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McClelland's Holiday Spirit 2016 is a smooth blend of Burley, Virginia, and Cavendish tobaccos, flavored with dark rum, pecan, and cocoa. With its fragrant aroma, it's sure to bring a warm glow to even the coldest winter day. Happy Holidays!

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Pecan, Rum
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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TheMadPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheMadPiper (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This is probably by far an absolutely delightful holiday aromatic that you absolutely cannot pass up. Rich notes of cocoa and rum on the palate with a subtle spice that will tantalize your tastebuds!

Cracking the tin open, right away you get a strong kick of dark rum on the nose with cocoa and light undertones of pecan. The blend packs fairly easily, however it does feel fairly cased.

The light takes a bit of effort to get it going, yet it will stay lit for a good while after lighting.

The flavour is nice and soft on the palate for aromatics on the palate, while tobacco mainly holds on there. Yet the exhale really gives a good taste for the aromatics. Spicy sweet notes reminiscent of classical Christmas goodies that you cannot go wrong for

Leaves minimal dottle and doesn't gurgle at all. Personally, I cannot recommend this blend enough!

I'd suggest pairing it with some nice sweets and sweet apple cider that is nice and hot.

Pipe Used: Big Ben Elegance Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Fresh, 2016

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (127)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tin note is delicious, it smells like a christmas pudding with rum, very enticing! It is mixed cut and it contains a few chunks of sliced flakes that are so hard that I cannot brake by hand alone and I don't know how they help smoking.

The tobacco smokes nicely, it is flavoured but not overdone, you can taste the tobacco as well, it does not get hot, does not smoke wet and it has nice flavor. The only drawback for me is its strength. I find it quite mild. Nice room note. It's a good aromatized blend but I am not overtly enthusiastic with it, others might like it more. Sometimes I mixed it with straight Burley and then it sang!

1 person found this review helpful.

Munch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Munch (1)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Strong Very Full Strong

I'm a new pipe smoker, so consider the source. I was really looking forward to trying this blend! Once I received it in the mail I could not wait to try it. I fired up a bowl and was quickly disappointed. It had a strong chemical background taste to it. I was not pleased after paying $8 plus a tin and shipping.

Pipe Used: Briar wood

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigar .com

Similar Blends: I have not experienced a similar blend. I'm very thankful for that!.

1 person found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (74)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Mcclelland Holiday Spirit continues to be one of the most interesting aromatics I have ever smoked. I was initially attracted to this blend with the rum/cocoa combo listed, but what I have found most enjoyable is the role of pecan in relation to the rum. I can't say I have experienced anything remotely close to this flavoring. The flavoring nuance is there for each and every draw keeping interest in the smoke. The rum let's you know it's present and balances out nicely. Any chocolate/cocoa to me, remains in the background. Certainly a departure from the norm and is so in such a good way. Certainly my favorite of all holiday blends. So much so, I have a stockpile of the stuff. It is truly unique and a departure from any norm.

Pipe Used: Varioua

Age When Smoked: 0-12 months

Purchased From: P&C, Mars Cigars & Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.