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Kentucky and Tennessee White Burley aged until darkened with a very slight top note added, and pressed into cakes. The cakes are then cut and broken up into large flake chunks.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutBroken Flake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionNo longer in production
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Extremely Mild, Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
2.6
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I agree with the last reviewer that this blend is softer and better behaved but that McClellands Pressed Burley has a better flavor. Mixing the two together brought excellent results. I recommend it if you like a nice pleasant burley with good if monodimensional flavor. As for this tobacco alone...

I found X-40 to be rather bland. As mentioned before, it burned smoothly and cool and presented no nasty anomalies to pipe or tongue. However, it had none of the flavor of the classic burleys I believe it is intending to replicate. It just sort of "was" - nothing special.

If you find yourself with some of this, blend it with the Pressed Burley (I can't recall the X number) and you'll have a very decent smoke.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

This tobacco is sweeter and heavier in nicotine content than Mac Baren's London Burley and Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky. It is certainly made of good quality leaf, and one does not taste any bitterness in the bottom third of the bowl - an attribute of cheaper, "drug store" type Burley blends.

I appreciate Burley tobacco for what it is, and this is quality Burley that has obviously been well taken care of by the blender. It is at just the right moisture content and the chunks can be rubbed to suit your personal tastes. There is a delicate topping that enhances rather than overwhelms the leaf. It also burns clean, cool and dry. So, if you have a craving from time to time for top-shelf Burley, here you go.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

The burleys are nutty, earthy, and lightly molasses sweet, though not as much as one usually expects. I think a little sugar was added. Has a mild nic-hit. Won’t bite, but can burn a little harsh if puffed fast. Burns slow unless rubbed out a bit, and the monochromatic flavor is consistent all the way through. Leaves a bit of moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a disappointing after taste. Can be an all day smoke, but it would make a better mixer. One and a half stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (100)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I don't always smoke Burley, but when I do it is this, or Mac Baren Burley. A long time ago in a field of Burley in a pretty Tennessee hollow, should be the way this review should start out. Buying this bulk tobacco new and smoking it close there after may give one the impression that this leaf hasn't been aged at all. I had that feling when I first smoked my first bowl full. I let the pound bag of this age for about eight years. If you can wait that long, you will be greatly rewarded with a most unique, scrumptous nutty Burley mellow flavor not found these days.Stays lit easily and It tastes like the old days. Smells the way my grandads pipe smelled. Reward yourself with some aged X-40. You will want to thank me.

2 people found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like Burley get some of this ASAP. Very rich and full Burley taste.

2 people found this review helpful.

brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Rich, solid, nutty burley flavor. None of the "ketchuppy" tang that many McC blends have.

"Soft" is a good descriptor. Soft, mellow smoke. Didn't experience tongue bite, but this blend burned the roof of my mouth in a way no other blend has.

Tastes good: reminiscent of PA, but richer and more refined. Kinda one-dimensional, but I find most burley blends fit that description.

Not bad, but I'd rather get PA or Classic Burley Kake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

I have tried many burley blends from McClelland (x-10 x-30 x-40 x90 etc.) this one seems to me the most friendly and enjoyable one, while I prefer the x-30 pressed burley in flavor, I found it has a very strong bite which is difficult to handle, the x-40 is very soft and delicious, the x-30 is harsh and aggressive on the palate, but is has a wonderful woodsy flavor.

X-40 is definitely a very good quality burley that must have for burley smokers

1 person found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Unremarkable in every sense. There just isnt' much character here. Bland loose broken burley cake with an insignificant casing. A tad bit of sweetness in the aroma but not much else. One could blend this with other ingredients that could work. Virginia is McClelland's game not burley at the moment. As suggested by the old term of opprobrium about burley "Navy Goods!"

-Not Recommended

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