C&D's true Navy Cavendish crumble cake is made with hand-stoved red Virginia and golden Virginia, soaked in a premium rum for seven days, then lightly stoved again, pressed and cut. The seven days are the time it took our seagoing forefathers to sail back to New England from the Islands with the tobacco in their casks soaked with rum. The ship on the label is the Advance, the South's most successful blockade runner.
I never could figure out why a guy would leave the pleasure of women just to go out to sea to hang out with a bunch of dudes...that is...till I smoked a bowl full of Blockade Runner. Upon breaking the seal of this treasure chest of fine tobacco you ... Read Morenotice right off the top, the aroma of the sweet rum. After a carful slicing of these beautiful brownie looking squares the slices rub out out to a fine leaf that packs perfectly every time. Right from the first puff I noticed the very sweet rum flavor and dark fruit. The sweet rum flavors are very consistent from the first light till the dottle. While smoking this fine blend I often times picture myself on the Advance while mopping the deck, turning around only to flip the captain the bird and taking another smoke break. After propping up an umbrella, pouring myself a glass of ice tea and while enjoying the cool sea breezes, I dream of packing another fine bowl of Blockade Runner. After blending Blockade Runner, Black Frigate and Good Morning I picture all of the employees of the Laudisi empire hoisting the tobacco blenders on their shoulders with great cheer - (reminessent of the Movie Christmas Story whenever Ralphie turned in his Christmas Theme and received his A+ + + + + and his peers all lifted Ralphie up on their shoulders in celebration). This blend deserves an A+ + + + and the blenders of these fine tobaccos to be hoisted up in celebration. Read Less
This is probably one of my chosen few favorite tobacco's. It is slightly sweet, mellow, and consistent. This is the first tobacco I will be stocking up on to cellar. I can't state enough how amazing it is.
Yes, you can enjoy a rum aroma. (It's not “Rum” as alcohol. This is Pipe Tobacco.) There are lots of dark fruits and hay hints from Virginia, and it ’s full of wonderful “Rum” aromas. The blend body is consistent but still not a boring blend. Retro H... Read Moreale can experience a stronger “rum” aroma. Read Less
Green and brash at first. It grows on you. Not my number one rum smoke but I always have some around. C&D tobacco is down to earth and honest. It's always top quality though could use some age. Blockade Runner has a strong wonderful rum sweetness. It... Read More feels like you got in a time machine, hopped on a navy ship and stole their tobacco. Read Less
I had high hopes for this that were dashed quickly. Straight out of the can it was dryer than any cake I have ever seen. The rum smell (tin note) that everyone talks about was much more of a harsh alcohol smell that burned the nostrils. Smoke was sim... Read Moreilar to a dry cigar. In fact, it was exactly like a dry cigar. This will be the first tin to ever hit my garbage can. Read Less
I picked this up after having Black Frigate. I didn't really enjoy it, but that may change with age. The initial tin note gives off a scent of rum soaked raisins. The smoke is cool and mellow but the nose on it in my opinion is less pleasing than ... Read Morethe choice of Black Frigate. My mind may change after a year or so, but for now this isn't one that I'd keep close. Read Less
I've only tried 6 different boozy Virginia's and this is my fave. Ordered the big one and I'm going through it waaay to fast. It's easy to smoke a lot. It does get hot, and it bites a little when it's hot. Not the best for when I'm smoking quicker th... Read Morean I should. Read Less
Only when I opened the tin I realized that this is my tobacco. Great smell of Virginia and Rum. The tobacco blend is blended from Virginia Gold and Red. A weekly impregnation with rum followed by drying and squeezing did the trick. The cake is great.... Read More Every pipe smoked with this tobacco is a delight. Definitely on the list of the best tobaccos for me! Read Less
UPDATE 2021: The relative quality of Virginia tobaccos seems to be on a downward trend of late. This blend was once a favorite, but the most recent tin had a strange artificial chemical aftertaste that was completely off-putting. I'm going to wait a ... Read Morewhile before I reorder to see if it was just a particular production year that had this problem. I'm deducting 2 stars. My original review is below.
This is a really great Virginia blend. It has a consistent sweet flavor all the way. Looks like another one for the reorder list... Read Less
This is one of the first C&D blends that I ordered over a year ago,tin is from 2018..jarred away..at first this was too overwhelming..but that was because I couldn't appreciate a great VA blend like this..the rum flavor is heavy in the tin..but b... Read Moreoy oh boy after this aged,I find it to be a best of the best VA blends I smoke..just break off a chunk from the loose cake..bready,tart,sweet,with the rum slightly in the back...excellent smoke..a few rough VA edges,but very enjoyable with a medium nic blast like my other favorite C&D blends..great choice for VA fans.. Read Less
The tin note smells like opening a new bottle of merlot. You can taste the booze in the smoke, and it's FANTASTIC. The cake breaks apart fairly easily. Just pinch a piece off, let it dry, then sail away..
I had the luck of finding some C&D tins dates to 2013 a few years ago. Sunday Picnic and Blockade Runner among them. Blockade Runner was incredible upon first opening the tin after five years of aging. The rum smell was potent, and present in ... Read Moreevery puff. The rum is dominant even, but not completely overshadowing the Virginias, which add there delicious flavor. I then jarred the majority of my cake and set it aside for another 1.5 years. Now the rum is still noticeable in the jar, but much less so in the smoke, particularly as you get deeper into the bowl. The Virginias have more room to shine, and this is where it loses a point from me. It's not that the Virginia flavor isn't good, but it's not as sweet or flavorful as I expected for 6 years of age. It might be that I'm used to the incredible flavors of aged va/per blends, but to me this one falls a little short because of this. It excels at what it's description says, and for that it earns it's 3.5 stars solidly. A tasty and very satisfying smoke for any time of day. Since I mentioned Sunday Picnic earlier, I can't recommend it highly enough, especially if you can get an aged tin. It is one of my top 5 favorites when aged. I swear I saw a rainbow of color when I first popped my aged tin of SP. Some yellow, tints of green and red and aroma that's to die for. Heaven... Read Less
The more i smoke this the more i like it. crumbles easy, packs and lights well. The tin note at first was a really strong fermented wine smell that's gotten more subtle over time, i also have a tin for the cellar buts its going to be hard to wait a f... Read Moreew years to open again. Read Less
I was super excited to try this. I really like Virginias. The nautical thing is appealing to me. I popped the tin, and it smelled like Red Man chewing tobacco. Another plus. The cake rubbed out with little to no effort. It packed easy. It took... Read More the flame well. And then I just couldn't get into the taste. I may sit on this for a little while and come back to it. Hopefully some age will do this well. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I had hoped for. Read Less
I was unimpressed with the blend when I first tried it. I was rushing around and it got harsh really fast. But like the time period the blend was crafted to be from requires a slower cadence. Keep this blend cool in your pipe and it really shines! Th... Read Moreis is definitely a blend that is for sitting and relaxing with a slow pipe, like sitting on the fantail deck of a old side wheeler! My second impression of this blend is I love it! It just can’t be rushed! Read Less
So I am not a big Virginia smoker but I cellared a can of this for more than 10 years and the result was amazing. Great on its own or to sweeten any English blends or Balkan blends that need more dimension. About one pinch of this to two pinches of t... Read Morehe other has turned some other blends into perfection for me. I’m using up the last bit all on its own and it is one of the finest smokes I have ever had. Read Less
Wow, is all I can say when I popped open the tin I was assailed by the great tin note smelled so good I wanted to eat some. Pretty much ready to smoke though a little drying time may be advisable. Good rich full bodied taste but not at all harsh. I r... Read Moreecommend a light gravity fill as my first bowl packed down tight and was hard to draw. A really nice end of the day smoke perfect for a rainy evening on the porch with your dog. Nice. Read Less
My first cake tobacco I ever tried.
It is a little more work to pack the bowl but worth every second.
This is a Full body but not harsh Rum blend. That can become an all day smoke.
Best used in small bowls.
I am not a Rum blend smoker but this is exc... Read Moreelllant Blend. I will always keep some on hand. Read Less
I'm smoking a 9 year old aged tin and it is fantastic. Smooth liquor taste; burning well and did not have to light the pipe more than twice. I do not know what it is like purchased new. However, aged 9 years it still felt fresh- and like another revi... Read Moreewer said below it does in fact have a nautical feel to it. Will buy and age more. Read Less
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