Beginning with healthy portions of white and dark Burley blended with red and bright Virginia leaf, C&D's Redburn then incorporates a touch of spicy dark fired Kentucky, topping it with the flavors of dark rum and molasses and pressing into an old fashioned crumble cake.
This is a wonderful smoke..! It emits this "Ol' time sea bears feeling" with its delicate, bold and balance taste. Burley all the way, refined with a smidgen of dark fired's woodsy smoke in the back. Virginias just add a hint of sweetness t... Read Moreo outbalance and underscore the blends merits. The rum-molasses topping is very mild, but has an unique rummy-spicy and caramel-y aroma that's not unlike Black Frigates rum-note, yet not exactly the same. Burley lovers won't find this too strong and I'd rate this a solid medium. The taste on the other hand is full-bodied ,rich and bold and simply delicious!
In interplay with the lovely, blood-red tin art with its well done scetch of an sailer this is a rounded experience from adoring the tin to smoking the well-crafted crumble cake and enjoying the oustandingly good taste. Yup... love it! Read Less
On my first taste, I was hit with the fired Kentucky and Burley. Then the sweetness kicked in. Halfway into the bowl, the sweetness took hold. The Burley and Kentucky gave this a great balance. As I smoked below halfway, the caramel, molasses and rum... Read More took over. Pecan Pie...
Delicious blend. Surprisingly, it burns very clean and did not leave my pipe a gummy mess. I was expecting a bitter end of the bowl as the sugars burned off, but the pleasant, spicy sweetness remained.
I tasted no bitterness, however the fired Kentucky and Burley has a nutty bite that gives a great balance to the smoke.
Nicely done. Read Less
Cake was a little moist on first opening tin. What I crumbled off the cake was set to air dry for about an hour before smoking. This tobacco is listed as an aromatic, but I tasted a little more complexity to the smoke. The rum and molassas come thr... Read Moreough on the first light. Bottom of bowl give me a nicotine hit. A little stronger than most aros, with the Kentucky incorporation. A good alternative aromatic for your rotation Read Less
Presentation: A eye pleasing crumble cake with mostly medium brown ribbon, and a few golds and darker portions speckled throughout compressed into a semi dense block. The same form factor as Black Frigate, Blockade Runner, etc. Tears apart easily and... Read More it fluffs out into a generous amount of tobacco. Grab less than you think you need.
Palate: Tin aroma is burley throughout with hints of the bright and red Virginia. The topping provides a brown sugar note and the rum is applied moderately. The main portion of burleys provides a nice semi sweet chocolate and molasses flavor that is also a bit nutty and dry. The Virginias are a nice addition to the natural flavors of burley and provide a nice earthy glaze on top. The dark fired is represented well in this cake, adding just a touch of spice when you need it and not overdone. The perfect amount to keep your taste buds interested.
Performance: Burns quite fast due to the nature of the cake. Essentially it's fine ribbons compressed, and it rubs out into smaller ribbons. You can either prepare this in small chunks slightly broken or fully turn it into it's each individual components. Either way, it burns with no effort applied to the draw. However, if you do decide to rub it out fully, be sure to leave a few thicker chunks at the bottom, as the smaller pieces can interrupt your airflow by being lodged in the shank. Medium nicotine hit. Not an all day smoke but certainly able to repeat it.
Conclusion: I'm a sucker for plugs, cakes and flakes and it's no doubt that I wanted this. This is like the Captain Morgan of tobaccos. It's a little sweet with the molasses and rum topping and a little spicy with the addition of dark fired burley. I prefer smoking this in the late autumn and early winter as it has a warming quality to it, just like a nice adult spirit. Opening a fresh tin the burleys are quite dry in taste and it's hard to detect the Virginias. I've had the remaining portion of this cake jarred for a year and it has turned into a pretty great blend. The rum has tapered off and the sweet chocolate flavors of the burleys have intensified. The dark fired burley hasn't changed that much but the Virginias have given the blend a nice toasty bread note as well. I'm not sure if I will buy this blend again even though I quite enjoyed it. Another tin might possibly end up in my cellar, but not anytime soon Read Less
Blackstrap Molasses and Rummy sweet. The Dark rum provides a nuance of varied spices and the molasses is dark and sweet. The burley is nutty, earthy, smooth, and increases the body of the mixture; Dark Fired provides oak and black pepper; Virginia l... Read Moreends a bready pastry like flavor with just a touch of earthy sweet hay. This is a good sweet and sating burley cake best smoked on a full stomach after a meal. You can detect the rum in this as similar to Black Frigate. Although the taste of Redburn is very similar to Pegasus, it's sweeter. One of the better one’s I’ve had and plan to keep some around for a while. Good Autumnal profile and excellent after meals. Medium body and flavor, though the nicotine is 4.5 out of 5... you’ve been warned. Read Less
A very strong blend similar to a maduro cigar. I tried this blend in a cobb and a meerschaum. Couldn't detect rum or molasses. It is similar in taste to burnt sugar, which is mighty bitter. I'm guessing that the taste is due to the kentucky as it... Read More's taste profile reminds me of Kendall Kentucky.
Save your money and skip this one. Watch dsociald's review on his YouTube channel. His opinion of this blend is spot on. Read Less
When I spotted this blend on Smokingpipes, it had me at hello, namely because I’d purchase anything named after a Melville novel or novella (see the English tobacco blend Billy Budd). Especially if it is blended by Cornell and Diehl.
My first bowl... Read More or two of this crumble cake seemed fair, mediocre. Perhaps because I’d just finished a tin of Oak Alley, which I really enjoyed. I’m partial to strong blends and OA seemed more robust. But after several bowls of Redburn, I came to appreciate this happy marriage of Mr. White-And-Dark Burley and Mrs. Red and Bright Virginia. Mr. Burley wears the pants in this union, if you catch my drift. And rum punch is served at the wedding. Dark fired Kentucky barbecue and molasses cookies for the feast!
I had this same reversal of opinion, after all, with my first several bowls of Escudo Navy Deluxe—a classic for good reason. Not all blends will charm me at our first meeting. Judgment is best after several bowls anyway, especially after airing out the tobacco in question, which helped with this one.
Redburn is not exactly mild in strength (it is indeed robust) or underwhelming, in terms of quality. On the retrohale, I tasted coffee. A plus for me, as I’m a coffee fanatic. I’d restock this.
Once again, nice shot, Cornell and Diehl! 4.1 Read Less
Like super slowly? Like barely smoking even? And, taking a very long time on a bowl? If you have a couple of hours to sit and barely hit, then this is for you. And, if you do take, like, forever on it, then it is delicious. I rarely smoke slowly. I h... Read Moreit burley at a very rigorous pace, like a MATCHES860 pace... If you do that with this tobacco, if you take it quickly, it is hot and acrid and bitter. But, taken at a literal snail's pace... Damn it is good. Read Less
What a nice solid smoke it's a very pleasing and relaxing smoke. I really like this with a good couple of fingers of scotch or crown and a good all day smoke. Will be ordering a lot more. Thanks C & D for this very nice!
I am not generally an aromatic "guy" I tend to prefer English blends. However, I do have a fancy for a Navy cut once in a while. This has a mild Rum and Molasses topping which doesn't overpower the tobacco and is a mild aromatic. It's a rea... Read Morelly good baccy and my wife approves of the room note. If you like mild aromatics which don't bite and just satisfies the craving for something sweeter once in a while, this is a good choice. Well worth checking out. Read Less
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