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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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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Jolly Old St. Nicholas 2022.

I'd call it a mixture rather than ribbon, it includes some large leafy pieces. The smell is orangey and spicy, quite fragrant.

At first light the orange liqueur is easy to identify, odoriferous, sweet, a little sharp. Then the ginger comes into play. The spicy ginger pairs beautifully with the touch of spicy Perique. Like the 2018 version, the orange becomes a lot stronger toward the end. The Perique is miles behind the Virginia and black Cavendish, these two give the majority of leaf-character. It burns well, consistent and independent, at a below-medium speed due to the leafy cut of a lot of it.

Room-note: nice. Nicotine: mild to medium.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas 2022? Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula billiard

Age When Smoked: New

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7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
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.


5 people found this review helpful.

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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3 people found this review helpful.

Dave A Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave A (22)
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.

Exiled Michigander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Exiled Michigander (26)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

It may contain Virginia and perique, but I definitely wouldn't classify this as a VaPer; I'd instead describe it as a lightly aromatic Virginia. This is very high-quality leaf. The Virginia is dominant, the Cavendish is definitely there but not overwhelming, and the light touch with the perique rounds things out. The flavoring is very light and adds just a touch of Christmas spirit.

I was really surprised by this one. I purchased this primarily because I thought it would give a pleasant enough room note for my family not to complain too much during the holidays compared to the latakia-dominant blends I prefer. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. I think the quality of the tobacco is a big part of this. I debated a long time between giving it 3 vs. 4 stars. In the end I had to go with 4. There are few aromatics that I've enjoyed as much as this.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I love Christmas blends! There, I said it. I will buy and not smoke most due to the over cased/topped tendency of most blenders but C&D stands out in this regard. A Va/Per with cavendish and casing? Hell yes! The room note is usually the star of these but the scant amount of perique that avoided my old tongue is present in the room note, although more the next day than while smoking. It has a pleasant room note while the smoke hangs in the air like wreath's. The Cavendish is the star player and but the VA's do provide some grassy and citrus notes. The Cavendish is sweet and the topping is a light Vanilla/Honey flavor to my palate. I cannot detect the Perique at all on the tongue but in the retrohale there is a little tingle. Solid tobacco for the Christmas season.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

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cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (106)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Prep: The blend is a bit on the wet side but not enough for me to dry out.

Notes: What's immediately noticeable are the Virginas and the Ginger. The Golden Virginas are tangy, lightly grassy, lightly sweet. The Ginger is prevalent throughout the smoke but it does seem to taper off a bit in the 2nd half of the bowl, with the orange liqueur taking the lead.

The perique is most certainly 'a whisper'. It offers a hint of deeper fruit notes and some spice but dont expect a typical Va/Per blend.

This is more of a Spring/Summer blend for me, though I understand the Christmas connection. I'd also prefer more Perique. But all in all, a nice aromatic blend. 6/10

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1 person found this review helpful.

willie b Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
willie b (37)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

ok. tin note is pleasant with a faint citrus/vanilla. tasting I get no orange. a little alcohol with a bite of ginger on the taste buds. a bit of a numbing effect. the perique lends to the spice. the Virginia is at the front. as with any aromatic the cavendish carries the topping/flavor. moisture is about right. not gooey. overall, a pleasant smoke. smooth and a very pleasant room note.

Pipe Used: Rattray's brownie

Age When Smoked: 3 months

1 person found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (126)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tin note is very pleasant Christmas spices, sweetness, quite floral. Varity of different tobacco colors and cuts. Packs easily. The first 1/3 of the bowl the orange/ginger and are quite prominent but they do not overshadow the tobacco flavor. There is no chemical taste in the smoke ( very nice ) not overly sweet but nice. The perique peeks in at the 1/3 point with some raisin and fig. Burnes cooler than expected. Its a bit too floral to be an all day smoke IMO, but a few bowls are very nice. Nic hit is mild. Overall a nice mild complex blend. 4 stars for great flavors.

Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar

Age When Smoked: 2 months old

Purchased From: Chesapeake pipe and cigar

Similar Blends: sweeter version of Rainer professional less floral.

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Amordad12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amordad12 (13)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

One of the best tobacco is Jolly old St. Nicholas. I bought it for my Christmas 2023. The combination of Black Cavendish, Perique , and Virginia are perfect. Very smooth and tasty also mild.

Age When Smoked: 42

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WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (192)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tin note is orange liqueur. Sweet smelling tobacco that’s moderately moist but not sticky. Smells lovely in the tin. No dry time, fresh tin, smoked it right away.

First flavors after lighting it is orange. A testy sweet orange flavor. The Virginias are tart, bready, the cavendish is sweet and sugary. I don’t taste a lot of perique, maybe the topping hides it a bit, but it adds some bass notes, dried fruit flavors, and some tingle on the retrohale. There’s some baking spice notes too, maybe it’s the ginger. The topping is nice and stays half way though the bowl. After that I was left with a pleasant but average bowl of tobacco. I enjoyed it and spent more time chit chatting and enjoying the bowl then writing a review. A good holiday aromatic your company will surely be happy with the smell of and you’ll enjoy the Virginia perique flavors.

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (440)
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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