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It may be a luck of the draw, but the odds, at least, are in your favor: Grand Croupier's Boneyard may be composed of a random assortment of English/Latakia blends, but they are high quality English/Latakia blends, themselves composed of quality leaf to start with. Considering the results of our past blind review on Grand Croupier's all-sorts-of-all-kinds blend, expect a good smoke, at a very good price.

BrandGrand Croupier
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Unknown, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
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Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (30)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I smoke a lot of English an I must say this blend has not disappointed me after three lbs. You will find chunks and I mean chunks of flakes, Latakia I suppose,Virginia,burley once in a while as well as perique. I find the flake must enjoyable, it is my favorite cut of tobacco. More than satisfying it balanced beyond compare,Smokey but not overbearing, sweetness from grassy Virginias and depth form thr burley with just a hint of spice from the perique. I have found every little difference between purchases .It's is English as it should be bite less an rewarding an at a astounding price. Get some, you won't be disappointed, same some bucks.

Pipe Used: Savinelli,Rattray,Peterson

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

7 people found this review helpful.

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

Of the three allsorts blends from C&D's "Grand Croupier" range, Bone Yard is the absolute treasure. My batch contained (guessing by taste) around 15% Latakia, plenty of condimental tobaccos, some peppery/fruity Perique and some grassy and pleasing Virginias. It is gently sour sweet with plenty of chewy mouth feel and fabulous burn characteristics. The price leads me to believe that this is the best value in an English-style blend anywhere. Bar none.

Tongue bite? No, and I wouldn't expect any bite from an English. Mechanically, this weed behaves beautifully in the pipe; its manners are irreproachable. Chars and lights with a single match, and the bowl I just finished required not one relight to burn it down to a medium ash with just a few ticks of charcoal. As this is an allsorts blend (I prefer "allsorts" to "sweepings"), the cuts are a real mix, ranging from little shaggy bits to chuncks of broken flake. I did a bit of rubbing to get it into a uniform cut but found later that it really works best straight from the bag. Moisture in my batch was perfect; the tobacco required no drying before I packed it into a Missouri Meerschaum "Great Dane' spool with a 6 mm. balsa filter.

My batch apparently had a bit more Virginia tobacco than others have reported. Funny thing is, at times this reminded me of Early Morning Pipe...but the bowl I just smoked felt and tasted more like Nightcap. Yesterday's bowl had more Orientals in it, making it take on the aspect of Derbar. Nicotine level is pretty high for me but very manageable. I got a few wee hiccups near the bottom of the bowl from the Vitamin N

I don't care what kind of pipe or tobacco snob you might be; in a blind taste test, you'd be singing this blend's praises and swearing that it is some new boutique blend from the likes of Greg Peas. I would bet cash money that you can fool your pipe expert friends with this one, although you'll want to manicure the tobacco a bit to remove the odd stem and twig encountered here before trying to fool Dr. Pipe Know-it-All. Otherwise, this is among the best English blends I have ever tried and is well worth the bargain basement price. Is it pretty to look at? Not really. Is it a marvelous value? Yes. Should you buy a pound to have on hand, for around $16.00? Absolutely. This is my favorite of all three of the Grand Croupier offerings. I will buy it time, it will be a full pound instead of the paltry four ounces I currently have on hand. .

Pipe Used: Corncobs and an old meer billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the vendor

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Similar Blends: Many different, pricy English blends.

5 people found this review helpful.

LaroldC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LaroldC (5)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An intrepid English lover's secret treasure. To review a pot-luck blend is necessarily highly subjective, but I find Boneyard to be fairly consistent from bag to bag. It is typically a peppery, leathery, sweet smoke with a real kick. I detect a lot of different leaf there but mostly Latakia (Cyprian?), dark-fired Kentucky (Burley and/or true Kentucky), Perique, dark Virginia (not seeing or tasting a lot of bright Virginia), and even Black Cavendish. I may miss the mark on a couple of these, but that's my guess at the basic mix. It is strong in flavor and nicotine level. Very close to Dunhill Nightcap. Smoke this one on a full tummy or you'll start spinning. A great after-dinner or evening settle-in smoke. I recommend ensuring proper hydration and then sealing and cellaring a pound or two, but it is great right out of the bag. For the budget-minded: It is a total steal. Stock up before they run the popularity numbers and jack up the price!

Pipe Used: meerschaum, meerschaum lined briar, briar, cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Similar Blends: Dunhill My Mixture 965, Dunhill Nightcap, Peterson's Old Dublin, Arango Balkan Supreme, Comoy's Cask #11, John Cotton 3, Balkan Sasieni.

3 people found this review helpful.

Jan Westphal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jan Westphal (4)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Okay, as I understand this it's a bit of a lucky draw....well, I have been lucky then. The contents of the bag I received had a lovely smell, cut tobacco and random larger chunks of all sorts. This made lighting a little tricky but once lit the bowl smoked nice and clean all the way to the bottom. This Boneyard is a well selected and mixed blend with a strong Latakia accent, not based on Latakia but rather a great English mixture with the right amount of Lat to spice it all up. To me this blend is pretty complex in flavours and can easily compete with other tobaccos twice the price. Ordered some more!

Pipe Used: CCs and briars

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes

3 people found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (39)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Like several other reviewers, I am new to this blend, and am finding it to have some irregularities, but it is actually endearing to me, not a negative. I have over 100 tobaccos in my library and I like variety, although I am on a quest to pare down my collection and focus on cellaring the very best in larger quantities, rather than having smaller quantities of many blends. I tried this due to the interesting reviews. It has impressed me so far. The presentation is varied, with ribbons, chunks, flakes and yes, a few stems here and there. You could call it the hot dog of tobaccos. The lips and assholes collected from the packing plants floor and pressed into tasty meat tubes isnt for everyone. The same goes for this blend. It is not uniform. Each bowl offers a different experience, but for me they have all been satisfying. It needed minimal drying, some rubbing out, and a little bit of stem removal. After that, an easy light and smoke. I purchased 4 ounces and have tried half a dozen bowls so far, and they have all been slightly different. There is obvious latakia, perique, virginias, and some burley and then who knows what. For a purist, who is looking for absolute uniformity and repeatability, this is not your bag. But for the price, if you want to enjoy a top shelf english, that is full of surprises, by all means, try it. For the price, its a no brainer. I will definitely be buying a pound to cellar and age, as it is such a low cost option to experiment with. Like others, I hope people don't go crazy and buy massive amounts and clean them out. As a disclaimer, I am not a huge C&D fan, but I am enjoying the Captain Earles line from Hermit, which they technically own, but does not seem to be infected with some of the bulk cheap tobacco that I think a majority of the C&D line is burdened by. If you like English blends, and you are frugal, then this is a must try. 3 stars for now, but that may change with time.

Pipe Used: Meers, cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: new

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Grand Croupier - Bone Yard (Grand Croupier).

So, as this is high-end sweepings, reviews could vary! But the pouch I got smokes nicely.

Because of the nature of it the pouch comprises many different cuts: leaves, broken flakes, ribbons, and twigs. The moisture's good, and it smell's typically English.

On to the smoke: mine contains a lot of Latakia; both woody and smoky. I also get quite a nice Oriental flavour, and a notable touch of Perique; it's a fairly robust batch. I get a thick, medium temperature, bite-free, smoke, from Bone Yard.

The room-note's exactly as I'd expect from an English, and the nicotine's medium to strong.

This pouch is worth four stars, but I bet they'll all differ. With that in mind, I think three stars is fair.


Pipe Used: Peterson Rosslare #03

Age When Smoked: New

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2 people found this review helpful.

Aussie puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aussie puffer (4)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Bit of a lottery apparently but I'm well pleased with my first gamble... a very good quality latakia in with some good solid Turkish leaf . Bit peppery on the tongue due to the perique but I'll be definitely coming back for another bet.

Pipe Used: Bari (big bowl)

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: A peppery Dunhill EMP comes closest.

2 people found this review helpful.

Timmer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Timmer (8)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Just received a couple ounces of this. Now smoking my 2nd bowl. On the 1st bowl, I wasn't sure what to expect; consequently, I wasn't really impressed. But this morning I'm finding it to be quite interesting. It is quite peppery/spicy and bright. The retrohale has a nice tingle to it. As it stands, I can see me getting more of this in future. I expect it will remain in the general profile of an English blend, which appeals to me. Heck, if you got a batch you didn't like, I expect if you got another batch later on, you might find blending them could yield an improvement.

I have also bought (in bulk) Peter Stockkebye Bulls-eye and Lancer's Slices. All three are tasty and relatively inexpensive goto smokes.

Rating 3 due to possible inconsistencies batch to batch.

Edit next day. The retrohale was a little too peppery so I mixed in about 1 part Lancer's Slices with 2 parts this. Much better IMHO.

Pipe Used: Falcon, small bowl

Age When Smoked: new from bag

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Other Englishes, with a bit more of what I suspect is perique.

1 person found this review helpful.

Boatdock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boatdock (38)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Comprised of bag endings and possibly even floor sweepings, this unreasonably good tobacco blend is a hodge podge of various English leftovers. While it's never the same blend twice, it seems to be consistently great. What I received was a mix of every component listed in the ingredients as well as a relatively heavy dose of Latakia. The result is pure deliciousness and at $20 per pound.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Unknown

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columbus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
columbus (2)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

Wow what can you say about 16.00 a pound.This is the best deal in America.All high quality tobacco smokes like a dream.Also part of the charm is the variety of cut mix of various tobaccos.Coming from someone who is a Byzantium snob this I highly recommend this.Hopefully it will be available in future .Jar some up today!

Pipe Used: saseni ruff root parker bruyere

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Somewhat similiar to Dunhill Nightcap PS English Oriental Supreme Dunhill Durbar.

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Jan Teeter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jan Teeter (5)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Extra Strong

Initial light it burned hot and quick with a large coal. But as I rub out all my tobacco pretty aggressively- some had turned to powder. Which I think caused the rapid combustion. Firstly I was surprised by the creaminess of the smoke - flavor was a bit muddled and confused for an English- actually muddy, reminding me a lot of G.L. Pease Gaslight in a good way.

I started to retro-hale and discovered that it has a nice little bit of perique to it, yum ! Flavor is kind of a baking chocolate, the cheap kind out of the can - which I love! No real topping noticed , and also absent is the flavor of red wine and vinegar finish that I get from lots of English’s, (Not a huge fan of that profile.)

The Virginia hides in the background giving a little sweetness, and in the front is a combination of Latakia perique along with plain burley. This is creating a very earthy and musty smoke reminiscent of dry leaves and leather. The flavor drifts in and out with intensity. Which makes sense as I am working through a grab bag of different tobacco blends.

Next time I think I might skip rubbing out the bowl , in hopes I get a more varied and transitional smoke. Toward the end of the bowl the creaminess has gone and the flavor has become a chili flake spicy on the palate. Not sure if that’s perique or a strong dose of some sort of oriental. It’s neat that the flavor changed , but unfortunately it’s not to something good. Then finally the chili burn left and got replaced by a charred oak flavor.

The beginning of the bowl was great! But the second half the flavors became harsh. This is just my first bowl of boneyard , and first impressions. I will revisit this review after I smoke more. And I’m kind of hoping that each bowl can pack a new surprise. I’m giving this blend a 3 star review just based off the neat opportunity to have a grab bag smoking experience and the fact that the quality of the tobacco is good. If after 20 bowls I find each one is exploring undesirable flavors oftenly throughout the smoke, I will drop this rating, but I hope that doesn't become the case.

So now , I’ll just have to smoke a few more…


Pipe Used: Ascorti Business KS stack

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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Similar Blends: G.L. Pease Gaslight.

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DC MacBean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DC MacBean (32)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not going to go on social media and sound the trumpet for this blend because I don't want it to be perpetually sold out. I bought a pound of Boneyard on IPSD and was so pleased with it that I immediately ordered two more pounds, only two pounds because that was all that left in stock at the time. I'm anxious to see how it is when it acquires some age. At this price, I can easily cellar a good portion of every pound I purchase, and compare the various "vintages" in a year, two years, or more. The tobacco is high quality, just what we expect from Cornell & Diehl. My first pound had all the flavor profiles that I look for in an English or a Balkan blend, just not in the usual proportions. Since it's an ever-changing blend there is no point in trying to describe particular tastes, but I can see a good percentage of flake, sparkling with sugar crystals so, it's a good Virginia, and the Latakia is lighter than I prefer, but it's certainly there as are some spicy Orientals.

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tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I don't find much Latakia in there. The bulk note is sweet and woody, accompanying with some smokey aroma. Comes with ribbon, broken flake, cut plugs and other coarse cuts.

When smoking: No bite, pretty smooth and creamy; medium body with not much refinement or delicateness.

Very good Oriental forward English blend. Considering the price, it is a four-star blend (16 bucks for one pound).

Pipe Used: churchwarden

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: 1 oz bulk from smokingpipes

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Taowhywhy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taowhywhy (12)
Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dominated by the Latakia with a touch of Oriental, it got a little punch in it, if you want some vitamin N, this fits the bill. Lacking a little bit of refinement, but of course, it is a matter of personal taste! Nice for the evening! Absolutely no complaint for the price I paid!

3.5 out of 5

Pipe Used: Savinelli pot (Gr5 24 * 34)

Age When Smoked: Less than a year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes dot com

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