A unique combination of Virginias and Burleys, with a slight touch of Turkish for added sophistication, creates C&D's Virginia Gentleman, a superb all day smoke for those who enjoy Virginia blends but find them a touch bitey for all day enjoyment.
I do understand how one reviewer would say that Virginia Gentleman (VG) is "not that interesting," although I would counter - as another reviewer has done, that it possesses a "calm subtlety." Depending on how you approach this bl... Read Moreend, it could either be an unobtrusive working smoke where you can puff and work, simply enjoying pace and rhythm of puffing and working (writing in my case) without being overwhelmed by any one element. That said, taking your time with VG offers a more subtle complexity of flavors that is quite extraordinary. For me, the real star here is the Turkish component. It will really not make itself known unless you take time to focus on it. The Burleys provide a soft, nutty foundation, with just a hint of sweetness from the Virginias. But the keen piper will notice something else that is not in the foreground but plays in the background of the Burleys and Virginias. The Izmir Turkish pushes forward only in its lingering taste in the mouth and nostrils, providing a slightly piquant aftertaste that is really enjoyable and brings me back to puff again to get that flavor. The nic-hit is mild, and the overall flavor is mild - and could be perceived as bland, but if you take your time, VG will reward you with subtle complexity at any time of the day - paired with coffee in the morning, a good tea (especially an Earl Gray), or with a Bourbon or a Scotch in the evening (don't go to peaty with the Scotch as it will drown out VG's flavors). This ranks with Plantation Evening as one of my favorite underrated tobaccos. They are very different in their flavor profiles, but they are both unique blends in the GLP and C&D stable. Read Less
For day to day smoking. English blends tend to be a little intense. This blend is a good filler as a smoke to use as a day filler. It has a sweet nutty undertone that hides on the top of the tongue and a solid earth tone that hangs in the back of the... Read More mouth. Nothing about this tobacco stands out as amazing but it possessed a calm subtlety that is great for passing time or smoking while you work on something. It can bite but it's pretty mild. All in all I'd like to have alot of this on hand as just my regular smoke and leave the really complex stuff for my evenings and special occasions. Read Less
I think Cornell & Diehl is good at blending like making a natural tobacco taste a star of the show. Virginia Gentleman is one of the best blends to understand its technology and direction. Without losing the taste of Virginia which makes up the body ... Read Moreof this blend, Burley and Oriental are dressing gentlemen. Easy to pack and burn cleanly. Ash is also beautiful. The taste is consistent up to the bottom of Tobacco Chamber and leaves no moisture. It is simple but not bored. Read Less
I have been smoking this daily for over twenty years and never get tired of it. Full, rich flavor with no bite. No fruit or liquor flavors, just good satisfying tobacco, with just enough mild, unobtrusive turkish to remind me of the camels I used to ... Read Moresmoke. Nice aroma, too. Read Less
Sweet Virginia with modest participation from Burley and orientals. Easy loading, packing, lighting and bite free if sipped and not pushed. It’s a very pleasant smoke, good flavor and aroma, quite agreeable. I like it and will add it to my regular Bu... Read Morerley selection for when a change is in order. I’ll keep my mason jar handy as I do with Burley Ribbon Cut and Cube Cut Burley, preferring straight up tobacco flavors in favor of many other possible choices. Regardless your personal preferences in an everyday smoke, you should give this a try as it’s a good friendly smoke and amazingly underrated. I’ll look forward to trying it in pipes other than my favorite briars but so far I’m perfectly satisfied with the pipe/tobacco combination. Read Less
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