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Smooth, creamy, chocolate-flavored, gentle on the palate and abundantly flavorful throughout, owing to the excellence of the superior tobaccos chosen for this masterful blend.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (90)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I judge aromatic blends by three distinct characteristics – room note, flavor, and performance. Sometimes an aromatic blend will have a wonderful room note, very little flavor but will be easy to pack, light, and will burn nicely without getting too hot. Other times there's a great room note, good flavor, but unruly, hot burning, overly cased leaf that causes tongue bite and off flavors will ruin the party. By my standards, if good aroma, flavor and performance are all present, then it's a blend worth pursuing.

Tastemaster performs well in the aroma and flavor categories, but after smoking almost an entire tin, (which by the way never seemed to dry out), I struggled to keep this blend lit and performing well. Typically the overall result was a nice first half-bowl, with the latter-half often overheating & morphing into an array of messy and undesirable bitter chemical-like burnt sugar flavors. By the end of the bowl there's a whole lot of moist dottle to be had. I agree with the reviewer Russell, Tastemaster refuses even the most liberal amount of dry time.

Concentrating on the appreciable first half of a bowl, I'd say that Tastemaster's chocolate flavor is more of a malted milk chocolate shake or chocolate cupcake with a touch of coffee kind of thing. It's very sugary. In fact my daughter thought I was roasting marshmallows in the garage. The smoke is soft, light, somewhat creamy and fairly sweet. As you can imagine, the flavor is also quite simple, straight forward and not too fancy.

Altogether this is an okay aromatic mixture that unfortunately was not a stellar performer for me. Considering the price tag for a 50g tin, I wouldn't choose to buy this again.

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

I really like this chocolatey tobacco. The flavorings don't destroy the tastes of what are obviously high quality tobaccos. The tin smell is great, and replicated in the smoking experience. Subtle smells of vanilla and chocolate, with a tobaccoey undertone. Nice combinations, not sugary sweet like many of today's aromatics. A very nice relaxing and tasteful smoke.

I'd like to buy more of this, but living overseas it's difficult to come by and international post is expensive. Does anyone know if one of the Maclellan bulk blends comes close to this TasteMaster?

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nitramretep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nitramretep (8)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

One of the most aromatic blends around, even before smoking it! It has the "nose" of cognac with a strong vanilla presence. I found the smoke was almost too rich and little heavy. I tried mixing it with Captain Cool and was very surprised as to the results...a good smoke and great taste. The length of the smoke was not too shabby either, slight ash and dry so long as it is gently puffed.

Smoked in Ashton pipe.

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piperookie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piperookie (21)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

It is sweet, but i wish they had blend it like Town Topic. They say it has chocolate-cocoa taste, but try Boswell Chocolate Cream and compare. Now, add one star for the absence of chemical taste. Add two more for being a good quality aromatic tobacco,which won't bite, smokes cool and is good for all day smoking.There you go three stars.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am not a big aromatic tobaccos fan, but have smoked many throughout the years. None have had as deep an impact on me as this offering from McClelland. This mixture has about 75% of Black CA and the rest broken up between the Cavendish, BU and VA. The tin aroma is more like mocha than chocolate. And, my God, it is delicious. It smokes clean, it smokes well, has no chemical taste, does not bite. If you expect some tobacco flavor, you will not really get it with Tastemaster. But what you will get is an incredible high quality aromatic. It is the best I have smoked so far and will buy more - on a regular basis, as a matter of fact. If you are a fan of aromatics, you must try this one. Highly recommended.

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IllinoisBriarGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
IllinoisBriarGuy (1)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

This is my first review...

Definite chocolate aroma from the tin. Seemed to be very moist compared to other tobaccos I've had. Despite moistness, this seemed to be no more or less difficult to light and keep lit. Once lit, actual tobacco flavor is not as strong as I would like. Aroma of the smoke is pleasant and sweet. I do not feel there is a lot of nicotine with this smoke. This tobacco is sweet, mild, and pleasant. Overall, a good tobacco.

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TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Tastemaster... The tin says chocolate aroma, and there sure is, loud and clear. But will it come thru in the taste? This type of a blend always feels too moist, so as normal, I gave it 15 or so minutes, under my desk lamp. Don't know if it makes much of a difference, but that ritual has become my SOP for newly opened tins. Wanting to see what this chocolate / tobacco was all about, I loaded up a bowl, with a very gentle tamp. Light up is amazingly easy for a tobacco with a almost feels sticky to the touch. Mindlessly puffing away, I found this stuff to be very mild, and would you believe with a “dark chocolate taste” as promised. Smooth, mild, nice aroma / taste, adequate N hit and absolutely no bite, very impressive. As a personal note; I would not complain if there was bit more tobacco flavor, a bit mild for my taste. Because of that I can't see much of a future using this stuff as blending tobacco, but really, who cares about that. Being such a gentle smoke, you can go thru one bowl after another, without a care in the world, making it a good, but expensive, candidate for an all day smoke. 3 Stars.

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Dewey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dewey (5)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was a nice change from my regular Sutliff Private Stock - Maple Street and will make it my choice now. My mind melts when I smell the tin, I like Josephs' description of it being more like an Irish Coffee. This stuff just makes me positively giddy. Would go great with a Black & Tan beer I imagine.

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Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The tin description is not far off, although this is not just a straight chocolate aromatic. I detect solid flavors and wafting scents of milk chocolate, caramel, maple, and nougat, in that order, which starts with the tin aroma and lasts throughout to the last puff. The room note is mildly that of chocolate brownies baking. The gentle scent left in the hair and clothes afterward is that of maple. This blend lights easily and burns beautifully without many re-lights, despite seeming quite moist in the tin, right down to a super-fine white ash, making tons of rich, creamy, dense smoke. It does like being packed a bit tighter. Absolutely no tongue bite, even if you puff mercilessly enough to heat you briar up to the red zone. This is an extremely relaxing and flavorful aromatic experience that is neither chemically nor too sweet. Well done. Three stars.

Update: As my current tin has remained open and aged gently over several months, this aromatic gets better and better. Possibly McClelland's best aromatic. It is even less "artificial" and has more of a nougat/caramel/vanilla/milk chocolate thing going on. No gurgle, no wet remnants at bowl's end. Firmly in the rotation now, this is a great concoction as far as aromatics go. Tasty, lightly sweet, great room note, gentle on the palate, and a light, pleasant aftersmoke taste. I can't see what more you could ask from it, for what it is.

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Chatsworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chatsworth (52)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I dried this out for 11 hours on a warm day on a napkin. It had seemed a bit moist in the tin, and a good drying seemed necessary. 2 matches to start. Good smoke volume. The tin smell was very nice. The smoke had significantly less flavoring. This had the wettest bowl I've ever had afterwards.

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Dov of the Galilee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dov of the Galilee (22)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I found this to be delightful from opening the can each time to every bowl and the way the room became so aromatic. I could live on this blend being my daily steady.

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erickghint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erickghint (6)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

It has to be said that I'm not really into exceedingly sweet aromatics, and this one is just that. As a whole, it's not a bad tasting tobacco, it's just very sweet with a slight chemical taste to it. I may be able to smoke this once in a blue moon, but I'll find it hard to do it more often. The room note is nice, however, which I suppose is a redeeming quality. If you like sweet aromatics, and you dig chocolate, try it, you may end up loving it.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The question of "Do tobacco blenders put their best stuff in tins and their less fully realized stuff in bulk?" is one for the ages. With McClellands, I think that question has been answered: They do.

Now is that a bad thing? With their VA's and Vapers, is it wrong or deceitful to put a more aged version of a very similar if not identical product in tins and the more youthful version in bulk? Not at all. Their bulk VA's and Vapers age nicely and the bulk sales presentation package isn't as nice.

Is it wrong for aromatics, which don't age well? Again, I don't think so. But after smoking various samples of McClelland bulk aromatics, I always felt their claim that they used the best tobaccos and the blend, while sweet and soft, was of a higher quality than other blends was a bit of codswallop (the new balderdash). With Tastemaster, I think they've hit that mark.

Ok, aromatics aren't my thing, it's true. But this one is of the high quality they've claimed. It's a chocolate/vanilla (to my taste and nose) blend that is sweet and soft but also flavorful and of high quality. It tastes and smells quite good, burns well, doesn't leave a goopy heel and is as satisfying as an aromatic can be. Now I'm not in any real hurry to do so, but I believe over time I'll try their other tinned aromatics. They've proven with this one that they can blend in this style, and do it properly. If you like aromatics, try this one.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Yes it is, a smooth and creamy smoke. Very pleasant aromatic although I don't feel that it is as chocolaty as described, I don't know what else I would call it though, maybe mild chocolate nouget. It smoked surprisingly clean and dry in my Sherlock Holmes Squire.

Its not the chocolate juggernaut that MacBaren Honey & Chocolate is, but its good

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Dragon Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dragon Smoke (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

When I first bought this tin, it was my first tasting of a McClelland aromatic tobacco and I'm very pleased. The blast of smooth chocolate and creaminess smells so good I wasn't sure I wanted to smoke this. The smooth and creamy chocolate stays most of the way through the bowl. On a few occasions I got some gurgling, but it could of been from me smoking it too fast since it was tasting so good. TASTEMASTER will be on my list of tobacco to ALWAYS have on hand.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've smoked other McClelland blends before - Virginias and Orientals and have been satisfied. Tastemaster is the first "flavored aromatic" McClelland that I've ever tried.

The tin aroma has a very prominent rum/chocolate smell. It did not seem overly moist and hence I did not need to dry it out. I smoked it in a CAO Lion's head Meer. There was no trouble getting it burning, however, it needed constant relighting - especially if I put it down for several seconds. The taste was reminiscent of chocolate cream and butterscotch - not too bad in and of itself, but it was too sweet for me which made me faintly nauseous by mid bowl. There was also a chemical taste similar to what one finds in OTC aromatics (Capt. Black, etc.) as well as a slightly burnt taste which reminded me of how briar tastes when you are developing a burn-out through the bowl. No gurgling to speak of, but no tobacco taste either. It was like smoking burning candy and burned hot.

I wouldn't dismiss the blend altogether, but it will only serve me as a "once in a while, on a whim" smoke. Most of all, I liked the coarse cut. Overall, I give it 2 stars.

UPDATE 11-11-09: After letting this one sit for the past 10 months or so, it has improved enough for me to raise my rating to 3 stars. Why? No appreciable chemical taste, number of re-lights reduced, and minimal burn-out taste (I think this taste is due to the Green River Cavendish). The hot burn was now more of a spiciness on the lips and tongue. Still, however, only an occasional smoke for me. Good for when you want something sweet with minimal (if any) tobacco taste. Overall, a better version of Captain Black White that actually tastes like something. Good in place of an after dinner cordial.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Do you like Captain Black (white)? wanna smoke it without the chemical after taste? Try Tastemaster!!, This is the ultimate first class and the true Captain Black, the aroma/flavor is wonderful ! with natural chocolate/caramel/vanilla taste, the smoke is mild, sweet, smooth and tasty.

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joseph Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
joseph (46)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

Quality tobacco, with low nicotine level and a fine room note. Taste however is definitely not chocolate, but more like irish coffee. Which is not bad, but not what one expects buying a chocolate blend. Suited for occasional smoking, with a max of one bowl a day.

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Michigander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michigander (19)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I smoke both Aromatics and more serious tobacco. Over the years I have moved more and more away from Aromatics as most are too heavily cased for my taste. When I first popped this tin I was a bit concerned. The tin note is pretty strong chocolate and sweet.

I was quite pleasantly surprised. The smoke was smooth and luxurious. The flavor is almost pure cavendish. The room note is a warm subtle dak chocolate. Much lighter and more refined than what I had expected from the tin note.

Definitely a premium Aromatic. For a less heavily cased Aromatic try McClelland's Mellow Mack.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was a pleasant surprise. A nice dark chocolate flavoring that is generously applied. It is sweet and yummy. It reminds me of something in the PIPEWORKS @ WILKE lineup of aromatics. Cool smoking and sweet. Very different from C&D's choclate. This is wet, gooey, and very choclatey. I liked it for what it is. Try some if you like aromatics.

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bswails1384 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bswails1384 (7)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I find myself smoking this more and more. In fact as I type this review I am smoking a bowl in my newest Meerschaum Eagle Claw pipe.

It is a bit on the mild side with little nicotine strength. But I like that most of the time. Only rarely do I like a strong tobacco. I find the flavor to be quite unique. There is a subtle hint of chocolate flavoring mixed with a very sweet aftertaste. Towards the end of the bowl one begins to taste more tobacco and less flavoring. The room note is nice however there are other blends with a much more pleasant room note.

This is an excellent choice for someone new to pipe smoking.

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briarfox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
briarfox (2)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I am primarily an English blend smoker but have had the cravings for the occasional Aromatic. While talking to a local tobacconist who is also an English Blend smoker referred me to Tastemaster.

This is defiantly one of the highest quality aromatics out there. It burns very cool and I was unable to get it to bit.

The tin aroma was very pleasant lacking the notorious McClelland ketchup aroma. It had a chocolateish smell on opening the tin.

This stuff lights very easily and burns clean to the bottom of the bowl.

It has very smooth and cream like smoking characteristics. I do detect a hit of chocolate but I primarily taste an almost Mocha coffee.

This is one of my favorite tobaccos to smoke when having a cup of coffee where the pipe smell might offend those near by.

I get many complements on the room note and it's an Aromatic that I actually enjoy!

-Chris

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knoagreen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
knoagreen (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is some great stuff. The tin aroma is wonderful not the usual Mc Katsup smell. It is cut well. This blend lights very easy and stays lit well. I had no bit what so ever. It burns very cool I would say this was the cooles burning tobacco I have ever had. I taste is wonderful, not to strong. The aroma is pleasant to the non-smoker, my girlfriend loved it. I would recommend this any day.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I got Taste Master as an early Christmas gift, together with Best of the Show. For a moment I had visions of Chocolate and Ketchup, and was not sure of opening the tins. Overcoming my initial fear, I ventured into the contents and was greeted by a nice surprise. I hadn?t had this type of heavily steam-cased leaf in a long time.

Chunky bits of jet-black, shiny leaf, splattered with some golden bits, making a lovely contrast. Highly aromatic (nay, pungent), the chocolate-dry raisings-plumb aroma jumps at your nostrils and knocks you out! Wow! I guess if you are an aromatic lover this must be manna! I wouldn?t classify this as your typical drug store aromatic blend. Though moist and sweet, the tobacco is neither syrupy nor sticky. In fact, it is easy to light, and the first puffs yield a rather cool and rich smoke, not entirely sweet. This blend has a rather bittersweet smoky under taste which can be very palatable and not at all cloying.

The aroma is indeed very strong, but tolerable and for many non-smokers it?s even pleasant. The wife loved it. The taste is not as sweet in the smoke as it is in the tin. It burns pretty well, and surprisingly slowly for a steam-cased concoction. The flavor is consistent throughout the bowl, and can be monochromatic, but it?s rich, without the slightest speck of tongue bite, and mild. There?s a certain carbon like note, not at all unpleasant.

This is a very high quality aromatic, in a completely different league compared to the traditional drug store blends. In spite of having the typical flavor of steam-cased Burleys (1Q and Black Natural come to mind), the added dark chocolate sauce gives this one a meatier edge, and you can smoke it rather frequently. I liked Taste Maste much better than Best of the Show, precisely because of this quality.

Personally I don?t enjoy McClelland?s straight Virginias, and I haven?t had the courage to try their Orientals, but this one at least seems like very nice aromatic blend, adequate for the season, and a once-in-a- while change of pace. Though this type of blend helps build a quick carbon layer in the pipe, and does not leave an excessively strong aroma, it?s advisable to set aside a pipe, keeping your Virginia and Oriental briars from the inevitable aroma contamination.

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Diogenes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Diogenes (12)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

A quality aromatic that is fairly moist in the can and takes awhile to dry but burns pretty cleanly nonetheless. There is nothing earthshattering about this blend nor does it provide a multicolor palette of flavors worth contemplating but it does provide a very cool, mild and enjoyable smoke.

If you like this blend, try McClelland's Town Topic.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

08-24-04 This is definitely a high quality aromatic! I love chocolate, let's see what this one did.

Appearance and Tin aroma: Black and Tan leaf, CHOCOLATE!!!

Packing and Lighting: easy, two lights typical in spite of the moisture.

Initial Flavor: somewhere between expresso and chocolate.

Mid-bowl: Round chocolate flavor, leaf peaks through now and then.

End of Bowl: A little build up of strength, still can't discern leaf too much, a little dottle if smoked slowly, lots if rushed.

Overall: I liked this much more than town topic, but I still got nipped on the tongue in spite of slow-puffing. The quest for the perfect aromatic will not end here....

Rating 3.5 out of 5 Points

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