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Velvety smooth, mellow and richly fragrant, this elegant, caramel-flavored and mild aromatic pipe tobacco creates a satisfying island of quiet in a busy day.

Notes: Originally introduced in May, 2010 for the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors' Club, is now part of the Club Blends Series.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
Flavoring
Medium to Strong
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (563)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Mostly black wide but short ribbon cut with a heavy tin aroma of buttery caramel and nougat - heavy but not overbearing. Much too moist in the tin but I did smoke one bowl without drying. Review is based on four bowls, which was plenty, as aging or further experimentation with these types of blends is pointless in my experience. They show what they have right off the bat.

Summer is the season for aromatics, and McClellands has made a couple of pretty nice ones. And some not so nice ones. This one falls into the latter category. There was definitely a caramel taste but overall the flavor falls into basic black Cavendish. Soft and sweet and any tobacco taste fully blanketed by the casing. Dried out a bit, this one showed a hair more tobacco but not enough to elevate it beyond mediocre, even as far as aromatics go. Not nearly as antiseptic tasting as their Holiday Spirit and not as gooey in the pipe as I thought it would be, but nothing I'd consider a reference. Making a topnotch aromatic must be the hardest thing in the world, as there seem to be so few on the market (Steven Books' aros are the best I've tried). Not much to say about this one because it seems to be just another black Cavendish blend in a sea of black Cavendish blends. If when someone mentions great U.S blenders, your thoughts go directly to Lane's or Sutliff, this blend will probably ring your chimes loudly. If you think of McClellands, I'd recommend Tastemaster or, better still, their bulk #2050. This one is good for a weak 2 stars.

Pipe Used: meerschaum

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

As far as aromatics go this is a rather nice one. Smooth and sweet. It will bite if your not careful when smoking but other than that its a smooth smoking, and smooth burning smoke. The caramel flavor is the primary note in the smoke with hints of sweet virginia from time to time. I prefer this blend as dessert after dinner. Just as sweet and delicious as that piece of cake but without the calories!

1 person found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★☆
Very Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This blend had lots of potential but only gets three stars from me. The strength was very low, as I expected from this. That natural taste was kind of killed by the extreme casing, and it also had some tongue bite. It just wasn't as smooth as you would expect from such a great blender.

When it comes to casing and room note it was very much caramel. Anyone would say this smells incredible. The tobacco smoking itself was just almost too much.

If you are an avid aromatic smoker, this is definitely for you, if not, I would stay away.

Pipe Used: H.I.S Egg, Peterson System (Bent), Cob

Purchased From: Smokedale Tobacco WI

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (523)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

this is an excellent aromatic tobacco. tastes like a good virginia with a background taste of sweet savory caramel. and the room note is to die for

1 person found this review helpful.

antipodesman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
antipodesman (2)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

My expectations were low for Caramel Rush. My experience was a pleasant surprise. It allowed heavy puffing with no adverse effects. I obtained this in a package of previously opened tins. It was still moist but definitely did not bite. The flavour was pretty good and I think it would be appreciated in social situations. It is going to be a favourite. Any tobacco I would buy again gets four stars and this is one of them.

1 person found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

For a McClelland aromatic, this one was very uneventful. I expected much more before I opened the tin. Caramel RUSH? It was more like Caramel Whisper. Any topping that was added to this blend was done way too lightly. The tobacco seems replayed for all McClelland aromatics, inlcuding Nording blends. It isn't a bad blend, but just not my cup o' tea.

1 person found this review helpful.

porshcigar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
porshcigar (27)
★★★★
Very Mild Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

I do not smoke aromatics, no cherry, no whiskey, no honey or apricots. But when Tad Gage praised this blend at a Chicago Club meeting, he urged everyone to give it a try despite the name and the smell in the tin. I originally bought 1 tin and tried it. Since then have have bought 10 more tins. I find it to light well and smoke well, despite it appearing to be quite moist in the tin. I think it is a very mild smoke, and I use it to break up my usual latakia blend smoking. I am limiting this blend to only a few pipes, because the caramel smell might just be tough to eliminate from a pipe. So it looks like I will wind up with several pipes dedicated to this blend. I recommend trying it, you might just like it, even if you are a dedicated latakia smoker.

1 person found this review helpful.

shudd3r2th1nk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shudd3r2th1nk (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Absolutely delicious to the senses. As an aromatic, the smell is that of the maple--of maple bacon, or farm fresh maple syrup glistening on pancakes, hot luscious aromas titillating the palatte--

Sorry, the taste and aroma were almost overwhelming.

As the previous reviewer noted, it is a treat, great for when you have that sweet tooth.

A fine grey ash, little goopy dottle... but then i didn't air it out any, straight out of the can with no time to think--caramel, maple syrup, scrumptuous, try some, its amazing!

1 person found this review helpful.

Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Not my norm! I'm generally heavy latakia, orientals, @virginia's. But I like this alot it burns well and smells great. It reminds me of Iwan Ries Buttered Rum. Which is a good thing, it's a nice break from the heavy blends I lean to. It burns easy with a nice white ash

Try some you might be in for a treat!

1 person found this review helpful.

Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant

Definitely very heavy on the caramel flavoring, this one had just too much chemically topping for me to abide by, and I simply couldn't get through it, even after weeks of airing it. I dub thee "Chemical Rush." If you find something appealing about this heavy aromatic concoction, I highly recommend giving McClelland's excellent Tastemaster a try, as I feel it to be a far superior alternative aromatic, if not the best in McClelland's aromatic line.

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harkpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
harkpipe (4)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Upon opening the tin I found the aroma to be very aromatic and almost overwhelming but was exactly as described in the latest edition of P&T magazine. The write up in P&T was such that I just had to give this aromatic a try. Caramel, maple syrup, and buttered pancakes is what came to mind from my initial whiff from the tin. After trying a few bowls I could almost describe it as Captain Black on steroids. I found the flavorings to be a little on the heavy side. In reality, I think I prefer the over all room note and flavor of Captain Black better than this one. I found it to be a little wet from the container and even after letting it dry for an hour or so before packing I found it took three matches to keep it going and finally a fourth to finish the bowl in my medium size cob. I'm one that has been moving more toward the English blends so my taste for the aromatics is subsiding somewhat. However, I do still like the aromatics now and then. This one would definitely get the thumbs up from the wives for room note and I would recommend this to the aromatic smokers out there.

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