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Blending Tobacco.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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Bruck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bruck (27)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: this is "chip cut" broken flake, very light brown, looks like Special K or corn flakes.

Tin note: smells like tobacco, nothing out of the ordinary.

First light: clean Virginia taste, not unlike a very smooth cigarette.

Room note: Mrs. Bruck didn't complain.

Mid bowl: hints of citrus, grass/hay. No tongue bite, very smooth and consistent. I don't detect any added flavoring or other components for that matter. Very light on vitamin N.

Bottom of the bowl: got a little damp toward the end, which I rectified by reverse airflow. Required a couple relights; other than that, it burned down to ash and the flavor stayed pretty consistent throughout.

I'm a big fan of VA flakes, and while this one isn't among the best, it certainly is respectable, and additionally has a unique smooth, cigarette-like flavor not normally found in VA flakes. Some may consider this a negative, but I rather like it personally. It strikes me as a flake version of the D&R shag cut VAs.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Some guy

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I got the usually hay and grass notes with a slight citrus and oat note from this Virginia. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite. Burns well, maybe too well, even when moist, and it's a little cigarette-like the last part of the bowl, so I recommend smoking it slowly. Needs few relights, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. An all day smoke. It works better as a mixer.


4 people found this review helpful.

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

Tin: A C&D blending tobacco only available in bulk. Oatmeal scent. Looks just like small, thin, beige-tan wood chips. Dry as popcorn!

Packing & Lighting: It is so dry, the flakes are not very cooperative in getting the tobacco packed. Needless to say, a bowlful burns in an instant.

Taste & Aroma: Tangy, sharp, bitey. Not really a rich, full taste, but a bland straw or oat taste; mildly sweet.

Light moisture is produced in the stem even though the tobacco is bonedry. The bottom of the bowl delivers a much richer, fuller taste. Not surprisingly, it burns down to an ash, which has a cheap cigarish odor.

Nicotine: very light

Room Note: vague burnt oats

Overall: Bland VA taste overshadowed by tangy, sharp, and bitey qualities. 2 stars, as received, dry; not recommended. Compare to Samuel Gawith FVF.

Addendum: The tobacco can be hydrated by putting it in a bowl and covering with a damp cloth, not letting the towel come into contact with the tobacco. With the tobacco thus moistened, the pros and cons seem to flip flop. It has a rich oat taste, with the tangy, sharp, and bitey aspects receeding to the background. As moistened, the tobacco is moderately recommended, 2 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Not really a Flake tobacco it is a flaked Virginia meant for blending. As such it would merit three and one half stars. All by itself I would go with two and one-half stars. A bit of harshness at first smooths out to a respectable Bright Virginia. Very dry as received.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I am reviewing several C+D blending tobaccos as a precursor to some blending experiments. I know not many people blend, but these reviews may provide some hints to those wanting to do so.

A fine base-line VA flake. A good example of the "straight" VA taste - a tiny bit sweet and slightly cigar like. A sense of fresh straw and "oat" like taste. Extremely dry and quick burning on its own. A tiny bit of bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29765)
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

In the pouch, the faint aroma of this small flake-cut blend is of sweet wheat and hay.

The bright virginia used is clean and flavorsome, essentially a quality cigarette- grade which is light in body and moderately sweet with a sharp and tangy edge. No tricks of processing, maturing or topping are evident.

Used straight, 170: Bright Flake is a bit vapid. However, its versatility is a notable virtue, as the old-school flake presentation makes it a good choice as a mixer.

Chamber Gauge: Narrow to Medium

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