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The traditional medium Balkan mixture in its top form. Stet, zesty lemon and orange Virginias are blended with rich Cyprian Latakia and the finest Greek Basma, then aged to develop this naturally fragrant complex and harmonious Oriental mixture. An invigorating tobacco, both satisfying and refreshing.

Notes: Originally introduced in November, 1989 for the Greater Kansas City Pipe 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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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (455)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As you would imagine the Oriental leads here. It's nutty, leathery, and woody. The Latakia is light and seems to add little more than smoke. Might be a woody note from them, but hard to tell with a similar note from the Oriental. The Virginias add just a touch of sweetness and a very mild grassy note. Not an outstanding smoke, but a consistent and reliable one. It smoked pretty much the same in clay, cob, or briar. Closer to 3 stars than 2 so 3 it is.

Mild to medium in body and flavor. For best burn dry it a little.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, clay Gouda, Stanwell 54

Age When Smoked: fresh

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (656)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is based on a smaller sample than I would usually smoke before a review so take that into consideration. This was a 1 oz. gift and it arrived drier than I usually find McClellend tobacco's. That may have been why the typical vinegar smell(not an issue for me) found in McClellend blends was much lighter than usual. This is a very good medium English blend that would make a great afternoon or all day smoke. English Woods has a slight nutty flavor and a slight underlying sweetness. It is less sweet than Old Dog or Legends. The flavors are somewhat complex and well balenced Oriental but with no particular tobacco taking a very dominate role. It packs well and leaves a nice white ash. I would smoke this blend on occasion, but not as a regular part of my rotation. Those that enjoy McClellend English blends should make a point to add a few tins to their cellar and I am surprised that it hasn't been reviewed more often. Recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (893)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A sample of this blend was gifted to me by a kind friend in our online tobacco group. This is my first Balkan being more accustomed to straight Vas, Burleys and some Englishes. This was very fragrant in the pouch, sweetish, some latakia and a touch of vinegar. The bowl lit up well and the volume of smoke was wonderful. The smoke was semi-sweet and flowery with the latakia ever present in the background. Burned well and very satisfying...the Orientals were a nice change of pace for me, very nice.

1 person found this review helpful.