By Bob Tate


The pouch aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and smoky aroma with a very light tang. The moisture content is on the dry side, but I prefer my tobacco that way and consider it perfect for smoking right away. The cut of this blend is large and chunky. Because the blend is so large and chunky, and it is on the dry side, I suggest some extra care and time when loading the bowl. This blend doesn’t pack as easily as a lot of other blends. I loaded my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light, I was greeted by the smoky, woody, campfire like aroma of the Latakia. In the flavor department of the charring light, I tasted the smoky and lightly sweet taste of the Latakia. That was accompanied by a black coffee taste that had a nice, light bitterness to it. I finished lighting the tobacco and settled in for the smoke.

At the beginning, the flavor was sweet, smoky, and woody with hints of hay. There was a light nutty taste with a hint of sweetness on the finish. So far the flavor is very nice. By the 3/4 point of the bowl, the woodiness became a little more pronounced and the finish had switched to a more woody taste with a light coffee bitterness and the nutty taste faded almost completely away. In between the 3/4 mark and the mid-bowl point, there was some spiciness that showed up. It was a nice compliment to the woodiness. A little bit after the mid-bowl point, the spiciness started fading into the background but it never left completely. It just became subdued and would poke out a littler here and there.

This is a pretty good Latakia blend. It smoked slow, cool, dry, and didn’t bite. This blend also has some complexity to it and it didn’t get boring. This blend contains a lot of Latakia, so if you don’t like Latakia or you only like it in small amounts, you will probably not like this blend. But if you like a lot of Latakia in your blends, I think that you will enjoy Star of the East.
I Recommend it.

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Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blend: #066 Star of the East
Description: One half Latakia with a generous portion of Turkish and sweetened with stoved red Virginia.
Country: US
Cut: Coarse Cut
Tobaccos: Virginia, Latakia, Turkish
Strength: Medium
Taste: Smoky, Woody, Slightly Sweet, Spice, Light Nuttiness, Light Bitterness
Room Note: Strong

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5 Responses to “Cornell & Diehl #066 Star of the East - Pipe Tobacco Reviews”

  1. cortezattic said:

    Thanks for the excellent review, Bob. I’m not a big fan of Latakia, and I’m glad I ran across your review because I’m such a nut for C&D’s tobaccos that I might have wasted some money on this one.

  2. keeper said:

    Thanks for the review. This is one of the tobaccos I’ve been looking at trying out. Sounds like I’d enjoy it.

  3. funn said:

    Was scared of trying this because of the latakia content. Got a sample at a CORPS Show and the rest is history. Very smooth and not heavy or strong at all,IMHO. It’s become one of my favorite English/Balkan blends. I’m very partial to C&D Blends anyway.

  4. krgulick said:

    Definitely on my hit list.

  5. kashmir said:

    Great review Bob. I too like Star of the East. Something you didn’t mention is that this blend is available in bulk for the very nice price of only $28 a pound!



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