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Cornell and Diehl Small Batch

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  1. leacha

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    FYI...

    Cornell and Diehl Small Batch

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  2. andrew

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    Confusing

    Straight Up English is exactly what it sounds like: an English blend done the traditional way. No topping. No added flavors. Just red and bright Virginias and a healthy dose of Latakia. Straight Up.

    But then on the blend components burly is checked off.

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    "For now, we're kicking off the project with a blend Jeremy cooked up called Straight Up English. It's a red and bright Virginia based blend with a small percentage (around 17%) of Latakia, and just a touch of white Burley."

    Yea, bit confusing...

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    I've really enjoyed everything I've gotten from C&D, I think I'll give this one a whirl too.

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    Why does the marketing world think that if something is made by a hipster it is somehow more authentic or crafted?

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    I'll tell, I think back to when the Craig and Patty took over this blending house to what it has become and I can't believe the progression has been so dramatic.Sure has grown into something big.

    Mike S.

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    If it is truly small batch then the number of tins produced should be shown on the label.

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    Why does the marketing world think that if something is made by a hipster it is somehow more authentic or crafted?

    Well that "hipster" is Jeremy Reeves, and he's the head blender at C&D. They make their blends by hand, and I'm not sure how something could be more authentic or crafted than that.

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    I am going to predict the 400 tins will go quick.

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    I have never heard of Jeremy Reeves. I was simply commenting on the authentic and crafted look of him. What does he impart to these blends that make them more authentic and crafted than C&D's other offerings, or is it just marketing?

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    I wonder when and where it will show up for sale? 400 tins spread out among all the internet stores and brick and mortars can't allow many tins at any spot.

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    I enjoy C&D blends a lot and probably will try it, but I hope it doesn't turn out the way the cigar world has over the last few years. It seems most new cigar releases are now limited or regional editions that you have to chase down to get. I understand they want to create a buzz and demand, but it can be frustrating as a consumer to obtain.

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    If it is truly small batch then the number of tins produced should be shown on the label.

    I agree with this--- otherwise its just a meaningless phrase-'small batch".........

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    Why does the marketing world think that if something is made by a hipster it is somehow more authentic or crafted?

    It's a marketing signal for authentic, non-corporate, ethical, etc.

    You might enjoy David Brooks' "Bobos in Paradise" for a very convincing exploration of this phenomenon...

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Part of what makes it authentic and crafted was described in a pipesmagazine interview with Jeremy about six months ago in which it was pointed out that the small scale on which even their standard blends are produced requires that a lot of the work of preparing the tobacco and blending it has to be done by hand, along with a few machines. So the whole crew has to actually handle the leaf in the blending process. Hand crafted means that, by hand. Jeremy has an interesting bio and is totally devoted to C&D and its products. I think their line of blends speaks for itself.

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    non-corporate

    What's wrong with corporate? C&D Merger comes to mind. Obviously, C&D has aspirations to become bigger, otherwise Tarlar wouldn't ever be able to retire. Small batch, yep it's a ploy, but you know the tobacco's going to be great, it's C&D. Haven't had a bad tin yet. I'm trying to find one.

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    Yay... another English blend! We sure needed more of those on the market.

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    Sounds more like an "American" style English mixture, what with the addition of Burley and no Oriental/Turkish.

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    What's wrong with corporate?

    Personally, I think the corporate/non-corporate division is mostly nonsense, with one exception: "corporate" means big bloated non-responsive formerly excellent companies like Microsoft.

    Think of it this way: if you wanted to buy heavy metal, and you went into a heavy metal shop and the guy behind the counter was clean-cut with glasses wearing a Polo shirt, you might feel offput... and it is this way with artisanal (last two syllables get the emphasis) products. You want it to look like the desired effect, in the same way you want your lawyer or insurance salesman in a suit with mild personal habits...

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    I'm a big fan of C&D, and if I run across this blend I'll buy a tin or two. But if it sells out from underneath me and I miss the chance I wont be all broke up about it either.

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    Without wading in too deep, I would just say that C&D seems like the real deal to me. They make good blends, and they do manufacturing for other indie blenders like GLP. It's not just some unloved, niche product in a massive tobacco company portfolio for the folks there.

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    I often feel that C&D offers too many blends already.

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    Hi, guys! Thank you to all the C&D supporters here. I can't wait to hear what those of you who try Straight Up English think of it!

    Sallow, I appreciate that you suggest I look authentic and crafted. My mother will be so proud!
    To those of you whom I have not met: Hi! I'm Jeremy. About a year and change ago, I began training with Ted Connelly, the gentleman who had been C&D's head blender for 20 years. I trained with Ted for nearly 6 months, in order to step into his role when he retired. Then during C&D's relocation, due to family matters, Chris Tarler needed to spend more time tending to home, and I stepped into the role of production manager for the C&D plant. I used to work at a shop in Chicago called Iwan Ries where I first discovered C&D tobacco and I was hooked. I am, and have been for some time a huge fan boy of C&D tobacco, so it is for me, an honor to get to work there and develop the brand and direct production for what is truly my favorite blending house. Anyway, I wanted to address the Small Batch blending components question many of you made comment on.

    I realize that the tin description and art bore a discrepancy on our first run of Small Batch, concerning the White Burley component. To confirm, despite our error in the text, there is indeed White Burley, less than 10%, which is why it was deemed negligible in the description. Far from being, as some have suggested, an "American" blend, the White Burley is used for it's chemical properties more than it's flavor properties. To tell true, the Virginia's interplay with the Latakia is the focus, but the White burley offered texture and underlying strength. The blend's single largest component is actually Bright Virginia from our supply of really special Canadian crop from 2013. The color, aroma and uniquely zesty sweetness of this stuff is just lovely to work with. But what this Bright has going for it in terms of character and sweetness, it lacks in the Nicotine department. And in my opinion, a lot of English or Balkan or Latakia blends tend to leave me wanting more strength. Thus, the small addition of White Burley helped to soften the Brights, and up the "Umph" a bit, though without focusing in any overt way, on the flavor of the Burley. Think adding flour to gravy vs. baking bread.

    Hope this is helpful in clarifying. Thanks again to all of you for your kind remarks and brand support!

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    How long ago did you work at Ries? I am a long time customer of theirs

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    Jeremy- It's great to see you posting again! I'll look forward to trying out Straight Up in the next order.

    I recall your being on the radio show, or at least a couple of Youtube clips, or maybe an ad on the radio, noting you have the perfect voice for such work.

    Best wishes,

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    jpmcwjr, thank you, sir. Nice to be back. I did theater work in high school and grew up in a singing house hold. Thank you for the compliment.

    jefff, I worked at Iwan Ries from 2006-2008 (roughly). Previously I worked at La Casa del Tobacco, and before that I managed Blue Havana for about 4 years. Surely, we've met. I was friends with some of the guys at Up Down as well.

    I will be at the Chicago show again this year, so anyone who will be there, come say howdy at the C&D table or we can have a drink in the smoking tent!

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    DeathMetal, I appreciate knowing that there are indeed, other metal heads who have also discovered how great it is to smoke a pipe. It's cool to have multiple hobbies in common!

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    @jeremyreeves Do we have an estimated date of release?

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    @jeremyreeves Do we have an estimated date of release?

    The 18th of March.

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    Jeremy you are a good sport. I look forward to meeting you at the Chicago show.

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    Thanks Jeremy, I'll look for you on Saturday.

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    I really appreciate how this forum brings together the producer and consumer aspects of our hobby/habit/obsession!

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    @thesillyoldbear Thanks for the info

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    I just got a sample of the blend, and will smoke and review it.

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    I just got a sample of the blend, and will smoke and review it.

    Ahhh - the famed JimInks review. Seriously - you and pipestud are the two reviews I search for on any blend at tobaccoreviews. Thanks for all the time you take providing the feedback.

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    Think of it this way: if you wanted to buy heavy metal, and you went into a heavy metal shop and the guy behind the counter was clean-cut with glasses wearing a Polo shirt, you might feel offput...

    You might feel off-put, but they still might be able to school you. The three most knowledgeable metalheads I know happen to also be lawyers. Not the most clean-cut of lawyers, but lawyers nonetheless. I see what you're saying, but in music, as in tobacco, I've found that it's often worth my while to give the contents a chance rather than judging by the packaging.

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    I often feel that C&D offers too many blends already.

    In my view, what they are doing is intelligent: see what sticks. They offer many similar blends but these are like AB tests for each type of blend.


    DeathMetal, I appreciate knowing that there are indeed, other metal heads who have also discovered how great it is to smoke a pipe. It's cool to have multiple hobbies in common!

    You too! When is C&D going to do a Deicide tribute blend? Or even Slayer?

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    This blend sounds great can't wait to try it. There can never be enough English blends as far as I am concerned.

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    I smoked my first bowl of this stuff last night and it was most excellent. One of the more satisfying smokes I've had in a while. I'm not much of a poet when it comes to reviewing a blend, but I'll say the interplay between the virginias and the latakia was very nicely done. This is a real unique blend. The virginias really shine in this one and the amount of cyprian was just right for me. I'm happy to have picked up some tins while it was available.

    If the other small batch blends are as good I'm going to have to keep an eye out for them!

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    Yay... another English blend! We sure needed more of those on the market.

    Until somebody gets motivated enough to work the kinks out of importing some of the wealth of tobaccos grown in the Latin American sphere, outside of top dressings &c., playing with the same five or six components is about all anybody can do.

    That said, it's astonishing how a really accomplished blender can keep pulling new rabbits out of those old, beyond familiar hats.

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    If any member is lucky enough to have gotten some of this AND is familiar with C&D Yale Mixture, can that person please compare them for me (who most likely will never taste Straight Up English)?

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    I just looked up the description of C&D's Yale Mixture and now I'm curious. I'll have to pick some up to compare to this small batch stuff. Upon reading the reviews on TR it seems like Yale Mixture has a similar flavor profile but without the bit of burley small batch has for some added 'umph'.

    aristokles - what are your thoughts on Yale Mixture? Have you smoked this one?...with the C&D sales going on I might roll the dice and grab some of this. The price point is just right!

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    Hi beezer
    I used to smoke Yale Mixture regularly buying it mostly in the 8oz tin option C&D used to offer or in smaller quantities from a B&M. I got away from smoking it when my Dad passed and I no longer needed to supply both of us (he liked it as well). I intend on getting some more to see if there are any changes; my favorite Engine 99 seems a bit different of late and so I am interested to see if the VA component is what has changed. YM might help me assess that.
    As to your question, I recall it being a standard English - VAs and Latakia, period. Very smooth and undemanding.

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    Thanks Jeremy. Yea, English blends leave me wanting more strength also. Two Cures: Add Perique or add burley. Can't wait to try the new blend.

    As far as the quantity of different blends at C&D; there is something for everyone. Buffalo Soldier is by far the best all day English Blend. Check it out.

    Posted 12 months ago #

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