A unique combination of Virginias and Burleys, with a slight touch of Turkish for added sophistication, creates C&D's Virginia Gentleman, a superb all day smoke for those who enjoy Virginia blends but find them a touch bitey for all day enjoyment.
I do understand how one reviewer would say that Virginia Gentleman (VG) is "not that interesting," although I would counter - as another reviewer has done, that it possesses a "calm subtlety." Depending on how you approach this bl... Read Moreend, it could either be an unobtrusive working smoke where you can puff and work, simply enjoying pace and rhythm of puffing and working (writing in my case) without being overwhelmed by any one element. That said, taking your time with VG offers a more subtle complexity of flavors that is quite extraordinary. For me, the real star here is the Turkish component. It will really not make itself known unless you take time to focus on it. The Burleys provide a soft, nutty foundation, with just a hint of sweetness from the Virginias. But the keen piper will notice something else that is not in the foreground but plays in the background of the Burleys and Virginias. The Izmir Turkish pushes forward only in its lingering taste in the mouth and nostrils, providing a slightly piquant aftertaste that is really enjoyable and brings me back to puff again to get that flavor. The nic-hit is mild, and the overall flavor is mild - and could be perceived as bland, but if you take your time, VG will reward you with subtle complexity at any time of the day - paired with coffee in the morning, a good tea (especially an Earl Gray), or with a Bourbon or a Scotch in the evening (don't go to peaty with the Scotch as it will drown out VG's flavors). This ranks with Plantation Evening as one of my favorite underrated tobaccos. They are very different in their flavor profiles, but they are both unique blends in the GLP and C&D stable. Read Less
For day to day smoking. English blends tend to be a little intense. This blend is a good filler as a smoke to use as a day filler. It has a sweet nutty undertone that hides on the top of the tongue and a solid earth tone that hangs in the back of the... Read More mouth. Nothing about this tobacco stands out as amazing but it possessed a calm subtlety that is great for passing time or smoking while you work on something. It can bite but it's pretty mild. All in all I'd like to have alot of this on hand as just my regular smoke and leave the really complex stuff for my evenings and special occasions. Read Less
I have been smoking this daily for over twenty years and never get tired of it. Full, rich flavor with no bite. No fruit or liquor flavors, just good satisfying tobacco, with just enough mild, unobtrusive turkish to remind me of the camels I used to ... Read Moresmoke. Nice aroma, too. Read Less
This tobacco comes very dry. It’s necessary to humidify it before smoking. It has very little flavour, but a somewhat sweet taste and smooth texture emerges when the humidity is right. It took me 15 days to finish the 16 oz, and it was notably stale ... Read Moreby the end, despite refrigeration. I found some fermented or moldy clumps towards the bottom.
For the money, it’s usable, but you certainly aren’t getting the quality of a good tinned tobacco. Read Less
Initially, VG is bright; grassy hay, tart/sour and the spice from the Orientals prickles the gums, cheeks and tongue. 1/4 way into the bowl, the Orientals become predominantly ashy, musty, buttery, woody and sour. The spice continues to prickle. V... Read MoreG is a mediocre mixture, and it isn't one I'll likely order again. Nic is 2 out of 5. Read Less
I think Cornell & Diehl is good at blending like making a natural tobacco taste a star of the show. Virginia Gentleman is one of the best blends to understand its technology and direction. Without losing the taste of Virginia which makes up the body ... Read Moreof this blend, Burley and Oriental are dressing gentlemen. Easy to pack and burn cleanly. Ash is also beautiful. The taste is consistent up to the bottom of Tobacco Chamber and leaves no moisture. It is simple but not bored. Read Less
This tobacco shows the importance of a master blender. Cornell and Diehl has blended Virginia, Burley and a little Turkish tobaccos in such a way that no one of the components overpower the other. It is a smooth smoke that doesn't offend the taste bu... Read Moreds or the stomach. It is a little dry, but is ready to smoke right out of the tin. There is the normal amount of relights, but overall smokes evenly and not hot. This is a basic smoke. there is no toppings just the taste of the tobaccos. The room note is not exceptional, but also not unpleasant. For those that smoke all day, you wouldn't get tired of this one. This is mostly a Virginia smoke, but with a little extra character. The Burley shows up a little at the end and the Turkish can provide a little spicy zip to the tongue at times. A very good tobacco. Try it if you like a smoke without a lot of flavorings. This is a smoke for people who like the taste of tobacco. Recommended. Read Less
A Famous Virginia Gentleman Who’ll Never Get Cancelled
The ribbons of bright, golden Virginias, dark brown burley, and brown Turkish is pleasing to the eye, and though not necessarily savory or delicious on the tongue, make for a pleasant, easy smoke. This has no ambitions to be a keenly flavorful and co... Read Moremplex blend, like Orion’s Arrow or Poplar Camp. It succeeds in its aim: to deliver that pleasant, easy, Virginia-forward blend that our founding fathers surely puffed—their blends that carried no toppings. No added essence of fruit or liquor, nor honey or vanilla. Just unadulterated old-fashioned Virginia-forward American pipe tobacco with more than a little fresh hay flavor. An added bonus is it won’t burn as hot or bite like pure Virginias or aros. I imagine the Genius of Monticello and the Old Warrior of Mount Vernon nodding in approval. 4.0 stars. Read Less
I'm surprised that it took me as long as it did to try this . I've been looking for a Virginia blend with a little "Ooomph" and Derringer, though good in its own right, was wearing a bit thin. This blend has a little sweetness, a little s... Read Morepice, and enough body to satisfy. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sweet Virginia with modest participation from Burley and orientals. Easy loading, packing, lighting and bite free if sipped and not pushed. It’s a very pleasant smoke, good flavor and aroma, quite agreeable. I like it and will add it to my regular Bu... Read Morerley selection for when a change is in order. I’ll keep my mason jar handy as I do with Burley Ribbon Cut and Cube Cut Burley, preferring straight up tobacco flavors in favor of many other possible choices. Regardless your personal preferences in an everyday smoke, you should give this a try as it’s a good friendly smoke and amazingly underrated. I’ll look forward to trying it in pipes other than my favorite briars but so far I’m perfectly satisfied with the pipe/tobacco combination. Read Less
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