This is my daily smoke. When I first tried it I wasn't quite sure about it but over time it really grew on me. Virgina's out in front, cigar leaf coming in close second. I can always taste a hint of latakia but it's mildly applied. Not a hint of any ... Read Moreadded flavoring, you'll only taste pure tabacco. Easy to load and keep lit. I've never once been bit. It's stout without being overwhelming. For several years this has been my #1 smoke. Read Less
The sweet and spicy Va/Per shines through the black Cavendish, Latakia, and cigar leaf mix, as a slightly spicy-sweet, hearty, and EXTREMELY satisfying whole; a serious relaxation blend! As a hard-core cigar smoker, seeing cigar leaf in this was what... Read More first drew me to this pipe tobacco blend. That said, I still can't really tell that cigar leaf was indeed added to this pipe blend; it doesn't seem to taste at all like a cigar, let alone a Cuban one. However, it makes up for that with a power punch: In a large-bowl'd Meerschaum pipe, the effect is about equal to having a radical lobotomy; albeit a very tranquil, blissfully enjoyable, lobotomy. Thus, Habana Daydream is best purchased by the 8oz. unit, since this will likely become a regular favorite; it ages extremely well. Read Less
I recently discovered Cornell & Diehl's “Habana Daydream” -and I love it. We all developed our own discrete perceptions and memories of the distinctive smell and taste of Tobacco. Hence, and obviously, this remains an utterly subjective matter.
Ha... Read Morebana Daydream perfectly captures my sensory definition of Tobacco's fragrance and flavor. It is quite exemplary of a genuine, pure leaf, which is neither edulcorated nor adulterated.
The pleasantly sharp cigar notes form the steady scaffolding of the blend, but do not obfuscate its delicate architecture. The texture of the smoke is smooth and creamy. It is not a complex tobacco, but certainly not simple either. I like to think that the purpose of this blend was to conjure precisely the fragrance and flavor of tobacco in a purer state. If so, at least for this enthusiastic reviewer, it has wonderfully accomplished it.
In fact, although the blend resorts to natural spices, Latakia, Perique and unsweetened Cavendish to adorn the Virginias, the addition of “a spoonful of rich Cigar Leaf” seems to dictate the mood of the blend. I can only describe it as suspended between the aroma of an unfiltered Gauloises Cigarette and that of Dominican Macanudo. And yet, this is not a cigar in your pipe, but a sophisticated cigar-inspired pipe tobacco blend.
I must add that my excitement is due, in part, to a striking similarity with one of Ed Burak (Connoisseur Pipe Shop)’s blends -that I enjoyed as immensely as I am now left to miss- aptly named “Havana Seed”.
This blend, “Habana Daydreams”, is not for everyone (as no blend could kindle unanimous consent). If one relishes overwhelming flavors, sweet or spicey as they might be, this will prove quite disappointing.
One must like tobacco in its plain, stripped down essence, as a fragrant Baguette with a glass of Bordeaux and nothing else. And (to complete the French narrative) perhaps, I should not conceal that my nostalgic affection to this -as the standard flavor of tobacco- may forgive some faults and flaws, in my Proustian memory. After all, “Habana Daydreams” is to me the evocative "petites madeleines" of la reserche du temps perdu.
It may be relevant to add that:
1. Nicotine is certainly at the medium level;
2. If carefully kept in check with a gentle temper, it easily burns to the end with no further relights, after the charring ritual;
3. No bite whatsoever, even if hurried. Read Less
Strong tastes melded together well enough that reminds me of a meaty stew( it does not taste like that, rather Feels so). Smokey, Earthy with deep tones is all I can say with words. Really enjoyable though.
Gentleman, you can stop searching for underrated great blends right here. Habana Daydream is such a fantastic smoke! Even if you aren't searching for cigar blends, if you're a pipe smoker, this is a must try. It's a cleverly crafted bit of cigar leaf... Read More based tobacco. Personally, HD is one of the few blends I order in the 8 oz tin. If I had to cut back to just two blends, it would be cigar leaf based and a straight Virginia. One might say the yin and yang of pipe tobacco.
The flavor is robust, complex with main notes of cigar leaf, Virginia, Latakia and Perique, complimented by faint nutty, earthy and sugary molasses notes. You taste the bit of soft cigar leaf in every puff, along with the main component of sweet Virginia. The creamy and smokey Latakia flavor is farther in the background but steady and present, the perique shows up randomly with a bit of pepper. I must be tasting the Cavendish in there as well but can't tell where. After reading it only has a spoonful of cigar leaf I was surprised how upfront and at attention the cigar leaf tastes. I keep going back and forth on whether I think this, or Billy Budd, is more robust. In the end, with the perique peppery flavor, this ends up being slightly more robust in taste. It has loads of flavor without tongue bite no matter how hardily puffed.
This is a blend with some balls. The nicotine is medium/strong, which I love. If the vitamin N has you in its grasp, you enjoy a little cigar leaf and you're needing a stress pipe, this flavorful smoke will really hit the spot and leave you extremely satisfied. --- Four Stars!
Good job, C&D!
Pipe Used: Bari Giant
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: Various
Similar Blends: Billy budd, Key Largo, Robusto. Read Less
The sweet and spicy Va/Per shines through the black Cavendish, Latakia, and cigar leaf mix, as a slightly spicy-sweet, hearty, and EXTREMELY satisfying whole; a serious relaxation blend! As a hard-core cigar smoker, seeing cigar leaf in this was what... Read More first drew me to this pipe tobacco. That said, I still can't really tell that cigar leaf was indeed added to this pipe blend; it doesn't seem to taste at all like a cigar, let alone a Cuban one. However, it makes up for that with a power punch: In a large-bowl'd Meerschaum pipe, the effect is about equal to having a radical lobotomy; albeit a very tranquil, blissfully enjoyable, lobotomy. Thus, Habana Daydream is best purchased by the 8oz. unit, since this will likely become a regular favorite; it ages extremely well. Read Less
This is a good, but not great, blend. It doesn't have any "wow factor" for me. Much in the way that I've never found a cigar as pleasing as a pipe, this is less pleasing than other C&D cigar leaf blends. I pickup more than a "sp... Read Moreoonful" of cigar leaf. Would be great for a pipe smoker trying out pipes. Or for someone that really likes the spice of perique and cigar leaf. I prefer the much more Latakia forward C&D cigar leaf blend, Billy Budd. I do find that I enjoy this much more in the warmer months. Read Less
Well, i like C&D Bulk- Blends, but this one left me quite unsatisfied. Of course, it has the right dryness, and it burns very well and even. But the overall Flavour was very unbalanced and harsh. You smell the Virginias, the Perique and the Cigar... Read Moreleaf. No smell or taste of BC or Latakia at all. It is far less cigar- like as purple cow- it is just harsh and spicy. It remembers me cheap cigarette- tobacco, sorry. Nearly no developement while smoking. Very monochromatic. And only a small nic- hit at the end. I have expected more. I'd rather stay with Plantation Evening... Read Less
It is well balanced, has good flavor and body. Virginias and perique are well pronounced, but the latakia and the cigar leaves stay very much in the background. For those looking for a cigar taste, they will hardly find it, but it is good.
It's a quality blend, and it's lame of me to throw in a nod to another in a review of this one, but it seems like it went for Fox's "Banker's" and failed. If I'm looking for a superb Cuban/VA, I pass on this one. The advantage is the cost. ... Read MoreThis is 4 dollars cheaper a tin than Banker's. So it gets some points for that, but it's only occassionally I want a taste like this, so on those rare occassions, I flip the 4 extra bucks. Read Less
I'm fairly newly back into pipes, and have only tried a half dozen tobaccos yet. I used to smoke pipes, and cigars another while.
I really like Havana Havana Daydreams a lot. It's a fairly mild tobacco I think, with more of a subtle aftertaste of ... Read Morenice cigar leaf. I find myself reaching for this more than any of my others so far. Read Less
I love Englishes and aromatics. I am not a snob concerning either. Never having tried a blend with cigar leaf before I was intrigued. So I bought Billy Budd and Habana Daydream and tried them both at the same time. Billy Budd was too harsh for me. It... Read More irritated the back of my throat. Never had that happen from other englishes before. Habana Daydream was something else. Light on the latakia. You can taste and smell the other tobaccos including the cigar leaf (maybe not as strong but still there). It is as smooth and creamy as a well made cigar. Habana Daydream reminds me of an old drugstore tobacco from 40 years ago called Marrakesh. Anyone remember that one? Yes. Habana Daydream is very enjoyable. Read Less
This is a nice cool and dry smoke. Light in Latakia, Perique fades in and out, and the cigar leaf builds to the end. A must try for a cigar smoker or someone looking to make the jump to Latakia without being overpowered.
I thought I'd limit my smoking to once or twice a week. But this blend won't let me. I look forward to smoking it every single day even though I try to stop and smoke something else because I want to save and savor it. It's meaty, the cigar leaf come... Read Mores through without overpowering everything, a little fruity probably from the Virginia, a hint of sweetness, a bit of spice to balance it out. A beautiful blend all in all Read Less
I'm relatively new to pipe smoking and as many do I started with aromatics but the description of this tobacco sounded good so I thought I would give it a try and fell in love with it it's strong but not to strong and I could taste a lot of delicious... Read More flavors in it though I'm not experienced enough to distinguish what all of them were they were distinctive and delicious I would recommend it to anyone Read Less
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