And Burley. I have come to the conclusion that I generally just like the bite of Burley. Sippin it slow or chuggin like a freight train, I love it. When I opened the box I recieved today from smokingpipes, I was immediately greeted with a smell I cou... Read Moreldnt put my finger on. Opened the bag and this blend just shook my hand. The Burley mixed with this deertongue was crazy. And, I had never smelled deertongue until I opened the bag. Awesome. Scooped and gravity filled a cob. Burns a bit warm, so I slow rolled it. Some think this is mellow, but for me, the burley is like a bear pawing at you, whilst also medicating your wounds with this herbal, vanilla type salve. Damn. This is going to sound as interesting as my review, but I judge tobaccy' on two grounds. 1., the taste. 2., how it smells residually in my moustache. Weird? Maybe. But this smell that sticks to you, is one of the finest things I have ever experienced. Reminds me of a cross between the old Teaberry gum, and angel farts. If you arent a fan of Burley, hold off on this. BUT, if you want to sac up and embody the soul of one of the most sweet voices of all time, and enjoy a bit of a challenge, this is it. Oh yeah, the room note is just unreal. Get at it or dont. There is no middle ground with this blend. Personally, Im sold on it. Read Less
What a pleasant surprise this is. I have sampled a few blends with deer tongue and found them "interesting", but not something to write home about. But this is the exception, probably due to its utter simplicity.
I see some other reviews t... Read Morehat people didn't like the fact that the burley can bite. Yup, that's true, mild tasting burley (which this is) can really bite you if you attack it. And the vitamin N content can sneak up and whack you over the head also. but if this one is biting you then check your technique, because I found no bite whatsoever.
And I red a couple who didn't like the deer tongue taste, okay I can understand that, I don't care for Lakeland essence. In fact if the Lakeland blends tasted like this I would smoke them and enjoy them... they don't, I don't. .. 'nuff said.
This won't be my all day smoke, maybe not even an everyday smoke, but I think I will making sure to have it around for a great change of pace smoke. Read Less
Crooner is my absolute favorite pipe tobaccos that I've come across! The tin note on this is extraordinary and is a smell i always thoroughly enjoy every time i crack open the tin and gets only better once it is lit up! It's one of those tobaccos whi... Read Morech goes perfectly with a relaxing evening with some friends as you enjoy their company and reminisce by a nicely lit fire. It tastes phenomenal and is a tobacco i will always come back for more of throughout my life! Read Less
Crooner isn't for everyone, but if you like burley and want something a bit more interesting, Crooner is it. I'm impressed with the quality, strength, and easy smoking of the cubed burley. As far as the deer tongue, when properly dried, it adds a s... Read Moreubtle and enjoyable scent and flavor. I would describe that flavor as jasmine tea with milk and honey. I only have an ounce of Crooner, but will surely stock it among a very select few aromatics on my shelf. If you order Crooner ask for double baging and keep it away from other tobaccos as the fresh deer tongue is very pungent. In my opinion, Crooner is most enjoyable when it is quite dry and the scent of the deer tongue has mellowed. Read Less
As soon as I open the tin, I am greeted by the aroma of cinnamon and spices. Truly compelling tin note. Stays lit for me well with very few re-lights, and is bursting with flavor. By far, the best room note in my opinion. The nic hit is strong and co... Read Moremes all at once. It doesn't sneak up on you. Will be buying in bulk from now on. Read Less
"Crooner" is my #1. This will be a delight for any Burley fan. Especially since the cube cut burley comes straight out of the tin/bag at the perfect smoking moisture. It is very easy to keep lit. But the real magic for me, is the Deertongue... Read More. I can't get enough of it. Some say it gives a hint of vanilla. Others such as myself, say it's indescribable. Something I've never experienced before. The room note isn't bad, but is not like a aromatic. Very retro "grandpa's pipe" smelling tobacco, with a hint of cigarette, due to the burley. Which I actually love. It is strong. It does have a good Vitamin "N" hit. It does give a burley bite, but not in a bad way. The tin note is very pleasing and reminds me a lot of a box of raisin bran cereal. I'm a fan of Bing and I'm a fan of "Crooner". Get this and you'll be crooning in no time! Read Less
I love this blend, but since I'm a new pipe smoker, I decided I won't give any 1 stars or 5 stars until my palate develops. This tobacco smells like a camp I use to attend every summer in my youth. That's a strange way to say it smells like beach, wo... Read Moreods, and sea touched air. I love the taste as well, which shocked me because I'm definitely finding out that I love English blends (mainly I'm a latikia hound). This blend is not very nuanced, but the deertongue really adds to the burley. I will definitely get this as a change of pace tobacco! Read Less
I have tried all the C&D deer tongue blends and this is my favorite by far. It smells great (my wife loves it) and it burns clean down to a fine ash. My only complaint is the nicotine strength is to much for me so I have to smoke small bowls an... Read Mored carefully. I am considering mixing this with some Gentleman Caller to make it less strong so I can enjoy more of it. If you didn't already know, dedicate a pipe to deer tongue as it will forever ghost your pipe. Read Less
I'm a cigar smoker delving into the world of pipe smoking, and when I immerse myself into something, I go all out. This blend is utterly delicious. Bought on a whim because I am a fan of Bing Crosby, I'm about to order a pound after writing this re... Read Moreview. I have a few knock around cobs, but I had to smoke this in my savinelli because Bing crosby = class. It tastes amazing, nice and strong with a unique room note. (Maybe it's the deer tounge?) I DO agree with another reviewer that maybe it's cube cut a little too small, ended up sucking some through the mouthpiece. Read Less
First, the tobacco is high quality, high nicotine and a perfect humidity. The chocolate pepper notes of the burley ride shotgun to the Coumarins in the deer tongue. Similar to vanilla but more comparable to sweet grass, Hierochloe odorata, used in P... Read Moreolish vodka, and as a smudge by Native Americans. Very inspiring, and bold. Read Less
Mild to strong barely character is clear, so not too complex. Deertongue leaves a pleasant taste in the pallet and an aroma that reminds you of an old wooden furnished house. In short, it is a pleasant all day smoking.
Like Bing Crosby, it's unique but simple. Because deertongue is an herb—not a type of tobacco—I was very interested to smoke this, as no other blends I know of utilize herbs. Tin notes of hay, alfalfa, and plain Burley set it apart from all others. T... Read Morehe flavor is plain Burley with a grassy herb twist and no more; its casing rounds it out but is ultimately very light. The deertongue is not too strong in flavor or content. A note of vanilla has been mentioned by others but I don't taste it. There's a definite "Old World" feel to Crooner. Imagine Carter Hall with a lighter casing and a smell and a note of an alfalfa-like herb. There's a hint of cigarette here too, but it's not crazy. Because of deertongue, the room note is also unique, but most non-smokers typically don't like it; the tin note is a different story. It's easy to see why fresh deertongue plants were used as air fresheners by the native Americans and settlers centuries ago. I'd imagine natives and the early settlers would've been familiar with a combination like this. Overall, I like Crooner, but I prefer more depth—it's a bit too plain for my everyday smoking preferences. With all that said, it's absolutely worth a try if the aforementioned characteristics sound good to you. As with all of my reviews, I'll rewrite it when I smoke more over time, and also after I smoke C&D's other deertongue blend, Gentleman Caller. Read Less
She smells great even before she starts cooking. But when you walk in the room you can smell her perfume. The more I have of her the more I want. She makes me feel amazing. She tastes so good. Like no other. I can spend all day with her and into the ... Read Morenight. I compare all the others to her. Read Less
I enjoy the lack of depth. Seems to be less stressful sometimes. I seldom have to time to sit and dig into the depths of more complex tobaccos. Burley, Deeretounge and a slight hint of vanilla (however that happens) is just what I need for a fast pac... Read Moreed existence. And somehow the story helps with the experience. I croon all day, everyday. Read Less
I'm not a big fan of Burley forward blends, but I have to admit to liking this one. I've tried all of the Deertongue blends (I think) and believe this is the best of them...it's certainly the most popular. Even still, it's a love it or hate it tobacc... Read Moreo. I think what I like about it lies in its simplicity. You have a great cube-cut Burely (with dreamlike mechanics) and just the right amount of natural condimental Deertongue and that's it! It's no surprise the Burley steals the show. It is a full-bodied Burley that's creamy to a fault, but the Deertongue adds a balanced sweetness that is crucial to the flavor of Crooner. My first time having Crooner I went on a binge and didn't want anything else, that's how good it is! Eventually, it was just too much Burley too often for me and I had to ween myself off, but I do still enjoy a bowl from time to time. Some guys claim this is there go-to blend and it's not hard to see why. And, no, you don't have to smoke Crooner from a Savinelli Bing's Favorite, but hey, if you got one.... Read Less
I am Starting to become a fan of Burley Blends. I really enjoy “Haunted Bookshop “ Old Joe Krantz, “Aged Burley Flake”. This is first and foremost a Burly Blend, I really enjoy the Cube Cut for packing and smoking. The nuttyness of the burly mixed w... Read Moreith a vanilla “like” sweetness that pops in and says hello from time to time. I had never had Deertongue before in a Blend and was a bit worried I would not like it, I’m glad I gave it a try. I’ve been really enjoying many relaxing smokes with this Blend. Definitely worth a try! Read Less
I got this C&D blend specifically to smoke in the several Savinelli “Bing’s Favorite” pipes I have—yah, I know, corny as Kansas, what the heck. Overall, the blend is gentle (not a big fan of Burley) and the deertongue does give a nice upstate New... Read More York meadow-y taste and nose. Room note is unobtrusive.
That last statement is the crux of my problem with Crooner. Like Der Bingle…Crooner is just too laid back. See—I’m one of those Lat-forward English blend folks. In abject glorification of Sherlock Holmes, I smoke Latakia straight up, none of this tippy-toeing around as blending tobacco.
Crooner is good and I’ll recommend it to anyone. No bite and stays lit nicely. It’s so…Holiday Inn-ish.
Philistine-like it may be, I’ve decided to work up a blend using Crooner as the predominate base and add a goodly portion of Perique—thinking along the lines of a 2:1 Crooner/Perique ratio.
Giving Crooner 4.5—great blend, just sorta loses some tenths of points on the dismount. Read Less
No hassle here. Just perfect tobacco pipe mechanics when you gravity pack and put it to the torch. Flavor is all Deertongue all the way. I smoke for nicotine, mostly. It has to taste good, though. And, this one does that. Mechanics - check. Flavor - ... Read Morecheck. Nic-hit - check. Perfection. Read Less
Be careful, this could get an occasional bad rap as it ships pretty dry. I spread it out in a big salad bowl and hit with distilled water. Must it pretty good so a pinch barely hangs together, and voila...Here comes that rich burley flavor.
I've been curious about this blend since I started smoking a pipe. When I saw C & D was on sale, I figured I'd give it a go. It's got a unique smell. I keep smelling cinnamon and other baking spices. I like the smell. It was the perfect mois... Read Moreture, the cut is fun and easy to work with. It packs well, takes the flame well, and smokes cool and dry. It's got an interesting taste, but all in all, it's fairly enjoyable. It's making me curious about other deertongue blends. Not sure if I'd buy this again, or keep it in the cellar, but that could very easily change. Read Less
I couldn't wait to try this once it arrived. Opening the tin I was greeted by what I can only describe as fresh baked cinnamon raisin bread. The charring light was semi sweet nutty Burley with a slight vanilla taste in the background. As the bowl pro... Read Moregressed it developed into what I can only describe as pure bliss. Semi sweet, vanilla like and good old nutty Burley. The room note is almost that of a flavored cigar, but very pleasant and light. I'm on my 6th bowl and the more I smoke it, the more I love it. This one's going to be in my rotation for sure. Read Less
I wanted to like this blend a lot more then I actually did. Bing Crosby brings to mind the Holiday season and this blend was no different for me. It has warm flavors of chocolate and a kind of cinnamon taste as well. I smoked two bowls and decided to... Read More cellar it until the winter when warm flavors were wanted for colder weather. Read Less
The cube cut burley is fermented and offers some sharpness. The Deertongue contributes a sweet alfalfa hay aroma, but doesn't alter the taste of the mixture. If you like burley and want a fresh, grassy incense or alfalfa hay room note, this will d... Read Moreo it. Nicotine is moderate. Read Less
I have never considered myself a Burley guy, but this has turned me around. Smooth yet spicy. The major player other than a nice spice is a nutty flavor. It is a very creamy smoke. There is also an almost bakers spice to it. I can't pin point the dee... Read Morer tounge, to me it all tastes like tobacco. Perfect for sipping on the river! Read Less
I cannot attest to how close this is to Bing Crosby's personal blend--seems like he would have had it blended at Kramers, very near his home. But it is an exceptional burley blend. The cube cut is perfect and the taste is great--subtle sweetness ... Read Moreand solid tobacco flavor. Burns slow with no bite. Read Less
Wow , this stuff is great.. my first ever dance with deertongue.. 5 stars.. they say deertongue tastes like vanilla.. well I’m not getting that at all, more of a blast of Nuts n Honey when sipped as if you lived in a beehive covered in nuts..,followe... Read Mored by A very sweet taste on the tongue and a subtle hint of mint/menthol in the nose on the end after a retrohale. I think that is the mystery note everyone is talking about.. Doesn’t seem to bite much if at all.. then there’s the nic hit.. hello!! And the party just started..tobacco is like grape nuts so pack lightly and use gravity/ trickle method.
Gonna stock up on this as I think it just became my new No.1 everyday smoke. Cheers on a tobacco well done! Read Less
Bing knew what he was doing when he came up with this blend. I tried this about 10 yrs ago. I didn’t like it, as a tobacco snob was probably my reason to reach a snap decision. I’ve included the old classics in my rotation. I love burly as much as La... Read Moretakia. I find this blend to be very mild, no bite and cool burning. I recommend this blend to the burley lover. Read Less
I ordered a variety of burley blends and included a couple ounces of this. Turned out to be my favorite of the bunch. I burned through it in a couple of days and followed up with an order for a pound of it. I smoke an ass ton (Imperial Ass Tons to... Read More be precise.) and I usually smoke Tabac Manil Semois. I kind of get the feeling that it is going to go away so I figured I might want to find a backup. I kind of wish it wasnt named after Bing Crosby, who from what I understand was actually kind of a d-bag, but what can you do? Anyway, I quite enjoy this tobacco and find it to be a nice counterpoint to Semois. Read Less
I'm not usually a fan of big Burley blends because they are usually reminiscent of cigarettes. The Burley in Crooner is high quality, obviously cured properly, with care. The deer tongue is quite evident in Crooner although not as conspicuous as in ... Read MoreC&D's New Market although it is more visually present in Crooner. This is, honestly, the first full Burley blend that I can say that I actually like. You have to smoke it slow or it will develop cigarette-like characteristics, but if you go easy, the Burley is nutty, with cocoa overtones that are complemented by the vanilla notes of the deer tongue. Smellwise, this stuff won't make you many friends but when it comes to friends, my goal is quality over quantity. Read Less
Burley by itself is ok, deer tongue by itself is very pungent. However when added together something wonderful and exciting happens. The smell reminds of a dessert I had when I was a small child, and is absolutely amazing. My only problem is I didn't... Read More order enough. Read Less
Kinda harsh by itself but add some unflavored cavendish or a pinch of sweet Virginia and it smooths out the hot burley. Love the Deertongue / Burley aroma and med-high strength. Just needs a filler of mild leaf added IMHO
A decent cube cut burley blend mild smoking, tasty but...would benefit from more deer tongue. This flavoring agent isn’t apparent to my nose or taste buds...maybe that’s the intent. I was hoping for a more apparent taste or smell. The blend is OK as ... Read Moreis but in my opinion lacking the extra that should be there with the deer tongue. Maybe Bing’s taste was more sensitive or refined. I like his music and his tobacco taste is admirable but just a bit weak for me. Read Less
The deertongue makes this smell like interesting cigarettes. There is a vanilla-like flavor to it, like actual vanilla, not vanilla flavored things. The nic was pretty high and I got a caramel type flavor very occasionally.
I have to qualify this by saying I am not much of a burley smoker. It tastes like cigarettes to me. So, if you like burley you might discount this review. Still, I have to say this wasn't bad for a burley. The cigarette taste was really subdued, and ... Read Morethe deertongue had a nice vanilla tinge to it. Unfortunately, that is where things ended. If it had more to offer, I might have rated it higher. It was smooth, no tongue bite, and it smelled pleasant. It burned evenly and slow, but it came across as one-dimensional to me. Read Less
I think it may be the deer tongue, but I cant swing this stuff. It packs and smokes fine, but that soapy deer tongue is just not for my palate and I love lakelands.
I gave it 3 stars because it is a quality blend that many seem to love and my disr... Read Moreegard for it is taste-based only, so I didn't wanna affect it's rating too dramatically. Read Less
Picked up an ounce today just so I could try the deer tongue. Glad it was only an ounce. Upon first light I never wanted to get away from something so fast. The smoke was very harsh and acrid. My eyes started to burn and my nostrils started stinging ... Read Morelike crazy. Just a really unpleasant first experience. But in the name of fair play I soldiered on. After the initial torching of my face this did settle down some.I can't say whether it was the deer tongue that caused it it to be so acrid or the burly. But in my experience Burly is usually pretty smooth. I could taste the faintly taste the vanilla of the deer tongue and I liked it, along with another herbal quality I couldn't put my finger on. My pipe went out so I lit up again. Same torching of the face and nostrils. I tried getting through it but called it quits. I've never done that with a pipe tobacco before. Besides the acrid smoke it actually smoked really cool. I've never been a cigarette smoker but I have smoked cigarettes on occasion. This was like finding a dried up crispy cigarette in your jacket and trying to smoke it. Just did not bring anything to the party. No complexity at all for me. Just tasted like burning. If Bing smoked this regularly he was The Man because I couldn't get through one bowl.
Pipe used: Savinelli Bulldog
Blend: Bulk Crooner from local tobacconist Read Less
I'm not very well versed in burley blends as it stands but I'll still give my two cents. The burley is smooth, and has a cool smoke even if you heat it up pretty hot. I would say the nicotine hit is on the milder side of medium - enough to notice it ... Read Morebut you don't feel yourself feeling it. The deer tongue is interesting to me. I get a light sweet vanilla-esque flavour on the retro-hale, but the actual mouth flavour is more akin to somewhere between natural and cough syrup cherry. It tastes like the smell of cherry juice from a fresh cherry, sweet with a sour side to it. Very mild, much milder than any aromatic, and it's certainly not unpleasant, just interesting. Not a regular smoke, but something nice to grab for a change of pace. Read Less
This will have you crooning' for sure! This tobacco (as I smoke it) requires a smallish bowl packed very loosely. I love the deer tongue flavour and combined with the slightly nutty burley this burns very evenly and is very satisfying.
Recommended f... Read Moreor sure. Flavour is enhanced when listening to Bing Crosby! Read Less
I smoke two blends almost always. It's Crooner or my own latakia blend, made with C&D blending tobaccos. The majority of the time I smoke Crooner. I don't get any complaints about the aroma, but I would ignore them anyway. The cubes could be a little... Read More larger, I get annoyed when I puff and get some tiny bits of tobacco I have to spit out. Read Less
I am in the middle of my first pipeload of this burley blend, and it's pretty tasty. A little on the sweet side because of the deer tongue, but not like a full blown aromatic. It tastes kind of like mint minus the cooling sensation. I gravity loaded ... Read Morethe bowl and tamped lightly after the char. It has burned like a champ. I can see myself smoking this on a regular basis, though it will never replace my favorites. Give it a shot if you're looking for something out of the ordinary.
Oh, and burned nice and clean to the bottom of the bowl. Be careful though. This stuff could cause ghosting problems. Use it in a cob or other disposable pipe until you decide whether you like it or not. Read Less
I bought a oz to try and was very happy I did.If your a fan of strong burly then this one is for you. The deertounge added a taste that I can't really put my finger on but it's pleasant.And the nic-hit is very noticeable so sip this one slow.
The story behind this is singular as it is the experience. Smooth and tranquil smoke with the character of an exceptional burley. As the pale blue smoke dillutes it brings memories and conversation becomes transparent as well as your thoughts, concis... Read Moree.
Room note is said to be of a tobacco with subtle hints of vanilla that nevertheless are not present in the palate, which is more nutty and a bit spicy with very distant hints of something undetermined, perhaps floral.
Exceptional smoke, apt for any moment as all that is classic, Bing got it. Read Less
I received 2 ounces of Crooner with a Savi Bing's Favorite for Christmas. I was impressed by the blend, very unique taste from the deertongue. Kind of a clovery honey-ish note. Definitely going to keep this in my blend rotation.
I was really excited to try a blend with deertongue in it. Unfortunately, I find this blend to be a little bitter and flat. On the bright side, the smell from the pouch is awesome; the deertongue reminds me of something between vanilla and sweetgrass... Read More, but it just doesn't smoke well for me. Too bad! Read Less
I ordered one oz
I love this at first opening of the pouch..the scent , so deep and evolving
I am a burnley fan and this is a wonderful smoke
so different and deep the aroma is this one.
I don't get any harshness at all as some say.
I will ord... Read Moreer more.
for me so far ...is my favorite.
follow up....the only downside is it's ground up too much, like smoking pebbles ..so it's too dense in the pipe
and yes it's strong !! whew !!! Read Less
Crooner can be strong,but if allowed to dry a bit and smoked slowly, it can be quite pleasurable. No comment on room note, as wife has had hay fever all summer. What I detect is very nice. It is an everyday smoke for me.I enjoy "different" tobaccos,... Read More so if you want a run of the mill smoke, this isn't it. The vanilla,berry or cherry flavors are nice to me. Read Less
I have not tried many tobbaccos other than what you could easily find in most stores (Captain Black, Borkum Riff, etc) so dont know much about blends and such. Though I would give this one a try and for me is just no good. For me this is harsh ta... Read Moresing and almost unsmokable. Read Less
I ordered 4 ozs which turned out to have a good amount of powdered residue from the bottom of the barrel. I strained some of the smaller pieces through a kitchen strainer. Thankfully, I recieved a credit for the purchase. What I could put in my pipe... Read Mores was a disappointment. This tobacco looks like small, round pellets. It has a high, harsh note which burns the tongue. I had to use multiple pipe cleaners to clear out clogging at the base of the chamber. I tried smoking this mixture in 3 different pipes and had the same experience with each. Unfortunately, I discarded it as unsmokable. . Read Less
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