This week we are tasting Three Friars
, a tinned offering by the good folks at Cornell & Diehl
. For those of you who’ve been in the game long enough to recall the blend called Three Nuns
: this is not an attempt by C&D to recreate that blend…instead they have created a standalone creation that might become just as revered.
Virginia Ribbon, Brown Virginias, Burley, and Perique make up a blend that I’d judge to be a solid medium-bodied, medium-strength smoke with a non-offensive room note. Packing the coarse-cut ribbon is a breeze and, like all the C&D blends I’ve smoked, it takes the match very well.
There’s a subtle complexity to Three Friars that is well balanced by the addition of the Burley. If you like Burley you’ll enjoy the roasted-nut notes which intertwine with the sweet Virginias and the peppery twang from the Perique. The addition of Burley to a Virginia/Perique blend makes for a rather playful flavor profile, and it should be noted that the nicotine content of Three Friars is above average as well.
Whenever Burley is present I always adopt a “low and slow” technique while smoking; if it’s allowed to get too hot (or if you puff like a locomotive), Burley can bite. Enjoy this blend with a robust coffee or a good bourbon, as you’ll find it pairs well with either.
Five pipes awarded this week to Cornell and Diehl’s Three Friars. Puff On!