Cornell & Diehl - Plantation Evening
This has to be one of my favorite English blends that I have tried. I’m not a fan of the blends super heavily laden with Latakia most of the time, unless I’m in the mood and it’s a last-bowl-of-the-day. This, however, is what I would consider an ‘all day English’. Just enough Latakia to make it a little smokey, a hint of Perique that isn’t too noticeable until the last third, and good quality Virginia’s in my opinion. Light enough to smoke consecutively, but overall a fantastic flavor. If you’re not a fan of English type blends because of the Latakia, I would still give this a try. I tried it in bulk, but I think I’ll grab a tin or two to see how it fares after a couple of years squirreled away.
Peterson - Nightcap 50g
Just Do It
Everyone and their cousin can’t be wrong, right? Just do it...drink the kool aid. You won’t regret it. Unless you do, so I guess it’s up to you.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
Solid All Day Va/Per
I can smoke this all day, and the bulk offering makes it that much easier. I would put it just below Haddo’s in terms of flavor, but being available in bulk means I end up smoking more of it. I highly recommend if you like a spicier Va/Per.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
This might just be my favorite Va/Per in flavor and smoking quality. The cavendish gives it a crazy amount of smoothness, and the burley gives it some good strength. Together, they don’t interfere with what to my tastes are excellent quality Virginia’s and Perique, but they balance it and make it a real cool smoke. I’d have to try to burn myself with it, so no sweating over puffing too hard to get those spices out of the Perique. This very quickly became a staple in my cellar.
Warped - The Haunting 2oz
Favorite cigar blend!
This is far and away my favorite cigar blend. Ready to smoke right out of the tin, and a huge cigar profile, but it’s so well balanced with the high quality Virginia’s. I look forward to seeing how it does with some age on it, but the only problem I have with this is being able to put enough cans into the cellar, without smoking them. Great in the morning with coffee. I wish this would become a regular production, so I didn’t feel the need to horde tins. You absolutely shouldn’t buy this, so I can buy all the rest of it.
Cornell & Diehl - Seersucker 2oz
Since this is part of the cellar line, I didn’t think it would be too spectacular until it had aged for quite a while. But upon trying it, to decide whether to stock up and put some cans away, I was blown away by how interesting and different it was, and yet how much I liked it. There are a lot of flavors all running together, but I think it all works together quite well. The plug is wet, but that should help with the aging, and after cutting a flake and rubbing it out, it only took about ten minutes to be at a good smoking moisture level. I think it is a very unique blend with cigar, and is totally different than most other cigar leaf blends. It definitely became a favorite, and I can’t wait to see what it’s like with a few more years on it.
Cornell & Diehl - Bow-Legged Bear 2oz
One of my favorites
First bowl out of the tin, I thought it was alright, but nothing special. But after sticking with it for a couple more bowls, and then eventually the whole tin, it quickly became one of my favorites. Kind of a creamy feel, just a little bit of smoke from the Latakia, but not so much to be overpowering. I think it has a noticeable improvement after at least a year of sitting and stewing. Overall, a fantastic blend that’s great all day long.