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Flavor  rated 5/5   Recommend It?  rated 5/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blender: Craig Tarler
Tin Description: Full English blend with Virginias, Turkish, Latakia, Burley & Perique. Stoved, pressed, and sliced as crumble cake.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Perique, Turkish
Cut: Crumble Cake
Packaging: 2oz tin

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# 14/4/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by marmal4de

I wrestled a bear once.

Cornell & Diehl Bow-Legged Bear

This is a monster of a smoke (and a personal favourite) that I have wanted to review for some time.

I am smoking this bowl in my peterson system 31, with a full french press, and a belly full of breakfast. In my opinion, these are the ideal conditions for wrestling this bear.

Immediately upon opening the tin, you are greeted with a pleasantly sour coffee/ chocolate-y aroma. Don't let the sourness fool you, this is a delicious blend. After lovingly crumbling a bowls worth of the mottled yellow, orange, brown, and black brownie, I gravity fed my pipe and charred the tobacco.

The charring light always brings the same sensation for me, an almost wasabi like sinus effect from what can only be the perique, and as unpleasant as that may sound, it grew on me quickly.

This tobacco always burns well and is easy to smoke (it helps that it is the PERFECT moisture right out of the tin). The foremost flavour at this early stage of the smoke is all nutty burley, and powerful perique. This is a very complex tobacco, and truthfully, even though I have been smoking it for a good amount of time, it still gives me a different flavour profile each smoke. Midway-ish through the bowl the nicotine is making itself known, and is carried on wings of dark chocolate, the best way I can think to describe it is a nutty chocolate bar, almondy, and bitter-sweet chocolate. Sadly I find the latakia takes a background role with the VAs. That is until the end of the bowl, where all the tobaccos serenade you in a most choral fashion, with each sip, you are rewarded with a different flavour. *sip* 'mmmm sweet virginia', *sip* 'oh hello perique, you are most spicy today', *sip* 'pine needles?'. All while breathing yourself through the nicotine fed heart palpitations. Quite a smoke, not for the faint of heart, and best when you have nowhere to go and nothing to do! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
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# 1/12/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by smokey strodtman

A bear for your smoking pleasure

well, this tobacco has quite a resume! check out the list of all the different tobaccos that have gone into it. other than a cavendish, craig has put about everything else in there. one might think this would make for a confusing mish-mash of conflicting flavors, but i find the opposite is true. i like this tobacco very much! it is definitely an english blend, and the most prominant note seems to be the latakia, but it is nicely complmented by the others. it is a crumble cake tobacco, but rubs out very easily and packs well.
nice burn rate with consistent flavor all the way to the bottom of the bowl, too. i have only tried a few of craig's tinned blends, and this is my current favorite. i am happy to note that C&D is now making their tinned blends available in bulk. i can see a pound of bow-legged bear in my future. Five stars.

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Flavor -  rated 5/5
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