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Toasted Cavendish, Burley and Golden Virginia seasoned with just enough Cyprian Latakia to produce a cool-smoking, sweet, full-bodied, slow-burning tobacco.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (52)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

McClelland's "Toasted and Smoked," a non-aromatic bulk blend, features a dark, musty Cavendish with a vaguely tart, leathery, and somewhat bitter flavor that I enjoy with a cup of black coffee. The smoky Latakia, though prominent, serves as a foil for the Cavendish. As the tin description states, it is a cool-smoking, full-bodied, slow-burning tobacco. I didn't find it to be especially sweet. The Burley and Virginia components don't stand out, but I suppose that's as it should be: everything working together toward a unified taste.

Latakia fans will probably think the Cavendish dominates; and Cavendish fans will think the opposite. For me, the Latakia becomes a bit tiring, but it does work with the Cavendish nicely. As described, this is a slow-burning tobacco -- a good choice for drivers on long trips. Besides, the taste is full and pleasant -- just right for preoccupied smokers: uncomplicated, straightforward if somewhat smoky, and not distracting in any respect. This is a quality smoke, but it is fairly unremarkable among existing Cavendish blends. I get the impression it was developed to fill a niche in the McClelland universe.

In sum: non-aromatic; no issues with packing, burning, or bite; smokes cool and dry; good smoke volume; fair nicotine hit; long burning; finish is dark, musty, smoky, slightly saline and it persists long after the smoke has ended.

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leacha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
leacha (11)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Since I do not have a highly refined palate, it's hard to describe tastes and flavors that I experience. I only know what I like and do not like. So here's my rating scale and a brief reason for the rating.

★★★★ = Excellent - Apocalypse blend, cellar worthy.

★★★☆ = Good - Not part of regular roatation but keeping a few tins/ounces is wise.

★★☆☆ = Fair - A smokable blend that is worth trying again.

★☆☆☆ = Poor - Do not smoke! Trade off or give away to the unsuspecting.

Because tastes and blends change over time and depending on what pipe is used, I reserve the right to change my rating at any time.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (424)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A little hint of leather, a slighter hint of nuts, an even slighter hint of sweetness that is barely discernible, and the smoky, woody notes of the Latakia. Boring and nearly bland to my taste. They might have had something here with a little more of a sweet note. It's a struggle to finish a bowl.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in flavor, such as it is. Needs drying time. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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