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Cornell & Diehl's Wintertime Reserve: Hearthside is a complex, smoky crossover blend of select Virginias and Latakia, layered with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Pressed and sliced into delicate flakes. Perfect for sipping by the fire with a wee dram.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium, Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.3
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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (119)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Two friends english chocolate would be the easiest way to describe this blend, i wish there was more to it. This however comes in more former brittle flakes (typical of C&D) in a sense the latakia is standing out more in the blend appearance so you can pick the leaf accordingly with less or more latakia in each bowl which i liked. The taste is identical to the compared blend, slightly sweet and smokey. The room note is more smokey but not very unpleasant. Burns good with minimal drying time. Good for what it is but not superb.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Two Friends - English Chocolate, Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake, Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection).

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1963)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Hearthside (Wintertime Reserve).

Just like Nutcracker from the Wintertime Reserve range this is more of a broken flake. So, same as that, I can just pinch some and load my bowl. The tin smells chocolatey sweet, and the moisture's perfect. Oh, I opened this as I'm waiting for my Sam G' Chocolate Flake to arrive and it placated my sweet tooth!

The chocolate easily wins out of the toppings. Because the softer Virginias also win against the Latakia this makes for a very relaxing, decadent, smoke. That said, yes the chocolate is forefront where the toppings go, but it isn't a sticky, sickly, flavour; think of rich, slightly bitter cocoa, not gloopy Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate!! The lesser amount of vanilla counteracts the sharpness from the chocolate and tames any alacrity. The vanilla gets more notification, from me, after halfway through. Now, practically speaking it goes perfectly: consistent, cool, and reliable. All without a bite; to me.

Nicotine: maybe medium. Room-note: nice.

Hearthside? A definite four star blend:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef. My Friday pipe!

Age When Smoked: 12/03/19

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2602)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginias offer some tart and tangy citrus and grass, along with a few splinters of wood, earth, and a touch of tangy darker fruit as the lead component. The earthy, woody, smoky, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is a condiment. The dark chocolate is more obvious than the vanilla, and both sport a little richness. They moderately sublimate the tobaccos. The strength is in the center of mild to medium. The taste is a couple of steps closer to medium. The nic-hit is just past the mild mark. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent sweet and lightly savory flavor that translates to the lightly lingering, pleasant after taste and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke.

-JimInks

4 people found this review helpful.

Leon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leon (20)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Came free with 2019 Peterson Christmas pipe. And I'm so happy that it did.

Beautiful rich broken flake. Easy to pack and smoke. Excellent tin note which, if I didn't know the content, I would've said high quality creamy chocolate-cherry with a hint of alcohol, but not the chemical type. Blend is very balanced, with the Latakia playing a secondary role, with just the right amount of smokiness and a bit of spice.

Since it's so well balance, I wouldn't be able to label this as either straightforward aromatic nor Latakia blend, although in the end of the day it is an aromatic. Very delicious and can be a everyday, all-day smoke, if there was only enough of it out there. Instead, I'm going to save this for special occasions. Until this disappears from stock, I'll buy a few more tins.

Can't give it 4 stars yet only because it's not as exceptional as some other similar blends, but it's almost there. Maybe just a bit more of chocolate-vanilla would've done it.

Wanna taste Christmas? I'd go for Cornel & Diehl's Hearthside.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2019 408; WDC Royal Demuth

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.