For their Kajun Kake, the folks at C&D start with naturally sweet red Virginias and add just the right touch of everyone's favorite Cajun spice, Louisiana Perique. They then press it into an old fashioned crumble cake which deepens and marries the flavors!
Cue that old Gervais Matte and the Branch Playboys music and sit for a minute cher. This blend really does an excellent job of highlighting that Louisiana leaf us Va-Per smokers love. The red virginias provide just enough sweetness fresh to offset th... Read Moree musty slight sour notes of the perique. The unflavored black cavendish provides a smooth mouthfeel and just tops this stuff off in the right way. I can tell with a year of age the perique will strengthen up the blend and the virginias will sweeten everything else up further to make a more bold and defined smoke with the same smoothness that i have not yet found in many blends . The mouthfeel is crreamy, I love it. Good any time of the day and needs negligable dry time. Breaks up and packs easy. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl. I wouldn't compare it to Chenet's cake as that stuff is definately perique foward. This one is not. This one uses the other leaf to highlight the subtelties of that black fermented leaf and brings it out in a good ol Cajun waltz. One of the best Va-Pers I have come across. Read Less
The only thing that struck me while smoking the first bowl was, if Guinness made a pipe tobacco this is what it would taste like! Not that it tastes like an extra stout beer but it has a lot of the same flavor profile. Hints of coco, molasses, coffee... Read More, a slight wine sourness, peat and lightly sweet. C&D has converted this guy to status of their biggest fan! Read Less
This mixture in tin is offered in a dark brown Crumble Cake Cut with a nice smell, easy to shatter and stuff, providing a good, steady burn. All three ingredients, Red Virginia, Black Cavendish and Perique, marry up very well, forming a powerful, har... Read Moremonious blend. Virginia is the backbone and the healthy dose of Perique is fruity, spicy and a little peppery. The Black Cavendish mellows this salubrious blend and donates softness and sweetness. Nicotine is at a high level. Lingering aftertaste. Succinct, a flavourful, characterful, enjoyable high-end Va/Per mixture. Read Less
If you haven't tried this yet, you really need too. This is easily one of my favourites to smoke.
Nice, little bit of kick, not heavy, and a creamy smoke with a slight sweetness to it.
I always have a few cans hiding around.
No No No Wow could not smoke this I tried burned my lungs made me cough I loved the smell and that was it I read the reviews and thought I would try it maybe I gout a bad batch well not for me sorry. Buy the way I have been smoking pipe for over 15 ... Read Moreyears. Read Less
I've tried a lot of Va-Per blends and often ponder how many ways can you use these leaves? Quite a lot it seems. For example I enjoy Briar Works Back Down South which is also a Va-Per blend. However entirely different in taste. B.D.S. is sweet like c... Read Morehocolate and citrus. This one is more earthy and nutty and I have to say gets even better throughout the bowl. A good smoke all round. Read Less
Kakun Kake is a wonderful blend. The smoke is very rich, dark, and sweet. No flavor additives are detected. There is a very strong presence of perique, but it is done in a way that highlights the flavor characteristics, and not in a way that is intru... Read Moresive or unbalanced. I find it smokes best packed tight, as it crumbles up into pretty small pieces. I find this tobacco to be the perfect strength, both in flavor and nicotine. The tin note is fantastic. Read Less
Cornell and Diehl Kajun Kake is listed to have Red Virginia’s and Louisiana Perique. Right out of the tin it’s a pressed crumble cake which I like to cut slices off and rubs out very easily. You have to be careful to not pack it to finely or the draw... Read More will be much to tight. The tin note was hard to pick apart for me. Ultimately I settled on a rich dark Virginia smell. Others said they smelled candied cherries and sea water. I didn’t get that at all and sounded disgusting. In fact upon first light I tasted a heavy pepper flavor at first that eventually gave away to a smoother Virginia taste hinting at sweet. Throughout the bowl there was a heavy almost acrid flavor which I typically associate with cigar leaf. I also found that when I sipped slowly there was a bitterness on my tongue and when I sped up my cadence I got a more VaPer sweet flavor. There were familiar flavors in here that at times that made me think of this as escudo combined with Billy Bud or maybe Fillmore. Overall I liked it and wonder what it’ll be like with some age on it. Read Less
This was one of the very first Vir/Per blends I ever smoked when switching over from aromatics. It is also the blend that started my love for Perique. Upon opening the tin I was greeted with the smell of sweet, earthy, spicy deliciousness. The scent ... Read Moreis what I imagined sitting at a camp fire by the bayou deep in the back woods of Louisiana cooking a rustic pot of spicy gumbo over the fire. Upon setting a flame to this blend and slowly pulling the flame down to dance on the tobacco, I was greeted with , spicy, sweet murky earth. That all blended together in a way that is just amazing. Smoked nice and slow while enjoying a quiet evening you get a very relaxing flavorful smoke, but beware, should you smoke to fast and not pay attention, Lady N will cast her voodoo curse on you. Read Less
Another fantastic va/p from C&D. Earthy and spicy with a slap across the face from lady N. Oh you don't like that? Come back to it after a year in the jar and you'll find a more mellow animal with a sweeter, fruitier old timey sort of taste.
This blend has a lot going for it. The tin note is nice, bread like and earthy. The crumble cake cuts up nice with a sharp knife and crumbles up really easily. The moisture is perfect and even though I think it would be fine to smoke straight out the... Read More tin I dry it out a little more. The flavor is tasty and medium/full and I can detect the perique from the first light. It gets really peppery around mid bowl but mellows out consistently for the final third and gives a great finish. The Va is subdued often by the perique but does maintain a nice balance and when I taste it I get earthy, bread like notes from it but no real sweetness, which is a very nice contrast to the McClelland va's I also smoke. I'd say there is a more than a good amount of perique in this as it leaves my tongue tasting peppery. Sometimes it almost seems like there are a few black peppercorns in my pipe with the tobacco, but I love pepper so that's fine with me. I have found no bite at all in this blend even if rushed a little but it does smoke better at a reasonable pace and sipped somewhat steadily. Burns down to a powdery grey and white ash and stays lit really well. There is a good bit of nicotine too, I love the way I feel after smoking this. I have craved a bowl of this daily since opening the tin and will probably be getting the big tin next order I like it that much. Read Less
Very good Va/per, but not my favorite. I like my Virginia's a little sweeter. I think C&D’s, Sunday Picnic is better, to name one. Nice balance of Virginia to, Perique, though. Big Billows of smoke upon ignition. Deep pungent tin note. I wil... Read Morel smoke this once or twice a week, for a change-up. Hey! C&D. How about getting some lids that fit your tins. Lid for this is a little small, and lid from Sunday Picnic is like trying to slip a bikini on a manatee. Read Less
This is some really good stuff. The Virginia and Cavendish pair well together making for a rich, smooth smoke. The Perique in the background gives this cake a little bit of pepper spice to it. Slow and even burning it makes for a long smoke to get lo... Read Morest in your thoughts. Pick a tin up I recommend it! 👍👍 Read Less
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