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Cornell & Diehl's Wintertime Reserve: Nutcracker is a stout and portly blend of white, dark, and cube cut burley, combined with choice Virginias and a dash of perique. Pressed and sliced into delicate flakes. Best enjoyed after a good meal with friends and family.

Notes: A special, seasonal extension of the Small Batch line, all four Wintertime Reserve blends are crafted by hand, one small batch at a time, from recipes specially selected by head blender Jeremy Reeves. From a fragrant aromatic to English and Virginia staples, all these blends are pressed and cut into either flakes or old-fashioned crumble cakes, and packaged in special, festive tin art.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable
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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (274)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received a tin of this from with the purchase of a Petersen during their sale. I liked it enough to pick up more when they offered it after the holidays for sale.

Typical C&D style broken flakes. Tin note def has the perique in it along with some nuttiness. Tobacco is good quality and the moisture was a little higher than some of their blends, but manageable.

I broke the flakes up and loaded one of my Fat Author Bones pipes. It took a little effort to get a good charring (needs to dry a little bit), but then it was easy to keep lit during the pipe.

Flavor was nutty (burleys), sweet (VAs) and a little spicy (periques). All three flavors continued throughout the pipe from start to finish and really complimented each other.

The tobacco reminds me of another CD blend or two, but I can't think which ones of the top of my head.

I'm aging the ones I picked up after the holidays and plan on having one during each Holiday season going foward. I'll update the review if the age makes a big difference.

Pipe Used: Small Bowl Canadian and Fat Author

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin (2019)

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2035)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Nutcracker (Wintertime Reserve).

Don't expect flakes which necessitate a serious rub, these are falling apart in the tin and a bowl's worth can be pinched out, easily. The main colour's medium brown with just a few lighter specks. The aroma's of a VaBur with a definite 'twang' of Perique. My tin had perfect moisture.

The Perique seems a little stronger for the first five minutes, after this point the VaBur side supersedes it and the Perique becomes more of a rich seasoning. The leading flavour emanates from the white Burley; being nutty yet very 'dry'. The smoke gets a fruity sweetness from the Virginia, but not much sharp grass, or 'freshness'. It burns well, maybe a little too well; it can go fast and also seem a touch warm if pressured.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not bad!

Nutcracker? If it weren't for the mechanics I'd love it, but considering these I'll just give it three stars:


Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 12/05/19

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