Beginning with healthy portions of white and dark burley blended with red and bright Virginia leaf, C&D's Redburn then incorporates a touch of spicy dark fired Kentucky, topping it with the flavors of dark rum and molasses and pressing into an old fashioned crumble cake.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringMolasses, Rum
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin, 16 ounce bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Redburn (Melville At Sea).

I often begin a Friday with an aromatic/flavoured blend, and as I adore the krumble kake cut I selected Redburn as today's choice.

Unlike a few kakes Redburn arrives as a single block. It's medium brown, smells a little rummy, and where preparation's concerned it's one of the easiest kakes I've come across. Moisture? My first bowl was fresh and it smoked fine.

In the smoke the leader of the pack's the rich Burley, tasting of a high quality. This outweighs the other leaves. The Virginia gives a backing of hay, and I get hardly any of the dark fired Kentucky; don't expect a heavy fire-cured flavour. I get a mild, sweet touch from the toppings but nothing so alcoholic as to scream ''RUM''; it isn't as clear cut a flavour as something like G.H. Rum Flake. Redburn burns well without a bite.

Nicotine: a smidgen above medium. Room-note: I'm not a big fan.

Redburn? Should please Burley fans, but I won't go the whole hog and give it four stars. Still, it deserves three:


Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday Pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

18 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (304)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Snork and you shall receive... Redburn is an old school Burley and Virginia crumble cake with a very very light topping of what i believe is Honey, Rum and perhaps maple or molasses. Nothing offensive or anything that will take away from the natural tobacco flavors. Came dry enough to load up a Missouri Meerschaum cob , two lights and i was off to the races! Mild to medium, just enough nicotine to keep me satisfied and mild enough both in strength and flavor to be an all day smoke. A good replacement for any Burley flake that is unavailable at the moment (or for good , who knows at this point) I am glad i have found another solid Burley Cake that i can fall back on and also start hoarding just in case. I really liked this blend and after smoking half the tin i can rate it at 4* ! Yummy!

Age When Smoked: Young - 02/07/18 on tin

16 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The white and dark burleys provide a lot of earth, wood, and nuts, along with a little sharp, sour, savory roughness, light toast and spice with touches of molasses and cocoa as the lead components. The fermented red Virginia offers a lot of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, vegetation, light vinegar, and a small spice note as a supporting player. The tart and tangy citrusy, bready, mildly toasty, grassy, lightly floral and acidic tart lemony, moderately sugary, sparkly bright Virginia is almost as potent as the red Va. The spicy, woody, earthy, herbal, floral, dryly sour, lightly nutty sweet dark fired Kentucky is a very noticeable condiment. The rich dark rum is more obvious than the lightly applied molasses topping as they mildly sublimate the tobaccos. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a step behind that mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. There are a few small rough edges, though most of them are tamed by the toppings. Well balanced, complex and nuanced, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent tart and tangy sweet and dryly sour, savory, woody, nutty, spicy flavor that translates to the long lingering, pleasant after taste, and stronger room note. Not an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.


15 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After falling in love with C&D's Black Frigate I was eager to try the Burley-equivalent of Black Frigate. Very similiar to Black Frigates tin note, but the rum part is less sweet, a bit more alcoholic and you also get a nice molasses undertone, which harmonizes perfectly with the rum.

In the pipe it offers a warm, earthy and nutty Burley foundation, seasoned with a hint of dark fired Kentucky for interest and Virginias sweetness for balance. On top of that the mild flavoring enriches the tobaccos taste, mainly with a "dark" molasses sweetness. Warm and comfty. In the back there's a mild note of rum. Slightly alcoholish, spicy, somewhat fruity, a little sweetness. All components melt expectionally well and offer a All-Day Burley with a lot of charme!

The Burley-brother of the Black Frigate for my taste. Not as complex and deep as BF, but a bit bolder, warmer, and more full-bodied. Anyways wonderful blend by itself and surely a 4-star worthy one!

12 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I bought some Redburn a few weeks ago and have been smoking some of this in a cob. The tin note has a really sweet pungent smell to it but not in a really bad way. May be the rum and molasses not sure. It is a nice soft medium brown plug and crumbles easily. This is a fairly young tin dated 051618 and was still somewhat moist out of the tin. Smokes smooth and sweet but the flavoring is lighter smoking it than smelling it if you know what I mean. As some would say a really good Burley. Odd sounding name to me though.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

11 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Popping my first, young tin of Redburn, instead of what I think of as a crumble cake I see the tobacco is short ribbons ranging from light to mid red-browns, with a very few dark brown bits, all blended and loosely pressed into a soft cube. Tin note is of the fragrant meadow ilk, with attitude, and the toppings are quite tame, just a hint of molasses and barely a breath of sweetened rum, and maybe some berries got close at some point. Moisture seems spot on for smoking straight away, but I recommend drying it some, for reasons I’ll get right into. As for smoking Redburn, if you want a true ornery codger experience, just pack it tight and draw hard. That’ll do’er. If, OTOH, you want it fragrant and delicious, then a loose load in a big bowl and a snail’s pace are the order of the day. R lights well enough when it’s dried, and it needs only regular, very gentle tamping to keep it smoldering. It burns down pretty fast, even though I take it easy. Lit, the scents are like the tin note, fragrant, woody resins from the Burly along with meadow grasses and just a little sweet earth and body from the VAs, with fat, resins, and some spice from a small quantity of KY. Tastes parallel the scents, along with some cashew. True to its Burley roots, Reburn produces some tannic bitterness that balances and offsets the added sugars, and the VAs and KY both are also tart.. There is plenty of smoke when it’s puffed, and the tastes and fragrances are very consistent, top to bottom, except the tastes intensify. Delicate, fragrant side streams abound all during the smoke. Strength builds past medium. When it’s smoked slowly tastes might seem mild to medium to Burleyphiles, but I suspect many will register the cumulative VA and Burley spices and tannins as being more than medium. Room note is pleasant. Aftertaste is a bitter-sweet version of the best of the smoke.

How I like this Redburn! And all it wants from me is time and a big-bowled pipe that hasn’t seen darker leaf. It rather reminds me of Peterson’s Hyde Park in that it can be warm and fuzzy or grumpy and rough, depending on how it’s smoked. All in all, I recommend Redburn first to Burley lovers, then to anyone who is confident they can keep the burn rate curbed. Of course, codgers don’t give a damn what I say, and they’ll smoke it how they please, thankyouverymuch. 4 stars from me. With rest this has become a favorite of mine.

Pipe Used: brairs with large bowls

Age When Smoked: young and counting

Purchased From: Cup o' Joes

11 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

The presentation was nice, a neat crumble cake, and a smaller cake that would fill a little more than one bowl. The smell was quite strong, letting you know there was quite a bit of flavor added. The cake is a little moist, but drying will eliminate some of the flavors the toppings provide. However that could be a good or bad thing.

The taste was kind of mild to start and a lot of the spicy from the Kentucky made itself known early on. The flavor gets more mellow and you get some oat notes, some nuttiness, the barest fruit tangy character. The toppings really get in the way of what could have been a nice blend. The rum just tastes odd, and cheap, and the molasses isn't really detectable, to my taste. At first, this blend reminded me a little of G.L. Pease Navigator (that changed after a few bowls)

The combustion is decent, depending on whether you dry it out or not. The strength was medium. The nicotine was medium. I noticed it, but it's not overwhelming.

I would maybe recommend this to someone that like burley blends, and I say that with reticence because of the flavoring present.

Pipe Used: bent pot,canadian

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Navigator (Old London Series).

9 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is based on a 1 oz sample sent by a friend. The crumble kake is a dark brown and firmly pressed. I rubbed it out by the pinch, and the resulting loose tobacco was mostly thin ribbon with a few fish flakes. Moisture was good for smoking and did not require drying. The pouch note is a mild rum.

Smoked, this was very good. It burned a little slow. It has the body of a good burley blend with a some spice from the Kentucky. There are a few mild rum notes. There is a distinctive slightly woody taste that is pleasant. There is a little sweet from the Virginia, but it is not a bright or fruit flavor to me. This may be due to the molasses. Strength is on the medium end of the mild to medium.

This good and it is easy to recommend. It falls in the same category as Briar Fox. I could smoke it all day, but the cost per pound means I won't.

8 people found this review helpful.

Uncle Al Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uncle Al (17)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

Cornell & Deihl Redburn is an almost sweet, almost flavoured, unabashed Burley on the front foot blend somewhere between medium and strong. I don’t like Burley tobacco much, but as other reviewers have noted, if lightly packed and taken slowly in a large bowl pipe it truly is a delicious, deeply satisfying blend of upfront, natural tobaccos. Relights well within reason. I bought bulk. Redburn deserves the short rub out time it takes to prepare for the unhurried enjoyment. If storing I recommend moistening with a few teaspoons of dark rum. Redburn resonates with me against my expectations.

Pipe Used: Oom Paul, Chimney bowl sitter

Age When Smoked: A couple of months in storage

Purchased From: 4Noggins

7 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

C&D- Redburn

A primarily burley based blend with some small amount of Virginia’s and Kentucky, there for depth more than flavor. Sitting on the porch this evening and decided to re-visit this one, I have not smoked it since first opening it in March 2019.

My memory still serves me well, until I go looking for my wallet or car keys and I did not care for this blend when first trying it. The rum topping was to sharp and I didn’t understand the components well enough. Upon opening it originally this blend was slightly damp.

This evening that’s changed, the burley is nutty and I’ve found c&d excels with burley based blends. This crumbles apart easily and packs easily also. His blend has dried well, and the topping is still present but not as sharp and is a welcome little sliver of flavor atop the nutty burley.

If I was still sailing the high seas I’d like to think this would be a blend I’d enjoy, it’s everything a Sailor wants, boozy rum, sweet molasses and just enough nicotine to get you through your watch rotation.

This stuff burns quickly but never gets hot, nor is it tongue bite inducing if respected.

3/4 stars

Pipe Used: MM cob

Age When Smoked: 10 months

6 people found this review helpful.

troyniss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
troyniss (38)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Presentation: A eye pleasing crumble cake with mostly medium brown ribbon, and a few golds and darker portions speckled throughout compressed into a semi dense block. The same form factor as Black Frigate, Blockade Runner, etc. Tears apart easily and it fluffs out into a generous amount of tobacco. Grab less than you think you need.

Palate: Tin aroma is burley throughout with hints of the bright and red Virginia. The topping provides a brown sugar note and the rum is applied moderately. The main portion of burleys provides a nice semi sweet chocolate and molasses flavor that is also a bit nutty and dry. The Virginias are a nice addition to the natural flavors of burley and provide a nice earthy glaze on top. The dark fired is represented well in this cake, adding just a touch of spice when you need it and not overdone. The perfect amount to keep your taste buds interested.

Performance: Burns quite fast due to the nature of the cake. Essentially it's fine ribbons compressed, and it rubs out into smaller ribbons. You can either prepare this in small chunks slightly broken or fully turn it into it's each individual components. Either way, it burns with no effort applied to the draw. However, if you do decide to rub it out fully, be sure to leave a few thicker chunks at the bottom, as the smaller pieces can interrupt your airflow by being lodged in the shank. Medium nicotine hit. Not an all day smoke but certainly able to repeat it.

Conclusion: I'm a sucker for plugs, cakes and flakes and it's no doubt that I wanted this. This is like the Captain Morgan of tobaccos. It's a little sweet with the molasses and rum topping and a little spicy with the addition of dark fired burley. I prefer smoking this in the late autumn and early winter as it has a warming quality to it, just like a nice adult spirit. Opening a fresh tin the burleys are quite dry in taste and it's hard to detect the Virginias. I've had the remaining portion of this cake jarred for a year and it has turned into a pretty great blend. The rum has tapered off and the sweet chocolate flavors of the burleys have intensified. The dark fired burley hasn't changed that much but the Virginias have given the blend a nice toasty bread note as well. I'm not sure if I will buy this blend again even though I quite enjoyed it. Another tin might possibly end up in my cellar, but not anytime soon.

Pipe Used: Morgan Bones Short Poker and Thick Bulldog

5 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've found that I really enjoy the Krumble Kake's from C&D. To me this one is a burley forward blend with just a little sweetness from the Rum on top. The VA and KY add some sweet and dark notes and it packs a bigger nic hit than you'd expect. My tin was 7 months old and I found the moisture content to be perfect to light up without drying.

It's not a blend to me that goes "Smoke me all day" due to that nic hit but I really enjoy it in the evening in my smaller pipes.

Pipe Used: smaller bowled Canadians etc

Age When Smoked: 7 months when opened

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Based on the open tin aroma, a blend that promises more than it delivers. The tin aroma is wonderful with a slight alcoholic bouquet from real light rum and sweet spices melded with the tobacco being predominately Burley. But, that anticipated sweetness doesn't come through enough in the smoke for my taste. This is where things like licorice powder, invert sugar, glycerin and other additives would bolster the underlying sweetness and carry the main flavor. But, that is more of a traditional Industry approach which C&D isn't. It's a light, more natural and honest augmentation to a blend dominated by C&D's robust burleys; The casing does smooth them out but, still expect a good amount of nicotine strength. Likely to be appreciated by those who love C&D's distinctive bold natural burleys but with a twist. Not my cup of tea.

Come to think of it, the tin aroma reminds me a bit like Half & Half and the older version of Middleton's Cherry Blend.

5 people found this review helpful.

Desertislandtoolworks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Desertislandtoolworks (18)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

I was expecting a bit more sweetness as I get honey from the tin note. This tobacco burns well and not having explored many tobacco cuts I find the cake an interesting experience to utilize vs the ribbon I've used exclusively in the past. The spice of the Kentucky is clearly present as is the nutty flavor of the burley, I don't get much Virginia in the blend or sweetness. Overall a pretty easy smoking blend to enjoy. I revised from 2 stars up to three as this dried out a bit and some of the topping disipated over a few months.

Pipe Used: Basket briar, meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Ohlone Cigar Lounge

4 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (60)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Another lackluster blend from C&D that has been sublimated by complex reviews. The short & simple: An overpriced rum flavored cigarette tobacco pressed into a fancy cake. If I'd have wanted that, I'd have bought Sutliff and saved some money.

Pipe Used: Clays, Briars, Cobbs

Age When Smoked: 1yr

Purchased From: TobaccoPipes.com

Similar Blends: Any flavored RYO Cigarette Tobacco.

3 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable


Just finished my tin. I am a sucker for anything plug or cake form. Burley drives the bus with the KY and Virginia showing up very little. My tin came bone dry. Zero moisture to it and the tin was just 6 months old from Smoking Pipes. Rum was readily apparent in the tin note and it actually did translate a bit into the actual smoke. Decent smoke, obviously burned without issue as dry as it was. No bite. Nothing bad to report really but nothing great either. I love burley and C&D blends some great ones so I will pick a tin up at some point down the road to address the dryness issue.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

K.E. Powell, III Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
K.E. Powell, III (15)
Medium Mild Medium Strong

At first, my initial impressions of this tobacco were mixed. The tin note is sour and pungent in a way that promises the rum topping is prominent. Other scents remind one of wet hay and an earthy sweetness, likely due to the conservative topping of molasses added. That is all to the good, but I then found my cake did not have the moistness other reviewers described; on the contrary, given the casings added, it felt dry and took some meager effort to rub out to my liking. The result did issue cause for hope, however: the tobaccos looked healthy and of quality, with a good mixture of burleys and virginias. In feel and coloration, it reminded me of another famous Cornell & Diehl burley cake, Briar Fox. I would later discover this resemblance was more than just surface-level, for it tasted like the old fox as well.

The tobacco lights easily and cleanly, making relights uncommon and tongue bite a remote concern at best. Even so, the first fifth of the bowl or so had an ashen flavor, and for a time, the promises of rum and molasses felt far and away. Patience is rewarded with this blend, however, and I found that both of these flavors do showcase themselves, but subtly and quietly. For those who prefer that their burley tobaccos that are aromatics to err on the side of caution (that is to say, to not let the casings sublimate the tobaccos), this is welcome news indeed. Even so, I could not help but feel the casing could just be a hint stronger. Not much, mind you; but enough were that occasional lingering sweetness and boozy tingling played on the taste buds a bit more so.

The blend really shows its best at mid-bowl. The natural earthiness and woodiness of the burleys become apparent, and the hay-like sweetness of the virginias offer the proper accompaniment. When the molasses and rum play their notes in tandem with the tobaccos, it is a wonderful, old world medley. When they don't, it is still a solid but forgettable burley/virginia blend that reminds one of Prince Albert or other so-called codger blends, albeit a bit more quality.

That all being said, things work far more often than not, and I found my subsequent smokes went a little smoother and showed remarkable consistency. If you are a burley fan, this is well-worth a try, and may even earn a place in a full-time rotation. For others, it will be worth trying in a sampler or on sale.

Pipe Used: Erin go Bragh bent dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Prince Albert, Cornell & Diehl's Briar Fox.

2 people found this review helpful.

Badmedicine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badmedicine (51)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

One aspect of pipery that has always puzzled me is how much one's body chemistry effects their preferences. Furthermore, I'm finding those chemical profiles seems to change with time. I used to avoid burley blends for giving me horrific bite, but ever since I quit vaping I've found they are growing on me. I tried Redburn once before, several years ago. My recollections are primarily of cigarette-like flavors and a sensation like licking a cheese grater. However, after discovering the joys of OJK, I decided I would give Redburn another try. I'm very glad I did. Now, I can't get it to bite even when abused. I can pick up the toppings in the tin note, but not in the smoke; just glorious wood, nuts, and a few whisps of hay. This could make for a fine all-day blend with a touch of added Perique, but that would just make it OJK At Sea, wouldn't it? Room note isn't going to be winning any awards; burley blends always smell pretty cigarette-ey. One thing I should mention is that this stuff does come fairly wet; the cake is almost foamy in it's lack of density. Just crumble it up on a plate, leave the whole tin's worth in my garage for an hour (in the cold, dry air of Iowa December), and it's perfect. Will it replace OJK as my go-to Burley? No, but it's a nice change of pace. Update 01/22/22: Since I absent-mindedly left my tin of blending Perique open for a week in a dry basement (I know; I hate myself for it), I decided to rehydrate it by mixing it in with my second tin of Redburn. I then re-pressed it into the tin, making a "Crumble Cannister". I was both right and wrong about what would happen with this mixture. Adding an ounce of Perique to two ounces of Redburn does resemble Old Joe Krantz, but is both sweeter and a bit less harsh. I call the resulting mixture "Ahab", and I've been smoking it daily. Worth a try, if you make a blunder like I did.

Pipe Used: Falcon Pot, Bones Sausage

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Codger burley with an ivory peg-leg.

2 people found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (143)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As a lover of fishing and the water in general I have to say that the look of the tin art on Redburn is enticing. When you open the tin the cake looks mostly brown, with shades of yellow, red, and dark brown mixed in. The tin note smells of nutty, woody, earthy Burley, citrusy, tangy, fermented Virginias, and a hint of rum at the end. This cake will rub out easily into a fine ribbon that loads well. The cake doesn't need much dry time and lighting is pretty standard.

After the charing light I taste a very smooth blend. The Burley tastes nutty, oaty and earthy. The Virginias add sweetness, dark fruit, and bread. There is dark fired in here giving a slight spice and tang. The rum is apparent and it brings everything together with caramel, sugar and spice. This is a blend that's made for relaxation. The slower you puff the more you'll enjoy, just like Blockade Runner.

The taste is a solid medium. No bells and whistles but average. The strength is a medium too, don't be afraid to smoke this on an empty stomach. With the high Burley content, the room note probably will push away non smokers, but I like the smell. All in all a good blend, slightly more rummy than Blockade Runner. I give this four stars.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Birkshire Large Billiard

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (80)
Medium Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Redburn is just another mediocre C&D product. Nothing special here. The quality of leaf is good of course, but the crumble cake itself was a mess. I just rubbed the whole thing out at once and jarred it up. The tin note had a slightly sweet, funky, musty aroma to it which I attribute the alcohol topping. However, it smells like no rum that I have ever come across. I don’t know what it is, but it is not good. As for the molasses casing, I bet it’s more like table sugar water with teaspoon of molasses dissolved. Out of the tin the tobacco was quite moist. As it dries out much of the weird odors dissipate. As for the smoke itself there is not much to say. Pretty boring and it has no bite. I didn’t get any of the harshness that some are complaining about. In fact, it was quite smooth to me. I get a little sweetness from the Virginia and the sugar casing, some earthy nuttiness from the Burleys and maybe a hint of spice from the dark fired. I do taste something else, but it is not rum and it is distracting. My tin is about 1 ½ years old. I’m glad I only have 1 tin. It's not bad, but not that good either. Don’t waste your time with this one. C&D really has too many boring, underwhelming products and need to refocus. It’s ironic that they blend for GL Please, which I feel is more sophisticated, nuanced and refined and really keeps thing interesting.

Age When Smoked: 1.5 years

2 people found this review helpful.

Poodlejuice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Poodlejuice (51)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

That this stuff is sold in 16oz bricks, yet has so few reviews is a mystery to me. Comes as a standard crumble cake, easy to prepare & perfect moisture for smoking. The tin note is an overwhelming cacophony of liquors and molasses, almost a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately the overwhelming tin note does not translate into it's flavoring while smoked, it's actually quite mild. Nuts, wood, molasses, brandy, spiced rum, dried fruit, cocoa, honey. A surprising amount of VA grassyness & just a tiny bit of sweet "dark fired" smokiness to round it out. expect a VA/Bur first and foremost with just a tiny bit of DFK character. Smokes best imo when puffed slowly in a large bowl. Plenty of nicotine to satisfy. Smokes very easily, without biting, but burns quite quickly. I find myself reaching the bottom of the bowl very quickly.

Overall a very solid simi-aromatic VaBur. Maybe not aromatic in the sense of pleasing those around you, but the toppings really do add to the experience and provide nice character. Hasn't ghosted any of my pipes either. A very warm and comfortable experience. I could imagine this being a fantastic fall/winter smoke.

Pipe Used: Pots, apples, cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh, 6 months

1 person found this review helpful.

ATW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ATW (110)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Guys, if you're having trouble enjoying Redburn, dont give up. It's mostly white burley with added condiments to give it a little more profile. If you dont like rum, dont worry because it will fade away. Redburn just needs some time and a little assistance to enjoy it.

Yes it can be a little bland at times but as must of us know, white burley has a nutty, cocoa character. So my suggestion is this......

Dont rub it out. Just break a chunk off and put it in the bowl. Dont chef the hell out of it. Smoke normal like you're smoking your favorite blend. Eat your favorite chocolate bar while smoking this, or drink a chocolate milk shake, help out get the most of the white burley flavors and everything else will follow suit .

It took me a couple of years to figure it all out. Time after time I wasn't impressed but after trying out what I did, it became fantastic medium bodied Burley Cake.

Just try it out, it really does help out!

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Redburn is a good quality tobacco and has a kick of nicotine that could set your head spinning if smoked in a large bowl. I like almost everything about this tobacco but I find that the dark fired Kentucky is a bit over used. First of all, I love crumble cakes and this one is easy to break off and rub out to your own specifications. I also really enjoy the topping on this but it does seem to burn off quickly, at least in my experience.

The beginning of the bowl is a little lighter and sweeter but it gets quite robust as the tobacco burns down. About halfway down is where the dark fired really makes its presence known and it begins to take the lead. Redburn finishes pretty strongly and maybe a bit stronger than I want, most of the time. It can burn a little hot for the overzealous puffer, but it never actually bit me once. A good, solid smoke that I will purchase again. I just wish the DFK was toned down a bit.

Pipe Used: Mostly Petes

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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