Cornell & Diehl Da Vinci

Named for the famed Renaissance man of letters, arts, and science, this blend evokes the Near Eastern influence that trade brought to the docks of Renaissance ports. The base of light Virginias and burley is overwhelmed by the smoky pungent aroma of Cyprian latakia. This is the perfect blend for the true lover of latakia, but be forewarned, this blend is not for everyone. Additionally, because of the high latakia content (Boasting no less than 75% latakia) and slow-burning nature of Da Vinci, it would be a very good blend to break a pipe in with.
Notes: Mid 90's tin from the garage operation in Morganton NC sates: "A blend of specially selected and aged Latakia, rough cut Burley and bright Virginia flake. Heavy in Latakia."


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Craig Tarler
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2oz and 8oz tins
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.07 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 12, 2006 Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
It is quite heavy on the Latakia, which is not my favorite flavor. Overall I find it heavy and smoky. It burns very, very quickly. My friends and I smoked our entire bowl in a matter of a few minutes. Though Latakia is supposed to burn slowly, I found the opposite. Maybe I was puffing too hard (?), but I think I smoked it as I do all my tobaccos. If you really, really like Latakia, then you might like it, because I know Cornell & Diehl makes quality blends, and that is the only reason I am giving it two stars instead of one.
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Mar 15, 2006 Strong None Detected Full Pleasant
I had the CAO DaVinci, which I also reviewed and disliked. Luckily, this is completely different. There?s no Tuscan wine in the blend and none of the muck to accompany it. Here are beautifully speckled leaves of black, yellow and golden brown as if picked from the floor of an autumn forest. DV is a full strength, magnificently rich English with plenty of luscious latakia. It?s purity is that of Pease, especially the Montgomery Street or the Two Friends Valley Crucis series. Made with Pease's fastidiousness and C & D skill, this is one of the finest full English blends I?ve tried in a long time. It certainly makes me swear off Dunhill blends, which I find have diminished considerably in overall quality. Latakia enthusiasts should not miss this one under any circumstances.

Four and a half of five stars
Revision - January 30, 2006

Much as I hate to, I'm downgrading. I bought another tin of this and don't like it nearly as much. It's really overpowering and should be taken in small doses. I still enjoy the cut and the burn once you get it lit, which is no small effort. However, it tends to overpower, and all you taste is Latakia. It seems a bit stronger than the first time I tried it. I appreciate it for what it is, but smoke sparingly. It's a real kick in the mouth.

Two and a half of five stars
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