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Commemorating the last of Norfolk and Western Railway's J Class steam locomotives, this blend of black Cavendish, Virginias, and Burleys — sweetened with a hint of coumarin vanilla — will have you firing on all cylinders. Full steam ahead.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging2oz Tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Mild, Medium
Mild, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2035)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Engine #611.

LOL, not the kind of vanilla aromatic I'd recommend for a newbie!

Supplied from bulk so I'm unable to comment on the moisture from a tin, but this pouch was smack on. The aroma isn't like your usual vanilla aromatics, it's a little fragrant. The blend is mainly a mix of browns, hardly any blacks, and apart from a few coarser pierces, it's mostly made of well rubbed ribbons.

The flavour's quite unusual for a vanilla aromatic. It isn't sticky, sweet, or clumsy. The vanilla has a sort of herby quality to it, as well as some vanilla-sweetness; it's 'edgier' than the most of this genre, hence why I wouldn't suggest it to a new smoker. The tobaccos? Engine #611 is more of a VaBur aromatic, the black Cavendish seems virtually vacant. It burns steadily, giving a cool, bite free, smoke.

Nicotine: not too mild. Room-note: not good.

Engine #611? To be blunt, I don't like it. Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: New

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (274)
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought Engine 611 since the 611 locomotive is my favorite steam engine. Wish C&D had got the rights to use a photo on the tins as she is a beauty.

As for the tobacco, I bought some bulk during a sale. It's an interesting blend in there is vanilla in it, but it's more complex than say 1Q. I got quite a bit of the background tobacco which were earthy with the vanilla adds sweet top notes.

It's a C&D ribbon cut. Easy to pack, easy to light. I got just a hint of tongue bite if I pushed too hard. If not, it was easy to keep tamed and burned nicely without relights.

It's not something that I'd buy again, but its worth smoking up the jar that I still have.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 3 years

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