C&D pays tribute to the Old North State battle that led to victory in the Revolutionary War. Old Belt Red and Bright Va's are combined with a bit of Turkish then stoved, pressed and sliced into flakes.
Guilford Flake held me spellbound. Another epiphany. From the freshly opened tin, the nose delivers a sweet fruitcake, with its surface a bit dried, still moist inside the sponge. When the pipe is alight, nothing implies the fruitcake. Nothing asserts itself boldly. The bittersweet taste is modest and the woodsy note modest. This perfect match of “modest” is consistent to the last puff. The silky smokes give a subtle bittersweet taste as that of deeply roasted coffee beans, plus dry crisp smell of smouldering dead leaves in a distant autumnal garden as of some Kyoto temple, cool, misty, oriental and somewhat nostalgic. A mélange of a bit tangy kicks lingering on the palate and the slightly sweet woodsy smell of roasted oriental chestnuts somehow gives a soothing effect. This is more than a tobacco. It reminds me of something I miss in retrospect, in a distant past.
The fragrant Izmir provides plenty of earth, wood, floralness, herbs, vegetation, some spice, and a lot of dry bitter sourness as a competitive lead component. Often sharing/taking the lead is the Old Belt red Virginia, which offers earth, wood, mild tangy dark fruit, bread, some sugar, light floralness, and a couple pinches of spice. In the third slot is the bright Virginia, which supplies a burst of tart and tangy citrus, sour lemon, grass, some sugar, floralness, bread, vegetation, light spice and acidity. It is a secondary player. The strength and nic-hit are medium. The taste level is a notch past the medium mark. Won’t bite or get harsh, but it does have a light roughness. Burns cool, clean, and a tad slow with an occasionally inconsistent floral, spicy, mildly sweet, bitterly sour, rugged flavor that extends to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. The room note is tolerable. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Two and a half stars due to the inconsistent taste.
I like C and D blends as they only use water and can generally be smoked without a long drying period. This one I like to break up and spread in a bowl to let dry a few days but can be enjoyed right out of the tin.
This comes in loosely packed flakes in the tin and is a brown and khaki colored tobacco cut into a ribbon cut and then pressed. It has a wonderful sweet fruitcake aroma in the tin upon opening. I removed the flakes in my tin after letting it age 6 months, and broke it up and let dry for a few days then put it back in the tin. This made it perfect for smoking and an enjoyable smoke it is. This blend has no bite, has a nice sweetness on the tongue with a rich added flavor of the Orientals. It is simple but a pleasure to smoke. It burns down nice and dry with a fluffy light grey ash, and leaves little to no moisture in the bottom of the bowl. I like it and have another tin I will age for a few years as I think this blend would gain in sweetness with some aging. I think this a good blend that can be smoked as an all day blend providing the smoker a lot of pleasure. I do recommend it.
Ah, Cornell & Diehl, Why am I so disappointed in so many of their blends? This is very "old School" , think Old Joe Krantz. Yes, this is sweeter, it doesn't bite, but it's just not interesting. It has that "maybe this has Burley" taste. No reason for me to buy again.
Updated 2014-4-23- I just reopened this tin that has been sitting in the cellar, it was totally moldy ( 5months). I don't know if it might have been moldy when I tried this 5 months ago. Take my review with a "grain of salt",
It has been a couple of years since I've posted any C&D blend reviews and I have smoked nearly 100 tins of their various offerings in that time. So, it may be awhile before I get to all of them.
Very similar to Guilford Courthouse but the flake form is a little stronger a the slower burn allows for what I believe was a longer period of smoke time. Thatalways mkesa tobacco more of a palate filler to me. The Bright added grassy notes, the Red added sweet notes and the Izmir (one of the most spice laden of all the Orientals on the market), lent strength and spice to the presentation. I ejoyed this one a lot, and perhaps even enough to get more tins, which is what I should have done in the first place!
The red VA and Turkish are apparent from opening the now-bulging tin through the entire bowl. They play very well together (the red VA usually in the lead), giving a slightly sour, slightly spicy smoke, nicely balanced by the other underlying VAs. The flakes are pretty broken up, but are chunkier than the usual C&D flakes these days (which usually fall apart into long strands when touched), giving some real slow burn time. A shame this is not currently in production (and that I only have this one tin). A 3 star + in my book.
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