By Bob Tate


[Note: This tobacco has been opened for over a year. I do not recall the original tin aroma. I am just describing what I smell now. It could also explain the lack of rum flavor and aroma for me in this review.]

The tin aroma of this blend is of a grassy/hay type smell with some tanginess and a slight sweetness. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. I rubbed out a couple of the flakes and loaded my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light, I was greeted by the nice, sweet taste of the Virginia tobacco. I didn’t pick up on any noticeable rum in the flavor, but there was an extra sweetness that was very pleasant. The aroma smelled quite pleasant. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke.

At the beginning, the flavor was of a straight forward tobacco taste with some sweetness to it. I am still not picking up on any of the rum flavor, but there is a depth to the flavor that I am tasting that is a little different than other Virginia flake blends that I have smoked. I am also picking up on a light spicy feeling on my tongue. It is not a spicy flavor, but a feeling. It is a little hard to explain. I have picked up this spicy “feeling” from other Virginia blends before. The flavor profile stayed the same from start to finish.

This is a good straight Virginia blend. It burned cool and dry. Like most straight Virginia blends, it could bite if pushed too hard. But if it is smoked slowly, there is no problem with bite. This is a one dimensional smoke, but most straight Virginia blends are and it is a good dimension. If you enjoy Virginia blends and Virginia flakes, I suggest giving After Hours a try. I Recommend it.

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Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blend: After Hours
Description: A Toney/Tarler blend. A night out wasn’t complete without a trip to the “private club” for a Cuba Libre or two. Round out your evening or any other time of day with this Virginia flake sweetened with the elixir of the Islands, Dark rum. One of our “Simply Elegant” Series.
Country: US
Cut: Broken Flake
Tobaccos: Virginia
Strength: Medium
Taste: Tobacco, Sweetness
Room Note: Pleasant

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2 Responses to “Cornell & Diehl After Hours - Pipe Tobacco Review”

  1. cortezattic said:

    Thanks for the review, Bob. If the moisture was correct, then I suspect that holding the tin for a year made no difference (except maybe to improve it. That happens with Va.’s)

    I haven’t tried Afterhours yet, but I’ve tasted that ineffable spiciness to which you refer. I think it’s a characteristic of some Va. varieties — or maybe the flake format, in which I encounter it most often. Lacking words to describe it, I usually just say “sharpness,” though that makes it sound too severe. If you think that word applies, then maybe we’re talking about the same sensation.

  2. Bob said:


    Sharpness is kind of what I would call it as well, but I didn’t use it because like you said, it sounds too severe. I guess you could say it was a sharpness, but it wasn’t unpleasant.



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