Cornell & Diehl Warped: The Haunting.

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.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Cigar Leaf Based
Contents Cigar Leaf, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 06, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: gift
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Oct 16, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: Gifted
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 26, 2019 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.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2020 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
PurchasedFrom: Smoking
Age When Smoked: fresh and 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 12, 2019 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 23, 2020 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 21, 2020 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 05, 2019 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 14, 2021 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Strong
Quite simply one of the tastiest and most pleasant smokes I've ever had. The description says it's "primarily" virginias and criollo cigar leaf, but whatever else is in there, it's blended quite expertly to deliver a most delicious flavor. Sweet and woodsy, sometimes bordering on floral, The Haunting reminded me of a sweeter, creamier version of harsh and spicy VaPers like Bayou Night. The cigar leaf combined with the sweet virginias reminded me ever so briefly of the sweetness you get with now-aged McClelland Virginias and just a hint of rich spice toward the end. It also imparts thick clouds of smoke with an incredible mouth feel. Watching it, I thought the blend might have gotten its name from the white, ghostly billows emanating from my mouth and nose. The Haunting is a smooth and forgiving blend, and won't bite even with enthusiastic puffing, which is fortunate, because you'll be chugging like a steam engine in an effort to get more of the fantastic flavor into your system. If I have any criticism at all, it's that I do wish the nicotine content were a bit higher, but this stuff tastes so good that I'm willing to overlook what's probably necessary to get such great flavor. I liked The Haunting so much that I ordered the rest of the Warped line of pipe tobaccos. A rare 5-star treat.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 21, 2019 Mild None Detected Medium to Full Strong

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
PurchasedFrom: SP’s
Age When Smoked: 9/28/2019 tin date
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 10, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Here is the Second in the Warped lineup: The Haunting. This is actually the first blend they released on Halloween 2020 I believe. Not much of a tin description on the tin itself except that the blend contains Dominican Criollo leaf and Virginias. The tin is interesting, and opening up I found a mostly even ribbon cut, which is yellow and light brown in color. The tin note smells of oatmeal, maybe oatmeal cookies, raisins, rich hay, citrus, and leather. It came at the perfect moisture for smoking right out of the tin. It was easy to pack and light.

Once lit I taste the Dominican Criollo: soft, herbal, floral, and slightly leathery. The Virginias appear to be bright, and I can taste a lot of citrus, hay, sugar. What's interesting is the floralness floating throughout the smoke, it matches perfectly with the inherent citrus coming from that Virginia. An interesting way to blend Cigar Leaf to be sure.

For taste I give this a medium. It doesn't give a full body and it is right in the middle in terms of taste. The strength is also a medium. I don't necessarily feel the nicotine and I haven't eaten yet. The room note is subjective, but I think that it is a bit stronger than your typical straight Virginia blend. All in all, I like this blend but I wouldn't call it an all day blend for me.
Pipe Used: Peterson Aran 107
Age When Smoked: New
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