Another in the Simply Elegant Series, the Opening Night pipe tobacco from Cornell & Diehl is a blend of Virginias, both bright and red. A perfectly pressed flake, this one will be a favorite among fans of Virginias.
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Series: Simply Elegant
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Model: Opening Night
Tobacco Type: Virginia
Blend Type: Straight Virginia
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
- 2 oz. Tin
- 8 oz. Tin
Popping up the tin you're greeted with as they say golden but to me is yellowish tinted as I got some tint when lightly rub with my fingers. Those broken moisturized flakes but smokeable smell somewhat hay and bread. Halfway through and it's taste tangy and gives sweetness of Virginia's. Relight gives somewhat sweet caramelish taste but after that, it burns and tastes like Burleys to the end. I have smoked better Virginia's flakes and in spite, the date on the tin is from '18 I think further jarring age will improve the taste much better. Since this is my first C&D buy I won't say Tobacco is of inferior quality instead it's good and further aging will give it more shine and it's worth trying out.
This is my first straight Virginia Blend and it is absolutely incredible. Since I tend to stay away from the aromatics, this is my go to when I want something a little sweeter than my usual Balkan blend.
If you are a straight Va fan, this is your tobacco. My preference is straight Va, so I have tried a lot and this one shines above the rest. I have several tins aging, knowing they will only get better.
I will keep this short and sweet. This is a phenomenal tobacco with excellent burning qualities, a great room note, and a sweet and subtle hay like taste. It is not your traditional Pure Virginia but is rather unique. I have tried this blend several times and it has never disappointed me. It honestly grows on you the more you smoke it and it is close to my top five tobaccos all around. Should you decide to pick up a tin, I highly doubt you will be disappointed. With such a great taste and reasonable cost, this is a go-to for me from now on. A+ C&D