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Dark stoved Virginia and fiery red Virginia mixed together in one of our most popular blends.

Notes: Scotty’s Old Red combines beautifully matured mahogany red Virginia tobacco, specially processed to bring out a tangy sweetness, with slowly stoved Virginia that has turned jet black. The result is remarkably deep flavor for an all-Virginia blend; an excellent value as well.
Blended ByScott Bendett
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Mild
Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2114)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The red Virginia has some tangy dark fruit and earth as the main component. The dark stoved Virginia is sugary and fruity as a supporting player. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Needs a little dry time, but smokes wet unless dried to a crisp. Burns a little slow if not dried, cool and clean with a very consistently sweet flavor from start to finish. Lacks depth and complexity otherwise. Requires some relights, and leaves a bit of moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. An easy going all day routine smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

str8blastpot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
str8blastpot (6)
Mild None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

this is one extraordinary tobacco. not over sweet. not over pungent. voluminous, spectator fricndly aroma. nice burning qualities and better than fair price for the quality. one of three i have difficulty choosing from. i'm grateful that each is different enough from the others to allow an easy choice. if i'd bumped into this tobacco 30 years back, i'd still be smoking it. i find an all bright Virginia or an all stoved Virginia a bit much at times and this one puts me comfortably in the zone every time i reach for it. remarkable spicey caramel feel with a creamy texture. perhaps i'm too easy to please, but i don't think so. if people could consistently be of this high caliber, i might be inclined to enjoy them more.

4 people found this review helpful.

al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This USED to be my main daytime smoke. Sweet and a little twangy once you get it going. Tastes good during the day. A little weak for my pallate by dinner time though. Thats the time for english blends. Still if money is tight or you simply smoke way too much to consider tins this is an excellent value. In my case I am simply aging mine in mason jars since I found something else I like.

Update 9/15/08: I am not smoking this anymore or the mclelland 5100 that this apparently is. I say this because there is some kind of humectant in this that prevents this from drying really. I do not like this much moisture in my tobacco and I do not like the fact it takes 4 days for it to dry somewhat where a real unchemmy tobacco will dry from a few hours to overnight- Even Mc 2000 which is lightly flavored- (not cased) dries overnight. I do not like something such as humectant added to my smoke it concerns me as to what it is. It behaves like a cased aromatic in the respect to drying.

It is smokable. I would reccomend other Mcclelland tobac such as 2000, 2010, 2020, 2035, #27, #24, #22, Christmas cheer, They are a real enjoyable VA experience all the way. This is a steamboat ride that won't end after mid-bowl. I can not get a dry smoke off this and I can off all the ones I just mentioned with ease. I refuse to have to stick cleaners in my stem while smoking or feel the burn of steam. I am seasoned and know how to get a good moisture/smokabilty balance. This falls way short.

This might be ok for a newbie, not for me. The initial taste is decieving. I have smoked pounds of this. I know what I speak of.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This tobacco began my acquaintance with red blends Virginia. Through him, I did felt the rich flavor and sweet taste of old Virginia. Before that I didn't knew red VA. I was thinking that any VA has empty flavor and aroma as hay.. I was rude in my judgments! But This tobacco dispelled my misconceptions, it's a sweet and mild on the tongue, flavors on the palate! No sharp corners. Tobacco for every day. Scotty's Old Red opened the door to the fine world aged Virginia for me. 4 points!

Pipe Used: Charatan 0172

Similar Blends: McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve).

1 person found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (37)
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

This review will be short and to the point. It is a good VA but for me not one of my favorites. It was smooth with no bite but did not leave me wanting more. Maybe I have gotten use to stronger tobaccos over the years. Good blend but I will try something else. I wish they would leave an option on the room note for does not apply. I do not smoke around people and especially indoors so how can I rate room note? Plus I do not really smell the tobacco when I am smoking but I am off topic.

Pipe Used: General Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Lights easily, all the way on one light, post char. Pleasant all-Virginia room note and flavor. Pepperiness on the retrohale. Don't pick up any casing, just good pure VA with a touch of natural sweetness. 4*.

Pipe Used: Grabow Freehand

Age When Smoked: unknown; at least one month

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Rattray's Red Rapparee without the latakia..

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (319)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Are you looking for a mild Virginia, no bite, subtle sweetness and you can smoke all day , than this is it. I really think this, it is just McC 5100 Red Cake without the vinegar. I happen to like McVinegar, I feel it brings a nice "Twang", that is missing in this one. I can get both in bulk , so McVinegar wins, but this is still nice.

updated 1/30/14 - after smoking this over the past month , I've noticed a very mild Lakeland Floral taste in this blend. It is very well done and just a hint. I normally hate LF, but I can get by with this, but this blend will never make it to 4 stars for me.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: new bulk

Similar Blends: McC 5100 Red Cake ( with LF), McC bulk 5115 Old world classic cake.

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Pipes and Cigars - Scotty's Blend - Old Red

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 10

Room Note = 10

Flavor = 10

Bite = 9

Burn = 9

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 57

Rated Percentage = 95%

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, Mellow with a great Flavor, this tobacco is yummy

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brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

What a nice surprise! Old Red is not a blend I would ever have ordered for myself, but I'm glad I did. I bought a 2 oz bag for a friend, back in January 2012. He didn't want it, so this baccy has been aging since then. Out of curiosity, I tried some today. What a sweet, smooth, pleasure! Rich and flavorful, yet mild enough for all day, Old Red is rich and complex. Very pleasant, and unique. Four big stars.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I just finished 2 oz. of this great blend after 3 years of ageing in a mason jar, and beyond any doubt it's one of the best Virginias I've ever smoked. To make it short: this is Blackwoods Flake minus the vinegar taste. And Blackwoods Flake is one of my all-time favorites.

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nater3525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nater3525 (3)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I had a pipe of this today I really enjoyed it! good smoke for a great price. for me the blend was very moist i tried some that i dried and compared it to the non-dried. The dried was much better.

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HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

7/26/2011: I might have not been ready for this tobacco yet. It wasn't bad, but I found it extremely one-dimensional and a little bit bland at that. I'll give this guy some time, of course and try it out a few more times before giving a final verdict, but that's where I currently stand.

8/24/2012: I've smoked 3 bowls of this now and have gone completely 180 on it. This is a delicious and interesting and have been enjoying it much, much more. A definite keeper!

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Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a nice virginia blend that reminds me of McClellands Blsckwoods Flake, only difference is the tobacco is fully rubbed out and the reds are more dominant in this mix. The flavor is very smooth and creamy for a virginia and has a nice aroma as well. Me being an English fan this one can be a little one demensional but will provide a decent change of pace for rotation.

I would highly recommend this blend for seasoned smokers; new smokers may not like it so much.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I have been trying a lot of VA's lately, after many years I have developed a taste for them and have tried many really good ones. I ordered this blend as I have read good things about it and as it's readily available for a good price and became an everyday blend, then that would be nice. It looks in the pouch to be a mix of fermented red ribbon and a rubbed out partially dark Va with a very tart, peaty aroma. It is pretty moist and even with an overnight drying period it retained it. It packed easily into my pipe and was a little hard to get lit. After several attempts, I sat back with it and a cup of good Irish tea. It is a nice mild blend with no tongue bite and it had a very natural flavor but not sweet. I like my VA's to taste sweet and in this area this blend disappointed me. It was very mellow while smoking, required a couple of relights and smoked down to the ver y bottom of the pipe to a dark grey ash and no dottle. It did not leave any moisture in my pipe and it produced a great amount of smoke. It never smoked hot even when pushed. I have to say that it was very pleasant smoke but nothing notable at all. I have had much better blends of it's type of late. I am going to mason jar it to age and see if that improves it which I suspect it will.

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BoJackson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BoJackson (4)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am normally a Virginia Flake smoker. Upon receiving my first order of Old Red I packed my pipe lightly and fired it up. I found the back of my throat tickle with each puff and began to cough. I made it thru the first pipe full and decided to try packing the Old Red very tight. Low and behold I experienced a very different pipe of tobacco. It was very smooth and sweet. This is a great Virginia for all day smoking. I will be ordering more in the future.

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Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Finally.....A great Va. bulk blend at an affordable price. Scotty has a winner. As stated in the description this is pure Va.(red, and stoved) fully rubbed out and ready for the match. My pouch came just a little moist for my taste. The aroma has a rich fermenting scent. The pack, light, and burn is very good. The taste is smooth, sweet, and spicey. I have found a few (very few) blends that have IMHO a better flavor. For the difference in price I will give this fine house blend four stars, and will be ordering more for the cellar.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's pretty easy to see why this is one of Scotty Bendett's more popular blends. It's mild, mellow and very tasty, with all the hints of woodsmoke and caramelized brown sugar you get with a Virginia blend.

I can picture this stuff in a forest green tin, with an Irish Setter on it! A good reliable companion.

If you factor in how affordable this stuff is...quite a bargain.

So, I can see this being a regular blend for me, as I have been looking for a bite free Virginia, without the sticker shock of some of the imported blends. This may be made with McClelland tobacco, but has been mellowed enough to remove most of the vinegar tang they have.

If you like your tobacco on the natural side, by all means try some. I think you will be pleased.

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Sailorjack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sailorjack (57)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I recently took up pipe smoking after a 5yr affair with cigars.I got tired of cigars and returned to the more civil and enjoyable ritual we know as pipe smoking. I used to smoke primarily Heavy English and Oriental blends so I went back to them again on my return but oddly enough although they were still enjoyable I knew I was looking for something else. I have starting exploring the world of American Burley type blends. I enjoy a good straight Burley but I knew once again I was looking for more. Then I tried Half and Half blends and I like those even better. I had so much straight Burley on hand that I thought I would buy some good inexpensive Virginias to make my own homemade Half&Half blend. That's where Old Red comes in.

I know there are a lot of straight Virginias smokers here but I did not enjoy the couple I tried years ago and got discouraged. I ordered a pound of Old Red on the reviews I read here. Of course you have to try a tobacco straight by itself before you use in in blending. Lo and Behold , Wow I really like this stuff. The in the pouch aroma is a little strange, something akin to Balsamic vinegar. Upon lighting it is a whole different world.Great natural quality tobacco flavor with a touch of sweetness and man I love the aroma of the smoke. I just love French inhaling this stuff. It's on the mild side but never boring , and no tongue bite. There is probably not enough nicotine for you nic-junkies but it suits me just fine. I can puff Old Red mindlessly or lay back in a more comtemplative mood with it just as well.

This could be a all day smoke for many but I am incapable of smoking the same thing day in and out but if forced to choose just one this would definitely be a strong candidate.

Simple,Sweet,Tasty Virginia with a great aroma and at less than $25 for 1lb. delivered this is my choice for the best tobacco value that I have ever encountered.

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ollievon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ollievon (8)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I put this at the top of my list for "camping" tobaccos! Old Red has an incredible mellow taste and the room note is fantastic. Upon the first smell of the tobacco I thought "Wow, what a great pipe smoke for a walk in the Adirondacks!".

A winner every time in my book!

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huffnpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huffnpuff (53)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

To begin with the aroma smells like hay-grass on the sweet side.My pouch came a little moist and was pretty easy to light. I think it would be better if it had some perique but then it would be louisana red but its still good . My session ended with a nice grey ash. The tobac has a little bit of a nicotine kick but not to strong.

try some you might like it.

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