A blend of dark burley and red Virginia with just a splash of perique.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (231)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Summary: A codger blend turned up to 11, powered by the same intense flavors behind C&D's "Cube Cut Burley" and "Dark Burley."

Cornell & Diehl play to their strengths with this blend which combines layers of rich Burley with red Virginia and condimental Perique to make a stern smoke that brings out the strength and sweetness of a good Burley mix. It arrives in loosely assembled flake, falling apart slightly perhaps from the pure intensity packed inside.

For those who enjoy the classic Burley flavor of codger blends, but always wanted them to land a punch like Dolph Lundgren, "Burley Flake #1" delivers a solid smoke with the majority of its flavor coming from the dark, dense and earthy sensations of Burley. The first quarter of the bowl has, like a good cigar, a bold and slightly bitter taste, but then the moderate sweetness of Virginia and fruity gentleness of the Perique come into play until the final quarter, when only the powerful full taste of Burley and Virginia creates a contemplative final flavor.

Like most Burley blends, this one requires introspection from the taste-driver smoker to discern the web of internal tastes that Burley provides in layers as it burns to ember. The faint sweet and peppery fruitiness accents this and lets the Burley hide its rougher edges, while preserving the fully "nutty" flavor that Burley lovers crave. Bring a book, however, as this one smolders for a delightful hour-long sipping smoke.

28 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I like cigars and while Burley Flake #1 doesn't taste or smell anything like a cigar, there are some characteristics of this tobacco that I can really appreciate. Firstly, if nicotine makes you happy, then this will make you happy (I'm slightly on the Autism spectrum and require vitamine N for wellbeing, so this tobacco makes me happy). I don't inhale, just puff and this flake still makes me happy. Secondly, it leaves a deep dark taste in the mouth that seems to activate the same taste receptors as coffee or chocolate does (obviously, this is tobacco and not coffee or chocolate, so don't expect what it isn't from my comment). Finally, there's often that earthy natural tobacco flavour coupled with the taste of nicotine that I can relate to the cigar experience, but richer.

This is my first time with Burley flake, so if this is the epitome of the Burley experience, then I can see myself taking a Burley detour in my pipe tobacco journey. I rub this tobacco out and find it needs half an hour to dry in an air conditioned room to get the best smoking experience. The initial taste is strong with lots of pepper on the tongue from the nicotine, but then the pipe settles into a deep, dark and mellow smoking experience. There's the nice warm happy rush of nicotine and the slow steady smoke (not too many relights) needed for a peaceful mediation and for reflection at the end of a long day.

23 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3050)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

The burleys are bold and rich in flavor: nutty, woody and earthy with a few cocoa and dry notes, and a hint of molasses. The red Virginia is moderately present with earthy, woody and tangy dark fruit almost as a second lead. The perique offers plum, raisin, figs and pepper, the latter being a bit more obvious in a support role. You’ll notice every flavor aspect in virtually every puff. It has a medium nic-hit. The strength is close to the center of medium to strong. The taste level is medium. Doesn't turn ashy, won't bite, and has no harsh or dull spots. Has some rough edges. Requires some relights, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl, but it burns cool and clean with a deep, very consistent, mildly complex taste as it produces lots of smoke. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and stronger room note. Great for smoking outdoors or with tea or coffee. Not an all day smoke.


22 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (306)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

This flake is delivered as 1/16"x2"x1/2" soft strands that are quite moist from the tin and don't dry out much but pack easily and if done carefully, minimal relights are then needed. Smokes cool and without condensation or any hint of bite. To me, it's just as named with the Burley dominating. I normally smoke VAs or VA/Pers and find this and ~ burleys to be a bit rough on the edges and this one espcially lacking my preferred VA sweetness with the perique way in the background. However you have just true tobacco aroma from the tin and the same in the taste. Reiner's LGF remains my favorite blended with these components but if you enjoy Burley this may work for you.

17 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note is a dark fruit with some earthy tobacco. It smells really good. The "flake" is mostly rubbed out pressed medium ribbon in shades of dark brown and a little tan. It comes a little more moist than most C&D blends. I crumbled it with my fingers into my palm and codger scooped to load. I smoked it as delivered and did not dry it before smoking.

Smoked, this is burley forward as you might guess from the name. I am getting mostly an earthy full taste from the burley. The dark fruit in the tin note comes through slightly in the smoking, and there are a few sweet notes that are the perique/Va contribution. The perique is a mild touch, and there is about as much here as in Epiphany. It is just a hair more than condimental, and you notice it if you are thinking about it. Mostly this blend is burley goodness.

I found this very good and suited to my tastes. It is only available in a 2 oz tin, and so the price point will mean it is relegated to a treat or change of pace. This is an easy 3. I will get more. If you are a burley fan, you will enjoy this.

Pipe Used: various GBD and Grabow pots

Purchased From: Birthday present from my wife

12 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Interesting flake that is and isn't a flake - at least not like I'm used to. This one consisted of long, "flake-like" strands that weren't connected. Hard to describe but it was an interesting cut. It would not load as a flake and had to be rubbed out.

I found this very good. It has a lot of the wonderful flavor of Old Joe Krantz but did not overwhelm me as that one does with an overabundance of perique and nicotine. This one will bring the fire if overpuffed but treated gently, it sings! Primarily a burley taste with some sweetness and spice from the VA and perique, respectively. If you're a lover of Solani ABF or Wessex Burley Flake, give this one a try as a variation on that theme. This will be an occasional smoke for me rather than one for my regular rotation, but I definitely enjoyed the ride!

11 people found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Burley Flake #1 … A broken brown flake that has a tin aroma of bread dough, not too different from BF#2, but this blend smokes quite different, #1 is noticeably milder tasting, giving the impression of less strength, which for me was such not the case. I got the same or greater “N” hit as #2 (which by the way is substantial) but this stuff kind of sneaks up on you, resulting in a condition I can do without. If this tobacco is the same as #2, but with that splash of Perique that is mentioned on the tin, the Perique has added very little taste of its own, but seems to have change things allot in the taste department.

Overall IMO this is a strong Burley lovers delight, No bite, or harshness and should satisfy those that enjoy a good “N” hit, but be warned IMO this mild mannered burley can be easily overdone if not smoked with some respect. Ya feelin luckly punk, have a bowl.

10 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2082)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #1.

This is from the selection I traded with Gentleman Zombie (Franck), and just like many of the others from our trades it's a good blend.

I believe there should be a new terminology for the cut of this blend, it's not presented like the usual flakes. The tin contains strips of medium brown tobacco, about the same length as the other C+D flakes, thicker than ribbons, but nowhere near as thick as a 'flake'. The moisture content's good, so I just stuff a few into the bowl as there's absolutely no requisite for a further rub.

The initial flavour from the blend consists mainly of Burley/Kentucky, the Virginia's mild, and the Perique's milder, it's a fairly wholesome taste, with only a little grass/spice. After a while the Perique enriches the flavour profile more, and to me it seems to actually overtake the Virginia. The only nuance of an added flavour is a sort of fiery/smokiness which sits a few rows back. One of the few negatives is the heat: if it's not sipped cautiously it does become a bit too warm.

The nicotine's above medium, and the room-note's quite nice.

This is a good blend, not the best I've had from Cornell & Diehl, but easily worth a recommendation.

Three stars.

21/08/16. After a few days with this I've decided to increase the rating: Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Milverton

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

9 people found this review helpful.

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

I'm not a huge fan of Burley blends but I tried all of C&D's flakes just in case I might like one. Of the 4 I felt this was the best. I actually like it and enjoy a bowl on occasion. Nice nuttiness with a nice muted background of Virginia. The Perique is almost invisible to me. I think I would notice if it weren't there though.

9 people found this review helpful.

plugnsmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
plugnsmoke (6)
Extremely Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! I like my baccy strong and this doesn't dissapoint. Upon opening the tin you're created with a sweet nutty fragile flake with those awesome hay notes I've come to enjoy with c&d. The flakes come apart easily, and very little if any dry time is needed. Towards the bottom of the bowl this stuff is a power house. I caught the hiccup s more than once from the vitamin n but that's really what I love about this flake. Super strong and so flavorful. Paul

Pipe Used: custom made briar poker 3/4" x1" bowl

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: pipes&cigars

8 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (86)
Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

The Burley Flake line by Cornell & Diehl is a treasure. It's the finest Burley I've ever tried. Generally, making straight Burley blends is a risky business; few producers cope really well with that. Burley tobacco easily gets bity or bitter or, otherwise, bland if overprocessed (like in celebrated Solani Aged Burley Flake, a favourite of many but not of mine). In the case of C&D, however, the result is stellar: all four blends are superbly balanced.

All four varieties deliver equally good healthy dose of Nicotine, while flavourwise they are not overly full (they shouldn't be: it's Burley). The flavour is rather thin-bodied, like the flavour of a light liquor (say, tequila) against dark spiced rum. Adding to the similarity with clear liquors, the Burley smoke, instead of flavour fullness, has unique sensatory qualities, unlike most other tobaccos. It's hard to describe the feeling, I just can say I love that soft alkaline "throat hit" when inhaling the smoke a bit.


Well, that was about the whole line. And now to this exact variety, the Burley Flake #1.

Each of the rest three varieties of Burley Flakes possesses a certain distinguishing feature. For example, #2 is the most "Burley-ish" of the four, #3 is sweet, spicy and delicious, #4 is unique with its subtlest Latakia notes, which, combining with Burley, produce surprising, almost cigar-like aromas.

I find no such distinctive features in #1, however. It's made of the same components as #3 (Burley, Virginia, Perique) plus Kentucky. Apparently, the condimental tobaccos are used more sparingly here than in #3, as they don't seem to manifest themselves in any obvious way. Or else it may be a case known in many other blends, when mixing too many very different tobaccos in a same concoction produces flatter and blander taste than any of those tobaccos taken alone (i'm looking at you, Ashton's Artisanal Blend, the kitchensink potpourri).

Still, even despite a somewhat plainer flavour profile, Burley Flake #1 is well-balanced (its only drawback is that it's balanced a bit TOO well), well-behaved, produces zero bitterness or harsheness and even feels slightly stronger than the rest of the flock (I guess, because of addition of Kentucky to already healthily nicotinized Burley and Perique).

Well, if the other three blends remind me of Tequila, Clear Rum and Gin, let this one be a Wodka: low flavour, high octane.

Burley Flake #1 does possess all the good qualities of great Burley, which I mentioned in the preamble. It's only in comparison with the other three C&D Burley Flakes that it looses one star. It's still way superior to all Burley blends from other producers I know.

Great tobaccos. Try all four of them. You'll be rewarded with an experience you won't get with other blends.

6 people found this review helpful.

Corvus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corvus (36)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

Whew! This review seems like it is going to be a bit different than the rest. As I was beginning to discover I liked burley I wanted to give this a try.

Tin art has an antique look, but not very appealing. I opened the tin and found what I came to later learn was the C&D broken flake style. Tin note was shocking- it smells of cow manure, acrid vegetable decay. While many indicate overly wet tins, this was not. However, it seems that there was some undesirable microbial activity in the can although there was no visible indication like mold or discoloration.

I tried it anyway and continue to take a bowl maybe once every two months. It is the strongest stuff I have ever smoked or chewed of any form. In the pipe realm it is stronger than the Gawith ropes by some margin. Thankfully the terrible odor doesn't translate in the smoke or taste. Instead it is just a huge strong burley. At times it is rich and deep and it does settle down later in the bowl, but that's right around when the ashen taste takes over, similar to yesterday's cigar butt that you would rather not waste the next morning. Zero hint of Va or Perique to my palate which would be helpful in taming this beast. It smokes dry I'll grant that and in fact left me with bad cotton mouth. I often drink beer, iced tea, coffee, or whiskey while smoking, but never for the simple need of a liquid to promote swallowing and simply rehydrate my body.

I am positive that I got an off tin. First there was no evidence of any blending, it is almost certainly just burley and maybe represents poor mixing. Second, that horrible tin aroma indicates that something went wrong somewhere between the plant and my bowl. I can't recommend this, but may try the other burley flake blends at some distant future.

6 people found this review helpful.

meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried this tobacco because I thought I didn't like burley much and I'd heard that C&D were great with it. So I thought I'd try the best and see if it would change my mind. I chose this blend because I prefer dark burley to light and I'm keen on perique. I also like the 'Old Time' tin art, which is important.

A great tobacco if you want nicotine to out weigh flavour. Not that the flavour is bad, quite the opposite, it is excellent. It's just not strong. The nicotine, however, is. It might not be quite as strong as the Gawith ropes but I'd say it was on a par with Irish Flake.

The flakes are perfect in my tin. Until you touch them. At which point they fall to pieces completely. This may be slightly annoying but I certainly prefer it to having a flake which is impossible to break up when you feel like it.

The taste (which I suspect maybe slightly augmented by some flavouring/sweetening agent) is lightly earthy yet sweet/nutty with wiffs of chocolate. Of course it can turn bitter with if smoked a bit too fast, which the subdued flavour profile can lull me into doing. The burley plays the lead with red virginia as second fiddle. The perique seems almost non existant.

Has it made me a burley man? Maybe not but I quite like it. It seems to me to be high quality tobacco and a very pleasant smoke. Especially good for times when you are feeling the effects of accute nicotine deficiency but your palette is exhausted.

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

I typically scoff at reviews that seemingly exaggerate the nicotine strength of a blend.

I smoke hand-rolled cigarettes and use dip tobacco in addition to smoking 3 or 4 bowls a day. I've never smoked a pipe blend that brought anything bordering on an overwhelming dose of nicotine.

Well.....this stuff is no BS strong.

I had not read the reviews here before smoking and was surprised to find myself feeling the beginning of vitamin N OD. Then when I did read the reviews it made sense.

It's stronger to my receptors than OJK, Dark Bullseye, Night Train, 5 Bros (yes even 5 Bros), et al. I've not smoked the brown ropes from the Gawith houses so I can't speak to those. but this is by far the strongest blend I've smoked.

But don't confuse nicotine strength with harshness or unpleasant taste.

This is actually sort of a light bodied blend. Feels airy and light. It also has moderately subtle flavors that you have to go looking for, sort of like a good VA. I'd like it to be just a tad sweeter

I found it was drying to my mouth at times. I think another reviewer referred to it as astringent. I agree. But not biting in any way whatsoever. Seems to have dull edges in fact. But drying still.

Many have mentioned the cut. It is a bit different. It seems to be a lightly pressed flake. It's soft, light and broken into strands that are almost noodle like. My tin has only been open for a few days. I expect the noodles will get more brittle and crumbly as it gets more air.

I like this blend. I've smoked about 5 bowls of this now and found it to be pretty consistent. Not really a flavor explosion. But more of a sensory smoking experience blend. A great one for chilling out and hitting the zone.

6 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (209)
Extremely Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

Not really a flake but long narrow cuts that resemble particle board offcuts. The colour is predominantly mid brown.

On first opening the tin gives off a funky barnyard smell, and not in a good way, possibly from some not very top drawer Perique. When this passes the tobacco has a malty molasses and chocolate note with some cinnamon or other spice notes.

This is a harsh and very strong tobacco. The Red Virginias strike me as aggressive and there is nothing in this blend to calm them. The Burleys tend towards bitter and, as previously suggested, the Perique just doesn't work here. The wife liked the room note, much to my bemusement.

I hate to mark down any tobacco, not the least because a purchase is always made in the expectation of enjoyment, but I couldn't recommend this beast unless you really had a thing for 'in your face' tobacco of a very retro kind.

5 people found this review helpful.

MisterWatson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MisterWatson (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have been obsessed with Virginia flakes for the last several months, and thought I would branch out into burleys. Doing some research (on this site, of course), I decided on C&D Burley Flake #1, due to it's slight VA sweetness and rumored cigar undertones.

After smoking two full bowls, I don't exactly know what to think.

Upon popping the tin, immediately sour notes are prominent, mingled with a slight tangy-nutty scent, reminiscent of under-ripe walnut shells. The sourness was much stronger than I had imagined however, and was vaguely off-putting. When I smell a nice strong VA flake it makes my mouth water, but this made me nervous.

However, the flakes are gorgeous. Thick cut, absolutely perfect moisture, and they rub out very easily. Perfect for loading any sort of bowl you like, with any form of tobacco cut. I have tried rubbing it out fairly fine as well as user thicker flakes in a ball (as is my usual preference with VA flake). The latter for me was a much more pleasant smoke, as the thickness of the tobacco helped control the burn and keep it cool. In my Savinelli straight panel pipe (one of my go-to flake pipes, due to the small bowl size) I smoked easily for a straight 35 minutes without a re-light. I usually plow through a bowl in that pipe in under 20 minutes, sometimes even 10.

The first thing that hits me on the char is pepper. Lots of pepper. I tried inhaling, and nope! Not gonna happen. This one burns the back of the throat. Even without inhaling the nicotine content sends my head spinning of I puff too hard. This stuff is no joke.

My first bowl was simply unpleasant. The second (the next morning) was with some black espresso, and was much more enjoyable. If you like dark burleys or want a break from VA and latakia, I do urge you to give this a shot. However, don't expect an every-day smoker, nor a light easy smoke to tickle your taste buds. For me the word that describes this is "contemplative." It's to be smoked slow and cool. It will certainly please, but enjoy it for what it is.

Pipe Used: Savinelli straight panel, Castello poker

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: The Senate Smokeshop

5 people found this review helpful.

The Pipesmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Pipesmith (6)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I got the Burley Flake #1, #2, and #3 tins. First C&D I ever bought. They sat in my tobacco closet for a year before I got to them. All three cans were a bit out of shape, with #1 being the most so. I just thought I had banged them around a bit until I opened the first one recently - KABOOM! The stuff had fermented quite a bit in the can and exploded like a cherry bomb. I opened the other two under a towel to prevent my hand from getting scraped again from the blown back lid and keep bits of tobacco from exploding outward. The odor was enough to make my eyes water - very sharp and peculiar. And the tobacco was way too damp. I've been airing it out off and on for a month and its still too damp, though the smell has toned down a bit.

I enjoyed the honest-to-goodness tobacco taste and smell initially. Lots of smoke. But the more I smoked it the more irritating I found it. Needs frequent relights. A very strong burley, and kinda rough. I thought I liked burley till I found out what too much burley was like. The nicotine is also a bit much for me.

I got through about two-thirds of the can and almost threw the rest away. Thought better of that (I hate to waste tobacco) and mixed in virginia ribbons about 50/50. Much better now.

If you age yours as long as I did and your cans are bulging, be careful - that lid is sharp and the explosion is enough to make your heart stop.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

Normally I post extremely verbose reviews, but not for this one. Simply put, I love this blend! I'm a regular burley smoker with Big N' Burley being my every day smoke. However, when I want something slightly different with a nice kick, this is what I go to.

The tin odor is quite potent, and either clears out my sinuses or brings tears to my eyes. The tobacco is a moist broken flake that is THICK! My favorite method of packing is to just ball it up and plug it in.

Due to the moisture content, it takes a few lights and a couple tamps to get it going, but once lit, it smokes all the way through to the bottom, as long you give it the occasional tamp.

The vitamin N is extreme, at least for me. Its the strongest tobacco I've smoked so far and it really does the job. As such, it is not an all day smoke. I only partake of it occasionally, but when I do, it always blows my socks off.

It can have a slight bite to it if one isn't careful. As such, this tobacco is to be respected.

If you're looking for a no nonsense blend that will send you into a nicotine induced state of bliss, this is the one to do it! Highly recommended, 4 stars!

5 people found this review helpful.

brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I received BF#1 in an "all-burley" sample pack from C&D. After having gone through all six samples in regular-sized pipes, I figured they were all too strong for me, and considered giving them away or throwing them out. Then, I remembered that using a large-bowled pipe can smooth out strong blends. So, I brought out my Jumbo Oom Paul from Boswell.

What a difference the right pipe makes! In the Jumbo, I found BF#1 to be a strong, smooth, full-flavored burley. I can't detect the perique in this blend at all. Even first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, this was a very pleasant smoke for me. No hiccups, no spins or sweaty palms.

For comparison, I've lately been smoking lighter burleys like Classic Burley Kake, Granger, and Boswell's Premium Burley. BF#1 is definitely stronger than all those burleys, but smooth, full, and muscular. I'm hanging onto this blend. If it had a bit less strength, it would have gotten four stars from me.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

WOW! This blend is strong as a bull. I like strong blends myself though not all the time. This blend fits the bill when looking to chill out a bit. It's an ass-kicker. I put it alongside of Five Brothers and Old Joe Krantz with OJK being the mildest of the three.

I can't taste any particlular flavorings or toppings here. Maybe that's just me. I'm just getting serious tobacco coming through my pipes. I haven't smoked too many of C&D's blends and this is the most hardcore yet. The room note seems to be tolerable but not stinky like a latakia blend. Trust me, if it smelled badly I'd have heard from the peanut gallery at home.

It is a little moist out of the package. BF #1 surprised me as being easy to light and burn despite its moist feeling right in the package. I set a couple bowls worth under a desk lamp just to see what happens only long enough to take the moist feel out of it. Still Strong as a Bull. I have no complaints here at all. I just wish it were available in bulk.

I suggest that it's not for a beginner unless one is coming off non-filtered cigarettes. I rate this as a STRONG THREE STARS.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is one of the best strong blends I have ever tried. Usually I stay away from this kind of strong blends which oftenly causes hick-ups to me. This time I am not regretful.

The mellow Burley and Virginia from this tin offered me all the nicotine and true man's real tobacco taste. These needs are guaranteed upon on first lighting this blend. It smokes cool and if you pay attention on your puffing rhythm you will enjoy all the strengthness till the bottom of your bowl. The Perique addition makes it even more dangerous which is enjoyable before the first half of the bowl and all the combination keeps you awake t?ll the end. No sweetness here. All you get ?s a punch of nicotine and full cigar like tobacco flavor.

Recommended for mature pipe smokers. I personally am smoking this stuff in a medium sized bowl, after dinner accompanied with a favorite bourbon or scotch. Then sleep as a baby.

5 people found this review helpful.

Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (65)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this tobacco! after trying Solani Aged Burley Flake, I ws embolded by the notion that not all Burleys had to be flat and dull. This is, of course, a blend with va and perique, but the burley component is not small here. It is very burley forward in taste.

The va offers some nuance to the burley and the perique gives a nice spice ovrall. The vitamin N is sufficient here to satisfy me and the overall body and depth of the smoke very nice indeed. Can't really recall any real downsides to this one other than to watch your cadence. It can become flat and bitter if puffed too fast.

A good solid servicable tobacco suitable to all day smoking if desired. Definately for the hardier tobacco fan.

5 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (179)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This flake has more Virginia, red Virginia than the other two. Thus it is a trifle sweeter than #2 or # 3. Still plenty of nutty burley.

It is stronger than #2 (my favorite of the series) and close to # 3 in body (which has more Kentucky to my senses). Full on the palate for sure. Smooth, no bite.

Slight comparison can be made to Pease's Kentucky Burley/Virginia blend (Cumberland which I like better than this), but this is a flake. The flakes do break apart easily and a thick ribbon is left. Burns well.

Recommended to burley lovers.

5 people found this review helpful.

Ivanhoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ivanhoe (36)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I feel privileged to be the first to review this flake. I ordered a 5-pack sample of some Cornell & Diehl blends a week or so ago, and they offered to throw in samples of Burley Flakes #1, #2, and #3. I have worked my way through a pipeful or two of each of them, and I am very pleased.

Flake #1 is a loose, slightly sloppy flake that falls apart when it is handled. I smoked it in a tall, small-bowled Stanwell that I use for flake tobacco. I folded the flakes sideways, then once endways, then gave them a twist and stuffed them into the pipe. I do not rub these out. The result is a rich, creamy burley with just a hint of pepper from the perique. It smoked slowly and coolly. I found the moisture level of the flakes perfect for smoking; they stayed lit and smouldered beautifully to the end. There is a healthy dose of nicotine that should have you relaxed by the time you get to the bottom of the bowl. Highly recommended.

5 people found this review helpful.

Cherry picker 1779 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cherry picker 1779 (53)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Wow! This blend was made for me! I think I would name this “burley flake #3 -Light”

Notes: 1. Hamster cage smell in the tin (not pleasant) 2.Good nicotine level (much less than #3) 3.Pure tobacco ( no top flavoring whatsoever) 4. Side stream is wonderful and sharp 5.lingering aftertaste 6.Satisfying

This burns a little bit on the hot side the day you open it and decide to smoke a bowl immediateley. Do not let that get you down. Give it even just one day in a jar and then let it sit for 10 minutes before lighting: . I thought it’s the red Virginia that must be burning me. Nope. Just that fresh moisture..... Burleys don’t bite me...... But truly it is a wonderful fine smoke and it makes ya feel like a real man.

I am taking up sword fighting, crab fishing on the bearing sea, and I’m also out to kill a grizzly with my bare hands now.

Good job and thanks C&D 4 well deserved stars!!

4 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Mild None Detected Full Tolerable


Just finished a full tin. Strong on the burley, can pick up the red virginia at tins but they come and and go. Perique is light. Uneventful retrohale. Once lit never required a relight. Burns easy to a fine ash. Available in bulk which is nice if you find this blend to your liking. Found it a bit harsh at times however and many burleys out there that I would rather reach for. Nothing I would cellar. If you enjoy burley I would highly recommend a try none the less.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: 08/27/2019 tin date

4 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

C&D- Burley flake #1

I recently purchased this on a whim, after listening to a podcast discussing the burley flake series, after a little research about the various differences in 1 through 5, I decided one would be right up my alley.

My tin is dated 27Aug19, it was slightly moist upon opening, and as with all C&D blends this is more broken flake than flake, something I’ve grown accustomed to at this point. This rubs out easily and packs easily also.

Upon first opening the smell is plum, woodsy earth and sweet freshly clipped grass. I have to admit I should have let this dry a few more minutes but I was ready to light this up.

Upon the first few puffs I got some small peppery note but mostly woodsy tree nut flavors with a little grassiness. This blend tastes great, I’m enjoying the mix of flavors, it’s staying lit well enough and the nic hit is just past medium. The Perique can be a little rough around the edges at times.

Im happy that I tried this blend, happier that I ordered another tin as this will be a nice morning coffee accompanying blend, with age the blend will smooth out and provided a more well balance smoke.

This blend reminds me of C&D’s five o clock shadow, probably more so due to similar components but if you like this try that one also.

Pipe Used: Rossi 320

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Five O'Clock Shadow (Working Man Series).

4 people found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (61)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Presentation is typical C&D flakes - thickly cut, loosely pressed, perfect moisture. I like C&D flakes, as they are very easy to prep - they fall apart into thin broken strips with just the slightest touch, so there's basically no prep at all, just pinch some out of the jar and stuff it in the bowl. The tin note is a vinegary tang and strong nutty burley. The date on the tin indicates this tin is 10 months old.

Strong nutty burley is first and foremost in the flavor profile, and is nearly overwhelming if you aren't prepared for it. As you smoke, the Virginias and perique come in to play. Soon, the flavor settles and melds - the best I can describe it is a light and balanced VaPer with a big burley backbone. Smoked very slowly and coolly, the Virginias come a little more to the forefront. The perique component is well balanced - subtle and fruity on the tongue when smoked slowly, bright spice and pepper when puffed a bit faster and/or snorked. Upon tamping and relighting, perique makes itself more obvious and the burley jumps out front again...not that it ever left the picture.

Easy to smoke, requiring a fewer than average number of relights for a flake. I find that it needs no drying time straight from the tin.

4 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Overwhelming None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

I am a big fan of C&D blends and burley, but Burley Flake #1 was a major disappointment and 'not palatable to my palate.' I found it overwhelmingly strong from beginning to end, with no redeeming qualities. It did not present any discernible flavor, but it did have a bitter edge to it. There may be more than just a ‘splash' of perique. The negative qualities of this blend intensified as I proceeded down the bowl, and I gave it many chances in different pipes. I'm hoping my tin dated September, 2009 was just a bad blending run.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this blend 2.0 out of 10.

4 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Cornell and Diehl’s Burley Flake #1 is the third blend in this series I’ve sampled, also the third I have particularly enjoyed. My tin is dated 08-27-19. It presents as broken flakes ranging from red gold to reddish medium brown. Tin note is silage that’s just starting to molder, fragrant, earthy, vegetal, and woody. It loads, lights and smokes fine straight from the tin, making plenty of semi-floral, woody, grassy smoke. Tastes are delicious variants of the tin notes and combusted scents, with rich, interesting side streams that include nuts and delicate spices. Feel free to pull on it if that’s how you like it, but I prefer to keep it barely lit, to better enjoy the more ephemeral notes available to a patient smoker. Strength builds gradually for me to past medium. Tastes build close to full, earthy, woody, sweet, savory, barely spicy, and more bitter as it’s smoked down. Room note is pleasant. Aftertaste is the best of the smoke.

BF1 is an immediate favorite of mine, as natural a blend as I have smoked, a quintessential VA/Bur with just “a splash” of KY and Perique. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: dedicated VA/Bur briars

Age When Smoked: straight from 4 mo. old tin

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to other C&D Burley Flakes, also Rattrays Hal o' the Wynd.

3 people found this review helpful.

AC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AC (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Being a true Burley lover and a purist at heart, in this day and age, is not a simple endeavor. Yes, there are hundreds of blends that claim the importance of the Burley role in their tobacco. Yet, the question is: what do you look for in a Burley blend? For me, it begins with (a least) a promise of pure taste with no added flavors/topping, very minimal casing if any, as I cannot radically tolerate any "aromatic" shadow in my tobacco. I also need a promise of satisfying "strength" (read, vitamin-N), for otherwise, why bother? No wimpy smoke for me. I want a nice & natural presence of sweetness into the blend, for the world has already too much bitterness. I desire intensity of flavor, something that fills the palate with focus, while pleasant, agreeable and harmonious in every respect a blend should be. I need the blend to be Burley forward of course, but showing respect and forbearance to the other components. At last, I want a Burley blend that after I smoke it, I fell elated, satisfied and why not, wiser.

I only smoke Burley blends. I have tried everything out there, from all countries and blenders, for years, looking for the "Eden of Burley" blend. It took a lot of work, patience, disappointment, and obstinacy, but I found a secret treasure years ago, put together by the late genius blender Bob Runowski - and C&D Burley Flake #1 is its name.

For the longest time, this is the only blend I smoke every day. Yes, I often try other blends, and I do have alternatives here with me for some variety. However, 90% (or more) of the time I smoke, I only and exclusively smoke C&D Burley Flake #1. Yes, I am a purist.

Need I say more of how I feel about this blend?

Pipe Used: Custombilts & Marxmans

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: www.smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Low Country Pipe & Cigar - Natural Virginia & Burley (which has the same profile as C&D Burley Flake #1 sans perique).

3 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (59)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Strong

In my opinion, the real difference between flakes 1-3 is the amount of Kentucky. #1 has the Kentucky, but it plays in the background. While with #3, it’s the main player. I’m sure the other proportions vary also, but that tang from the ky is what I notice most. As far as nicotine goes. I think #1 might pack the biggest punch. Even though it’s not the most full flavored of the bunch. I think the fact that it burns so slow contributes to the strength.

3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

First thing I like about the blend is its cut! Very thick, flake-ish chunks, almost like a roughly broken crumble cake or alike. The tin note is hearty, with peppery and fruity notes from the Perique and the Burley dominating with earth, wood and dough aroma.

For me it works best to rub those flake-ish chunks out a bit and pack it as a ready-rubbed-alike. Tastewise this is not too different from the BF#3, albeit the Perique is a bit more tamed in this one. The Perique is present in every puff, and its distinc peppery-sharpness and plum-y, fig-y fruit notes enrich the blend excellently. The Burleys set the foundation with its earthy, dough-like, sharp and tart aroma. Rich, full-bodied smoke. There's more than just a pinch of Perique to my perception, I'd estimate 10-15% of Perique! In the background there's a slight smokiness lurking.

Compared to #3 this is more mild in nicotine (yet still a strong(er) blend!), more mild in the Perique and more refined in its flavors. Whilst #3 ist full-bodied, stout and heavy smoke, #1 has more of a All-Day-tendency for the Burley-Aficionado. Can't beat my favorites - #2 and #4, but still... a 4-star worthy blend!

3 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (203)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is a full-bodied broken burley flake similar to Old Joe Krantz in many fronts. It packs quite a punch both in flavour and nicotine, so be advised. Also, it can develop harsh spots that could be misconstrued as tongue-bite, and the room-note can be overwhelming to those around you. I think this tobacco will require a process of acclimation and adjusting if you are to fully appreciate this blend for what it is. That is to say you might be in for a little bit of a shock if you are not used to burley blends. The flavour is deep, rich and dark, and can be reminiscent of cigar leaf at times. The perique leaf is quite apparent adding sort of a peppery note to it. I think this could be a great evening/after tea blend that will perform best in smaller size bowls. It is worth trying, but does not quite reach 4 stars for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

JAnder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JAnder (2)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I finished my first tin of this blend. Broken flakes only took an effortless quarter twist to break up into perfect cut for my taste. No moisture, burns cool, stays lit and produces lots of smoke. I found the blend to be full in flavor especially with the perique. This blend comes alive after a few sips of black coffee, in fact, I can't really taste it too well without coffee on the tongue. Nicotine content seemed high and left a lumpy feeling on the throat.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: new from distributor

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz, Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop.

3 people found this review helpful.

ahmadyuzamir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ahmadyuzamir (6)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Received a tin of this last week. The flakes are neatly presented and had a wonderful deep and dark aroma akin to Solani Aged Burley flakes. The perique was detectable however not overpowering.

Upon initial light the twang of the Perique just shot straight up and I was delighted with the taste this tobacco had given the faint perique aroma in the tin note. I quickly discovered that this tobacco is not for the faint hearted. It had a very full body with loads of Vitamin N. Sip and you shall survive..

Mid bowl, the blend maintained a very dark mysterious taste profile. It did not go here not there, did not take you on a perilous journey. It is a long straight road, yet delightful with every sip.

Beware, do try this blend in a small bowled pipe beforehand or you might find that you have bargained more than you have asked for.

Pipe Used: Gasparini Salina

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Solani Aged Burley Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Although some of us described this blend's cut as a flake, I agree with Jacinto Cupboard. The cut is a tin full of 1/4 inch wide by two inch strips and I've never encountered this cut before. They don't so much rub out as break into smaller sections, and that's okay. The tin aroma is fairly strong and burley nutty with an undercurrent of red Virginia and perique - yes, I can detect the small amount of perique. The tin aroma is not quite as strong as BF #4, the only other BF blend I have smoked at this time, and lacks the "dirty socks" bouquet of #4 that I thought was wonderful. The smoking aroma is what you might expect from a burley/Virginia mixture; strong, nutty and grassy at the same time. The perique adds just a little edge and I liked that. All in all, not my idea of an everyday smoke and, if I were to score it on that basis, I would give this blend a two star rating. However, I began to use it as my burley component in blending and it worked-out fabulously. Based on this I am rating BF #1 as a three star blend.

Pipe Used: Larry Roush group 6 lovat

Age When Smoked: current

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: not quite anything I remember.

3 people found this review helpful.

kaizoku Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kaizoku (12)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

first i must say i like Cornell & Diehl´s blends. this blend though was a bit of a disapointment, when i opened the tin it smelled ok but after a week or so it started to smell like old swetty socks... The taste of the first bowl was ok, nothing exiting or special, and the deeper into the tin i went the tobacco taste was worse and worse. maybe i got a bad tin or maybe my tastebuds was spoiled by my last burley tin (Solani- Aged burley flake, a really good blend), but due to my ecperience with this tin i don´t think i´ll buy another one and i can´t really give it more than 2 stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

A mellow, solid Burley blend. The Perique is hardly noticeable, but what I do taste is a good amount of Kentucky (or something very similar) which makes this tobacco quite similar to GLPease Cumberland.

I have to take 1 star from it since I find this mixture a bit astringent towards the end of the bowl.

3 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoking a 2017 tin that had a nice "whoosh" when it was opened.

The tin note was quite earthy. The moisture content for me required just a little drying to get to burn well. The cut is broken flake C&D style which makes for easy packing as is or broken up even more depending on bowl shape and preference.

Once lit, it provides a very consistent smoke through the bowl. The burley/ky lead the way in flavor, but there is a nice sweet top note from the red VA which I was not expecting. It burns well through the bowl producing some moisture and requiring a few pipe cleaners. With 5 years of age, it is quite an enjoyable smoke and I'm glad I have a few more tins put back in the cellar.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kokinhenik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kokinhenik (93)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

The tin note is pure raisin bread. Predominantly I get notes of earth, cigar, pepper and dark espresso. Not sure the ratio of Burley to Perique is playing well here. I find it a bit wild, rough around the edges. It is harsh in many spots with the cigar note turning regrettably cigarette like. All in all one might say it has a pure "tobacco" note. Thank you, next.

Pipe Used: Bjarne

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Indianapolis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Indianapolis (49)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I dont throw out a lot of tobacco. Usually I can find some redeeming quality to a blend, or find something to mix it into, or just throw it in the cellar for a rainy day and see how it ages.

I'll make an exception here. This is not worth any of those options. Effectively flavorless, except for a bitter, acrid tang, I cant find any redeeming quality about this blend. I love a nice chocolatey nutty bready burley -- but this isn't that. The perique might be nice, but doesn't shine through. I just dont get the appeal.

If you want a straight burley along these lines, C&D's Big and Burley has more depth and character, with maybe just a hair less bite than Burley Flake #1 (without losing the "raw" nature of a pure burley). Or if you want to go the other way, Five Brothers has more of the "rawness", but some additional caramel/nutty complexity. I just don't find anything interesting here.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jamey S Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jamey S (9)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Wow. This one's a kicker. I didn't know it until I lit it, but I smoked it in the morning. Kind of a mistake, I think. After the initial shock (and after I've been dosed with a commercial amount of Nicotine), the taste balanced. I could actually feel more Virginia than Burley, and not yet the perique. This kind of disappointed me, because I was expecting something else, but it was just the beginning. It was some kind of a dissonance, because for some reason I ling strong taste to strong tobacco, but taste-wise, it was kind of subtle. I experienced this nic-hit with HG Brown Bogie, and there the taste was thick and rich – on the verge of too thick, for some people I know. Nonetheless, Burley Flake #1 was beautifully balanced. Maybe the fact that I don't smoke much enhanced the effect of nicotine, as this blend is clearly not meant for the faint hearted. Throughout the whole bowl the taste remained consistent, a bit earthy & nutty, but mostly pleasant. It smoked dry and cold, almost no relights needed. This is not a beginners blend, but very recommended as an evening smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 320

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (103)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This blend has G.L. Pease's signature full body, bold flavor(s), and great clarity. A somewhat nutty Kentucky melds with a woody, papery Burley with a taste like bark, or the pithy interior (endocarp) of a walnut. In the background, one can sense the sweet Virginias just barely managing to rescue the experience. This may very well be Pease's recipe for Barbary Coast, just not cube cut and topped with brandy -- it's that close!

I rate this at 2 stars because I think it's just OK, but not for everybody. You have to tolerate a bitter edge and some astringency. It would probably appeal to cigar smokers transitioning to the pipe -- which is not to say that it tastes anything like a cigar.

The flake, if rubbed out, has an odd membranous, parchment-like texture; but that doesn't seem to interfere with anything.

Age When Smoked: ~ 1 yr. in the tin

2 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Prominent perique fruitiness in the tin aroma that is more subdued in the smoke; Seems promising. Dry, light flavor however, the burley is harsh and somewhat bitter which is characteristic of C&D's stronger burley varieties. The high nicotine of perique probably just reinforces this harshness. On the other hand, the aroma had a nice toasty, air cured aroma aproaching a dutch cigar. The burley is simply too crude and unrefined for a credible smoke for me; A weak two stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Lately I have been trying to keep my nic. levels in check and this just opens that door again, next thing I know I'll be back to puffing on heavy duty ropes all day with no buzz! A very welcome pipe tobacco that is rich in earthy burly and musty Perique & sweet Virginia's, some times.

2 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This one is probably the best Burley blend I've had to date. I'm not a huge fan of burley's but I got a sample of this one at the CORPS show in Richmond and it is fantastic. It is sort of a creamy almost cigar like smoke, very earthy tasting and smooth. This one has somewhat of a nic hit, but not as strong as BF #3. I look forward to getting more of this at some point.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin aroma is very strong so is the nicotine, I love it. These flake will crumble easily and depending how you like to pack will equally smoke well whole. Taste is earthy, rich and spicy from the Perique, burley I find adds some nutty taste but mostly remains dark in flavor more savory i guess. Last is the Virginia that makes for some sweet notes. Highly recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I bought this tin last May and is dated 021221. This has a lightly sweet tin note with a medium –strong taste and maybe medium in the nicotine department but really hard to say. Let’s just say this does not knock my socks off like Picayune would. Sort of a slight cigar taste with virtually no sweetness in the blend. I detected mostly the Burley with I would say the Perique coming in second. I guess the Red Virginia is there to maybe tone and smooth out the blend. The mechanics of the blend is well made but honestly, I just want to finish the tin and move on. A friend of mine is a big Burley-phile and probably likes this but no repeats on #1.

Pipe Used: Cobs

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is what would have been the last of the Burley Flakes that I had tried if C&D had not introduced a Burley Flake 5. As I am done purchasing tobacco, I will likely never try the Number 5. With as much tobacco as I have, I am fine with that as none of them have really thrilled me. Of the four, this one lies in the middle between #2, my favorite, and #3, my least favorite.

In terms of constituent tobaccos, this most closely resembles # 3 in that it is a Va, Burley, Perique blend. I did not care for #3 as it was just too stout for me. #1 is very similar, but the use of Perique is less prevalent than #3; this makes it more palatable to me and led to my actually enjoying the blend as the pure burley taste was allowed to shine without turning me green in the process.

This, like the other three, is a fine tobacco from a performance standpoint. Like nearly every C&D blend, the moisture level is spot-on and it is ready to pack upon opening the tin. It burns dry at a nice pace. Inherent with this brand, this will also get harsh and nasty if your pace is too quick; but the right pace can be rewarding if you like unflavored burley. I would not buy more of this as I prefer #2 and this does not differentiate itself enough.

Age When Smoked: 7yrs 6mths

1 person found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (130)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Bag note is a bit sweet and quite nutty and earthy. The flakes are quite small can be packed directly. My sample was a bit dry. It tastes very much like it smells. Lots of earth notes and nuttiness. Don't be fooled this is a strong tobacco and starts out a bit harsh. It smooths out a bit but it stays strong in Nicotine and flavor. I would consider this a full bodied burley blend with Virginia and perique to give some complexity. For the full Burley smokers this is going to be a hit. Not sure I would consider it an all day smoke but its a nice change when looking for something full flavored. I would suggest a full meal first.

Pipe Used: Comoy Briar

Age When Smoked: gift not sure but aged a bit

Purchased From: friend gift

1 person found this review helpful.

TX_Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TX_Piper (3)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

You better like burley! This is a full bodied blend with some strength to back it up. You mostly taste dark burley, but every now and then the sweetness of the red virginia makes itself known. The perique is not so much tasted as it is felt in the retrohale. Some nuttiness, but more so spice. It's not a heat kind of spice but rather a full flavored kind of space like when taking a bite of a non-hot, non-sweet full flavored/spiced curry.

Took awhile for my palate to adjust and for me to figure out my tolerance with this blend, which is to say I should not smoke 2 bowls of this with 2 cups of coffee and an empty stomach....

Has some really good depth in the blend and the dark burleys truly are dark. Not for those that are shy of nicotine. If you love Haunted Bookshop, this is worth a try!

Pipe Used: Briars & Cob

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop, Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz.

1 person found this review helpful.

JKOD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JKOD (30)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I love this blend. I suppose I might be a fan of the burley, but coming to pipes from cigars - these blends offer a richness with tobacco other blends just don’t offer, IMO.

This is a great blend to start the day with a coffee as a companion. It’s rich and deep with flavor. It’s not going to offer you zest like a Virginia, no hay, no sugary sweet - just a plain old deep tobacco flavor. It does have some sweet notes, but it’s sweet like coffee with a dash of sugar.

If I had to do a head to head between a Virginia and a burley, I’d pick burley all day. They don’t burn near as hot and offer a fullness Virginia’s lack. The nutty, earthy and deep flavor of a good burly is far superior to the light and fluffy Virginia, to me anyway. It’s heavier, stronger and I can leave a pipe of this feeling satisfied.

I look forward to smoking the remaining numbers of C&D’s burley - but, if they are anything like this - they’ll be stock piled along this one in the cellar. Probably not a beginner’s smoke - but, I’d recommend it to everyone. A+ in my book. Great smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Really loved this one. Nice nutty flavor. Great nic hit. It burns cool. What is there not to like? Great tin presentation and smell. Can't really comment on the room note.

1 person found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (184)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Burley forward outstanding smoke. The Fired Ky plays in for that smoky flavor while the Perique adds more fruity notes. the Virginia component does add a bit of hay like sweetness as well. Mostly earthy nutty burley goodness here though. Burns clean and cool throughout the process with few relights. No bite for me and not burn either. This stuff is pretty darn good and has enough nicotine to give you a bit of a tingle. Ages well too, the stuff I am smoking is over 5 years old, Highly recommended if Burley is your bag!

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bklynpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bklynpipe (13)
Very Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Sorry, just not for me. While the presentation is fine (soft slices easy to rub out) the tin aroma is just awful and it doesn't improve much by airing. Lighting is fine and burns well, but wow what a blast of nicotine! Better eat with this. I found it very strong. Gives a big dose of tobacco taste, but there are countless other blends that offer great tobacco flavor and pleasant tin aroma. I'll pass on this.

Pipe Used: Peterson 106

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes.com

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