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Rare Syrian at its finest, rich Virginias at their flavor peak, the finest fragrant Basma. This extraordinary leaf is aged in cakes, then spun into ribbon for a blend that truly shines.

Notes: Originally introduced in February, 1997 for the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club, is now part of the Club Blends Series.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium, Medium to Full
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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (230)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Syrian Star is an excellent blend with just the right balance of Syrian and Virginias. This is slightly sweeter than "Three oaks Syrian" and a little lighter ( middle of the day blend). I find it very smooth and smoother than Three Oaks Syrian.

Now let's bring in "Orient 996" for another comparison ,with its Syrian and a touch of Yenidje. 996 I find even more flavorful, just as smooth and just as sweet as Syrian Star. These two are closer matches than with "Three Oaks Syrian" that just isn't as sweet.

My personal preference would be Orient 996, then Syrian Star, then Three Oaks Syrian in that order. I also find that all three are best smoked from a corn cob rather than a brier , as the smoke is sweeter and more flavorful.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Similar Blends: orient 996.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (37)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Despite the name, Virginias play the central role here. The latakia is there but, as the label description admits, it's there as a condiment.

It's a nice smoke. Think of it as a lighter version of most VaPers. The room note might be more pleasant to the average passerby than more lat-heavy blends (say, Samovar or MacBaren's Vintage Syrian). Imagine McClelland's Legends turned way, way down (less latakia and no ortientals). It's enjoyable but won't knock off any of my current favorites.

Like most of this blender's offerings, you can't go wrong with it. It's solid enough to take a flyer on, especially if you are a fan of McClelland's Virginias. It's mellow enough to work as an all-day smoke. Also, if the McClelland's barbeque-sauce aroma puts you off, it's not as strong with this one (at least the tin I have, which I believe is a 2013 vintage).

As with most McClelland's blends (all of them that I've tried), give it plenty of dry time before lighting up.

7/26/2014 - This one seems to be aging REALLY well, judging by the tin note. Might be adding another star to it at some point.

2 people found this review helpful.

thejavaman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thejavaman (3)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm a relatively new pipe smoker (been smoking cigars for years though). I definitely am becoming a bonafide lat-lover & this blend satisfies my sweet tooth for the stuff. It's got that signature McClelland ketchup aroma upon opening the tin (which I personally like) and its easy to pack & light with minimal dry time. It's pretty mild to me with sweet, smokey flavors, a nice matured Virginia base and just enough Oriental leaf to tie it all together nicely. The retrohale is very enticing as well - I can almost taste the fragrant woods & spices that were used in the curing of the high quality Syrian Latakia in this blend. Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

Country Doc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Doc (20)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a lovely smoke. Dark, smoky, with hints of carmelized sugar. Deep and elegant flavor, invitingly complex. Good smoke volume obtained easily. Flavor deepens and strengthens as one moves down the bowl.

To my taste, this is a four-star tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.