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Cornell & Diehl has resurrected one of their most beloved seasonal mixtures for their 2022 Holiday blend: Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Hand-selected from St. Nick’s personal pipe tobacco cellar, this festive blend combines the finest golden Virginias with mellow black cavendish and a whisper of genuine St. James perique for complex tobacco flavor enhanced by notes of orange liqueur and hints of ginger. Brimming with the soothing flavors and nostalgic aromas of the holiday season, this indulgent and tastefully aromatic blend promises to be a gift of comfort for pipe smokers during the long winter months.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Ginger, Orange
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Dave A Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave A (16)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

With the holiday season right around the corner thought I'd give this a try and glad I did. I normally don't smoke aromatics, this one is made up of high quality tobacco with a topping that actually enhances rather than detracts from the tobacco. The citrus from the Virginia is amplified by the orange liquor flavoring, while the Cavendish adds some sweetness, especially with the ginger topping. Rather than spicy, the perique adds undertones of fig. To me the flavors remained consistent throughout the bowl. It is never boring and could serve as a multiple bowl smoke throughout the day. I must point out I am surprised the community has this blend typed as a Virginia/Perique. The orange liquor, ginger smell is obvious on opening the tin and remains with you throughout the bowl. This strikes me as an aromatic and if you are looking for the expected VA/PER experience this is not it. However it is a pleasant smoke using good quality tobacco with toppings that actually enhance the taste. As I said, I'm not an aromatic guy, but this one hits the mark and I would recommend.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2934)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The golden Virginias provide a wealth tart and tangy citrus, sugar, grass, some floralness, mildly sour lemon, and a pinch or two of spice as the lead components. The mildly sugary unsweetened black cavendish is a supporting player. The perique offers some earth, wood, plums, and raisins. It’s just above the condiment line. The ginger topping is a tad more obvious than the orange liqueur as both moderately tone down the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are a step short of the center of mild to medium. The taste is a notch short of the medium mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Has a few minute rough notes. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with mostly consistent sweet and spicy, floral flavor that extends to the mildly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is pleasant, too. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke that has more depth and consistency than the version I tried a few years back. Three stars.


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Smitty3220 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smitty3220 (1)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

To start off wow! What a great tobacco that can be enjoyed by both aro smokers and non aro smokers. The tin note smells of orange/candied ginger as described. It’s a bit over powering of a tin note, with that being said I can’t say the same for the smoke it’s self. A very pleasant mellow ginger, vanilla, and orange flavours all come thru! The flavours really shine thru when it’s sipped slowly. Towards the middle/end of bowl those flavours take a back seat to a very pleasant tobacco flavours! If you have the chance to get this I highly recommend it! Side note this blend does require about 15-20 min of drying time. As when I smoked it a bit too wet it turned sickly sweet/acrid

Pipe Used: Savinelli Saint Nicholas 2021

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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

Tin note is orange, spice and a little sour. A mix of ribbon cut and rough cut. After lighting, there’s an orange peel flavor (maybe the orange liquor and ginger combined?), either way no liquor detected, earthy, a bit of pepper on the retro hale, mildly sweet, mildly grassy, occasionally floral. The strength mild until the bottom 3rd, steps up to medium. the flavors are mild throughout. The lack of sweetness was surprising given the tin note. After taste isn’t unpleasant, room note got no complaints either (I’m not supposed to smoke in the house, but this got no complaints from the wife.)

Pipe Used: 2015 Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: 1 month (tinned 8/19/22)

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