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The engine hums beneath you. The evening air rushes across your face as you leave a cloud of troubles in your wake, supplanted by the dark, yet sweet aroma of bright Virginias, Perique, a touch of Latakia, and a hint of Turkish leaf. There's nothing like a Midnight Drive.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2851)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The mildly citrusy, grassy, very slightly honey-like bright Virginias form the base of the blend. The spicy, raisiny, plumy perique is an important supporting player. The dry, woody, earthy, nutty burley plays a back up role, and has a couple bitter notes. I think there slightly more than a touch of the smoky, woody, leathery, barely sweet Cyprian latakia mixed in as it is a continual, obvious presence. The dry, woody, lightly floral Turkish underscores the experience in every puff; just enough to notice. Can’t say I notice the sugar from the black cavendish much at all, but whatever is there is used to add a light smoothness. The nicotine is a shade closer to medium than it is to mild. The taste level is barely a step beyond medium, and has a bit of heft to it, but little sweetness. Won’t bite or get harsh, but it does have a rough edge here and there. Well balanced, it burns cool, clean, and a little slow as broken flakes will do with a mostly consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant dry, campfire after taste that slightly lingers, and a stronger room note. Is not quite an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable. More of a two and a half star product.


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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2035)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Cornell & Diehl - Midnight Drive. (Working Man Series).

In the tin is a coarsely broken, dark brown, flake. It suits me to just 'stuff and puff' some, but others may deem it better to give it a further rubbing. The smell is symbiotic with a powerful blend; natural, potent, and slightly sharp.

The smoke? Lots of power! The Black Cavendish gives the least flavour, and I notice hardly any Burley. The Virginia gives the smoke a touch of freshness, but it's mainly Latakia, Perique and Orientals; causing a woody, sharp, spicy, slightly efflorescent leading taste. My bowls have all behaved well, mechanically, and I've not been bitten. The temperature creeps toward medium when/if pushed, but isn't a problem with my usual technique.

Nicotine: quite strong, for me. Room-note: bad.

Midnight Drive? I don't like it, too 'heady'. Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 10/03/17

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DrAcula Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrAcula (62)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Presentation: Label shows a silhouette of a fellow enjoying his pipe while driving in the night with the moon in the background.

Cut: Hard to say what cut this comes in because it's rather inconsistent. Somewhere between a coarse cut and a ribbon but with random pieces in it. For example, I found about a nickle-sized corner of a plug. Moisture is alright.

Tin note: Sweet and smoky bread/earth.

Tasting notes: Sometimes a sweet twist, sometimes a tart twist to the mainly earthy, smoky, woody core. I get an obvious tanginess whenever I am drawing from the pipe. There is a decent level of spice intermittently. The finish is sometimes leathery.

Mechanics: N/A—A well behaved blend.

Extra Remarks: This is not an attention grabber of a blend—some complexity, and rather full of flavor, but just smoking it without thought it feels simple. I think you need to smoke this analytically to appreciate it. Steer clear if you hate deep, dark tasting english blends, this borders on latbomb territory. I like this blend, although I likely won't repurchase after this tin runs out. Not the best blend I've had but certainly not near the worst either, just "good"—3 stars.

Pipe Used: IMP Straight Billiard Meer

Age When Smoked: 1 year 2 months

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