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The Haunting is unlike many other cigar leaf-based pipe tobaccos, which often contain Latakia — instead, The Haunting consists primarily of cigar leaf and Virginia tobaccos, showcasing the delicious cigar notes and complementary sweetness of the Virginias. It's a blend that bridges the gap between cigars and pipes, catering to cigar and pipe smokers alike.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeCigar Leaf Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2 ounce tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Strong
2.9
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DragonBriars Josh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DragonBriars Josh (3)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

The new buzz on the town and my thoughts (review). Most of us pipe smokers started smoking sticks of some sort. For many people our first pipe tobacco experience may have been a Virginia. I for one can justify the pursuit of perfecting a crossover to appease both the hankering for both a cigar and a pipe. Here lies the problem. Many of us have evolved into much more of a connesuier of both and we seek the best of the best. This blend is a step in the right direction for sure. It is both a good Virginia blend and a good cigar leaf, but it is by far not the best of either. That being said, I think this is a great blend for someone out there who likes a good cigar or a good Virginia. It's a solid blend and I recommend trying it if you have the opportunity. The Virginias have a nice sweet that melds with the sweet of the cigar leaf but it loses any flavor it might have brought to the table. No citrus, no grass or hay, no fruit. The complexity comes at an even keel throughout the whole smoke. It is proportionately perfect in that aspect. Rich, robust and creamy. Stays lit perfectly out of the tin. I think this will age well for sure and I can't wait to crack my second tin in 5 to 10 years. If it were available all the time would I run out and buy it to have in my rotation? Nope. But that's just me. I prefer better cigars, and better Virginias. And kept separate. When I want a cigar I want a cigar and when I want VA, it's going in my pipe.

Pipe Used: No name meerchaum, Dragon Briars various designs

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Gifted

Similar Blends: Nothing that I have tried yet. Maybe Samois.

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2661)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The peaty, woody, muddy, coffee-like, mildly grassy, vegetative, floral, smoky, leathery, cedary, lightly sour, creamy and spicy, herbal, tart and tangy citrusy, rough edged AA grade Dominican Criollo cigar leaf is the main component. The grassy, tart and tangy citrusy, mildly tangy dark fruity, lightly earthy, woody Virginias have less of an effect than their percentage in the blend would normally allow them. You will notice them only to a small extent. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a step and a half behind it. Won’t bite, but has some rough edges, and if puffed quickly, may expose a harsh note or two. Burns clean and mostly cool at slightly faster than a moderate pace with a very consistent, mildly sweet and rather savory flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a lightly lingering, almost camp fire after taste that’s a tad sour and bitter with a much stronger room note. Can be an all day smoke for those experienced in this type of blend, and repeatable for those less so. Two and a half stars.

-JimInks

10 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (215)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

While it is young (tinned on 9-28-19) it seems to be a blend which reacts differently depending on bowl size.

The tin note has a cigar smell. There is also a little bit of hay/sweetness. The moisture level seems great. Its a ribbon cut and you can tell the different tobacco components. My tin has some twigs in it, which I'm guessing are from the cigar leaf.

Easy to pack and light.

The first bowl was a very small canadian which I use as a taster for Va/Vaper. In this bowl it was very spicy from first taste. Peppery to the point it felt like some Perique might be in there. The roof of my mouth tickled throughout the bowl. The taste was a mild cigar. I didn't pick up much of the VA at all in the small bowl.

My next bowl was in a Fat Author with a much larger bowl. In this bowl, the VA had a chance to shine and I picked up more sweetness. In this bowl its a very well balanced blend where the cigar leaf acts to add a great "highlight" to a VA strong blend. It burned great with just relight at about 3/4 point.

Wife said the room note was cigar. She actually thought I was smoking one inside which is usually against our agreement. I let her smell the tin and she wrinkled her nose.

I'm interested to see if with some age what the VA will do. I'm hoping the sweetness will develop more and some more depth to the blend. I'll be smoking it in larger bowls at this point.

Pipe Used: Small Bowl Canadian and Fat Author

Age When Smoked: a couple of weeks

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

PapaLukeB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PapaLukeB (4)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong

First smoke 10/14/2019

As I crack the tin I immediately smell the sweet Virginia's. They are plum/raisin'y with the grassiness sitting just under the leather of the Criollo leaf. Came perfectly moist. Packs with ease. Lights well and smokes so well. This blend is tasty. It's a perfect autumn weather tobacco. It is warm and rich. It has a fair amount of balanced sweetness. I can tell there's a lot of criollo; more cigar leaf than say in Habana Daydream. It works really well with the Virginias keeping the intensity in check. I can taste baking spice flavors: clove, nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon. The room aroma matches the profile and makes it very pleasant to sniff at as I smoke it. It gives me a feeling of the holidays and being at my grandmother's house as a kid as she baked pumpkin pies and ginger cookies. It is super smooth. It's a full smoke but isn't overly heavy. It does have the cigar like nic-hit but its manageable. I like this blend a lot. I think Kyle and Jeremy did a spectacular job. Delicious!

One Year Update 10/20/2020:

The tin (now jar) note has developed to show much more of the cigar leaf. There is more of a floralness and a tiny bit of citrus coming through that I didn't notice last October. The initial lights were delicious: light, subtly sweet and baking spicy; not unlike the last bowl I had last year. As with most blends I initially try fresh and revisit again later, the flavors are more unified. Whereas I tasted so much of the Criollo before, I get more Virginia now. I'm realizing how brilliant a choice this particular cigar leaf and Virginia combination are. They compliment each other very well especially with a year of age. The holiday baking spices are there still but it's more of an aftertaste. It's amazing! Mid bowl it gets deeper and more rich. I taste dark chocolate and cinnamon. The N hit is just right. I'm amazed at how well it stays lit and how beautiful and full the smoke is. I loved this blend last year and this year I'm doubly impressed. I'm looking forward to this jar of 2019 next year. Can't wait to chime in again then.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula X105

Age When Smoked: fresh and 1 year

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

Similar Blends: Other C&D Warped blends with the same Criollo leaf..

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1989)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Warped: The Haunting.

LOL, slightly confounding! I ordered this by mistake, not realising it to be a cigar leaf driven blend, but I enjoy it; it lacks the mordent quality I often find off-putting about this genre! Anyway, let's get back to the start:

The tin's well packed, the ribbons are a little bit dry compared to how I favour but in no way are dehydrated, the mixture's medium brown in colour and it includes just a few twiggy pieces.

Although the cigar leaf takes first position the Virginias do a wonderful job of sweetening and calming any abrasiveness. This creates a smoother flavour than I usually find from this category of tobacco. In all I'd describe the taste as quite simple: sharp cigar leaf rounded by fruity Virginias. I've found a bowl can burn a touch quick, but the smoke doesn't bite me.

Nicotine: just above medium. Room-note: not pleasant.

Warped: The Haunting? Although there's a few minor issues I'll happily recommend it:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Talamona

Age When Smoked: 09/26/19

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (194)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

For what it’s worth, it was only after I ran 2 ½ bowls of The Haunting through my favorite cigar blend pipe that it began to smoke true, so evaluations start from that point. In the tin (10-07-20) short, fat ribbons and small chunks range from light red-brown to medium brown, smelling like a mild cigar, musty leather and loamy earth with very faint, fragrant, almost aromatic meadow grasses wafting above it. It handles and loads no problem, then it takes me a couple of chars to get it going. After that it smokes all the way down like a well-made cigar with regular, gentle tamping. Light snorks are fragrant and almost delicate, like the top tin note, and it takes a while for the body of the smoke to build. Body built, the smoke adds more and more of the bottom tin note along with light to medium cigar spices that include a little each of black, green and white pepper. It’s quite “woody”, a little sweet and fairly bitter. The VAs are wheat bready and a little yeasty. There is also a smell and taste of smoked meat that makes me wonder if there’s some undeclared KY here, as well. In the end, for me, it’s the smoke as a whole that rates rather than any one aspect of it. Strength is medium, likewise the tastes, taking into account it’s a cigar blend, after all. Room note smells nice to me, but, again, we’re talking cigar leaf. Aftertaste is a long trailing off of the best of the smoke, only it’s much sweeter. Delicious!

C&D’s The Haunting has some formidable competition in the cigar blend category. It holds its own by blazing its own path. Worth sticking with, IMO, and I’m pretty sure it will age well, too. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: dedicated cigar briars

Age When Smoked: quite young; rested to 2 weeks

4 people found this review helpful.

jedibastard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jedibastard (29)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A mild cigar with the spice of a medium to full body cigar, in pipe tobacco form. Mildly sweet and grassy. Sour leather charm with some spice on the tip of your tounge. Is it good? Yes. But i felt like i was waiting for this to open up...or surprise me with something. I guess i was expecting more body or boldness to this smoke. Maybe age will help, it usuall y does with cigars.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin.

4 people found this review helpful.

Art_A Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Art_A (10)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Warped: The Haunting - Cigar Leaf, Virginia. I am a fan of cigar leaf tobacco and this one does foot the bill but I felt that something was lacking. This is a ribbon cut and stays lit and burns good. I kept waiting for it to kick in and it never did I added a bit of Latakia to the blend and found it was much better. SWMBO may find it a bit over the top. Two stars as is and three after the addition of the Latakia

Pipe Used: Tinsky Bookkeeper

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: gift

2 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (64)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Strong

3rdGuy

Not a bad smoke but doesn't exactly leave me longing for more. Curious to see how the Virginia component ages out and what it may add. Burns fairly fast without bite. Pretty easy to keep lit and can pack it pretty tight. Cigar note is leading the pack for sure. I have 9 other tins I will age, could be a sleeper down the road. Worth a try if you run across a tin.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: 9/28/2019 tin date

Purchased From: SP’s

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (301)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Yep it tastes like a cigar: (at least as I remember) the Dutch Masters with the Cameroon wrappers I smoked many years ago. Your opinion may vary depending on your familiarity with cigars.

Pipe Used: cobs and meers

Purchased From: smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.