Cornell & Diehl Da Vinci

(3.07)
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."

Details

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

Profile

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

Average Rating

3.07 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2007 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I am afraid that I must go along with the majority of the reviewers here who found few redeeming qualities about Da Vinci. I found the Latakia to be harsh and overpowering, and the Burley element somehow detracted, rather than added, to the overall smoking experience of this blend. Dare I say the Virginia flavor, smoldering in the background, was also a disapointment? And C&D is known for putting together outstanding blends of this genre.

After reading most of the preceeding reviews, I have also come to the conclusion that there is a great variance in what greets the palate from tin to tin. I won't personally be pursuing that possibility. One tin of Da Vinci was one tin too many for this cowboy.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
PJP
Nov 22, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
I think the blend contains too much burley at the expense of the Virginia. I smoked a can of this over ten years ago and it was memorably good. This second can is a disappointment, though well aged. I think C & D tends to rely too much on burley.
Pipe Used: Various briars
PurchasedFrom: Chicagoland Pipe Show
Age When Smoked: 7 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 19, 2012 Medium to Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong
I am a true lover of Latakia, but this was the first Latakia blend I could not finish smoking. It truly tastes like you are smoking straight Latakia, and overwhelms you with the taste of burning tires. About the only thing I would do with this is use it to add some Latakia punch to one of my "house" blends in the event I ever run out of my straight Latakia.
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