Thursday, November 4, 2021

Cornell & Diehl Mad Fiddler Flake Pipe Tobacco in Review

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Cornell & Diehl Mad Fiddler Flake (The Old Ones) Pipe Tobacco in Review

CATEGORY: Cigar leaf based
BLEND: Virginia, Kasturi, Perique, Black Cavendish.

CUT: Broken flake
PIPE: Old German Clay no. 3
INTENSITY: Medium-Medium-full

Apples | Spices | Pepper

I get Apple Jacks. Then peppery Perique w/ plum adornment, this inside of a rather cushy Virginia sweetness. So then, the Kasturi is appley-spicy? & quite exotically spiced with clove and cardamom. Funky! The Cavendish brings a separate sweetness, a bit savory and dense. There is a lot going on in this patisserie blend. Delineation ain't what it could be, which is my lone knock on this gregarious yet mysterious offering. I've long described Jazz as the special ed. class getting lost in the band room... here, they are wearing sneakers, and the instruments are somehow muted. 

The room-note is gorgeous (back to the bowl). There are thick clouds and they bring aromas of apple pastries stored inside a cedar humidor. You open it and voosh. Right in the kisser... but kindly-so. I've never been a non-smoker but I assume even those who are, would not at all mind this. Anise, cinnamon, and ginger all play in the air, on the mid-palate, and dance every weekend at that one seedy place downtown. The under-belly is apple orchard compost within distinct yet filtered sunlight. Simply the best cigar leaf blend I've smoked.

The broken flake acts best off a slight rubbing out, but moisture-wise, it's good to go. Smokes slowly, and do please take that lead... over-puffing just muddles further. Ash falls shy of fine powder but who cares? The heel is slight and dry. Pretty close to a care-free endeavor. On a retro-hale, there is a certain immediate coriander funkiness on display, but I like it. I understand this is in tobacco homage to the works of HP Lovecraft. I never got into his stuff, maybe I will with my next bowl of Mad Fiddler. 


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

I gave this blend a first quick look-see on the November 3rd Kaplowitz To-day podcast. You can listen to that HERE.

Other C&D reviews:
Cornell & Diehl Haunted Bookshop
Cornell & Diehl Pirate Kake

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