An all black mixture of unsweetened black Cavendish and a bit of Green River Vanilla, flavored with a proprietary "cream" aromatic and an amount of apple flavoring so generous, that you might feel yourself transported to an apple pie bake-off.

The same tobaccos as Apricots & Cream, but flavored with apple brandy. The mildest apple flavor we've tried.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley
FlavoringApple, Brandy
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy TobaccoPipes.com
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DC MacBean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DC MacBean (32)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As a native of Michigan, a great apple producing state, I consider myself to be a connoisseur of apples. When I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s there were numerous varieties of good, old-fashioned, flavorful varieties of apples being grown in my home state. by the late 20th-century to the present, most of these old varieties have been replaced in the marketplace by varieties that are grown more for their appearance, and shelf-life than for their flavor and I suspect that most apple-flavored aromatic pipe tobacco blends being produced today try to emulate these tasteless, modern hybrid varieties instead of the old, flavorful heirloom varieties.

My quest for an apple flavored aromatic pipe tobacco has led me to try several different blends and Cornell & Diehl's Apples & Cream is the first apple blend I've found that actually has both the taste and aroma of apples. It's not the crisp, tart apple flavor that I have been searching for like a Granny Smith apple, Spy or Winesap. It's faintly reminiscent of a Johnathon or a MacIntosh but not quite. Despite the advertising, I would not describe the apple essence as "generous" but rather slightly more than subtle. It is, nonetheless, a true apple flavor. Because of that, along with the properties of Cornell and Diehl's tobacco, I am giving this blend the highest rating.

It is an all day smoke; the nicotine is mild to non-existent. It is moist, even oily, but there is something about the casing or C&D's process that makes this a blend that lights easily, and one that stays lit without the need for a re-light except, perhaps, in a pipe with a very deep bowl, such as a Missouri Meerschaum General. It burns without leaving dottle or goop in the bowl, in fact, it leaves very little moisture or none at all depending more upon the relative humidity of the air than the tobacco itself. It's also a great all-year smoke.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob, Briarwood, Pear wood, Cherry wood

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl's Apricots & Cream, and Berries & Cream.

3 people found this review helpful.

stonedlion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stonedlion (6)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought a 1 ounce sample (among several) from Out West Tobacco as part of my C&D dabblings. I'm just getting back into pipe smoking after a nearly 20 year hiatus, so I am getting re-acquainted with some old favorites and expanding my horizons.

Slow smoking in a 50+ year old Tom Howard bulldog I rescued from an antique shop, there was no discernible tongue bite and a very mild flavor. The room note is very agreeable and passes the sniff test with flying colors.

Average number of relights, but after the first couple of tamps remained lit easily.

Mid-bowl the flavor comes on a little stronger and a hint of spice begins to assert itself.

I nice cool smoke. Not an all day smoke for me, but a couple of ounces will find their way into my aromatic collection.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

After a long search for an apple aromatic which doesn't heat-strip my tongue, I come at last to this wonderful mixture by C&D.

Upon initial visual inspection of the tobacco, all I notice is a uniformly dark mixture which resembles the cavendish blends that I tend to steer well away from. A very light apple aroma catches my attention even as I pack the pipe for my first bowl.

Despite it's appearance, this tobacco packs, lights and burns well, giving a mild tobacco flavour delicately graced with a hint of apple. Nothing overpowering...no goop or gurgling in the pipe...no sickly sweet taste or aroma. Just a very mild tobacco which fills the room with a light, fresh, and pleasant scent of fresh apples and quality tobacco.

And, no matter how hard I tried, I could not make the stuff burn my tongue.

I suspect that, if you're a fan of C&D's Apricots and Cream (or you want to try an aromatic which isn't sickenly sweet), you'd love this one too.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Just not feeling the love on this one. I found Apples and Cream to be uninspired and tasteless. Not even a hint of Apples or Creme in the casing and there was a casing because something was sublimating the taste of the black Cavendish. I am glad I only bought an ounce as I just tossed this into the trash.

Pipe Used: MM Lil Devil

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (156)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Get into position to catch this one as it is ready to fall! They say Eve tempted Adam with a Honeydew, but hey man I ain’t going for that. It was the promise of sweet fruity loving from Cornell & Diehl’s Apples & Cream, (yes, a little Boss inspired scrawling). Nature’s goodness packaged into an aromatic blend featuring ebon Cavendish and vanilla-kissed Green River, soaked in lavish apple flavoring and a secret loam of extravagant creamed apple brandy.

As a long-time aficionado of that once great Middleton Apple mixture, I was eager to sink my choppers into this one. Being completely open and honest, I have been engaged in a rather unrewarding adventure to find a suitable replacement. No such luck to date, much to my chagrin. As always, I will be as objective in my assessment as humanly possible, so here we go.

With natural excitement in opening the pouch, I discovered Apples & Cream presenting an unassuming grind of terribly moist coarse cut tobaccos, coal black in expression. Okay, so considerable preparation will be necessary to enjoy this apple delight to its core, I understood. Move on sir. Naturally, the scent of fresh apples is a favored personal indulgence. In so much that when I grabbed a whiff of the pouch nose, the anticipation of an alluring experience was stirring inside. Yikes, what in God’s name was that!

Yes on “that,” although a vague sweet apple fragrance, passive sugary vanilla, earthy Cavendish cocoa, and some hints of alcohol struggled to properly register, an overriding stank funk hit me dead center; most surprising. “That smells remotely of jaded Perique,” shot through my mind. Instantly I wondered perhaps if Smoking Pipes had sent me the wrong product.

No question a soured bitter odor like old gym locker room carpet hangs with this blend. I can only imagine that it was the combination of ingredients coming together to form this grueling pungency. More specific it could be attributable to how these particular strains have coalesced during the fermentation process. I suppose on the other hand by unfortunate circumstance perhaps, spoiled flavorings may have tainted the batch? A bit weird and most definitely repulsive when one is expecting tasty Jonagold perfume.

And now on to the taste profile. Despite the sensational Marketing hoopla with its pledge of a generously sponsored apple pie bake-off celebration, Apples & Cream consistently failed to deliver on the praising. The uneventfulness of flavor was nothing at all like apples nor cream but merely a non-distinct sugared nutty spirit. Even with that, the native tobacco impressions were minimalistic at best. Only after experimenting with a series of pipes did the mix finally take a reasonable root, which often is plausible. Ironically, it came to life in the Dandy rusticated Apple shortie that I am clenching now.

Granted that Apples & Cream is a mild and tolerable smoke overall, the featuring of apple taste is extremely unnoticeable is the most accurate way I can label it. Following an intermittent pattern, the eventual registration meagerly offered a lightly tart, gently sweet, marginal note of apple accented by a vague sugary presence resembling something like a sweet fruity cream. With concerted focus, I was able read just a dash of the syrupy brandy relish, as the overall taste profile morphed into a showcase of meek diluted vanilla Cavendish. Not totally disappointing if that’s your thing, just to be fair.

Of odd note, the side stream and the finishing room note do pickup more headway with respect to an apple centric essence. The baseline manifests with as a smoky tart/sweet fruity annotation capped with a blasé native Cavendish closure. Further, the mixture charters along with a slow cool temperament for a 100% Cavendish blend and its imposed intensity is gentle on the palate. Two admirable qualities that warrant decent acknowledgement to be righteous to the cause.

Apples & Cream is not necessary a bad apple hiding in the barrel despite the stenchy pouch rot duly footnoted. What it does present is an easy light bodied aromatic offering a few traits of selective merit, especially for those whose preferences are simple comfortable smoking excursions. The grade of tobaccos used seemed of decent quality based upon the observed mechanicals and recognizable native tasting. Yet the additive flavorings are far too modest in application, which is the worm inside this apple from my take.

Once again, my apple fetish went unsatiated which like stubbing the same toe twice. Much like Sutliff’s counter blend, this one also fell depressingly short from the tree in becoming the apple of my eye. For the life of me I really do not understand why Middleton was able to produce a consistent full-flavored apple concoction while these other reputable houses cannot. Bite off a morsel for yourself and let your own taste buds lend a voice of opinion. I will have to do something creative myself to appease my Appleseed affection it seems. Oh well, I have an idea, so we will see. 1.5 Pipes.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Apples & Cream.

I have a better name for this: Arrives SOAKING WET!

The mixture is jet black, and isn't only 'coarse' pieces. Sure, there are some coarse pieces, but also a lot of mid-size ribbons. The aroma from it is one of bitter, apples.

After a good airing I lit my first bowl, and although not 'all bad', it wouldn't fill an aromatic slot in my rotation. The apple flavouring seems bitter, and sour. The reason why I said it isn't 'all bad' is down to the Green River Vanilla Cavendish; this abates the alacrity of the apples, somewhat, and tones the smoke down a little. The flavour from the tobacco is your archetypal one for an aromatic: heavy, sticky, clumsy. On the more auspicious side of things is the burn: low in temperature, quite slow, giving a thick smoke that doesn't bite.

Nicotine: very mild. Room-note: pleasant.

Apples & Cream? Like I said, it isn't 'all bad', but that isn't conducive to any higher than two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Chacom Robusto

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Ok, I have to admit, when I bought it, I didn't know what to expect but I kinda hoped for a "smoking an apple pie" feeling. Which I totally didn't get. The first time I tried this tobacco because of false hopes I was disappointed, on the other side it was one of the first tobacco I bought, had no experience at all, puffed like an animal and probably destroyed the experience. But I came back to it a few months later, smoking much slower, paying more attention to the packing. I like it, not crazily, but ok. It's a light smoke, refreshing. Nothing crazy in terms of taste but it goes well. I'd say that, although I didn't hate it, it grew a little boring if you compare to other much tastier blends.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 310

Age When Smoked: 4months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

shikano53 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shikano53 (4)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This is a very disappointing tobacco. No taste of apples no taste of anything. Very dull and bland. Don't waste your money. Avoid at all costs and save your money.

Pipe Used: Brigham Chinook

Age When Smoked: Out of the package

1 person found this review helpful.

samwell711r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samwell711r (9)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A little disappointed in this blend. Its ok, a decent smoke if you have nothing better. Its an aromatic, and I favor aromatics. I like apple tobaccos, and I wanted this one to be good. But its not really. I could not detect any apple in the pouch, and when I smoked it, there was initially a nice flavor but it wasn't apple and it faded quick. Rest of the smoke was just average to me. It wasn't overly moist in the pouch and as is sometimes my custom (at my place of employment) I will load a pipe an hour or two before leaving so as to enjoy in the car on the way home. But two hours is enough to dry this tobacco to brittleness. I'll finish the pouch because its ok, but I won't be ordering it anymore. 2 stars tops

Pipe Used: EJ Heberling, Kevin Arthur

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I received this blend in a sample pack and it was the first one i opened. Everything else in the pack took a back seat to this blend, as it immediately became one of my favorites. I'm always in search of a great apple flavored tobacco, and this one didn't disappoint. I has a very smooth flavor, and burns very cool. The room note is very friendly and the initial scent upon opening is very polite. I only wish the apple flavoring hit me a lot harder. That is to say, this blend is still great, but now that i know an apple blend this good is possible, i want to see what else is possible. I know it's hard to get a lot of external flavor into a tobacco without turning it to goop. Perhaps I'm in search of a heavy cider flavoring with hints of Clove and Wassail. In the meantime, this blend is more than capable of holding me over on my quest.

1 person found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I've been looking for a good apple-flavored aromatic for years to smoke on rare occasions and had hoped to find it here. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It's not exactly bad, but it doesn't taste or smell much at all like apple to me -- more like a generic version of Autumn Evening. Now, I'm happy smoking Autumn Evening on a regular basis but would much rather pay the dollar or two extra for a tin of it rather than smoke this. On the plus side, this blend doesn't bite and might be appreciated by diehard aromatic smokers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Greybeard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greybeard (66)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Having been disappointed with the Berries and Cream blend from C&D I was thinking I would be with Apples and Cream as well, however I really enjoyed this one.

First thing I will say is that it arrived in bulk very moist, so you might want to dry it out, though I didn't have trouble keeping it lit. Upon lighting, I immediately noticed the same slight sour taste, perhaps from the brandy, that I also noticed with Berries and Cream. Also, I detected the slight apple flavor and the two seemed to naturally compliment each other well. About halfway through the bowl, I start getting a nice creamy flavor that really makes for a nice smoking experience.

I did get a little bite when I wasn't intentionally puffing slowly, so be aware not to smoke this too fast. Overall, I recommend especially to aromatic fans.

Pipe Used: MM Corn Cob Diplomat Apple (of course)

Age When Smoked: Bulk

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

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