Cornell & Diehl's Small Batch blends are handcrafted in small quantities by our expert blenders right here in South Carolina.

Our unique interpretation of the Oriental-forward blends of yesteryear. Palmetto Balkan features mature 2018 Izmir and 2019 Basma varietals; top-tier 2017 and 2019 Carolina Red Virginias; and Cypriot Latakia enhanced by a special, proprietary process. Rich with notes of woodsmoke, berries, oak, and baking spices, it showcases a velvety, wine-like character reminiscent of long-lost Syrian leaf.

Notes: Production was limited to 3000 8 ounce tins.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging8 ounce Tin
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2970)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The tart and tangy, zesty sun cured 2018 Basma and 2019 Izmir provide a lot of earth, wood, herbs, vegetation, floralness, some dry, bitter sourness, mild incense, spice, and a light buttery sweetness with a hint of smoke. They are the lead components. The Cyprian Latakia was processed to create a Syrian Latakia-like effect. It offers a fair amount of earth, wood, some leathery smoke, floralness, and tart wine sweetness with light spice and mustiness. It’s a supporting player. The Carolina Red Virginias produce some tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, a little floralness and vegetation, light tart and tangy citrus, grass, a few pinches of spice, and hints of cream and vinegar. They are a couple of steps behind the Latakia in the proceedings. The strength and taste levels start out mild to medium, and gain a little potency after the first quarter of the bowl. The strength is medium. The taste is a slot past that. The nic-hit is a notch below the strength level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and has very few rough notes. Well balanced with some nuance, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent floral, herbal, dryly sour, spicy, mildly smoky, sweet, savory campfire flavor that extends to the short lived dry after taste. The room note is a little stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Three stars.


11 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (245)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Right when think the classic tribute blends are a thing of the past, C&D not only brings one back, but they make it cool again! this is a special tobacco. The tin note is slightly smoky with a hint of sweetness. There is a sour note and some vanilla spice that is very faint and enjoyable. The use of the Orientals is masterful and the star of the show. These Orientals have something I love that you don't find in too many blends anymore and I have a hard time describing it, but I will try. The Izmir gives a "fizzy" seltzer like taste?.. feeling?...not sure,what it is but I love it. This is something I have experienced in older blends that are no longer available, more on that later. The flavors are all grounded in a base of red Virginia sweetness and earthiness that support the woody, slightly sour/tangy and lightly floral Basma and Izmir. The processed Cypriot Latakia if quite unique. The goal was to emulate Syrian Latakia and as far as I can tell they did a great job. I had to go and sample this back to back with a few English blends that I still have that have Syrian Latakia, namely McClellands Wilderness and the original Celebrated Sovereign from Ashton along with the recreated Ashton Artisan blend (when it had Syrian leaf). PB had the same slightly sweet and tangy dry red wine flavor that they all had, Wilderness seemed to have the exact same flavor and that may be due to it using both Syrian and Cypriot Latakia. Bravo! This isn't the centerpiece of the smoke but the flavors it adds really puts this blend in a class by itself relative to what is available today in English blends. The smoke is fairly complex and is best when sipped, the retrohale helps separate the flavor notes and leaves a pleasant after taste that lingers for quite awhile. If pushed, which I did do because I really enjoyed the flavor and got a bit excited in the first few bowls, it will get a bit harsh in the last third of the bowl but if sipped it will burn sweet and complex to the heel. Not a drop of moisture in my pipe when the experience was over. This needs a little drying time, One final tasting note, this is best in a briar by far. Cobs, clays and Meers are ok but the briar really makes this blend pop. The cob was my least favorite and it seemed to change the flavor quite a bit, and for me not for the better. I am looking forward to aging this blend almost as much as I am looking forward to the next bowl. I never got the chance to smoke any of the earl iterations of Balkan Sobranie, but I did get to try one of the last batches before it disappeared, with a decade of age on it by the time I got to it. My memory isn't that good when it comes to old flavors but it IS good enough to say that this is similar, if you loved McClelland Wilderness, this is a must try. The only Syrian blend I matched this up with that had no similarities was HH Vintage Syrian and I think that is due to the DFK in that blend really changing the flavor profile form a standard English. If you loved Syrian Latakia of if you never got the chance to try it before it disappeared, I would highly recommend this blend.

Pipe Used: Briar's, meerschaum, clay's and cob's

Age When Smoked: very fresh

Similar Blends: McClelland Wilderness.

9 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (205)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

C&D Palmetto Balkan - Opened the tin to find a lovely shag cut tobacco . The Basma and Izmir definitely in the lead here . There is sweet and sour at the same time . Herbal and floral . Mildly creamy and buttery . Citrus tang . A little spicy. They did a good job giving the Latakia a bit of a wine like essence like Syrian was. The Latakia is smokey and a little salty also . A little fruity sweetness from the Carolina Red Flake . This Balkan blend has a bitter sour edge to it which isn’t really a bad thing and it will probably mellow with age . It is a good blend and I am happy with the purchase . 3

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Similar Blends: Skiff Mixture by Samuel Gawith.

9 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (213)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

C&D's Palmetto Balkan-- In the interest of a full review, the tin I have smoked was 1460/3000. The production date is handwritten as 4/2022. The tin stamp is 5/10/22. I received this tin on 6/4/22 and opened it on 7/8/22. The tin note is smokey, woodsy, sweet, slightly herbal, and delicious. It came a little moist, but I did not dry it out as the weeks passed the tin dried to my liking quite nicely. The smoke is very woodsy, earthy, herbal, vegetative, and sweet, with campfire and leather notes trailing not far behind with a slightly spicy note too. Behind all this are some dark fruit notes, breadiness, some citrus, and the barest hint of hay. The smoke takes on an incense likeness for a puff or two here and there which is very nice. The notes say that they have a new way of processing the lat. and it is reminiscent of Syrian, I would say that it does remind me of Syrian, but that is as far as I will go. It does have a wine-like note to it and is much softer than I expected. The strength based on the volume of smoke, nic, etc. is at the upper end of mild to medium, the nic is slightly less than this. The taste starts out as mild to medium but by the end of the first third of the bowl has developed to medium. The room note is not the best, however. The finish is short for this type of blend. Overall, a good blend but there are dozens of Balkans that fall into this category and this one does not really stand out from the crowd all that much. 2.5 stars as there are others I like better and don't see myself buying this one again, rounded up based on the overall taste and performance to 3 stars. Recommended to those who like mild to medium Balkans and to anyone interested in trying one.

3 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I hesitated a little when I saw this was only coming out in 8oz tins but I'm glad I went ahead and ordered a couple on release.

Appearance is C&D ribbon which is closer to the shag end of the spectrum with a variety of colors mixed throughout. Moisture content was a little higher than other blends, so works best for me if dried out for a couple of hours. Easy to pack and light.. takes a few lights to really get going and an average number of relights.

The primary tastes I've gotten through my several bowls in several different shaped pipes is a nice tangy sour, backed with sweet. There is a supporting campfire smokiness especially when sipped. The mixture is very consistent through the bowl and allows the different component blends to work well together.

I'm sure this will age really nicely so I'm glad I got a 2nd tin to put in the cellar for awhile. Freshly blended it is a winner in my book and is in my top "Balkan" style blends for sure.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 2022

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (112)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Tin 1974 of 3000 has a tin note of smoky, slightly sour/vinegar, mildly creamy on a background of ripe dark fruit. Tobacco is brown, with a smattering of tan and black, ribbon cut. It's not damp enough to require drying. Burns reasonable with average number of relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. No flavoring is detected. Taste is medium and somewhat consistent, with notes of floral, leather, earth, lemon zest, mild smoky wood, mild tart dried fruit, very mild sweetness and a spicy retro. Oriental/Turkish is leading with Latakia supporting. The Virginias seem to hang back during the 1st half before timidly making itself known in the latter stages. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: Castello Sea Rock Briar SC 31

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Eduardo Mildner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eduardo Mildner (3)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Uma excelente mistura, tendo os orientais como atores principais. A mistura é leve, floral, saborosa e naturalmente aromática. O Latakia processado traz nuances diferentes da tradicional versão Cipriota, sendo mais sutil, mais apimentado, menos defumada e com menos notas de couro. Os Virgínias Vermelhos e Dourados trazem um dulçor interessante e casam muito bem com os outros componentes da mistura. Na minha opinião, um ótimo produto. Não é nada excepcional; mas é muito interessante.

Pipe Used: Luiz Lavos Lovat

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: 4Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.