By Bob Tate


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.

On the charring  light I was met with a good, straight forward, Virginia tobacco taste that had a little bit of natural sweetness and just a slight tang to it. I finished lighting the bowl and settled in for the smoke.

Right from the beginning, this was a good smoke. It is a very good straight Virginia blend. It has a nice natural sweetness and occasionally I got a hint of a tang that mixed in. The tang faded in and out every once in awhile and was very pleasant. Don’t make the mistake that this might be a flavored blend based on the ‘drop of honey’ in the description. I detected no flavoring at all in this blend. The honey must be of a miniscule amount and just enhances the natural sweetness of the Virginia.

The flavor and sweetness intensified a little as the bowl progressed. This blend smoked cool and did not bite me at all. It was a very pleasant and relaxing smoke and I really like this blend. It contains high quality tobacco with a great taste. I am fast becoming a big fan of Cornell & Diehl tobaccos. If you like Virginia blends, I Highly Recommend that you give this one a try.

manhattan-afternoon-001 manhattan-afternoon-002

Fig. 1

Fig. 2


Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blend: Manhattan Afternoon
Description: Naturally sweet Golden Virginia leaf with a drop of honey sliced into flakes. One of our new “Simply Elegant” Series.
Country: US
Cure: Flue Cured
Cut: Flake
Tobaccos: Virginia
Strength: Medium
Taste: Sweet, Slight Tang, Tobacco
Room Note: Pleasant

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3 Responses to “Cornell & Diehl Manhattan Afternoon - Pipe Tobacco Reviews”

  1. Kevin said:

    I have experienced and heard from others that Virginia tobaccos can bite. It seems this one did not bite and was enjoyable. C&D has a huge selection to choose from and Craig just seems to have the magic touch when it comes to tobacco.

    Thanks for the review Bob.

  2. [...] Afternoon and rub it it out. For Cornell & Diehl, it is surprisingly moist. I noticed in Bob’s review, that he said the "moisture level is perfect for smoking right out of the bag …[emphasis [...]

  3. cortezattic said:

    Bob, I just read your review after taking a link from Kevin’s article. This sounds like one of those Va’s you just gotta put on the short list of tobaccos to try. Oh, so many great tobaccos, so little time.



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