Many fans of the blends of C&D's long time collaborator, the late Bob Runowski, hail Morley's Best as his finest creation. An English blend of three Burleys — white, cubed, & rough cut — as well as Virginia flake and Cyprian Latakia; this cool and flavorful smoke is a perennial best seller.
I actually have a very small amount of the old Blue Boar. My grandfather smoked this, and when he passed in 1998, I discovered some opened and unopened tobaccos in his home. Not sure when the tobacco dates from as I do not know when Blue Boar was di... Read Morescontinued, but I remember that it was his regular smoke in the evenings when I was a wee lad in the 1960s. This was the tobacco that Bob Runowski sought to recreate with Morley's Best. First a review of Morley's Best on its own and then a trip down memory lane. Burleys are the stars in this blend, with nutty, yet spicy mix of flavors that hints at sulphured molasses. The white Burley can be a bit sharp at times, which highlights the importance of sipping this tobacco - for that and to enjoy the complexity that the other leafs offer. Burleys predominate through the first light to the first third of the bowl,and then the Latakia adds a smokey and woody sweetness to the mix, secondary in its role but more prominent as you puff through the half bowl. For me, the Virginias add a bit more sweetness to the sulfur molasses mix in the last half of the bowl. Not sure about the tin option, but the bulk option comes a bit dry, which is what I prefer. To rehydrate a little, I just fill the pipe and blow through the pipe some hot air and then I am ready to light. The nic-hit is mild, and this could be an all-day smoke, the only caveat being that it is best enjoyed at a slow sip. MB always burns clean to the bottom of the bowl with little moisture and a nice gray ash to swirl in the once-cooled bowl to add to the cake. It is one of my favorites in the rotation at any time of day. The comparisons to Blue Boar are obviously skewed by vagaries of time and aging, but the few times I have smoked them side by side, I find that Morley's Best is a bit more complex from beginning to end, again undoubtedly influenced by the age of the Blue Boar and its necessary rehydration. Having said that, Bob Runkowski (R.I.P) did an excellent job in recreating this classic from years gone by. I keep my Morley's Best in the old Blue Boar container, because you just cannot match that big blue boar staring at you from the front! Highly recommended. Read Less
Got up this morning, looking at my jars, searching for a nice way to start my day and you guessed it, I've found it. MORLEYS BEST!!!Smoking it in an Ove Lindall no3...
on false light the baccy springs up from the bowl, nice creamy mouthful of flavors... Read Moreome smoke, this is a sublime smoke, the retrohale is exquisite, puffs of bliss a perfect melding of latakia and various american burleys, yes, I have chosen a wonderful way to start my day, so why don't you, don't miss out on this one, something special originally blended by someone who knew a great blend when he made it and I agree wholeheartedly Read Less
19 year pipe smoker here. Love English, Burley and Virginias. Trust me when I say ~ this is an amazing blend. The flavor is of medium-body, the aroma is delectable, and the burn quality is perfect. Bob Runowski knew exactly what he was doing with thi... Read Mores blend. 5 stars earned, and as long as they're making it...I'll keep smoking it. Get some, folks. Read Less
I used to like English blends exclusively but then as I got older I just couldn't palate latakia in large amounts so I switched to American English blends to satisfy my evening smoke. My dad smoked Blue Boar when I was a kid and when I saw that this ... Read Morewas a copy of that old blend i had to try it. Now i never smoked blue boar as it was long gone before i picked up a pipe, but the first time i lit this up was at dad's and he said it smelled just like he remembered blue boar. The latakia is a condiment, backing up the earthiness of the burley. This is a solid blend and one i reach for when i don't want any casing as is usual in american English blends. Read Less
A wonderful meat and potato’s kind of blend. That wisp of Latakia adds just the right amount of complexity. The burley are truly delicious. In a wide pipe, it loses subtlety and smokes more like a savory, simple burley. In a narrow bowl, the complexi... Read Morety from the Latakia comes out, but only just. This is one magnificent blend. Read Less
Bulk Blend Smack Down: This is a fantastic bulk buy! What stands out about this is the bang for the buck! The price point is a steal! For roughly 2.10/oz your getting a smoke that rivals many 4.00+/oz tins. Yum! Good stuff! This has the best toasty f... Read Morelavor. Nice Nic hit by the end of the bowl. The lat. is there but really faint. A little strong mid bowl but still good mix of parts. All that burly can get a little bit bity mid to late bowl. Read Less
I'm not a huge Burley smoker, but I do enjoy Burley blends if they are exceptional and well blended. Morley's Best is a highlight for me. I love Latakia mixtures, which is why I initially tried this, but where Latakia would normally dominate a blend,... Read More here it is merely a condiment that mellows the sharper Burleys. The Virginia too is relatively low in the mix, providing a sweet character to round the blend. I am glad they use a VA broken flake here, I think it helps this blend be the slow-burner that it is. C&D uses some of the best Burley I've had. Morley's Best has three different cuts all strutting their stuff. It has a hearty nuttiness, a clean waxy-tooth feel, never bites, and packs and lights splendidly. Each bowl is so well behaved and flavorful. Some Burley blends remind me too much of cigarette smoke which turns me off, but I get very little of that with Morley's Best unless I let it dry out too much. Unfortunately, I never tried Blue Boar and I don't really know much about it. I've read that Blue Boar additionally had Turkish orientals and figure it wouldn't be hard to add some C&D Izmir (in small amounts) and give that a try if Morley's Best isn't true enough for Blue Boar fans? Just a suggestion. Cornell & Diehl never ceases to amaze me with quality tobaccos blended in so many unique and delicious ways. Among them all, Morley's Best manages to stand out. Enjoy. Read Less
I’m an ardent fan of Bob Runowski’s blends, and have smoked lots of his other creations through Cornell & Diehl. Old Joe Krantz and Crowley’s Best are among my favorites, and I truly appreciate Haunted Bookshop, my first burley. Morley’s Best easily ... Read Morebecame another favorite, but more importantly, I understood mere seconds into my first bowl why many deem this blend “Runowski’s Best”. I should add that I say this as a burley lover who isn’t typically as passionate about English blends.
The tin note will convince a newcomer that it’s a straight-up English, maybe of the mild variety. But soon after igniting it, one of the more notable traits of the blend become clear. The Latakia merely kisses the burley, as does the Virginia. And the Latakia does not dominate or even vie for control—and no “Latakia bomb” here! Runowski in effect produced a burley-lover’s English, and quite possibly his masterwork. It’s also telling that Runowski must have been quite a fan of American writer and pipeman Christopher Morley. Haunted Bookshop and Shandygaff are Morley novels (and two of my favorite blends). And for this blend to carry the name “Morley’s Best” signals C&D’s clear confidence in the quality of their tobacco and blending. That confidence is surely justified! 5.0 stars. Read Less
I am a fan of almost everything that Bob Runowski has hand his hand in creating. I am saddened by his passing, but grateful that he helped to reproduce so many great blends from the past. Morley's Best is one of my favorites in his blend series, alon... Read Moreg with Epiphany. It begins as a good Burley, then I taste the twang of the Latakia, and then a nice sweetness from the Virginias, all of which slowly develop, meld with each other, and become fuller as the bowl progresses. It's a tobacco with which I've had more than one "nirvana" smokes and one that I recommend highly, but don't think that you'll make the wife happy with the room note. Trust me. Read Less
This blend is the perfect accompaniment to a crisp November day walk in the woods. Earthy and nutty, with a wisp of campfire and sweetness in the background. I get a slightly different experience in a briar and cob, but both are interesting. A classi... Read Morec, and I only wish I could have tried Blue Boar Read Less
This is my first Burley blend, and I'll admit I was a little hesitant to try Burley because of all I'd heard about it. I just didn't think I would care for it. Each time I fire up a bowl of MB all I get for the first 10 minutes is smoke, but then it... Read More develops into this wonderful nutty sweet smoke. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try. Hopefully at some point I'll get something more out of the first 10 minutes. If you're not fond of Burley or are reluctant to try them as I was, give this one a shot. Read Less
Being a fan of Haunted Bookshop, I was curious to see if Morley’s could top it when I packed my first bowl of this Burley, Virginia, and Latakia blend - for sure an ‘American English’, and oh what a delight it is! It’s not necessary better than HB (I... Read More pick them each with equanimity), but I tend to go to Lats when it’s colder out. Like most fine blends, it can be harsh if pushed - which is easy to do given it’s absolutely delicious. Stop reading and order a sample. If you’re a Burley fan and want something different and amazing, here it is. This and HB are my favorite Runowski blends. I’ll be buying this by the pound, curious to see how DGT ups the ante. UPDATE: I’ve found that DGT doesn’t really help the flavor. In testing, I’ve let it sit passed a good char light for up to two hours. To my palate, non-Burley blends have the best results with DGT. Probably obvious to you seasoned smokers :-) Read Less
This is the first Burley I've actually liked. It's a really good, well rounded, flavorful blend. The proportions of Latakia and Virginia are just right. They're in the background, providing a gentle rounding-off of the flavor of the burleys. This is... Read More a brilliant blending formula. Read Less
Right from the start, I knew I was on a winner, being a virginia Vaper lover, I was pleasantly surprised, big and burley, that familiar nose tickle, hay and lemon citrus evident straight away and remaining persistent throughout the bowl, strong nico... Read Moretine hit present, not for the faint hearted, mouthfilling heavy smoke, a nice sipper, you dont want the bowl to end, a real manly smoke, virginias, faint latakia and big and bold burleys all skillfully blended a most masterful blend, absolutely love it, make sure you've eaten beforehand as you may risk paling out, no joke, this is strong, dont say you weren't forewarned, hope you love this as much as I did, sometimes burley does hit the spot. Kind regards from Adelaide Read Less
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