September 2019 Batch
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Series: Small Batch
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Model: Carolina Red Flake
Tobacco Type: Virginia
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 2 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 2 oz.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I have smoked so many Virginia's over my years in pipe smoking and this one ranks near the very top. The absolute Pinnacle in my opinion is McClelland's 40th Anniversary, but the quality of leaf in this blend Rivals (if not exceeds) the Virginia's that McClelland uses in their blends. I know high praise, but that's no lie. I have no idea why this blend only has a 4-star review on TP.com, but I think that's crazy low. 5-star blend all the way. Check out Tobacco Reviews.com if you don't believe me. A+ smoke, every single time. You can't go wrong with this blend...
I heard a lot about this tobacco and decided to see what the hype was about. Very spicy, slightly tart in that way of good Virginias, packs easy and burns cool...Don't be too aggressive though..the nicotine will sneak up on you fast..Overall a great medium strength Full-flavored Virginia flake...Thanx again C and D.
I'll be putting a more detailed review on Tobaccoreviews.com, but for now, let me say that I highly recommend this blend. It is evidently the last of Cornell & Diehl's 2015 Virginia crop. Fresh out of the tin I can detect that dark, stewed fruit, a little earthiness, and that ketchup, bbq note we expect from this type of blend. The smoke is pretty thick and creamy, and I definitely get an earthy, plummy flavor. There is also a very light floral note that comes and goes for me. And I don't mean a Lakeland essence. More of a clover-like flavor. There is a little rough edge to this blend, especially near the bottom of the bowl, but not too bad. I pack my pipe in chunks, and once lit, it stays lit pretty well. Didn't need to dry it at all. The aging potential for this is very great, I think. I expect my other tins to become even sweeter and smoother over time. Definitely worth a try. Get while there is still some.
I was disappointed in this one dimensional, very bland Virginia.
Okay, not great. It has a nice sweet grassy taste. However, the earthiness makes the tobacco rough tasting as well. An interesting blend, not the worst out there but not the best either. If you like earthy Virginia's then this may be your cup of tea.
I smoke this slow and lightly as intended and it is beautiful. my new favorite tobacco.
This small-batch Carolina Red Flake is the best yet. When you open the tin, you take a deep sniff and you’re met by a nice, Earthy scent, a little spicy, and a little grassy like. The flakes are beautiful. It is not too moist and packs well in my Peterson Aran XL90 Pipe. When you light it, the taste was pleasant, not overpowering. It had a little spicy taste to me, but I loved it. You have to “sip” the Carolina Red Flake to enjoy the smoke. If you try to smoke it like a wild man, you’re not getting the taste that Jeremy Reeves at C&D intended. I do enjoy this tin, I ordered a few more. This will make a wonderful addition to your tobacco cellar, as Red Flake usually does. If you’ve never tried a true Red Flake tobacco, this would be a good one to try. Thank you TobaccoPipes.com for shipping my order so fast.
Not as good as the original that was recalled. Can note is great, like the cut, smokes evenly, just a little bland.