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A fleet of bright Virginias set sail with C&D's Privateer, stocked with black cavendish, dark burley, and a small cache of Latakia for a rich, complex journey.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Privateer (Sea Scoundrels).

I reviewed Visions of Celephaïs from Cornell & Diehl the other day and found it a debauched mess. This, on the other hand, has restored my faith in C+D!

The ribbons are primarily medium size, but there are one or two bigger pieces of black. The aroma from it's woodsy and smoky, but not as effluvial or harsh as some English blends. It could use more hydration, for me, but without being too pedantic it's ready to go!

Flavoursome. That sums up the smoke! Plenty of flavour but it's a mellower English than some. The same as in the tin-note, the Latakia offers wood and smokiness, but not much of an acrid note. A nice collaboration comes from the Virginias and Burley, making for a fresh, meadow-like, yet tousled and toasty flavour. The black Cavendish isn't as evident as the other leaves, it gives the expected smoothness, but there isn't any sticky traits from it; the piquancy from the VaBur and Lat' side definitely rules. One of the only low points, IMO, is simply the burn. Relights? LOL, that's a moot point, it goes too quickly!

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: quite full but I like it.

Privateer? The only thing stopping this scoring four stars is the speed it burns at. But, the flavour ensures it gets three:


Pipe Used: Peterson #03

Age When Smoked: 12/12/18

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