Cornell & Diehl Sansepolcro 2024

Cornell & Diehl's Small Batch: Sansepolcro is a unique, one-of-a-kind Virginia blend showcasing the finest leaf from both sides of the Atlantic. Grounding the mixture is a selection of exotic KY171 Italian Dark-Fired Kentucky — grown, cured, and double-fermented on a small farm in the Sansepolcro region of Italy, which boasts a history and tradition of tobacco cultivation dating to the 17th century. Elevating this historic leaf are superlative grades of 2021 and 2022 Red Virginias, 2019 Bright Virginias, and the perfect amount of unsweetened Dominican Black Cavendish, and the entire blend is pressed for seven days to marry the flavors before being sliced into delicate flakes. The result is a complex, alluring smoke with notes of mellow citrus and undertones of soft, earthy, clove-like spice.
Notes: What distinguishes the 2024 iteration, as per head blender Jeremy Reeves: "When we decided to do another round of Sansepolcro, I made some different decisions around the Virginias. You will find that the Dark-Fired component ebbs and flows a little more, coming in and out of the flavor profile, and you'll find, I think, the Virginia base to be a little more refined—softer on the palate, sweeter elements of fruit and some more subtle spices. As the blend dries down some you'll notice a little more prominent of the Dark-Fired on the light but it quickly settles into sort of a roast-y, smoky chocolate note that I think is really nice along with the Virignias."


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Series Small Batch
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Cavendish, Kentucky, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 2 oz tin weight
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 10, 2024 Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong
I wrote a review that didn’t get published so I’ll try again.
You need to prepare yourself to smoke it. Eat a full meal and sit down. Strong it is. I love the tin note and the flake cut is really nice. Thinner than a lot. I don’t get the “notes of mellow citrus”. Tin note yes, smoking no. We all have our preferences. This is not high up on my list. Not bad, just not my cup of tea.
Pipe Used: A. Garfinkle. 40-50 years old.
PurchasedFrom: On line
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 09, 2024 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Compared to the prior versions of Sansepolcro, the Virginia base stands out more as very elegant and refined vs rustic. Sweetness, brightness, darker fruit notes, spice. They tone down the Italian dark fire's ability to become harsh while still retaining the herbal, lightly smoke, and spice notes. It still is a power house in flavor and a decent amount of nicotine, but more refined. During the last half, a chocolately cocoa note comes through that I get out of some perique blends. Burns cool, clean, dry with no tongue bite. I highly recommend.
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