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A very special blend of sugary bright Virginia and aged, mellow red Virginia, seasoned with a good amount of rare Yenidje and a touch of Syrian Latakia. Ready to smoke, but designed to age beautifully.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50 g tin
CountryUS
ProductionNo longer in production
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.9
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Kapnismologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kapnismologist (30)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A mixture of brown, black, chestnut, and tan broken ribbon with a medium spicy aroma, reminding of washed-out cinnamon and cloves, that is ever so slightly sweet. Interestingly enough, in relation to McClelland house style the tin nose also reminds this reviewer of the aromas marking its signature cake aged Red Virginias such as Bulk 5100 or McCraine's Red Ribbon / Flake as well as Oriental concoctions such as Jubilee. Tinned with a moderate level of moisture, it packs and takes to the match without complaint.

In the bowl Orient 996 Vintage 2007 offers a sweet-and-sour smoke which carries notes of blood orange, currants, and mulled wine. The aged Red Virginias are the most notable player in the blend, furnishing a core flavor profile strikingly similar to the aforementioned 5100 or Red Ribbon / Flake. Married to this, however, are at least one more Virginia (yellow) along with a bit of Yenidje, and perhaps other Oriental varietals, adding just enough fragrantly pungent spice to secure the blend its own identity. A certain nuttiness appears throughout the bowl as does a note reminding of molasses. Applied with a very light hand, the Syrian Latakia adds a touch of body and appears, fairy-like, now and again as the bowl nears its end. Playing well in the upper registers, Orient 996 Vintage 2007 provides more than enough crisp tickle to refresh on hot summer days as well as a muted but noticeable undercurrent of dark, rich flavors which should develop much more fully with age. Medium bodied, the mouthfeel is soft and the finish short and slightly tart.

Offering the tell-tale taste of McClelland red Virginias plated with an Oriental garnish, the sample on which this review is based is from the first run of the new McClelland issue (2008). A flavorful concoction with much to delight in, it should do quite well in the cellar.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I should note from the beginning that this review is based on a five year old tin that I opened this past week. Extremely easy pack and light; did not need a relight. A pleasant sugary smooth taste the run of the bowl, with a ever so slight sour note as one progresses the run of the bowl. I am a fan of Yenidje (try L.J. Peretti's "Royal Blend") and I detected this fine leaf; although as a background note, in a condimental way. The Latakia is of a balanced proportion - not too much, not too little. This is a 'nice' relaxed blend with a round satisfying taste. It burns to a fine dark grey dottle. This has been a nice change of pace from the 'Lakeland District" blends that I terrorized the family with last week.

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The classic scent was, is, and forever will be in all McClelland mixtures. Fortunately, in this one, it fades away immediately or almost immediately once you light it up. Very good moisture, it didn't need any drying. Though, it was a tin I bought on 2009 and I opened it on September 2011. It contains bright and red Virginia, Yenidje and a pinch of Syrian Latakia, which, I insist, gives a particular sweet taste to the tobacco. It is not very heavy and it can be smoked easily any time of the day, as the Latakia is very discreet, even for those who do not care for it as I do. It worth's the effort to store 2-3 tins in order to open them after 3-4 years. Maybe even the Heinz taste will have disappeared. The attendees will not be very enthusiastic about the room note.

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beardedhermit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beardedhermit (30)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Stewed tomato when first opened but passes and turns a light spice aroma. Sweet Virginia and oriental with latakia in the back just the way i think it should be. My tin was dated 2009. I sometimes like to round out a late afternoon with this and a Va/Per in the same pipe. Recommended.

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NA Morrison Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NA Morrison (32)
★★★☆
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Had a very mild flavor not much latika detected a very mild virgina blend no real room note deceted so no one complained about the smell. if looking for just a netural flavor and netural smell this would be one to try. a good choice for beginners looking for something differnt and wanting a serious tobacco.

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RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The jury is still out for me regarding this blend. So far, I've only experienced one tin (many more are cellared, based on expectations), and it was a disappointment.

For the record, the tin was pretty much fresh from the company, with nothing more than a month of age on it.

I've never before encountered a blend that was so inconsistent in flavor from bowl to bowl. (A blending issue?) Some bowls were all Virginia, some all-oriental. . . and only rarely did the unique flavor of Syrian latakia come through at all. Frankly, after just a few bowls, I gave the rest of the tin away -- and that's something I just don't do.(g)

I'll revisit this once its had a couple of years to sit in the tin, to see if that helps at all.

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onehitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onehitter (16)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Mild indeed, this would be good if you haven't tried these types of blends.Nicotine is low,the latakia and oriental are in the background while the up front overall taste and sweetness is mild virgina. Update:This hasn't been burning well maybe that's just me. I wouldn't buy this unless you plan on aging. Another update:I mixed this with skiff,better together than either one on its own.

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