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A blend of 14 different tobaccos. Mild, cool and slow burning with unique aromatic qualities.

Notes: Recipe was changed substantially after 1998, probably at the same time that manufacture was turned over to STG (Orlik).

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Strong

Clan was a kind of gimmick tobacco back in the 1960s, mainly because of its odd and distinctive room note. In those days, no one had ever come across anything like it, and (along with Holland House) it enjoyed considerable popularity for a while, if only as an oddity. My then girlfriend loved it, and virtually insisted that I smoke it. In a certain sense it was (I think, looking back) a young man's tobacco: you smoked it if you wanted to smoke a pipe but wanted also to distance yourself from the St Bruno-smoking old codgers.

Clan still has its devotees, even in a world so full of exotic tastes and smells. It's cheap and cheerful, at any rate (once upon a time it was relatively pricey). It certainly isn't 'cool and slow burning', though. Even smoked slowly it's very hot and quickly gone, and it will certainly barbecue the beginner's tongue. You either like the room note or you don't (it isn't as pronounced these days as it used to be). I don't, and I find Clan far too hot to be enjoyable. It would be interesting to know what the '14 different tobaccos' are. The name and packet design seem intended to suggest that Clan has a Scottish character of some kind. I wonder why?

Worth a try, I guess, like everything else; but not recommended: too dry, too hot, too odd and bland in flavour. It's a tobacco that, to my mind, is all negatives and no positives, and I can't imagine why anybody likes it; I'd rather bite off one of my own fingers than smoke it again. To my taste, at least, Clan is horrible stuff.

Why, I wonder, do supermarket brands like this, mediocre or worse, become and stay popular enough to BE supermarket brands, available everywhere, whereas first-rate tobaccos are so hard to come by outside specialist tobacconists, and so often cease production? A deep question of economics, this.

Purchased From: Available more or less anywhere

Similar Blends: Similar to Holland House; but HH is far superior..

21 people found this review helpful.

Causeway Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Causeway (8)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

The horrors of Clan are well-documented on this site. To repeat what is often said: it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It is a tobacco dreamed up by a cigarette smoker who is making a bad guess at the pipe-smoking experience. If you're reading, it's not even close, my friend.

It is often said that over-the-counter brands rely heavily on casings for effect and flavour. In Clan the casing is napalm, and the flavour is fire. It will burn your pipe, your fingers, your tongue; and it will probably toast the roof of your mouth if you're foolish enough to persist in smoking it.

Smoked in a pipe it is not really possible to differentiate between the different types of tobacco blended to make Clan; mainly because the pipe quickly becomes a fire tunnel. By rolling Clan in a cigarette it becomes possible to taste a variety of flavours. However, they do not mix well together - there's no subtlety or art in the blending; and the tobacco does not have a defining moment. Another major problem is that Clan appears to have no discernible nicotine hit, so as both pipe and cigarette tobacco it fails... it fails in every way.

It is mild enough because it tastes of nothing; its room note appears non-existent. I smoked it in three pipes - a 1980s Dunhill Bruyere, a 19th century Mahogany Meerschaum, and a no-name pipe. The Meerschaum gave me the best experience because I was able to sip. It didn't improve much, but at least I was aware I was smoking something other than the napalm casing.

Clan is still sold in supermarkets in the UK - it is almost always dried out because it has been sitting on the shelf for so long. I felt I wasn't giving the tobacco a fair chance without attempting to re-hydrate it; unfortunately any attempt to re-hydrate it results in it tasting even worse. I'm sure there is a way of reviving this tobacco by adding something innocuous - a slice of orange peel, or a potato peeling. Unfortunately I don't have the money to throw away on experimenting.

I've seen this tobacco referred to as cheap. In the UK, because of taxes, there is no such thing as a cheap tobacco - a bad pouch of Clan will cost you as much as a beautiful pouch of St Bruno. In such a situation you would think Clan would have been withdrawn a long time ago; yet it persists; staring sullenly at me across the tobacco counter, and every so often I answer its gaze by buying it, thinking I might be rewarded for my audacity. But every time it disappoints.

Not at all recommended. Not at all. Still, I feel reluctant to be so honest - if only because I fear Clan will be withdrawn from supermarkets and we'll find out afterwards, too late, that if only we'd crumbled some essence of cobweb into the pouch it would have become a world-class smoke. But I doubt it.

I doubt Clan very much.

14 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

According to description, there are fourteen different tobaccos present in this blend. What I notice most is the nutty, earthy, toasty, woody burley. There’s several Virginias in the mix, and I get some earth and grass along with some citrus and a little dark fruit as strong supporting players. The Kentucky is spicy, woody, and nutty in a condimental role. I believe a few strands of dark fired Kentucky are here, too, as I detect the kind of wood and spice I generally associate with it. The spicy, woody, earthy, buttery sweet, floral, smoky Orientals have a noticeable presence. The spicy, raisiny perique seems to underscore the experience.The black cavendish is unsweetened, and it adds a light sugariness. The Maryland is unnoticeable. I sense a touch of smoky, woody, musty Cyprian latakia as well. The toppings are hard to define, but I get a little caramel, some fruit, and something a little floral. An alcohol based topping seems to be whiskey. The strength is mild while the taste almost reaches the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is very mild. Fast puffing will grant you some bite, and even a sipping pace will cause some tongue tingle. A thin cut ribbon manufacture than burns a little fast with a consistent sweet, mildly creamy, spicy taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. An all day smoke. Three stars for the flavor, one for the bite, so I settled on two stars.

7 people found this review helpful.

Granny Smith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Granny Smith (25)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco is not as bad as people make out, though it's certainly not my fravourite blend. But it is available in most UK shops - my OTC tobacco of choice is Condor followed by St. Bruno though I will pick up clan from time to time. It is distinctive for its aroma which leaves an enjoyable room note and when smoked carefully it releaes a lot of flavour - whiskey being one of the flavours I detect. Though Clan can bite of smoked too quickly which is perhaps why it gets so many negative reviews. I couldn't smoke this full time as I tend to enjoy more earthy tobaccos like the excellent Old Dark Fired or Virginnia Flake but I'll certainly puff on Clan from time to time. As an aromatic I think it's quite good and doesn't deserve all the negative reviews. As a young inexperienced pipe smoker this was my brand of choice but these days, having explored the range of better tobaccos out there, I tend to indulge in Clan very rarely. It's still far from shit though and offers a reasonable fix of Vitamin N.

Pipe Used: Falcon limited edition white tip

Age When Smoked: three months old

Purchased From: Tesco

Similar Blends: Holland House Aromatic.

6 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

While the Dutch introduced tobacco cultivation to Java and Sumatra, what they grew there was essentially Virginia leaf, because only succulent, large-leafed tobacco can be grown in such a humid climate. The small-leafed tobacco from the Caucasus needs a more arid, more high-mountain kind of environment. It would rot under the Monsoon rain.

We call small-leafed tobacco "Oriental" because it comes from the Near East?not the Far East. The British call it "Turkish", because many of the lands where "Oriental/Turkish" tobaccos are grown were once part of the Turkish ["Ottoman"] Empire, even though the principal grower of these tobaccos nowadays tends to be Greece, which conquered its independence from the Ottoman sultans as long ago as the 1820s.

Clan is a typical Dutch-style Cavendish-processed blend: a wide variety of Virginia tobaccos pressed, steamed to open its pores, topped with a mild sweetening agent. It may then be blended with cased burley, to make it less biting, and because burley is much more receptive to flavouring sauces than Virginia. If any "Turkish" condimental tobacco is added, this is done with the object of avoiding a treacly feeling. A few leaves of Latakia or fire-cured Kentucky burley may be added to provide some body?not much, because mildness is the ideal in Dutch blending.

I swear I cannot tell the difference between CLAN and FLYING DUTCHMAN. There may not be any. In this category of classic aromatics, I prefer SAIL Yellow and AMPHORA Red. But there is a certain air de famille to all these Holland House Cavendish confections. They are beloved of mild-mannered patresfamilias all over Northern Europe.

(Because Americans tend to start their smoking careers with cheap, supermarket-sold, savagely-cased burley blends, they thereafter cast a prejudiced eye on all aromatic blends, once they feel they have "progressed" into "natural" blends. No such prejudice exists in Continental Europe, where quality aromatics are thought of as luxurious.)

Finally, one word of warning to believers in "aged" tobacco: beware of old aromatic tobacco. It does not age well at all. The casing agents go stale, and taste awful. Any "mediciny" taste in a Dutch blend probably means that the casing agents are beginning to go.

Like a stale lady's perfume, it is best avoided.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Seeing tantric's listing of this blend in the New Reviews section reminded me that I have never reviewed this blend although I smoked a pouch about a year ago. I scrambled for my diary to get out my notes (I have been keeping a personal tobacco review diary for about 25 years). Anyway, tantric's review pretty much sums up my feelings about this blend, except that I see no comparison at all between Clan and St. Bruno Flake.

Clan is indeed a finely shag cut tobacco. And boy, is it dry in the pouch -- indeed very similar to Flying Dutchman. It packs and burns well, and is a spicy son of a gun! I may be wrong, but I even detected a smidgen of latakia flavor in the smoke.

It can get steamy, so, have an ample supply of pipe cleaners. It can also be puffed up into the hot zone if not handled with care. All in all, an okay smoke, but I shall not ever smoke the stuff again.

6 people found this review helpful.

Lord Clam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lord Clam (5)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

It may be unfashionable to like mild, light, wife friendly blends but I am really enjoying Clan. It smells like sherry or whisky in the pouch, more accurately like sherry casked whisky.

It is very dry, and smokes like a furnace, but has wonderful floral notes with a hint of alcohol and spice. Steady nicotine hit and a pleasant room note. It is a nice accompaniment to food, booze or coffe/tea because it doesn't drown everything else out like stronger tobaccos.

A nice, all - round everyday smoke with enough to please the expert or the novice. A pleasant surprise and well worth the money!

5 people found this review helpful.

ilDominante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ilDominante (11)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I think there is a big misconception about both Clan and Flying Dutchman. Both blends, in their pure and fresh state are very pleasant, especially if you prefer aromatic tobaccos. The problem is that recently bad batches of both pipeweeds ended up on the shelves of European tobacconists (these blends don't make it overseas in the US for conventions of some sort). Bad batches meaning that the tobaccos are dry like hay, and thus when smoked not only lose their fragrances and complexities, but often burn one's tongue. I just bought a pack of each in Venice, and rediscovered the old Clan and Flying Dutchman which I used to smoke about 10 years ago. The tobacco was moist as it is supposed to be and lent itself for a very pleasant smoke. Indeed one can enjoy the oriental notes that Niemeyer cites in the description of both weeds. The Cavendish is very evident. Those bad batches must have been mishandled or let dry on the shelves, for finally I have been able to taste again the true form of these tobaccos which are indeed very pleasant even to the discerning smoker.

5 people found this review helpful.

Dogglebird Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dogglebird (1)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I am neither young nor a beginner as a pipe smoker, but I have become accustomed to Clan. This is not a great classic for the connoisseur and it's not a tobacco I would want to smoke every day, but it does have a couple of big plusses for me. The first is that my missus loves the smell rather than complains about it(I'm banned from some of the stronger ones like Navy Rolls). The second is that it's gentle on the palate - you can light up at any time and enjoy a quick pipe while having a cup of tea, or while doing something else. I mostly smoke Dunhill Standard Mixture or Squadron leader, and this is a nice change - now and again.

Pipe Used: GBD - briar with Meerschaum lining

Age When Smoked: 58

Purchased From: Online

Similar Blends: Holland House.

3 people found this review helpful.

artielon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
artielon (6)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I wet a couple of pipe cleaners and seal them in the pouch for 12 hours (and whenever it gets too dry) because it´s usually too dry and biting otherwise. It improves the characteristics (coolness, burning) and overall taste considerably. I find no big difference to more expensive brands and its availability is a plus.

Pipe Used: Falcon Coolway with filter

Age When Smoked: relatively fresh

Purchased From: R-kioski, Finland

Similar Blends: Ashton Rainy Day.

3 people found this review helpful.

Chimney1966 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chimney1966 (5)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

First of all, have to say, this tobacco is such that, either you like it, or you hate it. This tobacco would actually deserve grading "seven and half out of ten" (3 stars, when 4 is max). BUT, when asked "additionally" two questions: 1. Is this tobacco worth of the money? (Yes, it aint expensive, its about the cheapest one available here, and easiest to get from almost all kiosks and supermarkets) 2. Does it do what it is intended to do? (Yes, it certainly satisfies the basic need, nothing really fancy, but it certainly does it job even better than some more expensive "fancy blends") As conclusion, it earned all the stars.

Now, to the detailed assessment... Like so many others, I remeber this tobacco from my early childhood, my grandfather used to smoke this blend between 1967 and 1969 (he shifted from cigarettes to be a pipesmoker in 1967 and gave up smoking entirely 1969), and naturally there were lots of fond memories related to this. Even during time I was kid, I liked Clans tobacco pouch aroma, as as it was similar to strong liquorice ("salmiak") due ammonium chloride. I also noticed already then how well its packs in the bowl (as three years old, during late 1969 I sometimes had proviledge to "load" the pipe for my grandfather, and quickly learned how easy it was to pack properly) When I bought my first pipe (Dunhill, during 1992) I used first this blend as the tobacco to form the cake into the new bowl. And Clan was the tobacco which was to set the standards of being "the basic" pipe tobacco.

Regarding the CUT: The cut of Clan is a PROPER pipe tobacco cut, and is far superior than those unfortunate Scandinavian thin shag cuts (due their "roll your own" uses) which have in Scandinavian market "spoiled" Borkums Riff and Amphora tobaccos (and which really can damage the bowl of your pipe while burning excessively hot, and when too moist, are really prone to cause tongue bite). So, if visiting Scandinavia, and need to get a re-supply of pipe tobacco, Clan is fairly safe choice.

The distinctive "chemical smell" mentioned earlier by few reviewers (poupehan, Eldrich) is, no doubt, ammonium chloride which has been sprinkled over the blend. And just like Eldrich mentioned, I have heard similar stories that opening the pouch will cause this particular tobacco to loose its strength really fast (and relatively strong becames "extra mild"). Only way to secure that this tobacco will hold its slight moist and aroma is to pack it immediately after opening the pouch into a glass jar with airtight rubber seal and wire locked lid (this particular tobacco really needs "gastight" storage) So, as cheap as this tobacco might be, it is fairly demanding regarding proper storage. Also if this has been in shop shelf for long time, it might have lost some its strength. On the other hand.., if first bowl is too strong for you, store some of the tobacco (for bowl or two) in tiny metal box (without airtight seal) for a day...

Proper spicy flavor prevents beginners from buffing too hard, so actually this is suitable belnd for beginners (and then they can find something better smokes as "pleasant discoveries"). there are 14 different and it can be noticed while in pouch and while smoke. No doubt, there is Latakia, than can be tasted as well as Virginia and Burley. No wonder, so many cigarette smokers changed to this, as "a natural continuation". I have seen that there are additional variants of Clan such as Mild and Malt Whisky but never tried neither of them (even I would like to try Clan Malt Whisky sometime). Mild is available from local tobacco shop, but the another not...

Talking about room note of this tobacco is bit under-estimated in "size scale". As I was visiting one fairly small town (with not much traffic) as I walked along the street, I suddenly noticed clear aroma of Clan, and as I looked around, fellow (whom I knew) was standing across the street (in range of about 30 yards) and smoked his pipe...(so, in scale, almost "a street note") Distinctive (almost territorial) room note of Clan is fairly individualistic nowdays. Long time ago it was quite common, but nowdays relatively rare, but although fairly distinctive, most find it pleasant (and possibly due relatively rare encounter).

And just as ROMMER mentioned in earlier review, this tobacco really enters your system... After 20 minutes you can feel it, and its effect will last about 4 hours... Old folks used to say that this stuff enchances the blood circulation for quite a while, so, during a cold and rainy November day while feet and hands feel really cold, bowlful of Clan certainly "corrects" that (at least did that to me), during hot day (or in hot climate) might make someone to sweat. This might be reason why most loyal Clan smokers were old men...

I keep collection of dirrerent brands and blends of pipe tobacco stored for diffrerent occations, and most are more fancy (and expensive) than Clan, but Clan is "the old reliable" which has earned its place amongst the tobacco stock. When I can not decide which to enjoy a bowlful, then I choose Clan... In case I use my Peterson 303 System (which does not have a filter) I load bottom of the bowl (about 1/4 layer) with W.O.Larsens Old Fashioned, and then 3/4 of Clan. Clan provides the spice and bottom layer of Old Fashioned takes care that fine ash of perfectly combusting Clan does not endup to the bit... And it is fairly perfect smoke... I have enjoyed every bowl, never had tonguebit or irritation... Actually.., one time as I was once again affected by paper dust allergy (after processing old archive files the dust from old papers made my throat sore and nose running and feel really miserable) I loaded the bowl of my pipe (in frustration and miserable feeling condition) really full of Clan and smoked it during 30 minutes time... And after that, my thoroat was no longer dry or sore, and my nose was no longer running.., so, I dare to say Clan worked like anti-histamine and stopped allergic rhinitis... Indeed smells like medicine, but works like one too... Now you know, why Clan is one of my favourites...

Update: Earlier I smoked "original Clan", but latest have been DK made (made by Orlik), and although nicotone kick has somewhat reduced (milder than earlier), I just bought 200 grams tin of this stuff, so, it can not be all that bad as many think...

3 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I really enjoy this tobacco. It was always my fathers smoke of choice, so perhaps thats why I like it so much, the aroma seems comfortably familiar. Its a quite natural tasting aromatic in the Dutch tradition, very mild. The aroma is sweetenet with a subtle dose of vanilla, that does not mask the tobacco flavour, as in so many more heavily cased blends, but sweetens and adds to it. The tobacco is cut quite fine, into long even ribbons without too much stemmy bits, and is quite easy to pack evenly, due to the very even cut of the tobacco, although it helps to tease it apart a litle as you fill, rather than just stuffing it in. It lights as easily as it packs, and does not go out. This baccy does seem to vary a little from pouch to pouch in its moisture content, some can be a little damp, and so tend to gurgle, but this can be overcome by leaving it open for a while. Due to the sugars in it it is unlikely to get crispy dry though, so never really dries out in the pouch. A truly excellent aromatic.


Not having smoked this in a while, I got a pouch, and immediately wondered why I had been wasting my time trying so many other aromatics. If there is a perfect aromatic this is it. Admittedly there are others that are sweeter, like a vannilla explosion when you light up. But they also burn hotter, wetter and steamier, with far less taste of tobacco. They also represent an olfactory assult on anybody in the room not unlike an overdose of perfume, which is all very well if people like vanilla/cherry/whatever else but some don't. The aroma of clan is indeed unobtrusive, sweet in its own way, but the sweetness is so artfully blended in that it cannot be told apart from the smell of the tobacco as with some sweeter blends. The tobaccos used in this blend are diverse, and the casings include rum, vanilla, and liquorice, in restrained doses. I've not found that anybody dislikes its aroma, but many people have told me that it smells nice, including a number of people with an absolute aversion to tobacco smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I tried this before reading the reviews and I was thinking to myself, I bet this is a beloved old European OTC blend. I found it had an unusual but pleasant taste and was quite satisfying.

Then I read the reviews! Boy to folks have this stuff. I must be in the minority. I am used to that as I am smarter and better looking than most people. Ha ha. I think it's a 2.5 start blend but am giving it three just to bump up its total score. Such haters.

2 people found this review helpful.

ruraldean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruraldean (3)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Well, I've read the reviews, which reflect entirely that one man's meat is another man's poison. I've not smoked Clan before, so this is based on about five bowls.

Yes, it can bite. It can really bite, but only if you suck on your pipe like a McDonald's milkshake. A gentle sipping releases far more than most have revealed in other reviews. There's a big vanilla hit, and the stuff does smell like Bird's Custard Powder in the bag, however, a little TLC coaxes a nice, buttery flavour, if a little thin, from the easily packed tobacco. This is a one light bowl. I don't even bother with a charring light, but slightly under fill the bowl , spark up and puff down to a wonderful fine white ash. I use an air-pocket method of packing, which definitely helps.

Overall, this doesn't scare me, it's inoffensive, and it's easy to get hold of. Somewhat recommended with a caution about over-drawing, unless pain is your friend.

Pipe Used: MM Cob

Age When Smoked: 58

Purchased From: Tesco

Similar Blends: Scotty's Butternut Burley (but with bite).

2 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I had this recommended to me by a special needs guy I work with who used to smoke it by the bucketload and loved the sweet flavour. I had never heard it before but decided to take my life into my hands and give it a go when I saw it in my local supermarket a couple of days later.

I was actually quite excited when I got the well packed, tartan strewn packet home, and the hints of caramel, with perhaps a subtle tint of mint, wafted up from the tobacco as I opened it up. The packing was, and has been since, very easy as has the lighting. The caramel flavour continued on into the smoke providing a pleasant, relaxing experience. Also, the general lack of tongue bite is a plus point.

I have to say, fair play to the guy I look after, he's been onto a decent tobacco. It's not a classic by any means, but for a good afternoon smoke it really hits the spot.

2 people found this review helpful.

Moçambicano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moçambicano (13)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I began pipe smoking around 1992, when I entered college. It was a time when tobacco wasn't considered a weapon of mass destruction, smoking was still considered to be a somewhat glamourous activity, and "Big-Cigarette-Tobacco" multinational companies hadn't started to buy and debase smaller blenders of pipe mixtures.

My parents then offered me a small pipe smoker's kit, which included an affordable "Amphora Milos" dutch filter pipe, and a huge 250 gr tin of Clan tobacco, which was by that time produced by Theodorus Niemeyer (nowadays the Clan brand belongs to British-American Tobacco Company and is blended by Orlik in Denmark).

Those where the days of pipe smoking. Me and my colleagues would spend whole evenings discussing philosophy and reciting poetry ? enacting our own version of the "Dead Poets' Society". Clan, or better said that old version of it, will always be part of my nostalgic remembrance of such happy times. It seemed such an honest blend, so tasteful, so trustworthy ? even after I discovered a truly high-quality favorite, Dunhill's London Mixture.

After more than a decade without puffing any pipe at all, I stumbled upon the old Amphora pipe. Trying to exorcise the sadness of fleeting years, I polished the briar, bought a pouch of Clan, disappointed to know that London Mixture had been meanwhile discontinued. I filled the bowl full of enthusiasm and nostalgia?

And then I got a second disappointment. This is not the Clan I knew. This is not even a decent tobacco, however cheap it might be priced. Clan has become a meaningless name in a label placed upon pouches containing dry grass, chloride and god-knows-what. It scorches the tongue as if it had been cased with napalm, then paves it with second-grade asphalt. So many expectations of reviving a bliss, such an anti-climax.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Another traditional, readily available, easy to smoke mixture, with a very characteristic Dutch note despite the heavy but agreeable casing. Basically medium brown tobaccos, very fine cut in long thin ribbons (which if scissor-cut could actually be smoked in a cigarette), Clan is perhaps one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in Europe. You can find it almost anywhere, including airports and news stands. If not used to the Dutch processing techniques?which are similar to the French caporal taste (this one, believe it or not, does have some Oriental leaf varieties, probably from the Indonesian regions that were once Dutch colonies)?it may at first taste a little bit harsh. Because of the fine cut it may also produce a severe case of tongue bite. But once you get used to it, and master the skill of puffing slowly, it is a good alternative when stranded in unfamiliar places with no proper tobacconist nearby. It is not a goopy tobacco?in fact it is rather dry?and you have to take care not to overfill the bowl. It burns dry, and the sweetness of the casing, though present throughout the smoke, is not strong enough to obliterate the tobacco flavour underneath. Think of it as an aromatic version of the Flying Dutchman. All in all, not a bad smoke, along the lines of Gold Block and the Amphora range, but with a slightly sharper edge to it. The aroma, by the way, is one of the most appreciated qualities of this blend, and even non smokers seem to be enthusiastic about it.


NB: I read the esteemed Pipestud's comment regarding the St. Bruno/Clan comparison. I am sure he must be right. I have only tired St. Bruno ready rubbed. It seems the flake version (just like in Erinmore) is less sweet and stronger.

2 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant


I was recently on Matches860's YouTube watching a video when i saw a discussion regarding a tobacco trade, i offered to get in on the deal and i have to thank Mr Couch 1,000 times over for sending me a pouch of Clan which i have wanted to try for ever. I had a feeling it might smoke a little hot when i received his email that innocently asked "did you try the Clan?" just as my Geiger counter was off the scale sitting next to the pouch. I just knew he was laughing his ass off (as i am now doing with my friends) knowing that i was just recently battling the heat of a star. Just like the firefighters at Chernobyl i too have stared into the mouth of a reactor, my poor Charatan blasted pipe, but i know now how to tame the beast using filters and once tamed she is a magnificent creature. It's really addicting! Just be careful not to mar the outside of your pipe when stuffing it with some Clan Elephant's Foot. (if you don't know what that is give it a google)

For years i had read about the rite of passage one must take and then overcome and best in the form of a raw tongue blister. Once healed, determining the topping and varietal of tobacco's and finally seeking counseling for your newest addiction that comes in a Tartan pouch. It has a thin almost shag cut that makes packing a breeze but combined with very dry tobacco acts like tinder. The aroma while aromatic is the Victorian or Dutch style that incorporates perfume , not the 70's black Cavendish that is so popular. As to the Tartan pouch i cannot for the life of me determine why the manufacturer wants us to believe it's either A, made in Scotland or B, contains Scottish leaf... Perhaps Scotland sent Clan into England originally as a Trojan horse, they could slowly take over Britain by searing one Englishman's tongue after another until no one north of York could scream "Invasion!!" and warn their brethren...

Seriously though i am exaggerating greatly but you get the point. I love the taste and aroma plus the shag cut, i am so privileged to have been given a whole pouch to sample. Its so simple and tasty once you master the art of Nuclear Alchemy. Use a Grabow filter, never let get above 600 Kelvin and use a very thin walled pipe to gauge the heat before it spins out of control. I am so proud to be a part of this thing of ours with such amazing and generous people!! And thanks again to a very generous Mr Couch...

Similar Blends: Cesium 137, Plutonium, Strontium.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe man9697 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe man9697 (3)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Recently (6 months) returned to pipe smoking. My Grandad smoked this until his death last year at 95. He religiously put rum in his clan pouches. Swore by it. I tried this. It works. Clan becomes a nice cheap all day smoke. Nice vanilla tones. Mild nicotine hit. Yes it burns fast whole bowl gone in half hour but sometimes you just want a fast " wife friendly " smoke. Suitable for lunch time at work. Nothing challenging. It is what it is but it's not as bad as people are making out. It's not St Bruno but it's a serviceable basic all day smoke. I don't always want the big nicotine hit of a condor or a Royal Yacht!!

Pipe Used: Darvill briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: Asda ( Walmart)

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Scandinavian Tobacco Group - Clan.

Ok, so I reviewed this a few years ago, was fairly brutal, and when I read it back I thought I sounded like the proverbial tobacco snob. So, I deleted my former review, opened a fresh pouch up, and thought I'd be as impartial as is humanly possible.

To begin on a good note the blend has an appealing appearance: snippets of all shades of weed, and to be fair the moisture's good. The pouch note was made a little tricky to identify by the smell of plastic/chemicals from the seal glue, but forgetting those there isn't anything particularly preeminent about the note.

The smoke isn't as bad as I remembered it to be, as an otc blend it isn't in the league of St. Bruno or Condor, they get four stars but I wouldn't rate Clan with only one star. The added flavourings are very mild, the main tastes are the tobaccos: I get a very toasty note from the Burley/Kentucky. This seems to me the stronger of the leaves, the rest make a cornucopia of flavours: I guess that's the polite way of saying it tastes a bit messy! As subjective as it is, the tongue bite deters me somewhat: it's ok for the first quarter, but does begin to give me grief after that. The burn from Clan is reasonably good, but it tends to be a touch quick.

The room-note from Clan is its best feature, and the nicotine's below medium. This isn't THAT bad, nothing spectacular, but not the worst:

Two and a half stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Various

Purchased From: Various

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mustache drip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mustache drip (2)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This one you either love or hate. Taste sweet, creamy, slightly musty and grainy from whiskey topping and a touch of floral. Tobacco taste comes through and leaves a bit of oil on the tounge. It does not bite if properly dried. Burns rather fast which is the only fault I have with this one. All in all, its defenatly an acquired taste, I happen to love. One of the better cheap aromatics And thats coming from an english smoker.

Pipe Used: savinelli bent billiard

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Ripp The Jacker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ripp The Jacker (4)
Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

From the name and pouch art you may be fooled into thinking this is some kind of Scottish mixture and may even conjure images in your mind of the highlands and whiskey etc - and you would be sadly hoodwinked. This blend is in fact a Dutch style aromatic and all the tartan artwork won't change that a jot.

Once you open up the pouch you are greeted by a most beguiling and enticing aroma of sweet liquor and molasses. That, unfortunately is where the good times end with this blend.

It packs easy enough and takes a flame well...a bit too well in fact, oh mate does this blend burn, even when sipping lightly the tobacco is so incendiary you find yourself at the bottom of the bowl in no time at all, this is where sipping comes in, because if you don't you'll get the worse tongue bite of your life.

The blend boasts 14 different tobaccos contained within but good luck tasting and identifying any of them, the flavour is incredibly flat, even retrohaling won't yield any substantial flavours.

At the end of the bowl you're left with a tingly tongue, a sense of disappointment and buyer's remorse...but hey, at least your room smells faintly nice!

A pleasant room note does not a good tobacco make, it's almost like a non-smoker created a blend that they would enjoy from an audience point of view. You'd be better off buying a much better blend and a cheap candle from Poundland to compensate for the room note. Seriously, give this one a miss, it's really not worth it.

Pipe Used: MM Legend, Brog Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Newsagent

Similar Blends: Van Rossems - Troost Aromatic Cavendish.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

This new Orlik version of CLAN is much different and much better than the original one, it is a ribbon cut blend, (no more shag), has a good, fresh quality tobacco flavor and it is less aromatic than the old version, mild and uncomplicated all day smoke. one of the best OTC tobacco pouch.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Intrigued by the German importer's second attempt at landing this blend in Germany (the first one was aborted sometime last year), I bought a pouch.

Opening which, the pouch note is nice, very fruity, but I can still make out the VA beneath that. The 'baccy is mostly a ready rubbed, with some short ribbons in there. I can't make out the KY from the blend description, neither in the pouch note nor in the smoke. Stuffing is easy, and the burn is uncomplicated. Fast puffing will get your tongue burned, but that's my only complaint there.

The room note is quite nice, which is more than I can say about the flavour; it reminds me a bit of the tutti frutti chewing gum of my childhood which weaned me off chewing gum. I get a somewhat chemical aftertaste, too. Mind, it's sweet, and the VA does get through to the tastebuds. Those who enjoy fruity aromatics should probably try CFA out once, but there's not much there for the likes of myself.

Pipe Used: DB Commander, DB Mayfair

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new pouch

Purchased From: Appelhans, Lingen, Germany

Similar Blends: Plenty of other fruity aromatics.

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Brandr ODS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brandr ODS (15)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I’m emotionally bounded to this tobacco, so I fear I can’t be as objective as I’d like to in reviewing it but, isn’t pipe smoking all a matter of personal enjoyment in the end? If a blend has a personal story/meaning to you, can you leave aside all the aspects and the factors not directly attributable to the blend itself and enjoy the smoking at the same time? I surely cannot.

The same summer I broke into pipe smoking I had a chat with my neighbor, an 83yo Alpino (Alpini are an Italian mountain warfare corps, literally “the alpines”), pipe smoker from a long time, a man from another époque, really.

“Where do you buy your pipe tobacco?” I asked him. This question paved the way for a long, unexpected and very pleasant conversation. He took me into his house, grabbed some old coffee metal tins from a shelf where he uses to store the tobacco, opened them up and let me sniff. He was a smoker of natural Italian blends – mainly Forte and Comune, being also an ex Toscano avid smoker – but, so he told me, after having tried different blends, he finally settled on aromatics. Well, his own aromatic blend, that is to say : half Borkum Riff Whiskey and half Clan. Actually, this not so orthodox (who cares? He damn loves to smoke it!) mixture was given to him by his personal Doctor in exchange of some homemade grappa (typical Italian strong distillate). “Now it’s been years since I’m smoking this, alternating with some straight Clan” he concluded. Eventually he gave me something like 15/20 grams of both the tobaccos in order to try.

After this long but necessary digression, let’s get into a quick overview of this Clan : not being a fan of aromatics, I smoke this blend quite seldom. I always found that the aroma of a freshly opened pouch of this blend is really unique, the flavors (both from the tobacco varieties involved and the from the topping) are nice, and in the nose I mainly get sweet, alcoholic and tangy notes, and I like it.

Overall, it’s a tobacco you can smoke all day long without paying too much attention. The flavor is constantly there, without any sign of evolution or complexity though, and the combustion is uniform. In order to lit the pipe with two matches and forget about any further relighting, I let it dry for an entire day prior smoking. Besides, I recommend not to puff to avidly : it will turn bitter and bite your tongue as a pit bull.

Talking about taste : mainly different shades of sweetness and subtle spiciness that often overcrowds. Yet, it all stays tight together, it’s the same taste at every smoke. A nice, tasty blend I’d suggest for novice pipe smokers who prefers aromatics over others.

I hope the little story foretold may suggest that pipe smoking isn’t just pipe smoking lock-stock-and barrel : it can be an ensemble of things, a “social glue”, or simply a pretext for two or more people who share this passion to get to know each other, sharing anecdotes and experiences, as it was for me.

“I used to go to Switzerland to buy both pipes and tobaccos”, was his answer to my very first question. And the same goes for me nowadays.

Cheers Everyone, Brandr ODS

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

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cajun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajun (11)
Very Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

I live in the UK so when I first began pipe smoking I just had to try this classic. No matter what I did with it I couldn't take to it at all. The aroma was the only thing that had any appeal, and I found that as a novice I was prone to have difficulty in packing the very long strands into the pipe. A seasoned veteran pipe smoker suggested that I do as he did and mix it 50/50 with Condor ready rubbed. This had the effect of me abandoning it completely as I simply couldn't get the resulting concoction to burn properly.

I would say that, contrary to popular belief, this may be a tobacco for an experienced pipe smoker who knows how to fill and smoke a pipe properly. My early experiences of it were very negative, and I have never smoked it for over 30 years.

It obviously has a lot of appeal as it's still on sale in every other tobacco outlet in the UK. In Scotland the shops aren't allowed to put any tobacco products on display, so I now buy all my tobacco online. Pipe smoking is definitely no longer in fashion in the UK, and standing asking a young shop assistant whether they stock various pipe tobaccos, because you cannot see them on display, is sure to upset the younger element in the queue behind you waiting to buy their favourite cigarette rolling tobacco. Most of them cannot afford "real" cigarettes.

Sorry, went off the topic there. In short, I would say that everybody should try this mixture, and those who can identify 3 of the 14 tobaccos in the mixture should be offered a prize. Air freshener sprays are cheaper in the UK than this aromatic tobacco, and won't burn the bowl out of your pipe.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: straight from pretty packet

Purchased From: Various pipe shops of olde

Similar Blends: Cannot answer that one.

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Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I am trying to come up with a way to describe the pouch aroma, but i fail. It is of undefined sweetness, some alcoholic hint and some spiciness.

Packing and lighting are easy and pretty much the only good thing to say about it, is its excellent and fast burning properties. But as has been said so many times, it burns hot, hot, hot. That becomes better when you do recondition the always dry contents.

Taste is sweet, and spicy, with some slight alcohol note. And believe it or not, you will get plenty of tobacco taste as well.

It does not has as much of a tongue burn but it literally rips your tongue apart. Think brushing your tongue with sandpaper, that is pretty much the experience traditionally offered by Clan. Again, something that gets better if you humidify the tobacco to a proper condition. But it still will just torture you no matter what you do.

If you do not know the history of this blend then all you need to know is that it was made up to get rid of all the scraps that where produced when making other blends. That's no joke either, an ex-employee of Niemeyer confirmed that, so here is your answer to that question. And also the answer as to why its still in production.

Room note is of some heavy sweetness and its gotten better with its current incarnation. But you still either like it or not, there is no middle ground as it seems.

Do i recommend this blend? Well, that depends. I do recommend this blend because in all its inferiority it still is a true need to know tobacco. But for its plain evilness i do not recommend this tobacco to anyone. So, in the end you have to make up your mind on your own ....

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

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Pipenick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipenick (27)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

Well good old Clan...bought a this famous monster of tobacco on my way to work cause left my blend in the hurry on the living room table and the only thing they had at the corner store was Clan.Packed my pipe and primed it.Actually it was it wasn't so bad as I expected it.(last time smoked Clan back in 1992).The aroma is sweet,butterscotch like and some vanilla flavors too.The cut is too think so it burns like pack your pipe extra carefully and smoke it slowly another wise you'll get nasty bite into tongue and pallet.When I got home I stopped tobacco to a jar with seal and sponge on the lid to make tobacco less fry.Let it stand there for 3 days and burning quality got little better. You can try Clan...perhaps you might like it but I still love my Macbaren Plumcake as a aromatic or to some semi-aromatic.

Pipe Used: Peterson Maigret and cob

Purchased From: Local corner shop

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gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (49)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I think Clan has evolved a lot since its first pouch, nevertheless is still a good product to be for what it cost. You’ve to keep an eye how you charge it and how you smoke it. Clan isn’t a beginer tobacco, in order to taste all his tobacco you have to smoke it very slow. The aroma and the taste are really good a little bit like Toffee, but it vanish over the time leaving space to the real tobacco.

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The Pale Horsreman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Pale Horsreman (3)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Ok , lots of negative reviews...But wait - do not dismiss this OTC (at least in the UK) classic! If you are looking for an all day smoke , that packs , lights and behaves (without being a one dimensional bore) then this is it. I like English blends, so appreciate the presence of Orientals / Turkish here. As for the 'aromatic' tag... A very light touch in my opinion. Clan Aromatic is not sickly sweet - far from it. Fourteen different tobaccos produce a cool ,complex (but not too challenging) smoke. Fantastic spicy (but cultured) Orientals - adding depth without dominating. Fresh from the pouch, 'quality, moisture, and cut' are right on the money...Talking of which , this is a couple of £'s cheaper than my usual 'Premium' (tinned) blends... An 'emergency' purchase to 'must have' in one fell swoop. Go on, join the Clan.

Pipe Used: Falcons

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Supermarket

Similar Blends: Nothing else - its unique!.

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ringo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ringo (15)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

When I first smoked this tobacco,13 years ago I rejected it being burnt. I guess due to poor technique. Recently i decided to retry, i am currently finishing my second pack. The to bacco is very dry, so it needs some treatment I put a stone that I first keep it in the water for 5 minutes and then throw it at the glassy jar i keep my tobacco. It has very thin cut and is easily packed, but burns quite fast. In terms of taste, this must be what a pirate would love to smoke:exotic buttery vanilla, with addictive rum and a hint of cinamon. It definitely contains Virginia,orientals and cigarish Maryland as it mentions, but i also track sometimes latakia (which i do not like, but here if exists it does not bother me) but i am not sure. In overall i love the taste but I would prefer better quality. But I never stop smoking it, dreaming about old ships, exotic islands deep blue oceans under the stars, unique taste...

Pipe Used: prince apple, bc dardanian

Age When Smoked: 33

Purchased From: tobacco shop

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Ah, the old Clan!... The OLD Clan, not the new! If I close my eyes I can see myself as a guy running after a pipe smoker, stopping him: “excuse me sir, what are you smoking? It smells so good !”... “mmh? What? Oh, yes... it's Clan !“. The fact is that it wasn't so good as the smell boded, but it was enjoyable at least. The current version it's really atrocious, one star despite the good memories.

1 person found this review helpful.

o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

This is a fair tobacco blend but... only that. Not particularly good in any direction. Price is low so... fair enough for that. But with a little more money you can certainly find a better one; and there are many...

1 person found this review helpful.

GrowingMyOwnFood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GrowingMyOwnFood (14)
Strong Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable

This is my first review, so my opinion may be biased by my inexperience. I find this tobacco not particularly aromatic, despite the name. The smell in the pouch is smokey, relatively mild. The cut is in strips, it's very dry and lights up and keeps burning easily and not excessively hot, producing an extremely rich and satisfying smoke. It is a strong tobacco with little tongue bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I had reviewed this blend once before; that review had been based on my experience of 20 years ago. In the meantime, this blend has changed, and my own smoking preferences have changed, too; therefore I have pulled my old review, which as it was, I do not believe does justice to Clan as it is currently being offered.

So here goes the new one.

The packaging is still very much as I remember it, as is the leaf: a thin ribbon in a roll-your-own-style pouch. The pouch aroma, though is very much a different story; where, long ago, I got something stuffy and cigar-ish, now there is a definite perfume and soap note. Not necessarily in a bad way, though. The thin ribbon needs careful stuffing, or you may actually stop up your pipe; experience certainly helps me here now that I actually have it.

From the fresh pouch, I don't need a char; I get Clan lit with a single match. The taste is much more sweet than it was oh-so-long-ago; I can make out some notes of VA and Burley, but the large range of components still ends up making this blend a bit of a wild mix. The burn is OK, the taste deepens just a tad throughout the bowl, and there is some spice in there. The room note I get is the same perfume-ish scent that I notice in the pouch; certainly more acceptable than back when I first tested this brand name.

Still, this is not something I will be getting back to. It is OK, not a blend I would throw away, and yes, I know a couple of pipesters who love it. In a pinch, I would buy a pouch over several other supermarket offerings. So, I can recommend to try it; it might fit your bill.

Similar Blends: Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Coopvaert.

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SmileyOrb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmileyOrb (15)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I recall trying this a couple of years ago. I decided to write this review today as I noticed a chap smoking his pipe with this outside a pipe shop in Victoria Street, London. The aroma is distinctive! I'm aware this blend has received mixed reviews. My recollection is a got tired of this tobacco. The taste is toffee/caramel. Its a mild to medium strength and suggest to have a dedicated bowl as the ghost of it remains in the pipe for a few days.It's a easy smoke and I recall that frequently I found the taste can get a bit, well...monotonous. Remembering its aromatic, folk say it's a pleasant aroma. However, at the time I was new to pipe smoking and now enjoy non-aromatics more. However, I'm thinking of giving it another try now my smoking tastes have matured. I recall that sometimes it tasted artificial. It's not a fine tobacco but for over the counter its not bad either. Let's put it this way...the UK over the counter / supermarket stores main pipe tobaccos are St.Bruno, Condor and Navy cut John Players and Clan. St Bruno for me is the best of this choice. However, I have ended up somewhat ambivalent regarding Clan. After smoking Petersons Luxury Blend (which is delightful), Clan is quite flat in comparison. I've been spoilt recently on fine tobaccos and as a result it's like comparing fish and chips meal to a Salmon steak meal! So, my rating remains average. It has memories though of my Dad's old boss smoking it like no tomorrow. So; I'll revisit in homage to this memory. I suggest you try for just the experience. You may be pleasantly surprised in the short term.

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

A Type so-called "Holland" Mixtures, composed by mixing many kinds of tobaccos, as "Amsterdamer".

The regular,normal Clan is this, called "Clan Aromatic" Is splendid.

One of my favorites, i smoke Clan since I was a Teen, a begginner. For me, the flavour and taste are remarkable, remembered for years, singular, specific and fully different.

The mixture of Tobaccos (14 different types) gives to this a unique caracther, taste anf flavour.Also is very complex, since is a mixture of many tobacco types,

Is fully different of any other tobacco, no comparison with other mixtures.

Fully aromatic, strong, burns easily and still fast and hot, but never bad!

I recommend you to smoke it gently and very slowly, since their cut is a fine ribbon and it easy overheat ansd may burn the tongue.

Clan Aromatic is Historic, ia s Classic. Very good, fully recommended. 4 Stars.

Upgrading the review:

I bought 2 new pouchs of it, recently.

Now, this tobacco is good, but normal, only decent. Is only a Ghost, a Phanton, when compared with the old recipe from Theodorus Niemeyer.

Unfortunately, no more so fantastic! Only 3 Stars.

Pipe Used: many

Age When Smoked: recently purchased

Purchased From: Tabacaria Virtual

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henwrench Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
henwrench (16)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Ah, the dreaded Clan!!! Well now, I've gotta be honest, I really like this stuff. I don't know why it gets such bad reviews, I was put off getting any of this for a long time but curiosity got the better of me and I got me 25g's. Opened her up and liked what I saw and smelled. Quite strange to pack, you gotta do it kind of loose. Yep, she burns quick alright, but, hey, so what? Perfect for a speedy 15 minute 'moment'. And, wow, is this one complex smoke! I was extremely pleased to be able to pick out the V's, Perique, the Cav's, the Turkish and the Burley all coming over me in luscious waves. I wouldn't reccomend this tobacco to a total newbie, 'cos of the very complexity, but if like me you thinking about it, try it, try it, try it!!! It is an Orlik after all...

1 person found this review helpful.

meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After watching a series of reviews of classic American blends on YouTube (by nickandhispipe) I decided to work my way through some of our classic (and readily available) British blends.

I approached Clan with excitement and trepidation, having heard so much about how bad it was. I think I wanted something amazing and awful.

I was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised.

It is a slightly woody, slightly caramel sweet tasting tobacco. Akin to some light aromatics from companies like Petersons. It burns well and doesn't bite as much as some more expensive and highly regarded tobaccos. I was stunned to find that the flavour was deep and more layered than I had expected. It is actually quite complex. There is a definite whiff of play-doh to it which I don't really care for but also don't find to be an insurmountable obstacle.

I probably wouldn't choose to smoke this again but I also wouldn't hurl at it the vitriol other have. It's actually OK.

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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (22)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Open the pouch and you'll get a sweet, slightly woody smell. Contents are thickly entwined thin ribbons varying in colour from light through medium to dark brown. It emerges in dense but light clumps when you pick the stuff out.

Now, I used to positively loathe Clan, partly because it smokes far too quickly, and partly because I didnt like the taste. However, 10 years after last trying it, I've bought several pouches over the last month, and find it to be much better than I remembered.

Best thing about it is the pretty full, woody aroma. I now find I can also smoke pipeful after pipeful with absolutely no bite. And it doesn't irritate my throat, nor make me feel as if my lungs are going to give out (what a plus, eh!) Worst thing about Clan is that it does burn too fast, so that you finish a bowl in no time.

Now view it as a very acceptable in-between smoke, when I don't have the opportunity to get hold of something with more quality.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the better over the counter blends;i have bought this a few times at the bus station when i have been out and ran out of my on person internet purchases..

Comes in a green tartan pouch design in 50g and 25g i think..

Pouch aroma: Earthy and slight caramel casing..

Appearance in pouch: Crimpled ribbons,feels dry but smokes moister.

Pipe used: Peterson rustic bent apple 303.

It smokes ok out of the packet but would benefit from a little drying out,,i used a pipe zippo to light it..

This didn't seem to bite and i don't remember any real soap factor in this,and if there was it hasen't left a memorable impression.

It being mild left no ghosting in my pipe either..

To describe the baccy it had a mono but consistant taste;considering the amount of alleged ingredients within,none of them stand out - you get a rounded average taste,,,mild i suppose,,,slightly woody,,,a light wood..

Its a dry taste perhaps like a stronger rollup tobacco,,the closest comparison would be to "samson" rollup ,but stronger.. A few people i know make roll ups with this as well..

So it is slightly cigarette-ish and has a dry taste;to describe it alegorically its like smoking card,,like the cardboard of a box that had contained toffee's,,,;imagine a box that has had some toffee's in it which is empty & you sniff the box & then lick it(like when you was a kid and wanted some more),,it tastes like that basically;toffee aromatic sweetened cardboard box..

Its alright but nothing special;it tasted ok in a briar as well(i only use clays these days),,it may taste better in a clay but i don't know..

Not bad for a drug store brand but for an extra possible £1 i can buy more interesting and enjoy it better..

A semi aromatic OK for someone trancending cigarettes - it won't put them off..It has due to its mildness the ability to be an all dayer smoke as well..

The room note is ok,its OK for a pipe smell..

If i had to purchase a british newsagent pipe tobacco and erinmore was not on the shelf i would purchase Clan..(erinmore although a semi OTC, is in a class as good as anything which is harder to aquire,,i even order it on line)

Its not a complicated smoke and doesn't say much;its a brand that one of my dads work colleagues used to smoke in a falcon pipe,,it reminds me of a workmans smoke rather than a conneseur(can never spell it)choice..

For a toffee-ish aromatic i would smoke this over petersons "sweet killarney" which was an untameable biter,although i am sure there are better toffee aromatics about(i don't really smoke aromatics anymore)..

UPDATE 17/06/2012

My first review obove was written from vague memories,but i have recently revisited this OTC as part of my small OTC odyssey.

The words "over the counter" ant the term OTC became for some reason a dirty word which was due to my pipe snobbery at the time of being spoiled by harder to aquire brands with elaborate preparation techniques.

Butterscotch pouch aroma,medium aromatic.

Having tried a fair amount of tobacco archetypes now,my palette has developed and i can detect more nuances,and also my quantity of pipes in my collection and experience of matching the best combinations of draught hole and smoke tube diameters,bowl profiles, and system pipes to different types and blends for dedicated usage pipes:I am now bumping this one up to three stars because it is such an easy to live with semi aromatic baccy(an aromatic with serious base tobaccos).

It sure has a kitchen sink of ingredients,but i now find it interesting for this factor because down the bowl i get so many hints and its a real transformer.

A semi aromatic/english/burley/virginia/oriental/latakia,a unique enigma of a medium/mild easy OTC ,everyday ,allday, smoke.

Smoked in a curved multipurpose stem falcon pipe with large 'instanbul rustic bowl(falcons being my best performing pipe since retiring my old clays because i initially wasn't getting on well with my first briar endevours(i was over using them and not rotating))i am getting a better cleaner open taste and have realised that i judged this blend too early and didn't know what i was really tasting,my comparations to cardboard was because i was used to full aromatics and not real tobacco yet.

To the uninitiated it might seem a bit cardboardish(but i could say worse of my better tobaccos when veiwing through the impression of a neophites ignorance)but to a veteran pipe smoker it may seem underwhealming compared to more robust heavyweights and sits in an awkward middle ground of judgement.

Taken for what it is, it is certainly unique enough to deserve a permanent place in my rotation and the fact that i can almost get it anywhere means its worth more in the longrun and will likely be around when other names of prestige seem to disapear.

A spicey sweetish smokey smoke,cinnamon,nutmeg,peppery,caramel,granny fruit cake nuances in an aromatic sence,probably a combination taste of all baccies combined with a light topping.

The topping or light casing remains with the tobacco and isn't a fader.

Tastes overall like a sun cured/toasted impression.

First light is a little spikey but it settles into a neutral PH balancs quickly.

Medium light nicotine but satisfying and ok for bigger bowls,i can tolerate large bowls without tiring and its as easy as sucking a butterscotch sweet and becomes an auto pilot smoke that doesn't demand attention.

Its a crinkly ribbon cut which when removed from the pouch expands like hellfire and i need two regualar kilner jars to jar it.

It contains all ingediants but none stand out too boldly to over power,its like a balanced house party of many familier guests tasted in alternating combinations that you wouldnt necessarily think of.Sweet and savoury yet composed but complex and interesting if you can penetrate the combined overal surface.

I will purchase again.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first review - hello to everyone.

I started the pipe again about a year ago, having tried initially in 1983 at the age of 18. This time round - largely thanks to sites like this one - I've worked out how to smoke propely.

Clan was the second tobacco I tried in 1983, and I remember it as having quite an earthy aroma in the packet. Having bought a packet last week I was looking forward to a Proustian moment of rememberance when I opened it. I was disappoinhted: the smell was different from what I was anticipating. Has it really changed from the old days or is it just me that has changed?

I had low expectations of the smoke because of this (and because of the many poor reviews by others), but I have to say that after 4 bowls it isn't actually that bad. Certainly I found that it had less bite than - say - Macbaren Navy Flake.

I'd be very interested to hear from others as to whether Clan 2010 is significantly different from Clan 1983.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very light coloured ribbon cut tobacco.

I loved the smell of this 20 years ago..............when other people smoked it.

I tried it....and....well........err. It was like smoking rancid toxic waste sediment. It absolutely lashed my tongue as if it were beating a ginger stepchild at the gates of hell..

Cheap, rank, crap... Couldn't smoke for a week after trying this due to the bite symptoms..

The money you'd spend on this would probably smoke and taste better if you shredded a few of the bank notes and put them in your pipe instead.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong

OK, I had to try this in my quest to try every blend I can before I die and this one always escaped me. I did not expect much, as the reviews and nasty comments about it are less than flattering along the lines of Mixture 79. But, I could actually like this one if they did not put napalm in it!

I love the packaging and name of this blend. The plaid backdrop on the roll up pouch has always intrigued me. The pouch I received was from a forum buddy in England who wanted to try 5 Bros, and it was very much on the dry side. I have experimented with it the last few weeks dry up to hydrated. It's in a shag cut not as fine as 5 Bros of all brown tobaccos. Upon first light, it tasted really, pretty good, kind of like a sour apple candy with a little chocolate backdrop. Not in your face aromatic but there. But after a few puffs, look out! Fire, Fire! This one must be smoked slow, slow, slow, or your tongue will look like beef jerky. I think it's the hottest tobacco I have ever tried. But, I liked the taste and have stuck with it. The room note is kinda sour and sweet and tolerable, not great though. It does light very easy, stays lit, and burns all the way down to a gray ash and no dottle. No moisture at the bottom of the pipe. I will smoke the rest of the pack slowly, but would not buy it again because it is so hot and you can't relax with it. But it's not near as bad as it's reviews and could be quite good if it was not so hot. I'm glad I tried it. __________________

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I think all people hate this blend din't hunderstand it. A very traditional dutch blend, with tropical tobacco and very natural aromas. You have to smoke it very slowly, possibly indoor. Try it with a little part of a sumatra cigar cutted: wonderful. Try it with a goos irginia flake: good ! In the winter, when you have to smoke indoor, with very little puffs: very agradable. Not for beginners, sure. Nicotine level: medium. A little smokiness (maybe a little pinch of latakia) with tropical tobaccos aroma and liquorice-anice-tonka flavours. Yes, it is good and not expensive.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

well this is the only tobacco that really imazed me on several occasions i had been in an on and off relation with this blend, in some pouches i can really enjoy the rounded taste coming from all the included tobaccos, while other blends smoked with a very bland taste(perhaps a weak quality control?).on the bright side its a mixture of cuts bt mostly ribbon which makes it easy to pack and keep lit. the tobacco smokes dry however the aroma (room note) is not a friendly one! smokes a bit on the harsh side...not an all day smoke for me.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I have to say, in an honest spirit, that there's never been anything wrong with this blend. Its been around in the UK for donkeys years and I guess is the European version of 'the drugstore blend'; light, flavoured, sweetened and mild. It smells like custard powder and thats how we used to refer to it. Clan was looked on by my contempories as a 'transition' for newbies to smoke till they graduated onto more solid manly pipe tobaccos, though my cousin always smoked it. It's not accurate to look at it as the euro version of the Carter Hall/Prince Albert tobaccos tho, in the sense that it wasn't a tobacco smoked by oldtimers. It was much more of a 1960's phenomenon. The oldtimers were more Players Navy Cut, Whisky Flake and heaven help us Erinmore pipe smokers. I must confess that we looked down on Clan, regarding it as so mild as to be wimpy. The only use it had was as a mix with a certain substance forbidden by law :-) that it was very useful being so mild it was easily inhaled and less harsh on the throat than cigarette tobacco. And the aroma of custard powder and biscuits went very well together! I remember sitting on the train coming back from Brighton one day and smelling that particular mix and us laughing about it, when a long haired brother lifted his head up from further down the carriage and put his finger to his lips, grinning from ear to ear! Happy days:-) Anyway...give me Carter Hall over Clan anyday. It's more honest tobacco. And at about $16 for 50g which is what pipe tobacco is like here my American friends; its better to give Clan a miss and buy some decent stuff.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (110)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I bought a pouche of this about twenty years ago, acouple of bowls later and the remainder was donated to the dustbin, I cannot bring myself to try this one again, not even for tobacco, I think I would rather gouge my own eyeballs out with red hot needles first, so shall we say "Not Recommended" and one star ?

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garydobbs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
garydobbs (20)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I can't understand why so many people are so negative about this tobacco and I love everything about it. The aroma, the taste, even the feel of the stuff as you put it into your bowl. It's also a massive seller so it can't be as unpopular as people would have you believe. I smoke a number of brands on a regular basis and this one is always among my top five. I find the sweet, almost chocolate aroma very pleasing and usually smoke this with a nice glass of full bodied red wine - they seem to compliment each other. Ignore the negative stuff and give this one a fair try - I'm loving it.

IMO this is the king of the aromatics.

UPDATE - I have been smoking a pipe for sometime and I find my tastes have changed. I would no longer rate this tobacco as highly as I have previously, though I do still enjoy it from time to time. It seems to smoke a lot hotter than it used to. I don't know if that's me or if the blend has changed. UPDATE 30 12 2009 - These days I find that Clan is second only in my choice of readily available supermarket brands. I always go for St. Bruno if available but Clan would be my next choice - preferable to both mellow virginia and gold block.

Another year on and I think I have been unfair on Clan. It is actually a good rich tasting tobacco. I definitely dig the aroma and my partner, a non smoker, also finds the aroma in the room pleasing. I still prefer St Bruno but I think Clan is definitely my second choice in the readily available supermarket brands.

It is now 2014 and Clan has fallen in my estimations. I think the best OTC tobacco's are St Bruno and Condor, but I still dig a bowl of Clan from time to time.

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: ASDA (Walmasrt group)

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Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (62)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was the second pipe smoke that I ever tried, & this review is being written from memory. What I can remember with 100% certainty is that this tobacco almost caused me to give up on pipes, I remember thinking 'if this is what smoking pipes is about, I'm going back to ciggies', hot burn, tongue bite, generally unpleansant taste (which I could taste when my tongue was not on fire), a thouroughly unpleasant experience. Luckily I persevered & discovered the delights of quality Tobaccos & Pipes, & discovered the world of Pipesmoking joy. My advice to all pipesmokers regarding Clan is very simple STAY AWAY. DO NOT TOUCH THIS VILE CONCOCTION BY ANY MEANS. I cannot possibly comment on a blend from long ago as it may be quite pleasant, the current clan on sale is however, a nauseating heresy of a tobacco, & is not something I have or would ever smoke again even if I was paid to.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

A classic tobacco, sold since decades ago and which can be found almost anywhere in Italy... but also a quite universally despised one! It's not "bad", it simply is in the same mould of Amphora Green: tasteless and insignificant. If puffed EXTREMELY slowly it has some sweetness and toastiness... and you will have to smoke slowly not to fry your tongue! I don't find anything of interest in this blend, but you can do worse: at least it's not goopy and if you like the genre it's an OK tobacco to smoke when surrounded by non-smokers, due to its chocolatey smel

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Gaius Baltar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gaius Baltar (25)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

It's not as bad as they say. From the beginning you can appreciate the sweetness of the black cavendish and a note of chocolate from the burley. The smoke is pleasant, sometimes it has touches of incense. If it loads tight it burns at medium rate. If you smoke calmly do not bite your tongue and you will appreciate the flavors. In the end the flavors are flattened and finished in a topical burley-kentucky / virginia. It is a smoke for daily use It is recommended in the range of moderate price.

Pipe Used: Rotation

Age When Smoked: New pouch

Purchased From: Tobacco shop, Barcelona.

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BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (46)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the pouch I was struck with mainly the scent of the Virginia, not much of anything that I would call 'aromatic'. Maybe mildly aromatic. The flavor can get a tad spicy and bite if pushed but if smoked at a slower pace it's OK. Room note is somewhat decent but not 'tutti frutti' as someone has described in my opinion. More tobacco in the room note than many aromatics. It's an alright tobacco which was one I picked up on a whim in Paris as not much was available. Not one I would buy again unless I had to as there are many better options out there. Perhaps it would benefit from some drying as it comes fairly moist from the pouch.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Diplomat 5th Ave

Age When Smoked: Directly from pouch

Purchased From: Street tobacco shop by Notre Dame Paris

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Clan Original, an original mixture so hated as loved. First of all we have to say that its notoriety is due more to the pleasant scent you can smell when smoked rather than its real taste. Ok, the room note is pleasant, the taste so and so. All in all it’s a good aromatic, with a lot of sweet nuances, but you can perceive also the tobacco taste, according to the dutch tradition. A fairly good flavored mixture. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 7 and two and a half stars.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Scandinavian Tobacco Group - Clan.

Ok, so I reviewed this a few years ago, was fairly brutal, and when I read it back I thought I sounded like the proverbial tobacco snob. So, I deleted my former review, opened a fresh pouch up, and thought I'd be as impartial as is humanly possible.

To begin on a good note the blend has an appealing appearance: snippets of all shades of weed, and to be fair the moisture's good. The pouch note was made a little tricky to identify by the smell of plastic/chemicals from the seal glue, but forgetting those there isn't anything particularly preeminent about the note.

The smoke isn't as bad as I remembered it to be, as an otc blend it isn't in the league of St. Bruno or Condor, they get four stars but I wouldn't rate Clan with only one star. The added flavourings are very mild, the main tastes are the tobaccos: I get a very toasty note from the Burley. This seems to me the stronger of the leaves, the rest make a cornucopia of flavours: I guess that's the polite way of saying it tastes a bit messy! As subjective as it is, the tongue bite deters me somewhat: it's ok for the first quarter, but does begin to give me grief after that. The burn from Clan is reasonably good, but it tends to be a touch quick.

The room-note from Clan is its best feature, and the nicotine's below medium.

This isn't THAT bad, nothing spectacular, but not the worst:

Two and a half stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

Similar Blends: Unique.

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Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (152)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Well i tried 1 bowl of clan aromatic as an offer of my friend harris.the cut is no ideal it lights easy burns i smokes it the taste was confusing to neutral..i didn't get the alcohol taste as a matter of fact ut was very neutral.mid nicotine not an all day blend.i didn't get anything positive from this blend.i don't recomend it there's nothing unique of this blend i am sorry!

Age When Smoked: After 1 month

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elino27 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elino27 (7)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

simply a nice flavoured classic. burms easy, can bite if smoked to quickly. great taste. had is also smoked in small pipes without any problems whatsoever.

Pipe Used: dunhill lovat 1

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MiddleEarth Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MiddleEarth Piper (5)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I don't understand why so many negative reviews, it's very mild and smooth tobacco with natural flavors from 14 different tobaccos.

Cool smoke, no bite, the only negative thing about this tobacco is that it's burning fast.

I really enjoy this tobacco and it's a great all day smoke.

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Carlo1986 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlo1986 (22)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

The most intense aromatizants are rum (first of all) and exotic fruits (just second), but there are also something else, that I can't recognise. For me, the aromatizants are too strong (recommended if you like flavored mixtures, but not so if you like natural tobaccos - however, try it, if you want).

Pipe Used: Many briars

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: local tabacconist

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SamH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SamH (31)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Well. I tried this as it was the first tobacco I saw and recognised. I was 19, a student and had only smoked Marlboro, Golden Virginia and the odd Hamlet Special Reserve (Remember them?) or Castella Panatella! (We won't be going into the other student kind of smokes although it might have improved my views on Clan....) OK, this nearly put me off pipes for life. Maybe it was me, my age, my penchant for cigarettes or something, but what I remember the most is that the pack smelled wonderful, like playdoh in the best possible way. I was really looking forward to it. On a par with Gold Block really. That said I've known people who swear by Clan and my old woodwork teacher used to smoke Gold Block all day long, so each to their own on this one.

Pipe Used: Cheap as in under £10.00 newsagent unbranded.

Age When Smoked: From packet

Purchased From: A random Newsagent in Surbiton.

Similar Blends: Hmm..

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WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I purchased a pouch of this stuff on my recent trip to Europe. It was purchased out of necessity because though I had a couple of pipes with me, I neglected to bring any tobacco, figuring I could find some good baccy somewhere in Rome—it turned out I was wrong. The four Tabachi's I visited always seemed to stock the following: Clan, Skandinavik(s) and Amphora. I decided on Clan. I suppose I could have held out for something better, as I'm sure somewhere in Rome there's a shop that has better selection but, alas, I ran out of time (I should have held out for Milan, where in fact I did purchase some better baccy later).

I suppose, in a pinch, Clan's not all that bad, but, I really didn't enjoy the taste much, nor it's other rather displeasing characteristics, such as it being rather harsh and, despite what they claim, it burned fast and hot (not slow). Tastewise, it didn't remind me of an aromatic, more just a plain uncomplicated tobacco taste (which, considering how many different tobaccos are in this, rather surprised me. Also, the blender claims an alcohol additive—perhaps, I didn't really notice it).

Not the worst tobacco I've had, but no where near the best. A grudging 2 stars here, for me.

Keep on Piping!

Pipe Used: Roma bent

Purchased From: A Tabachi near the Colloseo

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Setzer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Setzer (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I don't get why there are so many negative reviews, maybe because people write before thinking? (Or in this case before smoking the full pouch) I'm not an aromatic smoker so this review is a surprise also to me, but any pipe smoker can't live without trying almost once this tobacco in his life. First of all after the production passed to Orlik something is changed: the cut is no more shag, as I expected, but the usual ribbon cut for pipe tobacco. The colour goes from bright yellow to orange with some black (cavendish or the imperceptible latakia?). The pouch aroma is cavendeish-ish with some liquorous notes. The moisture is just right, not too dry, not too moist, maybe I was just lucky to get a fresh pouch. It burns well, tongue bite is not a problem if you know how to manage it. The flavor is difficult to define, I can compare it to mild virginia cigars with some hint of vanilla sometimes. The taste is somewhat sweet but not overwhelming, which is a point for me, it leaves my mouth clean and not too dry. I can't say anything about room note but other people say it is nice. I prefer it in small or medium sized bowls. Do I recommend it? Absolutely, because it is rare in Italy to find a cheap blend (8€) which is a decent all-day smoke. Unfortunately it is no more the classic Clan, I wish I could try the old Niemeyer version, maybe I would have changed idea about it, but now it's just a good aromatic that can be found anywhere.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Roma, BBB Tortoise

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Tabaccheria Tacconi Giovanni via Cardinale Riboldi, 8, Pavia (PV)

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Clan is a fairly mild tasting mixture. The pouch note smells somewhat floral, almost in a Kendal sort of way. The room note has a sweet honey-like scent, but there’s another component of the aroma, one which I can't quite put my finger on that I find to be somewhat off-putting. Sometimes I experience something similar when smoking certain blends with liquor toppings. Clan's flavor is very subtle. I get a slight hint of licorice, a floral note and a sweetness that comes and goes. There’s no bite that I can report, but often times smoking this mixture irritated the back of my throat.

In time I'll finish what I have on hand but I won't seek out more.

Pipe Used: Cob

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FiremanMick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FiremanMick (11)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Remembering the early 1970s this tobacco was the choice of guys transitioning from heavy cigarette smoking to the pipe.All went on to be avid inhalers of this particular brand.Utterly bland and lacking in flavour extremely mild.Eminently inhalable as it is the only way to find a nicotine buzz if you are a craver.Weird tobacco....pack the pipe tightly,charring light which very easy, couple of minutes puffing then tamp...lo and behold the full pipe bowl has reduced down to the last third!!Smokes hot too. Yes, you can tell it is a pipe tobacco,just,but very similar to a RYO type.

Pipe Used: Peterson systems,Falcons

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Newsagent

Similar Blends: Even makes erinmore mixture seem ok..

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Sentul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sentul (12)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The room aroma is very nice, apart from that there is nothing to write about it.

I just bought my latest pack to try to make some local strong Indonesian tobacco a bit more fragrant.

Not sure if that experiment actually worked from my wife's reaction (sigh)

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Falcon Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falcon Fan (22)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Overwhelming

This was a forced purchase mid- holiday when as a newbie to piping last year I had not realized that it can be quite difficult to find pipe tobacco of any description when far from home and without the possibility of ordering through the internet. I had one smoke of this and then just put it to one side and carried on with the duty free Marlboro's. It was dry, harsh and really roasty toasty in the mouth. I usually have no problem at all with the cheap and cheerful mass produced, mass appeal products - everything has a use, a place and a time - but this may be the exception that proves the rule because in my mind, the place for this everytime would be the bin.

Pipe Used: Brigham Heritage 02 Straight Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

'Blandly inoffensive' might be a good term for my reaction. I didn't get scorched, it didn't taste bad -- this seems to be a very mildly cased Cavendish with a trace of burley. What little casing there was might be somewhat dark fruit related? It was light enough I really couldn't tell. That combo doesn't appeal to me; I can see where it might to others.

Pipe Used: an old Wellpipe

Age When Smoked: just purchased

Purchased From: Synjeco

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thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I will admit that my prevous experience with clan was quite frankly.....shit. My aunt got me a pack from spain the cut was almost ryo style. My lack of cadence and heavy puffing meant tongue bite by the bucket.

But fast foreward over two years my brother brought me a pack back from his holidays and opening up the cut is thicker and the aroma is like latakia with sweetness. Packing is easy this time i pack tighter.

Smoking is quite pleasant it has a nice virginia taste with an aniseed liquor taste (think pernod). Room note to me is pleasant that sweet latakia like smokiness is a gorgeous room note.

So would i smoke this regularly..i wouldnt say i would smoke it exclusively but at propper moisture content and the thicker cut i would be happy to smoke it now and again.

I will say if you are not in anyway a fan of aros stay away from clan but if like me you enjoy aros and can smoke slowly you may just enjoy clan as a change of pace smoke just to have something different.

Maybe clan has changed if it has its for the better if not my skill has improved.

Either a way a nice smoke if you want something different Which i give 3 stars.

(P.s it might be thought im losing my mind but if i think a tobacco is good i will say if the masses dont agree... c'est la vie).

Update 15th july 2014.

I must add to this review ladies and gentlemen. If you happen look on youtube look up james fox tobacco and watch how the guy packs his pipe. Put some tobacco in you hand and put you pipe over the top rotate your pipe in little circles and the pipe fills itself then with the little bits left over put this on top and light. Doing this with clan it takes on the perfect burn is beautifully cool and the flavour is simply sublime.

Yes clan can burn hot amd bitter but using this packing method it does anything but. Infact id put this up as an excellent tobacco using this packing method. I still say though clan is an aquired taste but if it opens up the door to you and lets you in then it is a lovely smoke. Clan is best enjoyed in a small bowl and a narrowish chamber...a n alco or falcon bulldog does fantastic here.

Pipe Used: alco

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Truly horrid stuff, i wont even claim to taste subtle notes of dried fruit or exotic liquers as all thats there is rubbish. The room note reminds me of a farmer's brush fire, the one you smell when driving through the country. The cut and quite frankly the taste is similar to Edward G Robinson blend, as bad as EGR is Clan is still worse. I wouldnt give a pouch of Clan and a book of rollers to a prisoner serving life if he was out of darts, and if i did im not convinced he'd smoke it.

Pipe Used: Bonnie Briar sandblasted Dublin

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zofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zofo (2)
Very Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

Don't buy this stuff! I made a terrible mistake when I purchased this while travelling around Spain. I have to say it appealed to me very much since it was rather cheap and I hadn't seen it in my country. The first bowl was pretty OK, but the later ones were just disasterous. It doesn't have any particular taste, because (as is proudly proclaimed on the covering) it is an insane mixture of everything the makers thought was tobacco! Not only it doesn't give you any pleasure as far as flavour is concerned, it's also burning and bursting like Eyjafjallajökull few years ago! I didn't finish the whole pack and I have to confess - that was for the first time! I even tried to snitch it to a friend of mine for rolling cigarettes, but even he, though I doubt he has any requirements for any tobacco, didn't want this hay.

Similar Blends: As far as I know - fortunately nothing is close!.

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Raines Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raines (52)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoke is very sweet but can become disgusting.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This isn't a real review, since I only had one bowl from a sealed yet very dried out pouch. I assume it was older, yet not classic. I reconstituted it a bit. I did conclude that I won't be buying any. There are just too many tobaccos in the blend that just seemed thrown together, it was boring (though not so spoiled that I couldn't tell what a newer pouch would basically taste like), and after sniffing the jar a few times over the months and deciding that I just didn't want to relive the experience of that one bowl, threw it out, something I rarely do. Since this was never sold in a tin, I can never really hope to try a well-aged classic sample, so I will have to take certain of the old hand's assertions on faith that this was at one time a decent smoke.

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TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (31)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I rate this stuff "somewhat recommended" for 2 basic reasons:

- it is known as the roughest and "pop" tobacco of all the "historic" ones on italian market... -my beloved grandpa, now gone, use to smoke tons of this when i was a kid and its room note makes me think of those times....

After all I can't really understand what kinda floreal-candylike flavour they may have used to case this but it's weird...I can't taste any perique in it but I do taste some smokey flavour maybe cause of kentucky.

Weird. weird, weird but I smoked worse ones. That peasant tavern room note, I just can't forget...

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

Not for me, one of the first blends I ever, soapy and no decent taste, I blended with some sweet killarney to finish it.

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bayro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bayro (28)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have to agree with a yankee! Everybody, but everybody I know friends who use the name "Clan" as a synonym for bad tobacco. I no understand how it can be recommended to beginners as "the first tobacco", when the finely sliced, bite the tongue. I know many who just "Clan" refused by smoking a pipe!

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muntajab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
muntajab (11)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I changed my mind; I figured out i was trying to convince myself that Clan TN is good (because no good brand in Syria is available anymore; we pipe smokers are suffering the lack of a decent pipe tobacco here). After few bowls of clan the only good thing I could find about it is that it is dry in the bowl (but not in the mouth) and develops a cake fast. Its smell when you first open the pouch might appeal to you, but not the experience of smoking it. My advice is: you can judge the quality of tobacco from the first few bowls you smoke; the first bowl can be deceptive; like a bad tobacco might appeal to you at the first bowl, while a really good tobacco might taste bad or strange at the first two or three bowls. So, give it the chance of smoking five bowls through three days, if it did not appeal to you then it won't appeal to you later; this is my own experience; no matter how i tried to give it the last chance it won't taste better.

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DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (32)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

the old pouch of 'clan'....i have bought sack loads of this pipe tobacco over the years gone past,and its always been the same.....burns hot...and tongue bite...and lots of it....even if you smoke it slowly...the tongue bit gets you every time, be fair..its a nice pipe tobacco...nice aroma...nice room note...but hard going on the burning hot and tongue bite...i would say its aimed at the younger pipe smoker,now that im an older pipe smoker i very much doubt i will buy it again,i have discovered 'squadron leader'..and im more than happy with SL...the only other over the counter pipe tobacco that i will buy is 'condor'...but please do try it..the 'clan' i mean,people can give other people all the reviews they like..its up to you if you take the advice or not..worth trying...but mind that tongue bite..;-).....27-03-14 i feel i had to add to my first humans we all make mistakes..and im no different..i foolishly bought another 25g pouch of the last time i bought this stuff was back in the 1980s..but i bought another pouch a couple of days ago..well..clan has changed..i will repeat that..clan has changed...but not for the better..the pouch has changed, the aroma of the tobacco has changed..its not the same aroma as from the 1980s...smells of nothing to me...upon lighting the pipe i noticed that the tongue bite is a little reduced...but my god..the tobacco is far worse than ever...its so bland..and tastes of..nothing..the room note is lucky in as much that i only bought a 25g pouch..please dear reader...spend your cash on something else..this tobacco is dreadful..far worse than i remember it from back in the 1980s..i will never ever buy this tobacco again..i dont know what came over me to buy it again..maybe i wanted to see if over time it had changed for the better..sadly its not..its worse...the sooner this is removed from sale the better.

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I was hoping to dispel my negative preconceptions regarding mass-market pipe tobaccos and their suffering from a drop in quality and flavour. Unfortunately, my experience hasn't particularly alleviated that. I found Clan to be akin to a decent ale that has suffered at the hands of commercialization.

The tobacco looks and feels a lot like Troost. Although the pouch aroma entices with some nice vanilla notes and the promise that this isn't a heavily cased product, the tobacco is a lot dryer and smokes hotter and faster. Neither is the taste and room note in the same league; Indeed, Clan smokes pretty flat and tastes rather earthy at best. In summary, it's very much like smoking a cigarette, without benefiting from any of the 'kick' associated with it.

If you like a lighter, all-day smoke, then this may tickle your fancy, but if your looking for a flavorsome aromatic, or a true tobacco taste, then it falls woefully short on both counts. I'll most likely be using this as a base to smooth out stronger tobaccos that I have - and nothing more.

Cheap it is, but your money is still better spent on something else.

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MAXYSDAD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

After a decade tried it again , ended up sucking an ice cube to treat the mouth burn , if you have no choice also an asbestos tongue , give it a whirl , thats, if you have money to burn --merry xmas good gentlemen ps.. if you,r that desperate ,ask ,I have some better stuff in the cellar - will send on --cheers

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flaminbill' Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flaminbill' (57)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I bought a few pouches of this while in Ireland a couple of years ago and I just don't think it is as bad as some reviewers say. It does have a tendency to bit, but the flavor is not bad.

I do like the moisture level and the way it packs. It does make a good blender. I have used perique and latakia at times in different blends with good results.

They seem to peddle a lot of this in Europe.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

My godfather used to smoke this almost 20 years ago and it used to smell great! Now, having trying it myself I can tell you one thing: Do buy one, do smoke it once, go and buy anything else and never return to Clan again.. Cheap smoke, cheap tobaccos.. There are much much better stuff out there waiting for your palate to discover..

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Clan is sweet smelling rocket fuel. The second star is because of nostalgia for the years that will not return.

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Toe Bacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Toe Bacco (3)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Clan...good ideas? Maybe, the Clan bring the sunshine of bottom of morning shoe light. Clan, think happy? think sad? I think, therefore Clan is.

Clan be with you? Clan smoke you? Then you try CLan, right? I give Clan, good Clan. Good Clan be praised, bad Clan be shunned. Shunned?

Wife Rating: Wife shun Clan? Wife no like Clan dead tree like smoke esquness. Dead tree people, resembles? Yes... you must open your eyes and understand. The magic of Clan. Magic? It is a deep magic?

Clan bring tidings of dead tree people of ashlands. We talking taste. It dances on the tongue like an old man with no eyes and shoe boxes for gloves. That is uncouth, and so is Clan.

May Giebbelhouse smite thine enemies to Giebbels n Bits.

Cheers, Toe Bacco

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Oh dear. A bit of history: my first smokes were with some borrowed St Bruno and Condor. When I bought a real pipe (instead of the homemade job I had used till then) I bought a Peterson Lightweight and a pouch of Clan. It smells lovely in the pouch, and it smells lovely in terms of room aroma. But to the smoker it's hot and hellish, and always makes your tongue sore. Who is it that buys so much of this stuff that it can always be found on European tobacconists' shelves, no matter how far from civilisation they be? I soon moved on to Amphora Red, Holland House (RIP) and then away from aromatics. I can't recommend this except as an experiment in experiencing how bad a tobacco can be, and yet sell so widely!

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

You just have to smoke this one at least once in your life, to pay your toll as a pipesmoker! :) But then you can easily stop and smoke something else! It gives its best in the room note field, but air-purifiers are cheaper. It is tasteless and can easily burn your tongue if you don't pay enough attention.

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poupehan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
poupehan (23)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Strong

Ok. I started reviewing the blends I like the most. Is there a blend that I realy don?t like. Yes. Clan. These pouches are ubiquitous, so I suppose a lot of people must like this. This is one of the reasons I kept coming back to it, the blend must have some quality. Well, I haven?t been able to find why it is so popular. So this is a fine ribbon cut, a bit like shag ? over here people say ?dryed pubic hair? ;-) . Chemical smell in the pouch ? chemical room note. Ok, the taste isn?t so bad. Tobacco and liccorice, IMO. But in all those smokes, I have never found a way to get it to behave, which makes that I never had a nice relaxing smoke with this, which is the entire point for me of smoking pipes, so if it misses that point, well I can?t find it very good?

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