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McClelland's Holiday Spirit is a mild, easy blend of Burley, black Cavendish, and Virginia topped with the flavors of dark rum, pecan, and cocoa for a pleasing smoke and room note.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Pecan, Rum
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Mild, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (80)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This blend is all that's promised. The flavorings are so well done and balanced that none of them dominate. During the smoke, different nuances of the advertised flavorings emerge, being able to taste and experience them all throughout the bowl. I even suspect McClelland has added a pinch of nutmeg to this blend. I seem to detect it in the tin note and slightly during the smoke. Having not tried the other siblings from previous years, I can't compare. But likely, that doesn't matter. I like this one and it's yet another high quality tobacco with the perfect aromatic touch. No bite, stays lit, great flavor and room note. Another winner from McClelland.

Now here's an afterthought challenge for McC. Could this combination of flavorings or some variation of it be used on the Christmas Cheer type of straight VA? Now that is something I would be excited to try..... !!! Just a suggestion from a satisfied customer.. :)

4 Stars



Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New Tin

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Similar Blends: None that I've tried.....................

3 people found this review helpful.

Schnootypooch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schnootypooch (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is truly a pleasure. From the moment the seal is cracked on the tin it fills the air with the scent of coco, pecan and caramelised dark rum undertones. The taste is milder than other previous holiday spirit blends, but i feel this results in a much more rounded flavour profile.

The flavours call to cold winters in front of a warm fire with those who care; You really can trust the label on this tobacco, it is specifically made for the holidays.... but that doesnt mean you cant enjoy it all year round!

Pipe Used: Aged briar

Age When Smoked: New

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Similar Blends: McClelland - 2015 Holiday Spirit, McClelland - 2016 Holiday Spirit.

1 person found this review helpful.