Red Virginias and perique, pressed into a cake with a pinch of dark-fired Kentucky for an extra bit of depth, C&D's "Five O'Clock Shadow" is blended to provide that simple sort of treat we could all use when the workday is, finally, over.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 oz. & 8 oz. Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The red Virginia is very mildly tangy dark fruit sweet with some wood and earth, acting as a base for the other components, which drown out some of the red. The other Virginia is grassy, very lightly tartly citrusy, and not very noticeable otherwise. The perique is very spicy, raisiny, and slightly figgy, and adds a big kick to the experience as a secondary star. The dark fired Kentucky is spicy, earthy, woody, herbal, floral, smoky, slightly nutty, dryly sour and sweet, and is more obvious than the description allows as it has a important say in the flavor. I would list it as being a touch more than a condiment. The strength is in the center of medium to full. The taste is slot past that mark. The nic-hit is a rung below the blend's strength level. Won't bite and has no dull moments. An easy to break apart Krumble Kake that burns clean and slow with a mostly consistent sweet, spicy, mildly savory flavor that translates to the lingering after taste and slightly stronger room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. There's a light creaminess present that rounds out the flavors, though it can get a touch harsh near the finish if you puff fast. Not an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


24 people found this review helpful.

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

This working man series is just messing up my routine and Five O'clock Shadow is no exception. This is really a pleasant smoke. The krumble kake is really easy to break down to pipe size. It crumbles easily and packs nicely. It does have a little more oomph than the others in the series. I enjoy it at five or later in the evening. You get a lot of creamy smoke and it is easy to get too eager so go gently. The complexity of it is kind of lost once you get going, but relights show there is a lot going on in the bowl. I recommend it. Oh and don't fill a large pipe this tobacco burns a long time. I small bowl it most of the time. A large bowl will take forever.

Pipe Used: BBB small yacht, Ashton Dublin

Age When Smoked: less than a year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars.com

Similar Blends: Reminds me somewhat of G.L Pease Jack Knife Plug but the burley presence makes it even better.

23 people found this review helpful.

ddmholst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ddmholst (23)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I love this blend! It's rich earthy and easy to smoke. It comes as a crumble cake that is really easy to deal with. Some drying time would be reccomended. It's got a little punch to it but to me that just makes it that much better.

It's called five o'clock shadow but to me it's better at five in the morning. I really enjoy this with my morning coffee. It might not be the most complex smoke but that's fine. Sometimes you want something that's easy to smoke,tastes great and has the perfect amount of nicotine.

The taste I get is mostly hay or sweet hay from the Virginias. The perique has a nice spicy note sometimes swaying over to the raisin flavor. The Kentucky ads just enough earthy note and some nicotine. Overall this is a great all day smoke. I will be ordering more. Would like to see what some age does to it.

The only problem I had was you can rub it out too much and have some really small pieces that can go through your pipe.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

14 people found this review helpful.

nikonNUT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nikonNUT (4)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Had my first go with Five O'clock Shadow this evening. The first thing that caught my attention was that the tin was bulging like a swollen tick! Pulling the tab resulted in a whoosh! that spooked the cats that were milling around my feet in hopes I was opening canned cat food followed by a raisin-y, tart, funky aroma coming from the tin. I cut and rubbed out about a half a bowls worth (a good thing as this blend burns S--L--O--W ) and retired to my smoking chair. For a strait from the tin baccy it took light easily and mostly stayed lit. The initial puff blasted me with a spiciness had me thinking "OK, this is a lot like Three Friars" which is fine but why add another blend to the cellar? But as I smoked something happened... A caramel like note started developing so that as I sipped on this blend I would get the tangy, spicy hit of the perique on the retrohale and then the Virginia and burley would chime in on the finish with the sweet caramel. I found it very unique and VERY enjoyable! This one is going in my cellar!

Pipe Used: Radice Hawkbill

Age When Smoked: 10 months

11 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tobacco comes a a pressed brick about the size of a brownie. Mine was pressed a little too firmly to crumble, so I sliced it and rubbed it out. The result was short chopped flake and fish food. I smoked it as delivered and did not dry it.

The smoke initially is sweet, earthy and spicy. It is a tasty smoke and delivers on the flavor. It seemed to pick up a little strength as the bowl progressed and there was more of the earthy fullness and less of the spice. Depending on your palate, this earthy fullness might present as having a harsh edge at the end.

This was a very slow burning blend in the various pots I used to smoke it. It was easy to sip and keep lit and did not require a lot of relights.

The tin price point for this is a little high for me to make it a regular smoke. If I were on a desert island with this as the tobacco that washed ashore, I would smoke a lot of it and be grateful. It is a solid 3 in the recommendations.

One warning is that this is probably not a good blend for you if you have a nicotine sensitivity.

Edit: As the block of pressed tobacco dried a little (and perhaps with a little handling), I could just pinch off a hunk and rub it out to load from my palm like Briar Fox. Some blends wear on you and some get better as you are about to finish the tin. This one is in the "gets better" category.

Age When Smoked: tin was from 2014

Purchased From: gift

6 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I think I recall when this blend was released that it was really Kicking Chicken (KC was a limited release blend for the now defunct Pipe Smoker's Forum) with a different name. Whether that was accurate or not, I couldn't really say; nor does it matter as Kicking Chicken is no longer available. Even if it isn't identical to KC I can see why someone would think it was as I find this blend to be a dead ringer for that blend.

I bought a few tins of this a while back but hadn't got around to trying them. When a forum friend decided he wanted to repay my kindness and said he had some of this open, I jumped on the opportunity to try some.

As I stated I found this blend about identical to kicking chicken and I really liked that blend a lot. Which is also to say, if you do not like perique that much, then you will not like this blend. It is a strong blend with perique and Dark Fired Kentucky taking the lead in many cases. Sure, there is Virginia which offers subtle sweetness. I am sure this blend would be overwhelming without it. But it is spicy, and as some may say, a pepper pot.

I still have a tin of Kicking chicken from 2012 which I may have to compare the two more closely when I get around to cracking the tins. Until then, I am happy to know that C & D has made a worthy replacement for that blend.

I am only going with three stars on this one for now as my sample only probably netted me about 5 bowls. But I expect this one to get a fourth star when I later revisit the blend.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is a wonderful blend in the Krumble Kake form that I really like. Sweet Virginia combined with the smoke like presence of stout dark fired Kentucky made for a dandy smoke with strength and depth. The Virginia is at the forefront and keeps the overall presentation from running away with one's palate.

5 people found this review helpful.

Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (61)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Straight pepper hits first, with an earthy leather following. It transitions in to a sweet caramel later on, that pairs well with the other flavours. Full bodied and very enjoyable, kind of like a nicaraguan cigar. I'm buying more.

Pipe Used: Ratos Big city 262

Purchased From: Mellgrens.se

5 people found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (162)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is another fine example of a Virginia/perique blend with a little Kentucky added.. Has a nice richness to it.. More on the earthy/spicy side but also with some sweetness from the Virginia.. Pleasant and satisfying in the strength department.. I find a couple minor drawbacks.. it is a very dry smoke with a little bit of harshness to it.. fatiguing is the word some might use.. it also is what it is.. not loaded with complexity.. but that is not necessarily a bad thing.. the tin I had was of the older more hardly compressed crumble cake type.. breaks into very small pieces.. I like to dry it substantially.. I really like this blend but there are quite a few others in this genre i prefer.. i will say it has an interesting tin note.. kind of earth and chocolate with a little spice. I am noticing that this one smokes better in certain pipes.. I have a small billiard that really likes it.

4 people found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (61)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Presents as a nice firm cube, crumble cake, easy to break apart and prep. Moisture level is fine right out of the tin.

I get a big deep earthiness right out of the gate...I assume from the dark fired kentucky. I'd say there's more than a pinch of DFK, but definitely less than DFK forward blends like ODF or IF. The characteristic leathery/barbecuey/spicy DFK taste is there, but definitely in the background. Quite a bit of fruity red virginia sweetness and a bit of perique pepper.

All in all, a well executed blend, but not a new fav for me.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a very good smoke with an interesting evolution. The earthy, nutty, very mildly smoky Kentucky is the one consistent component throughout the bowl. The Perique starts out leading the Virginias then at the halfway point they swap places and the Virginias take the lead. It's very spicy in the first half and somewhat sweet in the second. This is a 3.5 smoke for me, but I'm going to round up to 4 due to the unique evolution. This is good stuff.

Body and Nic are medium to strong. No added flavors detected. Taste is medium to full. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (74)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Remarkable blend,well matured virginias,a generous spoon of perique and a wise touch of DFK.Close to perfection.It is some strong by the perique side,not al all because DFK.Not for all the day,but perfect for a non quite big bowl every day.Optimal combustion after an easy breaking of the most typical crumble cake.Magnificient smoke.Underrated master piece of C&D.I forgot,steady and slow burning.A dream,but not a sweet dream,a solid dream.

Pipe Used: medium or small bowls.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Jack knife plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Moisture: a little bit wet, so it needs some dry time.

Cut: easily broken crumble cake and easily packed.

Burning: not bad, not very hard to light.

Tin note: Virginia is on its dark side rather than tangy sides like Mcclelland or fresh green tea smell like Dunhill Light Flake. Fruity and raisiny note from Perique is straightforward and a little bit earthy and woody from dark Kentucky.

When smoking: the first half bowl is kicky, raisiny and very spicy Perique based on dark smell Virginia, even though dark-fired Kentucky shines sometimes; the star of the second half bowl is woody, very earthy and robust dark-fired Kentucky with some rough edge. As "Gentleman Zombie " said: this is a very interesting evolution. Overall Five O'Clock Shadow is dark fruity, raisiny, very spicy, a little earthy crumble cake.

Strength: a step over medium.

Room note: very strong and very bad like the cheap cigarette.

My rating: Enjoy + Buy it on sales → Three Stars Rating. I think the dry time and Delayed Gratification Technique will help smooth round the touch of harsh rather than cellaring time. If considering the Delayed Gratification Technique, that will be a four-star rating blend.

Age When Smoked: six monthes

Purchased From: 2 oz tins from pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Sixpence (Old London Series).

3 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (105)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Pretty flat delivery and dark flavors here. I get mostly ash and sour notes, whereas the Perique and Va should be delivering some high and fruit notes that seem absent in this blend. I even tried adding some golden Va to this, and it didn't really lift it either.

Jackknife Plug does more with less, and if you want a more interesting smoke that succeeds with the same ingredients, give Watch City Flake #558 a try. That one is a very entertaining smoke indeed. This one from C&D is not bad, but with these ingredients they should have made something cellar worthy, and I don't feel this one is.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is one spicy S.O.B! Black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. The Red Virginia is spicy, earthy, and subtly sweet. The Perique is spicy with some fig. And the Kentucky is spicy, with some earthyness. Tickles the tongue without biting. This is great fresh but should age phenomenally.

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Kajun Kake but less earthy and more spicy.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mr.Woods Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.Woods (10)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was looking forward to try this one but it wasn't for me. Then again, the sample I got was very dry, so that might have contributed to my disliking...

To me this blend tasted quite bitter, of course I could sense some Virginia sweetness, but it still tasted mostly like Burley (wich can be a bit tricky for me to enjoy). Not a bad tobacco, just not for me.

Pipe Used: Stanwell churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Mellgrens Fine Tobacco

3 people found this review helpful.

PuffPuffKeep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PuffPuffKeep (8)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A crumble cake plug with a sour and tangy aroma. Smoke unleashes a mildly sweet grass and hay with a slight citrus tang and a white pepper spice on the light. Starts out medium in strength. There's wood devolping behind the grass and hay. The white pepper holds but it's smooth. A nuttiness and a mildly sweet bread develop. A slow burning tobacco. The white pepper has mellowed while the grass, hay and wood play well with the nuts and bread. All lending to the sweet characteristics of the tobacco. The blend is complex with it's strength passing medium and into the half way to strong zone. The perique and dark fired kentucky are fantastic. A 3.7 for Five O'Clock Shadow.

3 people found this review helpful.

bobbysmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobbysmokes (15)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I got this tobacco as a sample at the Chicago Pipe Show. A C&D Rep asked me what I liked to smoke and he recommended this when I told him I liked the Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky blend. From the first light, I knew I would love this blend. The richness of the dark burley came out immediately and the Perique added just enough spice to round out the smoke. I was reminded of Chicory coffee while smoking this blend and would like to one day pair the two. I agree with other reviews that this blend smokes slowly and cool. Great blend!

Pipe Used: Dagner Devil Anse

Age When Smoked: unkwown

Purchased From: Chicago Pipe Show Sample

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky.

3 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I was given a nice sample of this from Gr8tefuldawg, a big thanks and one which he really likes. This has a nice earthy somewhat worm dirt smell, possibly from the Perique and dark fired. A dark colored flake and upon lighting up you can tell this is a real meat and potatoes blend. The dark fired was the first thin I noticed upon firing up and then later I believe I could detect some of the Perique. Also, I could tell because at times Perique will make me cough which I call my Perique O’meter. A really nice strong dark fired. I had some more this morning with my coffee and seem to enjoy it better than I did in the afternoons. I bought two tins but for now I am saving these. It is good but I need to thin down my open tins as it is. Thanks again Dawg for recommending this one.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Five O'clock Shadow (Working Man Series).

In the tin, the kake appears to have the consistency of a plug. But, a piece breaks away easily and rubs to having a fine texture with extreme ease. The smell from it's fruity, yet a little smoky. My moisture couldn't be better.

The smoke? Heady! It lights scintillatingly; just a quick touch of the flame is all that's required. Then, this isn't a smoke for the 'less experienced'. The Virginias and Perique compliment one another perfectly; fruity, sweet, Virginias and plummy, spicy, Perique. The Kentucky is a little more than a 'background' player; fire-cured, coarse and rustic. This increases the strength of flavour, and would be the constituent to perturb the newer folks; IMO. The burn from it's good, but the temperature can increase to above medium if puffed with too much vigour.

Nicotine: lots. Room-note: unpleasant.

Five O'clock Shadow? A good smoke, especially for the mornings, but just a bit too potent for a full house. Three stars:


Pipe Used: Ben Wade Elegance

Age When Smoked: 12/21/16

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (231)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: a gentle topping brings out the interaction between spicy Perique and nutty Burley, sweetened by Virginias.

C&D has been leading the pack with toppings that emphasize more natural flavors that gently complement the tobacco, and this tastes like a combination between liquor, wine and citrus or something like the above. It is not intrusive and takes a background note that harmonizes with the Dark Fired Kentucky (Burley) and Perique which are the centerpiece of this blend. Like the blending Dark Fired Kentucky Burley, this leaf has been smoked less so has more of a nutty Burley flavor with barbecue undertones than the solid, Latakia-level smokiness of the usual dark fired blend. The Virginias soar in like violins behind a strong brass chorus, sweetening the mix and giving it a bit more space between these dueling flavors. With a moderate dose of Nicotine, this is a good smoke (ironically) for getting work done, and the convenient crumble cake is easy to transport and work with.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine founder Kevin Godbee and Smoking Pipes for this sample, which was gifted to me as a prize in the monthly caption contest.

2 people found this review helpful.

tobaksrøg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tobaksrøg (53)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: Scratch that, either ageing has done its miracle or my palate changed to appreciate this blend's nuance, but I quite enjoy it now. NOT disappointing, well-balanced, 3 stars.

A rather bland and tasteless blend. Tried it several times with the same result. In spite of its nice presentation, the smoke tastes of hot nothing. Disappointing.

Age When Smoked: New, aged

1 person found this review helpful.

PMA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PMA (2)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Very intense blend—in appearance, in smell, and in taste.

You're first confronted with a dark, crumbly cake. Some say they can break it apart with their fingers, but mine was packed a bit more tightly and needed a knife. Once cut, it resembles brown and black fish food flakes.

The smell is what you would expect from the components: a dark, smoky, leathery, earthy smell from the DFK mixed with a spicy, raisiny small from the Perique and the grassy, fruity (almost tea-like) smell from the red Virginias.

The first puffs were very earthy and leathery, with DFK at the forefront (and the charring light cloud even stinging my eyes a bit from the Perique!). For the remainder of the smoke, though, the DFK and the Perique battled it out (both at quite strong levels—just right up at the border between amazing and a little too much, but firmly on the side of the former), with the red Virginias always a background presence.

There's a surprisingly nice mouthfeel and aftertaste, which makes me suspect a tiny bit of flavoring of some sort (not as bold as a topping would give, but maybe in the casing).

The smoke is pretty thick and pungent, giving both a spicy—but enjoyable—retrohale as well as a borderline tolerable room note.

From my experience, it seems as though this smokes best with a gravity-filled bowl tamped down very gently once after filling, and it will burn extremely consistently and slowly with a lot of rich, spicy, leathery smoke.

This is definitely not an everyday smoke (let alone an all-day smoke), but rather good for an occasional knock-your-socks-off experience.

Also, a big, deep bowl might be too much of a good thing, and so I'd go with a smaller—albeit wider—one, maybe a pot (a Savinelli 316KS works perfectly for me).

The nic hit is pretty high, too, so an empty stomach is not recommended!

Overall, I reserve my perfect 4-star ratings for those blends that I would turn to often, and I know this would simply be a rare treat because it's definitely a mood-dependent selection. Also the strength pushes the limits just a bit at times, and so all that said, it's 3.5 stars for me.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Oceano 316KS

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Preacher Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Preacher Pipes (12)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Presented as a lovely "tobacco brownie“, this crumble kake is easy to prepare and is a near perfect moisture content from the tin; I packed it lightly with no drying time in a Morgan Blackjack 12 Bent Bulldog. The tin note is that of rich, fermented dark fruit. The false and true lights were all that were required to enjoy the entire bowl, which smoked to almost complete ash, only a small amount of dottle remained. (I should note this was the inaugural bowl for this pipe.) The flavor was slightly smokey and spicy with a rich dark fruit sweetness. It remained consistent through the bowl. I did feel a bit of a nic-kick, and I’m not a nicotine light weight

Pipe Used: Morgan Blackjack 12 Bent Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 9 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

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

5 o’clock shadow I found this by chance while browsing through the extraordinary amount of tobaccos available by C&D.

This blend is a culmination of everything that says meat and potato’s, the old dark fired and Virginia play well together almost weaving off each other, smoky but somewhat sweet. The Perique in this blend adds a hint of spiciness but not sneezing fit, just tickle of the olfactory senses.

This wonderful tobacco comes in a plug/kake press and breaks apart easily, it’s easy to load and smells slightly sweet and smoky upon first opening. I good entry into the ODF, Virginia Perique triad. I really love this blend and have bought a few tins to keep in the cellar, interested to see how age will change the blend although this is perfect right out of the tin.

A meat and potato blend, that will knock you on your butt, a no non sense smoke with tons of flavor. A few of the members at the pipe club I introduced this blend to have bought tins.

5/9/21- I revisited this blend and will improve it to 4 stars, it just hits all the notes that I truly find enjoyable in a good hearty smoke.

3 star blend.

Pipe Used: Bones hanging brandy, bones bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #1.

1 person found this review helpful.

mark81253 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mark81253 (18)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am falling in love with Krumble Cakes and this one is a true winner. An excellent Vaper blend with plenty of flavor and character. I absolutely love the consistency of the tobacco when rubbed out. It turns into a very nice small and consistent texture of granular particles which pack excellent, light easily and burn so nice and evenly. I can keep a pipe full going smoothly for a good long smoke with virtually no relights. This is the magic of the Krumble Cake to me. This blend is rich in Virginia which is sweet and satisfying. The perique is superb as always. The proportions are perfect. And the Kentucky adds just that tiny touch to polish off the smoking experience that fully satisfies. Do you like Vapers? Do you like Krumble Cakes? This is what you are looking for, both and together for your enjoyment. Try this one for sure. You will not be disappointed. One of my very favorites.

Pipe Used: Carey's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

grimstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimstuff (14)
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

One of the closest things yet to one of my favorites: GL Pease's Quiet Nights. It has that dusty, burnished wood sort of pungency, the smell of spilled scotch on a tweed jacket lapel. Stuff is strong, stronger than Quiet Nights - better have a meal and be sitting down. Not quite as even of a temperament as QN. Crumble is a bit too crumbly, almost powdery. Burns slow for a blissful evening sunk into your easy chair, as you watch the stratum of smoke fill to the edges of the room.

1 person found this review helpful.

Badmedicine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badmedicine (51)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The short story: Va/Per After Dark. Tin note is a siren's song for a Perique lover; figs, dates, yeasty bread, and a notable impression of dark chocolate. There is noticeable Virginia sweetness to the smoke, as well as stewed fruit and pepper from the perique. I get very little KFC smoke or nuttiness, and if it lends any pepper it drowns in the Perique tide. Not a bad thing, mind you; I love C&D, but it's nice to find a blend that isn't burley-centric. The Virginias are of a very heavy character- bready, earthy, darkly fruity and reservedly sweet. It harmonizes well with the considerable percentage of Perique; not a full blow-out like Chenet's Cake, but still outside of normal tolerances. I ordered an eight-ounce tin, which came as four individually packaged cakes and a few odd slices. Mine was marked 11/17, and at 6+ months of age the moisture content is perfect for smoking right off the block. The nic-hit is notable, and can get overwhelming in too large a bowl (2.5 inch depth, 1 inch bore was a bit too much for even my saturated neurons). Smokes cool and dry in any quantity, and refuses to bite. Room note was Va/Per-ish; heavier, more Maduro cigar than cigarette. Repeatable, possible all-day smoke for grizzled nico-fiends, and a must for any lover of Perique.

Pipe Used: Magnum Poker, Icarus stubby apple

Age When Smoked: 6 Months

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

Similar Blends: Chenet's Cake ( though just restrained enough).

1 person found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (143)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The portion of the brick, given to me by a friend, was very dark in nature. The crumble cake brick looks mostly black with bits of dark brown flecks. It smells like fermented fruit with hints of raisins, plum, and just a bit of spice.

Easy to crumble out and load. Lights easily and remains so with light tamping.

The smoke is very much dominated by the perique. It tastes of dark fruit, raisins, and plum, mixed with spice. I detected very little red va, however, this did come out more about halfway down the bowl, at which point the bready and slightly tangy flavors mixed well with the dark fruit and spice. The dfk would make an appearance here and there by giving more spice and adding some earthy tones. Overall a good smoke. I'm glad I tried it but not sure it's one I'll add to my rotation.

Pipe Used: Neerup Tomato

Age When Smoked: Gifted/Unknown

Purchased From: Gifted

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

For me, the Red Virginia was the main player, with support from the Perique and hints from the Kentucky. Despite that, this was very moderate in terms of taste, even on the light side at times. Fully rubbed out, this burned a tad on the fast side but not too hot. And the same time, it left a moderate cigarette-like aftertaste. Not quite fully rubbed out, the aftertaste was missing, it smoked slower, but needed the odd relight. So, looking for a light/moderate tasting straight forward tobacco, with little to no extra casing? This might suit you.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 7 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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