Cornell & Diehl Red Odessa seems to be the fan favorite among the four varied blends, Odessa, Pirate Kake, Engine #99. We like them all, but if you want to go with the “fan favorite” here it is. Whichever you choose, fans of English blends really can’t go wrong with these.
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Model: Red Odessa Bulk
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Perique, Turkish & Red Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 16 oz.
Was a little moist upon opening. The left bag opens for a day and it was just right. Tasty, spicy, burns well and I cannot describe all of the wonderful flavors it produces. Great smoke and since I purchased in bulk, I put up a couple of jars to age.
This fairly recent discovery is probably one of the better all-day Virginia/Latakia/Turkish/Perique blends I've found. I'd put it in the medium-strength category. Just a nice smoky, succulent, all-around smoke. It actually reminds me more of some of those great English/Latakia blends from 40 to 50 years ago than certain others.