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Two Friends - Deacon's Downfall 2oz
So close to greatness
I liked this one quite a lot, but still I felt unsatisfied. There isn't enough flavor to hold my attention, and certainly not enough strength to entice me in any other way. So... good, but not great.

G. L. Pease - Robusto 2oz
I can't taste any cigar leaf
This blend has been such a disappointment. The Virginia is lovely, but the Latakia, though flavorful, overpowers everything. The Orientals show up to ruin what little good there is, and, as I stated at the top, I can't taste any cigar leaf. I'm halfway through the tin, but I'm ready to give up trying.

Cornell & Diehl - Poplar Camp
Tried at the behest of Jeremy Reeves himself
After a brief email correspondence with Jeremy Reeves (head blender at C&D) I was very much looking forward to trying this blend. Alas, there just wasn't enough in the flavor department for a return visit.

Two Friends - Heritage 2oz
An aromatic with no aroma, or flavor
Seriously, this blend has no flavor to speak of, and a barely discernible aroma afterward. No nicotine that I can feel, either. I can smell whatever the top flavoring is in the tin, but that's about it. I imagine this is the kind of blend one would smoke when one wants to be seen smoking, but not actually take any pleasure in it. Disappointing.

Cornell & Diehl - Old Court
Middling
Not a bad smoke, if it fits your bill. For me, just not enough flavor to really satisfy.

Cornell & Diehl - Engine #382
Surprisingly burley forward
All the other components together can't seem to balance the bitter unprocessed burley in this blend, which makes for a less than pleasant flavor experience. The aroma isn't as pleasant as New Market, either. Ah, well.

Cornell & Diehl - First Responders 2oz
Smooth mild VaPer
Somewhat similar in components to Poplar Camp, Blue Ridge, Redwood, and my beloved Evergreen. The inclusion of Bright in this blend serves to lighten the body and mute the flavor somewhat. I'd actually rate the strength at 4/5 (I'm sensitive to Perique) and the taste at 3/5 rather than what the manufacturer has rated it. This is not a bad blend at all, and I can see where my opinion may improve as I work through the tin, but I haven't decided whether it needs to join my stockpile or not.

Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
Calling it a flake is generous
Presentation is a broken flake at best, but closer to a ready rubbed. I didn't have anything intact in my tin. Not really a complaint, just an expectation reset. Flavor is typical of a Virginia/Oriental, with the Bright having a more significant say than I would prefer. The honey casing doesn't detract as much as it does in the Simply Elegant flakes. I neither love nor hate this. If I'm in the mood for such a thing, I'm more likely to choose Embarcadero from G. L. Pease. This isn't bad at all, just not one that I'm likely to repeat.

Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #1 2oz
Not bad
Full disclosure, I'm not really a Burley guy. The delicate flakes pack easily. The tobacco stays lit with almost no effort (I was outside in a light intermittent breeze, smoking a medium size Oom Paul). The expected Dark Burley nicotine strength is there. There is just enough Perique to notice in every puff. The Red Virginia seems to be there to moderate the Burley, but doesn't seem to contribute much flavor. I actually don't detect any sweetness at all. Overall it is mildly bitter to my palate, but very smooth with a medium body. I can't say I loved it, or even liked it overmuch, but I didn't hate it. I'll finish the tin eventually, but I won't be reordering this one.

Cornell & Diehl - Blue Ridge 2oz
Great blend
This was unremarkable in a standard length pipe, but I've been smoking it in a Missouri Meerschaum MacArthur 5-star bent and it's been great. As much as I like it, though, there just isn't enough flavor here for it to join my regular rotation.

Missouri Meerschaum - Legend Rob Roy Straight
Good smoker
Not my favorite shape, but that's secondary to the quality of the smoke. Get one for your rotation.

Missouri Meerschaum - Legend 5th Avenue Straight
Great medium sized pipe
It's a bestseller for a reason

Missouri Meerschaum - Legend 5th Avenue Bent
Should be everyone's first pipe
I have so many of these it defies logic. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, you won't be disappointed.

Missouri Meerschaum - The Shire Cobbit
Among Missouri Meerschaum's best ideas
How do you improve upon a corn cob pipe? Give it an acrylic stem and make it seven inches long! Seriously, I love the MacArthur 5-stars, but I don't always have time for a 2 inch bowl. Enter: the Cobbits. This pipe, in particular, is a great medium sized bowl. Perfect for your smoking needs.

Missouri Meerschaum - The Elf Cobbit
Among Missouri Meerschaum's best ideas
How do you improve upon a corn cob pipe? Give it an acrylic stem and make it seven inches long! Seriously, I love the MacArthur 5-stars, but I don't always have time for a 2 inch bowl. Enter: the Cobbits. This pipe, in particular, grants a nice long smoke. Simply wonderful!

Missouri Meerschaum - Pony Express
When you're on the go and need a quick smoke
You can't go wrong with this pipe. For additional pleasure, put a regular non-filtered stem in it.

Missouri Meerschaum - Mizzou
Nice for short break or a shag blend
I keep a few of these around whenever I want a shag blend. Just perfect for that cut of tobacco. The Pony express is a bit better, though.

Missouri Meerschaum - MacArthur 5-Star Natural Straight
Terrific for Virginia blends!
I love my MacArthur 5-stars! I primarily smoke Virginia blends, so this pipe really fits the bill. Between the long stem and the cooler smoking unfinished bowl, I'm always satisfied when I have time for bowl this deep.

Missouri Meerschaum - The Dwarf Cobbit
Among Missouri Meerschaum's best ideas
How do you improve upon a corn cob pipe? Give it an acrylic stem and make it seven inches long! Seriously, I love the MacArthur 5-stars, but I don't always have time for a 2 inch bowl. Enter: the Cobbits. This pipe in particular is great for a short smoke, or for sampling a new Virginia blend. And for a bonus, the stem from this pipe will fit a MacArthur 5-star bent pipe perfectly, in case you ever wished for a MacArthur with an acrylic stem like I have.

G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug 2oz
I'm no good at this
The flavor and aroma are wonderful, I just can't prepare a plug properly to save my life. Good thing there's a Ready Rubbed version.

G. L. Pease - JackKnife Ready Rubbed 2oz
Maybe it's me?
For some reason this version just won't produce a decent flavor for me. The plug tasted wonderful, not sure what's going on with this one. It's much easier to prepare, though.

Tabac De La Semois - La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Complex and easily overwhelming
In all fairness, I'm not a Burley guy. I tried this out in a MM Pony Express. I liked much of the flavor present, moreso than any domestic unprocessed burley I've tried. It isn't enough for a repeat purchase, though. The flavors can overwhelm to an extent, and the nicotine can easily overcome you if you're sensitive to Burley. A high quality tobacco, but not one for me.

Daughters & Ryan - Ryback 16oz
Okay, but nothing great
Quality tobacco, but surprisingly lacking in flavor and strength, considering what it is. Since it only comes in 1lb. bags, I probably have enough to last forever, so not one I'm likely to reorder. You may feel differently.

G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Just not for me, I guess
I bought mine on release day, and I've had several bowls in a variety of pipes of varying widths, and this one just isn't very good. The Perique is too strong a presence, and the Burley muddles the flavors too much. It's all quality leaf, but I just don't care for the combination. I don't often concern myself with room note (or beard note in my case), but it isn't good, and I do most of my smoking outside. I'll finish the tin eventually, and share with others who might be interested, but I won't be reordering. Thanks anyway, Mr. Pease.

G. L. Pease - Penny Farthing 2oz
A bit too spicy for me
This one started off well, and I love shag blends. I was smoking this in a Missouri Meerschaum Pony Express that I'd put a longer stem on, so it's a narrow bowl and not very deep. It burned well despite my over-packing it a bit. By mid bowl, though, the spice was just too much for me. Not a bad blend by any stretch, and I'll certainly finish the tin, but an hour later my tongue is still tingling, so I'm not sure I'll be reordering it. You might feel differently.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - White Elephant Tapered Pipe Cleaners (100 Pack)
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
Based on reviews, I thought these might be okay. Turns out not to be so. These shed so much it's not even lint, it's fluff. The wires, while striking an excellent balance between rigid and flexible, several times already I've had pipe cleaners get hung-up in a stem because there's a sharp wire end sticking out of the fluff and grabbing the interior wall. I'll use these up on restoration work, but they will not be put to regular use, and I will not be ordering again. Peterson pipe cleaners will still be my go-to, but even B.J. Long is better than this. UPDATE: The lint is so bad new clogs are forming in front of the old ones in pipes I've been restoring. I'm giving the rest of them to my daughter for art projects. Absolutely disgraceful.

Cornell & Diehl - New Market
Terrific as a potpourri
I tried this in an old cob, and the experience was underwhelming. It tastes better than Engine #382 (another Deer Tongue blend), but not by much. Also, now I can't smoke anything else in it without tasting Deer Tongue. The aroma in the jar, though, is amazing. My daughter is constantly asking for a whiff of it.

Old Dominion - Laughing King
Loved it until it burnt out
UPDATE 2021: The new design is now a 3/4" bore just like the Virginia Planter which makes it less than ideal for shags. I'm deducting stars for this. My original review is below. Terrific for shag. I could wish for the draw to be more open, but the use of completely natural materials makes up for it. Sadly, mine burn out on a long drive north. I should probably buy another one (or two).

Cornell & Diehl - Tuggle Hall
I expected more strength
A really good blend, just surprised it isn't stronger. Not sure if I'll order again, but I'll enjoy it for what it is until my small jar is gone.

Cornell & Diehl - Golden Days of Yore 2oz
Bought as a gift
Reports were okay

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Neerup Shank Brush 5/Bag
Definitely a necessity
I can see where I'll be ordering these again

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Neerup Long Brush 2/Bag
Great for my long stems
I like longer pipes, so these are a boon to my cleaning efforts.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Neerup Chamber Brush 2/Bag
Excellent brushes!
Works for all but the largest pipes

Tampers & Tools - Brigham Pipe Reamer
Almost too rigid
I have an older one that will actually bend when torqued, so this is an improvement, but it doesn't adjust easily and frequently gets stuck mid ream.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - B. J. Long Churchwarden Pipe Cleaners (32 pack)
Excellent pipe cleaners
I wish the quality control for these could take over for the regular size versions.

Warped - Until the End 2oz
A good blend, but I'm not in love
As much as I like some other blends from Warped I'm just not wowed by this one. Don't get me wrong; it is very good. It just isn't one I'm going to love and have around all the time. I strongly recommend a chamber no more than 20mm wide and a demi-churchwarden length at least to fully appreciate the flavor and keep the temperature under control, but then I'm a puffer.

Cornell & Diehl - Old College
No diploma for this blend
Based on the description, I was expecting better. Bland, boring, and no flavor to speak of.

Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp
Is it me or the tobacco?
I keep trying this one. With this much Latakia, I expect to like this more. As it stands, I don't seem to taste much of it despite the high percentage. The balance of flavors aren't doing much for me either. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. I'll decide later whether it warrants any further trials.

Cornell & Diehl - London Squire
Who's smoking this?
I feel like my tongue has been lacerated by too young bright virginia and too spicy turkish. Not enough of anything else to balance. Hard pass.

Missouri Meerschaum - Country Gentleman Straight
Another order, another cob
Nice to hold, better to smoke. One of the better cob designs available.

Cornell & Diehl - Morley's Best
Burley, burley, burley...
If I couldn't smell the Latakia, I don't think I'd know it was there. Virginia is all but absent, too. Just smoke straight Burley and you'll get the idea.

Cornell & Diehl - Golden Ash
Not enough Latakia
I fully appreciate Latakia as a condiment rather than the main course, but there just isn't enough here. I can smell it more than taste it. For a better example of this kind of blend, see Bailey's Front Porch.

Two Friends - Bed & Breakfast 2oz
Nope!
Virginias are way too much for this blend. I'm also getting too much spice from the Orientals. If I wasn't able to smell the Latakia in the tin, I'd never know it was there.

G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast 2oz
So far, a no for me
I think the delicate kiss of brandy isn't working for me. I'll finish the tin, but I don't think this will be a repeat purchase.

Cornell & Diehl - Junkyard Dawg 2oz
I'm not sure what the point of this is
I don't know if they successfully aped the blend they were going for, but on it's own merits I was underwhelmed.

Cornell & Diehl - Bailey's Front Porch
Summertime Latakia Blend
A good blend. I'm honestly stunned how much I like this. That said, it is underwhelming in cooler weather, so far. Probably won't become a frequent purchase, but perhaps a yearly one.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - B. J. Long 9 Inch Pipe Cleaners (32 pack)
Why don't the regular ones work this well?
No lint, no complaints

Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
I don't get it
This one came highly recommended, but so far it's not working for me. All quality stuff, just may not be to my tastes. Ah, well.

Two Friends - Redwood 2oz
A new favorite
When C&D Evergreen went away and didn't come back (BRING IT BACK C&D!) I went looking for similar blends and found this. It tastes exactly like it says. Just excellent stuff. I got an extra for my cellar anyway, and now there are more on the way. Great stuff!

Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz White Label 2oz
Perfect for hot, humid weather
I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, but this one has been steadily growing on me. I keep reordering it, which is probably the best recommendation I can give it. It's the most balanced Burley blend I've had, and I'm reaching for it more often, especially in warmer afternoon weather. Good stuff. Give it a try.

Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz Blue Label 2oz
Boring at best
There's not much going on here. The Virginias are too spicy/sharp, and the Burleys are providing shockingly little body or balance.

Cornell & Diehl - Evergreen 2oz
This needs to be in regular production
I could smoke this forever. If only I'd known that when I only ordered one tin. This needs to be in regular production. Get on it C&D!

Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 2oz
Spicy is an understatement
I don't think they had me in mind when they made this. All quality tobaccos, I just don't get the appeal of this one.

Missouri Meerschaum - Great Dane Spindle Straight
Just like the bent, only straighter
These pipes are so good and so inexpensive, I wonder why I spend so much on briars, but don't tell my wife I said that.

Missouri Meerschaum - Great Dane Spindle Bent
Another great Missouri Meerschaum
Easy to hold. Slightly more generous bowl. This is a winner.

Replacement Stems - Amber Straight Non-Filtered Stem (for Missouri Meerschaum)
How does one review a replacement plastic stem?
It fits, and I can smoke. Yay!

Replacement Stems - Amber Bent Non-Filtered Stem (for Missouri Meerschaum)
Performs as expected
What needs to be said? When your cob needs a new stem, get one.

Warped - Kings Stride 2oz
An experience like no other
This stuff is really amazing. So much body and so much flavor. I can't really describe it, though. Be sure you like Perique. Definitely a reorder in my future.

Warped - Cloud Hopper 2oz
Just when I understood the blend my tin ran out
I'll be trying this one again now that I know what I'm doing with it. Good stuff.

Low Country - Guendalose 2oz
Didn't work for me
I'm not sure why, but I never figured out what to do to make this work for me. I may try it again, but I've already got favorites in this genre, so I'm not in a hurry to try to like another one.

Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd Blonde 2oz
I wish they'd called it something else
Another favorite of mine. The only thing this has in common with the original Billy Budd is the inclusion of cigar leaf. The blends could not be more different. I like both, but I'll smoke this one all year round. The fact that it's available in bulk is another bonus. I'm stocking up on this one so hopefully I'll never run out.

Missouri Meerschaum - Morgan Polished
If you can't get the natural version
This one smokes a bit hotter. Other than that it's the same.

Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Flake 2oz
Like the bulk ribbon, only better
The pressing makes this blend better in nearly every way. Deeper, darker, more. Just excellent stuff.

Cornell & Diehl - Purple Cow 2oz
If it were bulk
I didn't like this one enough to pay the tin premium more than once. It wasn't bad, but there are much better options for this kind of blend available in bulk.

Cornell & Diehl - Habana Daydream 2oz
Not an English, barely a Cigar blend
Now that my expectations are reset, I'll give this another try. Maybe then I'll understand the rave reviews. UPDATE 2021: I just don't like Latakia in my cigar blends, I guess. There isn't enough cigar here to justify the name, either. Try Billy Budd Blonde for a significantly better cigar blend.

Cornell & Diehl - Awakened Elder 2oz
So much going on here
I need to get this again to fully appreciate all the components, I think.

Kramer's - Father Dempsey 50g
What's the appeal?
My tongue is stung, and no flavor to speak of.

Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake 2oz
I wish I'd bought more
Perfection in a bowl! And now it seems it's gone for good. I wonder if C&D can be convinced to make the regular red they get into a bulk flake like they do for bright...

BriarWorks - Country Lawyer 2oz
Undecided
Sometimes it's great, other times not so much. I think I need a wider bowl for this one. I'll have to try it again.

Tampers & Tools - Czech Pipe Tool
No smoker should be without one
Great tool, once it loosens up enough to use.

Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
Nothing else like it
Such a strange array of flavors, but it's amazing. I have several tins already, and I'll get more.

Cornell & Diehl - Easy Times 2oz
Somewhat inconsistent
About half the time it was wonderful, the other half it felt like the flavors were competing for dominance. I will come back to this, but there are other things to try first.

Cornell & Diehl - Dark Burley
Rich and strong
Terrific as a blender, but not my thing as a solo affair.

Cornell & Diehl - Chopped Cigar Leaf
Very strong solo
Wanted to try this since so many of my favorites have it in. By itself, not for the faint of heart.

Missouri Meerschaum - Natural Freehand
For your favorite tobacco
A nice classy cob, heh.

Missouri Meerschaum - MacArthur 5-Star Polished Bent
Probably my favorite cob
I smoke mine so much I ordered 3 more.

Missouri Meerschaum - Diplomat 5th Avenue Bent
Better than the Legend
The bowl seems just the right size, to me.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Peterson Tapered Pipe Cleaners (50 Pack)
Finally a decent pipe cleaner
Seriously, this is the only one on the market that doesn't leave your pipe full of fluff.

Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #5 2oz
I can't decide if I like this one
There's nothing really wrong with it, but it's heavily cased and it doesn't seem as strong as the others. Not bad, though. I do keep smoking it.

Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #4 2oz
An interesting try
Another good Burley flake from C&D. I think I'll try the rest now.

Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #2 2oz
The first Burley I ever loved
I loved this when I first tried it. I don't have it around all the time, but it did encourage me to start exploring the Burley side of C&D's portfolio. I highly recommend it.

Missouri Meerschaum - Patriot Bent
Not my favorite
I didn't really think the shape of a cob would make that much difference, but it does. Also, the stem likes to fall out of the one I got.

Filters & Adaptors - Savinelli 6mm Adapter (5 pack)
Works as advertised
No complaints

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - B. J. Long Regular Pipe Cleaners (100 pack)
I hope you like lint
Personally I don't like to smoke cotton balls, so I don't buy these anymore.

Filters & Adaptors - Adapter 9mm to 3mm Reducer
Doesn't fit
I have a few 9mm filter pipes banging around and this fit precisely none of them. Every time it was either much too big or way too small.

G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
Does as advertised
Everything you read about it is true. It just doesn't wow me. I'll get back to this someday, though.

G. L. Pease - Montgomery 2oz
Weak...
The flavors were fine, there just isn't enough there there.

Cornell & Diehl - Three Friars
Wish I could like it more
I finally got this blend to work in a narrow old basket pipe I've had for years. There is a lot to like here when it works, but this will never be a favorite of mine.

Cornell & Diehl - Orion's Arrow
With this much spice, you'll be eating bland food for balance
For those that like this kind of thing, Nirvana awaits. For me, I need more body and a more nuanced flavor profile.

Cornell & Diehl - Oriental Silk
Too much work
There is so much spice in this, it takes to much work on the draw to keep it from being overwhelming. Wonderful flavors can be achieved, but I'm not patient enough for it just now.

Cornell & Diehl - Opening Night 2oz
Red VA balance
I like this one a lot. I could wish for more Red and less Bright, but it still has a wonderful flavor. Several tins are aging in my cellar, and several more will join them at every opportunity.

Cornell & Diehl - Gray Ghost 2oz
Solid favorite
I'm never without this one around. I don't smoke it everyday, but almost. Wonderful flavor from the cigar leaf softened and sweetened by the Virginias. Excellent stuff!

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
The flake was so much better
It's hard to imagine this is the same blend as the flake version. This one wasn't working for me at all.

Missouri Meerschaum - General Bent
When you want a big smoke
When I'm ready for a lot of flavor and a longer smoke I grab this guy.

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
A lovely Stoved Virginia blend
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 continue 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...

Cornell & Diehl - Virginia Gentleman
Nothing to write home about
In the right pipe, this could be an all day work-and-play blend. For me, there's just not enough to keep me interested. I come back on occasion, but it's not a favorite.

Cornell & Diehl - Stratfordshire
I think it needs a narrower bowl and/or a longer stem
I only got about one good smoke out of this. I kept pulling looking for more flavor, but I only got a scorched tongue.

Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
You should just smoke straight burley
Seriously, there is so much Burley in this everything else is drowned out. I really wanted to like it, but there's just nothing here for me. Still a quality product, but...

Cornell & Diehl - Constellation
Solid body, but needs more flavor
UPDATE: Now that I'm more experienced with Latakia, I can honestly say there isn't enough of it here to keep my attention. It seems that the Black Cav is the predominant component, so there just isn't room for much flavor to come through. My original review is below. Lots of depth, and lots of smoke. Strong Latakia presence offset by the Unsweetened Black Cavendish, along with Burley body and Virginia sweetness. I need to get back to this blend.

Missouri Meerschaum - Morgan Natural
Love these little guys!
Perfect little quick smoke nosewarmers. Even better if you switch in a regular size stem. I just wish they could consistently line up the shank inside the bowl.

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    J.R.R. Tolkien: Builder of Pipe-Centric Worlds
  • ► "Mark intends to re-release it this Christmas in a revised version, so watch for its availability."Where?!? I have the original, but I would happily plunk down the money for a revised version.Oh! And I loved the rest of the article, too 😊
    Missouri Meerschaum: 150 Years of American Corn Cob Pipes
  • ► "There's even a local distillery that buys some of our grain to make whiskey," he says. "They're coming out with a whiskey that they're going to call Popcorn Bourbon, sourced from none other than Missouri Meerschaum corn."What distillery is this? I'd love to try the whiskey made from Missouri Meerschaum corn.