Cornell & Diehl Kajun Kake

We start with naturally sweet red Virginias and add just the right touch of everyone's favorite Cajun spice, Louisiana Perique. Then we press it into an old fashioned crumble cake which deepens and marries the flavors into what is quickly becoming one of C&D's most popular blends ever!


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Bob Runowski & Craig Tarler
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 2oz Tin, 8oz Tin
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

3.31 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 31, 2014 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This has got to be C&D's finest tobacco, hell, anyone's tobacco period! When you open the tin, one of the most beautiful crumble cakes ever pressed is sitting there, tempting you to almost eat it! It really does look and smell that good! The smell is an incredible earthy, cocoa, or dark chocolate aroma. It pinches of great and rubs out easily. I consider myself an experienced smoker, preferring the darkest and fullest flavor cigars. The perique will definitely grab you by the shirt collar and introduce itself when you first light up so be warned! The peppery start smoothes out and leaves you with an awesome, earthy and cocoa smoke for the rest of the bowl with an occasional tickle of spice from the perique. Once the bowl is empy, my tastebuds are quickly fiending for another bowl. Started off with a 2oz tin and quickly horded a ton of the bulk tins. It's simply awesome, a must have in anyone's rotation!

update: C&D has officially ruined other pipe tobaccos for me. There will be no others. Kajun Kake is my one and only, my love, my precious...
Pipe Used: MM Freehand
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 18, 2009 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Smoked this in droves about four years ago. Ordered it by the pound straight from C&D. A fresh tin yields a black and red crumble cake. It smells of earth and peat and tastes like a fine hand made cigar, earthy, slightly sweet, and red wine like . For whatever reason I moved on to other blends and packed away two tinned one pounders of KK about two years ago. The other day while rearranging my pipes and tobacco jars on my table in the basement, something I do now and again, usually following my wife's quarterly rearrangement of the living room furniture, I decided to crack open one of the two year old pounders of KK and drop it in a mason jar. OH---MY---GOD!! WAVES OF FINE AGED VIRGINIA AROMA HIT ME LIKE A TON OF BRICKS. LOOKING IN THE TIN I FOUND JET BLACK CHUNKS OF TOBACCO SO BLACK IN FACT YOU CAN SEE SHADES OF A SHINY BLUE TINGE LIKE ON THE BACK OF A BLACK PANTHER. NATURALLY I REACHED FOR ONE OF MY TRUSTY BRIARS AND A POCKET KNIFE. STARTED TO CUT AWAY A PORTION OF THE KAKE TO FIND IT NO LONGER CRUMBLES OFF THE BLOCK, IT ACTUALLY SLICES OFF JUST LIKE A PLUG. RUBBED OUT THE PORTION AND LOADED UP THE PIPE. FELLOW PIPE SMOKERS THIS TOBACCO HAS AGED INTO ONE OF THE BEST SMOKES I HAVE EVER HAD. PURE AGED OLD TIME VIRGINIA/PERIQUED. THE VIRGINIA IS DEEP, VELVETY, CREAMY, NATURALLY SWEET. THE PERIQUE JOINS ITs' SOUL MATE AND ADDS THAT REMARKABLE FRUITY PUNGENT PRESENCE TO THE BLEND. PLEASE, AGE SOME FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND ENJOY THE MAGIC....TRULEY REMARKABLE!!!!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 29, 2014 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
The red Virginias are tangy dark fruit sweet with some earth, wood, bread with small hints of grass, vinegar, spice and tart and tangy citrus. The cavendish offers barely detectable honey and toast. The earthy, woody perique is the basic star here, offering plenty of spice, and a mild amount of dried figs, raisins, dates and plum flavor. The strength is in the middle of medium to strong, while the taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a couple steps past medium. Won't bite, but has a very light harshness if pushed hard. Has a few rough edges. This easily broken apart cake is mildly moist, and needs no dry time. Burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent sweet and savory flavor from top to bottom. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a lingering after taste and pungent room note. This is made for the experienced smoker who wants a nice blast of perique and nicotine. A strong, tasty marriage of components that work well together, though it's not all day smoke, and you probably won't want to smoke it on an empty stomach, or in a big bowl. It may not be a four star mixture for smokers who can't handle the spice content, but if you can, you might not argue such a high rating. The eye is really in the beholder of this blend.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 25, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Not only is this is the best VaPer I've smoked, it's one of the best blends of any genre I've smoked. In my top 5. The components are well married giving the flavor of a tart, spicey wine. There's also a little extra sweetness, earthiness, and depth which I think is coming from the Cavendish. KK has stomped on my old favorite VaPers and kicked them out the door. I don't even want them anymore. I'm just as addicted to this as a junkie is to heroin. Medium in body and flavor. Moist in the tin. Needs a little drying time. Burns very well. I have to sign off now. I need another fix.
Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 08, 2010 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Mine came as a single "brick" or "brownie" of tobacco - I guess the two fused together. At any rate, this is an excellent tasting and burning krumble kake that I ended up fully rubbing out in the tin. The brick was so hard that it was difficult to break off pieces so I just did it all at once to get it over with.

I think Target's review below is better than anything I could write, and I agree with his findings about the excellent flavor of this blend. I found it a bit too strong and nicotine-laden to smoke in my usual magnum sized pipes so I dedicated a smaller (Group 5 size) pipe and it worked much better for me. But dang, this is great tobacco! Tasty from beginning to end. I finished the tin in record time, which I view as a testament to the blend. I loved that a light and pleasant perique flavor was in each puff rather than popping up from time to time. This is a spicy, ballsy, meaty tobacco that has a sweet side to it. It should be on every Vaper lovers short list. It took me awhile to figure it out but it has definitely won me over.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 29, 2007 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
This is a well above average Krumble Kake that rates 4-Stars from me! It has a subtle sweetness, packs some muscle in both the strength and taste departments, breaks up, packs and burns easily, and is a cool rather than hot smoke.

I also appreciated the discreet use of Perique rather than a searing blast of the stuff. I did get the Perique presence to show itself more towards the bottom of the bowl.

A nice touch of that good old Kajun spice (Perique), makes this thoroughly enjoyable!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 11, 2010 Strong None Detected Full Strong
I've been smoking this blend for about a year now and have gone through about 2 lbs of it. I always smoke it in the same two pipes and rotate them regularly. I can get away with 2 pipes because it smokes pretty dry. I only buy the tinned version, not even sure if there is a bulk version. As a side note, I find that the tinned/bulk versions from C&D have a huge quality differential I find unacceptable so I always go for the tinned versions.

Opening the tin you'll find a "brick" of tobacco. Some say it looks like a brownie. To smoke it you'll need to pinch off pieces of it and rub them out. Once rubbed out it is becomes chopped little pieces of tobacco. Right out of the can I've found it to come pretty moist. I usually rub and then let dry for an hour before smoking. Sometimes I find rubbing the tobacco out a big chore, other times I adore doing it. Either way it irritates my hands. I usually use the 3-pack method of packing my pipe with it. Others I've seen have advocated breaking off larger chunks and lighting them but this has never worked for me. A three layer packing with tamping throughout the smoke and a good even light to start have been wonderful.

When initially opening the tin you'll be greeted by a sweet smelling tobacco. It smells almost of berries. It has earthy undertones and spice to it.

Lighting up you find a warm and strong flavor. It is sweetness and earth up front. Very strong tobacco component coming through. Almost smokes like a powerful cigar. The sweetness is pronounced mid puff and on the aftertaste. The finish is not harsh, but it is also not smooth. It is in between. Neither silk, nor burlap, perhaps a denim. Throughout my smoking experiences with this blend I've found that it smokes dry in the bowl however its sweetness lend to not feeling dry in the mouth, rather, it makes my mouth water. I have also noted that I have never had tongue-bite with this blend even when puffing away madly at it. A cool smoke if handled correctly.

The room note is that of wet burning hay. It is strong and others around me don't appreciate it. I try not to smoke this when others are around.

I smoke a lot. I can deal with a lot of nicotine. This stuff brings the thunder if you puff it too quickly. I like to smoke this after meals or when I'm having something with sugar in it like a glass of iced tea.

I give this tobacco 4 stars. It is my go to tobacco. Sweet, earthy, and strong. I like a hearty smoke and this one never fails to disappoint me despite its few draw backs.

I'd recommend this tobacco to anyone looking for a strong tobacco or the pipe smoker chasing the elusive "cigar" experience while smoking a pipe.

I'd recommend people that smoke for the room note or that prefer light and smooth tobaccos to stay away from this. It is a brute.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 08, 2012 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Cards on the table to start. I believe this must be one of the finest Virginia Perique blends the world has ever known. I recommend you buy some.

This is my first Krumble Kake tobacco. I really like this cut. It has all the charm of a plug, without the hassle. You just pinch a bit of the soft block, tear it off and rub it between you fingers to turn it into a rough ribbon, which packs, lights and stays lit without effort.

The taste is an interplay between sweet and spicy, with notes of soil and over ripe fruit. It is quite delicious. The overall strength is on the milder side of Medium but the taste is in the stronger end of the Medium range, which makes it satisfying without wearing you out or becoming overbearing.

I also like the C&D tins. The artwork is fun and these American style tins with the plastic cap seem keep the tobacco moist for much longer, once opened, than the European round/square/rectangular tins.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 16, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I have to admit that when it comes to Vaper flakes and cakes, I am a bit of a Eurosnob as I have struggled to find an American made one that knocks me out. But Kajun Kake has been a game changer for me. I was fortunate enough to have my first tin of KK have some age on it and it really delivered. Upon opening the tin, I didn’t get the usual fig, raison scent that is so common with blends of this type. Instead, the tin scent is more of a sour (not in a bad way) smell which I believe comes from the moderate dose of Perique. The first word that comes to mind with this blend is “depth.” Kajun Kake offers deep, rich flavor. It is sweet reminding me of dark brown sugar or molasses, but the Perique evens it out and the beautiful somewhat complex flavors. KK has quite a bit of body for a VaPer too, more so than many of my other favorites. Along with some body, comes some strength, but, at least for my taste, it is far from overpowering and not as strong as the above mentioned DNR. I think I have just found my favorite C&D blend!
Age When Smoked: sevaral years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 15, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Finally got my hands on a tin of the famous Kajun Kake. Ordered it online and the next day found myself popping the top. First crumble cake blend. It was a nice tight blended block of dark aged delicious smelling bacca. Underneath the still formed cake were several bowls of loose tobacco so I loaded my best smoker, a hand made Luciano Dublin bowl with some of the loose leaf.

Red cake Va and Perique what's not to love? Smooth at first but at middle ways the Perique took over and the pepper kick started to overtake the bowl. It got stronger, and stronger, and stronger. Strongest Perique blend I've smoked to date. It got so strong I thought I just ate a pepper. My nose started to run. No joke. With the Red Va and Perique you can expect a strong nick punch which it has and will send you whistling down the Bayou. I really like this blend, it lives up to the billing. Should be a VaPer's smokers dream. Add to the fact it will only get better with age… if it last that long. Highly Recommended! Im giving it 3 and three qtr stars and a snot bubble.
Pipe Used: Luciano Dublin
PurchasedFrom: Jr Cigars.
Age When Smoked: Feb 2014
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 11, 2013 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
C&D has always attracted me to them through their tin art. Being fairly new to pipes(25+ year cigarette vet) Kajun sounded like an interesting blend. The tin art is always cool and opening the tin exposed a beautiful cake that smelled like an earthy dark chocolate to me. It pinched off easily and rubbed out perfectly for me, no drying time needed. T the first light produced tons of smoke and the tin notes were faintly present in the smoke. I enjoyed it up to the point the Perique kicked in. Like I said, I'm new to pipes. The pepper of the Perique gave me fits as I strangled at the spiciness while trying to maintain my composure and not look completely uncool. It wasn't long before it settled down from the spiciness and back to the earthy cocoa qualities I had previously enjoyed. With a little more experience, Kajun Kake may be great but for now it's just okay. A more seasoned pipe smoker would probably enjoy this a lot so I won't say it's bad until I get further into the hobby and can form a more knowledgeable opinion of it.

UPDATE: C&D should rename this Kajun Krack. I can't get off of it.
Pipe Used: MM Country Gent
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