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A very smooth Balkan-style blend, rich with cool-smoking, aromatic latakia, spiced with the finest Macedonian leaf.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Almost full black after sitting in the tin for 20+ years and with the unmistakable aroma of Cyrpian latakia. Ribbons fat and thin. Deep rich aroma - mouthwatering.

After just finishing the basic McClellands version and finding Syrian instead of the usual Cyprian in the mix, I'm unable to compare the two as I had planned. So... this one is once again a typical McClelland Balkan where the latakia leads but with a very gentle and not terribly firm hand. The orientals were secondary but had more of a presence than the current version, lending a really enticing sweet and sour flavor. The Virginias were there but only added a slight sweetness and zing. This blend is about the interplay of latakia and orientals, however, rather than McClellands standard setting Virginias. Again, a good but not great blend that, beyond something special for the old PCCA, really brings nothing to the table that McClellands hasn't already covered from head to toe. If you like McClellands take on this style, this blend will fit into your rotation quite nicely. If not, it won't change your mind. Typical for McClellands - nothing too special.

Age When Smoked: 22 years

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I recently purchased a collection of older pipe tobaccos from the estate of an avid smoker. There were many PCCA blends in the mix, including Full Balkan Reserve, which I think is mis-named. Medium or Light Balkan Reserve is more how the flavor presented itself. The Macedonian leaf was okay, but seemed a little rough, even with substantial aging in the tin. The Latakia, likewise, was not quite up to snuff. I've certainly tasted worse Balkan style blends, but I've also tasted a lot better.

On a positive note, this one packed well once the inordinate amount of stems were removed, and it did smoke dry and cool.

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