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TQ (Top Quality) may be the smoothest medium aromatic you'll ever try. Consistent from first puff to last, TQ offers a very pleasant vanilla/mild chocolate aroma with just a hint of coconut on the nose. Rich and creamy, this ribbon-cut blend will be an instant classic.

Notes: Also known as "Bulk TQ - Top Quality Gold & Toasted". Similar to Lane "1Q".

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCocco, Cocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Very Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Darby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darby (15)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

McCelland Bulk TQ - Top Quality Gold & Toasted (aka "Avenue Blend TQ")

I was very surprised and pleased with my first brush with McClelland TQ. It's a medium strength moderately aromatic blend of virginia and burley-based cavendish, with a moderately sweet creamy finish. It packs well, burns fairly cool, and is very easy to work with. The burley based cavendish imparts a nice body and a pleasing nuttiness (toasted pecan in this instance). The aromatics are used with restraint, and combined with the innate flavors of the tobaccos present evoke (for me) the nuances of Baileys Irish Cream. For those unfamiliar with Baileys, the signature flavors are smooth Irish whiskey, emulsified with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, instant coffee, and a trace of almond and vanilla extract {as a former bartender I reverse engineered it long ago, so I could make my own}.

Bottom line: This is a mellow, nutty, lightly sweet, and mildly aromatic blend, available in bulk. A friendly everyday smoke, at a good price. Recommended (3 of 4 stars).

Beverage Pairings: Beer - U.K. Mild Brown (ex: Newcastle Brown Ale), Wine - Amontillado, Oloroso or Cream Sherry, Whiskey - Jameson 12yr or Redbreast 12yr, Liqueur - Baileys Irish Cream, Coffee w/Cream & Sugar.

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow Freehand Briar (Group 4)

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: (sample from friend)

Similar Blends: Lane 1Q.

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

McCelland Bulk No. TQ - Top Quality Gold & Toasted

Star Rating = 4

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

Pouch Note = 9

Room Note = 9

Flavor = 9

Bite = 9

Burn = 9

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 54

Rated Percentage = 90%

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, Mellow with a good light Flavor, you will detect the coconut finish but this blend is not as sweet as Lane limited 1-Q. Depending on your sweetness threshold you make like this blend better than Lane Limited 1-Q

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The good Rev. Rizzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The good Rev. Rizzo (24)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I smoke this on a daily basis. This is my go to guy. I find it most enjoyable in a deep wide bowl pipe. It does very well in an old GBD straight billiard. I also enjoy it in a number of straight stem Peterson bulldogs. The flavor is consistent, mild and sweet. As previously commented I agree it could be stronger. Simply because I just plain dam like the stuff. The room note is nice enough that people in a non smoking bar enjoyed it as the door kept opening while I was on the back porch enjoying some after a stout. True story!

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mowest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mowest (1)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have run several bowls through different pipes to find that TQ runs consistent from bowl to bowl and pipe to pipe. While some claim this is an equal to Lane's 1-Q, I find enough difference between 1-Q and TQ to have both at the ready. I find the taste to present a complex array from start to finish. The start will present a pleasing tobacco with hints of vanilla, as the progress of the bowl reaches the mid-point the full flavor of the tobacco starts. When the end is near you again find the vanilla with a stronger tobacco taste. The room is very nice (the wife really enjoys the aroma) and other have noted the pleasant note as well.

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cletus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cletus (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'm still new to the world of pipe smoking, but I must say, this is the best smoke I've had to date. I seem to get a hint of carmel in it.

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Country Doc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Doc (20)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

My only complaint about this friendly blend is that the delicious flavor could be a little stronger. Very pleasant indeed.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

This McClelland's offering goes by a variety of names at different pipe shops that takes McClelland's bulk blends. It was called Bantam Vanilla at a shop down here in Texas.

I loved the smell in the glass jar and asked for an ounce. I loaded it up in a pipe reserved for aromatics and had a delightful smoke while driving down the highway (wife and kid in the car - it made the drive more enjoyable for them, too!)

The vanilla was creamy and the blend smoked mostly dry for an aromatic - typical quality stuff from McClelland's.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

This McClelland aromatic is very similar in taste to Habana Premium's Butternut Burley. The main difference in the two blends is that this blend contains more ribbon cut tobacco and will bite a bit. A decent smoke for those who prefer bulk aromatics. However, Butternut Burley is a bit better and won't bite.

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