McClelland's Classic Virginia is made with Eastern and Middle Belt lemon, orange and orange-red Virginias. A sweet, smooth zesty smoke, it is suggested to anyone looking for a light-bodied, naturally sweet satisfying Virginia.
I love Va's, but this one didn't hit the spot for me. I went based on the description and reviews and both let me down on this one. It's an ok smoke, but not sweet in any way. This one's going in the cellar to get some age on it. It can only get bett... Read Moreer as all Va's age exceptionally well. Read Less
Good light bodied VA
June 24, 2014
By: John O.
Typical McClelland quality. For bulk it's just as good as out of a tin which I find surprising. I tend to like richer red virginia but this is great for what it is. If you like lemon - orange range VA flavor it'll be great for you. I've heard the fla... Read Morevor gets richer with age. I won't make my rotation but it's great stuff. Just too light bodied for me. Read Less
McClelland 2010 - A Naturally Sweet Broken Flake Virginia
June 22, 2014
By: Bryan K.
I've smoked McClelland 2010 both as new-in-the-bag and after aging for about six months in a heavy-duty zip-type bag, having forgotten and then found it again in my desk drawer. Aged in this inadvertent way, it was a bit too dried and needed attentio... Read Moren from a spray bottle of water, but once sprayed and left for a couple of days it was revived and the broken flake could be rubbed out or folded as needed.
I found the flavor of the 'aged' stuff much more mellow than when new, but either way it gives a pleasant smoke with a light, natural sweet Virginia flavor balanced by the light scent of...maybe grassiness, but definitely not the strong, tangy wallop of fermenting silage. McClelland 2010 is a solid introduction to the gentle sweetness derived from a Virginia tobacco that is mixed, pressed into cakes and left to age through natural fermentation processes--probably the reason for "Classic" in 'Classic Virginia'.
Without the casing found in products like Lane's 1-Q, this is not as obviously sweet. (I think it's useful to note this for solidly aromatic smokers, and for new pipe smokers, many of whom begin pipe smoking with cased Virginia tobaccos of one sort or another.) Rather, with 2010 one is getting a tobacco whose flavor comes not from a topping but more from the handiwork of people who care about the aging of the product, which I would guess has to be something of an art in itself. The result is meant to be considered slowly and with care, a fermented product which, owing to the orange and lemon Virginia tobaccos used, is on the lighter side, and whose subtle flavor remains consistent right down to the bottom of the bowl. I've found that while it burns well and to a white ash once lit, it does take more effort to initially light this tobacco; consistently, matches took several attempts, but regardless of how I packed the bowl, a decent lighter was what was really needed. Smokes dry to the bottom of the bowl as well in either pipe I use for 2010, one being Danish and the other Italian. I'll have it again! Read Less
McClelland Bulk 2010 - Classic Virginia
April 25, 2013
By: Bill B.
2010 - Classic Virginia [small cake cut];
Star Rating = 3;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 6;
Room Note = 7;
Flavor = 8;
Bite = 8;
Burn = 5;
After Taste = 8;
Raw Score = 42;
Rated Percentage = 70%;
Comment = Smooth... Read More, * Ketchup PN, Good Flavor, lots of BTU's needed to ignite;
* Foot Note: McClelland famous "Ketchup" aroma and / or taste comes from the natural fermentation of unstoved / non flue curded Virginias that are aged in cakes. Read Less
One of my Favorites
June 02, 2012
By: John C.
I like the naturally sweet Va's, and this is exactly that. It seems McClelland Va's are excellent quality, and this is no exception. As with all of theyre Va's , they are even better with age. But I dont have that type of supply, so my reviews are ba... Read Moresed on fresh . And the McClelland's that Ive tried , have all been excellent. As for the tin aroma, that everyone talks about, its just that , a tin aroma, and it doesnt effect the smoke at all. Read Less
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