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DESCRIPTION
Brand: Cornell & Diehl
Blender: Bob Runowski
Tin Description: A predominantly Burley mixture with a touch of red Virginia and Perique.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique
Cut: Ribbon
Packaging: 2oz tin, 8oz tin, bulk

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# 10/10/2014 User rated 4/5
Review by cortezattic

Codger Burley with pizzazz

Haunted Bookshop is one of my favorite cold weather smokes, so pardon any bias that might seep between the lines. This review is based on the bulk version I purchased and packed in Mason jars in January, 2010. It is composed of rough cut dark brown leaf in various shades, the darkest of which is probably Acadian Perique, since it lacks St. James Perique's jet black color. This is probably the Perique that most pipe smokers are familiar with: a mix of the St. James Perique and "Perique-processed" Kentucky Green River Burley. Whatever the case, it is wonderful and works marvelously in this blend.

From the jar, the aroma is musty, woodsy and nut-like, with an ever so slight acetic or pungent edge that lingers on the palate during the smoke. Perique's non-sweet dark fruitiness is a prominent feature both in the jar and in the smoke.

The true light reveals this to be a solid Burley blend with an honest tobacco taste; at once woodsy, musty, and "dry" in the sense of not being particularly sweet. The Va. that is in this blend does not sweeten it so much as mitigate any "Burley bitters" that it might otherwise have had. The Perique works to the same effect, supporting the Burley's body with a layer of musty-fruity flavor and strength. It is a simple combination -- not overly complex -- but tasty and full of character.

If you enjoy American blends, codger Burley's, and the likes of C&D's Old Joe Kranz or Pease's Cumberland, I think you will find Haunted Bookshop a milder, smoother, and more balanced cousin.

There are no packing, lighting or burning issues. It has a medium nicotine level; it smokes dryly and coolly, producing a good volume of chewy smoke; and it has neither bite nor an annoying level of peppery tingle from the Perique.

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# 21/2/2011 User rated 3/5
Review by bobt

A Pretty Good Burley Blend

This blend has about 21 months of age on it at time of review.

The pouch (bulk) aroma of this blend is a straight forward tobacco aroma with a hint of tang to it. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away.

At the start of the smoke the flavor is a straight tobacco flavor with a hint of natural sweetness to it. At this point I am not picking up on any of the normal characteristics of the Perique.

Around the 3/4 point the sweetness picks up a little, but is still not very strong. Just enough sweetness for balance. I am picking up on a very light hint of fruitiness that I sometimes taste from Perique.

Around the last 1/4 of the bowl a little bit of spice showed up. It was not heavy and complimented to flavor profile well. At this time I also started tasting a little bit of woodiness on the finish.

This is a pretty good blend that smokes cool, dry, and didn't bite. The flavor profile is nice and you don't have to pay a lot of attention to it to taste it. It would be a good blend to have while reading, watching a movie, listening to music, etc. It goes well with a cup of coffee in the morning or as a last smoke of the day. I Recommend it.

Read my full review here:
PipesMagazine.com - Cornell & Diehl #107 Haunted Bookshop Pipe Tobacco Reviews

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