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 2020.
Merging old- and new-world tobacco ingenuity, Sansepolcro is a very special entry into the Small Batch series. A base of Carolina’s finest red and bright Virginias is elegantly spiced with select, flavorful Orientals, then married with an Italian dark-fired leaf grown and double-fermented on a singular farm in the Tuscan Tiber Valley where tobacco cultivation dates back to the 17th century. The result is a wonderful melange of flavors and aromas that are both familiar and exotic.
The Italian dark-fired leaf adds an unapologetic floral yet toasty flair, not unlike some herbaceous European teas, and this signature blend resonantes with a broad base of smokers to be enjoyed any time, from sunrise to sunset, and all smoking moments in between. Limited to a run of only 8000 serialized tins, and decidedly less expensive than a trip to Tuscany, we suggest yours today.
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.
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.