Castello Collection

A blend of aged red and bright Virginias perfectly balanced to produce the exact combination of natural depth, sweetness, and tartness for seasoned Virginia tobacco lovers.
Notes: This is a blend of flue-cured Virginias. 2013 IPCPR release.


Brand Castello
Blended By Cornell & Diehl
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

2.29 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 11, 2018 Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
This blend is like drinking ice cold spring water. Nothing special about it, really, but it can really hit the spot and you can't figure out why. It's a simple blend, nothing too complicated, and yet has a very nice taste. I guess this was exactly the point while making this blend: keep the natural tobacco taste. The taste is somewhere between grassy and nutty. One can really taste the Virginias, but can easily wrongfully sense some burley in there. As a Burley lover, I liked that, but I guess it's like buying a Bordeaux wine and finding out it tastes like a Rioja. Nicotine-wise, it could be better. I didn't feel at any point a nic-hit, nor even a nic-pet for that matter. I don’t smoke for the nicotine, but for those of you who are – you might want to add some Burley to it. It burns rather hot, which is fine – the hot smoke really compliments this blend as you don't mind the fine, mild taste. It won’t bite, not even a little, and will require very few (if any) relights. It has a medium body, which is nice for a straight-Virginia ribbon-cut.

All in all, it's a nice blend. Although, if you're expecting a Straight Virginia, don't expect much of it. If you're a Burley lover, you might have a nice surprise.
Pipe Used: Corn Cob
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 29, 2013 Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Golden brown clumpy chop cut ribbon with a tea-like tin nose. Lit easily and burned quickly with a surprising amount of nicotine for a straight Virginia. Made by C&D but I don't know if this is a C&D or a Castello recipe. Reminds me vaguely of C&D Briar Fox with the non-sweet VA flavor, but this one veered too sharply in that direction. Somehow the blender managed to leech out, process out, or otherwise remove most of the Virginia leaf's sweetness and tang for a more "cigarette" approach. Flavor-wise, it seemed that this had some Kentucky in the mix but it lacked the body I associate with that leaf. But it behaved rather like a burley and less like a Virginia.

Puffed at a normal slow pace, there was just a hint of sweetness and even that ebbed away much of the time. The predominant flavor was plain tobacco that leaned heavily toward the burley side of things, with that pervasive cigarette feel. More thin in body than your average burley, however. It also reminded me of Ogden's Gold Block but it's been too long for me to be sure. This might make for a good blending tobacco to tone down heavily-flavored or heavy bodied blends. Smoked by itself, it failed to elevate itself beyond "just ok". Puffed vigorously to see how it performed under pressure, it never got too feisty but it did turn rather bitter and gave me a pretty good case of the "niccups". As a burley would. No tongue bite from the over-exertion, just excessively warm on the tongue... again, my experience with burley. The blender claims this is just Virginia tobacco and I suppose I believe them, but it doesn't smoke much like it. The Castello blends I've tried (both of them) are largely let-downs, but do try this one if you're curious about a very much non-sweet and non-tangy blend.
Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta
Age When Smoked: 4 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 05, 2014 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
The mildly earthy red Virginia is just a little dark fruit sweet and hardly tangy. It's rather flat. The other Virginias offer a touch of grass, a slight bit of earth, not much citrus or other sweetness. It has no depth of flavors or taste, and is a very unobtrusive all day smoke. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns a tad slow with little moisture left in the bowl, and requires a few relights. The flavor is fairly consistent. Has an okay after taste. It may do for the smoker who wants a mild all day Virginia to smoke without thinking much about it.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 27, 2017 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
I smoked the entire lineup of Castello blends years ago when they started coming out. I'm told that Castello wanted a range of tobaccos that would appeal to smokers of all types of tobaccos. This year 2013 compilation by C&D was not a part of the original release blends (and forgive me, I can't remember the blender of those). It was awhile before I was able to obtain Collection and the broken up ribbon burned a little fresh an warm to me. The taste was middlin' and not much strength. Not a bad smoke for me but not really an impressive one either.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 14, 2022 Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong
A good tobacco, strong in nicotine but not overwhelming, Interesting notes by red virginia give taste of pomace and ripe red fruit. Not an all day tobacco, easy to load and to smoke but without a complex evolution could be too strong in strength and nicotine for a beginner
Age When Smoked: 1
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