Cornell & Diehl John Marr

A poetic mixture of bright and red Virginias with a good portion of Turkish leaf, elevated by genial portions of Perique and black Cavendish, and topped with the flavors of bourbon and vanilla, C&D's John Marr is an unparalleled voyage of sweet complexity.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Series Melville At Sea
Blended By  
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Bourbon, Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2oz, 8oz Tin, Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.33 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 16, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
A very pleasant light aromatic—light on the casing, not on flavour. An old-fashioned judge's blend, bourbon and vanilla. Easy on the tongue, and burned well until I monkeyed with it, thinking it was too dry! I've noticed this with many C&D bulk purchases; they seem dry and stiff in the bag, but they burn well, so I think it's just something about the cut.

Could be an all-day smoke for some, I will certainly be buying it again. Not quite enough character for 4 stars, but a solid 'Recommended'.
Pipe Used: Carey Magic Inch
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 24, 2019 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
I bought a few ounces of this last Sunday, from the bulk jar at the local tobacco shop. It has a nice sweet vanilla note but I could not detect any bourbon smell. I grabbed my Peterson Dublin Edition Unfinished Poker and loaded my bowl. This smokes cool and sweet and I tried ‘sipping’ on this as recommended in a previous review. Not a big deal but about half way down the first two bowls I got the old pipe gurgle. Not sure if it was from the tobacco or how I was smoking it but a pipe cleaner took care of it. While smoking on the front porch if I see my neighbor across the street I go over and get her room note opinion. This blend she said was very pleasant. I guess that is a plus. Day two: I had a few more bowls of this with my coffee and surprisingly not hardly any pipe gurgle this time. Maybe because I left the jar sitting outside on the porch all day. Who knows? Who cares? Ha. I tried some 1Q probably a year ago and looked it up and apparently, I have not reviewed that one. If memory serves me correct and it probably doesn’t this blend sort of reminds me of it. It is a nice mild aromatic and is pleasant for the summer but my body is starting to crave a Lat Bomb so I will probably go back to those types for a while. If anyone smoking this can get the bourbon flavor out of this one my hat is off to you but I mostly sensed vanilla while smoking this one. By the way, who is Melville?
Pipe Used: Peterson Dublin Edition Unfinished Poker
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 30, 2022 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
When I first tried this I was very much not satisfied. The vanilla smelled cheap, and got no alcohol smell I was expecting. I jarred it up and forgot about it for about 5 mo ths or so. Upon a revisit it really made a great impression. Nice , smooth, and tasty as hell. I found one of my all time favorite blends from c&d.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 26, 2021 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
On the heels of my previous repast of Melville at Sea, that being Billy Budd, I venture now in offer of this mixture for further consideration. With identical tenacity, C&D ‘s John Marr – Virginia Ribbon enters the port in strong compliment to the wealth of the noted series. Largely modeling the quintessence of traditional navy tobacco, prepare to encounter a keen recipe of cultured Red and Bright Virginia, Dark Burley, pressed Black Cavendish, lavish Turkish/Oriental and of course vital Perique. Swelled within a lashing of gentle vanilla and distinctive bourbon spirits, John Marr poses its mark by showing a dominant character of full dense woodiness, graciously soft sweetness, and vigorous air of brilliant spice.

As typical of many C&D blends, John Marr counters a starkly dry composition. Notably so, discovery reveals a grainy pillowed coarseness reflecting a genuine aged texture. A wooly mat of variegated brown, finely cut into ribboned twists, dissimilar darkened shards, peppered by flecks of blackened fragments comprise its chapped constitution. As to be expected, the two independent strains of Virginia constitute considerable volume within the total mass of tobacco, leaving modest breathing space for the seemingly inharmonious complimenting varietals. Rough and ready for the maiden voyage by all practical appearances.

Embracing John Marr’s fragrance, an unreserved spray of colorfully concentrated aroma invades the senses. Bold and robust notes of deeply aged wood, sharp and tart exceptional spice, a proudness of earthly pungency, subdued grass, soft streams of vanilla sugars and distilled spirits, raisins and other dark fruit flood from the pouch announcing the celebration of its base character. With said registration, the blend queues with the promise of a full-flavored adventure.

By pure speculation, I surmise that the strains of Virginia employed within the recipe encompass some evidence of extended aging. Namely, with the flavor registration a substantial degree of cultured fermentation and seasoning of the affected tobaccos reports with considerable discernment. Consistent deeply developed and florid tones of ancient wood and weathered grass move from within permeating the base line flavor. In particular, the Red takes prominence with its darker tonality and is well supported by a spicy rustic hay/grass accents emanating from the weathered Bright.

Principally the complex assortment of complementary tobaccos is moderated as they gingerly circulate within the proverbially stern and amid the high notes. Although the piquant floral Turkish/Oriental with its tangy spice tends to shine more strongly to the forefront. The modest level of Burley is extremely submissive offering sour nutty-woodiness and a pronouncement of thinned brown sugar. John Marr, in my estimation, is exceedingly a Red Virginia dominant smoke. Chiefly, its robust classic Virginia woodiness is supplemented steadily with a trailing punch of zesty peppered spice/prunes presented by the Perique perhaps in conjunction with the additive bourbon flavoring. However, on occasion, the bourbon enthusiastically pushes forward on its own merit with a note of barreled malty sweetness.

The presence of Black Cavendish facilitates the orchestration of composite taste in general. Essentially the Cavendish influences the compliments by converging the differing streams into a savory cohesive envelope that elegantly supports and cases the foremost Virginia/Perique nuance. Leaning on its essential capacity for mechanical fusion, Black Cavendish smooths out any rough edges in the flavor, making an overall registration that is mellow and flowing.

Finally, floating in the middle of the taste band a tacit sweet vanilla registers in swings characteristically medium or passive in magnitude, as the aftertaste fills the mouth with its residual influence. In summary, a little bit of every component can be experienced in a balanced and well tendered fashion, yet my palate read the blend to be Red Virginia/Perique forward in nature once again. The quality of the total smoking experience astutely portrays a proper mood of seafaring exuberance. Hence, I categorize John Marr as falling closely within the traditional navy tobacco sort.

One additional observation about this mixture is that it does not fare as neatly within in a narrower bowl. The described complexity of taste becomes a little more monochromatic by default, largely stout Virginia. By deploying a wider bowl, the resulting effect is to open proper recognition of all the described subtilties. Moreover, the generosity of a bigger chamber enables the texture to feel substantially smokier on the palate, thereby the enjoyable vibrancy of the blend is greatly enhanced. Incidentally, John Marr’s flavor enrichens tremendously as the bowl progresses to about the last third. It is truly one of those blends that optimally tastes best as it finishes.

As smoked, John Marr projects a room essence that is shaded by a thick meaty gray cloud tempered in dark, deep variegated woodiness coming from the recipe’s multiple varietals, sweet-spicy burned hay, and some buttery fetid tartness. The after effect is intense yet perceivably tolerable. The aroma stands present for an extended period, delivering witness of a fully strong mixture.

On a few final notes, John Marr burns cleanly with a moderate temperature leaving a fully consumed thick white ash. Although Virginias are often susceptible to promoting bite, this mixture is relatively easy on the palate perhaps signaling the combined effect of its involved varietals. The resultant nicotine element centers roughly at medium intensity making John Marr feasibly an extended smoking venue for the experienced piper.

So, there you have it. One more successful league piloted through C&D’s Melville at Sea series. Overall, another noteworthy and quality product based upon my simple sampling exercise, inspiring and fashionably true to the genre. As a matter of opinion, John Marr unveiled itself to be an extremely satisfying and engaging review experience. Chiefly, the developed flavor of the Virginias that C&D has utilized within this recipe is most impressive. Tantamount to this mixture’s appeal is the deployment of skillful blending and balancing of complex components. Selecting the correct varietals (i.e., age, source, strength) to arrive at a designed output that discreetly appeals to customer satisfaction largely centers on knowledgeable craftmanship and experimentation; nicely achieved by C&D.

Last, I would argue that this blend stands as a comparable VaPer-like experience, while being in parallel to several other navy flake tobaccos that I do personally enjoy. The additive feature of supporting exotic Turkish/Orientals offers a nice differentiation given the vast list of alternative product offerings on the market. With all that being stated, I would recommend this mixture without reservation to those who have an affinity for quality Virginia/Perique or Virginia-based blends. As always give it a try and see if you are swept away by the winds of John Marr.

Hanna Subjective Rating: 3.2 Objective Scoring (based upon standard genre attributes, mechanicals, and cost): 126/153 @ 82%
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 03, 2021 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
First of all: Whoever calls this blend "flavored" is definitely giving preference to old English recipes of creosote and hemp rope. The aroma of the tobacco is very light. I found it to be an oak barrel bourbon, nicely topped with a mixture of baked apple and bitter chocolate.

Perfectly even ribbon cut, very even medium roast coffee color, no light or dark flecks. Very soft to the touch, I would even say "fluffy".

I took literally a couple grams to try in a small Virginia-Perique blend pipe and smoked it in the fresh, frosty air, so don't ask me about the smell in the room. But the smoke itself is sweet, thick - and yet light. The taste is a typical VaPe, with a slight, slightly astringent, taste of walnuts.

I must say that the strength of this blend is medium, and the smoking was very comfortable in temperature and speed - warm and not too slow. This tobacco won't help you wake up like, say, Early Morning Pipe, but it is invigorating.

I know for myself: there are a lot of good mixes out there, and John Marr won't be my favorite. But I think, it's very good.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69
PurchasedFrom: Online
Age When Smoked: 2016
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 21, 2021 Medium Mild Medium Unnoticeable
Wow!! 1 year ago I purchased a tin of JM anf find it not very well . I experienced it unbalanced and rough and also kind of "dirty". Maybe my impressions cheat me by smoking it as the third pipe of a day or I expected a different flavour. Today I gave it another go and was surprised to like it a lot. Va's in the frontseat, spicy orientals beneath and a little tang from the perique in the backseat. Rounded by a masterly measured vanilla scent. Also my beloved nic was in the house. Flowery ,tea like and otherway a little spicy. I enjoy it alot will go on
Pipe Used: Parker 109
PurchasedFrom: smoking pipes
Age When Smoked: 12 month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 15, 2021 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
John Marr looked to be an interesting blend in light of its novel selection of component leaf and topping. There is little black cav evident in the bag (this is a bulk purchase) or the smoke. The virginias and Turkish make up most of the red/brown leaf. There are a few strands of bright Virginia. Perique is of the granulated variety and its pepperiness plays quite charmingly with the vanilla topping. The vanilla is the strongest contributor to the bag aroma. I wasn’t able to detect the bourbon initially. After some airing out, the bourbon came through gently in the smoke and was vaguely evident in the bag. This is an admirable attempt, but a miss per my tastes. That said, it is an aromatic that smells good to bystanders, come relatively dry and certainly not gooey. The toppings do not distract from the tobacco taste, but do not enhance them in any meaningful way. This would make an excellent transition for pipers wanting to move from aromatics into blends tasting of proper tobacco. Certainly a novel aromatic, just one I likely will not restock.
Pipe Used: Numerous
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 29, 2023 Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Deep, incensed and sweet with dark fruit backbone that keeps things from going in a cloying direction.

Similar to King Kake in richness of flavor and types of notes, with a more Oriental/Virginia anchor.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 122 - half-bent Pot
PurchasedFrom: Smoking
Age When Smoked: 2+ years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 19, 2023 Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Several years fermenting in a mason jar has done this tobacco a world of good. Delicious flavor and a welcome intermittent change from my usual English and Orientals. No need to wax poetic about this since others have done that for me and for this blend. Certainly worth trying.
Pipe Used: Charatan
Age When Smoked: Four years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 08, 2022 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant
I enjoy a good aromatic made with quality base leaves. when I first read the description of this, it sounded like it would be a great rainy day indoor blend.

Pouch appearance of light and medium choppy ribbons, with some random large dark brown leaf scattered about.

This has a wonderful vanilla aroma, like fresh baked vanilla cupcakes. I don't detect much alcohol in the pouch.

This blend has a great moisture content, as the majority of C&D aro's have. No lighting issues at all.

John Marr packs well, with little spring. takes a match readily and require minimal relights. The Virginias are bright and sweet, but the burley adds some harsh/sharp qualities (common with C&D burley) that hopefully aging will minimize. Perique is most noticeable when exhaled through the nose, but even then, its just a trace. The vanilla stays with the smoke down to the heel, and the bourbon adds an oaky char that really comes forth when sipped. This blend is extremely balanced and flavorful.

The room note is toasty, bready and bakery sweet. I've enjoyed this in the mornings with both coffee and RYZE mushroom coffee. a solid 3.5 stars, hopefully I can bump that to 4 after the burley ages a bit
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