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The finest Oriental tobaccos from Greece and Turkey, cut in classic English-style ribbon form to add their delicate herbal/spicy scent and gentle sweetness to your own Oriental mixtures.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeOther
ContentsOriental/Turkish
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.3
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I absolutely love this condiment leaf. When added to lighter but flavorful Latakia blends such as Rattray's Black Mallory, it really beefs up the strength without interfering with the flavor. I also enjoy mixing this with some straight Virgnia tobacco that otherwise is too light for me.

If I am caught without any of this around, it's only because I'm dead.

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2028)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Floral, grassy, a little sweet, slightly woodsy, slightly spicy, and kind of buttery. It's not meant to be smoked straight, though I tried a small bowl and it wasn't bad that way. It does well as a mixer, adding a flavor push to whatever you're designing, whether it be an English blend or a Virginia/Turkish mixture. Be watchful of the percentage you use, because it can take over mild tobaccos before you realize it. Start with a small percentage and work your way up as you desire.

4 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (127)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Unlike their fantastic Grand Oriental tobacco series where McClelland with each tin highlights a specific Oriental variety, this seems to be a blend of different Oriental leafs. On the other hand though, this is straight Oriental tobacco whereas the Grand Orientals are blends with Virginia. Moreover, this is pure, unadulterated Oriental whereas McClelland’s “Blending Oriental” in the black tin seems to have a little bit of flavouring added to it. So, “Blended Turkish Ribbon” is a straight and pure blend of Oriental leafs. This is the real thing, not the other offerings. It does not mean that it’s the best tobacco to smoke, after all it’s meant for blending, but it’s the purest straight Oriental leaf McClelland offers.

Tin note is herbal and mildly sweet. The tobacco is cut in broad ribbons, I received them on the dry side ready to smoke. Loading is easy and it lights easily. Burns well and a has a mild to medium strength with medium nicotine levels and a load of flavors!

The sought out characteristic of Oriental leafs is their tanginess and sour notes, but they occasionally also have a nutty sweetness which is greatly pleasing. This tobacco is quite strong on the sweet side without lacking any of the other characteristics. The sour note is not as high pitched as is pure Basma leaf, here it is more subdued, sweeter, nuttier without lacking the earthy/limey-soil characteristic of Turkish/Greek leafs. Towards the middle of the bowl it acquires a nice smoky character as well.

Can be smoked straight or mixed with Virginias or whatever else you might like to very good results. Highly recommended as a top quality straight Oriental leaf.

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl Turkish Izmir, Epos Izmir Tutun.

2 people found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is for sure a nice blender tobacco. But it may be very interesting and satisfying for those who enjoy pure Turkish.

It has all the best parts of an oriental tobacco: grassy-sweet, cigarette like taste. Nice kick of nicotine. Slow burning. Enjoyable spicy flavor. However it is one dimensional and may become boring if you smoke it daily.

2 people found this review helpful.

crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (70)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The bag arrived to me doesn´t content neither Macedonia nor Smyrna or similars.The subtil touch of very fine Havanna cigar makes me think that this blend could be mostly Soukhoumi or russian Maikop.Really a fine touch for blending without the typical floral sweet aroma that we can expect in a regular known as oriental.Smoked straight is not bad,but with Perique or Latakia becomes splendid.Please be so careful adding this leaf as with Perique.There is a slim line between glory and a ruined mixture.All this IMHO.

Pipe Used: many

Age When Smoked: fresh from bag

Purchased From: smokingpipes

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1 person found this review helpful.

SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Bulk: Standard medium ribbon cut. Mostly medium brown, some tan, with what appears to be a small amount of olive. Fragrant and herbal but with a natural or grainy undertone. Not sticky like McClelland's Blending Oriental. At a good moisture level, towards dry.

Burning: Took a couple of relights

Taste & Aroma: Has that very musty, grassy herbal tone, like green tea, that I have been trying to identify in C&D's Good Morning.

Overall: BTR has none of the sweet carmel fragrance and sandalwood aroma of McClelland's BO. BTR has a "green" complexion to the aroma. Generally, orientals are sun cured. 4Noggins and Smokingpipes.coms provide a Tin Description, in their Blending and Bulk sections, respectively. I still want know the distinction between Turkish and Oriental.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (171)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I sometimes wonder if I'm being punked when I get bulk tobaccos sent by mail, given how often I find myself second guessing what I'm actually smoking.

The bag aroma of this tobacco is predominantly of an additive; something of the caramelised sugar type. Maple, molasses, whiskey even. There are background spice notes from the Orientals and the familiar McC Va tang.

Once lit, the Orientals pop into life with a burning grass aroma. It is a one light baccy, unsurprising given the sugar content and relative dryness, but it stays on the right side of hot.

It's light and it's mild but the aroma borders on the sickening by itself. One would need to be a peculiar person to have this in ones pipe as a daily smoke.

Strictly a blending component imo.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier/MM Missouri Pride

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (171)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

A great turkish tobacco to add that "barnyard" nuance to an existing or created blend. Leaves a very pleasant "minty" flavor on the palate.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

stephenspring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stephenspring (13)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I spent my life watching my Dad buy various razors in search of the "perfect shave". Since returning to pipes of late, I feel like I'm searching for the "perfect smoke". Wanting to sample everything and start making blends for education and the adventure of experimentation, I ordered 8 ounces of this blend. I tried it with an old, small bowl Claridge I like. It required a couple of relights and it seemed just a bit dry to me, but it was really enjoyable. I liked what I call a rich taste - not flavored or sugary - just solid richness. Of course, I started thinking of potential blends. This will make a great blender and by itself it's no slouch either. I'd call it solid, rich, and worth having.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is essentially a blending tobacco. It is too one dimensional smoked alone. It does have a very interesting taste to it, and burns very well. It will burn too fast by its self, but even just adding latakia 50/50 makes a tremendous smoke. I have made many blends using this tobacco and love it. The only thing that I try to keep in mind is to use sparingly it is a condiment like Perique.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

TheGreatPawnHunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheGreatPawnHunter (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

At first light only tasted smoke. It took a few matches to get going. However, very pleasantly surprised as it developed into a full smoke with a good floral bouquet and a buttery non biting taste on the pallet. Clean with no dottle. Turkish lovers will appreciate this. It is a good blending tobacco.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A pure Turkish Ribbon-cut. A great blender, a monochromatic smoke by itself. If you are into plain Turkish tobacco you might love this. Burns fast due to the fine cut but no bad traits at all.

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