Starting with a base of 50% Latakia, with a generous portion of Turkish leaf, then sweetened with stoved red Virginia, Star of the East is a full bodied blend, as well as a long time favorite of Cornell and Diehl customers.
I wasn't sure wuite what to expect with a blend claiming 50% Latakia. I mean, I like Latakia, but would I like it THAT much?
The short answer is yes! THe Lat here is very well-behaved but definitely the star of the show. Turkish (Izmir?) backs up t... Read Morehe campfire smokiness with a cooling, floral note, while the VA comes into play infrequently for me (though I suspect I'd notice if it wasn't there to sweeten things up slightly).
Packed, lit and burned perfectly. First light is all Latakia, with the Turkish coming into play part way through the bowl. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean and short-lived, and the room note is lighter and cleaner than one might expect as well. My wife is not hot on the smell of Latakia blends, but my daughter loved this one in my beard afterwards. Read Less
It will forever be in my cold weather rotation. I have several pipes reserved for this blend. The only drawback is that to me It has a strong aftertaste. I need to brush or chew gum after smoking this one!!
The bready sweet and stoved Virginia is pronounced. This is easily among the best English style tobacco I smoke. An all-day, every-day smoke for me. I love this mixture for its simple, rich, dark notes and smooth refinement. The balance is very goo... Read Mored: a predominate rich and bready-sweet VA; woody, aromatic and musty Orientals never exude the spiciness for which it's known; and the Latakia is strongly cedar essence but not so heavily fired so as to be creosote. Aging brings about a sweeter, more mellow VA and Oriental, while the latakia becomes deeper and less pronounced. I realize some don't like Cornell and Diehl, but I absolutely love their leaf. Each blender's taste is unique, and C&D has a rustic quality that showcases clean-tasting tobacco with little, if any, toppings and PG. Nicotine, body and flavor are all equally 2 out 5 in strength. LOVE THIS STUFF! Read Less
Do you like Latakia?
Now to be fair, I just smoked and reviewed Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match, so to compare I filled a clean pipe and fired up a bowl of Star of the East.
Life isn't fair...
Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Ma... Read Moretch is cheaper and I have to say, in my quiet voice, better. Now, this is a fine blend, there is nothing wrong with it. This had your typical C&D cut, burns well and needed no relights. Great tasting blend. I felt a bit guilty, looking over at the bag of Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match as I was smoking this. But this is a great smoke too. Could I smoke this all day, you bet.
"It's not you, it's me..well, maybe it's you."
"I love you but I'm not In Love with you."
UPDATE: Ok, well I felt bad...if I hadn't kissed the Balkan girl we'd still be together. Let's make up...you're awesome...but I'm still going to see the Balkan girl...OK Read Less
For having 50% latakia, this blend was surprisingly pleasant to me (I like measured doses of latakia). It's rich and flavorful, and the smoke has an incense-like quality. I highly recommend this blend.
Such a rich deep smoking experience! Heavy with smoky Latakia and fragrant orientals, it burned wonderfully and hit all the right notes for me. Absolutely a staple in my smoking regimen when I want a break from my beloved burley.
The blender lies a blatant lie with this one. The tin claims a half Latakia blend, which is for any Latakia fan like me is a dream. And sadly it isn't, so if that's your buying point, then stay away from this. However, this is not bad tobacco at all.... Read More On the contrary, I found it pleasurable from start to finish. When you first open the tin, you're welcomed by a lovely smell of Latakia and orientals. As if you walked into a place that sells incense. The cut is a thick ribbon and at the perfect moisture, at least in my case. It is quite easy to light and keep lit. I rarely had to relight this. It smokes consistently, dryly and burns down till the bottom. With your first few buffs you may find that it is not at all a heavy Latakia blend despite what C&D says. It has rich, dark virginia, complemented with spicy and woodsy orientals with an okay precense of Latakia. Definitely a complementary condiment rather than the star of the show as they claim. Nevertheless it's a pleasant blend that is enjoyable for any English lover. I found it to pair well with black coffee as well, and as for me its nicotine is mild to medium, but again this last part is subjective. I presume the flake will be better than this, and hopefully closer to their Latakia claim
Pipe Used: Peterson system ebony
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin Read Less
I cannot say enough good things about this blend. 50% Latakia sounds imposing, but in the pipe it is a delight. Fresh from C&D, this blend has that twangy sour character I seek out in oriental-forward blends. With just a year of age on it, the bl... Read Moreend has taken on a spiced apple cider quality. As with some of C&D’s other English blends, the Latakia offers a lovely incense-like character to the blend. In short, Star of the East is everything I want late in evening plus additional flavors I didn’t even know I wanted. This one is as cellar worthy as they come Read Less
I think the title of my review explains everything. It's a goldmine and definitely going to
be among the top on my rotation. A delicious, mouth-watering blend. Hats off to Cornell & Diehl. Going to order more.
How about, Star of the West since the wise men came from the East, the star was in the west. All that said, this is a good burley based oriental. It’s not a great blend,but nether is it a bad or bland blend. I wouldn’t purchase again.
I'm a Latakiaphile so anything that claims that much latakia definitely caught my attention. Smooth, tasty, and very enjoyable, I'd recommend for anyone that enjoys the smokiness of latakia. It went great as I was smoking a brisket
This is a very nicely balanced option to stock up on. For me, this is how I expand the lifespan of my top-shelf tins. I try to keep plenty of this on hand. I do not find the 50% Latakia to be overwhelming in the mix. Additionally, while I do love an ... Read MoreEnglish with Burley and Perique, the purity and clarity of flavor that these components lend is lovely. There are notes of sweet spices hidden throughout the smoke from first char to last puff. Read Less
I just finished off a 2 oz. Sample of this and I can't taste anything but Latakia. It's not bad but it lacks depth and complexity. I won't be buying any more because there is just too much out there with more flavor.
Star of the East is a smooth blend that kind of surprised me being that it has 50% Latakia. It's definitely not in the Lat bomb category. It's a nice smooth smoky blend. It's a very relaxing smoke for me, and pressed it's even better, try it in the ... Read Moreflake form you'll find that the flavors are more condensed and somehow more mellow, very nice! The nicotine is about a 2.5 on a scale of 10. Read Less
All day every day smoke for me. When I don't know what I want, I reach for this. Despite the fifty percent latakia going on here, it has a strong oriental note.
Smooth and woodsy, smoky and tangy. The perfect smoke for any occasion. The price is... Read More quite nice as well. Read Less
I'm a big fan of latakia. I have some straight lat that I mix with Bl/WB or any other blend that I want lat in. This smells just like a campfire which is why I love latakia, But has a bit of a flowery sent and flavor to it. It's also very cool burnin... Read Moreg. If it had a little more latakia I'd give it 5 star rating. Read Less
Smell like burnt wood, but on the end of pleasant one. Once you lit it up, its smell reminds me of some kind of indian/arabian spices and incense. As I continue smoking this I found it to be more enjoyable. Sweet, nutty, and rich in flavor with some ... Read Morekicks of nicotine. No tongue bite at all. Read Less
I've been loving Star of the East Flake, so I decided to check out the bulk offering of it. Ordered a 1 oz sample. It came a little dry out of the bag, but my unsophisticated palate couldn't tell the difference between the flake and the bulk. I may ... Read Morescrew around and order a pound the next time C & D bulk blends go on sale. Read Less
Star of the East does co rain a lot of Latakia but I think the orientals really shine in this blend. This is not your typical English blend. I pick up lots of different flavors that make for a great smoke.
The tin aroma is sweet and smoky with a light tang to it. The flavor profile gives you smoky, woody, spicy, and slightly sweet notes with a light nutty and very light black coffee bitterness on the finish. A pretty good blend.
I basically like the Latakia blend, so I do not dislike this blend. not bad. But Star of the East Gold was a more delicious blend for me so it did not become ★ 5. However, this blend can be recommended for many people. It may be an attractive blend f... Read Moreor some people. Read Less
This tobacco really is like in my tittle -like sunrise, just to seat and enjoy-tobacco doing everything for You, nice balanced, nothing overpowered, light sweetness, good and cool smoke-all need for perfect english tobacco...My favorite!
This blend is heavy on the latakia.
The orientals have Kind of zesty mouthfeel. I am able to find bready note form the Virginia.
Nicotine medium. Moisture was good straight from the tin .
I will be getting more of this blend
This is a very good blend. A little strong but you want to taste it. Burns to the bottom of the bowl. A small nit-pick, it has more than moste large pieces in it. hard to get in pipe, easy to break up. Buy some, you will like it. I do. Lewis
I used to subscribe to an old canard that the latakia should be no more than about 10% of the blend. Not sure where that came from, but this certainly puts the kibosh on that. I can smoke this stuff all day and all night, and I have. And, then, come ... Read Moreback for more. Latakia, yes, but the Orientals and Virginia come through with an accompanying lushness, as well. No, this is probably not for everyone. Those who lean to more aromatic smokes probably won't like it. But for I've smoked a pipe for nearly 50 years, and I've always leaned to the latakia blends. This is definitely, now, one of my favorites. Read Less
This might be my first Latakia blend, and I'm definitely enjoying it. I've detected a bit of nuttiness under the floral blanket that covers this blend. It is very different from everything else I've smoked.
This is overkill ! I enjoy English blends with latakia, but this is just too much latakia. An english blend is supposed to have a balance between smokey, sweet, and floral. When in balance a melody is produced that is beautiful. Yes, some will have ... Read Moremore va, some more turkish, some more latakia, but some kind of a balance is needed. Dunhill London mixture and Standard mixture is perfect. This is way over the top with latakia. Its good the first 3 bowls but because of heavy latakia you palette and taste buds become tired to the point you cant taste anything. Then no matter what you smoke after is null and void because of burnout. Im talking taste burnout here not tongue bite. Ill stick to the good old english blends like Dunhill, Presbyterian, and Sobranie. Read Less
This Tobacco relly fascinated me. I was a little bit sceptical about the strengh and nicotine- level. But that is all OK, even for an european tongue. Tobacco has a lot of Flavour, that not all comes from the Latakia. It's of course smoky, but as wel... Read Morel a bit sweet, but has also a lot of robustness that reminds a cigar. You can clearly taste that this is a C & D Blend. Latakia is always present, but not dominant. You can easily see the differet mixture parts, when you open the pouch. Interesting, that stoved Virginia is clearly visible in quite broad Flake pieces. It burns very well, and leaves just a bit of ash. Very big recommendatation for those that look for a lot of Flavour, but having trouble with nicotine. Will buy more! Read Less
This has to be the best Cornell & Diehl I have had yet. Nice dry smokey taste and did not make my tongue feel like a piece of beef jerky. I like Latakia blends but this is one I will smoke with more regularity. I will certainly be getting more.
Bold and heavy in Latakia, but well balanced though. Very nice nuances delivered by the good combination of virginias and orientals. Much more enjoyable than Pirate Kake, that is so overwhelming in Latakia and completely monotone.
Very smokey,Stays lit well,Clean with no bite.Impressed enough to order 1 pound. A very good English tobacco for those of us who like sweet creamy cool smoke, I have 5 lb . in my cellar putting on some age now, really excels in cold weather, strong b... Read Moreut not overpowering updated 5/4/18. Read Less
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