely present on the bottom layer. I don’t know if by chance the shrouding combination of vanilla and apple was at task, but my assessment of the Perique characterization within this blend rated most favorably on the whole. Namely, one does get a pacifying and savory darker stewed juicy prune note that is generous in disposition, while being twisted with an inkling of sweeter peppered must. Additionally, I sensed that there may be some aging on the deployed leaf as the texture registers with a developed and smooth flavorsomeness. Quite possibly this expression of goodly Perique could also speak to the letdown percentage being optimum or again “just enough” to render its presence in an amiable and distinguished manner.

And finally, the Black Cavendish contribution to the composite taste band is more functionally handy in its accord. There is a minor degree of sugary soiled zest denoted nonetheless, but its impression is weaker in force. And like the vanilla flavoring’s contributive property, the Cavendish’s stature best signals the importance of its inclusion as a smoothing agent for the effective melding of blended taste and that is no doubt by purposeful design.

So, what does one get with the tobacco’s expenditure, a lofty or disconcerting room essence you may be wondering. I would have to profess that Granby Station enlivens the vicinity of its immediate smoking with an openly pleasant accommodation in the airs of its standard fragrance. Chiefly the refreshingly sweet aroma of succulent apple does propagate a considerable portion of the basic character as it fuses with the more earnest scent of earthly Virginian wood and a mild pungency from the Acadian. With a potency that follows a reserved composure, Granby Station is most polite in not lingering for want of the monotony of too much of a good thing, again its permanency is “just enough” to be reasonably enjoyed.

On this last feature, the tobacco does a fine job of producing generous pillows of thicker gray smoky clouds. And as I previously alluded, this blend charters along quite well in reference to overall burn characteristics. Furthermore, there is not too much nicotine influence to concern yourself with on this one as Granby Station is perceivably a solid day-long smokeable. Yes, I must say that I rather liked this product especially the gracious flavored chase of the VaBur-Perique combination. As sipped for an easeful aromatic retreat or even puffed as a workhorse smoker, Granby Station proved to be pleasantly enough for this man. Yet even with that, I shall continue faithfully with my crazed tobacco foraging make no bones about that my friends. Afterall, someone must, so why not me, right? 3.2 Pipes
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