Cornell & Diehl Bayou Morning

This Virginia/perique blend is composed of red and bright Virginias and 25% Louisiana perique. Bayou Morning is a perique lover's delight and an all day smoke.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Bob Runowski
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.25 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 07, 2011 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Mr. Runowski produced a fine combination here. It is a true Va/Per blend that carries some strength and peppery semi-sweet taste sensations as the smoke progresses. Not a great deal of flavor variation, but this combination works well and I imagine those who enjoy Va/Per blends with some backbone will enjoy this one.
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May 01, 2016 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Every Bob Runowski blend I have smoked has a slight rough edge. This is a feature of his blending genius I think. Bayou morning is no different. You know you are smoking tobacco, and there is just something about it that that satisfies.

Pouch note is dried fruit and a little earthiness. The tobacco came at an excellent level of hydration. It seems to be roughly equal parts black, brown and tan mostly short medium ribbon. To keep you guessing, there are a few hunks of short wider ribbon in there too.

Smoked, it has the tart fruit of a good red Virginia as a base. The edginess is with the perique. It it peppery and adds some plum. There is a lot of it, and when puffed you get a slightly sour taste with a perique tingle. It really works and there is just a lot of VaPer flavor in there.

This is easy to recommend for fans of VaPers. You have to want a heaping serving of perique, and you can't be expecting the most refined of smoking experiences. It punches a lot of my buttons. I have not yet bought a pound of this but I will. It is a solid 3.5 on the scale.

This will not be for everyone, but it is very good.
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Feb 03, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
After smoking several C&D blends i realized that they process the virginias in a unique way that no other manufactuer does and either you love thet either you hate i opened the can this familiar smell of aged cheese and spices came out.the moisture is perfect and the fine ribbon cut allows a nice packing and an easy lighting with a few relights needed.while smoking you realize that this is no typical Va/per due to the different virginias C&D offers.the flavours are natural spicy and sharp.citruses,dark fruits,earthy and sour notes are mosty coming out accompanied from some sweet spices and figs.nice combination for a different smoking experience blend with medium nicotine and no chance of tongue bite.burns medium speed and medium hot.the aftertaste is sweet with sour notes.the room note is tolerant.some moisture is being created during the smoking process.generally this one is an all day smoke despite the high perique content.the only negative is that due to high perique content the flavours are more on the virginia side.a worthy trying blend for the perique lovers.
Age When Smoked: When opened
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Jul 17, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Opposed to the flake version the ribbon-cut is more of a earthy, dry smoke, whilst the flake is full-strength, full-bodied "big brother" to the ribbon version.

What I like about the Ribbon is the delicate earthiness, paired with mild sweetness and smooth notes of figs, plums and pepper. What I prefer about the flake is its more prominent peppery, fruity and full-bodied aroma. All in all both are excellent Va/Pers, yet I prefer the flake cut, not a moment of hestitation to say so! So this'll be 3-stars for me and the flake takes the crown! 😉

One of the best Va/Pers out there for me (both the ribbon and flake version), as they are stout, full-bodied, and rich in flavors and - most important - not as overly sweet as most Va/Pers are!
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Feb 26, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is a perique forward blend. It will start at the front and stay there all the way. It is spicy, a little sweet with plumb and fig notes and I do get an occasional note of oak here and there too. The VA's are bold enough to stay up with the perique. The reds are tangy with dark fruit notes and sweet. The browns are earthy and have a bread like sweetness about them with a note of roasted grain. Although the notes say there is bright in here and I do see them, the grassy note is way, way in the background and I get no citrus note at all. The mouth feel is a little rough around the edges, it is not a smooth smoke but I doubt that smooth was what C&D were looking for with this one. While rough, it does not bite but it will get harsh if pushed. I place that at a 3.5 stars. For those looking for a perique forward va/per that does not completely overpower the VA's this one is a must try. Personally, the perique is a little too forward for me but it may merit further investigation later down the road.
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Feb 13, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
25 per cent perique sounds like a lot, and I was half-expecting this to be too strong and sour for my taste. So I was surprised that the virginias are so prominent. More of the earthy and fruity kind rather than the grassy and citrusy, they really give a lot of virginian goodness and complexity. The perique comes forth after a while, peppery and with dark notes of dried fruit, but the blend is always in good balance. A few relights might be necessary, and you really should not be in a hurry when you smoke this. Leaves nothing but grey ash.
Pipe Used: Missouri Huck Finn, Oldenkott Diplomat
PurchasedFrom: Cup O' Joes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 25, 2017 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Creamy with kick. This makes my head sweat.

I really like the sweet tobacco smell from the tin. Also, it just looks like high grade fresh tobacco. If fresh can be a descriptive term for tobacco, I'd use it here. It looks and smells fresh and high grade out of the tin.

As for the smoke. It's a lot of pepper. The smoke has a full texture I've heard reviewed as creamy or buttery, which I'd agree with. I taste the nice bright and sweet Virginia, but its enveloped in a peppery kick.

I've smoked Elizabethan and Dunhill Navy roll which to me is like just a pinch or two of pepper on my scrambled eggs in the morning. It's there, but just as a tad as a bit of flavoring. This would be more like a good dousing with some Tobasco maybe. So, if you are like me and have grown up with spicy Mexican food and Cajun cuisine, you may just love Tobasco on your eggs and that is how you like it.

Sensitivity to spice is very subjective. I like my Virginia doused in some kick, so this works for me. That's how I perceive this baccy. If you are sensitive to kick though, you might miss the Virginia flavoring altogether though. Depends on your palette. May want to try before you buy. I'm giving it a high rating because if I'm going to smoke a vaper this is it, but vaper's really are just something I want every now and again as an english/latakia lover.

Edit update: This has become my summer morning go to. Perfect way to start the day with a great cup of joe.
Pipe Used: Peterson, Kaywoodie
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco Junction
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 16, 2015 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Cornell & Diehl Bayou Morning is a blend that I wanted to try because it is unflavored and it has Perique. Not to mention, I like Cornell & Diehl blends in general. It has a varied appearance with some reddish brown, light brown, and light tan leaf. The cut is random, with some rough cut evident. It is drier than most blends that I have seen, but it is just right for smoking out of the bag. It packs fairly easily, with some shoving necessary as some of the leaf pieces are big enough to confound the process. It lights very easily with some upward heaving of the tobacco upon the initial lighting. Thereafter tamping, it burns well at the moisture level I had. Perique is in abundant measure in this blend and it dominates the flavor of the smoke but does not block out the Virginias. This blend is of medium-strong nicotine strength with a generous intensity of flavor. There is not much in the way of depth or complexity, nor is there much of a balance of flavors. This is a Perique showcase blend and there is pleasant spice to be found for Perique lovers. The high point of the bowl in the middle "half". It burns relatively cool, unless you are smoking it in an old-fashioned clay cutty and you puff a little too much too fast. In briars and cobs, my smoking experience with this blend was pleasantly cool and dry. I smoked it in an Orlik (Captain Black) billiard, a Sunrise Canadian, a MM Country Gentleman and in an old-fashioned clay. If you are not a lover of Perique, it is best to avoid this tobacco blend.
Pipe Used: Orlik billiard, MM, Sunrise Canadian, clay
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Oct 10, 2021 Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
I am starting to get a hunch that deep within Cornell & Diehl’s (C&D) Carolina-based blending kitchen, some exuberant soul has a compellingly strong penchant for the taste of Louisiana Perique. Consider your Old Joe Krantz and Haunted Bookshop, for instance, as they do exemplify the base argument that I am about make here. Where there is smoke there is fire as the saying goes.

Let’s face it, if left unchecked, Perique is one of those strains that can easily dominate within a mixed profile, declaring its flamboyant self with such total disregard to modesty or gentility towards one’s upper anatomy. If this statement does not ring true, then please drop some pure Perique into your favorite briar for a simple tasting excursion. One, it’s a fantastic practice to accurately sensitize your palate to the native nuances of Perique flavor, but more importantly, you’ll come to understand or rather feel my point of view; that much I guarantee. Look at it this way, bare naked Louisiana Perique is about as silky and tender as Tennessee White Lightening; get my point?

Using this varietal as an essential complementary element, most head tobacco chefs tend to season their soups with about 2-5% Perique on par, as a rule of thumb. Understanding and tethering the subtilties of the proper Perique let-down ratio, respective to all other mixture constituents, is critical to achieving a desirable fusion of lively taste and original impressions of a blend’s design. The act of de-scalping an unsuspecting pipe smoker via Acadian annihilation is no way to make friends nor secure repetitive sales I dare say.

Now I don’t believe that the good folks at Cornell & Diehl are unwise or misinformed by any means. However, I must intentionally ask what’s up with this Bayou Morning? Essentially here comes yet another striking C&D concoction, all be it a VaPer, that largely features the infamous crop hailing from down Saint James Parish way. Rolling from the backwoods bay, Bayou Morning’s hoodoo hosts an impressive 25% Perique content. One can only conclude that the degree of Perique zeal on C&D’s part is a decisive measure designed to achieve a specific effect. Having now finished a fourth bowl, I can attest to the fact that, yes, it does do that quite effectively.

Initially when I pulled out the tightly rolled bag of tobacco, I assumed a mistake had been made. Namely the volume contained looked too plentiful for a mere ounce. Setting it to a scale, I stood corrected as it weighed true to what I had ordered. For a one-ounce sample pack, the amount of product supplied delighted me to no end.

Opening the baggie, the reason for this observation became clear to me. Chiefly, Bayou Morning is dense and plentiful in mass. Nested within was a drawing matte of red-brown-golden-copper fluff righteously peppered with generous seedy black tufts of haughty Perique. A thick and chewy mix of toothy Red and Bright ribbon and coarse inky grit. Some proclaim this blend is marginalized in appearance, I say have your eyes checked. Bayou Morning’s expression is serious without doubt but charming and most inviting in truth. Additionally, the moisture is quite ideal for a straightforward drop and burn, so there you have it.

Coming across with well-defined character, the pouch note commands a substantial air of deliciously tart woody Red Virginia. A knuckled punch of stinging dark fruity zest quickly lands from the Perique making a cheeky introduction as a passive smattering of Bright grassy tang and raisins float in the shadows. Interestingly there is such an acerbic oily overtone to the whole fragrance that it manifests in an almost balsamic flair. With that I quickly surmised this one would be, let’s say, a memorable emprise.

One could make the argument that Bayou Morning epitomizes an unusually vibrant Perique forward blend. With first light, the immediacy of the blend’s eternal contest surfaces as the Red and Perique tussle for eminent domain. This interesting clash stands consistently for the entire smoke with the Perique moving boldly to the forefront more than not. In general, the essential taste profile conveys as a deeply peppered earthy wood.

Characteristic of the Red Virginia, the registration forms with a charred and smoky woodiness that is brawny while being accented by streams of stewed tea. The Bright is extremely docile within the complex, functioning as a distant tertiary complement that inspires the image of a citrusy-lemon meadow. Quaint highlights of subtle floral and hushed brown sugar are tendered atop the lessened grassy note as well. And for the Perique, being fully protrusive, a funky resonance of musty prune overtones melds richly with the assertive belt of steamy pepperiness; impactfully sharp and bald.

As the smoking duration progressed, the resoluteness of the flavor proceeds to become darker, deeper, and stronger. Towards the end of the bowl the gusto is so powerful and full that the taste impression is profoundly different than that of the top 2/3; much bolder. With an aftertaste marked by intense wooded tarty spice, the entire palate dances with excitement and the sinus cavity vibrates with active stimulation.

Moreover, the nicotine effect demonstrated is of the medium-strong potency. My face became fully flushed, and a mild case of the jitters smartly set in with the blend’s encounter. As such, I would not suggest that this VaPer should be construed as a simple all-day smoke. There is most definitely tooth here, and one does genuinely feel it’s residual influence.

Although the tobacco burns evenly, I do feel that it has a propensity to get a little warm at times, yet it did not bite whatsoever. Therefore, I recommend deploying the breathing method to avoid the escalation of heat and to stave off a bit of rambunctiousness that occasionally attempts to harsh the favorable savor. Additionally, burning the mix through a cob produced a significantly mellower experience and the smoke texture itself tended to be creamier to the extent of being conventionally smooth.

Producing a concentrated plume of immoderate smoke, Bayou Morning leaves an opaque rendering of spent essence. A forceful and sustained aroma of soured, spicy, blackened hardwood engulfs the room masking no delusions regarding the blend’s inherent vitality and strength. Bayou Morning’s fragranced intensity may not be a welcomed companion to the sensitive type.

So, what are my final thoughts on this blend? Personally, I truly liked the experience which is kind of surprising. Generally, I am a Perique conservative by nature. Perhaps this expansion of my boundary of tolerance signifies a re-culturing of the palate? In practical terms, the price tag on Bayou Morning is significantly more attractive than my treasured Escudo. What is more this flavorful mix is available in a bulk, making Bayou Morning’s heightened curb appeal undeniable. And once again, a lot of dense tobacco for the money.

Finally, I think it’s fair to say that this simple, yet exhilarating, Bayou Morning recipe is well-crafted to deliver on a grand scale. Clearly C&D’s objective was to develop a bold and distinctive VaPer, that surpassed a mere “me too” product offering. Based upon my assessment, their achieved results are quite commendable and successful on that endeavor. Furthermore, Bayou Morning counters beautifully on all the standard genre attributes and presents a strong game against competing VaPer mixtures. If you take nothing else away from my babble, plainly, this blend shines brightly in Perique lover bliss. Drop a bowl and see if that colorful and unique Bayou spirit grabs you as it did for me.

Hanna Subjective Ranking: 3.2 Objective scoring (mechanics, standard genre attributes, cost) : 138.2 out of 145 @ 95%
Pipe Used: Briar & Cob
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 26, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
This is a great blend of Perique and Va if you are a VaPer smoker. However, of all the VaPers in my bacca stash this one has a good amount of Perique and I wouldn't recommend it to a piper looking to try out their first VaPer blend. Also, it took some different pipe smoking experiments to find the right pipe to smoke Bayou Morning. The perfect match to me was my Peterson 312.

I will say that a thiner holed pipe works best for this blend and really helps it as a wider mouth tunnel can really strengthen and bring out the Perique. Bayou Morning is a tasty blend with my coffee in the morning.
Pipe Used: various
PurchasedFrom: PipesandCigars
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