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First blended in 1996, this is one of the finest medium Balkans we've ever produced. Rich and spicy with top-grade Basma, the finest Latakia and stoved sweet Virginias, it is truly a marvel to smoke. Blending skill and nature combine for a memorable experience.

Notes: Originally introduced in May, 1996 for the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors' Club, is now part of the Club Blends Series.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (653)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am quite surprised that there are not more reviews of this blend. In the tin, New Century appears to be a typical medium Balkan blend. The tin note has less of the typical English/Balkan scent than other McClelland blends. It seems to dry faster too. The first word that comes to mind with NC is balance. The component tobaccos meld really well into this blend. NC is what it appears to be, a medium Balkan. But taking that a step further, it is a very good medium Balkan. No particular tobacco stands out, but in a good way. It is very lightly sweet and mild with no possibility of a bite. I tend to really enjoy blends with Basma and New Century is no exception. The tin notes state that it has a bit of spice and it’s there, but not until about mid bowl. New Century is a blend that deserves much more attention than it receives.

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1369)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Cyprian latakia is a lead player, smoky, woody sweet. The Basma is woody sweet with a rare sour hit and some spice, the latter seemingly more noticeable after the half way point. The stoved Virginias are tangy, earthy sweet with some earth and dark fruit notes. It's not quite as sweet as my description would lead you to believe. Well balanced with some complexity, it burns slow and cool, requiring a few relights. Rich in flavor and creamy, it has a moderate nic-hit and no bite. Leaves a slight bit of moisture at the finish.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1419)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I knew I might have trouble with this one as I am not a Basma fan. And I sure could taste that little Oriental jewel throughout the smoke. If you are a fan of Balkan style blends and appreciate Basma, I can see where this one would cause your bells to jingle.


2 people found this review helpful.

SeoulSister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SeoulSister (36)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In the tin there is a mild, sweet, smoky smell and I find the Orientals to be the most prominent. It smells a little like my current favorite blend, Frog Morton on the Town because both blends use Basma. New Century smokes mild, slightly sweet. I think the sweetness comes more from the Basma than the Virginia tobacco. The Latakia is subtle. New Century doesn’t bite even if I puff hard. It starts out as a mild smoke and becomes more medium in the middle of the bowl. It could be from relights because I have a little harder time keeping this blend lit versus other tobaccos I have smoked. This is true even though I dry it before smoking it. McClelland English blends seem to be my “go to” English blends right now. New Century is another that I would enjoy from time to time, but of the CPCC blends, I prefer Samover more than New Century.

1 person found this review helpful.

Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin description nails it. This is a smooth, rich, creamy medium balkan that is well-anchored by its tangy sweet viginias, perfecly complimented by a balanced helping of tasty latakia, and aptly enhanced by flavorful orientals. A relaxing, flavorful and enjoyable smoke. Similar in some ways to Old Dog. Three and a half stars.

1 person found this review helpful.