Cornell and Diehl – Burley Flake #2

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Sometimes us men, or women too, just need to do something incredibly manly (no matter how smart or stupid!) just to get our testosterone pumping!

When I smoked the Cornell and Diehl Burley Flake #2, I got slapped right in the face!  But you know what? That slap felt pretty great!

As a connoisseur, at least I believe I am, I tend to find and experiment with delicate flavored tobacco’s and really sit and look for each distinct taste and effect of that specific tobacco.  As soon as I took my first hit of this Flake, I suddenly realized that this tobacco is different; this is the smoke that makes you feel like Aragorn preparing for a battle (excuse my Lord of the Rings reference), not like a man sitting in his office trying to read!

This is a blend that just straight up makes you feel powerful when you smoke it.

First Impression

The first thing you always do when opening a new can of tobacco is smell it upon the pop. I have to say that I was not overly excited about the aroma of this blend.  It smelled to me like a sour, bread dough; not sour-bread, but a “sour” bread.  All in all, that was not very pleasant, and I was at this point unsure of how the smoke would go.

This blend consists mainly of cool burning dark and white burley, delivering a solid base to convey smoke.  The next largest tobacco is a dark fired Kentucky tobacco.  And then for good measure and flavor, there are also traces of Virginia and Perique.

The Burley #2 is a fairly rough flake.  I found it very difficult to keep the flake intact, and had to resort to rolling and crumbling in order to get an even pack.

Something I admired though was the low level of moisture in this flake, which surprised me (because of the aroma I expected there to be substantially more). I ended up being very thankful for the dryness, for if there were any moisture, it may have been impossible to light!

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Smoke

This blend was not incredibly easy to light. Doable, but it took a few matches.

What did stick out to me was that this tobacco could just not stay lit, no matter my pack or how many matches I used to get a good burn. Like clockwork, every 3 minutes I would lose the bulk of my smoke and would have to relight.

That being said, I definitely enjoyed the intensity of the smoke.  As I said earlier, I felt like Aragorn after the battle of Minas Tirith!

This blend was just very straight forward with the straight and simple burley base.  I was able to detect hints of cocoa in the mix, but that was all the flavor I detected.  This tobacco was made for one thing: strength.

Although the blend was cool, as advertised, I would start to get some significant bite just a few draws in.  It was more than just a poke, but less than outright discomfort on the tongue.

Room Note

I do not recommend this tobacco for someone who is trying to create a good smell!

This flake was not made for this reason, and should not be expected to perform this way.

However, the note was not as bad as I expected.  While the tobacco was quite strong, there were no overpowering notes in the room.  There was only a solid tobacco flavor, once again leaving me quite surprised. (My theory is that this is the case because I had a hard time developing a thick smoke because my bowls kept going out.)

Strength

Once again, this tobacco was strong.

There was not much strength of flavor, but overall potency of the blend was apparent.

I would rate this as a medium-full strength blend.

Pairing

I generally believe that coffee is always a good complement to stronger tobacco blends, especially in the winter which is the best time to smoke these strong blends. In order to complement the small amount of cocoa, I would recommend something a little more specific than just coffee.

A Mocha flavored drink is a great complement to pair with this blend.

The presence of the coffee and the chocolate in mocha make it the perfect match for this blend.

Overall Score

I am slightly torn with this rating.  While there is no outright flavor and the bowl does not stay lit, this tobacco just makes you feel like a proper man.

I give this tobacco a 5 out of 10.

Even though I enjoyed how this tobacco made me feel, I could just simply not give it a higher score.


Tobacco and pictures provided by Tobacco Pipes and for the purpose of an un-bias review from an outside party.

Other Pictures provided by Cornell and Diehl.

For purchasing information, please visit Tobacco Pipes.

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