Simple yet unique, heady yet versatile, elegant but still packing a whollop, we think you'll find this killer Virginia blend much as the settlers of the Old West found its namesake. Presented as a ready rubbed so it's quick to pack and smooth on the draw.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Derringer.

Note: from bulk, not a tin.

The blend's been rubbed to a coarse ribbon of medium brown and a few yellows. The aroma from the blend is an expected straight Virginia, and my moisture's good.

Derringer gives a rich tasting, Virginia, smoke. There's a pleasant sweetness, some of the usual grass and hay, and a fruitiness which gains strength throughout a bowl: for the first part of a bowl all the flavours are well rounded with one another, but towards the end the fruity character dominates. With casual puffing the temperature's medium, but if the pipe's strained it becomes a bit hot. Stressful puffing also causes it to bite.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

For flavour, alone, Derringer easily achieves four stars, but the heat and bite reduce this to three.


Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Milverton

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

15 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3025)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The brown, red, orange and stoved brighter fermented Virginias provide an abundance of tart and very tangy citrus, tangy ripe dark fruit, a little dried fruit, plenty of earth and wood, some bread, grass and hay, vegetation, light sugar, spice, acidity and floralness, along with a couple drops of honey and vinegar. I also sense a very small stewed fruit note. There is a very light sugar casing in the mix to tame potential harshness. For the most part, the strength and taste aspects fall a slot short of the medium threshold. The nic-hit is a tad less potent than the strength level. It won’t bite or get harsh, but it does sport a few rough edges. Well balanced, fairly complex and nuanced, it burns clean and relatively cool at a slightly slow pace with a mostly consistent woody, earthy, mildly sweet and spicy, piquant flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. This is more of a sipping blend as the characteristics of the ready rubbed Virginias tend to have a rugged, punchy, savory quality to them. In fact, it gets a little more savory and stronger in the last third of the bowl as the strength and taste eventually reach the medium mark. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a few more than an average number of relights. It’s not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.


13 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (396)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I was browsing the ‘What’s New’ section and noticed that Jiminks had reviewed this and I recalled having bought some of this about 6 months ago, September to be exact. So, I dug it up and smoked some more. I had bought 4 ounces of this along with about six others when there was a bulk sell and jarred them. Out of the jar this has a really pleasant sweet typical grassy, hay Virginia smell. This is a thick cut ribbon of reddish-brown tobacco. I loaded up my Meerschaum and the first few puffs were somewhat tart, astringent. These are the first words that came to mind but it mellowed out some. As this is a straight Virginia, I do not expect it to taste like a blend. The next day I decided to use a corn cob as for me cobs and Virginias go together. I have a few Generals but the stem diameter is too large for me as I tend to sometimes draw in ash as I smoke toward the bottom of the bowl. The round paper Medico filters do not fit so I used a 6mm balsa filter instead. Not sure if it is some form of power of suggestion but it really tasted a lot smoother, not as tart and had a pleasant VA tobaccy taste in the cob and the filter probably tamed it some also. Not a bad change of pace.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum and Cob

Age When Smoked: 6 months

7 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (137)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another paid sample from the 2018 Chicago Pipe Show. Pure Virginia's, relatively mild, very tasty, I loved this one. The best testament I can make for this baccy is that I'm going to buy more. If you love light Virginia's, you can't go wrong with Derringer (great name, by the way!).

Keep on Piping!

Purchased From: 2018 Chicago Pipe Show

7 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (192)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Smoking now:

Bulk version. Bag note is sweet hay and tang Virginia. Nothing special but nice. Moisture and mixture is fine. Seems a little on the dry side which is to my liking so I packed it straight away.

Do you like Virginia tobacco? Yes? Then here we go. This is Virginia tobacco. Nothing special. Nothing wrong with it. It’s quite nice. Smoked very well as far as the mechanics go.

There’s everything you want in a Virginia, slightly sweet, slight citrus tang, slight fermented bread, slight wood, some spiciness and vegetative flavors. There is a bit of a harshness to it however, some mouth tingle and spiciness. For me it benefits from a filter pipe. Nothing special. An ok Virginia especially at the bulk price.

Does well for blending as a base Virginia and that’s what I use it for now.

3 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable


Received a sample of this, enough for a couple of bowls. Normal coarse cut from C&D. Lights and smokes easy. Bites a bit. I feel with some age it could be a middle of the pack runner in the crowded Virginia field. Probably a good blend to start with for a beginner smoker who is delving into straight Virginia’s. Nothing presented itself that would make me want to try it aged or even again for that matter.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Unknown

3 people found this review helpful.

ATW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ATW (110)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

While I havent had too many Cornell and Diehl straight virginia blends that I have really enjoyed, Derringer is one that I have been surprised by.

The aroma is sweet and slightly grassy. From first puff to last its sweet with some citrus and a nuttiness that you get from some darker Virginia's, but mostly just a nice virginia overall flavor. Towards the bottom i get a black pepper flavor and spice. It burns cool and clean with no bite.

So far this is one of the best offering for a straight virginia from Cornell and Diehl. According to a YouTube video from them about casing vs toppings, Derringer is cased with sugar. The casing along with the stoved brights sweeten and smooth this blend out. It reminds me of Sam Gawith Best Brown Flake with the nutty character but not as full. A great all day Va that wont burn you tastes out.

3 people found this review helpful.

SabertoothPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SabertoothPiper (5)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This straight Virginia blend is pure comfort for those with a fondness for this tobacco type. No fuss lighting or remaining lit to concern oneself with. Patience and sipping pay off in sweetness that the leaf yields. I am wondering why this gem isn’t brought up more than I hear about it. A readily available non-unicorn blend that satisfies! It’s time to order a pound.

Pipe Used: Paul Perri Cherrywood

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Pouch appearance is wide, light/med brown colored and bright Virginia, ready rubbed with a few small flakes still intact. Perfect moisture content for immediate smoking.

Pouch aroma is pure Virginia tobacco. Grassy and hay like, sweet, and slight fig and fruity notes. Very faint fermented aroma noted.

a few small twigs in my 2oz bulk, but nothing major. I rubbed out the few remaining intact flakes before I loaded my first bowl. Packs well with a bit of spring

The tobacco does swell a bit on initial lighting. The Virginias are bright and brassy. Notes of hay, grass and a slight sweetness. This blend smokes dry and leaves your palate feeling the same. It is bitey, even when sipped. Requires several relights, and the room note is cigarette-ish. DGT'ing this blend makes that even worse. Some may really enjoy this blend for what it is. Would be a good fishing blend to keep the mosquitos away, or a blend to smoke while doing outdoor chores. But to me its monotone and bites too much.

1 person found this review helpful.

Poodlejuice Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Poodlejuice (51)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased this in bulk. Comes at perfect humidity, this ready rubbed is of the more smaller, flakier, variety.

Hay, corn, cream, sugary sweetness, wood, & bit of citrus fruityness that builds and deepens. As the bowl burns it picks up a surprising amount of character, including a nice bit of earth, dark stewed fruits, savory notes and a bit of spice. A little rough and unrefined but not in a negative way. Packs easy & burns well. will bite if provoked but on the more forgiving side of the straight VA spectrum. Medium strength as far as nicotine goes.

My perfect idea of a simple, all-day VA. I recently went away camping for a few days, brought this as well as a few englishes, however only brought one pipe, which was one of my favorite VA pipes. Needless to say I didn't plan on ghosting it with Latakia so I smoked nothing but Derringer the whole 2 days. No regrets. Very satisfying. Has just enough complexity without overstaying it's welcome & the price is right.

Pipe Used: Cobs, billiards

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Bushleagueosu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushleagueosu (20)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

VERY underrated. I dont understand how this is not talked about more. This is an amazing virginia blend. So many different flavors. All the classic light virginia sweetness, citrus and hay flavors but has the deeper bready flavors of a darker aged virginia as well. I also really enjoy the cut of this. It is a very wide cut broken flake that I have just been packing straight without rubbing out and it burns fantastic. Burns slow and smokes cool and dry. My tin was two years old when I smoked it. I plan on trying some fresh if I can and I will def be aging several tins. I feel like this could also scratch the itch of anyone missing their Mcclelland virginias. Dont get me wrong it is not a replacement but it does remind me of Mcclelland at certain times during the smoke.

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doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (108)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I grabbed this one during a sale on C&D bulk tobaccos. I wanted to try as many of their offerings that sounded appealing, and this one fit the bill. The pouch aroma suggests black tea leaves and some sweet grassiness. This ready rubbed preparation appears to be a blend of around 75% red Virginia and 25% bright leaf. It takes a light easily and is a fairly straightforward VA, not a lot of complexity here. There are some attractive tangy notes early on. This is not a particularly sweet smoke, and is quite rough around the edges. It absolutely will bite if one’s cadence is not judicious. Some black pepper is notable towards the bottom of the bowl. I tried this in a churchwarden and alas the mouthfeel was still quite rough.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: SP

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