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
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
Aug 15, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Another reviewer suggested that Poplar Camp is Bayou Morning with Unsweetened Cav added; I agree. This is a high quality slightly rough cut blend; a little preening before packing is helpful. Bag note is chocolate chip cookie dough? Lights and smokes nicely, even when a bit moist. Flavor is earthy and a bit sweet, followed by that wonderful C&D Perique zing. I'm pretty sure that the Perique used here is the dark granulated, rather than the mustardy variety found in Old Joe Krantz, but I may have been fooled by the Cavindish. Room note is surprisingly nice for a non aromatic. Strength is a respectable medium. This is a cool smoking VAPER, and it's a creative one too. Very nice pipe manners and the Cav doesn't leave a mess, but perhaps a bit more dry dottle is all. Goes great with herbal tea, especially Nettle tea with milk and sugar. Yet another great American blend from C&D! Happy smoking. Hope this review is helpful.
Pipe Used: MM Great Dane Egg
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 12, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Rich and delicious Virginias. A moderate, but adequate, amount of Perique. The richness of the Virginias, in my opinion, would allow for a pinch more. Still, a nice balance between the two. The Black Cavendish adds depth and in the second half of the bowl a nice hint of toast. A solid blend. 3+ stars
Pipe Used: MM Freehand, MM General
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 19, 2013 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Rich rather than strong. Full but not overpowering. Very true tobacco that flies under the radar due, I suppose, to its being offered in bulk only. Just a dash of latakia and oriental away from being a great English blend. The cavendish works wonders on the more forward virginia and perique. I am no master but I really enjoy blending at home. This doesn't tempt me at all (well, maybe a dash of
). Great smoke.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 11, 2012 Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
I have recently been rediscovering or finding new blends by C&D that I've really enjoyed. This one is new to me, but what a great blend it is. It's one of those with slight VA sweetness and fine no nonsense tobacco flavors. It's priced right, available, comes at the right moisture level, is easy to pack, behaves in the bowl and leaves you wanting more. To me the Perique isn't forward...just sort of peaks over the others' shoulders now and then. We all have our own 'tastes like' things and to me this isn't like Haddo's or Redwood at all. I do find flavor notes that remind me of Solani's Silver Flake. Unlike some others I don't find it all that strong and having such excellent straight flavors and bahaving so could easily be considered a candidate for 'all day' status. Excellent. My highest recommendation.
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Nov 13, 2010 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Having become a big fan of Va/Pers and being inspired by the long running thread by 'Slow Triathlete' on Smokers Forum, I'm always looking for that hidden gem to introduce into the mix. Two things led me to this blend. First of all I have never had any luck with C&D blends in the past and knew with the esteemed talents of Craig and Patty Tarler that the fault was not with them but with me. Well, persistence does pay off sometimes. Secondly, I'm sure like many of you that I spend way too much time on this site. "Hi, my name is Jack and I am a Addict". "Hi Jack!" Anyway, there haven't been any reviews of this blend in two years and yet they were all very positive with comparisons to 'Haddos Delight'. I've never heard any mention of 'Poplar Camp' on any of the forums. So of course this was all the incentive I needed to take the plunge. JACKPOT!!! I love this blend. For me the taste and aroma reminds me very much of Peterson's 'Irish Flake' and that is a really good thing. Plus you get the added benefit of the Perique that just makes it that much better. Good strength but not overly so, great natural tobacco taste and aroma with no bite. The Perique is certainly front and center the entire smoke but well tempered me thinks by the black cavendish. This is a great Va/Per that merits your considerable attention and well deserves a revival amongst the Va/Per enthusiasts. Oh yeah by the way it goes really good with a glass of 12yr. old 'The Balvenie Double Wood' Single Malt Scotch. NICE!!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 29, 2016 Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
This is a strong VaPer, with a lot of Perique. Half of a small bowl and I'm getting light headed. I've made myself sick on this blend multiple times, but I keep coming back to it because it has such a unique taste. Like almost all C&D tobaccos for me, if I smoke this one quick it can get harsh, but a nice easy draw can be very rewarding. There are some sweet raisin notes to find, but they come and go. Its the nice woody/oaky flavor that keeps me coming back again and again. I get a lot of nice spice on the back of the throat, and a semi sweet oak flavor that is quite full bodied. If you've ever done wood carving or wood working, this blend will bring back those memories. I believe that this blend does best with very little air flow, so I find a chimney works great. I tend to keep one finger over the bowl as well. I've fought and fought with this blend but I think once you learn this one it can be a very unique experience; it is not like other VaPers.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum & Chimney briar
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: 6 months to a year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 29, 2002 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
General Comment for All C&D Blends. So far, all my samples have burned clean and dry. They contain quality ingredients. If purchased fresh from C&D, I find that I must adjust the moisture content, and let them rest for 3-6 months before sampling. They change flavor dramatically in just a few months.

This batch is now one year old, and it has definitely improved with age. In appearance, it is very attractive looking and composed of short cut ribbons (flakes) of Virginia, Cavendish, and Perique with a decent mixture of both dark and light pieces. In taste, it is similar to, a very mild version of Two Friends Redwood, but much more muted and not as tangy. It is not an extremely bright, perky, peppery, lemony, Virginia. It is deeper and more mellow and more complex in flavor. However, it is brighter and more flavorful than another favorite of mine, Patriot Flake. Noticeable is the taste of the base Virginias with the Perique popping in and out and with the Cavendish adding a meaty component. The flavors of the different ingredients come forward with enough frequency to keep it from being boring or singular in taste. As with other C&D blends, it gathers strength near the end. Its nicotine content is above average, and it has the C&D zing if blown out through the nose. It burns clean and leaves a whitish-gray ash with no dottle. The pipe stays dry. Pipe cleaners are not required during the smoke. I really enjoy the meaty component that I find in most C&D blends. For me, there is absolutely no bite compared to what I experience with other well known Virginia blends. It is a happy and fun mixture, and could easily be an all day smoke for some. Over time, it has become very friendly and enjoyable to me. It is reasonably priced and easy to puff. I plan to always have some around. If you are having trouble with biting Virginias, give this one a try.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 14, 2018 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Tin presentation is nice. Good looking ribbons, and some chunkier bits. Assorted gold and browns. Tin note is natural with a strong whiff of perique and a bit of tang from the va. Moisture level is perfect.

Packs well and lights right up. Didn’t want to go out at first, but on the true light it smoked beautifully. The initial light was all Virginia and then the perique popped up and made itself known. The va is citrus to me, like most va. The perique is more pepper and less fruit. The cav has to be in here for a support position, to kind of smooth out the edges. Delicious flavor to it. A bit of twang, with a kick yet sweet enough to be an all day smoking blend for me. At about a third of the way down the bowl. Darker and more earthy. I would swear there was some burley in this.

Burns well all the way down and I didn’t need a relight. The nic is just shy of strong. Somewhere around the last third of the bowl is when I noticed the nicotine being more than I thought it was.

It reminds me a lot of my daily smoke, Irish oak. It’s different enough to make me interested in the flavor changes. Being a bulk only blend may be why I’d never noticed this one before I heard Jeremy reeves plugging it on Smokingpipes video blog. I going to buy more of this one soon. Good solid va/per in my book, with a bit of something extra.

9/30/22- This has become my daily. Buying it by the lb now.
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 11, 2004 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The charing light brought a slightly bitter taste. I assume this would lessen with age. This is a new sample that I received today. After relighting it settled down and smoke nicely. The flavor was good, if a little bland to me. I did not experience any of the natural sweetness mentioned by other reviewers. However, I did find the flavor to be pleasant. My real problem came later in the bowl. This blend packs a pretty decent nicotine punch. This is the only reason I could not rate it higher. I could not smoke this regularly.

The sample was smoked in a 1965 Dunhill Shell Billiard: my best virginia pipe.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 06, 2022 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable
This isn't bad but doesn't really stand out in any way for me. The virginias are good. A nice balance of brights and reds. I get the spice from the perique but not a lot of perique flavor. I am not a fan of black cavendish so I can pick it out in blends fairly easily and while I do taste it in this blend I actually think it helps. If it was not present I feel like the blend would be a little acrid or ashy tasting. It definitely adds some rounded sweetness which is needed. In the end I am glad I tried it and would not turn it down if offered to me but will not go out of my way to order more.
Pipe Used: various
PurchasedFrom: smoking pipes
Age When Smoked: fresh
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