Cornell & Diehl Captain Bob's Blend

Captain Bob's Blend. Named and developed for friend and customer Capt. Bob Coffey. A blend of Virginias and burleys with just a dash of Latakia and perique and finished with a refreshing flavor.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Tarler/Coffey
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Caramel, Fruit / Citrus, Maple, Orange, Other / Misc, Vanilla, Walnut
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.96 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 10, 2019 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
Last week I received several ounces of CBB in bulk and was eager to give it a try, given what I had seen from the reviews below. I thought, why not try something a little different.

The appearance definitely has the character of say a 20% latakia English, although the dark seas are from not only Latakia (broad cut) but also the Cavendish and Perique leaf combined. There are burley ribbons and either bright VA ribbon or possibly orientals (can’t quite tell and descriptions vary as to whether orientals are featured), but I can confirm there are definitely VA broken flakes, at least in the sample I have received. Overall a rough and chunky cut here, but so far easy to pack and no real issues. While others have referenced a strong grape note from the bag, my experience is a bit different because overall the moisture was a little on the dry side upon receipt, which tempered things considerably. I am convinced that this may be a good thing. The note does have the unmistakeable grape soda, but it is significantly softened by the vanilla and of course by the slightly dry moisture level, so in my case it was not in-your-face.

The same is true upon true light - again, because it was on the dry side, it lit wonderfully straight away. I could immediately detect the grape flavor done lightly, but I was also getting a bit of latakia flavor in what seemed to be a core of C&D burley. Occasional sweet notes of the VA, but more nutty burley. Nothing at all disconcerting, I found myself intrigued to explore the grape as a point of interest. In the end, I decided it was closest to a grape lollipop – like a grape Charms blow-pop, if anyone has ever had that as a kid (thanks to the lady at the bank drive-thru in the early 1980's in my home town, I had manyP-) Surprisingly nice! I was getting a pleasing melange as the bowl developed. At mid-bowl, the perique could be detected which gave the bowl a bit of a red wine flavor. Medium N, and of course the bowl grew in strength towards the bottom. For the next 10 or so smokes of my order, I will be dedicating it to this older rainy day Savinelli, given someone below warned about the potential to ghost. I can’t yet comment on whether I have found the same but I think the risk is worth the experience of the blend.

What I find particularly pleasing is the novel note, but this blend still exhibits all of the components we have grown to love in an English. I have been smoking it on the 15 block walk from the train to my office building each morning. Air quality in New York City is temporarily improved from one smokestack - pleasing emissions from periodic wafts escaping my coveted Italian briar chimney… A nice change of pace and would like to try the same from the tin for slightly more intensity in contrast to the bulk order I received.
Pipe Used: savinelli
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk purchase
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 22, 2009 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
Thank you for taking the time to post your reviews of CBB. Craig Tarler (C&D) and I experimented over a period of three years to create the blend that I always wanted but could never find.

The result is a light English aromatic with unique character, taste and aroma. I used a very small amount of Latakia in this blend. Kind of like I use pepper on eggs. Just enough to know that it's there.

I am truly honored that Cornell & Diehl offers "Captain Bob's Blend" as one of their World-Renowned tobacco blends.

Enjoy a variety of tobacco blends. You will be rewarded and not tire out your taste buds!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 08, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I'm confused. The smell I get from the tin is of a Grape Nehi, not even so much as a hint of tobacco. My college roommate, upon smelling it, described it with a confused look on his face. "What the hell? That smells like grape cough syrup!". Initially that smell set off all sorts of warning bells in my head, telling me to stop before I even got to the smoke. Then I smoked it.

That is where my confusion comes from. The flavor of the tobacco is so different that if there were no grape smell I might assume I was smoking a lovely English blend. Very sweet Virginia dominant English but there is definitely some savory stuff coming from the Latakia and Perique. The grape soda smell is all that the room note consists of and only ever lets itself be known in the first few minutes of smoking and very rarely from then on. Cornell & Diehl has done very well in this blend, or at least for me they have.

I can totally understand why this would put some people off. The flavors and smells are so disparate that purists could write it off completely. I like it, and will be buying more when the tin is emptied.

Side note: Would be aptly called "The Indecisive Englishman".
Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Legend
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
An everything but the kitchen sink blend. Actually, I think they threw in the kitchen sink too. Just look at that list of ingredients and imagine what it must taste like. I couldn't so I ordered some.

It's quite good. The underlying blend is very, very tasty. A good quality English. Most of the added flavors are too weak for me to pick up on though. I get the grape and the vanilla which combine to create a delicious creamy grape flavor. I never thought I'd smoke a grape flavored English, but here I am. I also would never have thought that this combo would work, but it does. It's a pleasant, enjoyable smoke. A solid 3.
Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 14, 2020 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant
The Virginias provide some tart and tangy citrus, plenty of grass and hay, light tangy dark fruit, earth, floralnessm and wood as the lead components. The nutty, woody, earthy, lightly molasses sweet burleys are supporting players. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, floral, sweet Cyprian Latakia is not quite a condiment. The spicy, raisiny, plumy, earthy perique is barely noticeable. The tart and tangy, mildly sour grape topping sublimates the tobaccos and the other additives to a medium extent. I notice the very light caramel, vanilla, orange, and maple far in the background. The walnut is a tad more obvious than they are. I’m not certain what topping relays a light floral essence, but it’s there. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is medium. The nic-hit is a slot behind the strength level. Won’t bite, but fast puffing may result in a harsh note or two. Has a few small rough edges. Burns a tad warm with a very consistent, complex, sweet, lightly floral and mildly sour, savory flavor that translates to the lingering after taste, and pleasant room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Not really an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 21, 2015 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant
Somebody sure dumped a lot of different aromatic flavors in this one. A little bit on the overpowering side as far as an aromatic smoke goes, but with the base being misted rather than dunked, I did get a good, solid tobacco taste with Captain Bob along with the flavorings. Not really to my personal liking overall, and would have to demote Bob to a Corporal for coming up with this one.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2009 Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant
Cap, I just tried this blend of yours and I have to say, it is the most interesting blend I have ever tried in 39 years. It smelled like grape Koolaide when I opened it and at first this really concerned me. I like some aromatics but I have never smelled grape scented tobacco like this. So, I loaded up my pipe to see what I was in for. The room note literally bloomed grape around me, not unpleasant but seemed so strange. I could taste more than grape though, I picked up other fruit flavors as well and as it burned down, I could pick up some of the tobacco tastes. I found that after smoking a whole bowl, it has to be the most gentle aromatic, and the flavor stayed with it all the way down. It was also the driest aromatic I've ever smoked, not a bit of gunk in my pipe and burned to a dark grey ash as the dottle, not a bit unburned. I found myself wanting to smoke another bowl very soon and as I am trying it I am finding I am enjoying this blend very much. My pipe does smell like grape Koolaide but what the heck, one bowl of Five Brothers burned that right out.

I have to recommend trying this blend! It is like none other you will try.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 01, 2016 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Has a grape/grape soda smell and aroma. Nothing terribly extraordinary. I ordered this because of curiosity from all the reviews I've read. I actually really enjoyed this. It's exactly as it's described, nothing fancy to it, and like others have said, either you like it or you don't. If you're very picky, move on, if you're looking for something new and interesting to try, go for it.

the smell from the tobacco does permeate so I suggest storing it in a jar, even though it is an enjoyable smell. And to also use it with a cob or pipe you don't mind if there's ghosting.

Like I said, either you like it or you don't. I enjoyed it because I like grape soda which is what you'll get with this. It's a blend all its own.
Pipe Used: cob
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 24, 2015 Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Wonderful, Bizarre, Unique, Flavorful, nothing and I mean nothing quite like this blend.

Yes, you'll either Love it or Hate it. This Aromatic English Hybrid is predominately Grape Flavored. There is a bunch of other flavors too that make an appearance during a smoke. I taste caramel, Walnut, vanilla and citrus.

Weird huh? But throughout the smoke there is a tasty English that just does it right for me.

Can't say this every day smoke - but I Love to have a bowl now and then.

The tobacco will ghost your pipe but burns off after a pipe or two.

If you want to try something unique - then give it a whirl. I am glad I did.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog Lumberjack
PurchasedFrom: C&D
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 01, 2017 Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant
This blend is in my personal list of the few English Aromatics excellently crafted and conceived, truly for coinosseurs and adventurers. The advertising is correct so you should not claim misleading afterall. This is an English AROMATIC, caps rightfully included. I bought it because intuition told me that if Cornell & Diehl made it a product it must be good or at least something interesting. It is both. Besides, according to my taste this has all the characteristics necessary to fulfull a great English aromatic.

Now when we deal with this kind of aromatic you will prefer to reserve a pipe for it, use a corncob or a Meerschaum as this blend will easily ghost your pipe, it has a potent aroma and will spice anything else you add into it. With that in mind, let´s proceed.

This is a vanguard blend in which all the ingredients used are expected but the rule for aromatization is not, it is rather radical and to some degree extreme. The aroma of grape cola, sweet orange peel and citrics is rather evident, so this sends this aromatic into the league of the Heavy ones, rather ubiquitous taste with varying degrees of intensity with a partial smokiness from the latakia and other half of burley dryness-nutyness. Not sweet but rather sour-sweet and astringent on the palate, i think this balance is what made it really interesting for me. Virginias add the sour-sweet touch, burley and latakia add the balance and the pinch of perique push just a tad of intensity.

Now it is for granted that the grape-cola with citrics will not be for everyone, some people will find it overhelming, but as i said before, this is an AROMATIC, full time. An exotic English Aromatic in the quality or similar league of Sillem's Black, a masterful made blend only for coinosseurs and daring people. An English with a sour-sweet character and lots of aromatic confidence.
Pipe Used: Principe Albert
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 01, 2014 Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Whew GRAPE!! I knew what I was getting into when I purchased this tin, I like aromatics, I like the tobacco's used but the grape is very overpowering. I will continue to smoke my tin and see if this is an acquired taste or if me and grape just do not get along. I truly applaud Capt. Bob for blending some fine stuff and C&D for letting him do his thing. This blend has top quality tobacco's present and you can tell the topping is not some chemical kool aid goop. The family absolutely loved the aroma and I hope that I acquire this taste because to be able to smoke a medium English in mixed company would be ideal!
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