Sansepolcro, one of the most intriguing blends to come out of Cornell & Diehl's Small Batch project, combines the finest red Virginias from North Carolina with unique Italian dark-fired leaf. Its initial run in 2016 was met with great enthusiasm among customers and retailers alike, earning numerous 4/4 star reviews at TobaccoReviews.com.
Today we're happy to announce that C&D has completed a new production run of this spectacular blend for 2019.
To refresh your memory, the dark-fired leaf used in this blend is a historical variety of Ky171 fire-cured Kentucky — all grown, harvested, and processed on a small farm in the Sansepolcro region of Italy, an area with a history and tradition of tobacco cultivation dating to the 17th century.
Aromatically spicy with earthy, clove-like undertones, the special Italian leaf pairs beautifully with the mellow citrus and bready notes of the red Virginias, making for a wonderful melange of flavors and aromas — at once both familiar and exotic.
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Series: Small Batch
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Model: Small Batch Sansepolcro
Tobacco Type: Black Cavendish, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 2 oz.
This is a really interesting blend. At first, I found it very strong with flavors pushing to the earthiness of cigar leaf though not quite like cigar leaf. Red Virginia brightens it up nicely. At this point, I would have given it a 3-star rating. Then I tried it in my Peterson System pipe and wow did it ever explode with subtle flavors and the slight harshness disappeared! I often smoke strong blends in my System pipe because it mellows the blend opening up the flavors! I would recommend a System pipe for this blend. If you puff a bit hot like I do it will let you see how amazing this blend can be!
I smoked some of the recent releases upon opening. The first quarter bowl was very harsh. Middle became decent, the last 1/4 spoke of things to come. Older releases of this blend have aged nicely and are excellent to smoke. I took a flyer and put quite a few tins away hoping for a positive outcome down the road.
It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s strong, it’s limited! Grab one tin to enjoy and at least one more to stash and forget for a few years. Top blend C&D!
Overall, a real treat. A few rough edges, it reminded me of Mac Baren Bold Kentucky in those rough and raw notes. Slow cadence rewards you with a unique, subtle flavor. It will stand up to harder puffing but you will lose much of that delicate flavor. Much like a fine Virginia in that regard. I'm glad this is limited batch so I don't have to feel bad about excluding it from my regular rotation...it is perfect for those times when you can't decide just what you're in the mood for. As it is, this is a real treat for those with the patience to coax out the wonderful qualities of this fine blend. Another home run from our friends at C&D!
Seriously!? Small batch means small batch. You need to buy it before all the other Tobaccians get their hands on this stuff. Haven’t cracked the tin and I might never. Sorry readers if this wasn’t helpful. But you still need to get this into your Cellar.