Cornell & Diehl Bob Bushman

Bob Bushman blends quality burley, cavendish and Virginia tobaccos topped with a sweet mixture of tropical fruits and coconut essence for a mild smoking experience.


Brand Cornell & Diehl
Blended By  
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 15, 2016 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Honored to be the first to review this blend! I've been enjoying it immensely. The aroma from the tobacco (bulk) is excellent, tropical and fruity. I was surprised to find that while smoking it tasted like a quality Virginia/Burley with just a subtle hint of coconut and fruit instead of a fully aromatic smoke. The dark burley dominates and is nutty with some chocolate. The Virginia is smooth with some hay flavor. The cavendish isn't too apparent in the taste but helps to keep the smoke cool. The room note is very pleasant. Easily recommended if you enjoy Va/Burleys and if you enjoy a subtle coconut and fruit flavor. I will be adding this to my cellar.
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Mar 12, 2017 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
The nutty, earthy, toasty burley takes the lead over the very grassy/hay-like, citrusy Virginia. The effect of the cavendish is virtually nil. The sweet and mildly tart fruit toppings seem to include mango and pineapple along with coconut. There is hint of vanilla, too. There is also a mild alcohol essence and syrup note that some may find distracting. The toppings have some richness and sublimate the tobaccos quite a bit. The strength and taste levels are a little closer to medium than they are to mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool at a reasonable pace with a fairly consistent flavor, though the toppings weaken just a mite in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs just more than an average number of relights. The after taste a little spoiled by the alcohol and syrup. Could be an all day smoke. Would be three stars except for the drawbacks I mentioned. Two and a half stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 20, 2017 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant
Cornell & Diehl - Bob Bushman.

A finely cut ribbon, minus any pieces in need of discarding. Any black Cavendish accounts for only a tiny amount of the tobacco. The pouch has a strong aromatic smell, but not one of sharp citrus. Moisture's great.

The smoke: The coconut's present, but not overly fragrant: it tastes more rich and oily. Rather than a natural fruity flavour, I get a flavour synonymous to a jam/conserve: sweet and syrupy. This is heavier than the coconut. I find the topping a little too strong to allow much of the tobaccos to gain recognition, it seems more of a pedigree aromatic, as opposed to just a flavoured blend. I like the smoke's flavour, and would highly recommend it, should the burn not be a bit warm.

The room-note's nice, and the nicotine's mild to medium.

Bob Bushman: recommended.

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Cob
Age When Smoked: Two weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 24, 2022 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I have been on a C&D kick, making an effort to sample some of their less popular selections before they go out of production. This particular tobacco claimed tropical fruit and a touch of coconut as toppings. The coconut is mild but present in the pouch aroma. There is a bit of fruitiness and a smell that is a dead ringer for C&D black gold maple, so I suspect some maple sugar as a casing. This blend is composed of narrow cut orange and dark brown ribbon. There is a sprinkling of chunky black cavendish (visually estimated 3-5% by volume). The room aroma is pleasant and my wife said that it vaguely reminded her of vanilla. Unfortunately none of this translates to the taste. The char lights give some light fruitiness. When lit, and it is a bitch to keep lit, the smoke becomes dark and dirty tasting. By the end of each bowl, there is an acrid and increasingly foul taste contaminating one’s palate. The flavor is only modestly better if consumed near crispy dry.

This is only blend I have ever smoked that had me wondering “why am I doing this to myself?” as I gave it way too many chances in trying to figure it out.
Pipe Used: Numerous briars
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 19, 2021 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
I liked this mild aromatic (yes, very mild to me) when new and even better now with four years on it as the tobacco is more noticeable. I like the tang of the citrus and coconut that greets the first few draws on this blend. It soons settles down to a smooth and very relaxing smoke with only a slight under and after taste that grace the dominant burley and which I happen to like. A low-key, no-fuss smoke which is precisely what I'm wanting when I smoke it, usually in the mornings but any time of the day is good. This blend is as close to an all-day smoke to someone like me who is not an all-day smoker. It recommends itself to my palate so comfortably that I find myself frequently extending its rotation time, so for me it merits the full starred rating.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Porto Cervo 802
Age When Smoked: Four years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 27, 2017 Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant
I picked up a few ounces if this new C&D blend when i ordered me some pipe cleaners. Although I am not much of of a aro smoker i decided to give it a shot

I do like coconut flavor and was thinking maybe it would be like the old Kentucky Club Continental.

I have smoked a few bowls since i got it in the mail today and its not bad. In fact i rather like it. Not something i would smoke all the time but worth having some around. Its certainly got more coconut flavor than the old Kentucky Club Continental without the chemical taste i remember. Its very reminiscent of the Kentucky Clubs blends though with a better quality leaf. The previous review said it was really subtle flavoring but i find it stronger than that.

Its mostly nutty burley with a burley cocoa flavor along with the fruity coconut. No bite and mild nicotine punch. You could certainly smoke it all day long if so desired. It was also pretty dry ( only comes in bulk ) so I will hydrate it some and see how it smokes with some moisture added.

Smoking the first bowl i kept thinking it reminded me of something that i have smoked before, then it dawned on me. To me it taste somewhat like a Swisher Sweet cigar , which is not a bad thing as i used to enjoy a few every now and then. So if you like a Swisher Sweet this may be worth trying.
Pipe Used: Kaywoodie , Dr.Grabow
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: Straight from bag
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 10, 2023 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
This week’s blend of interest just happens to be one of those personalized concoctions specifically created for a C&D long standing customer, principally Bob Bushman. Now, who Bob is or possibly was, I have no idea, but apparently his patronage warranted the development and eventual commercial release of the featured aromatic blend of discussion. Tropically infatuated to its exclusive core, Bob Bushman brings an enticing sampling of stout-hearted Burley, harmonizing Virginia, and a lick of binding Black Cavendish lightly rolled in a sultry seasoned compote of coconut, vanilla and assorted jungle dangling fruits. Bidding a pledge of redolent Caribbean inspired delight, Bob Bushman stands presently for thoughtful consideration.

With a sniff of the bagged note emitted by these mixed cut, primarily multi-variant brown cast tobaccos, the imagery extracted is much more powerful in worth than what eventually came through on the experienced flavors. Mainly, one gets an initial sugary whiff of the blended coatings that is largely muffled in character overall as nothing really stands forthright as distinguished. Broadly there is some interesting butterscotch-like taunting, a note of cocoa, airy sweet tropical fruit, and regulated vanilla riding atop an underlying body of darker Burley zest tangled with a faded tarty/sour wooded funk.

After smoking this blend in a multitude of samplings using different pipes, briars and cobs that is, by fair assessment I would suggest that Bob Bushman basically encounters as a mildly sweetened heady Burley-based tobacco overall. Arguably it is very codger-like in presentation. For those who may not smoke aromatic mixtures on a regular frequency, there might be a difference of opinion, however. Yet for the supposedly 95% of us pipers who do, there is no question the average perception of the blend would likely be deemed accordingly. As such, foreseeably Bob’s mixture could serve as a reasonable crossover for quote, unquote non-aromatic enthusiasts by all accounts.

In being more precise, objective evaluation reveals that the coatings themselves are exceptionally reduced in presence offering a recordable intensity that is slighted to a degree of passive insignificance. In fact, less exercising concerted focus, the challenge imposed was in selectively deciphering what influences were registering other than a common sweetness and a meagered element of secluded vanilla. With all due respect, this calmed additive rendering is peaceful and appealing nevertheless, which is a note for positive recognition in all fairness. Nonetheless Bob Bushman does not pose itself with the aromatic bravado that might be anticipated, at least based upon the official billing and perhaps by the desired intent of the manufacturer.

Upon lighting the bowl, the immediate projection is a neatly sugared commanding Burley which dominates the greater expanse and depth of the profile. Coming around to the top-coatings, as one sifts through this heavier native note, the palate does catch a momentary glimpse of a milky coconut and non-distinct tropical fruit annotation. By best judgement, the latter attribute combines in a flavored souffle of pineapple, mango, banana, and an orange-like citrus. Accenting this lessoned fruity pass are the endowments of constrained vanilla and a trace hint of a highlight that resembles the cordial sweetness of candied butterscotch spice, which is suggestively Schnapps-like. Once again, even with the delineation of flavorings listed, the precise discernment of the same was a daunting endeavor.

As I alluded, the Burley is the most powerful component within the composite band of total flavor, which for Burley lovers like me, is not a bad game played at that. Namely the combined leaves contribute a strong dark toned earthiness, minty spice, a bit of walnut, and do tender with a somewhat punchy persona, much like a docile version of the crusty cantankerousness of Old Joe Krantz. Regardless, the resultant zestful potency is surely felt throughout the whole nasal cavity as if there were a secretive dose of Perique hiding within, and at times, it did have me wondering to be truthful.

Underlying this staunch Burley impression, the citrus grass and fully trained hay influence of the Virginian strain circulates on the rear edge assisting as the principle secondary component. In being suppressed by the active Burley, the ascendency is hampered in magnitude yet quite harmonizing in effect. Regarding the fleeting inclusion of Cavendish, functioning mostly as a facilitator in smoothing the streaming transitions, it brings just a weaker whisper of sullied greenish sourness. To properly categorize the arising room essence offered by the consumption of these tobaccos, I must say the picture framed is chiefly imaged by the strong influence of the native Burley notation. With the onset of voluminous clouds of meaty smoky plumes, the temperament is shadowy yet thin. It is the Dark leaf that wields a forceful hand in soliciting its deep rich earthiness and wooded spicing. There is, however, a passive footnoting of the melded additives that counters as generally sweet and dispersed by comparison. All in all, tolerable to most by-standers but nothing singularly aromatic in its felt effect.

Given that Bob Bushman is fundamentally all about a sweetened Burley, in smoking this blend one will feel material residual impact from the level of qualified nicotine that does effectively transfer through, which I will define as medium. As to other physical properties, my trials demonstrated that the mixture models admirable mechanical qualities, including burn and abiding controlled temperature. Moreover, its described flavor held consistently throughout the duration of the bowl, a nice attribute achieved especially if you are a Burley enthusiast. And on a related technical note, if you are to smoke this tobacco, my best recommendation is to select a regular cob or a hardwood Ozark ideally for optimum results.

Bob Bushman, in a word, is one of those semi-aromatic/Burley-based blends that provides a reasonably peaceful and enjoyable expedition; neither stellar nor hateful. Truthfully, I could easily see myself seated upon my garden tractor cutting the lawn with a cob filled with this mixture, mindlessly puffing away in stupefied oblivion. Ideally this product was originally designed for eased casual enjoyment, maybe by Bob’s formal seal of approval. So, with that thought grab yourself a spot of genuine Curacao and a pipe’s worth of Bob Bushman to see if the evocation of that vibrant Caribbean spirit rings true for you. 2.5 Pipes as a basic aromatic, 2.9 Pipes as a codger Burley
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 05, 2022 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
I love every genre of pipe tobacco. English, VaPer's, Aro's, Burley's, etc. So, I can go into any tobacco without bias.

Bob Bushman is comprised of thin ribbon cuts of Virginia and Burley, and some thick cavendish leaf. Pouch aroma is fruity, but I cannot decipher what the exact fruit is (berries seem most probable) and I do not detect coconut in the pouch aroma. Moisture content is great being a topped aromatic!

Packing is made easy. lights well, burns even, but leaves a little moisture in the bottom of the bowl.

This does have a have a Boswell Berry Cobbler aroma in the smoke and flavor the first few puffs. Not sure where it comes from, but this has a musty Perique note after the first 1/4 bowl. It basically takes over and tastes like straight perique. I had high hopes for this blend, but after the 2nd bowl it just wasn't for me.
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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