Cornell & Diehl Burley Flake #2

A blend of Dark and White Burleys with red Virginia for a touch of sweetness.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Cornell & Diehl
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 2oz Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.19 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 02, 2010 Medium None Detected Very Mild Tolerable
I decided to let Burley Flake #2 serve as my introduction to the quartet of flakes that now form this little C&D collection. On paper, it appears to have the least condimental leaf, so it seemed to be a good place to get a sense of the base Burleys in these Burley Flakes. Luckily (or not…we'll see) I already own tins of the others, because if I'd based future purchasing on my experience with #2, I doubt I'd ever get around to adding them to the tobacco shelf.

The flakes are familiarly C&D—that is, fairly thick in the slicing and more loosely pressed than most other flakes. Tin aroma is slightly grassy with a mild, chutney-like sweet-and-sour quality. Moisture levels were well-nigh perfect and I decided to rub out the flakes on most occasions.

Truth is, nothing I did seem to make any difference with this flake. Rubbed out, folded and stuffed, rolled into a plug, fresh from the tin, dried, aged for six months…Burley Flake #2 remained irredeemably dull. On the palate, the smoke remained a little bitter and a little astringent. The smoking qualities were fine—dry, biteless, pleasingly smoky—but the flavors are painfully muted. I confess that I consigned the last half dozen bowls of the tin to rolling papers, and it seemed to fare much better there. Burley Flake #2 now occupies the top of my list in the cigarette-ish pipe tobacco category.

It's entirely possible that my expectations were too high for this flake from the start. I'm a huge fan of numerous C&D blends and C&D Burleys in particular—Epiphany and Old Joe Krantz, for example, are favorites. I suppose that in those tobaccos the condimental leaf rounds out the Burley base in ways that are more appealing to me than does the red Virginia in this flake.

It's also true that in the back of my mind, I may have been looking for a local competitor to my all-time favorite Burley, Solani's Aged Burley Flake. If so, Burley Flake #2 falls way short of the Solani standard. Where the Solani product benefits from the aromatic hangover of standard Burley casings such as cocoa and coffee, Burley Flake #2 seems pale and thin tasting because of their apparent absence. Some will no doubt prefer #2 because of this. But I'm afraid that I'm not one of them. I prefer more richness, depth, fatness, oomph...whatever you want to call it.

I'm still looking forward to hearing the rest of the quartet, but I can't say that Burley Flake #2 has lit a fire under my easy chair and inspired me to pop them open any time soon.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 01, 2021 Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I have a feeling this was not the best in the series to start out with.. I found this to be an extremely challenging and yet very simple smoke.. My taste buds felt like they were waiting for something to happen.. A rich robust first couple puffs that hint that it is going somewhere just kind of fizzle into a flat flavor that stays pretty much the same down the bowl.. I don't get even a whisper of sweetness.. just a sharpness with a little vague nuttiness and earth and a slight motor oil like underlying belly.. The strength is impressive.. in that regard it satisfied.. Occasionally I did get something out of it that I liked.. fleeting cocoa traces.. I may be missing something here.. im not an authority on burley.. Maybe this is for the burley purist.. It just didn't resolve to any of my preferred flavor notes and kind of seemed hollow if not just bland.. If I get too much into the mechanics I think I would have some bias as the leaf seems to fundamentally disagree with my ph or something.. I don't normally experience tongue bite.. this one was painful for me and even at the slowest of cadences after being dried to a crisp.. but I don't think it is tongue bite necessarily.. possibly some kind of natural reaction to the leaf.. Resting the tin for a month helped a little bit but not much.. I will give this 2 stars instead of 1 because I really think there is quality here and a certain purity.. Personally, I'm almost ashamed to say it, but maybe a slightly more processed burley would agree with me more.. I am a fan of wessex and solani burley flakes.. I will definitely try others in the series to see if it is just this one.. I know I'm not the only one to have a little difficulty with this particular blend based on some reviews.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 10, 2011 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a nicely prepared flake, thicker that many but moist and softly pressed to remain pliable enough to permit my packing without rubout. The tin aroma is less than inviting but the smoke is really what counts. It that respect, a cool, dry smoke without any hint of bite resulted but I missed any sweetness from the VA in all sized bowls. Since I normally smoke VA and VaPer flakes, perhaps it's not a fair comparison but even among the Burley flake offerings, I'd prefer Solani's BF. However, if you enjoy burleys, this is certainly worth a try.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 10, 2010 Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Extra Strong
This is a great burley blend, but it's just not my cup of tea. A little more Virginias for some more sweetness would improve BF #2 for me, as it is too bitter for my taste. It's also way too strong, I like burleys on the mild side.

If you need the nicotine kick and don't mind somewhat bitter tobaccos, this might be for you.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 16, 2010 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable
I'm predominantly a Burley fan, but this one left me wanting something more. Straight from the can, a bit hard to keep lit, but after a week or so, it lights up quite easily. Has a bitter taste towards the end of the bowl. Don't think I would buy this one again...
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