Cornell & Diehl Pennington Gap

Nutty Kentucky cube cut burley & rich black cavendish balance the unique aroma & flavor of Louisiana perique, finished with bourbon.
Notes: From the tip of Virginia, C&D's Pennington Gap is an all-American blend with a Southern accent: nutty Kentucky cube cut burley and rich black cavendish balance the unique aroma and flavor of Louisiana perique, finished with bourbon for that touch of southern hospitality.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Craig Tarler
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Perique
Flavoring Bourbon
Cut Cube
Packaging 50 grams tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.09 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 19, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Pennington Gap was a real change of pace for me, as I smoke mostly VaPers and straight Virginias. I was surprised, therefore, to discover how much I enjoyed PG.

Upon opening the tin, I was very pleased with the aroma, which reminded me of Raisinettes (one of my favorite dime-store candies). Being a cube cut, it is easy to pack, although it requires a bit of drying out before it lights easily. Once lit, it burns slowly and evenly, requiring no relights, and leaving a light colored ash at the finish with not goopiness. Despite the casing, PG is a very dry smoke with not even a hint of tongue bite.

PG is a very tasty tobacco throughout the smoke. The Perique predominates for the first third of the bowl. After that, the taste is of a rich, nutty burley (as opposed to the grassiness that I often detect in burley blends) and, toward the end of the bowl, the Cavendish takes over. The casing adds a sweet top note throughout the smoke. However, I wouldn't say that the casing tastes like bourbon -- more like honey and licorice.

A most enjoyable smoke and one that I would recommend to any pipe smoker who likes Perique and sweeter blends. Without a doubt, it is one of the best tobaccos I have smoked in the past year or so. At $4.50/ounce, PG is a fairly expensive pipe tobacco but one that is worth every penny IMO.
Pipe Used: Various briars
PurchasedFrom: JR Cigar
Age When Smoked: Recently purchased
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 24, 2012 Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant
A very interesting tobacco, when you pop the tin it's as though you twisted open the bottle of your favorite bourbon. Right out of the tin you can taste the bourbon coming out. The Perique is there but not over powering this has a nice side stream aroma and very pleasant aroma in general. For some reason it does dry my mouth out a little, I'm guessing it's the flavoring however it has a good flavor that stays through the entire bowl. It packs well and smokes dry producing a nice soft gray ash with minimal re-lights. The flavor seems to get richer and sweeter as you get to the mid bowl and beyond. I feel that this is the Burley and Black Cavendish taking over. Overall a very good smoke!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 12, 2017 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I found this tin at the back of a shelf at the local tobacconist where it had been for 4 years and one month. Shelf aged tobaccos are always a good find, so I snatched it up. I wasn't sure if it's aromatic qualities would be a turn off for me, but I bought it anyway. Upon opening the tin, the aroma was pungent and alluring. This cube cut blend was lightly topped and was anything but cloying. The Perique was evident and it just smelled inviting. It packs easy and the flavor was that of tobacco with just a hint of whiskey. I don't know if the smoothness can be attributed to age, but this blend was really smooth. It burned cool and was a genuine pleasure to smoke. No goopiness, just a combination of quality tobaccos that really came together well. I can confidently say that I'll purchase it again.
Pipe Used: Tinsky
PurchasedFrom: Just For Him
Age When Smoked: 4 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 01, 2005 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Opening the tin I expected to smell that usual "whisky" flavor standing way above the rest.I did not. What I smelled was IMO,smelled like....(don't laugh)...Banana Pudding. I just happen to love Banana pudding though,so thats a good thing. I pulled the paper cover off the tin(which was before the blessed 8oz tin), and had a peek at the weed. RICH DEEP BURLEY CUBED THE BEST I EVER DID SAY I SAID, and PERIQUE,lawdy mercy,that good ol tobacco from down the road,so good and so right. Beautiful chunks with BLACK CAVENDISH mixed in. This is one of the most premium tobaccos of the whole damn wide world. It packed well and surprized me when it lit so well and stayed that way. The taste is again one of those lucious burley nutty warm/cool smokes. The bourbon is just right and plays softly in the background,disapearing and high-lighting the wonderful rich leaf. The Louisanna leaf has that stewed fruit taste,and it all goes together so well. True tobacco taste. An excellent tobacco blend from an excellent tobacco blender,Brother Craig Tarler. A+++++

update; Hey listen up here,you ever been to the fair? You know how ever thing cooking smells so nice and you wanna eat everything but the wife says you gonna get so damn fat and you eat it anyway? Well,thats how this tobacco is,it tastes like a dedgum carnival! TRAVEL east down to the carnival and taste this delicious tobacco.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 08, 2008 Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
This blend was a nice change of pace for me. It burned well with very little drying out, the flavor of tobacco and the backdrop of bourbon consistently called me back for another bowl, and the aroma was very pleasant. I tend to drink ale or bourbon with my smokes, so this worked well. Also matches well with a dark coffee. I liked it slightly above Barbary Coast, but not by much.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 19, 2005 Medium Mild Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable
what a lovely piece of work craig tarler has done on this one! the bourbon topdressing can definitely be detected in the pouch aroma, with some minor fruit overtones in the background. the blend is mostly dark brown and black in coloration, with both cube cut burley and black cavendish in abundance. the real treat begins when match is touched to weed. the first flavor is a sweetness similar to a fine red Virginia, even though none is listed in the ingredients. apparently it's the bourbon working with the burley to create a different and delicious treat for the taste buds. perique is also listed, although i really don't seem to be able to detect it. maybe it's also working its' magic in concert with the bourbon. like any burley, the real key to enjoyment is to smoke slowly at moments of relaxation and contemplation. i wouldn't pick this as a tobacco to puff while mowing the yard; it would be too easy to rush the burn and ruin the experience. i'm a big fan of smoking burley blends in cob pipes. as i write this, some morley's best (another great C&D tobac) is tickling my tastebuds in a medium sized cob. speaking of which, sometimes i think we in the pipe community can get a bit too hung up on high grade pipes and expensive tinned blends. i've had many a good smoke with cobs and prince albert or half and half. sorry to get off the subject a bit; back to Pennington Gap. this is an EXCELLENT blend with a good room note. if you are any kind of burley fan, you MUST try it. will i be buying more tins? probably not; craig has been courteous enough to make it (and his other tinned blends) available in bulk. if i make it to the KC pipe show, at least one bag will be coming home with me, to be squirreled away in the cellar. can't wait to see what this one is like with some aging! bravo, craig!!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 27, 2004 Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
I tried Penningtoan Gap gap based on the review and recommendation of a friend (here and on a message board). He was right on the money.

When I first opened the tin and took a big whif I thought "Am I supposed to put this in a glass with ice, or in my pipe?" The bourbon smell was really strong. I wondered if I would taste anything else in the tobacco. I needn't have worried. It's a nice looking blend too. Mostly darker browns with some light brown and a bit of black. Felt a bit damp, but that proved to be no problem.

The cube cut made this an easy load. Just gravity feed it in, using the tamper once a while to even it out across the bowl.

The charring light tasted like a sip of bourbon. On the re-light, things got going well. I expected the bourbon flavor to disappear pretty fast, but it didn't. I suspect the topping combined with the Perique to keep a nice toned-down bourbon flavor going to the mid-bowl point.

After mid-bowl the bourbon flavor faded and the Perique came out a bit more. Then the burley started to show up with a slightly nutty flavor. It combined well with the Perique. There was a bit of an underlying sweetness that made an interesting combination with the burley. Must be the Black Cavendish.

Toward the bottom of the bowl, the Perique became pronounced, but not too strong.

Overall, a good smoke. Left a nice fine ash, and the pipe was nice and dry. Required minimal re-lights.

If you like Barbary Coast, Pennington Gap will be a good choice. Not as complex, but a nice change of pace.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 14, 2021 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Huh. Seems odd that this is only offered in 2 ounce tins (indicative of not being a top seller). After trying a number of new blends this year, I've decided I really like the combination of Burley, Cavendish, and a big whack of Perique. That said, I was still a little hesitant going into this one. I'm always a bit leery of heavily topped blends, I'd never smoked a cube-cut, and the reviews for this are all over the place. I needn't have worried; I think this may become a regular member of my cellar. The tin note is... Odd. The first thought I had was my dad's banana bread pudding, studded with raisins and sweetened with blackstrap molasses (his actual recipe). Ouch, right in the childhood. While a little bit more damp than I would normally smoke, it didn't look to be problematic. I disregarded all the admonishments about how to pack a cube-cut and bulldozed ahead. Took just a little extra fire to start, but behaved well after. The flavor is surprisingly close to the tin note; dessert-like without being cloying. About mid-bowl, the sweeter notes start to recede, leaving you with a nice nutty Burley and some Perique fruit and pepper. Didn't bite me, despite the topping. Burns very slowly, but can get hot if pushed too hard. Room note is a pleasant sweet tobacco note. Seems to smoke best in wider bowls. Another C&D winner, and a new fave for me. Now if only it came in bulk...
Pipe Used: Falcon Pot, St Claude bent Apple
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 05, 2003 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
"What a lovely piece of work Craig Tarler has done on this one!" "Pennington Gap taught me a lesson. Don't judge a blend strictly by its ingredients." "Pennington Gap is just great." "I normally don't care for aromatics, but I have to say this is some nice stuff."

With the above comments as a guide I bought two tins of this blend - I'll be buying my next installment in bulk. My normal Astley's, Dunhill's, Pease's, Gawith's, etc. are still my cherished friends...but bowl after bowl in pipe after pipe I really enjoyed this. The term "fun" has been often used in reviews (Fun? Hmm-m-m-m. We'll see about THAT.) Well, I can only say that I agree wholeheartedly. I sipped, I sidestreamed, I puffed like a steam engine going out of the station. It all worked, though severe puffing brought out the gurgle. I didn't care, pipe cleaners are cheap...I was having FUN! The aroma is OK, the burn is easy and complete, the taste is excellent, the SMOKE is sublime. With a nice satellite photo I'm sure you could pick out my smoke stream from 200 miles up! Clouds of the stuff! What a delight! Layers - no. Subtlety - no. Development - no. Back slapping, knee whacking, by gosh I like this stuff fun - you betcha! Buy it. Enjoy it. You'll be glad you did.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 30, 2003 Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Update: I tend not to smoke many non flake blends, finding they smoke to fast, but this seems great in a smaller bent pipe, as I have recieved bite from prolonged bowl-fulls of this, my small bent cured this & allowed constant waves of the very nice sidestream smoke!

THis one was craned straight to the top of my favourite " other than VA's" -smoke list, this is a premium burley/perique blend with an aromatic bent. Some may think this too heavily topped, but I think the perique & cube cut balance the whole thing out very nicely. The rich woodsy/cherryish/spicy-sweet tin aroma is very appealing to me, both in the tin & bowl. Fairly intense this is , The C & D fellas Don't hold back with the perique! So if your like me & you like the intensity of a perique-heavy blend you will enjoy. Now this & McC's 2015 are my 2 favorite smokes to sit back & sink roots with a bottle of mash with. ( in moderation)
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