For Yorktown, the folks at Cornell & Diehl combine stoved red Virginia with bright Virginia and restove it. Straight red Virginia is then added to this remarkable base for sweetness. The acme of mixtures for the Virginia purist!
Fantastic virginia blend. Should be talked about more often. Especially since it is available in bulk. Can't wait to try this after it has some age on it. This is a perfect mix of bright and red Virginia's. Plenty of grass and hay and just a touch of... Read More that ketchupy red virginia flavor you get from Mcclelland but not nearly as strong. Definitely worth a try for any virginia smoker. Quickly found a spot in my rotation. Read Less
After my first smoke I knew this was going to be a great every day smoke. The sweetness from the toasty red and bright virginias is very pleasant yet not overpowering. There is a bit more complexity there than most straight VA blends. I'm surprised I... Read More hadn't heard about Yorktown before purchasing an ounce to try. Read Less
I really enjoy this blend. It's sweet and a little nutty, very smooth with a creamy smoke. It's very flavorful, and for a straight Virginia blend, it has very little bite. This is my new favorite blend.
Soon as I opened the bag I knew what I was getting. The fresh mowed hay aroma proved true to the taste. Sharp opening taste (straw) and even smooth burning makes for a very pleasant change from other blends. Only downside, for me, was the after ta... Read Moreste. Can't quite put my finger on it, but saliva tastes a bit sour. Read Less
Yorktown didn’t exactly wow me, as a first impression. I’d been smoking Virginias that were sweeter. I’d been smoking Virginias that were richer and zestier.
But it took me a little time to recognize that Yorktown kind of puts all that together in ... Read Morean understated yet appealing way. I’ve currently got two pounds in jars, and I look to add to that in the near future.
Maybe I’m frugal, but why spend more for tinned blends that aren’t really any better than bulk Yorktown. I’m looking at you, Opening Night and especially Union Square. Read Less
This is my number one Virginia. Surprise, Surprise...what a great tasting blend of Virginia...tried to get it to bite...just gave me a creamy smooth, great almost nutty taste...Purists take note...this is a very fine classic smoke...a little more exp... Read Moreensive than some other Virginia blends but well worth it... Outstanding. Read Less
Great flavor. Probably the best pure Virginia I’ve smoked. I love it. Has great smoking qualities. Smoked slower and cooler than you’d expect. And the fragrance is wonderful. A whiff of bread and redolent of fermenting hay warming the barn in winter ... Read Moreand smelling like heaven. Read Less
No question, this is a 5 star straight virginia blend. Delicious in a Cob or briar. I find it complex and very refreshing in this genre. Even in a rather dry state, it smokes very well. Based on the uniform blond crimp cut, I was expecting a young gr... Read Moreassy smoke. Not the case however. This is a Burley lovers Virginia. The stoved Reds lead with dark fruit, walnuts, and a sweet medium bodied espresso note. The blend tips to the "Bakery" or "fall harvest" flavors, with notes of hearty crusty bread, bailed hay, earthy fresh cut fields and cedar. Coming in as supporting actress to that lead is the bright virginia with a grassiness, citrus, tang and a wee bit of honey. The flavors are right in my preferred goldilock zone between bright and dark Virginia. I've smoked loads of top Virginia blends, FVF and Dunhill Flake for example and they take considerable aging to hit the kind of deep flavor profile that Yorktown is producing fresh out of the tin. Truly unique balance in my experience. I love it! All day smoke. Blending potential. Great bang for the buck! Yorktown takes my #1 Virginia spot... and I can get it in bulk! Simply gorgeous. Read Less
One of the breadiest Virginas I have smoked. There certainly is an evident citrus character from the brights and some dark fruity from the reds, but sweet baked bread is on the forefront. There is a bit of spiciness as well. I believe the stoved virg... Read Moreinas which are heat treated in some way to bring out a natural caramelization of the sugars, add a deeper sweetness than you find in the straight brights. I believe it is a good beginnger tobacco as well as its not incredibly complex but has sweetness. Does come quite dry, which is probably why I found little to no moisture in the bowl at the end. Despite the dryness, the flavor was still ample. Leaves a bready room note. I bought this primarily for blending as the C&D bright and red virginas I purchased left me wanting. This is definitely a superior Virginia product. Satisfying enough on its own. Though I prefer flakes and the usual benefits they bring, this blend will stay around for use. Definitely an underrated blend that deserves more attention, especially for the price. 7/10 score for me, so worthy of a "highly recommendation". Read Less
Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and quite comfortable. This possess all the nuance of both VA Bright leaf and Red VA combined, though in a deeper and more complex profile; the sweetness of the Brights are there though more caramelized and bready - akin to... Read More yeast sweet bread; the grass/hay is present but it's not as fresh and is more bready, the woodiness of the Reds are there but more on a lesser - earthier scale; the tanginess is also there, but without the fresh citrus flavor. Unlike the Bright and Red leaf, the deeper profile of this doesn't change further into the smoke, but rather remains consistent. It produces a thick smoke with a low to moderate nicotine level. Nic is 2 out of 5. Read Less
With no doubt at all this is my favorite Virginia blend from C& D
It is the blend I do have always in the go
First class Virginias with cero bite and full flavor
You can definitely taste the sweet notes and the pure leaf
Strong recommendation if... Read More you like straight Virginia
Worth to give it a try
Many thanks C& D for putting it on the market Read Less
I think this is a pretty good blend that has a good straight forward Va flavor with a bit of complexity. Interesting enough I'll smoke on it for a while and update my review if it grows on me even more. The flavors are full enough to keep me wanting ... Read Moremore. Read Less
I found Yorktown quite by accident, just browsing through the extensive C&D line of blends. After reading the reviews I immediately bought two tins and all I have to say is "Where has this wonderful blend been, and why haven't I heard about... Read More it sooner?" This blend is delicious. It's not exceptional, but it's an almost perfect, truly all day blend for the Virginia lover. It's strength is it's medium flavor and it's simplicity. I just love the way this stuff tastes. I have been smoking it, non stop, since I opened the first tin. In my humble opinion, I would recommend this blend as the starting point for any brand new pipe smoker because of it's agreeable taste, it's burn, it's cut, it's pleasant finish and the fact that after you learn how much you love it you can buy it in bulk form as well to save some cash. I will immediately be buying 4 ounces of Yorktown in bulk, because I'm going to blow through this first tin in a heartbeat. What a pleasant discovery! Read Less
Granted, every palate is different. But I simply don't understand how C&D can make such bad blends. Which the sole exception of Bayou Night/Morning. Their blends are monolithic or just plain bad. This particular blend sounded wonderful but it's j... Read Moreust there. It creates smoke. No sweetness, no VA flavors coming through. A tad harsh. I just don't get it. As I write, I'm desperately trying to finish the one tin of small batch carolina w/ perique and the only redeeming quality is tge perique.
Most baffling is how I let myself get suckered in to buying this crap.
McClelland is gone, but C&D, smoke some Sutliff or MacBaren, Orlik or dang near anything and figure out how a VA is supposed to taste. Anyone interested in 40 tins of aged C&D varieties? I'll never open another tin. Read Less
I love this straight complex va blend. I enjoy smoking it as is but I love mixing it with other tobaccos that don't have enough nic hit or substance to their smoke. If I have a flavorful but too light a blend... I'll add this and it cranks it right u... Read Morep perfectly. Read Less
I purchased this on a whim, experimenting with tobacco likes and dislikes. Four or five bowls through this 2 oz tin and I know I’ll be ordering a pound or more bulk, some to age and some to smoke right away. A good smoke with no tongue bite, the bowl... Read More stays lit and it smells good. There is a pleasant taste of sourdough bread in the mouth afterward. I’ve experienced no nicotine hit with it. There is a fair amount of smoke with this. Read Less
If this were called “Albemarle” or “Chesapeake,” everyone would smoke it and love it. Cursed to the end of a long list by virtue of its name, I think it may be a secret for those who scroll and scroll to the end. I’m happy I found it. It smokes wonde... Read Morerfully, with a cool, creamy texture, and a flavor of warm crusty bread. No bite, no nonsense. A favorite. Read Less
خلطه من فيرجينيا الحمراء الذهبية اعدت بطريقه معقدة عندما تفتح العلبة لا تريد ان تتوقف عن شم الروائح العطرية التي تنبعث منها بالطبع هو غير منكه ولكن التخمير الممتاز جل التبغ يطلق هذه الرائحه المميزه, دخان لطيف يترك على لسانك حلاوة وطعم مع كل سحبه دخان... Read MoreRead Less
Being a solid and experienced all things VA smoker I thought I'd give Cornell & Diehl:Yorktown a 4 ounce try. I'm VERY glad I did! The science of this mixture is a bit above my head, the doubled stoved Red together with stoved Brite VA, then additi... Read Moreonal Red VA marks for a remarkable smoking mixture. The results for me are as others have noted a decidedly "bready tasting" mixture! A real surprize! I see this as a welcome edition to my staple mixtures. I have plans to purchase and "tin up" some jars for aging.
If you are looking for an unusual mixture to add to your rotation, or looking for something to celar and age, give this a try. Read Less
UPDATE: I've begun trying this in narrow bowls like Tsuge The Tasting 16 and Missouri Meerschaum Pony Express and Eaton, and it's much better. I could wish for Churchwarden stems on those, but the narrow bowl improves the flavor dramatically. I'll co... Read Morentinue to try it and decide later whether it warrants a spot in my regular rotation. My original review is below.
This blend requires a lot of babysitting, in that I can't just light it and go on with my day. I also never get the advertised flavors out of it. I keep trying, though. Maybe I just haven't found the right pipe... Read Less
Blend is very dry,but after correct bowl loading, smokes with medium strength tang,citrus,slight tar,just a bit of nasal tingle,but good tingle a little bit of that brown grass thing too...nic hit is almost medium to me...as with VA..will burn hot if... Read More not careful..I'm gonna hydrate and jar this for a few months to see what happens..a good blend to experience more of how different VA blends can be. Read Less
Love this blend. The other reviews that say it’s underrated is spot-on. Good basic virginia...no thrills but nice and grassy and smooth. Surprising amount of smoke. If you’re a VA lover, it’s worth trying and a good intro to VAs as well.
Simply an awesome pure Virginia blend its sweet with a bit of spice but be careful to not overheat it it will start to taste funky and will make your pipe gurgle take your time sip on this one and you'll be rewarded with a great smoking experience
I cant believe how quickly I fell in love with this. Sounds wierd, but I was searching for something as satisfying to me as smoking MB no1 properly, which I can rarely, rarely, rarely do. My palette finds what is so hidden in MB at the forefront in t... Read Morehis, with a toastyness that is welcomed. That is the only way I can describe it. Happy I found it. Cant put it down. Read Less
This smells like my grandads hay loft, a really nice friendly smell from decades past. A lovely orange and brown ribbon that seems dry in the tin but smokes beautifully. It’s sweet, mild, tasty and is easy to smoke as it stays lit with little effort.... Read More A perfect match for an MM General. It burns slowly enough to provide a solid hour of happy pipe smoking time. No bite, cool burn, mild but with a definite character. A straight up tobacco that can stand on its own with no trickery or treachery. Every description I’ve ever read regarding Virginia blends is right there...hay or fresh cut grass tin note, sweet from the first puff to the bottom of the bowl and a flavorful smoke that got an OK for aroma from she who will complain. The ribbon cut could burn hot but if you take it easy it’s a cool mellow smoke. As a die hard Burley smoker, I’ll place this one atop my list of Virginia’s worth smoking and fit it in to my tobacco rotation. It’s a winner. Smoked in a well used Missouri Meerschaum General from a freshly opened tin dated 5/6/19...pipe had a fresh filter. Read Less
It tastes almost exactly like Ashton Gold Rush. Not quite as hay/sweet as Orlik, but a nice nutty taste with some citrus notes.
The only problem is that it tastes quite a bit like Dunhill cigarettes and I almost inhaled it a couple of times at the st... Read Moreart. Read Less
This is my first all Virginia blend and I actually really enjoy it. Came a little on the dry side but that’s expected with bulk tobaccos. Still burns nice and has a decent sweet grass note to it. Might end up ordering more to use as a base for mixing... Read More. Read Less
I hit this blend hard for a few days and then slowed down on it a bit. There is a strange sourness I detect. It's not a sour pipe taste, I've tried it in many different pipes. It's the taste of sour candy, of over acidity. It's not unpleasent, but it... Read More certainly is unlike most. Read Less
This is a great Va blend. I appreciate that C&D's tobaccos are cased in a way that maintains the integrity of the natural tobacco flavors. This one is solid on it's own if you are looking for a straight forward Red/Bright Va and in my opinion it ... Read Morewould make a fantastic base for creating your own blend(s). Read Less
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