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By order of the Crown, you are hereby called to appear before the Barrister, an honorific blend of Latakia and other choice tobaccos to advocate for a rich, complex smoking experience. This noble mixture will have you soliciting your tobacconist for more after only a brief recess.

A unique mixture of white burley (rough cut & short cut), Virginia, dark burley and fine cut latakia.

Notes: This was an Amar Blends Co. mixture. Cornell and Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByAmar Blends Co.
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging2oz Tin only
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2850)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The dry, earthy, woody, mildly nutty sharp white burley takes a light lead over the toasty, earthy, nutty, slightly molasses sweet dark burley. The grassy, citrusy Virginia plays a little more than a condimental role. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is far in the background. The strength level is a little closer to medium than it is to mild The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won’t bite, but fast puffing may get you a harsh note, and there are a couple rough edges. Burns clean at a slightly slow rate with a fairly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Has a decent, lingering after taste, and stronger room note. Not an all day smoke.


10 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is another fine Amar pick-up and the Latakia and Burley perform wonders as the support for the Virginias. So much so that the tobacco has a nice little nic hit with every puff. Not a blend that I would smoke all day long, but certainly one that can be enjoyed often. Not heavy but not light and for some reason, it was the Burley that really stood out for me in this one.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fun With C&D Samples, Vol II, #2.

Another probable Bob Runowski-inspired C&D blend. Another C&D blend with a cut all over the map that looks like some amateur (like me) put it together. Another excellent tasting blend that I know I could never create.

Medium brown chop/chunk cut of primarily burley flavor with barely a hint of latakia and even less of virginia. The flavor is mild but bold. I've said this about another C&D blend but I think it really pertains to this one: This seems like C&D's "Big-n-Burley's" little brother. I love BNB and it's one of my staples. Since I love its strength and assertiveness so much, this one toned that down and hence, I loved it but loved it less. Don't get me wrong - this is an excellent tobacco. It's just a milder version of BNB for those times I want something quieter but still full of flavor. C&D really do burley very well and this is definitely one to try if you love burley, a tobacco that is more and more becoming a staple in my diet.

I've also mixed a small amount of this with C&D's Kelly's Coin with excellent results. This tones down the robustness of KC without dumbing down the flavor. I prefer this alone to that mixture but I was satisfied with the results. By itself, this is a worthy blend and should absolutely be tried by anyone that loves burley. This would be a great morning blend for BNB lovers.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

Cornell & Diehl - Barrister.

I see the description has it as being coarse cut but when I opened mine the first word to jump to mind was medium; for a few reasons. Medium size ribbons and medium brown in colour. I'd have preferred more moisture, it feels a little dry to the touch. This makes me prejudicate a 'fast' burn may be around the corner!

The flavour's quite nice. At first I get mostly caustic, cuspidate, white Burley. After a third I begin to get more of the dark Burley, a little sweeter tasting. The Virginia acts as the stage for the Burleys, by providing the usual hay-like flavour, and the Latakia comes last. It isn't completely inert, it can be tasted, but don't expect much of it! So, the flavour's good, but why the low rating? Well, as my presupposition from the appearance had me expecting, it burns fast, hot, and bites.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great.

Barrister? A good flavour, but badly behaved in the pipe. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef; my Friday pipe.

Age When Smoked: 06/11/18

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3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another excellent burley blend from C&D, Barrister's tobaccos range in color from some light yellow, to many light and medium browns, and the near black of a very few pieces of Latakia. The pouch aroma is freshly mown hay with a soft smokey note. It serves to build the smoker's anticipation. For a burley fan, it serves to activate the salivary glands.

The cut lends itself to easy packing, easy lighting, and a trouble-free burn. I average a char plus two relights for a large bowl.

The flavor of quality burley jumps proudly out front, amply rewarding the lover of that leaf. Latakia is in the far, far distance from first puff to last. VA holds back until mid bowl, at which time its subtle sweetness becomes wonderfully supportive. Both the VA and the barely-present Latakia keep the smoking experience rounded until the bottom of the bowl.

Those fond of burley will not want to miss this blend. It is a remarkably cool smoke. I especially enjoy it when smoked slowly in my large-bowl meerschaum.

2 people found this review helpful.

Greybeard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greybeard (48)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

I wasn't familiar with this blend when I saw a tin at a local shop, and reading the description (Latakia with other choice tobaccos) led me to believe it was an English blend. Turns out this is a burley blend, and not being a fan of burley forward blends I was disappointed from the start.

It's was perfect moisture, and easy to light. There was some ok flavor I suppose, but certainly not good enough to make me rethink burleys. I could not detect any Latakia at all in this which is odd since it's the only tobacco the tin specifically mentions.

Overall, disappointed and gave the tin away. I almost gave this 1 star, but decided to give it 2 stars only because Burley fans may enjoy it.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Governor's cigar lounge

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (134)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Pretty plain tobacco. This is essentially a burley tobacco with tiny amounts of virginia and latakia, which really don't add a whole lot. I prefer most other C & D blends to this one.\

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

SmokeKing David

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable


I can?t believe there are no reviews for this fine tobacco. I found this blend very similar to but more toned down than Morley?s Best. The components of each are basically the same so I suspect the proportions of these components vary somewhat. Morley?s has a sharper, more pronounced taste/flavor. Barrister has a less pronounced taste but it is flavorful nonetheless. This being the case, I will call Barrister ?Morley?s Best Light.? Barrister is another of C&D?s blends that is reminiscent of classic American burley blends and burley is the predominate taste. It does not bite. If you like Morley?s Best, I think you will enjoy Barrister.

I rate this tobacco 8.7 out of 10.

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