This is C&D's high grade burley from the Kentucky fields. Naturally smooth, cool smoking and featuring a pleasant room note, White burley can make for a great smoke on its own as well as act as a fine base for your own mixture experimentation.

Notes: Blending tobacco.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ProductionCurrently available
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DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (225)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: Most will want to blend this tobacco, which has a flavor of sweet roasted nuts and grain but some greenness that most will prefer to balance by spicier ingredients.

Although C&D "White Burley" is sold primarily for blending, smoking this tobacco on its own reveals some of the secrets of Burley. The bowl begins with a slight bitter undertone in a thin grainy taste, but then blooms into a medium-sweet flavor like roasted almonds or fresh honey bread toast and increases strength as the smoke goes on. Throughout the bowl, a faint "green" flavor like lightly-cured vegetative products often have is present, and in addition to the nicotine, something else exists in this blend which manifests itself as a dense feeling in the chest and gut. While it is of medium strength, it is not mild. Imagine stoving this and adding cocoa and small amounts of wintergreen flavor and you have Prince Albert; it is also reminiscent of the many times it appears in other blends as part of the supporting cast. When mixed with another tobacco, it takes on the flavor of the stronger ingredient but then adds its own harmony in the form of a warm, broad and full flavor that picks up and harmonizes the flavor of the other leaf.

Probably few will want to smoke this on a daily basis but it is a better leaf than most estimate, and would not be a terrible all-day smoke. If you mix this 1:4 with dark Burley, that forms an excellent base for whatever condimental tobaccos you wish to add, probably on a 1:3 ratio of condiments to base. That mixture with Tabac Manil "La Brumeuse" Semois as a condiment has proven to be a favorite around here of medium-strong strength, moderate sweetness and a lasting flavor with internal depth of variation.

10 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2978)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

If you smoke this straight, you'll find it rather bitter and harsh with no sweetness, with a woody, earthy flavor. It's also a little nutty with a mild hint of cedar. On its own, the negative aspects may not work for the average smoker. As a mixer -which it is designed to be -it can be used to good effect, as many blends with white burley can attest. That's the real reason to buy this. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is almost medium. Burns clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent flavor that translates to the long lingering after taste and potent room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. I give it two and half stars as a mixer. As for smoking it straight, one star is plenty.


10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was gifted several ounces of this. It came very dry, and I have been packing it somewhat firmly and breathing through the bowl - John Patton style - to hydrate it a little. The tobacco is a light tan. It is mostly a chopped medium-wide ribbon with a few irregular bits and fish flake. Pouch note is slightly earthy.

I have been smoking this straight. It is a medium-mild in terms of strength, and it is slightly sweet and woody with some sour and a little bitter if puffed. It may be the power of suggestion from having read other reviews, but I did get a cedar note or two. It is somewhat light in terms of mouth feel with none of the earthiness or mellow fullness you expect in a burley. I found it to be a pleasant but not very exciting smoke.

Flavor was fairly consistent, and it burned well. Keeping it on the edge of the sour and bitter gave a good flavor and smoking experience.

This was good but not great. It is a 2.5 on the recommendation scale. I could smoke it all the time if it was what I had. I am not likely to buy more, but I have no regrets, and it will not be a chore to smoke it up.

8 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

Harsh, bitter, and lacking flavor. If you can dry something beyond the state of being dry this is it. Wonder how many years this has sat in the bin it came from? Turnover can't be very high. Longer than my old dog has been alive would be my guess.

Mild in body unless you count the harshness. Mild in flavor unless you count the bitterness. A genuine inferno in the bowl.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh??? bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - White Burley.

Some 'blending' tobaccos make an enjoyable smoke on there own. Others don't. This is one that needs to be used as intended!

As you can identify from the picture here, it's a well rubbed, medium brown, un-twiggy, ribbon. Unfortunately mine was dry.

Smoked straight, it gives a harsh, unsweet, slightly, bitter, flavour. Sure, as with most Burleys, there's a rugged, nutty, characteristic, but this is indolent in comparison to the caustic leading attribute. In all fairness, the initial few minutes have a 'truer' Burley flavour, but this dissipates quickly. It burns too warm and too quick; so, don't smoke it on its own.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not pleasant.

White Burley? Hmmmm, not good. But, as it's designed to mix it gets a 'benefit of the doubt' result. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (213)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

White Burley offers a little jar note that is earthy but not much else really comes forward. The taste is very woody, slightly nutty and earthy and over the top bitter. Puffing will make it harsh but even when hot it did not bite all that much. I too note a hint of cedar which seems odd but is there. Straight I had to use a smaller bowl as the bitterness was simply too much but it was not really intended for straight smoking. Blending makes it smoother and it does add a little woodsy nuttiness to VA's. The strength overall is at the upper end of mild to med as is the nic. Not enough there to satisfy in a smaller bowl but noticeable. There is just not enough going on to add to another order and as a blender while fine overall, it is not strong enough to punch up a lighter blend. No need to repeat for me personally.

Age When Smoked: 4 months

1 person found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Almost shag cut, can even be rolled into cigarette. Light brownish colored. Unsmoked it has a delicate cigar note. Of course it is meant for blending but it can be smoked on its own as well. Pure unadulterated burley of the highest quality. Maybe only towards the end it becomes a little bitter but otherwise its pure tobacco in a cigaretty style and I do not mean it in a derogatory way. Strength and nicotine are just about medium and room note cigaretty but pure. As a blender it is such a fun to experiment and it’s really good with just Orientals. I like it a lot and though there’s no blender craftsmanship here, it’s top quality tobacco and I’ll give it four stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (202)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I am not entirely sure, but I think this might as well be the kind of burley C&D could be using to blend Shandygaff. It has a mellow and somewhat salty profile that gives it away. It is very similar to Dark Burley, but mellower and, perhaps, creamier than the aforementioned. It will evolve darker and darker the more you progress with your smoke, but not to a point where it might turn harsh or rough on the tongue. As you progress into your mid-bowl, it will develop a very nutty and earthy profile that will dissipate giving way to a darker profile as you move into the last quarter of your bowl. So far I have been using it to blend red virginia leaf and oriental, and it seems to work quite well with those profiles. Very good blending component, highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Bought this for blending. Found it to be very low quality. Burns nicely, but tastes sour and flat -- like dirty gym socks.

Put some in the oven on 200 degrees for about three hours, which turned it dark brown and improved things tremendously.

There must be better burleys out there. Don't waste your money.

1 person found this review helpful.

colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (42)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Burley. I love C&D, but this tastes like smoking a brown paper bag. Very poor quality low grade burley. A real disapointment and IMHO a total waste of money. I bought 2 lbs of it and a threw away 1.85 lbs of it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable

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.

Definitely the blending base of the lot. This tobacco is very bland and seems to have strength primarily in burning characteristic - very cool and no bite. Just a slight almost cedar like flavor and aroma.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipefitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipefitter (45)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is a quality burley that mixes well with Virginia, especially C&D Virginia flake which just happens to be my favorite Va. Unless you really like straight burley I wouldn’t recommend smoking this on it’s own , but as a mixer this is a 3

Purchased From: City Tobacco in New London Ct

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Overwhelming

I bought a pound of White Burley in the bulk bag to have as a blending agent and decided to try some straight from the bag.

The moisture was perfect in my bag. I packed most of it into jars for storage but left out some to try "straight". The bag-note was earthy. The ribbon cut packs great and is easy to get lit and going.

If you don't rush the smoke, it burns reasonably cool. The main flavor I get is a nuttiness. It helps explain where this comes from in so many CD blends. The last 1/3 of the bowl can get sort of sour. It burns down to a nice grey ash. Room note is cigarette. Nic level is medium.

This isn't a blend that I'd want to smoke straight, but sampling it helps to understand what it can bring to blends.

Pipe Used: Small anse and radiator

Age When Smoked: 4 months from blending

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (206)
Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

I bought this to try to get what white burley brings to a burley blend .What I have discovered smoking this by itself is that white burley has almost no flavor . A slight nuttiness and I don’t get any cocoa at all . I bought it to blend though and obviously that’s what is is for . I guess it softens dark burley spice down . Burleys definitely need Virginias to bring out the flavor and nuttiness.

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