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Cornell & Diehl Haunted Bookshop

Haunted Bookshop is an unapologetically strong Burley-based blend that is slightly sweetened by the addition of red Virginia and spiced up and deepened by including the Cajun delicacy, Perique. This is a heady smoke with plenty of pepper.


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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 Based on 30 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Cornell & Diehl Haunted Bookshop”

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3 out of 5
Not a big fan.
Not a big fan.
5 out of 5
5 stars if you like burley 1 if otherwise.
Let me say I like, but don’t love this blend. I bought the tin and one oz bulk to compare. It is primarily burley, with Virginia and Perique. I wish it had more of the latter. I expected a VaPer with a higher nicotine content. It has decent moisture, lights well and all of that. Upon lighting, I can taste the VA and per, but halfway through the bowl, it tastes like an ashtray. So I will say if you aren’t a fan of burley leave this one alone. I took my 8-ounce tin and one-ounce bulk and mixed them together. Then I added at least two ounces of VA flake (rubbed well) and one ounce of straight perique. I mixed it well and all of that. Still a heavy cigarette taste halfway in. I have had other blends which contained burley, but I suppose not as much as this one. I presumed I knew what I was getting, but clearly, I misjudged. Finally, in a desperate attempt to salvage this tobacco, I mixed 2 ounces of vintage Virginia (light vanilla and 2 ounces of Frog. It is now reminiscent of a nice English with just enough aro to mask the ashtray. It could take a little more, but you can unmix an aro. So rather than messing up the whole batch, I’m leaving it as is. The only problem now is I have near of a pound of this stuff. 5 stars for quality, but it just wasn’t for me. My lack of experience shouldn’t ding a product with a negative review.
5 out of 5
Burley Burley Burley!!!
First off if you’re an aro guy you should probably pick a tamer blend than this before venturing off into the Burley world. This is up front Burley in all it’s nutty greatness. The Virginia and Perique are there only to compliment this fine Burley. I like the full strength end of the rainbow so that wasn’t an issue for me but it may be for others. If you haven’t yet tried Ol Joe Krantz or Big and Burley give those a try as they didn’t seem as strong to me but still had that great Burley flavor. If nicotine is your game give Kendall Kentucky a try as well.
2 out of 5
Not a fan. Dry and acrid, it tastes like smoking cardboard with a sour aftertaste. Not sure what all the hype is about.
5 out of 5
Absolutely Perfect
Really good, potent blend! Nicotine elevated to the max on this one. Very enjoyable flavor. Great in any briar or corn cob. Can't go wrong with Haunted Bookshop!
2 out of 5
Little too strong for me. More like a cigarette tobacco perhaps, but that was 45 yrs ago to compare.
3 out of 5
Smokes Hot
I was a little disappointed in the fact that I felt it smoked fairly hot. Had almost a bit of burn to my throat when smoking it. I have had four bowls and same thing every time. Not the worst blend, just not for me. Kind of reminded me of an unfiltered cigarette.
2 out of 5
Too much like cigarettes
Obviously not a garbage tobacco, and I've come across a lot of people who love it. But for me it was nothing more than the equivalent of smoking an enhanced cigarette in a pipe! Granted, I'm accustomed to aros and now I'm getting into stronger English blends like Nightcap and 965, so anything less is a bit of a disappointment for my pallet. For a few dollars an oz, it's worth exploring, and I'm sure for some, it will be a buried treasure. Just not one I would choose to dig up again.
5 out of 5
Fun In A Chair
Strong but not harsh. Somewhat sweet with plenty of body. For fun, obtain a copy of the novel The Haunted Bookshop and smoke the tobacco while reading it. The book is smoker friendly!
5 out of 5
Great Burley Whirley!
Haunted Bookshop has become my favorite Burley, Virginia, and Perique blend. The Burley component is outstanding. It's more apparent than the other two ingredients. I like that. Lots of that nutty taste that I like. The Virginia and Perique come through now and then. That's a good thing because I'm a big fan of VaPer blends. The Perique doesn't appear to be overdone, but still gives that occasional tinge towards the bottom of the bowl. Not that that isn't a good thing. The "N" factor is pretty noticeable, but not a killer. As for me, I seem to enjoy this blend in the morning after a cup of coffee, and on an empty stomach. I'll take that outside (I'm in Southern California), especially with some of the Peterson shape 264 shape Canadians I have. Two of them are presently dedicated to Haunted Bookshop. Good satisfying stuff! A happy way to start the day for me.
4 out of 5
A Bit of an Adventure
My favorite tobaccos have turned out to be the English/Oriental blends so this was a bit different for me. It's much stronger than I'm used to (not to be smoked on an empty stomach, I'm glad I had breakfast first) but it's a very enjoyable smoke in its own way. The word I hear a lot describing this blend is "peppery" and I can't disagree. Yet it's also oddly cool and has no tongue bite. The flavor isn't overpowering but the N definitely packs a punch. I'd say it's the tobacco equivalent of slamming a couple Red Bulls back to back. It's not something I'd want to smoke every morning, but I'd definitely keep a small supply on hand for those stormy afternoons when I feel like pulling down an old copy of Jules Verne or Sax Rohmer.
5 out of 5
Haunted bookshop
This tobacco is a great blend of Virginia's burly and perique. At first you get a sweet taste and then a very full cerialy oatmealy taste this is a great all day smoke and at just the right amount of nicotine. GREAT BLEND!!!!
5 out of 5
Belive the hype!
I've seen alot of folks on Facebook groups smoking this blend, but had never tried it. Now I know why it's so popular. It's got a great burley base with alot of perique to back it up, and red Virginias to sweeten it up. This blend is raw tobacco flavor, not very complex but an honest smoke with a good nicotine punch (which I love). Belive the hype, this is a great nonaromatic smoke!
3 out of 5
Haunted is Haunted
A very good Burly mixture, but not much complexity here. Just a straight, powerful smoke. Take it easy when puffing on this one. Packs easily, burns completely to ash. Lots of nicotine. Difficult to note the other tobaccos in the blend.
5 out of 5
I Love Haunted Bookshop. It's a Winner!
Made me a burley fan! After a long day, this blend being chocked full of vitamin-N will give you a really relaxing experience. Not for the faint of heart! Go easy and let it do it's thing.
3 out of 5
Crazy Strong
Not For me, personally. I like full bodied, but this is a whole new category of powerful. I've been smoking for years, and this choked me up, which I rather respected. I didn't much care for it, but if you're into challenges, buy this. Kicks like a jilted lover.
5 out of 5
Love it
After hearing so much about this tobacco I just had to try it. It was love at first smoke. I'm a big burley fan and have developed a taste for perique so this tobacco is just what the doctor ordered. For me it's a great smoke to have when relaxing with a good book and a cup of strong coffee. But smoker beware, this tobacco demands respect and should be smoked slowly and in a reasonable amount or else the nicotine kick will have you on the floor heading for the porcelain bus!
5 out of 5
aahh. burley
If you love burley, you must try this blend. Slight sweetness from the virginia, just enough pepper from the perique leaves the watery nutty taste of burley very well pronounced.
5 out of 5
Best burley
This tobacco has been in my rotation for as long as I've been smoking a pipe. Great flavor and stays lit out without a fuss. It's got the perfect amount of stength , an all day smoke for me. Getting a lb my next order without a doubt!
3 out of 5
Good burley blend.
I loved the room note of this blend. The smoke itself was a little heavy on the "cigarette" flavor for me, but it is a good bowl when I need a burley fix
5 out of 5
Get ready when lighting pipe for first time
My first bowl after receiving the tobacco was in the morning before eating anything. This was the wrong idea. Waited a couple of days and tried again in afternoon. I'm thinking - like, this isn't bad. After a small bowl I went inside to read and the after taste haunted me - in a good way. Now I look forward to smoking this 'stout stuff' - tis good.
3 out of 5
good strong smoke
haunted bookshop has a very good strong taste, made for a pipe not a cigarrette though, which is how i tried smoking it. was just a little too strong for that purpose, but would recommend it for a pipe
2 out of 5
Lives up to it's name
I have always enjoyed C&D blends. I decided it was time to try Haunted Bookshop. Upon first light, it had a nice mellow taste, touch of sweetness and a bit of spice. About mid bowl, things changed and the taste turned else to explain it, but a musty old book. It was the strangest thing I have experienced, but have come to enjoy about C&D blends. The only downside with this blend - the "old book" taste doesn't go away or ebb and flow. It sticks there and starts to really taste like chewing on cardboard - or in this case an old book. If you want a really bland blend, then this one is for you.
5 out of 5
Haunted Bookshop.
Heard a lot of great reviews on this blend as it has everything I love in a blend. Comes a little drier than most tobaccos but it's best smoked dry. First smoke was cool burning and no tongue bite and smokes to ash all the way down. I'm going to make this my every day blend and I really like the flavors of everything in the blend. Easy to pack and smoke for burly lovers and I enjoy the burly taste.
1 out of 5
It's just shreded cigars
5 out of 5
Great daily... matches well with coffee
Great Burley blend with spicy kick. Comes dry and ready to pack. Burns quick and cool; billows out lots of white smoke. May strike a familiar taste, feel and smell to ex-cigarette smokers. Great daily, works well with a cup of coffee.
5 out of 5
Spicy, bold, flavorful goodness.
This is one heck of a good blend if you like a spicy treat with a nicotine punch. Love this. I plan on buying plenty of this to have on hand!
4 out of 5
Worth a try.
I saw this and decided to give it a try. The first oz. that I ordered was dry, and I do mean dry. I added a little sprinkling of water to it to moisten it up and it packed much better. I liked it enough to give it a second try and ordered a second oz. This one arrived a little more moist but still a little on the dry side for my personal choice. I really enjoy the flavor as it seems mild and tastes good. I can definitely tell there is Perique in it. If, like me, you puff on a pipe and then cycle it through your nose (I don't purposely inhale) then the Perique really comes to the front. I found that in a regular size bowl this tends to burn hot. I got no tongue bite at all, but it was definitely hot. Until I loosened up the pack, it was hard to keep lit. Once I broke up the way I packed the bowl it stayed lit with no real problems. This is one I will have to play with to get it right. Of course everyone's experience and technique vary so you may have better luck than I did with this. Would I recommend this? Yes, it has a good flavor and produces a nice thick smoke which I really like.
5 out of 5
Wonderful smoke!
Love this tobacco. It is now in my rotation and I will purchase this again!
5 out of 5
Strong and simple with great
Strong and simple with great flavor. One of my two daily favorites. I can't ever seem to get enough of this stuff.
Customer Testimonials
Not a bad blend. It has more grassy virginia than nutty burley. Very smooth and mild. A good one to keep in your rotation for a change from stronger blends.
I will buy this again
This blend has very mixed reviews on I actually ordered this because I wanted to try a true burley blend renowned by some on youtube. My first bowl left my mouth dry and not much my second bowl I had moments ago was extremely satisfying. A nice earthy dry flavor with spice and a pinch of sweetness. I found it smoked best in a small chruchwarden. Give this a try - I found myself craving it every now and again. Sweet Smokes! - Matt