Ian H.

Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East 2oz
My Favorite
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 blend 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

Cornell & Diehl - Exclusive 2oz
As far as VaPers go, exclusive burns nice and cool. The flavor profile is quite complex, but I’ll mention a few of the loudest flavor notes I get out of this blend: Celery-like spiciness, malva pudding minus the ice cream, essence of plum without the sweetness, and macerated strawberries very much with the sweetness. Plenty more going on in this blend, but in broad strokes it is sweet and spicy. As someone who’s not even necessarily a perique fanatic, I find this blend to be lovely

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