I bet your mom told you that a hundred times. I think, “playing in your food,” is the reason many of us like flake, cake, and plug. It gives us a chance to experience the tobacco before we enjoy its smoke. Sunday Picnic is most enjoyable and engagi... Read Moreng in that regard. The flake has good moisture content and is well pressed, and is a little chore to rub out properly. But it is a labor of love. It is like a Japanese tea ceremony, or, Morel mushrooms. The processing of the flake heightens the anticipation. You have to put some work into it, but are rewarded with beautiful ribbons of sweet golden Virginias, black and pungent, crumbling Perique, and toasty brown Izmir. It is the preparing of the fried chicken and potato salad before the Sunday picnic.*******************
Well balanced flavor, medium in strength. Sweet Virginias dominate, but this is not an overly sweet blend. Wonderful smoky Perique accent. But, it is the Izmir that gives uniqueness to this blend. Perhaps, a black tea flavor, or slight notes of Paprika. Just mildly and intriguingly spicy. It reminded me somewhat of the non-filtered Camel cigarettes I smoked as a kid. Burned well, but not on the cool side. Simply delicious!************************
Like, the picture on the tin, Cornell & Diehl’s Sunday Picnic is as enjoyable as relaxing with Betty Lou, in her pink Sunday dress, spread out on a blanket 'neath the shady Elm… Elm tree? Morels grow under Elm trees. It’s April. A perfect excuse to enjoy a pipe of Sunday Picnic, on a Sunday picnic relaxing in the woods (anyone have Betty Lou's phone number?). I’m out.*****************************
Thanks to all of you previous reviewers for recommending this wonderful flake. Most appreciated. Read Less
A very fragant and smooth smoke with the herbal and grassy flavors from the golden virginias. I twas expecting a more powerful interaction from the perique, but at least in this tin perique just acts as a very ocassional condiment. I just love this f... Read Morelake and with Embarcadero, from GL Pease, are those kind of tobaccos that i will keep on hand to enjoy! Highly recommended!! Read Less
I had the pleasure of finding a tin of Sunday Picnic and Blockade Runner both tinned in 3rd quarter of 2013. 4 years aged this tobacco was stunning. After popping the tin and hearing those gases escape I put nose to tin and was instantly greeted wi... Read Moreth an intoxicating aroma of fruity, spicy goodness. Immediately I packed a bowl and never looked back, smoking the tin straight through in an attempt to fully enjoy the aged quality before it dissipated. Mostly I succeeded, but by the time I finished some of the finer, more volatile flavors and aromas had gone to the heavens. Nonetheless Sunday picnic is fantastic no matter how you smoke it. Well balanced, it is sometimes hard to pinpoint the exact flavors here (a true marriage once aged). A little fruity and spicy from the perique, especially as the bowl develops, and a flavor I can only describe as toasty, with the golden virginia providing a solid base. The flavors just get deeper and better if using the DGT, and it's nearly impossible not to savor every last sip near the bottom of every bowl. I haven't smoked Sunday Picnic fresh, but I will be soon, and I'll be cellaring several tins so I can chase that magnificent flavor once more. EDIT: I decided to simply cellar a pound instead of smoking it fresh. I'm sure it's mighty fine when fresh, but the aged version is truly one of a kind. Highly recommended. Read Less
A little rough around the edges when fresh but still outstanding. After a year it darkens from a wonderful blonde flake into a deeper brown-- and the flavor follows.
Initially the flavors are nicely balanced except for a bit of oriental sourness th... Read Moreat accompanies the sweet grassiness of the virginias. With age, the sourness fades a bit and the va's blend nicely with the perique. This is definitely one of my favorite offerings from Cornell and Diehl! Read Less
I wasn't sure about buying, I did see a few rather negative reviews. But I went for some. Such a wonderful surprise! The first 2 puffs were bland; I thought OH NO. Then a sweetness came through as I sipped, some mild spice along with it. Down th... Read Moree rest of the entire bowl it was sweet (BUT NOT OVERLY SO) with a mild spice taste. Never got hot and burned all the way down with no problems. I don't know how Cornell & Diehl does this, getting such good flavor, never getting hot, yet burns easily without biting your tongue. This has instantly become one of my most favorite smokes and, frankly, I am not easy to please! Just ask my wife. UPDATE ADD ON: Just had to say that this is a pipe tobacco that reminds me why I smoke pipes! Read Less
The description "delicious and memorable flake" is spot on. I have only had this with some age on it and I don't know how much age it has but it is phenomenal. The orientals really add something to this blend. It is a well balanced flake that allo... Read Morews all of its components to shine and the component tobacco are of excellent quality. Read Less
When I opened the tin I was met with the pleasant smell off fresh cut hay in a barn loft. Sweet and grassy. Beautiful looking flakes are good for fold and stuff or rub out nicely. The taste is Sweet with a little sour on the end. Not bad at all.
Wow what a wonderful surprise. I just love this blend. After getting a single tin, I finished it quickly and got 2 more 8oz cans. It’s a beautiful flake with a great all around flavor and can be an all day smoke for sure. A must try for Va lov... Read Moreers. Read Less
I was lucky enough to find a BLOATED tin in my last trip to the tobacco shop. I don’t know how many years were on it but what a treat!! Naturally sweet and tasty with a good body. I recommend to anyone who enjoys VA blends. Can’t tell you what it’s l... Read Moreike new out of the tin though! Read Less
I smoked about a quarter of a bowl before my pipe was too hot to touch. So I let it cool and tried again, and same thing happened. So with that, this goes straight to my blending drawer if I ever need kindling. Otherwise it is a light grassy hay Virg... Read Moreinia with mild sour notes from the Izmir. Not bad, but if your pipes tend to run hot I don't think it is going to work. Read Less
Brake up the flake a bit, but not all the way. Let it sit out for about 10 minutes or so, put it in your favorite vaper bowl and enjoy. I find it smokes best in a tall 3/4 size pipe. This blend is exceptional and develops throughout the bowl all the ... Read Moreway down to a fine ash. Get a lbs. of this to age you wont regret it. Read Less
This is a really delicious Virginia-Perique (VaPer) mixture with added turkish tobacco, which lends it a slightly brighter flavor and a refreshing change from the darker VaPers I normally smoke. I like it quite a bit and would compare its flavor to G... Read MoreL Pease's wonderful Fillmore, but with a lighter more floral taste. Read Less
This is good blend. But I will say, the first couple of bowls the orientals came through and very earthy and bland. Then later after the tin had time to breath the Izmir came through with a little spice and citrus
Tin note of stewed figs, vinegar, and sweet bread. The orange tinted yellows and brown broken flakes are not uniform as some flakes wider than others. Moisture is good, rubbing out is a snap and no drying needed. Burns somewhat slow with few relights... Read More. The strength is medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and fairly consistent, with notes of sweet grass, floral, lemon, dry herbs, bread, earth, mild wood, mild raisin, very mild tart stewed fruit, and a moderate peppery retro. Virginias are leading with Izmir supporting and perique providing backup. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
I'm not going to talk to you about the properties of each tobacco in this one the only thing i am going to tell you is that this is a wonderful summer blend and i'm buying a pound to age!Delicious flake that rubs out easily smokes great with a little... Read More drying time maybe 20-30 min.To the pipe smoking community,i can't recommend this enough for the summer time! Read Less
I am upgrading this from a 3 star ratting to 4.5 due to my having learned more about how to appreciate this blend. I would now describe the tin note as "barn yard" (musty hay mixed with manure soil and animals, comfortable country farm smells). Out o... Read Moref the tin the tobacco is too moist for a good burn but if allowed a little dry time it lights and burns almost with no re-light required. If smoked with a good slow cadence you will be rewarded with a nice creamy sweetness and a peppery interplay. Some would try to describe which tobacco causes the different nuances of the smoke, I can't and won't. I will say that my appreciation of this blend has grown tremendously, it is not one that I will go to daily but it is certainly worthy of that special occasion smoke. Don't make the same mistake that I did of pack and puff straight out of tin with it or you will likely be disappointed.
First Impressions- Tin note is very musty, in a dry mushroom sort of way, almost stinky. Very moist out of tin, so much so, it makes me concerned for mold developing. Flavor lacks sweetness but is straight forward tobacco flavor with the Oriental coming through nicely. Even in spite of moisture level, light and burn were easy and consistent throughout entire bowl requiring little attention to keeping stoked. Ash was fluffy and gray. Room note (per my wife) was uno-offensive but smelled simply like burning tobacco. I find this okay for a Sunday afternoon but not one for every day. Read Less
I bought tin 2 oz for a sample. Dublin smoked in a shape pipe on purpose (for me the most not favorite shape). A very successful and balanced blend, Oriental has a mild aftertaste. The mixture is slightly damp in the package, it is better to dry it b... Read Moreefore smoking ...
Now I will order tin for 8 oz. Read Less
A lovely blend that checks a lot of boxes for me in the VaOrPer genre. The spice from the orientals blends rather nicely with the fruity tones of the perique. The VA supports the two beautifully with an earthy haylike butter sweetness and a bit of a ... Read Morehoney note. There's a dimension of incense to this blend which some may find rather enjoyable and others may not be much of a fan of. But it's very clearly present to me and I enjoy it. But I guess that's part of the deal with VaOrs. Read Less
I love the aroma of this blend upon opening the tin...fresh, grassy, and herbal. It reminds me of fried green tomatoes, and that aroma and flavor carries through the first third of the bowl. Sunday Picnic is my go-to when I want to just sit and relax... Read More on a warm spring or summer day. I also like to use it as a base and add a bit of C&D Bourbon Bleu for an interesting change of pace. Read Less
Sunday Picnic is one of the tastiest VA/Per & Oriental infused tobaccos I've ever tried. The combination of tobaccos meld together very well after the first 1/3 burns off to deliver one of the tastiest smokes of this genre. The apportionment of t... Read Morehe various types of tobaccos seem to be just right to create a remarkable, well rounded flavor. If Yenidje, rather than Izmir leaf were used, it would taste similar to McClelland's Tudor Castle... another extremely tasty oriental blend that is "Gone With The Wind." Well, "That's The Way Love Goes."
It doesn't get much better than this & the oriental adds an extra dimension that creates a unique, well rounded flavor that will leave most pipers craving for more. This mixture smokes cool & won't bite. Although not overly abundant, there is enough Lady N in this mix to add plenty of extra pleasure to an after picnic dinner. Needless to say, C & D are "crafty" blenders. Many fine blends circulating & this Simply Elegant series is aptly named. This stuff will keep calling you back for more... especially if you're not too nitpicky & enjoy "picnicking," especially with a pretty young lady who knows how to "cook." Read Less
A surprising addition to my warm weather rotation. Sunday Picnic is a little malty, a little sweet with raisin notes. I was expecting either spiciness or a bland Virginia but this was neither. My tin is only a few months old and the broken flakes are... Read More very soft and light with a raisin tin note. I'm sure with age this tobacco will be even more delicious. Read Less
Excelente tabaco, quema parejo y no se apaga con frecuencia. Ceniza blanca. El aroma en frio es riquisimo. Predomina el virginia en la fumada y por detras el izmir turco y el perique hacen una combinacion suave y placentera. No calienta la pipa ni ge... Read Morenera humedades. Muy recomendable para fumar todo el dia. Read Less
I too read the blog on summer mixtures that suggests this blend and it has become my mid day go to. Sweet and refreshing burns all the way to the bottem I find it works best with a real lite pack of cut or broken pices with a bit rubbed out on the to... Read More to help it light. The U.S. Coast Guard moved me from Alaska to central Florida, this blend definitely helps get over the heat. The only issue I have is the Wife, she tells me my breath smells like cat litter after I smoke, this blend. So I just chase it with a mint and all is well:) Read Less
I basically feel the same way about Sunday Picnic as I do Red Carpet. For many years the blends that make up the Simply Elegant series have been a favorites of mine and are well-represented in my cellar. Both Sunday Picnic and Red Carpet are medium-s... Read Moretrong and full of flavor. A dedicated Virginia smoker could probably make due with just these two blends! Strength, spice, salty-sweetness and cool burn. I tend to appreciate Sunday Picnic during the day (or during the warmer months), and Red Carpet in the evenings after dinner due to the slightly richer flavor profile. To my tastes Sunday Picnic is (of course) brighter and the Turkish shines with the Perique in the supporting role, whereas it is pretty much all about the Perique in Red Carpet. Both blends are must-haves and age incredibly! Read Less
After reading the blog on summer pipe mixtures I bought this and haven't been disappointed. I am a huge English blend freak but, this is a perfect alternative blend for the Dog Days of Summer. I just smoked another bowl after three years of aging. ... Read MoreIt blew my mind! Buy two tins and let one age. You will be richly awarded. Read Less
I have always heard that Orlik is the standard by which almost every virginia flake is compared to, and I like Orlik. I can sit there, smoke it, and not think about it too much. But after I got a tin of this, there is no coming back. Straight up Virg... Read Moreinia punch, with a hyper sweet tin smell, and comes quite moist but I have never had any problems with lighting it. Burns perfect every time. Highly recommended. Read Less
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