Only 4,500 units produced
A blend of fine red and bright Virginias balanced by Basma leaf from 2014 and Izmir Orientals from 2013, Sun Bear commends itself with subtle notes of South Carolina garden-grown honey from the personal beehives of Jeremy Reeves, head blender of Cornell & Diehl.
The natural honey complements the subtle drizzling of silver tequila and Elderflower for a natural, refined tasting tobacco with an underlying, swashbuckling boldness. Sun Bear is a unique experience for the connoisseur who appreciates a dance of flavor components dominated by quality Virginias.
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Series: Small Batch
Blended By: Cornell & Diehl
Model: Small Batch Sun Bear
Blend Type: Virginia
Amount: 2 oz.
Reminds me of some of the best McClellands blends.
Very Morrish. Smooth, with a sweet aroma. Everyday smoke.
I'm not much on doing reviews. Sometimes I like tobaccos and other times it seems just like another day at the office. I think I have to tell a bit about my pipe evolution. I used to smoke a few times a week. Now it's several bowls every day. Like most, I like Va Pars overall. But, it's a new liking. I like Latakia, but most blends are just another in the murky waters. I miss McClelland. Cornell & Diehl has done a good job of marketing...what we have hoped to be a substitute. I've bought in. Most of the "red" Virginias I've liked, but maybe some age will make me like them. I was skeptical about another Cornell& Diehl small batch, but the marketing was there...Sun Bear is pleasantly different It is toned down and somewhat sweet. While packing the richness of the Virginias, I've grown to love. It's been a while, but this reminds me of McClelland 221B Honeydew. The additives "toppings" seem natural and desirable, as described on the tin. There is not a chemical taste that you get from "flavored" tobacco. I bought three tins and have about finished the first one. I'd panned to age a few years, but I may not wait. Sun Bear is nostalgic, for me. It reminds me of the pleasures I had when I began to understand and enjoy pipe smoking. Get Some.
Smoked one bowl so far, I believe it might be a perfect blend especially if you are into VA/Oriental blends. The topping is very minimal and after a few Puffs is only present on retro. I hope they bring it back as a main blend and offer it in pounds because I wish I had a lot more!
This is a good blend, however, it's really nothing special. It burns very hot, no matter how slow you sip the pipe. I'm kinda glad it's not a regular product. It's good but not amazing by any.
Nice loose flakes and perfect moisture level straight from the tin. The high-quality Virginia's are well complimented by Orientals and the honey adds just a bit of sweetness. I am glad that I grabbed a few cans, one for now and several more to age as I expect it to age well. All in all a lovely smoke.
Pretty good little smoke here. The very light flavoring added to sweeten it up a bit. I didn’t detect any of the tequila, however. I wish I would have bought a few more tins before they sold out.
Maybe age will do this baccy some good... I found it harsh...very rough edge to it. Could be that I'm smoking too fast/slow.....who knows. I'm not giving up on it just yet.
The tin note is amazing. Every time I sniff, even though it is much more complex, I think chocolate croissant! Rich and mature tasting with a real creamy sweetness. No tongue bite at all. I usually smoke VaPers and nonaromatics but this is a real treat. This is what an aromatic should be like! I hope they make this blend again in the future. It’s a winner!
This is an exceptional blend right out of the tin. C&D blends can be hit or miss for me but so far I have liked everything in the Small Batch line with Sun Bear being the best so far. If you can find this it's well worth picking up.