Perhaps the most well-known street in the French Quarter, the oldest district in New Orleans, this C&D Cellar Series blend takes its name from the colorful Bourbon street, whose distinct blue shutters have lined the rue for years. In this equally memorable blend, bright and red Virginias are mixed with just the right amount of dark-fired Kentucky and long-cut Perique, then married together with bourbon before being press to form an old-fashioned crumble cake.
This is quality tobacco. Lots of golden virginia with small proportions of red virginia, kentucky and perique plus a touch of bourdon. The bourdon is so light it only comes through as a little boost of sweetness, similar to a touch of honey or a very... Read More faint alcohol taste. I prefer the darker end of the virginia spectrum. I like blends with a lot of red virginia. This one is saved a little for me by the condiment tobaccos which give the golden virginias more substance. I really don't like dark fired though. I think C&D use it far too often (esp. in GLP blends). I got this as a free sample and otherwise probably wouldn't have bought any of this. I'm glad that I tried it but just too much golden virginia for my tastes. It does make a good summer smoke though but I don't think it's going to replace Beacon for me in that regard. Give it a try for yourself. Read Less
I pulled the cake out of the tin and mason jarred it for about a month before I tried this and to my surprise, is was very pleasant. While the room note was a little strong and the leathery-burnt smell hung around for a bit it was an enjoyable smoke... Read More, albeit a little hot. Like others have already stated, I think I'll let this one mature a little more before I try it again. Overall, I enjoyed the taste and thick robust smoke. Read Less
My first bowl was a tongue steering disaster. I mason jared it up and forgot about it for 6 months, smoked a bowl to and what I got was a spicy/mellow peppery smoke. Retro inhaling gives you a beefy aroma almost like jerky. My first impression was o... Read Morene star but with all things time has given it 5. Read Less
Got this as a sample. The first bowl was ok. Got a lot of peppery almost bacon taste and smell and remained throughout the bowl. Wasn't satisfied or dissatisfied as I like C&D and am willing to give them a chance. Put the sample away for a good m... Read Moreonth and haven't thought about it till today. Decided to give it another go. The smell was the same bacony/pepper but lighting it up just left me with stinging smoke to the eyes and not much in the flavor department. More like hot smoke and the smell wasn't good either. I ended up getting about halfway through the bowl and gave up on it. I'll probably put this back on the shelf for a while but that's about it. I hope the sample wasn't representative of a regular tin. I smoked both bowls in a cob. Read Less
Enjoyed the aroma but that's about all. The first taste that hit me was of wet leather & a strong burn on the tongue out of my Savinelli Churchwarden. This was a sample I was given so I'm not sure if it was truly representative.
When I opened my tin of C & D Bourbon Blue and the first thing that came out was a slightly woody smell, dry with a hint of earth smell of the countryside. It's a pretty hard cake, more than others, but that calls sawing and burn (hopefully in a ... Read Moresmall bowl pipe) to know that may result. A Luigi Viparti of my collection was chosen.
They appear to dissect those spectacular embraced the dark Virginias kentucky fire and a well perique long and thin.
When turned on, it stings a little bit (not little) and the first thing that embraces the mouth is the kentucky, something reminiscent smell of dry wood for the fireplace. By gently bounce the smoke, perique starts pushing from behind, as if each had their turn flavor finally sweeten the Virginias present something that flavor to summer camp tomorrow. Read Less
will likely add this to my next order, first time I've had a "crumble cake" it was a bit of a challenge for me to rub out, but that's just part of the learning curve. Good strength an smooth, subtle flavor but doesn't leave me wanting, woul... Read Mored recommend to the virginia fan. I'm a bit of a purist and don't care for added-flavor blends but this one does it right. Read Less
The sample offered by smokingpipes.com and C&D sparked my curiosity enough to purchase more. On opening the tin, I noticed that these bright cakes were definitely infused with some kind of bourbon, just enough to make things interesting but not so mu... Read Morech as to be distracting. When lit, I found the smoke extremely earthy and mildly peppery, especially as it progressed. Though it may not sound like a positive note, there were subtle hints of burning wood chips - and that somehow really worked for me. Indeed, it created a wonderfully cool and wholly unique smoke. Bravo! C&D - you nailed this one. Read Less
I got this as a sample and really did not know what to expect. The first bowl I smoked got a little warm, so really had to slow things down. I got kind of a sweet, peppery taste and could detect faint hints of the Bourbon every now and then. This ble... Read Morend would do well with some age to it, like others stated. You do need to slow it down and take your time or it will burn hot. Room note not overpowering, no complaints from the boss on it. Overall was very pleased, really started to enjoy it more about midway through second bowl. Might have to buy a tin of this for later. Read Less
Indeed, good marketing strategy. Received my samples as i ordered some McCl Tobaccos. I must admit that i am in general a big C&D- Fan, but this smoke was quite unsatisfying. It tastes green, harsh and citron-like, and leaves a lot of moisture in... Read More the pipe. Taste will improve when you smoke it in a Corn Cob, cause it absorbs the moisture better. I think C&D knows about the fact, that this blend is straight out of the tin too young to enjoy. That must be the reason that they recommend ageing. I give this blend only two stars, plus a half for ageing potential it surely has. Read Less
Got this as a sample with my order. That marketing strategy worked! Decided I had to order this after the first bowl. I like dark Kentucky in a lighter blending, and this has it perfect. I agree with earlier reviewer about it smoking well through a t... Read Morehinner chamber pipe. I smoked mine through an Ashton Poker. Read Less
My sample smelled like bacon when I opened it... that's the Dark Fired Kentucky. I rubbed out a slice and packed in a tall skinny chamber. You get the tobacco taste of VA, full body of the Kentucky, sweetness from the Bourbon, and some spice from the... Read More Perique. It's a pretty good little combination with flavors changing back and forth each puff. Read Less
I don't have the refined palate of some long time pipe smokers, sample from my last order and was pleasantly surprised by the sweet subtle undertones of this rather cool smoke. I don't have the experience to be able to list the flavors but I can te... Read Morell you that it is a very lovely and pleasant smoke. Read Less
This one just has it. Perique and Kentucky are added with a light hand and those sweet brights stay with you all the way to the heel of the bowl. Briar Fox occupies the number one slot in my rotation if that's any indicator of where my palette is a... Read Moret. the bourbon undergirds the brights with an added sweetness.. augmenting and not diminishing their flavor. I love this. That sample is going to be gone like now. Interested to see how it smokes when I'm off of work this evening. Read Less
Fifth star still not working,but there in spirit.If I were to smoke all day,this would be one of my choices.Perique not as forward as in Bayou nights,but still enough to be tasted.i recommend this to Virginia and English smokers who want to raise the... Read More bar as far as flavor/nicotine is concerned.Excellent tobacco. Read Less
So I've got some tucked away doing the 10 year cellar thing but I couldn't resist opening a tin up and smoking some. Tin note is sweet and you can smell a subtle hint of bourbon but nothing overpowering. I rubbed some of it out but also put whole chu... Read Morenks in the bowl just to mix things up a bit. Because of this it didn't burn evenly and initially it was a little hard to light as well. The flavor is smooth and creamy with some pepper off the Perique in the background. There's a little bourbon in the side stream but nothing too strong. Overall it's pretty good stuff but agreed it could use some time aging. As far as C&D cakes go I'm still partial to Black Frigate but none the less I would still pick some up. 👍👍 Read Less
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