I had a tin of this in my cabinet from 2006 and decided to crack it open to celebrate the birth of my first child, a BEAUTIFUL baby boy! Wow this is really AMAZING stuff. The first part of the bowl was bright, sweet and fruity, with hints of citrus... Read More, apricots, pine, and high end tanginess. As I smoke down the bowl the blend opens up with medium notes of stoved fruits, cinnamon, a touch of clove, sweet spice, and even elements of honey rolls. Near the end of the bowl I get a dark toast flavor. The entire smoke remains medium-full in body and is silky smooth no matter how hot and fast I smoke. Let me just say that this virginia blend is a real treat. It is playful and fun to smoke, with the room note being soft and elegant, with hints of peanut butter nut bread- oh so very warm and calm. Not offensive at all. A very mild blend and all day smoker! Highly recommended! Read Less
Der Virginia Nr. 27 - ein super Tabak, Naturnah, süß, cremig, aromareich und vollmundig. Einer der besten die ich je geraucht habe. Ich kann nur jedem Pfeifenraucher aus Deutschland empfehlen, bestellt hier. Die Lieferung war schnell und unproblemati... Read Moresch. Besten Dank dafür und ich werde Stammkunde !!! DANKE !!! Read Less
This blend became one of my new favorites very quickly. Very nice orange red Va, flavor and aroma are delightful. Fruity and tangy at points, spice and reminiscent of Christmas cheer at others. My wife really enjoys the room note if this one. Give a ... Read Moretin a try, you will savor every bowl. Read Less
This is the third of the McClelland Mature Virginias that I have tried, and it is the one I have enjoyed the most so far. The tin aroma was not as ketchupy as Nos. 22 and 25, but it was still present enough. I have to say this particular smell does n... Read Moreothing for me. It did not carry over into the smoke, however.
The broken flakes were very nice in quality, and they rubbed out perfectly. The moisture content of this year-old tin was just right. In flavor, this one was a bit stronger than the others, but in a good way. There was a deep, almost bold flavor to the smoke which lasted to the bottom of the bowl. Interestingly, this blend seemed to come alive in a briar billiard, while being more subdued in a cob. The room note, while not as offensive as MV No. 25, was still too much for others. While I would smoke it again, I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire another tin.
(1.75oz tin smoked over 20 days in December.)
Age When Smoked: 1 year Read Less
I bought a tin of this about a year ago and just found it in the basement. Just packed a bowl and took the dog for a slow walk. This stuff is delicious. Don't let the ketchup smell out of the tin fool you. It's a fairly complicated smoke, with the fl... Read Moreavors changing as you smoke through the bowl. Even my dog likes this stuff. Read Less
I simply love this tobacco. It has a twangy BBQ sauce like tin note but is a zesty sweet any time of day smoke for me. The flavors are of light brown sugar and just good straight forward orange va tobacco with a few hints of beef jerky here and there... Read More. A great indoor or anytime for that matter smoke with plenty of flavor. I love the thin shag cut flakes. I usually rub them out for indoor smoking but will fold or lightly break up for outdoors or windy days. I always dry out the portion to smoke at least a couple hours, this is key to a flavorful dry smoke. Stays lit like a dream for me. As long as you puff light and reasonably slowly it smokes nicely. I like it in a small narrow chambered pipe of most any depth. It smokes extremely well fresh but smooths out and develops even more depth of flavor when it ages much like a fine wine. I have a good portion stashed away and just popped a tin at the 10 year mark and have been enjoying it very, very much. If I could only smoke 3 tobaccos for the rest of my life this would no doubt be one of them. I will be building my retirement stash of this in the meanwhile...
Update: This used to be my favorite for years and then along came Macbaren HH Pure VA and now I have a new favorite. Still a great flake with some age on it. Read Less
Velvety and well rounded, classic McClelland virginia. Smells like ketchup in the can and tastes like heaven while burning. I was surprised by the lack of bite, although as with most virginia the slower you smoke the more flavor you're treated to. Th... Read Moree room note is pleasant, haven't had any complaints. Not all that strong either, a good all day smoke. The flakes are very broken (classic McClelland), they didn't need any rubbing before going into the pipe. Couldn't suggest this more strongly. Read Less
Love this stuff. I thought it had a slight ketchup aroma out of the tin but others thought different. I smoke this all day. Nice mellow smoke. Packs well and rarely needs re-light. If you don't have it, get it!
I really, really like this blend. It smokes cool and has a sweetness that is not "sugary". Good burning characteristics. Smells a little strange in the tin-I don't keep my nose in a tin I smoke this blend and
enjoy it. If you like Virgi... Read Morenia try this-if you don't like Virginia you should probably pass this one up. Read Less
This is my first choice in red virginia flakes. Do note that "shag cut" does not mean shag, it means crushed flakes. Best on a hot day, or at night after a hot day, this is a spicy yet smooth full bodied smoke. Best if dried out almost to a crisp,... Read More to me anyway. I would compare the flavour to a heavily peppered cream soup, if forced to compare it to soup: This makes next to zero sense however, as it's impossible to describe the delight in the taste of red virginias, just as it's impossible to describe the taste of elderberries with absolutely no frame of reference. I digress - this is a must try red flake. Read Less
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