When I first received my Vintage Gourd Calabash from Val Shannahan, I of course had to fill it with a Turkish blend in honour of Sherlock Holmes, and Basil Rathbone. However, a blend like Cornell & Diehl’s Dark Chocolate just calls for a sophisticated pipe like a gourd calabash.
The tobacco is mixed for Cornell & Diehl by Amar Blends Company, which owned the original recipe under the name Chocolate Cavendish (not to be confused with Cornell & Diehl’s modern Chocolate Cavendish).
The note in the bag is rich and chocolaty, and promises a great flavour, so I was really looking forward to the smoke.
So, after drying some of the pure black Cavendish, flavoured with cocoa, chocolate, and whiskey, I loaded the ample bowl, and struck flint to steel. Well, the bowl is very wide at the top, so I found it a little difficult to light, but once I got it lit, the pipe gave a great smoke.
The first thing I noticed about the tobacco, is that it is very bland, almost tasteless. It didn’t taste like dark chocolate. As a matter of fact, it didn’t taste like much of anything at all! Hence, elementary.
Well, I sat there smoking it for a good 20 minutes, and I noticed that the tobacco got more sour the more I smoked it. Also, the room note became more and more sour as well!
Ultimately, this tobacco reinforced my dislike of Cavendish. Fearing it was the pipe that caused such a bad smoke, I tried it with other blends, and it performed nicely. One of the best smokes I’ve ever had, in fact.
I guess Cornell & Diehl can’t win them all.
Smoke ’em if you got ’em!
By: Erin McRoy
Erin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Smoking Jacket Magazine. He began smoking a pipe a few years ago and found it a relaxing and invigorating experience that he really enjoyed. As a gentleman and an aficionado, he has spent the last few years perfecting his technique and studying the different nuances of pipe smoking, cigar smoking, hookah smoking and smoking in general.