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Every year Cornell & Diehl produces a Christmas blend inspired by a classic Christmas carol. For 2015, they've hearkened back to those "golden days" with Golden Days of Yore — a festive mix of red and bright Virginias, black Cavendish, dark-fired Kentucky, and Katerini... and more. A unique aromatic mixture, it's all married together with hints of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and chocolate and topped with a dash of the best dark rum from Santa's secret stash.

Notes: For a short video on the making of the sauce for this blend...

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BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByJeremy Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Cinnamon, Cocoa / Chocolate, Ginger, Licorice, Nuts / Beans
Packaging2oz tin and 8oz tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (131)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Well, looks like I get to crack the seal on this one. The tin note on first opening was not overpowering. Kind of put me in mind of Epiphany. Thick ribbions and chunky would describe the cut to me. Not overly moist, good condition to smoke. Tobacco appears to be of good quality, packed and lit well. Burnt well with few relights. Upon smoking the first bowl I should say I was not overwhelmed. The blend was not bad or good just run of the mill. Decided to let this one set for a week before trying again. A week did make a great difference. The tin note did seem stronger and put me in mind of egg nog with rum, to me that is a good think. Loaded up an old Grabow and fired it up. The quality of the tobacco came through this time. Again it burned well, not too strong but had a bit of nic through the last half of the bowl. Good solid Aro for my part. Have smoked numerous bowls with good satisfaction. I will most definitely jar some of this to age a bit. This blend like Yule fruitcake and egg nog will either hit you with love it or hate it. Advice is not to evaluate it too quickly.

Pipe Used: Square shank Grabow Starfire

Age When Smoked: new tin then week old and beyond

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

13 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1982)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Cornell & Diehl - Golden Days of Yore (Christmas 2015).

Disclaimer: I don't normally drink any alcohol but being as it's Christmas day my wife put a splash of brandy in my morning coffee. This may explain why I'm perplexed at so many one star reviews! Albeit, I'm not too sure as to whether or not one tiny jot of brandy would make much of a difference, maybe it's just me?!

Unlike a lot of Christmas editions the blend's medium brown with just a couple of black specks. The aroma complies exactly with Christmas: spicy, alcoholic and rich. This tin's stamped 07/05/17 and the moisture's perfect.

The Burley, Orientals and Virginia offer far more than the Kentucky and black Cavendish. The Orientals are the first leaves to come through clearly, dissipating to allow the Virginias and Burley in. The red Virginia gives a fruity note, it's sweetened by the bright Va's and the Burley has a toastiness. I find the Kentucky only displays a pinch of flavour and the black Cavendish is almost redundant. The cinnamon and liqueur (probably eggnog) are the strongest of the false flavours, the others are much lighter. The ginger waits until the last quarter before some hot, zestiness comes forward. It burns consistently right the way through, maybe a touch fast if not sipped, cool, to a light grey ash.

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: lovely.

Golden Days of Yore? This was one of the blends my wife included with a few Peder Jeppesen pipes as my Christmas present and I used this to 'break in' one of the pipes! Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen Free Hand

Age When Smoked: 07/05/17

Purchased From: Tammy, my wife.

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The smoky, woody, earthy, herbal, lightly sour and sweet, floral, mildly spicy Katerini takes a light lead overall in this 2020 version. Tag teaming for the top spot is the tangy, dark fruity red Virginia. It provides a lot of earth, wood, bread, some sugar, light floralness and spice with a touch of vinegar. The floral, sugary, grassy/hay like, tart and tangy citrusy, toasted bready, vegetative, mildly spicy bright Virginias are secondary players. The spicy, woody, earthy, floral, herbal, lightly nutty dark-fired Kentucky is a slot above being a condiment. The sugary black cavendish are condiments. The nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and ginger spices are the lead toppings. The chocolate is close behind them in terms of effect, and the dark rum is almost as potent as the chocolate. The toppings moderately sublimate the tobaccos, but they also cohesively work with the varietals to create a homogenous, deeply rich sweet, holiday very spicy, floral flavor. The strength is medium. The taste is a step past the medium mark. The nic-hit is a notch below the strength level. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has just a few small rough edges. Burns cool and clean to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. It has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. It’s not quite an all day smoke, but it is certainly repeatable.


6 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (139)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Tis the season....Opening the tin, as another reviewer stated, reminded me exactly of Epiphany. Didn't smell the typical sweet aromatic aroma. The ribbons were perfectly ready to load and light. Stayed lit without too much trouble.

Great Tobacco taste with just the right amount of holiday aromatic sweetness offset by some spice. The room note is great and I had many compliments when smoking it. I enjoyed the hint of cinnamon, cloves and rum. This can bite just a little bit, might be the spices in it, but overall can be puffed or sipped. I really enjoyed this blend and it's my favorite Christmas blend by far. Other blends are usually too highly cased. This is a perfect balance between tobacco and aromatics with a decent kick.

Love it!

Pipe Used: Cob & Billard

Age When Smoked: 6 months aged

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

bent_bulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bent_bulldog (6)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I enjoy this one very much, I like that there is enough tobacco flavor mixed with the topping. What really drives me to grab this one over any other aromatic I have is the Oriental leaf, it works so well with the spices in the topping. This was my first holiday blend, lead me to look into more of the C&D aromatics.

Pipe Used: Cob, Savinelli bent brandy

Age When Smoked: Fresh

5 people found this review helpful.

Matsutake Slayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Matsutake Slayer (8)
Very Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

If the post-apocalypse were to ever arrive and I find my cellar running out of all my other tobaccos, maybe then I might actually get around to smoking the rest of this tin... maybe.

More likely though I'd just press and ferment a cake of oak leaves, ferns and cedar shavings topped with a some cardamom-soaked hooch and smoke that -- it'd probably be a better smoke.

You might like this better than I, and perhaps better than me.

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

4 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Yuk....this blend was unpleasant from the first puff! The tin had a pleasant enough Christmasy smell when I popped the lid, but it was all downhill from there. I got a very nasty taste from the topping almost instantly, I really wanted to like this blend, as I like a nice aromatic this time of year, but no. The only tobacco flavor I got was from the Oriental component, it completely overpowered the Va. and Burley base to an overwhelming degree. So what I tasted was essentially one variety of Oriental tobacco that was overtopped with a nasty sauce.

Pipe Used: CAO Meerschaum Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 1 year old tin

Purchased From: Local B&M

4 people found this review helpful.

Liam Tyr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liam Tyr (22)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I really wanted to like this, but it didn't do it for me. I love Christmas blends, but this one was not at all like what I was hoping for. The tin note was amazing!!! Smelled like incredible Egg-Nog and Spiced Cider. I was excited until i took the first cold sip from the pipe. Nothing... Hmmm, I charred it and still nothing...... Then I waited until midway through the bowl, and then I got a little bit of vanilla??? But mostly I still got nothing.... I asked the friends around me for a word or two about room note, and they couldn't smell anything at all other than a bland smoke that almost smelled like cigarettes. In truth, I have yet to experiment with a C&D blend that I like. I don't recommend this blend at all, but try it if you want to based on other reviews. Update.... After aging the tin for a bit, it got slightly better, but not much, and definitely not enough to make me buy another tin.

Pipe Used: W.O. Larsen Brandy

Age When Smoked: fresh and 2 months

Purchased From: Mission Pipe, San Jose, Ca, USA.

Similar Blends: Air or Hay.

4 people found this review helpful.

Appalachian Chef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Chef (52)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

Typically a C&D fan, but this one left me unimpressed. The casing was evident in the tin, rum, vanilla, spices...but not in the smoke. The flavor was mainly just the tobaccos used. Not what I was expecting. I love the Christmas blends, but this one won't come back to my holidays.

Pipe Used: Falcon Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Well, i usually don't care for aromatics but i was looking for a Christmas mixture and watched the C&D's Youtube video so I decided to give it a try. When i opened the tin the tin note was very light. Thanks to dixcreek's review i poured the tin content into a jar and left the jar in my shelf for two weeks. When i opened the jar the tin note was stronger. I could smell the rum and hints of other sauce components.

The tobacco smells delicious and natural. It burns well and don't overheat easily. I experienced no tongue bite. You can taste sweet-sour taste of Turkish tobacco and tangy Virginias. The burley gives body to the mixture and aromatic casing doesn't overwhelm the tobacco taste, just complements.

I finished the 2oz tin and hoarded an 8 oz one. I am wondering if aging will improve this already delicious aromatic.

Pipe Used: Several briars

Age When Smoked: 1 Month aged in a jar

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (55)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Great tin art. Tin note is mild. Somewhat pleasant. I can’t make out any specifics, maybe the ginger and liquor. Tobacco is quite dry and smokable right out of the tin with a few min dry time. The black canvendish is pretty hard and dry, and there’s some large chunks of it mixed in. The first 1/3 of the bowl is quite enjoyable. The topping is flavorful enough to keep me interested, but not overpowering. Again, I can’t pick out specific flavors except possibly an orange liquor and a soft pine note. Maybe some ginger. At the half way point the topping has gone flat. I just get a mild burley taste that reminds me of a OTC blend, with the topping way in the background. Almost undetectable at this point. I was hoping that the true tobacco flavors would take over near the end of the bowl. No such luck. I love C&D Kentucky tobaccos. I didn’t get any of that in this blend unfortunately. The smoke ended very mild with that pine and orange ginger note only on the retro now. The room note and aftertaste was nice. Overall, just a very mild blend. Not offensive, but not impressive. 1.5 stars.

Age When Smoked: 18 months.

1 person found this review helpful.

OkieSmokie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OkieSmokie (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Egg nog, the tin note on opening definitely gives me the impression of Egg nog. By the way Egg nog is one of my favorite things. I got this as a gift in December 2016 and enjoyed several bowls. I then jarred and have smoked it occasionally since then. The note in the jar is even more pronounced after 15 months of aging. There's nutmeg, vanilla, whiskey, cocoa. It's quite the melange and they do all come to the fore on the smoke. And everything works well together, in addition to the topping, there are moments when the tobacco flavor comes to the front. The room note definitely has a holiday feel to it.

Pipe Used: Missouri Merschaum Cobbit

Age When Smoked: 15 months

1 person found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (107)
Medium Very Mild Full Very Pleasant

I'm surprised this one got so many 1 star reviews. This is a man's man aromatic blend, lightly topped with plenty of tobacco flavor, no goop and perfect moisture level to smoke straight out of the tin. I really enjoyed this stuff and I think Jeremy Reeves is really proving himself to be a fine blender. Nicotine is medium which is nice to see in an American aromatic as most are usually nearly void of any nicotine. Great Christmas blend through and through. If you were hoping for a 1Q style blend repackaged as a Christmas blend then I could see how this would be disappointing, otherwise I thought this was a truly unique and tasty blend

Wow! I thought this one was no longer in production, it's good to see that it's available again!

1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This was not as flavorful as I wanted it to be. I want my holiday blends to be an in your face aromatic and this was not it. The flavor was nice, but just too subtle. Good, not great

1 person found this review helpful.

pipesNpints Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesNpints (5)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The tin note for this blend is full of holiday nostalgia, cinnamon and nutmeg and vanilla give you connotations of cookies and eggnog. The flavor on light and through the bowl is mostly sweetness from the virginias and creaminess from the turkish coindimental leaf.

I think a sipping on this blend slowly will yield the most flavor and limit its capacity to bite.

I think this is a fantastic blend for those that want a quality aromatic.

Pipe Used: OMS Billiard

Age When Smoked: 4 months

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (321)
Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

I'm in total agreement with "Liam Tyr (14) 2016-02-17 , review". Mainly a mild rum vanilla blend that burns so hot and bitey that I lost all tongue feeling after one bowl. Enough said.

Pipe Used: cob and hardwood

Age When Smoked: 1 week

1 person found this review helpful.

Ian K Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian K (30)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I was wondering what I was missing here when I opened the tin, not a great deal of tin note and more of a cidery type aroma than Christmassy. lovely ribbon cut and maybe just a tad dry...however the smoke was very bitter, very high end Virginias and the casing almost undetectable! However after reading the bellow review I,ve jarred it and will try again when it has breathed.

Pipe Used: Peterson 316

Age When Smoked: Straight from tin

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

Similar Blends: C&D,s Autumn evening.

1 person found this review helpful.