Wintertime Reserve 2021: Behind the Blends

Cue the festive music, pour the eggnog, and don those oh so terrible sweaters, because this week we officially began our 14th annual Buy a Peterson Pipe, Get a Tin promotion: From now until December 31st, buy any new Peterson pipe and choose from a selection of four special-edition Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve pipe tobaccos. But with four different blends to consider, which should you choose? Obviously, you could buy four new Peterson pipes and try all of them, but to help simplify your decision, we're taking a closer look at each individual 2021 Wintertime Reserve blend, from components to tasting notes.

What is Wintertime Reserve?

Cornell & Diehl's Wintertime Reserve is a seasonal line of pipe tobaccos — all crafted by hand, one small batch at a time, from recipes specially developed by C&D's head blender Jeremy Reeves. Capturing the spirit of the holiday season through fragrant Aromatics, classic English mixtures, and Virginia staples, new editions are released each year and are available only with the purchase of a new Peterson pipe through our annual Peterson promotion. All four of this year's blends evoke nostalgia — alluding to moments of warmth, comfort and joy despite the colder months' often turbulent weather — and are packaged in festive tin art inspired by vintage craft wrapping paper. Enough preamble, though, let's get on to the blends!

Snow Day

Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Snow Day
The roads are closed and commitments canceled for an unexpected day of freedom accentuated by sweet and tangy Red Virginias, dusted with honey and lightly flavored by the joy of falling snow.

Snow Day is an all-Virginia mixture lightly cased with honey. Comprising primarily Red varietals, it offers a naturally sweet, citrusy flavor with a deeper foundation that hints at notes of freshly baked bread and molasses. Pressed into an old-fashioned crumble cake, it's the type of blend known to age exceptionally well.

  • Components: Virginia
  • Family: Virginia
  • Cut: Cake
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Spiced Latte

Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Spiced Latte

Paired best with a cozy blanket and your warmest sweater, this inviting blend of Black Cavendish and Burley delivers a creamy flavor and rich aroma that soothes the soul while delighting the palate.

Spiced Latte is this year's traditional Aromatic mixture. The nuance of milder Virginias and Cavendished leaf is enhanced by a slight boozy kick and a rich flavor of hazelnuts and cream that matches its enticing aroma — an excellent choice for personal enjoyment and social settings alike.

  • Components: Virginia, Cavendish
  • Family: Aromatic
  • Cut: Ribbon
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Alpine Lodge

Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Alpine Lodge

Like a haven of warmth and comfort after a day on the slopes, this cake-cut blend of Red Virginias and Dark Burley offers a naturally sweet and nutty character best enjoyed while basking in the warmth of a fireside hearth.

Alpine Lodge is rustic and tobacco forward, featuring nutty and chocolatey dark air-cured leaf alongside naturally sweet and tangy Bright and Red Virginias. A pinch of Perique adds a bit of spice and strength, making it an exceptional choice for winding down on a cold winter evening by the fire. Components: Virginia, Burley, Perique

  • Components: Virginia, Burley, Perique
  • Family: Virginia
  • Cut: Cake
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Toboggan Run

Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Toboggan Run

With a wind-in-your-face acceleration of flavor, this cake-cut blend of stoved and unstoved Virginias and piquant Perique is layered with sun-cured and fire-cured Orientals as enticing as the next wild ride down the slope.

This year's sole English blend, Toboggan Run is as bold and exhilarating as its name suggests. Featuring equal parts stoved and unstoved Virginias combined with Orientals, a heavy dose of Latakia, and a generous measure of Perique, it's fairly strong for an English mixture with significant body and depth of flavor.

  • Components: Virginia, Latakia, Perique, Oriental
  • Family: English
  • Cut: Cake
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Whatever your preferences, there's a Wintertime Reserve to enhance any holiday occasion, especially when smoked in the new Peterson pipe it accompanies. A new Peterson deserves high-quality tobacco, and with Wintertime Reserve, your all-important holiday smoking opportunities will be exceptionally satisfying. Do you have a particular favorite? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

A note on the tobacco information.

Strength: a measure of the tobacco's body and nicotine. One is the lowest. Five s is the highest.

Room Note: a measure of the pleasantness of the smoke's odor to everyone else in the room, particularly non-smokers. One is the most pleasant room note, while five s would be the least pleasant to others.

Taste: A measure of the the power and fullness of the smoke's flavor, with one being the most mellow and five s being the fullest.

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    • Tampaholic on November 8, 2021
    • Thank God that I bought 7 of those Sherlock Holmes Christmas pipes since their release in September and one "Rua" limited edition pipe right before the 14th annual Buy a Peterson Pipe, Get a Tin promotion. Approx. $1000.00 of my hard earned money spent on Peterson pipes, and I almost got saddled with 8 free tins of Wintertime Reserve to smoke thru. Phew, thank God that I dodged that bullet. I hope other dedicated pipe smokers evaded that burden as well. Merry Christmas to all, and enjoy those Christmas pipes.

    • Bob Gratkowski on November 12, 2021
    • I just received a tin of Cornell & Diehl, Wintertime Reserve Alpine Lodge along with a Peterson pipe that I'd ordered. Good Lord, I want to order a bunch more! I cannot begin to describe how pleasing this blend is to me. I do hope Smoking Pipes picks it up - if that happens, a large order will be coming in from me. Thank you very, very much for the free tin!Bob Gratkowski, San Antonio, Texas

    • Jesse K on December 1, 2021
    • Shoot! I managed to order the only English blend out of the lot with my pipe. I didn't read close enough and missed the "fire-cured orientals" in the Toboggan Run description. I should’ve gone with the Alpine Lodge.

    • Steve L on February 1, 2022
    • Got a tin of Cornell & Diehl, Wintertime Reserve Alpine Lodge along with a Peterson pipe that I'd ordered... oh my. This is fantastic. Please pick this up. I'd order now if it was available.

    • John Niemann on February 1, 2022
    • I am interested in purchasing the Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Snow Day. Can you advise me how to make a purchase?

    • David S on March 4, 2022
    • My wife got me a new Peterson pipe for Christmas and a tin of Winter Reserve Spiced Latte was also in the box.Good grief!!!. Please C&D make more , lots more of this blend. Don't care what you call it, just please make it.

    • steve lucero on October 30, 2022
    • just getting my request in for more Wintertime Reserve for this coming Christmas!

    • Steve L on December 7, 2023
    • Christmas wish to Cornell & Diehl:Please re-release the Wintertime Reserve Collection again....

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