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Specialists with Virginian and Oriental leaf.

Notes: Notes: Originally released in 2002 to commemorate 25 years of quality tobacco manufacturing, a total of 3000 tins were issued wrapped in commemorative ecru paper with a red wax seal. A second issue, bearing a green wax seal and an updated date span on the paper wrapping (1977-2005), was released in 2005. A third issue, bearing a (brownish) natural wax seal and updated date span (1977-2010), was released in 2010.

On the back of the 1977-2O17 release (green wax seal) is written "Specialists with Virginian and Oriental leaf." Latakia is not mentioned.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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FreePancakesForAll Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FreePancakesForAll (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

For the record, every time I smoke 5100 I say to myself "I wish this had a pinch of latakia in it." So I was quite excited to find that both the appearance and the tin note are very reminiscent of McClelland 5100 with a hearty pinch of latakia dropped in. The colors run the gamut of deep red and tan virginias with the speckling of jet black latakia. Moisture content is perfect: ready to smoke right out of the tin.

The blend starts out very red virginia dominant for me. Sweet, complex, and sour with the signature McClelland vinegar (which I love). The latakia is condimental. Some puffs it's very forward, some puffs it's just lingering in the undertones. But it perfectly weaves in and out throughout to keep the smoke interesting. Compared to the 2010 Anniversary release, I find this to be slightly more sour and tart. It could be the leaf or it could just be the young age. I'm quite excited to crack another tin in 5 years or so.

Overall, this is an extremely satisfying smoke now. It scratches that itch when I'm not quite sure whether I want a virginia or an english. There's no doubt that with some age on it this will be a 4 star blend for me.

Similar Blends: It has a similar tin note and almost similar taste of SPC Mississippi River. Sort of like a Mississippi River but with a little less noise..

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crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (70)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I write about the tin with dark blue wax seal.The date says 9 20 17.That´s the future,today is 2 25 17.Well let´s go,ribbon cut,fine Mc Clelland Va. with little or nothing vinegar smell.Certainly more than a pinch of Latakia.Very good quality but not outstanding comparing with other McC master pieces like Samovar,Wilderness,...and so many.Worth to try but not so good for repeat or cellaring.With a oriental touch would be Samovar.AlwaysIMHO.

Pipe Used: meers &briars

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Samovar without orientals..

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