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
Aug 12, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant
Castello - Collection.

I like to have a few different genres in my rotation, like most of us here. With the UK being so darn hot, and me liking a straight VA in the heat, my tin of John Aylesbury 'Virginia became depleted. So, I cracked this open. A nice summer smoke.

It contains a fair few 'stubby' ribbons, don't expect long cords or broken flakes. The mixture comprises 50/50 medium to light browns, and being an unflavoured blend it smells as you'd expect; like a straight Virginia!

I favour red Virginias to bright as I don't find the sharpness, liveliness, of a straight bright too agreeable. The amount of red in this is just enough to assuage any sharpness and sweeten the profile. It isn't a heavy, fruity, red Va cacophony, instead it's nicely balanced; the acetous brights are rounded and placated by the sweet reds. It burns at an average speed, and only becomes warm when chugged. But, in this hot weather a cold lager's a good friend to have to hand, anyway!

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: nice.

Collection? A nice smoke for this perilous heat! Happily recommended:

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Ismail Baglan meerschaum
Age When Smoked: 09/28/19
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 15, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
The Brights have the most influence in the first half with sweet hay and citrus. The Reds have the most influence in the second half with some tart darker fruit. Makes for an interesting smoke. There is just a touch of sharpness on the retrohale which is mildly distressing. That's a shame because it taste pretty good. About a 2.5 smoke for me. I'll round up because I'm a nice guy.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.
Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus
Age When Smoked: fresh
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