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Cornell & Diehl Autumn Evening - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 28th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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Now that autumn is here and the nights have become quite a bit cooler, I have been having the urge to smoke some of my heavier aromatic blends. I figured what better blend to smoke first than Autumn Evening by Cornell & Diehl.

The tin aroma of this blend is a very strong, sweet, maple syrup aroma. The moisture content is a bit on the wet side and I would recommend some drying time before smoking. I used a two step packing method and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light I was greeted by a nice maple syrup type aroma and a light maple taste. I was a little worried because the tin aroma was so strong and I thought that the flavor would be as well, but so far the taste is not that strong. I settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Flake Pipe Tobacco Preparation

    September 23rd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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Flakes are one of the ways that pipe tobacco is made. Flake tobacco is made by pressing tobacco under extreme pressure for a period of time forming a cube. The cube is then sliced into strips called flakes. When you smoke flake tobacco it has to be packed differently than loose cut pipe tobacco. You can not simply fill the pipe and smoke it; you have to prepare the flakes first. There are many ways that flake tobaccos can be prepared. The way that you prepare a flake will have an effect in the taste of the tobacco and the way that the tobacco burns.

The larger you leave the pieces of flake, the stronger the flavor will be and the harder it will be to get the tobacco burning. Leaving the flakes whole or in large chunks will make the tobacco burn slow. This is a good technique to use when you are going to smoke outside as the wind will have less of an effect on the tobacco. Smaller pieces will make the flavor a little lighter and the tobacco will be easier to burn. It will also burn a little quicker as well. In this article I will describe a few of the different methods on how to prepare flakes for smoking. I have also included short videos of how to do each different method. Now onto the methods! Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #412A Billy Budd - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 22nd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is a nice smoky, sweet Latakia. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right out of the bag. This blend is a coarse cut and is quite chunky. I left it in its original state and did not rub it out into smaller pieces. I loaded the pipe using a two step method and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light I was greeted by the taste and aroma of a nice smoky, sweet Latakia mixture. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl Mississippi Mud - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 7th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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I see why they called this blend Mississippi Mud. The blend is almost completely black in color and kind of looks like used coffee grounds when it was in the pouch. The pouch aroma is a nice, sweet and smoky Latakia with a very light hint of pepper/spice from the Perique in the background. The moisture level was a tad on the wet side and some drying time would probably be good for it. I did not dry it and opted to smoke it as it was. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl Manhattan Afternoon - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 2nd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend has that sweet and tangy smell of a good Virginia blend. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right out of the bag. This blend is a flake, so I took a couple of the flakes (Fig. 1) and fully rubbed them out (Fig.2), I did leave some of it a little chunky. Since this flake was a little fluffy when rubbed out, I opted to use a two step packing method instead of gravity filling like I usually do when I rub out flakes. Read the rest of this entry »