Starting with a base of 50% Latakia, with a generous portion of Turkish leaf, then sweetened with stoved red Virginia, Star of the East is a full bodied blend, as well as a long time favorite of Cornell and Diehl customers.
I wasn't sure wuite what to expect with a blend claiming 50% Latakia. I mean, I like Latakia, but would I like it THAT much?
The short answer is yes! THe Lat here is very well-behaved but definitely the star of the show. Turkish (Izmir?) backs up t... Read Morehe campfire smokiness with a cooling, floral note, while the VA comes into play infrequently for me (though I suspect I'd notice if it wasn't there to sweeten things up slightly).
Packed, lit and burned perfectly. First light is all Latakia, with the Turkish coming into play part way through the bowl. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean and short-lived, and the room note is lighter and cleaner than one might expect as well. My wife is not hot on the smell of Latakia blends, but my daughter loved this one in my beard afterwards. Read Less
I basically like the Latakia blend, so I do not dislike this blend. not bad. But Star of the East Gold was a more delicious blend for me so it did not become ★ 5. However, this blend can be recommended for many people. It may be an attractive blend f... Read Moreor some people. Read Less
This tobacco really is like in my tittle -like sunrise, just to seat and enjoy-tobacco doing everything for You, nice balanced, nothing overpowered, light sweetness, good and cool smoke-all need for perfect english tobacco...My favorite!
This blend is heavy on the latakia.
The orientals have Kind of zesty mouthfeel. I am able to find bready note form the Virginia.
Nicotine medium. Moisture was good straight from the tin .
I will be getting more of this blend
The blender lies a blatant lie with this one. The tin claims a half Latakia blend, which is for any Latakia fan like me is a dream. And sadly it isn't, so if that's your buying point, then stay away from this. However, this is not bad tobacco at all.... Read More On the contrary, I found it pleasurable from start to finish. When you first open the tin, you're welcomed by a lovely smell of Latakia and orientals. As if you walked into a place that sells incense. The cut is a thick ribbon and at the perfect moisture, at least in my case. It is quite easy to light and keep lit. I rarely had to relight this. It smokes consistently, dryly and burns down till the bottom. With your first few buffs you may find that it is not at all a heavy Latakia blend despite what C&D says. It has rich, dark virginia, complemented with spicy and woodsy orientals with an okay precense of Latakia. Definitely a complementary condiment rather than the star of the show as they claim. Nevertheless it's a pleasant blend that is enjoyable for any English lover. I found it to pair well with black coffee as well, and as for me its nicotine is mild to medium, but again this last part is subjective. I presume the flake will be better than this, and hopefully closer to their Latakia claim
Pipe Used: Peterson system ebony
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin Read Less
This is a very good blend. A little strong but you want to taste it. Burns to the bottom of the bowl. A small nit-pick, it has more than moste large pieces in it. hard to get in pipe, easy to break up. Buy some, you will like it. I do. Lewis
I used to subscribe to an old canard that the latakia should be no more than about 10% of the blend. Not sure where that came from, but this certainly puts the kibosh on that. I can smoke this stuff all day and all night, and I have. And, then, come ... Read Moreback for more. Latakia, yes, but the Orientals and Virginia come through with an accompanying lushness, as well. No, this is probably not for everyone. Those who lean to more aromatic smokes probably won't like it. But for I've smoked a pipe for nearly 50 years, and I've always leaned to the latakia blends. This is definitely, now, one of my favorites. Read Less
This might be my first Latakia blend, and I'm definitely enjoying it. I've detected a bit of nuttiness under the floral blanket that covers this blend. It is very different from everything else I've smoked.
This is overkill ! I enjoy English blends with latakia, but this is just too much latakia. An english blend is supposed to have a balance between smokey, sweet, and floral. When in balance a melody is produced that is beautiful. Yes, some will have ... Read Moremore va, some more turkish, some more latakia, but some kind of a balance is needed. Dunhill London mixture and Standard mixture is perfect. This is way over the top with latakia. Its good the first 3 bowls but because of heavy latakia you palette and taste buds become tired to the point you cant taste anything. Then no matter what you smoke after is null and void because of burnout. Im talking taste burnout here not tongue bite. Ill stick to the good old english blends like Dunhill, Presbyterian, and Sobranie. Read Less
This Tobacco relly fascinated me. I was a little bit sceptical about the strengh and nicotine- level. But that is all OK, even for an european tongue. Tobacco has a lot of Flavour, that not all comes from the Latakia. It's of course smoky, but as wel... Read Morel a bit sweet, but has also a lot of robustness that reminds a cigar. You can clearly taste that this is a C & D Blend. Latakia is always present, but not dominant. You can easily see the differet mixture parts, when you open the pouch. Interesting, that stoved Virginia is clearly visible in quite broad Flake pieces. It burns very well, and leaves just a bit of ash. Very big recommendatation for those that look for a lot of Flavour, but having trouble with nicotine. Will buy more! Read Less
This has to be the best Cornell & Diehl I have had yet. Nice dry smokey taste and did not make my tongue feel like a piece of beef jerky. I like Latakia blends but this is one I will smoke with more regularity. I will certainly be getting more.
Bold and heavy in Latakia, but well balanced though. Very nice nuances delivered by the good combination of virginias and orientals. Much more enjoyable than Pirate Kake, that is so overwhelming in Latakia and completely monotone.
Very smokey,Stays lit well,Clean with no bite.Impressed enough to order 1 pound. A very good English tobacco for those of us who like sweet creamy cool smoke, I have 5 lb . in my cellar putting on some age now, really excels in cold weather, strong b... Read Moreut not overpowering updated 5/4/18. Read Less
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