Cornell & Diehl Poplar Camp

Almost 20% perique and a dash of unsweetened black cavendish are combined with Yorktown to make a Virginia/perique lover's dream blend. Much like Bayou Morning, be forewarned; the muscular presence of perique makes C&D's Poplar Camp for the stout of heart.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Black Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
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

3.08 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 23, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Kind of a sleeper blend, here. I wasn't expecting much - it didn't knock my socks off, but it turned out to be a nice little smoke, so it far exceeded my expectations.

To me, this smokes as a red Virginia with a bit of perique (enough to make it noticeable, but not enough that I'd smoke it if I was looking for a strong perique blend). The cavendish doesn't seem to add much, but it probably props the body up and keeps things from going flat and/or muddy late in the bowl.

PC is a straightforward blend - easy to smoke, note a biter, stays lit well and burns all the way through. It could be an all-day sort of blend in that regard. I smoked it fresh and have stuck a few ounces away in the cellar - I'm guessing that after a few years the VAs will come out and this could really sing.
Pipe Used: Briars, Cobs, Meers
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 10, 2014 Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable
Good stuff. It has a strength level that I like, which is strong. It has some type of liquor topping (I think). It's tough to describe the flavor. maybe a weaker tasting Haddos? Well, it tastes mild, but has good nic. Would buy it again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 10, 2008 Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is as good as Haddo's. There probably is some casing, but it is not as noticeable. It's bold enough to stand up to Scotch. What a good idea! I need to go try it again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 09, 2007 Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
This tobacco as others have said is similar to haddo's delight. THe difference is that I actually like this one. The Perique is a bit more pronounced and the VA's are sweeter. The obvious reason for this is that the burley is absent from this blend which keeps this blend from being watered down. The unsweetened black Cavendish really keeps this blend cool and allows it to be an all day smoke. I feel this may be the best VAPer blend available today.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 22, 2006 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
Poplar Camp is in a class by itself. It is unlike most other Virgina Perique based mixtures with which I am familiar especially those from McClelland and Rattray. I suspect a good part of the reason for this is the addition of the unsweetened black cavendish.

Poplar Camp does however remind me of Haddo's Delight without the Burley.

Packing is effortless and the tobacco burns easily down to the bottom of the bowl with a rich naturally sweet taste.

While I wouldn't smoke this all day, it is a fine mixture with which to relax at the day's end.

Highly recommended to those who enjoy tobaccos of this type.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 28, 2004 Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
This is very good. I agree with what the other reviewers said in that it does kind of remind me of Redwood, a Two Friends blend collaborated between GL Pease and Craig Tarler. I prefer this over Redwood. I feel that this is the best blend in this genre that I have tried out of the Cornell and Deihl blends. The virginias in this are naturally sweet and have nice depth. There is a nice , subtle complexity in this blend that I very much enjoy. The flavors run from lightly sweet to slightly dark and deep with slight earthy overtones intermingled. The perique is definately detectable and is a very nice addition to this blend. If you smoke this in a dirty pipe or smoke it to quickly you may miss out on the subtle nuances in this blend. As others have mentioned this does have a good punch of nicotine in it though not quite as strong as redwood. (Redwood makes me dizzy!) This is very good for a virginia blend in this genre and I highly recommend it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 13, 2003 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This tobacco packs easily and lights easily. I found that the perique makes its presense known a little more frequently than 3 friars or oriental silk. But I like the way the taste changes as you smoke the pipe. It has a sweet taste that exchanges with a somewhat nutty taste. Which makes it a fun smoke when you have the time to appreciate the flavor dance. One thing that is a must for me is smoke. I like lots of smoke and Poplar Camp has it in spades. Also, I like a smoke that ends dry and clean and doesnt bite my tongue. In these two aspects Poplar Camp excels. The only thing that keeps it from being an all day smoke for me is the nicotene buzz. I dont mind it, but is does get me staring at the walls if you know what I mean. Overall give it a try you wont be disappointed I am sure.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 15, 2023 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Embodying that noted graciousness of native Virginia within its very strands, enters a distinct alternative for a Virginia-Perique, Cornell & Diehl’s Poplar Camp. Honorably so, this blend poses celebrated Virginian tobaccos that have been continually stoved in order to achieve a formidable character of enhanced flavor. Essentially taking their successful Yorktown product as its principal base, master blender Jeremey Reeves enlivens the rousting by adding a charitable portion of singular Acadian Perique and the blessings of soothing Black Cavendish

Poplar Camp presents a developed ensemble of mixed tobaccos favoring the integral dependence of thoughtfully groomed ribbon cut pieces. Evidence of the secondary processing avails with a general casting of distressed, and well-tried goodness. Forming the palette of common tones are traveled yellow tans, rusty copper, soiled beige, burnt red-gold, and a shadowing of solemn knowing blackness. Moreover, the rested moisture level is characteristically drier in occurrence, which manifests in the experience of an admirably comfortable Virginia-centric smoke.

The appreciable fragrance of Poplar Camp’s fully developed character springs forward with an air that renders the cultured impressions of refined tart and gently settled sweetness. Effectively a spiced woodiness popularizes the main thrust of its essence, which is colored by the restiveness of aged grass/hay, controlled pungency, augmented seasons, and a soft docile fruitiness.

With an initial word from Cornell & Diehl, Poplar Camp is touted to be egregiously “muscular” in temperament given that its contents are laden with a twenty percent dosing of fiery Perique. In actuality, what I discovered through a series of focused sessions was, yes, the Acadian moves exceptionally forward as the big note at the incision of the bowl, but it does eventually level out in registerable magnitude.

Ultimately what develops in regard to the standard profile is a nicely balanced confluence of this determined Perique and the all-important Virginian strains within. In summarizing the basic character, this blend is essentially spiced by a mixture of contributing seasoned influences. Furthermore, the tobacco wants to be preferably woody in disposition, while being supported by some refreshing tang and a propensity of subtle sweetness.

My preliminary interest defaults to the subject Virginian leaves however as they primarily constitute the solid base line of Poplar Camp’s distinct persona. On a special note of merit, allow me to state that the quality of developed strains used within the recipe impart quite a palatable character. Chiefly, their principal taste profile divulges substantial evidence of the progressive stoving operations ringing within the tobacco’s advanced flavorsomeness.

What specifically transpires is a tasty envelope of Virginian savor that bundles an assortment of well-harmonized nuances. As it surfaces, the evolving profile concenters itself on an exceptionally spicy, stone fruited wood that carries forward the championing reinforcement of cultured sweet hay. Moreover, the embellishing remarks of plums, orange-like tang, wisps of gentle grass, buttery fermented caramel, and a node of congealing “breadiness” round out the delightful depth of its accomplished character.

And now with respect to the embracing Perique varietal do consider the distinguishing details what follow. Judging from the tone of the strain’s overall remarking, generally I deem that there are true effects of extended aging on the particular leaf deployed here. Mainly, the fundamental tenor is decorated with mature perfection. Additionally, this specimen of Perique is rather unique in behavior in that it comes to the taste sphere with a softened texture and deception of real magnitude. Gradually its influence patterns a widening crescendo on the trailing top layered finish, culminating with a final rush of determined grainy white pepperiness.

Even so, as it normally encounters, this Perique’s primary notation engenders a darker wooded tone that is earmarked with a degree of convincing smokiness, some settled prune-like fruitiness, mild pungency, and an aged musty soured earth. Similarly, it is worth noting that the felt residuals of the Perique leaf linger within the nasal cavity, in effect opening the sinuses, as it resonates with excited vibrance on the total palate for an extended duration.

The presence of the Cavendish is quite inconsequential to the composite flavor as would be expected. Nonetheless, I do manage to catch momentary previews of that basic smokey wooded zest common to the strain. Clearly its principle role is to meld the featured bolder streams circulating with authority and to assist overall in the attainment of textural smoothness. And although I cannot confirm this particular observation, Poplar Camp consistently invokes a gentle common sugar in the closing accents which made me suspect some type of insignificantly applied topping. But that assertion in itself, quite honestly, is pure speculation on my part.

For this general class of tobacco, Poplar Camp’s expenditure bears surprisingly thicker clouds of established dense smoke. Perhaps this speaks more to the contribution of the additive complemental strains than say the Virginian proper. Texturally the quality of this vapor shows an easeful temperance in that it is decisively smooth and mildening in nature. And with that the immediate smoking area is enlivened as a prime aroma of seasoned tangy sweet wood prevails most dominantly. Furthermore, the inviting notes of selective spicy dark fruit, toasted grassy hay, and well-behaved pungency circulate with complemental embellishing effects. All in all, the standing impressions afforded by Poplar Camp could be easily rated as tolerable to genuinely pleasant overall.

Mechanically this tobacco fares exceptionally well with the smoking. Aside from the medium influence of felt nicotine, I find that Poplar Camp has been precisely constructed to promote laudable functional features. Namely when I smoke this blend, I regularly encounter consistency in burn performance and an obliging coolness in temperature. Therefore, by my estimation and actual personal practice, this blend awards the pipe smoker with a memorable rendition of a classic and privileged Virginia-Perique experience.

“All mountain landscapes hold stories, the ones we read, the ones we dream, and the ones we create”, Michael Kennedy. And so my friends, it truly seems.

Objective Scoring: (basis: flavor, standard genre/leaf attributes & mechanicals): 146/170 ? 2.9 WAVG.
Subjective Rating: (factored for likeability & cost): 3.4 Pipes.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 04, 2023 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
I finally got to trying this 2 oz sample that I purchased around 8 years ago. I am pretty sure the description has changed since I consulted TR prior to logging the tobacco in my cellar at that time. Thus, I had logged this in as a Virginia Perique blend containing Stoved Virginias. This is pretty accurate, but I was unaware of the unflavored cavendish, which since this is a C&D blend, I assume to be made from burley.

In any case, I enjoyed this. and the new description might help to explain why as this is apparently Yorktown, with the Cavendish and Perique added to the same. I really enjoyed Yorktown, which is a straight virginia composed of bright and stoved virginia leaf. the perique in poplar camp does not seem too heavy handed to me, but perhaps that is due to the influence of the cavendish, which is otherwise undetectable to my palate.

This is a nice example of sweet, earthy and spicy. I stopped buying tobacco 4years ago because I have too much, but if I were still buying, I would load up on this one.
Pipe Used: BST Billiard
Age When Smoked: 7 yrs 9 mths
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 29, 2021 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Definitely well beyond middle of the pack in a crowded field of VAPer blends!

The stoved and re-stoved Virginia leaf takes the lead. I’ll try to keep this brief and simple. Lemon/orange/bitter orange/bergamot oils. Just a touch of the citrus acidity and virtually none of the sweetness. Bread. Toast. Freshly baked croissants.

It is never rough/ bitey, but does pack some nicotine. In spite of the freshness of my sample, this tasted like a thoroughly matured smooth smoking blend. The long cut Perique is all dried red fruit and stewed stone fruit. There is quite literally a pinch of black cav, a few black flecks in a sea of brown leaf. I can only presume this will age gracefully. 3.5
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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