A natural blend of Latakia, black Cavendish, rough cut Burley and Virginia ribbon.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCraig Tarler
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
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 to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very good smoke. Well balanced and fairly rich in flavor. The Latakia, Burley, and Virginias provide ample smokiness, earthy nuttiness, and sweetness. The Black Cav adds a note of toast. Medium body and medium to full in flavor. A solid 3 stars.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

9 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (105)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A very enjoyable full - very full American English. I have been a Fan of this one since 1999. I have no idea why the rating is so low as this blend is excellent. Full in nature to almost very full. Wonderful Sweet and Sour taste on the palate. If you love a Full well balanced English then this should be on your must try list.

Pipe Used: Unmarked Freehand

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Pirate Cake & Star of the East - are similar to Constellation in strength due to the Latakia content. PC & SOTE have Oriental tobaccos - Constellation has Burly tobaccos instead..

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I feel sorry for those who might be misled by ratings here and would disregard a blend like this because of silly numbers or stars.

The flavor matches any expectations one would have from the blend description. In other words, it tastes like a blend of Latakia, black cav, burley, and VA. And a very good blend at that.

The tobacco quality is top notch and the balance of flavors is superb. Each component contributes its fair share. There is a medium to medium-full proportion of Latakia flavor but none of the other component flavors hid behind it.

I like the saltiness from the natural black cavendish working with the Latakia. The Virginia throws in a little sweetness along with some tang, and the burley does its thing too.

This is fantastic pipe tobacco. The fullness and complexity does not take it out of the running for a great all-day blend.

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Constellation No. 411.

After smoking lots of Nording's Fox Hound, another English, yesterday, I fancied a nice, relaxing aromatic last night. So I grabbed this without checking thinking Constellation sounded like an aro'. But, when I sat down to load my pipe just opening the pouch confirmed an aromatic it wasn't. Nothing sweet, fragrant, or false, the only smell I got was a solid, natural, one. So I grabbed my tin of King Cake, a steadfast aromatic, and set this aside for the morning.

There are a few coarse pieces, but the majority of Constellation doesn't necessarily warrant the title Coarse Cut. Just Ribbon would do. The moisture meets with my expectations for a loosely pouched blend, spot on, it's breathed to perfection.

The lighting only attests this, and then it gives an independent, medium speed, fairly cool, burn. I get enough Latakia for it to quantify as an English, but the Lat's not enough of a powerhouse for it to qualify as a Bomb. The Burley, Virginia and black Cav' go far from unnoticed; but I don't get awash with vanilla from the B.C., it's a 'rougher' variety. The Burley's more of a background flavour until halfway in, then it steadily gains strength until the end. Like the Burley the Virginia builds in strength from halfway.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great, not horrible.

Constellation? I like it, just not enough for a full house. Three stars:


Pipe Used: Peterson S' Holmes Hansom P'Lip

Age When Smoked: Three weeks

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like the moisture content of my tobacs to be very dry. This sample of #411 is almost crispy.

First third: Burley is evident at the first light, followed quickly by the Latakia and the Virginia tobaccos. There's a hint here of something that reminds me of the Gawith line of Virginias. Burley tends to be the major player, though not by much.

Second third: The Virginia flavor, which leans toward tanginess, tends to take the lead, with an underpinning of play between the Burley and Latakia. I'm not noticing any of the overt sweetness I had expected due to the inclusion of the Cavendish leaf. That faint hint of "Gawith-ness" continues.

Final third: The Latakia has taken the lead in the final part of the bowl. The Burley leaf has taken on its charactristic bitterness which plays well with the smokiness of the Latakia and the tanginess of the Virginias. The Cavendish has lent body to the entire bowl, but has never raised any distinctive flavor. There's still that hint of "Gawith-ness."

If you like Barking Dog, Morley's Best, Easy Times and the like, you'll feel right at home with this tobacco. A very interesting take on the American/English genre which has been mastered by C&D. I get the idea that if you find the right pipe for this blend, it could become an all-day favorite.

5 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Nice usual Latakia tin note, though bought in bulk and jarred. Has a high proportion of black tobacco in the blend but not sure if it is Latakia or the Cavendish or both. This one is kind of moist for a C&D blend. While smoking has that nice leather taste for want of a better word, not much cedar also for want of a better word. I have had around six bowls of this over the past few days and I will say that it is a consistent good smoke and I was surprised that I could walk away for a minute or so and could fire this puppy back up without re-lighting. A little more pizzazz than Mountain Camp but not a Lat Bomb either but honestly, I just ordered these without even knowing much about them. My second review out of the nine I bought during the Labor Day sale. It is a good one to try. I will see if I can force someone at the club to try it. Should I dare say a lot of these Latakia blends are hard to tell much difference from one tobacco company or the other? Sometimes it seems like it, sort of like coffee I can tell the difference but do not ask me to do a blind test. Latakia good, coffee good. Ha.

Age When Smoked: New

4 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance and Aroma: Looks like an Americanized English Blend. The typical combo of colors and leaves very apparent. Latakia is the predominant aroma.

Packing and Lighting: A breeze as is typical from C&D. Moisture is perfect.

Initial Flavor: The Cyprian Latakia is predominant,but settles quite quickly.

Mid-Bowl: This blend is well rounded with all the leaves mixing well. No one leaf ights for predominance.

Bottom of Bowl: A slight increase of strength and flavor, just a good solid smoke. All is dry and mottled gray at the end.

Overall: This is solid blend that is perfect for all day smoking if one wishes, but is nothing spectacular.I won't be purchasing anymore, though. I suppose one could do much worse. I'll stick to "Hanted Bookshop" and "Pirate Kake" for now...

4 people found this review helpful.

RyinMD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyinMD (27)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought Constellation as I was trying all sorts of tobaccos looking for … I dunno … the perfect pipeful - or perhaps more accurately, the perfect pipeful for the right moment. The flavor seems a lot like what the components would bring together - unflavored black cavendish, Virginia, burley, and latakia. I don't get an overpowering sensation from any one of them. Maybe that means they're in equal parts - or maybe a little less latakia as it can overpower if there's too muck. This tastes kind of smokey with a hint of sweetness - probably the Virginias and Cavendish together, but it doesn't have any taste of casing or topping sweetness, and the latakia doesn't overpower the rest of the flavors. I find it to be a good evening smoke. It's a bit heavier than 965, by way of comparison. It is moving up from a semi-regular to a regular in my rotation. I like it a lot.

Pipe Used: BBB, Peterson, Guildhall

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Eddie Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eddie Rich (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Had to try it since I like astronomy, and it's not a bad tobacco but it didn't blow me away either. There are no flavorings and the mix is very ... ummm ... neutral, bland, plain Jane tobacco taste. It's not strong and the mix has very little taste. It is similar to the C&D Mountain Camp but doesn't have that earthy taste. If you like a mild/medium smoke with no flavors, I'd highly recommend this. It's a good smoke for the ride to work or morning coffee, but I think there are better blends out there.

Pipe Used: MM Ozark Mountain, Ropp Poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 3 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (231)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Summary: this American English mixes Black Cavendish with sweet Virginias to produce a piquant, mild smoking mixture.

This blend feels like an Americanized version of Dunhill "My Mixture 965" but with a salty Black Cavendish instead of the sweeter version, and sweeter Virginias instead of the richer varieties. The Latakia taste appears first in interplay with the tangy Orientals, then the Black Cavendish takes over with a dark, dried vegetation flavor, with the Virginias providing a constant sweet backdrop and the Burleys filling out the middle. The result has the sweet-n-sour balance of a good English with the fuller body of a Burley blend, but tends too far toward the sweet and salty, making this piquant blend somewhat cloying.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine forum member "fnord" for this sample.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - My Mixture 965, Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany, Cornell & Diehl - Engine 99.

3 people found this review helpful.

Hobo Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hobo Piper (8)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is a nice burley english. It seems to be a toned down version of mountain camp but the latakia still takes a marginal lead . The Cavendish and virginia create a nice subtle sweetness and as the bowl progresses and the burley adds strength and a small amount of earthiness. A smidgen of perique adds a delicate spice and works with the latakia to produce a hint of incense like flavor. The fullness is at a medium and the nic hit is a notch below that but more than mild. As a bulk offering and for the price this is nearly a solid 4 stars, a great bulk blend. With a 4 star rating reserved for only the finest tasting tobaccos I would rate Constellation as a 3 star blend. It will not knock your socks off but I find no faults for a bulk blend.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Similar Blends: Mountain camps little brother.

2 people found this review helpful.

Ring88 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ring88 (10)
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I'm not caring for this blend it is Flat and not that strong I was hoping for a 965 or a Billy Bud or any Ok McClellands blend this was a big let down

1 person found this review helpful.