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Cornell & Diehl's Wintertime Reserve: Sugarplum is a fragrant mixture of bright Virginias and cavendish, redolent with notes of exotic fruit from the Middle East, pressed and cut into an old-fashioned crumble cake. A dessert blend with an intoxicating aroma.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Sugarplum tasted of some vague sweet fruit I couldn’t put my finger on, maybe dried apricot and lighty of cocoa, rum and vanilla. The tobacco flavor was subdued. Not my cuppa, just not enough tobacco flavor to keep me interested, this should however, get rave reviews from others in the room.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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8 people found this review helpful.

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

Cornell & Diehl - Sugarplum (Wintertime Reserve).

Often as not I don't get along with a lot of fruity aromatics. Not cherry, red fruits, plums, etc., but shaper citrus, apple or orange flavoured blends. I never read the description to this, just saw a new C&D blend and ordered some. Well, it's a definite winner, to me; I've just ordered some more to cellar!

The kake is extremely loose. So loose it could be confused for a ribbon that's just been tightly packed! The colour's mostly a mix of dark and medium browns and the aroma from it's only very mild; delicately fruity but not over the top. Mine had perfect moisture. Due to the build it doesn't need crumbling or breaking, the blend can be pinched easily.

'Top shelf aromatic'...... that could be the review! But I'll try to give a better elucidation! The addition of fruit seems mild. It isn't awash with harsh citrus or overly bitter cherries, more like a soft touch of passion fruit. Along with a creamy note of vanilla the flavour's one for dessert! The tobacco gives a flavour of simple cavendish. I don't get sharp Virginias or clumsy black Cavendish, just standard honey-sweet Cavendish. It burns well, maybe too well? LOL, the only flaw is it can go a little quick! But the smoke's cool and it doesn't bite!

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: nice.

Sugarplum? I'll put the slight speed down to me overindulging and puffing like a hog! Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson #03

Age When Smoked: 12/04/19

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6 people found this review helpful.

wbradk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wbradk (16)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

A sweet, tasty blend with wonderful aroma in the can and a pleasant room note. Burns to a nice ash; requires normal re-lights. Mild, and retains a aweet edge of exotic fruits throuout the bowl. A very pleasant offering from C&D, a company with a history of coming up with some attractive aromatic blends. Recommended for those who enjoy the type.

Pipe Used: Various Petersons and others

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Greybeard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greybeard (66)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

The fruit flavor is there upon lighting, and lasts throughout the entire bowl. It's mild and sweet. I get both a dark fruit, as well as a lighter citrus flavor; it makes for an nice combo. Pleasant overall, no bite, and I hardly had to relight. Smokes fast too. As others have said, very loose for a kake. Unsure if this was a one time production by C&D or if it will be released yearly, but it's worth a try if you can get a hold of a tin.

Pipe Used: MM Cob Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Tin was 1 year old when opened

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2 people found this review helpful.

Robby the Belgian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robby the Belgian (24)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

It's aromatic, but the type that blends the added flavorings very nicely with the natural tobacco.

I'm getting a blend of some nutty notes, vanilla, and a very subtle fruit flavor; almost like a baked dessert containing some tangerine zest and some cocoa and cinnamon.

The room note also brings a really nice dessert to mind. On the retrohale I'm getting more of the natural tobacco flavor and the spices, less of the fruit.

In the second half of the bowl the nuttiness all but disappears, and I get more of the Virginia sweetness rather than hints of Burley.

Pipe Used: Aldo Morelli Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: 4 months

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1 person found this review helpful.