A smooth blend of Virginia, Turkish, Latakia, and black Cavendish, C&D's Cordial boasts a classical English structure, subtly augmented in sweetness and room note by the presence of the dark aromatic mainstay.
If you miss Dunhill's Aperitif, this should suffice. Buttery, slightly tangy, semi-sweet and a light-handed application of latakia with a light body, mimic Aperitif. Three of the Dunhill/Peterson mixtures I absolutely love are Early Morning Pipe, Dur... Read Morebar and Aperitif. Durbar and Aperitif are not available in North America any longer, and while I still have a good supply of Durbar, my Aperitif is gone. When I heard this could be considered its replacement, I was interested. It's close. Now here's the thing with Dunhill/Peterson mixtures... they are sweetened artificially. Whatever their product is; English, VAPER, Scottish... they're all sweetened. Take a tin and open it up. Place the lid back on and seal it up. Place the tin in the drawer for a month or two. When you try it a month or two later, that sweetness will be gone. That's what Cordial tastes like... as if a tin of Aperitif had been opened and set aside for a while. I was able to reproduce a much closer likeness to Aperitif's sweetness by adding Sutliff 507-S Stoved VA. It imparts a heathered honey flavor (smoky/caramelized sweetness) which is missing from Cordial. The best I can gauge is about 20% or approximately 2 oz of 507-S per 8 oz of Cordial. But the downside to adding the sweetness of the VA mitigates the
predominant buttery nuance of the Orientals. I don't want to mess with this, it's good in its own way. Essentially this is a less sweet Aperitif. The absence of the heathered honey in Aperitif will be missed. Nicotine is 2 out of 5. Read Less
I have tried blends like this before and I do like the blend of Latikia and Cavendish. Stratforshire and English Oriental are two that I favor. Cordial is a nice medley of flavors, it's sweet and spicy. The flavors of the various tobaccos come to t... Read Morehe fore and are replaced by the next tobacco flavor. A very enjoyable smoke that I will be imbibing again and again. Read Less
I normally go to the web to check the components of a tobacco that's currently in my pipe... but when I lit this one up, I just stopped and savored the beautiful aroma and the scrumptious flavor... Mmmm!
Creamy, nutty, buttery, smooth, and fragrant... Read More... a classic English in the same mold as Dunhill 965.
It's become my favorite in the C&D English line up.
If you like Dunhill blends, you will like this one. Read Less
While my palate is still very much in training, this is without a doubt my absolute favorite tobacco. Too bad I only ordered a 2oz. sample. Goes great in my Peterson System pipe with a giant cup of black coffee!
This was the blend that got me interested in English blends. It has plenty of that lot of Kia and Oriental spice to it, but also quite a bit of sweetness underneath all of that. What is more I've gotten plenty of positive comments on the room note! T... Read Moreakes just a little bit more effort to get lit than I would like, but once it's going, it's going! Smoke school, and I can't believe that something this good is in bulk! Read Less
In Australia Cordial is a sweet syrup that you mix with water or soda water to make a soft drink. When I opened the package, a sweet smell immediately came into the nose. The tobacco was reasonably wet, but could be smoked immediately. Once fired the... Read More tobacco, you experience an explosion of flavors. The sweetness is not exaggerated. The black Cavendish is clearly present and goes well with the Latakia and virginias in harmony. Cordial comes very close to Dunhill's Apretif. If you like smooking the slightly sweeter tobaccos, Cordial is definitely worth it to smoke. I am more of a Latakia-Perique smoker, but this blend is still good for 3+ stars. A tobacco to enjoy especially in the evening when the day comes to an end ... Read Less
Mmmm-Cordial--I must admit the name did put me off for some time. Here in Australia, cordial is a sugary, sweet syrup that you mix with water or sodawater to make a soft drink. Anyway, I'm glad I finally tried this easy-smoking blend. It's hard not t... Read Moreo compare this one to some of the other C&D more "English" style bulk blends available. This one is most definitely for me a bit lighter, and doen't have the Oriental or Turkish "tang' of say, Stratfordshire or Tuggle Hall. The Latakia is a bit more restrained here, and there is a touch more sweetness from the BC, but what makes me smile is the overall smoothness of this one. This is a wonderful blend in the morning with a cup of coffee--beats the heck out of EMP, in my opinion. The Virginia is very smooth and cool, and the Latakia just sings enough in the background to harmonize perfectly. I do love the solidity of some of the others--Stratfordshire, Tuggle Hall, London Squire, Byzantium, and my favorite, Red Odessa, but I think Cordial will hold a place when I just want a smooth, lighter blend, but with a nice English/Scottish character, and relatively little Nic hit as compared to some of the others---the absence of Burley, perhaps. Three and one-half stars for me. Read Less
I can find in this blend very similar than Aperitif of Dunhill. Actually with some differences but with the same essence. Fresh, easy smoke, easy pack, no bite and very good flavor. This tobacco will be my "battle horse" of English tobaccos... Read More with Black Cavendish because Aperitif will say good bye very soon Read Less
I found this blend to be a nice "crossover" between aromatic and English, not too bitey and great flavor. It is quite dry, smokes easily, smells wonderful, and I find myself naturally reaching for it now, which means I'll buy more!
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