Cornell and Diehl's Adagio is a mixture in what some call the American English category. The blend has ingredients similar to, but in some ways different from, a traditional English mixture. I imagine it takes a skillful blender to combine five separate tobaccos into a single quality mixture. A slow burning and flavorful smoke; during a bowl you will notice the taste changing in delightful ways.
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Tobacco Type: Burley, Latakia, Perique, Turkish, Virginia
Blend Type: Burley
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 2 oz.
What is in it?
Your tin will contain many ribbons and some broken flake. You will taste Burley, but there does not seem to be cube cut Burley as described by the manufacturer.
Burley: The lead component in this blend, very smooth and easy to smoke.
Virginia: The broken flake you will find is made of a dark Virginia. You will notice a deep sweetness in the smoke that is the Virginia peeking thru.
Oriental/Turkish: Our third major component here, the Orientals blend nicely with the Burley. There is a woody, almost cedar flavor that crops up now and again.
Latakia: A small portion of this blend is the Cyprean Latakia. The rich smoky taste will come and go as you smoke.
Perique: The Perique does not stand out in the flavor of this blend. You will be able to detect spiciness, and a solid tingle in the nose while smoking, however.
What does it smoke like?
Cornell and Diehl's Adagio is a complex tobacco. That may not be suprising given the number of ingredients. Adagio does not smoke like a standard English mixture. The base tobacco here is Burley instead of the Virginias that most English blends use as a foundation. The blend has a strong and nutty undercurrent which may remind you of a light cigar. The Virginia that is in here is a broken flake that is only intermittently being burned as you smoke down the bowl. When you do hit a piece of flake, there is a dark and rich sweetness that is very satisfying. Latakia is a small portion of the mixture and is in the background. The same could apply to the Perique, but I think the Virginia sweetness is nicely enhanced by the Perique. This is a different and unusual smoke. It has some aspects of a VaPer, some aspects of an English mixture, and some aspects of a Burley blend.
How to prepare it?
Pop your tin and you will see many varieties of brown, yellow and black tobacco. The broken Virginia flake is easy to spot, but I don't see any cubes of Burley. Moisture in tin is suitable for immediate smoking, which is a common trait for C&D blends. There is so much variety of flavor here, it seems to shine in a wide bowl. Lighting is only difficult if there is a piece of flake on top. A light pack and frequent tamping will keep relights to a minimum.