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Cornell & Diehl's Wintertime Reserve: Nutcracker is a stout and portly blend of white, dark, and cube cut burley, combined with choice Virginias and a dash of perique. Pressed and sliced into delicate flakes. Best enjoyed after a good meal with friends and family.

Notes: A special, seasonal extension of the Small Batch line, all four Wintertime Reserve blends are crafted by hand, one small batch at a time, from recipes specially selected by head blender Jeremy Reeves. From a fragrant aromatic to English and Virginia staples, all these blends are pressed and cut into either flakes or old-fashioned crumble cakes, and packaged in special, festive tin art.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging2 ounce tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable
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Rustedrailsmokes (150)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received a tin of this from Smokingpipes.com with the purchase of a Petersen during their sale. I liked it enough to pick up more when they offered it after the holidays for sale.

Typical C&D style broken flakes. Tin note def has the perique in it along with some nuttiness. Tobacco is good quality and the moisture was a little higher than some of their blends, but manageable.

I broke the flakes up and loaded one of my Fat Author Bones pipes. It took a little effort to get a good charring (needs to dry a little bit), but then it was easy to keep lit during the pipe.

Flavor was nutty (burleys), sweet (VAs) and a little spicy (periques). All three flavors continued throughout the pipe from start to finish and really complimented each other.

The tobacco reminds me of another CD blend or two, but I can't think which ones of the top of my head.

I'm aging the ones I picked up after the holidays and plan on having one during each Holiday season going foward. I'll update the review if the age makes a big difference.

Pipe Used: Small Bowl Canadian and Fat Author

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin (2019)

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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