Cornell & Diehl Sun Bear Tupelo



Brand Cornell & Diehl
Series Small Batch
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Fruit / Citrus, Honey
Cut Flake
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.43 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 22, 2023 Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable
The 2019 Basma and 2018 Turkish Izmir provide plenty of earth, wood, floralness, some dry sourness, vegetation, herbs, spice, mild tangy buttery sweetness, and light incense and smoke. They take a small lead. The 2019 bright Virginias offer a fair amount tart and tangy citrus, bread, vegetative grass, sugar, mild floralness, sour lemon, spice, and a hint of acidity as close competitors to the Orientals. The 2019 red Virginia produces a complimentary amount of tangy ripe dark fruit earth, wood, bread, some sugar, tart citrus, light floralness, a few blades of grass, and a couple pinches of spice in secondary support. The most prominent topping is the very sweet Tupelo honey, which has some creamy butter and a few floral notes. The lightly fruity, earthy tequila is a condiment at best. Playing at the same level is the tart, grape and berry-like, acidic, floral, herbal, Just as obvious as the tequila is the tart, grape-like, floral, herbal, acidic, sweet elderflower. The strength and taste are a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. The rough edges are minor. The easily broken apart, mildly moist flakes need no dry time. Well balanced with some nuance, it burns cool, clean and slow with a very consistent creamy sweet, fruity, floral, mildly sour, spicy, herbal, zesty flavor that extends to the long lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a tad pungent. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. It is a tad sweeter with a lightly more Oriental presence than past productions. Four stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 11, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
July 29, 2023:
Received my delivery this morning of Cornell & Diehl Small Batch Sun Bear Tupelo Honey 2023 Edition. Cracked open my first tin and started to enjoy this year’s edition. Smoked a few bowls throughout the day. For the past few days I also have been smoking my earlier vintages of Sun Bear to warm up my palate for this year’s tasting. My first impression was this year’s mixture is a bit more rich and earthy. The tin note from the Tupelo honey is very sweet and pleasant. The moisture level is high coming fresh out of production and needs considerable drying time, needing more than a few relights before settling in. The sweetness from the Tupelo honey did not last too long before giving way to the grassy, citrusy, tangy, bready Virginias and the Turkish Orientals. The silver tequila addition was not predominant, but provided an undertone. Now, I must specify that my personal experience over the past four years of collecting the Sun Bear releases - they all do not overly impress immediately after production when they are fresh. They are good and tasty for sure, but even after a few days of opening, it begins improving considerably and becomes so much better after cellaring for a few years. The fermentation and aging process produces more natural sugars in the Virginias and rounds out and smooths out the mixture. I only have one tin of the 2020 edition left and won’t be opening that for a while, but I do have enough of the 2021-2023 editions to spread them out for a number of years to enjoy the aging process. This year’s Tupelo edition is coming out as possibly my favorite.

A blend of the finest Bright and Red Virginias balanced by 2019 Basma and 2018 Izmir Orientals, Sun Bear: Tupelo features subtle notes of raw, ethically sourced tupelo honey from the ancient wetlands of northern Florida.

Produced from the nectar of the white Ogeechee tupelo tree during a short two-week bloom, tupelo honey is among the rarest in the world. In this blend, the honey’s unique profile combines with a whisper of silver tequila and elderflower to complement the fruity and floral notes of specially selected tobaccos, resulting in a rich pipe blend with a wealth of character and a creamy, rounded finish.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 673KS and other Savinelli models.
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 18, 2023 Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Has a very mild note of honey in the background throughout the entire smoke. For me the top half of the bowl is reminiscent of cinnamon rolls, the perfect amalgamation of sweet toasty fruity goodness perfect for a summer morning smoke. I give this blend 3.6 put of 4 stars.
Pipe Used: Cob
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 04, 2023 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Embarking on a deeply personal journey with Cornell and Diehl's 2023 masterpiece, Sun Bear: Tupelo, was akin to stepping into an uncharted realm of pure enchantment. ? The blend, meticulously composed with the finest Bright and Red Virginias weaving in symphony with the exotic allure of 2019 Basma and 2018 Izmir Orientals, felt as though it had been crafted to resonate with the very essence of my palate. ??

What truly beguiled my senses was the presence of raw tupelo honey, a precious gem plucked from the enigmatic landscapes of northern Florida's ancient wetlands. ? Its delicate sweetness, harmoniously entwined with delicate notes of silver tequila and elderflower, created an alluring prelude to the symphony of flavors that awaited. ??

As the tin's lid whispered open, the nostalgic embrace of Virginia tobaccos welcomed me like a cherished memory, while the Orientals contributed an intriguing layer, unveiling a multi-dimensional tapestry of taste with every contemplative draw. ?? The nuanced dance of fruity and floral notes, reminiscent of an opulent garden at dawn, unfolded gently upon my palate, each inhalation an invitation to explore its intricate composition. ??

Sun Bear: Tupelo is an evocative testament to the evolution of tobacco artistry. Each measured exhale revealed a new chapter, an intimate connection to the craftsmanship poured into its creation, and the velvety finish, reminiscent of a tender embrace, lingered long after the pipe had been set aside. Regardless of one's level of expertise as a pipe enthusiast, this blend effortlessly ushered me into a haven of flavors that felt as personal as my own thoughts. ?

In a world that venerates the unique, Sun Bear: Tupelo radiates as a guiding star. ? It encapsulates the very essence of luxury pipe smoking, an intimate companion in moments of introspection and reverie. This blend has become a cherished story of indulgence, guiding me through an intricate landscape of taste and aroma that feels undeniably and intimately mine. ?
Pipe Used: C101 | BriarWorks Classic Author
Age When Smoked: 2023
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2024 Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant
This was a very pleasant smoke. I do not normally smoke aromatics so take this review with a grain of salt.

The honey really shines in a pleasant way. It’s very floral in way you would expect a wildflower honey to be. Tobacco comes out of the tin a little wet. I had a little bit of difficulty lighting it compared to my typical vapors, but this could be within the normal range for an aromatic. It is not overly sweet which is something I was afraid of. It really strikes the balance with a touch of sweetness, while still feeling like something that doesn’t cover up the integrity of the underlying tobacco. The florals are very delicate, and not at all artificial tasting/smelling. This would be a perfect midday outdoor picnic/garden smoke.

The best aromatic I personally have had.
Age When Smoked: 8 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 14, 2024 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
A great tin note. I definitely get honey and there’s a bit of earthiness and a light floral quality which I suppose is St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur. Mostly, it smells like chocolate covered cherries, I get a lot of dried fruit and cocoa; it smells quite good. The taste is a tad mute, not exactly bursting with flavour, but what I do get is nice: light toast, light grass, wood, a cumin-like spice, subtly sweet honey and an essence of fruity elderflower. I hardly notice the tequila. The orientals run near equal to the virginias, providing a kind of omnipresent spice/incense that brings some sourness and a black tea aftertaste. All of the flavours are on the mild or light end of the spectrum. It’s quite moist, almost damp, and leaves some moisture in the bowl. When properly dried, it smokes acceptably. For a greedy smoker, such as myself, it tends toward hot and steamy, likely the honey topping, however if sipped it’s warm and creamy and it finds a rhythm. I don’t usually make recommendations on preparation, but I found the fold and stuff method proved an excellent result and to truly bring out the subdued flavours of Sun Bear, retro-haling is a must. As this smokes down the bowl, the cocoa notes pick up and the honey becomes very creamy, it’s virtually milk chocolate by the end. While I did not find smoking this, or any tobacco for that matter, akin to entering uncharted realms of pure enchantment (I mean, we are talking about tobacco not mushrooms), I did find this to be a very good smoke that took my mind off this floating asylum we call Earth for a brief moment. I’ll give it the full 4 stars for that alone. Hopefully, you were able to nab a couple tins. Cheers.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2023 Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note of dark fruit, honey and flowers. Tobacco is a flake of reddish brown, brown and dark brown with a little tan mixed in. Moisture content is great. No drying needed. Flakes rub out easily. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. Flavoring is mild to medium, with notes of honey, tequila and elderflower. The sweet honey fades fast, elderflower hangs out in the background and the tequila is hard to discern. Taste is medium to full and mostly consistent, with notes of sweet flowery honey, herbal hay, spices, moderately spicy, tart lemon, wood, earth, scorched almost burnt sugar, sour bread, a dry zesty citrus peel background note, and a very peppery retro. Virginia is leading with Flavorings and Orientals supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: Peterson Bard Rusticated 221 Fishtail
Age When Smoked: 5 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 28, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
Last years Mountain Flower was my first try of Sun Bear and I loved it. So, I jumped on a couple tins of Tupelo. The tin note is a very sweet, honey aroma. It's a touch on the damp side, so a little dry time won't hurt, though it still lights up straight out of the tin.

The smoke itself starts with a tangy citrus Virginia, and creamy, spicy Orientals (with a hint of floral). The sweet honey brings them together for a very sweet, creamy experience, that lasts the entire bowl. Didn't bite, and I did have to relight a few times, but nothing too extreme.

Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Tundra
Age When Smoked: 1 month
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