Cornell & Diehl Engine 99

(3.45)
This is a full English blend -- a combination of Red Odessa and the unpressed components of Pirate Kake. A full bodied blend with enough latakia to pull ol' #99 up a mountain grade with flavor to spare. Loaded with latakia, perique, Virginias, burleys, and Orientals.
Notes: Engine 99 is a combination of Red Odessa, which is itself the same blend as Odessa but with red Virginia substituted for the cavendish cut burley, and the unpressed components of Pirate Kake.

Details

Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Cornell & Diehl
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available

Profile

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

Average Rating

3.45 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 04, 2016 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Cornell & Diehl - Engine 99.

A low point in my pouch, is one I've had with a few C+D bulk's: twigs. But, that problem can be easily overcome by simply not loading any into my pipe!

I find the smoke gives quite a buttery quality upon first light. Once this has settled down I get some strong cedar from the Latakia. The Oriental/Turkish are still present, but a little bit behind. I don't really get much Perique from #99; there's a delicate fruitiness but nothing particularly sharp or spicy. The rest of the flavour's nutty and rustic; it makes a good platform for the others to work with. Likewise, to the Perique, the Virginia gives me very little. Engine 99 burns consistently enough, but it's too bloody quick; it goes like the clappers!

When I first took a puff of #99 I felt quite impressed, but after about ten minutes the enjoyment lessened somewhat. Towards the end of the bowl I felt bored:

Somewhat recommended.
Pipe Used: Big Ben Bora
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 01, 2015 Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable
Not a bad smoke. But not a great smoke either. Pretty much one dimensional. I find it very much like a hundred other English blends out there now. It is a bulk mixture and priced accordingly. An ok smoke all day tobacco but nothing I would purchase again. Judge for yourself. Peace.
Pipe Used: Bringham bent billiard.
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 16, 2011 Medium None Detected Medium Strong
I just recently purchased this in bulk, so this review is based on a blend that has not had a chance to age. I find this very one dimensional heavy Latakia blend. If you like latakia, as I do, I think you should try this as the price is right. Right now it is spicy and harsh, but I will update after 9 months of cellaring as I feel it will improve. I also tried this back to back against Pirate Kake (3 months age) and PK is much smoother and also allows some of the Orientals to play ( PK is my choice).

Updated 6/11/12 I'm now torn between, Nightcap, and this for my Latakia blast. I'm keeping at 3 stars. I think Odyssey & 3 Oaks Syrian are more complex and have nicer Oriental backgrounds, and Nightcap burns so well? choices , choices.

Updated 8/10/12 I've just tried, Engine 99, back to back with, Pirate Kake, both bulks, and I find PK better . You had better have a liking for Latakia with both of these blends, more so with PK that gives an almost oily taste. E99 is not as sweet and doesn't bring much Oriental, is not as creamy and is very one dimensional. I've decided to give it 2 1/2 stars but I would rather put my money towards PK.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 15, 2014 Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
An American type mixture that for me is in the category of a dime a dozen, nothing really special, mild tasting and not much strength. All the flavors are balanced but very subdued. 2 stars for the quality leaf and price but a waste of time for me nevertheless.

Virginia lover
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2009 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Preface: I have been smoking Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium for near-on 30 years, believing that it has no equal anywhere on earth. But it is gone now, and so I begin a quest for my Holy Grail: A substitute to replace the standard on which all English tobaccos are based:

Engine 99 could 'ave been a contender! But, alas for me, the mixture contains Perique of which I am not a fan. But if you are, everything else here is good. Smoky & rich, good quality, good looking tobacco. If you are following my reviews, like my picks, and like Perique, give 'ol Engine 99 a whirl!

Cornell & Diehl says of Engine 99: "This is a full English blend -- a combination of #968R and #970.

968R "The same blend as #968 with red Virginia substituted for the Cavendish cut burley."

968: "Cavendish cut burley, Turkish, Latakia and Perique."

970: "A smooth, robust blend with LOTS of exceptional Latakia accompanied by Turkish and cavendish cut Burley."

So, if I am following this correctly, Engine 99 is a blend of red Virginia, Turkish, Latakia, Perique, & cavendish cut Burley. Sounds right to me except perhaps the cavendish cut Burley from Pirate's Kake was left out.
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