Back to Old London with Crooked Lane, a rich English blend of Virginias, Latakia, a dose of Oriental, Turkish, a whisper of Perique and a sprinkle of unflavored toasted cavendish.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByMark Stewart with Chris and Craig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 oz. Tin, 8 oz. Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very good medium English. The Virginias and Orientals lead the way along with the spice of the Perique. The Latakia isn't that far back. I don't find it to be lacking at all. It plays the part it was called upon to play. It first provides a light smokiness to the sweet and spicy notes of the aforementioned components. Later it adds a nice creaminess and depth to the mix. The toasted Cavendish seems to play the role of a binder, holding it all together. This reminds me very much of Comoy's Cask #1 Double English, a blend I also rated at four stars. The flavor profiles are almost identical.

Pipe Used: MM General

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Comoy's Cask #1 Double English.

13 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

All in all, a very pleasant and unique "English" blend. Unique in flavor from what one might expect from the ingredient list. I attribute the spicy aspect in this of course to perique but an added nutty tone is in this that I suspect is the "toasted cavendish". I have not tasted anything like it heretofore. The Latakia does not overpower the smoke and the other Oriental(s) are noted but not in the fore as with some other C&D blends. The Virginias are in here but not overly sweet; I like that.

A good blend to introduce an aromatic smoker to this style blend and a good candidate for an everyday blend. I appreciated running a pipe cleaner through the spent pipe and not having it emerge loaded with Latakia gunk.

Pipe Used: Custombilt Bullcap, La Strada bulldog, corncobs

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Based on the short number of reviews, people seem to be really in favor of this blend or not with not much in-between. This rough cut tobacco will put me in the latter group. I found Crooked Lane to be fine from a moisture standpoint. It has a little kick, which I like, but I don’t find this to be strong. I think it is a bit “rough around the edges” like a lot of C&D blends. On the positive side, I like the use of the toasted Cavendish. I know I have said this before, but there are so many English blends for today’s pipe smoker to choose from that it really needs to stand out to get my attention, and Crooked Lane IMO doesn’t do that for me as it is just somewhere in the vast middle. I wouldn’t be put off by my comments as I do think that it is worth a try since many people do favor it; maybe you will be one of them.

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3050)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The very sour, dry, woody, earthy, herbal, vegetative, rather floral, spicy Oriental and Turkish take a little of the lead over the other components. The fairly grassy/hay-like, lightly tart and tangy citrusy Virginias are a supporting player. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty Cyprian Latakia isn’t as sweet as expected, and competes with the Virginias for attention. The raisiny, plumy, spicy perique is a condiment as is the unflavored toasted cavendish. The strength and taste levels just reach the medium level. The nic-hit is a step or so shy of medium. Won’t bite, but has some rough edges. Burns fairly cool, very cool with little sweetness, and a lot of savoriness. The rich, mostly dry, sour flavors are consistent all the way to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a lingering sour, bitter after taste, and leaves the smoker with a dry mouth. Can be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker, but not likely for anyone else.


7 people found this review helpful.

captnmojo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
captnmojo (10)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Probably the best everyday English blend from C&D for me so far. The sweet backbone of Virginias along with the hint of smokey Latakia makes this a great English blend. Also I do get a hint of the Perique which adds a little more bite and earthiness. All in all a good all round smoke. Aswell take note as I do all my tobaccos before packing I did let it dry on parchment paper for an hour or so which in turn helps the bowl to keep lit with a few minor tampings and a tiny flame. The burley in this blend also helps with keeping a good amber

Pipe Used: Savinelli long John

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (50)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow, sometimes I am just taken by surprise. This sample was on the counter at Cigar & Tabac, so I gave it a spin. I had been off medium English blends since Dunhill went all squirrely. I am back. This is a terrific blend for afternoon or evening. The flavor is balanced and complex with just the right amount to keep you happy and interested. I can't wait until autumn to try it with Scotch whisky.

5 people found this review helpful.

plexibass Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
plexibass (5)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Virginia based medium English blend with Latakia, Perique, Turkish and something special...I want to say Toasted Cavendish but .......... I will be ordering POUNDS of this !!!!!!!!!

I was able to sample Crooked Lane a while before it was available to the general public thanks to Mark Stewart, the gentleman who actually created this blend. Mark is also a master pipe crafter. After my 1st bowl, I knew that this was the tobacco that I had been searching for. The flavors are very complex and at different times during the smoke, they sneak up on you. The latakia is VERY SUBTLE and adds almost a steak heartiness to the smoke. After your 1st bowl, you will be a convert. Crooked lane is my mainstay in my cellar.

I dont know what the folks over at C&D do to set themselves so far above the bar with their blends, but I just hope that they keep doing it. I received a generous sample of this from pipe maker & repairer MARK STEWART over at http://www.pipecraft.org. 1st, visually this is a stunning looking tobacco. It looks like it tastes. It smells like it tastes and it tastes like heaven in a bowl! I'll steal this quote from MARK STEWART, but I don't think he will mind: "I have just had the pleasure of smoking 2 of C&D's new "Working Mans Series blends" and cannot overstate how terrific they are. Morning Drive Time is the perfect morning smoke with that initial cup of Coffee or Tea. Lunchtime blues is, without question, a great mid-day pick me up and is the perfect all day smoke. Although I am a great fan of their tobacco, they have really out performed themselves with these 2 blends. Morning Drive for breakfast, Lunchtime Blues for lunch and Crooked Lane for dinner. This is now my daily routine of smoking perfection."


5 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Mild to Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I have been loading my tobacco pouch recently with blends and smoking them for a week, this blend made it three days. This is my attempt to thin out my rotation and lower the amount of open tins or jars.

This weeks blend was crooked lane, I originally jarred this July of 2019, so it has been sitting in the jar for 4 months as of this review.

This blend as others have stated seems to be a mild English, with various other players, however I get mostly Latakia with a touch of the Oriental leaf, this blend is flat, nothing particularly stands out. This blend has varying amounts of different leaves. When I first smelled this blend I thought Virginia oriental as I could smell the sour leaf.

Crooked Lane, is not a bad blend but nothing that it offers says buy me again, or even recommend me, i don’t hate it but I think I will need to revisit this blend in a few months and see if age changes it.

This blend currently sits at 2.8 stars, I will have to give it two out of four as I could see a new smoker enjoying this, but experienced smokers wondering where’s the steak in this blend.

Pipe Used: Comoy Dunbar, corncob

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Crooked Lane.

The ribbons are mostly medium size, with a smattering of chunkier pieces. I see a large majority's brown and lighter brown, with a touch of black thrown in. My blend's a bit too dry, for my liking, but not too dehydrated.

It's a milder English. Don't expect a Lat-bomb. An unequivocal flavour comes from the Orientals, slightly fragrant and quite sour. The Virginias ''brighten'' the flavour, lifting it with a kick of citrus. The Latakia has an inimitable quality. Although smoky/woody, it seems a touch on the ''buttery'' side. I find the toasted Cavendish and Perique are the lighter of the bunch; the Cav' being the lightest. After half a bowl I notice a spiciness that could only be the Perique; it's at halfway the smoke tastes the best, because of this. It was a bit dry, so I'm not surprised it needs hardly any maintenance once lit!

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: nice enough.

Crooked Lane? If it arrived more hydrated it'd get four stars, but loses a star due to this. Great taste though. Three stars:


Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 11/27/19

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

3 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (59)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Tin dated 5/17. Tin note is sweet with some sour, very pleasant. Cut is ribbon and tobacco is dark orange with some black and light leaf sprinkled in. Moisture is almost perfect, but I like dry smokes so I set it out for a bit. After lighting, this bowl burned to the bottom with no relights needed. It starts sweet and mild. I can taste the toasted cavendish, and it’s actually very nice. Mid bowl I’m getting loads of smoke, and flavors build to a medium. Latakia wakes up a bit. The burley-like cavendish notes pop in and out. Perique doesn’t stand out much at all. Burns pretty quickly and easy to keep lit. Conclusion: Definitely a light English, but not a light tasting tobacco, and more VA forward than oriental. The toasted cavendish is the enjoyable surprise. This is my idea of an all day English blend with some originality.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

3 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

For the most part I enjoy most C&D blends. This one however, was a little off for me. I was given this tin in Richmond VA by a fellow pipe smoker that raved over it. I opened it up this morning to have with my coffee and I noticed the cut was very ruff. Not what I expected at all. I rolled it into my pipe and fired it up. It sputtered and died. This was a tobbaco of 1,000 matches. After moving to a lighter I finally got the thing lit. I smoked if for about 30 minutes and then just dumped to the ashtray. In never made the hype in my view. Flavor was mild and nothing and I do mean nothing ever stood out. It was a very flat tobacco. My friend loves it. I don't. I did not think the quality was that good and the extra twigs from the leaf was just distraction.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Gifted

3 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

In the tin; a very strong lemony sour aroma. No woody (Latakia) or spiciness one would expect from an English blend.

Taste had a hint of sweetness on first light. Not much smokiness from the Latakia (or typical English Blend) as you would’ve expected from a typical English blend. Rather a light English blend. Too much Virginia to my liking as I get a bit of tongue bite from Crooked Lane

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Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (321)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I've got to go against the crowd, I find this bland and strong. It just doesn't bring what I think as flavor, "stoogie".

Updated 11/14/2013 - After a week, I decided to retry this blend and return to this site to see my initial review. I was surprised to find the above comments by "King Weed 11/12/2013" basically agreeing with my very short and non-descriptive review. I have to agree with "King Weed ' in that the cut of this blend is very strange with pieces the size of "corn flakes" mixed in among rubbed flakes. However, my tin did not require drying, which leads me to believe there maybe some inconsistencies. I don't feel this is as strong in "N' as I initially reviewed, I think I was just puffing so hard to get some taste I was growing lightheaded.

3 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well Mr. Big, I'm with you on this one. This tobacco blend was a disappointment for me and it started right away with the opening of the tin. Ribbon cut? I don't think so. I was taken aback at the roughness of the cut of the tin I opened: yes, some ribbon content, but long coarse strands that needed to be pulled apart and very large chunks that unrolled into little flags of tobacco tissue - the largest of which measured one and a half inches wide and two and a half inches long! I also found this tobacco to be quite damp for a C&D blend and needed considerable drying for smokeablity. When I prepped my first smoke by overnight drying, I tore up all of the coarse ribbons and flags for a better consistency. This revealed another aggrevation - many sticks, stems and other woody debris. I emptied-out about a third of the tin for examination and this woodiness and coarse texture was consistent throughout.

The tin aroma, although pleasant, was very mild for an english blend - not at all what I would classify as a medium english. The overall color was a blond to medium light brown with a sparing amount of darker components. The latakia and black cavendish were almost invisible in the mixture, as there was so little of them. I chose to smoke this blend in a pipe that always gave a good and satisfying smoke - an ELX Ashton Pebble in a one-third bent cogniac configuration with a deep and narrow bore. On lightup the light english nature of this blend became evident; more of a virginia/oriental nature than the advertised medium english. I will say that the underlying base tobacco aroma was fairly rich - kind of like the first few drags on an unfiltered Camel cigarette. The remainder of the bowl continued in this fashion to the finish, leaving me wishing that more of the darker components had been included.

Considering the four star and glowing reviews given this blend initially, I was let down by my tin's reality. I have faith in the cognative abilities of my fellow smokers who have reviewed this blend. They were sensing something good and solidly english and they said so. I can't help but wonder if the tin I opened was atypical and subpar, as it seemed so different than what they were describing.

Epilog and Update 11/25/13: Don't be surprised Mr. Big, your one-line review spoke volumes - such is the inherent nature of true succinctness. You weren't happy with this blend and you said so. For my part, I was relieved. I was worried about being the lone dissenter in a stream of four-star reviews. When I saw your review I felt justified in going forward with my two-star review. Thank you.

Now, I always like to have something positive to say on a given subject. I have discovered that C&D Crooked Lane has a wonderful quality that fits right in with one of my pipe smoking joys - microblending. I had stated that there is an underlying richness in this blend, though I thought its english qualities were a bit thin. This richness adds a wonderful note to micro english blends that I delight in making and smoking. I highly recommend its use in blending.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

One of the best English blends I have smoked...and they don't call me TheSmokinDragon for nothing ;-) If you are a fan of English blends, don't miss this one, order a few tins...some to smoke now/some to cellar

2 people found this review helpful.