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Cornell & Diehl's Stratfordshire, a medium strength blend of red and lemon Virginia, latakia, Turkish, and black cavendish, is evocative of long strolls through the hills and the moorlands of its namesake.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of the best medium English blends I have had the pleasure to smoke. The Latakia and the Turkish are well balanced and nicely supported by the Virginias and Black Cavendish. Along with the usual underlying sweetness is a note of lightly buttered toast. Simply delicious. If you like English blends you just have to try this. I can't recommend this any higher.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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18 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Billed as a "Medium English" I wonder what C&D's 015 Mild English could possibly be as this innocuous blend seems more of a "Light" or even Ultra-light itself to me. It's not offensive in any manner. Just smoke, plain and simple (and not a huge quantity of that due to quick, dry burn). Sort of a "generic" English, but less tasty than I'd hoped for. Recommend a very thick walled pipe for this because your pipe will heat up, way up, quickly. I'll be moving on in my quest for my quintessential everyday smoke

Update 7/24/09: I'm kicking the rating up here a star as I'm smoking more of this than I anticipated and liking it more.

Update 12/27/09: After acquiring a resupply and putting Stratfordshire through a longer test I must adjust some of my ratings. I am bumping the Taste up to medium and wish to state that to me now it seems more robust in nicotine. It could well fill an all-day role in my world. I wish Presbyterian tasted as this does as what I found wrong with that this corrects. Yes, Stratfordhire is in England but it does have a Scottish flair to it. It is still at 3 stars but think 3.5 All in all, a most MM965-like smoke.

17 people found this review helpful.

Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (48)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very good medium English blend once it settles down from the first few puffs. I like the way the Virginias and the Black Cavendish intertwine and smooth out the Latakia and Turkish. The Black Cavendish is nicely sprinkled in here. There is no bite, and you will appreciate a rich and creamy smoke.

As a long-time lover of the most perfect blend ever conceived, Murray's Dunhill 965, I can understand the association with Stratfordshire. Certainly not the same, but they have similar characteristics.

I probably would be smoking more of Stratfordshire if it were not for Tuskegee Airman which is just outstanding, and to my taste buds, seems to be using slightly higher quality tobaccos.

If you are the thrifty type, you will find Stratfordshire a great deal in bulk.

I can certainly recommend this blend and think it might be a little better than 3 stars.

15 people found this review helpful.

Archdeacon Grantly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archdeacon Grantly (4)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an underrated English blend, in my opinion. It reminds me of Dunhill's 965 with it's VA's, orientals, latakia and cavendish. A very pleasant, medium bodied blend that satisfies. I don't understand why it isn't more highly rated here, except that C&D have so many blends, the result is fewer ratings on all of them, I guess.

14 people found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is told to be similar as Murray's MM965. I only smoked the Orlik version, and by no doubt Stratfordshire is way better than that. If Murray's version of MM965 tastes better than this one, I am totally convinced of all the hypes it gets. I think this is one of the best English blends that C&D have ever created.

13 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I was quite satisfied by this English offering, though not as much as I would have liked. For the perfect example of this style of blend, I would recommend C. Fairmorn's Sundowner Mixture.

There is just something about the classic, straightforward English blend that hasn't done it for me in years. I can realize objectively that a base of bright Virginia with Latakia and Turkish can be good in all that it is expected to attain, but I am always left wanting something just a bit different. A few variations on that classic theme are always interesting. Such is the case with Stratfordshire.

The base of red Virginia as opposed to bright lends a bit more sweet complexity to the flavor, and a goodly amount of Cornell & Diehl's black Cavendish manages to impart a few more pleasant surprises. The effect of these two components working with the condimental leaf was rather enthralling. For a time one would have the soft, warming sweetness of a quality aromatic. It would then, of a sudden, give way over to a dark, smoky Scottish sort of flavor with the dusky sweetness only lingering in back of the heady Orientals. This combination would repeat throughout the bowl and leave me intrigued, if not a little fatigued at times.


A. Morley Jaques

11 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (129)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I usually do not try latakia blends that contain black cavendish, but decided to give this a whirl. I am glad I did, because this is a very smooth blend. The black cav did not add any kind of artificial sweetness, but rather cooled and thickened the smoke. I breezed through a sample and had to get more.

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10 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1982)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Stratfordshire.

If you're on the 'look out' for a great, anytime of day, English, step right up!

Like the picture here the ribbons have been well rubbed and there are more brown and light brown pieces than black. As it's from bulk, and been in my tobacco cupboard for a few weeks, it's achieved perfect hydration.

The flavour from Stratfordshire is very pleasing. The Latakia and Turkish outweigh the other tobaccos, but it isn't a caustic smoke. The Virginias and black Cavendish give the smoke a sweet edge, which works wonderfully with the smoky, creamy, leading flavour from the Latakia and Turkish. As a bowl burns to the finish the smoke takes on a toffee-like nuance. The burn is exceptional: steady, quite slow, cool, producing a bite-free smoke.

Nicotine: medium at a push. Room-note: not the worst.

Stratfordshire? Simple, highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Dr Plumb Quintex

Age When Smoked: Three weeks

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7 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (174)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

It looks like a great idea to bring all of these components together (bright Virginia, burley, Oriental and Latakia leaf). Stratfordshire feels like a mild aro without any additives, that is, just plain unflavoured tobacco. The addition of unsweetened black Cavendish seems to counterbalance its dark profile, introducing a sweet dimension into the formula. The Latakia seems to be added with proper measure so as to not overwhelm or take over. Also, there is this creaminess coming and going. I can see how this tobacco could be added into my rotation and become a favourite. This is truly remarkable. Highly recommended.

6 people found this review helpful.

tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I have sampled probably about 12-15 Cornell and Diehl Blends. I was on a C&D kick for a while where I smoked virtually nothing but their blends. When I first got this one, It did not really impress me. In maybe 6 months or so I smoked less than half of the two ounce sample. I remember it being harsh, and pretty generic.

But today I am smoking a bowl and it is very pleasant. Not the least bit harsh. The cavendish really does make this blend,it makes it fantastically. I do not know if the roughly six months of aging in its original ziplock bag helped refine this blend, or if my tastes have just changed but this blend it very good and i recommend it to all.

Still, like most C&D bulk blends, this not some exotic incredible blend, with subtle nuances, that...etc. No, C&D english blends are for the most part dry, rough, no nonsense tobacco blends. They do not give the same experience of more "Luxury" type tinned blends which leave you impressed with their finesse. Instead this blend is what it is, a delicious, no nonsense, pure tasting tobacco, which to me at least, makes me feel like I am smoking something from a long ago and simpler time.

It is a pleasant middle of the road english which I am sure most of you will at least slightly enjoy!

6 people found this review helpful.

rogerrodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rogerrodger (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a delicious English, blend, smooth and flavorful. I don't know enough yet about the different tobaccos that make it taste this way, but whatever the contribution of the types, it is great. It has a definite nutty sweet flavor with the smokiness of the Latakia. It lit well and only needed one or two relights. In my cob it got hot toward the bottom of the bowl, but it was undoubtedly my technique. In my Savinelli basket pipe it was fine. I will be buying 6 or 8 ounces soon. As is noted above, it is a great bargain in bulk.

Pipe Used: Savinelli basket and MM cob

Age When Smoked: unknown

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5 people found this review helpful.

Country Bladesmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Bladesmith (18)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Jar notes: pretty much mostly smoke from the Latakia. You can smell the Turkish leaf also. Smells like a Balkan blend.

The bouquet doesn’t lie. As soon as the flame touches the leaf, you get smoky Latakia and buttery, spicy Turkish. Although at first, this seems to be a very “airy” blend, and a bit too light, it builds flavor and character quickly in the first quarter of the bowl, to the point that I would agree with its billing as a medium English. The burley adds a nice backbone to the mixture, and the black cavendish helps tie everything together and smooth any rough edges. There is a mild, natural sweetness from the Virginias that is pleasant, but it is hard to pick apart the characteristics of the red vs the lemon here. The Latakia and Turkish are a bit too heavy for my palate to do that, but it’s not a complaint. The blend is great. There is a bit of spice, though it’s hard for me to discern if it’s from the Turkish or the burley. Not much nicotine here, but lots of nice Balkan-like interplay between the Turkish and the Latakia. Very nice.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29765)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

nothing but good straight forward english (medium) smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.