I find this blend to be one of the most clever ones McClelland has made in their aromatic Premium blends. It is some thing like an aromatic brother of Frog Morton on the Town! I find this to be a smooth reading tobacco blend and very enjoyable for... Read More those moments relaxing in your favorite chair. Read Less
September 06, 2013
By: Ron L.
Okay, first a bit about me so you know where I'm coming from. I recently began smoking a pipe again after about 25 years away from it (spawned by the inheritance of my Dad's pipe collection). First task: Rediscover what kind of tobacco I like. A... Read More friend is partial to McClelland tobaccos, so that's where I started.
In the past few weeks, I've tried the following McClelland leaf: Frog Morton's Cellar, Holiday Spirit, and Deep Hollow, as well as Orlik Golden Sliced, and a few identity-unknown tobacco shop blends known simply as "Cavendish Caramel," and "Oxford."
I've seen Town Topic described as an aromatic for those who don't like aromatics. That may be fair. It's an aromatic, but I don't judge it to be over the top. It smokes very cool and pleasant. The maple note is not overwhelming, so I wouldn't say "the room smelled like pancakes" or anything like that. But it is noticeable, and very pleasant. My son, who's been my room-note observer, says this is the most pleasing aroma of all that he's smelled.
It's a very comforting, relaxing smoke. From what I've tried, anything will give you tongue bite if you smoke it too fast. That said, you'd have to work to get tongue bite with Town Topic.
For the record, Town Topic is my favorite, followed by Frog Morton's Cellar or Holiday Spirit (which are both very pleasing in different ways), and then Deep Hollow. I still plan to try McClelland's 2045 Oriental Mixture (bulk), which is my friend's new go-to blend. And after Town Topic, I'll be trying some of McClelland's other Premium Aromatics as well.
In the end, I may not smoke this all the time, but at present, I'll probably smoke this more than anything else. It's pure bliss! Read Less
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