Cornell & Diehl Crooked Lane

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.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By Mark Stewart with Chris and Craig Tarler
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type English
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 oz. Tin, 8 oz. Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.81 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 09, 2015 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
PurchasedFrom: Gifted
Age When Smoked: fresh tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 21, 2015 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
Pipe Used: Savinelli
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 08, 2013 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 12, 2013 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 01, 2012 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2023 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
This is not your typical Latakia heavy English blend. The Virginias take a lead and offer a nice bready and grassy flavour that is highlighted in equal parts by the Orientals and Latakia with a touch of spice from the Perique. The Latakia becomes more potent towards the end of the bowl. I find this to be a wonderful blend to enjoy in the late autumn. I always enjoy English blends as it gets colder, so this is a nice blend to enjoy during the transition to winter.

3/4 - give it a try if you want a Virginia-forward English blend.
Pipe Used: Peterson System
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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