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A blend of the finest Bright and Red Virginias balanced by 2014 Basma and 2013 Izmir Orientals, Cornell & Diehl's Sun Bear: Black Locust commends itself with subtle notes of raw, ethically sourced, single-farm honey from the 2020 Black Locust pollination in Maryland — a variety prized for its small yields, extremely light color, and delicate sweetness.

Combined with a whisper of silver tequila and elderflower, the natural Black Locust honey complements these specially selected varietal tobaccos, elevating their fruity and floral notes for a bright, refreshing character and a creamy, rounded finish.

Notes: Released in a limited run of 10,000 tins on July 20, 2021, and sold out in less than eight hours, Sun Bear features honey from the Maryland Black Locust Tree harvest of 2020. Victor Seested, a pipe smoker/beekeeper, contacted Jeremy Reeves just as Jeremy realized his own hives were underpopulated and unable to produce the honey necessary for the new run of Sun Bear as they had for the original version. ""There's a little bit of a citrusy kind of tang," says Jeremy. "It's not the same tartness that I experienced from our honey. Victor's is more citrusy. But the focus of the flavor is definitely much more on these kinds of delicate floral notes. It's definitely sweet, but not as overpoweringly sweet as some honeys can be. It's wonderful in tea and delightful to drizzle over some berries and yogurt." Read the full story behind Sun Bear: Black Locust on the Smokingpipes Daily Reader:

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Honey
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Strong
Mild, Medium, Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

Summary: an acidic bright Virginia blend that never unites its parts

To make a bright Virginia blend, you either age and press the leaf to create a comfortably tamed version of the bright tobacco without its characteristic acid bite and tendency to flame up like an over-insured restaurant. "Sun Bear: Black Locust" blazes up with first the weirdly sweet topping that tastes faintly of indigestion, and then the sweet-sour punch of Orientals, but then all fades out and you find yourself smoking the under-aged bright Virginias that have made many wary of C&D blends, with a faint molasses and wildflower honey flavor from the red Virginias, which are few in number. To me, it seemed like there might be some white Burley in here as well, which makes sense since it calms down the bright Virginia and gives it a broader, almond-like flavor and the scent of something like cigar leaf. At this point, the Orientals and toppings burn off, and you find yourself smoking this raw Virginia leaf thinking, I should have gone for something more refined, like Capstan, since this tin is going to require three years in the closet before it is smokeable, and even then, it will not be exceptional. They tell you an awful lot about the five percent of ingredients -- tequila, Orientals -- and very little reminding you that the other ninety-five percent are their standard mixing tobaccos, marked up extensively. I love C&D blends, but there's a reason they named this one after a parasite. Hold on to your wallet and acquire something else.

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Coolbreeze Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coolbreeze (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Pleasant


I've had the pleasure of being able to enjoy last year's sunbear and was lucky enough to get some of the 2021 Sunbear :Black Locust, let's jump in.

Tin note: Fig newtons, bready, floral honey, wiff of tequila/booze and a very slight and fleeting smell of cigar leaf almost undetectable (I know it's not in there).

Let's get this in a bowl..... nice!

Immediately it reminds you of last year's run Sunbear but it has differences, in a very good way. The smoke seems more delicate and complex the black locust honey elevates this much more than previous release. While slightly sweet, very slight tartness it is more savory to my palate and there is a medium creaminess to the smoke, the retreohale is very nice, floral and little pepper. The casing was applied with an expert hand to allow the tobacco to be the star but there is just enough to let ya know hey your smoking Sunbear.

The Orientals are in the driver's seat here, followed by the bright VA, if there is Red VA it's way in the back seat and an after thought. It's best to take this one slow and sip it to really get the nuances of this blend it's such a rare gem as it should be savored with kicking back in a chair on a summer evening with a nice beverage watching the sunset or thunderstorm.

Overall this is a an improvement over 2020 version, that black locust honey is something special and really excited about aging this one in the jar, I'll update. If you enjoy Orientals and are able to track down a tin it would be well worth the effort.

Pipe Used: Mark Tinsky blast

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Sunbear 2020.

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FlowerPowerGirl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FlowerPowerGirl (2)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend taste like a sunny shine. Mouth so good flavor makes for water. Grasping at subtle notes easy and honey great. More tins the better.

Similar Blends: Sun Bear.

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