The mixture of red and bright Virginias come together in perfect harmony with just the right mixture of burley, Turkish, perique and latakia. Savor the start!

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByChris Tarler and Keith T.
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3005)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tangy ripe dark fruity, earthy, grassy, bready, woody, tart and tangy citrusy red and bright Virginias take a little of the lead. The burleys are nutty, woody and molasses sweet with a little toasty earthiness as an important supporting player. The Cyprian Latakia is smoky, woodsy, earthy,and lightly musty sweet. Its flavor is more mellow than I expected even though the blend only has a moderate amount of it. The woody, earthy, dry, herbal, vegetative, lightly floral and sour, barely spicy Turkish is almost a condiment. The earthy perique is more plum, raisin and fig-like than it is spicy, and is a minor component. A well balanced blend that allows you to always notice every nuance in virtually every puff. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a slot past that mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Has a few small rough edges. Won't bite. No harsh or dull spots to be found, it burns cool, clean and dry with mostly consistent, sweet and savory campfire flavor at a reasonable pace. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. It's just over the threshold of being an all day smoke, but it's certainly repeatable through the day, and leaves a pleasing, lightly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Three and a half stars, but not quite four.


22 people found this review helpful.

Andy Stewart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andy Stewart (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I almost always smoke English blends like Dunhill MM965 and GL Pease Chelsea Morning but I wanted another, lighter tobacco to rotate in - preferably with a pleasant room note to appease The Blond Tyrant. You can't easily find Morning Drive Time (MDT) in the UK, but the very little online coverage of this tobacco intrigued and encouraged me, so I ordered some online and waited impatiently for the delivery from the US. This is my first 'proper' tobacco tasting, but I confess that I am wowed by this blend.

In the tin - I've never smelt anything like this before in a tin, and it's wonderful! Dark fruits - prunes and raisins - so full that I had to check the label to confirm that it's not an aromatic. The closest I can come is the aroma of a deep, heavy Jerez sherry I used to drink with friends in a small Spanish restaurant in Waterloo; it was incredibly good and was became known as 'alcoholic prune juice'. Rich and full with an incredible allure, but definitely for adults only. The loose ribbon cut tobacco is attractive; not moist, but not too dry.

In the pipe - MDT is supple and springy, which means that it packs well (even for this ham-fist) and it was easy to get a compact bowl. The false light was sweet on the tongue and the nose, while the true light gave me sweet, fruit, and a hint of alcohol-fresh at the back of the mouth.

Opening - As the pipe developed, the dark fruit lingered over a creamy base. It was actually tasty, with the promise of more to come. The smoke itself was light and the room note very pleasant - The Tyrant even commented on how much she liked it!

Middle - The tobacco continued to burn well and the tastes just kept on coming. The English characters came out to play, with a constant, smooth cream Burley supporting dark fruit and burnt caramel from the Latakia and occasional bursts of spice and ginger from the Perique that tingled the edge of my palette. I drank coffee with this pipe and it worked brilliantly, with MDT allowing the drink to clean my mouth rather than fighting and competing for dominance.

Close - I really didn't want this smoke to end but the Finale was superb. The base element got stronger, with a real biscuit taste. Meanwhile, the pockets of sweet, fruit, and spice blended to introduce what can only be described as Christmas cake. However, at no point did the smoke become heavy or overpowering; the whole bowl was clean, dry, and cool. There was no bite and the nic kick at the end was recognisable but discreet. As I cleaned the pipe, my mouth felt fresh and ready for more.

Technicals - The whole smoke lasted 50 minutes in a Dunhill Group 4, with minimal tamping and only 2 relights. The ash was iron-grey with pale/white flecks and the dottle was minimal. A key point to add here; the pipe I used for this always smokes hot and a little wet, but not with this tobacco. The bowl and the smoke remained cool throughout and there was no need to use the cleaner I had ready to swab out the airways.

I genuinely didn't know what to expect from Morning Drive TIme. I'd never tried Cornell & Diehls' products before and had limited knowledge of this blend. I have no doubt that other palettes will find gaps in this offering, but for me the balance, the tastes, the whole experience with MDT was sensational. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Pipe Used: Dunhill 4103 Bruyere Billiard

Age When Smoked: Less than 1 year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

13 people found this review helpful.

JustDanD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustDanD (9)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is about the strongest (boldest?) blend of pipe tobacco that I really DO like. It pairs well with a thick cup of coffee in the morning. Its a Wake-up-and-GO smoke for me and it regularly sits as my morning smoke. That's significant because no other blend holds a timeslot like that for me.

The nose exhale (I do that alot) is easy though I don't do it as much as I do other blends. There is just a little "roughness" to the exhale that would prevent me from doing that all the time, but I do enjoy it with this. Others will describe the percentages of this and that tobacco and the nuances of flavors. To me, this is like a Pfeffer-steak with mushroom gravy (sorry Vegans). Every bite (puff) is bold, flavorful and you KNOW you have eaten when you are done. I tend to overpuff on pipes, especially in the morning as I rush to get to work, and this blend is VERY forgiving of that. No bite, no gurgle (at least for me). I feel that it sweetens up as the bowl gets lower but that may just be me getting used to it all over again.

She-who-is-terrific HATES this, and any bold blend, so it could never occupy the evening time-slot for smokes. Since I smoke it in the morning, it is off my clothes and out of my mustache by the time we are back together. This is truly my Morning Drive Time smoke. Excellent!

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: fresh

9 people found this review helpful.

gin0115 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gin0115 (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Well what can i say, i got a sample of the from Iain Walker of Northern Briars who picked it up for the Nottingham (UK) Pipe Club. had 3-4 bowls and its simply divine stuff. All of the flavours are there and well balanced. The Burley is tasted on the exhale/finish, the Latakia/English taste is wonderful and the hint of spice from the Perique just finishes it off.

A great way to start the day and i cant help but call this the Early Morning Drive Time (Done in a very poor morning radio presenters voice)

If you love a good mellow English then this is a must for you. As others have stated, this is one of the best C&D blends i have tried (around 30 of the 260 odd they produce)

7 people found this review helpful.

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

As I have said in other reviews this Working Man's Series has changed my life. On a good day this is my mid-morning pipe tobacco. It has a gentle flavor and I really enjoy the taste and aroma in the mid-morning time. The good news is that when your run out of time and finish the pipe in the afternoon it has enough flavor to make the afternoon complete. Definitely try this tobacco a time or two. It is just pleasant with that nutty Burley and the other components just make it pleasant.

Pipe Used: Classic Digby Pot, BBB Yacht

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Mars

Similar Blends: Maybe it reminds me of the old time burley blends without the nasty overtones..

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Morning Drive (Working Man Series).

A very well rubbed ribbon that's mostly brown pieces, there's only a few specks of black in there. Mine was too dry, causing it to burn fast.

Although it's not the best mechanically it tastes quite nice. To me it seems a milder tasting English. The smoke isn't awash with smoky Latakia. Throughout a bowl I find the Perique the lesser of the ingredients, I get more of the rugged Burley and woody Latakia.The nicotine seems to just hit medium, but I find myself quite sensitive to N so it's probably less. The room-note? Not exactly nice! As I mentioned, it burns quickly but I bet that's just this tin because of the dryness.

Although it arrived dry the flavour makes it worth three stars:


Pipe Used: Peterson Waterford XL11

Age When Smoked: Stamped 09/13/17

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Morning Drive took a little while to grow on me but it has become an enjoyable blend to add into my smoking rotation. This site claims this is a mixture of Burley, Latakia, & Perique though C&D's website and the tin description claim there is red & bright Virginia and Izmir as well. I certainly taste the VA/Turkish leaf though they seem to be used as condiments.

The smoke is a complex combo of sweet/smoky Latakia, nutty Burley, and some very peppery Perique. The Latakia is always notable but not overpowering. In the background the Izmir is sour and woody. I taste some minor sweetness and hay which has to come from red & bright Virginia. If you are looking for a complex untopped American English blend this should be on your radar!

5 people found this review helpful.

plexibass Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
plexibass (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

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."


4 people found this review helpful.

Nate5700 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nate5700 (3)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Newish pipe smoker here, posting a review of the second of 8 blends I got in a recent order to try.

I guess I'll tackle this review by comparison with a couple of other blends. Mind you, there's a lot of blends out there and what I've tried so far is pretty limited, so if you think my comparisons are out of whack, well they probably are.

My first review was C&D Plantation Evening, which was sweet and subdued, with the Latakia just sort of lurking in the background. I guess I expected this to be pretty similar, just from reading reviews. The tin note was similar as well, with a nice Latakia smokiness, though Morning Drive had a bit more fruitiness and sourness to it, I'd guess it has more Perique.

On the light, I pick up sweetness and a grassy or hay-like note. So it starts off pretty similar to the Plantation Evening as well. Once it's lit and settled in though, the Latakia starts to come through more, with a smoky and incense-like quality. Not Dunhill Nightcap by any means, but it's definitely more forward in this blend than the Plantation Evening. I start to think, Plantation Evening may not be the best comparison here. It's more reminiscent to me of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. Latakia incense with some fruity notes are what I get from this blend. It still has a natural sweetness to it, more than Early Morning Pipe has, but not to the level of Plantation Evening.

All in all, this falls somewhere in between the two blends I've mentioned, but much closer to Early Morning Pipe. This wouldn't be an all-day smoke for me, or even an everyday smoke, but it will be nice to have around as a change of pace.

Pipe Used: A cheap briar I got at the tobacco shop

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mville (9)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Very good morning blend as stated. Kind of a Va/Per but with a light English flavor as well. Enjoyable with coffee and in a nice cob.

Pipe Used: Yes

3 people found this review helpful.

periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Absolutely the best way to start the day. A wonderful smoke to go with your coffee or tea. If 5 stars were an option that's what I'd rate it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (132)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It so happened that I had two Cornell & Diehl blends on my shelf almost simultaneously with a similar name - Morning Drive Time and Morning Drive. The production date, packaging and labels were different, and I was a little confused - was it the same tobacco or different? I decided to open both cans at once and confront them.

First, I opened a 100-gram tin of tobacco called Morning Drive Time, which didn't yet have a production date on it, but circumstantial evidence said the tobacco was created around 2013.

The appearance was a roughly chopped sliver of a monochromatic color of dried oak wood. The blend is fairly uniform, but uncut leaves and cuttings from them are found among the ribbon. The tobacco has dried out quite a bit during the time in the tin, and clearly needs moistening.

Flavor - latakia is pretty weathered, but somewhat preserved its notes in the overall flavor. Along with it, there is the smell of chamois and woody tones, in the background you can hear walnut, a faint citrus note, some cream, and a slight scent of mixed peppers. All smells are quite muted, partly due to the age, partly due to the dryness of the tobacco.

Taste - muted sweet smoky latakia note added to the sweetness of Virginia, also have some acidity, a slight spice from the orientals and a very small amount of perique. As you smoke, the woody, earthy notes of burley appear and grow, and the acidity almost disappears. The tobacco, which initially had some roughness, becomes smoother and softer.

I then opened a relatively fresh 57 gram tin, which is already named Morning Drive, and the date on it indicates April 7, 2020. After examining the contents of the can for appearance and smell, I realized that the blend in front of me was, for all intents and purposes, the same blend - but, of course, fresher.

The appearance of the tobacco is pretty much the same, but the cut is a little finer and neater. In the bulk of the tobacco, you can see some darker flecks of latakia. Individual small uncut leaves are also found, but no cuttings.

The flavor is much brighter, but shifted to the acidity, which is much stronger, as well as the earthy woody notes. On top of that, a Virginia bread note appeared, not too pronounced, but palpable. The smokiness of the latakia is also more pronounced, but the overall flavor of the blend makes it clear that there is not as much of it here as it seemed in the case of the old blend. The smell of suede stands in the distance, faintly discernible.

The taste of fresh tobacco turned out to be a little different as well. It is much brighter, in every way: the sweet and peaty taste of the latakia is felt more confident, there is the astringent nutty taste of burley with a woody, earthy flavor, and Virginia is somewhat muted by these two flavors, but there are its hay and bread notes, not just a light sweetness. Orientals and perique give a little more spiciness and spice, and the sour note in the flavor is more pronounced, but does not stand out from the general background, although it does not disappear as you smoke. The tobacco itself is more harmonious and mild in flavor. Overall, the blend feels more like an English blend than an oriental like its older version.

The strength of the tobacco from both cans is medium, a slight nicotine kick is possible in the large pipe. The blend burns medium-hot, burning into a fine, dry, light gray ash. There is little moisture in the pipe, but it is there. The aftertaste is understated, woody and nutty with a bitterness.

The smoke from the blend has a nutty, woody flavor with a hint of peat, stays in the room for a long time.

The bottom line will be expansive.

First, I became convinced that Morning Drive Time and Morning Drive are pretty much the same blend. Given this fact, I will boldly mix an aged blend with a fresh one after the review and try to elevate and refresh its flavor and aroma.

Second, in the years since it was first introduced, the quality of the blend's components has not declined, but rather has increased.

Third, this blend is not one to be taken for storage - it loses significantly in flavor and taste, turning from a fairly striking representative of English (in the American sense) blends into something closer, in taste, to poor-tasted Oriental.

Fourth, if Cornell & Diehl wanted to present their vision of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe with this blend, they succeeded much worse than G.L. Pease with his Chelsea Morning or Robert McConnell with his Boutique Blend. Even the blends above vary considerably in composition, not to mention taste and flavor. The closest to the original, in my opinion, was Robert McConnell, but I liked the mix from G.L. Pease. However, Morning Drive somehow reminded me another discontinued blend, Nat Sherman 536 Empire English.

Nevertheless, I can't help but note that Morning Drive is a pretty good quality morning blend, although it has quite a lot of burley in it, and I don't like that variety. It will definitely find its buyer and it will not stay on the shelf.

On the plus side, I can add a rich, multifaceted flavor and a relatively small amount of latakia, which will probably excuse you to the people you'll walk past while smoking this tobacco on your morning walk.

Pipe Used: Peterson SH Original, Lestrade

Age When Smoked: 2013, 2020

Purchased From: Online

Similar Blends: Nat Sherman - 536 Empire English.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

C&D- Morning Drive

I’ve had this sitting in a two ounce jar since 21Feb19, and remember quite fondly wondering what I bought when I first smoked this last year, this blend was spicy and for a new pipe smoker a little more than I could handle at that moment.

I decided to try this blend again today, and will admit I was surprised by how this has mellowed out a bit over time. This is labeled an English, but I find it more an American style blend.

Upon first whiff the orientals are there sour, but not over the top, the Latakia is more present in tin note vs the smoking experience. The hay of the Va’s comes through but never overpowers.

This blend was dry upon opening tin a year ago, and is now a year later not any bit drier, lights easily, the Perique is peppery especially upon the first few draws, enough to make my eyes water, just ashen I first smoked this, on retrohale I get the presence of the oriental providing a creamy depth and somewhat tangy yet subdued flavor. The VA’s provide a little hay but not enough for my liking.

This blend may be a little overwhelming for its complete sum of various parts.

The Working man series, a fitting name for the series of blends it encompasses, stout blends although this one falls a little short and may a little be too much.

Not the best, not the worst, probably not a purchase I will make again but I will finish this jar in time.

Pipe Used: Bones stubby Apple

Age When Smoked: 14 months

Purchased From: Online

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (393)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

A friend of mine from the pipe club gave me a small jar of this that is dated 2/28/19 probably a month ago and I decided to try it. This has a very faint natural tin note smell. I guess this is blended for your early morning drive to work or race track, etc. It is listed as an English but for the life of me I really cannot detect any Latakia, maybe a wisp but I think that is power of suggestion. To me this is more an American blend. It is a nice pleasant smoke but I really do not have the patience this morning to try to smoke more to force myself to like it. It fits the bill for a lot of the reviewers and as stated not a bad blend but more VA than English to me. I am going against the grain and would somewhat recommend this. I will approach it down the road and see if my taste buds change their tune.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Poker

Age When Smoked: Less than a year.

Purchased From: Gift

2 people found this review helpful.

Contagio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contagio (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Disclaimer: As a veritable rookie in TPC, I am slowly learning to try and appreciate the subtleties of the craft. I have a workingman's palate as it were and still don't get some of the intricate flavors that others do.

Opening the tin gave me a grassy, hayfield type of smell with almost a citrus hint. First couple of good puffs are smooth and have what I would describe, creamy smoke. Very pleasant. Retrohaling got me the burley as another reviewer noted. I did detect a little spicy note and presume that that would be the perique or the Orientals. I can definitely taste the latakia as I have found that I favor it in most of my favorites. I like the English/Balkan blends with a mild to medium Vit N content.

This definitely fits the morning/all day smoke for my taste as I like London Mixture, Standard Mixture or Good Morning for that bill.

Will definitely be making this a part of my rotation.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Savinelli Bent Brandy

Age When Smoked: Out of tin marked 031519

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

MatB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MatB (5)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

This was one of the first non-aromatic tins I purchased. I did so based on very little information because Morning Drive seems to be an underappreciated gem. It was also the first blend I re-ordered, and it remains an all-time favorite.

It's basically a "mild English" (though this is probably more correctly classified as a non-aro American, but whatever.) There is a bunch of C&D Burley floating in there, which seems to take the lead. At least to my neophyte palate. The Turkish and latakia are present, playing a support role. Perique is in there somewhere, but mostly seem present in the tin note. It's truly used as a condiment in this mixture.

Apparently there are virginias in here, but they're overshadowed by the burley and orientals. All in all, this makes this blend very savory, rather than a sweet, grassy virginia.

This is a nutty, earthy, smokey, leathery, and spicy smoke. It needs very little (if any) drying and burns somewhat quickly and coolly, but it will absolutely bite back if smoked carelessly.

Interestingly, of the many blends I've sampled, Morning Drive's room, clothing, and beard note are universally despised by the non-smokers in my life. You'll definitely smell like tobacco after this bowl. Despite this, I certainly do not limit my use of this mixture to only the morning hours.

A little age really smooths out the rough spots, in my opinion.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Clays, Meers, and Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh, six months, one year

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: If one were to heap a bunch of burley into a jar with Chelsea Morning and give it a good shake, they'd be left with what amounts to Morning Drive. I imagine it's similar to EMP, based on anecdotes on the internet, but I've never tried EMP!, edit: Now that I've tried Haunted Bookshop, it seems to me that Morning Drive is sort of like Haunted Bookshop plus orientals and latakia. Very similar blends otherwise., G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series), Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop.

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