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Cornell & Diehl Star of the East. Pipe Tobacco
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Cornell & Diehl Star of the East.

Cornell & Diehl Star of the East is the loose-cut, bulk version of their popular Star of the East Flake. The blend contains 50% Cyprian Latakia, making it remarkably rich and smoky. It's then spiced up by the addition of Turkish Izmir, and then instead of the typical Virginia, C&D uses red Virginia that has been gently stoved to darken the color and deepen the flavor. This cool-burning tobacco has a depth of flavor not usually found, and is a great addition to the rotation of any Latakia lover.

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Overall Rating4.42 out of 5 Based on 19 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Cornell & Diehl Star of the East.”

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5 out of 5
A Tobacco Blend for Latikia Lovers
I am a Latikia lover and I recommend this blend; you can't go wrong with a blend that 50% Latikia. This a low strength Latikia blend with a full bodied taste. I will confess there is another reason I bought this, it mixes very well with Picayune (25% Star of the East and 75% Picayune). For me, this makes for a very enjoyable smoke. .
4 out of 5
Grab it, smoke it, love it.
A bowl full of SOTE and a cup full of dark roast coffee is a match made in heaven. Latakia heavy but balanced at the same time. A must try for any Latakia lover.
5 out of 5
Great stuff.
I love this blend, both the flake and ready rubbed version.
5 out of 5
Perfection in English Flavour
I read that this had 50% is a great Latakia blend for sure. Nicer because of the fact that while there may be a good bit of the smoked leaf there is so much more to the blend. It really is a great one that I have been smoking every day for a while now.
4 out of 5
Beautifully crafted!
Such a great blend. It was a little more on the dry side. I would have given it 5 stars, but I had to add a broveda pack to the 5oz I bought. Don't let this deter you though. It is a great quality blend.
4 out of 5
Delicious and bold, even if a little one-sided
I bought this as one of the first on my quest to establish a post-McClelland rotation. The goal has not been to replace, but to use the absence of my favorite blends as an opportunity to learn more about tobacco and find new things to enjoy. The phrase that gets thrown around a lot in reference to blends like this is "lat bomb," which can mean a number of different things. If by "lat bomb" one means a blend with a copious amount of latakia, then sure, it's a lat bomb. Often people use "lat bomb" as a pejorative, though, and when they say it, all they mean is "I don't like a lot of latakia." Fair enough, but don't let that deter you if you like that good L. Just to quibble a little more: historically, latakia has not always been exclusively a "condiment tobacco." In Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, Albert de Morcerf has a jar of plain lat among his collection of fine baccys. I myself smoked some straight latakia at a Renn Faire and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Sure, straight lat is tantamount to an exclusive diet of beef jerky, but--all this to say--a lat-heavy blend is not the same thing as an overpowering or bad blend. All depends on what you like. The latakia is definitely front and center here, but not at the expense of the other ingredients. The VAs lend a muted sweetness, the orientals a light floral aspect. Especially midway through the bowl, the blend is complex enough to sit with awhile, although I found myself thinking about other better blends during the smoke (I'll forego any double entendres here.) After a few more smokes, I'll cellar this and see if it doesn't endear itself to me a little more after a few months. I've heard C&D blends need a little while to age. Regardless, I highly recommend this blend--especially for the price!
4 out of 5
Great depth of flavor!
My first bowl of C&D Star of the East. Wow!! Clouds of smoke, tons of flavor! It requires more than one bowl to delve into the depth of this blend. Smoked slowly, it’ll open itself up to discovery. Full on english latakia blend with a healthy dose of orientals and the virginias in it need a slow relaxing smoke. A true pleasure! This blend should age well and be even better!!!
5 out of 5
This is the one that made me a believer in English blends
Purchased as my introduction to English blends and was unaware how Latakia heavy it was until I received it and was overwhelmed by the smokey aroma. Come to find out that SotE is 50% Latakia. To say i was intimidated was an understatement, especially since, as i mentioned above, this was my introduction to English blends having primarily smoke aro blends from a B&M locally. I settled into my first bowl on an unusually brisk morning here in south Florida while sipping on a dark roast coffee. I was immediately blown away at how velvety and flavorful this tobacco was. It tasted nothing like the tin note. The smokiness, while upfront at the nose, was subtle and beautifully complimented the orientals and Virginias. The tobacco IMHO was even better while pairing it with my dark roast coffee. I know find myself shunning my aro's and reaching consistently for SotE. I would recommend this to any pipe smoker, especially those interested in English blends.
5 out of 5
Good as always
Good as always
4 out of 5
Orient express !
This is a blend for the piper looking for a full bodied English, with a strong 50% Latakia, and Turkish leaf, the other 50% is zesty red Virginia that adds some sweetness and fruit, and a decent amount of spice. This is a pretty full bodied smoke, but Lady N stays about medium. Imho this is not an all day smoke, but more of a in the mood for a English blend bordering on a Balkan. Notes of smokey fruit, dates, raisin, spice, and Earth make up the key players and this dances with those Turkish exotic leaves to bring a fuller more complex smoke. The first 2/3 are pretty tame and distinguished though the last third is all about the Latakia. If this sounds like your bag 💼, then it’s well worth picking that bag up.
1 out of 5
Not what I thought
This is one of the times I can’t put my finger on what I’m tasteing but it’s not good.
5 out of 5
Excellent English
Star of the East has so much flavour it is replacing aromatics for me - I am prefering straight tobacco blends these days, and this one is indeed well crafted. It is fine the way it arrived, but I did choose to hydrate it just a tiny bit, and it went milder but still full flavour. I will carry on with my Seven Seas Royal for middle of the day moods, but I am starting and ending my day with C&D, in a Big Ben, Calabash, or MM Patriot pipe. Having tried this, I ordered Pasha's Dream, and will try another C&D next order. I do not care for perique so much and many of their blends have that, but I think I will enjoy all the ones without it. - Rebecca
5 out of 5
One of my daily smokes
I love this blend. Smokey, rich, and no bite at all. I stumbled on this blend a while back and ordered a few Oz to try, I quickly bought a large mason jar and ordered up a pound to put on my tobacco shelf. This is a nice afternoon blend when i have moved past the burley tobaccos I like in the morning but I'm not ready for a heavy smoke like nightcap. I highly recommend this blend to any latakia lover
5 out of 5
very nice blend with good latakia flavor
I ordered this after having bought the latakia step ladder from P&C. I really like this blend with its obvious latakia. The tin aroma is very pleasant and this blend smokes nicely. If you like latakia, you will like this blend, which could easily be added to a step ladder as a medium blend.
5 out of 5
A star indeed.
You gots to love da Latakia likes myself because this blend is fiddy percent latty. With that said, it's a great blend. Worthy of buying in bulk.
4 out of 5
Awesome English...
I love English blends (Balkans, Orientals, whatever) and I do enjoy this one overall, but it does not burn quite as well as I expected given the high reviews I have read or watched.. It is tasty, and the Latakia is forward in this one without being too much (if there is such a thing). When I have it going well it is one of the best English blends I have ever tasted. However I just cannot get it to burn well, and when it gets too hot it bites hard. I will go back to it after it mellows out in the jar for a while, or maybe let it dry more before smoking.
5 out of 5
Better than good
One of the best I have had. Definitely in my rotation from now on. Wish I had found it years ago.
5 out of 5
Delicious, perfect English
This is hands down one of the most delicious blends, period. I am more than pleased. I recommend this if you want a tasty, well-smoking English that won't put you on your rear. That Latakia is prevalent in this one, and the Orientals play off of it in nice harmony. The Red Virginias add the perfect amount of sweetness. Buy it!
4 out of 5
C&D Star of the East
I hesitate to write this review. I'm very new to pipe smoking so keep that in mind. Not knowing what to expect from my first foray into non-aromatics, I chose to smoke it in my MM Tom Sawyer. I was immediately awed by how thick the smoke coming from the pipe was! It was incredibly thick and creamy. The flavor was much stronger that I was accustomed to and was a bit overwhelming at first. I read a review in which someone wrote that he didn't really care for this tobacco initially, but the more he smoked it, the more he wanted to smoke it. My experience is awfully similar and now I've now enjoyed three bowls of Star and can't wait to dive into another.
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