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Monday, May 10, 2021

Cornell & Diehl Haunted Bookshop Pipe Tobacco in Review

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Cornell & Diehl Haunted Bookshop Pipe Tobacco in Review

CATEGORY: Burley Based
BLEND: Burley, Perique, Virginia
FLAVORING: none

BLENDER: Bob Runowski
MANUFACTURER: Cornell & Diehl 

CUT: Coarse cut
PIPE: Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman (straight)
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-full

WEBSITE: www.cornellanddiehl.com

NOTES:
Peanut brittle | White peppercorn | Tropical fruit

A blend at home in a front-porch corncob rocking chair. Burley, with condiment leaf present to simply flex said burley. So yeah--go ahead like tf out of burley prior to smoking a bowl of this 'un. Impeccably if not predictably balanced. A bit of an OTC blend kicked up a BAM! of a notch; served au naturale. Cereal grains. A pat of fresh-churned butter.

White peppercorns coarsely crack, toast. There, it's more of a deeper sensation than mere taste, it structures, drives. Sets the stage. A sweet brittle nuttiness, pale and rich. A lesser fruitiness--tropical syrup--heightens on the finish. That's there in the room, as well, a tick mustily. The palate avoids being cloying on the strength of a lemon rind note... marmalade via progression.

Burns slowly coolly. If rushed greedily, will become a cigarette experience. Paced correctly, will never bite and be codger-smooth. Fills the bowl with baby powder ash. Nothing fancy but definitely a Cracker Barrel in a Golden Corral world. Makes me want to homespun orate whilst thumbing up-&-down my suspenders. Thick red ones. The final grade is curved toward burleyphiles.

TASTE: B+
AROMA: B+
BURN: A

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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::: very :::

Friday, May 7, 2021

Casa Robles Cigars Tomb Raider in Review

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Casa Robles Cigars Tomb Raider in Review

WRAPPER: Sumatran Maduro
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Brazilian, Puerto Rican

BLENDER: Gabriel Robles
MANUFACTURER: Casa Robles

FORMAT: 5.5x60
ORIGIN: Puerto Rico
INTENSITY: Medium/Med.-full

WEBSITE: casa-robles-cigars.company.site

NOTES:
Damp earth | Fennel | Red/purple fruits

Predominantly an earthen display, damply-so. Mainly smooth with a prickly lilt beginning in the 2/3. Around that earthy-core swirls a barely|delineated but predominantly pleasant fennel-led dark herbaceousness. A back-palate of red/purple fruit syrups. Toasted white peppercorns ebb & flow. Fungal & musk underpinnings. Balanced, flatly-so. A restless sleeper under a weighted blanket. No great complexities, superficial depths of nuance. 

Finishes in a Dr. Pepper note w/ zing of liquidly black pepper. These notes are in the fusty-ish aroma, alongside a fruity sweetness. Musty. Profile dirties up a tad in the 3/3, does show a foggy lemony-mint come-on. Muddling and a slight growing gruffness. Mineral saltiness. Erratic on its outro, jittery-some from the mid-point on. A bit hyperactive. Imagine having ADHD, then imagine rolling around in yard debris after it rains. Twigs. It's actually kinda fun.

Performs quite well, highlighted by nifty white-sheath long-strong ash. Razor-thin char-line w/ only the teeniest occasional wobble. Big smoke out-put gives a pungent sweet-savory room-note. Draws excellently. There is a soft-spot in the roll at the barrel's mid-point, but no hiccup surrounds it. In the 3/3 the seam loosens a tick ahead of burn. ADHD. Squirrel! My tongue feels furry. An awkwardly charming cigar in a somehow disarming fashion. 

TASTE: B
DRAW: B+
BURN: B+
BUILD: B

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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::: very :::