Blending Tobacco. A high grade, air-cured dark Burley from the fields of Kentucky. Mild, but delivering a fine flavor, this versatile leaf performs equally well as a base for your personal mixture experimentation, or a go-to, stand alone smoke.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Strong
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This has a lot of earthiness, and just a drop of molasses. But the marshmallow, very nutty, and slight chocolate notes are here, and it has the full toasted burley taste you're looking for with a little strength. Sometimes, I get a very small sense of toasted Wheat Flakes when I smoke it straight as well as a touch of bitter. It's good as a mixer, and on its own. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh, but needs to smoked at a reasonable pace, and not fast. Needs a little hydration, but will burn clean with a very consistent flavor. Needs few relights, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. Has a toasty, nutty after taste. Mild enough to be an all day smoke, but few will want to do that.


17 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been working through a 4 oz sample of this. It is an irregular cut similar to Big -n- Burley. The tobacco was delivered bone dry, and after a couple of bowls smoked this way, I began exhaling into the bowl to give it a little more moisture - John Patton style.

This is a nice burley taste. It is nutty and a little earthy. There is a slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste that works well for me. The aftertaste is a little sweet. My palate may not be refined enough to identify these mild toppings, but the sweet is too light to be molasses, and there may be a note of cocoa in there.

This was an easy smoke. It stayed lit and delivered a consistent flavor. It was not especially exciting, but it was a good basic burley smoke. This one is easy to recommend.

I find it a little stronger than most reviewers it seems, and I find it more in the category of ODF or HB with regard to nicotine.

Edit: 10/24/17 This is a great thing to have around to beef up something you like but find a little thin or weak on the tobacco end of things. Mixed 1:1 with an aromatic or Winchester (for example) gives them some muscle. I find I am using this more to mix than smoke straight these days.

I have smoked over a pound of this, so it is really a 3.5 on my scale.

12 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant


This was a one ounce sample from a friend that I smoked up in about 2 days. Um... I smoked the tobacco in 2 days, not the friend. Grammar problems! :)

Fairly dark in color and dark and toasty in flavor, this tobacco is the closest taste to Edgeworth Ready Rubbed that I've found. That's a bit odd in that it doesn't have the small amount of Virginia nor the same top dressing that ERR'd has. Still, the two are reminiscent of one another.

This came to me very dry and I felt no need to hydrate. The flavors of burnt marshmallow and toast came through top to bottom. No problems taking or holding a light, no tongue bite, no excessive moisture and excellent flavor. In short, this one was about perfect as a burley and as a tobacco blend of any style. The flavor is of the "nutty" burley variety rather than the "earthy" variety that C&D is known (at least by me!) for. I'm not sure what they did to this one but it's something that I can smoke all day without paying it any mind or that I can sit down and contemplate. Exhaling through the nose elicited further flavor excitement, and I'm amazed that more burley fans that regularly contribute to this site haven't picked up on this one. I parlayed that one oz into a one pound purchase. Excellent and very highly recommended! If you're a burley fanatic, don't wait any longer.

12 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (231)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Burley suffers from being too adaptable in a world where strongly independent flavors are prized. Its nutty harvest flavor occupies the middle of the tobacco spectrum, and like a chameleon adopts and accents the flavors of other leaf with which it is blended, but straight Burleys remain popular for their whole and solid flavor. Like Five Brothers and some of the aged Burley flakes, "Dark Burley" stands on its own as a singular flavor which reveals its many components as it burns.

The bowl starts with a strong nut or legume flavor, accented with a small amount of wintry bitterness, then gives way to a slight sweetness and a richer flavor like that of coffee or the smoke of a good wood fire. This melds into a denser and darker tone, giving this leaf its full strength as a wild and natural taste, at which point it fades away slowly into a faint sweetness with overtones of fall. Throughout this process, internal flavors rise from within gifting the smoker with alternating notes of hay, tea, a warmth like mulled wine and undertones of freshly cut vegetation.

A pipeful of "Dark Burley" delivers delivers a kick comparable to a 3/4 bowl of C&D's "Old Joe Krantz," which owes much of its strength -- by legend and lore -- to a mixture of Burleys including this one. This tobacco delivers strong, raw flavor like nature itself, pure untamed wildness. It burns well, smokes clean through, and has a nutty taste with slight bitterness and undertones of cut vegetation.

Although this Burley by itself lacks the spark of more complex blends, it delivers what smokers have relied on from this variety of leaf for aeons, which is a strong but textured flavor with enough nicotine to help with concentration on the most "burly" of tasks. It is better than most see it as, in my humble estimation, and can be the backbone of a powerful mix as well as a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone smoke.

When I smoke with friends who favor "Prince Albert," I am prone to mix this 60-40 with that venerable tobacco, which both reduces the cocoa top note with undertones of wintergreen and pushes that blend up into the medium to strong category. However it is blended, "Dark Burley" is best packed firmly after a gravity fill and smoked slowly to allow the flavors to mature before tasting.

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Five Brothers, La Brumeuse.

6 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is exceedingly harsh and bitter. I've made many attempts to tame this beast, but all have failed. My most extreme effort was rehydrating it by soaking it in Jim Beam and drying to the perfect moisture level. It was a total failure. I give up. I can only assume that this is different from the one reviewed by DK in 2011 because this bears no resemblance to the one he speaks of.

Pipe Used: Many different MM cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh??? bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

Michael Kindt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael Kindt (18)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Overwhelming Tolerable

I bought this for the fabled tobacco blending experiment mentioned in my review of C & D's Byzantium.

This is an ineffectual burley. Simple, with a boozy, whiskey topping at first light, it falls apart quickly into a harsh, tasteless, ashy nightmare.

The problem I detect here is the quality. Normally burley excels at simple and should readily take up and display well a boozy or whiskey flavoring, but this is just flat out crappy weed. This is the stuff they swept up off the barn floor.

You don't pay much for it, but even still you're getting ripped off.

6 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (202)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Deep, rich and dark, but soft on the palate. This is a great blending component. It is somewhat fuller than White Burley, but quite similar in so many fronts. Perhaps one of the main differences is the sea air or salty profile of the latter, which is somewhat missing in this one. Also, Dark Burley seems to be sweater and nuttier, and if you keep an eye on your smoking cadence, it will reward you with cocoa and mocha undertones. Of course, this is highly subjective, but it is important to note the smoking experience is not uni-dimensional and that it will evolve into different layers or nuances here and there. Obviously, depending on what other blending component you might choose to mix it with, it will evolve into one thing or the other, but I believe the potential lies with red virginias, orientals, and perique. I have tried to mix it with bright virginia as well, but the zesty profile of this leaf tends to confuse the palate. The quality of this tobacco is quite good, and Cornell & Dielh presents it to you with no added flavours or casings, which is a bonus that adds up to its blending potential and capabilities.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Dark Burley.

Misnomer: it's not dark, but a medium brown, as you can see by the picture! The ribbons are mid-size and the pouch-note (I bought bulk but it can be bought in a 2oz tin) is sweet and reminiscent of a topping. Moisture's good.

When I took my first few puffs it tasted like a straight-forward burley. After the burn had settled I noticed, like in the pouch-note, an extra sweetness had developed: slightly fragrant, sugary, almost like cotton candy. Behind the sweetness we have a rugged, slightly caustic, burley flavour. The first quarter's a pleasant smoke, but it soon decreases, and becomes astringent. D.B. burns well, fairly cool, but can give me a spot of bite. Something which is almost certainly just me is it leaves a rough coating/sensation on my tongue!

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: tolerable.

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Overwhelming

I notice some earlier reviews differ from those of late, and I must say the latter(s) are more accurate. I have smoked my fair share of Edgeworth RR and this is about as close to it as capt. Black white is to Escuado. This dark burley is a horrid acrid excuse of tobacco, it reminds me of a cheap cigar wrapper and that's it. Dry as a bone and unpalatable in any combination. If searching for a base for custom blends, try C&D cavendish cut burley instead.

Pipe Used: St.Claude poker, MM country gentleman

Age When Smoked: current production

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Cheapest cigar wrapper you've ever had..

4 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

059 - Dark Burley

Star Rating = 2.75

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 7

Burn = 7

After Taste = 7

Raw Score = 45

Rated Percentage = 75%

Comment = Good Burley Taste, has a little Burley Bit, has a sweet After Taste

2 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (218)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is very earthy, slightly nutty, with notes of toasted marshmallow and toasted bread/grains. There is a slight cocoa note and there seems to be a very light note of molasses as well.

Looking at the other reviews it seems the strength in this one varies widely so perhaps a note about how I determine strength would be helpful. Strength is to include all aspects of the smoke including the nic. So this would include the body of the smoke itself. For me something mild has a silky mouth feel and the smoke is rather light (some might call this thin) mild to med more often than not the mouth feel is creamy (not necessarily a creamy taste just what it feels like over the tongue) as the smoke gets thicker this changes and I get a wide variety of sensations up to a strong strength which is very thick almost chewy. The nic also plays a part and at the med to strong level it will start to tickle the nose just a little. For me this smoke offers fairly thick body and it does start to tickle the nose so I am placing it overall in the med to strong category. The body itself is at the upper end of med. the nic at the bottom end of med strong but all things considered a med. strong tobacco.

This is great straight and in fact most of the 4oz has been smoked straight. Something that very few all dark burley's can be said of for me. That said, it is not quite a 4 star blend I would place this more at 3.5. I will reorder at some point and see if it grows on me. As a blender it seems very well suited to adding body to a blend. a 50/50 mix of it and C&D's Dark Fired KY brings out more of the molasses note than it has straight for example but also tones down some of the woodsy smokey and spiciness of the KY. Unlike many burley's this one does not smoke out ghosts all that well like 5 Brothers, Carter Hall, or Kendal KY does for me either.

1 person found this review helpful.

ATW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ATW (110)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well according to my profile, tobacco reviews had deemed that my highest tobacco preference is burley, despite the fact that I've hardly ever smoked burley or burley dominate blends. I do enjoy dark fire burley but I don't smoke it much. I was kind of gun shy to try burley because of its heavy uses in aromatic blends. But I decided to buy 2 ozs of Cornell & Diehl Dark Burley to challenge myself.

The bag aroma is light. A hint of cocoa and nuts. First light I get a mild flavor of cocoa and nuts, but that soon changed to a flavor almost like a Punch maduro cigar. Spicy, black pepper, caramel undertones, creamy, dark, and strong with a touch of earth. The flavors continued as is until the last third were it mellowed out to a light pepper spice with nuts and a touch of sweetness. Burned cool and clean.

Tobacco reviews preference chart may be right after all. I do enjoy a high quality burley. Who knew.

1 person found this review helpful.

Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (44)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is about as close as I want to get to unadorned burley. Maybe my batch sat in a bin too long and lost it's casing, but I didn't pick up on any sweetness. This is real deal burley and has a wonderfully rustic dryness and strength. I mixed a little sweeter burley blend to it and made it perfect. I recommend it to burley lovers and blenders.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I am reviewing several C+D blending tobaccos as a precursor to some blending experiments. I know not many people blend, but these reviews may provide some hints to those wanting to do so.

A good baseline burley - a slight wood taste and aroma of burnt marshmallow. Only a bit nutty and not harsh. Arrived very dry so smokes a bit quickly. A faint hint of cigar towards mid bowl. Enough body to be consumed on its own if you would like. Smokes very cool.

1 person found this review helpful.

Donald Willinger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Donald Willinger (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Dark Burley is a wonderful tobacco to mix with other tobacco or smoked by itself. It smokes cool, leaving gray ashes, and no moisture at the bottom of the bowl. I smoke this blend in public because no one complains about the odor.

Pipe Used: Several Medium Bowls

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: TobaccoPipes.Com

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neuron_md Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
neuron_md (37)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Very nice burley.

My sample must be well-aged and fermented because I could not detect fruitiness in the pouch, just a strong, earthy aroma, and a barn-like scent.

On the match it is wonderful; it gives a full, dark, nicely bitter, cigar-like, earthy, and fruity flavor, with a hint of sweetness.

It smokes cool and doesn't bite. There is a strong flavor of nicotine that coats my tongue, and it gives a burn when exhaled through the nose.

This will nicely complement those thin aromatics that I don't smoke too often, It will give those blends some body and a good "oomph" in flavor.

If smoked neat, I will smoke this in a small pipe so as not to overwhelm the senses.

Nicely done, C&D!

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: right out of the box

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Semois.

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Quiggifur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quiggifur (99)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Kind of boring by itself. Sort of similar to the Sutliff white cube burley, but less flavorful/complex. Nutty, maybe bready, quite strong nicotine hit. It may be fine for mixing, but I'm not sure it would contribute much except a blank slate and significant nicotine levels. Not unpleasant, not without merit, but unless I get into blending in the future, I'm not sure I'd reorder this. I found myself looking forward to the end of the bowl. May have use as a sort of palate cleanser after a flavor bomb, but probably any quality burley blend would be better for this purpose.

Pipe Used: Dublin meerschaum, 4" clay

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: Sutliff white cube burley, maybe.

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (557)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Jar note of nuts, chocolate, and earth. The brown tobacco is about half thin ribbon and half course cut. Moisture content is a little dry, no drying or prep needed. Burns fast with few relights. The strength is strong and nic is medium to strong. No flavoring detected (or casing for that matter). Taste is full and very consistent, with notes of very spicy, very dry, toast, wood, very earthy, molasses, a bitter nutty background note, and a very peppery retro. Room note is strong, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Limited White Bar Sandblast 128

Age When Smoked: 5 years

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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