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This Scottish mixture is full-bodied and deeply flavored with the finest grades of delicately spiced Oriental tobaccos and cool smoking latakia, lively, refreshing, and very satisfying. Discover why this blend has achieved such a great following of discerning pipe smokers.

Notes: Originally introduced in October, 1990 for the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors' Club, is now part of the Club Blends Series.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

O-M-F-G! This is Serious Manna.

Our Master Blenders have done it again -- Scottish Woods joins the exalted ranks of their top-shelf masterpieces Dark Star, Three Oaks (Syrian & Original), British Woods, and Royal Cajun Dark.

When I popped open the tin and sniffed, I knew this was going to be something extraordinary: if velvety smooth and tender have an aroma, it was this. This sublime concoction is a perfectly balanced oriental forward blend that may be the most velvety, smoothest, assertive-yet-delicate, roundest blend I think I've ever sipped. The oriental -- neither too tangy nor spicy, but fulfilling the promise of oh-so-tender -- is the star of this show; but it refuses to hoard the attention, instead preferring to magnanimously share the stage with everybody else, which, like a great actor or athlete, brings out the best in everybody to create a powerhouse, flawless ensemble.

If you like oriental forward english blends (which I'll now assume a Scottish Blend signifies, since there are so many conflicting definitions), you owe it to yourself to try this one. Even if you don't, you should still try it, since this is a masterpiece of the blender's art. This is the one I've been looking for. My highest recommendation!

13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2189)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Virginias are a little tangy sweet, and act as a base for the other tobaccos. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody and sweet and plays well with the Oriental/Turkish, though I seem to notice the latakia a little less in the second half of the bowl as the O/T became more prominent. They are mildly sweet, but mainly woody with a few dry sour and floral notes. They are spicy, and as previously mentioned, more so after the half way point. The taste is dryer then, too. The spice may tingle your tongue just a mite, but this blend won't bite. The nic-hit is a shade past mild to medium. Burns slow and cool with a rich flavor, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Needs a few relights. Has a spicy after taste. I recommend a wide bowl for this blend and a moderate smoke rate to catch the full experience. Not really an all day smoke.


12 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (847)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Typical "English" brown-to-black mixture with a light and refreshing tin nose of mostly Virginias with a hint of Turkish. I was therefore expecting something along the lines of McClellands Green label oriental series. I got that and much more.

Once again, the masters of Virginia leaf show their forte with stellar Virginias, moderately spiced with orientals and topped off with a bit more than a whisper of latakia. The lack of unflavored Cavendish might keep this from being a true Scottish (or not, depending on your definition) but it was not lacking in mellow sweetness. McClellands has a knack for producing milder mixtures that are rich in flavor and Scottish blends are generally so, at least for me. Delicately spicy and moderately complex, with low nicotine. This can sit proudly alongside Germain's 1820 and Rattrays Jocks or Highland Targe. I preferred it ever so slightly over the Rattrays and it was close to the 1820 and just different enough to make them both staples in my rotation. Try this if you're a seasoned Virginia smoker and want to see what the "oriental mixture" fuss is all about. You'll find your favorite leaf out front and center and the others in mild support. Excellent job again by McClellands!

Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta

Age When Smoked: 2 years

11 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a remarkably tasty blend and I believe it is because of the high grade Latakia (Syrian?) that is used. Sweet n a natural sort of way and boy, do you get clouds of thick smoke when puffing this one. The other components deliver the good, making this a true Scottish rather than English style blend, IMO.


8 people found this review helpful.

Skibbereen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skibbereen (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

My...My...My...what a wonderful smoke. That's about all I can say. Buy it...smoke will love it. When I first lit up I immediately thought of a winter night...sitting in the chair with a glass of brandy and good book in hand. I suppose that is because I am a Yankee!! LOL :) My first few puffs brought this to my mind but I must add that this is truly a smoke for all seasons. Just a wonderful smoke. This is the first smoke I have tried classified as "Scottish"!. It won't be my last. I have been a pipe smoker for just over 3 years now and I must say I truly enjoy it. I have tried many English/Balkan blends, which are my favorite, and I tend to gravitate towards them. This blend is very similar to those type of blends but has something extra that stands out. It is very rich in taste...but mild. It has authority with a gentleness of spirit. I am a big Latakia fan and it is there in this blend to be sure. But the other tobaccos just perform so exquisitely around it...and the result is quite lovely. Opening the was the usual steak sauce smell. MC tins are notorious for that. But they do not taste like that. The leaf was semi dry. Just the way I prefer it. Lovely rich deep chocolate color with flecks of reddish blonde. The tin was packed nicely with no unwanted debris. Packed just fine. I always use the pinch...tamp...pinch... tamp until we are topped off. The charring light was orgasmic. Wow...the taste was outstanding. Creamy smooth and it stayed that way down the middle and to the end. And it smoked evenly and true down to the bottom. I only had to relight once. No dottle. Ash was darkish black and gray. If you like English/Balkans and light Latakia you need to check this blend out. My guess is you will be pleased. Five Stars lads.

Pipe Used: Peterson Star 309

Age When Smoked: Tin Date 01/2013 Smoked 09/2014

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes (Unfortunately)

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I've smoked McClellands English/Balkan/Scottish blends for over 25 years now and this is the first time I've tried this one and I've been missing a FANTASTIC smoke !! I am a Latakia lover and usually smoke Oriental #14 as my daily smoke ( 4/5 bowls a day) and though it is described as a Full Scottish blend, this one is truely a FULL SCOTISH blend in all the sense of that description! First, i did not detect the "McClelland ketchup" scent when I opened the tin, just a full, spicy aroma that gave a hint of what was to come. The moisture level in my tin was just right not needing any drying out and the tobacco was a nice ribbon cut easy to pack and light. Reminded me of the old Dunhill 965 ( pre-Murray days) in looks, texture and burn qualities. It lights easily and stays lit well through the whole bowl. I smoked my first two bowls in two different sized briar pipe, one a group 3 Dunhill Bulldog, the other in a larger Savanelli Autograph and this last bowl in a medium sized Meerschaum and it was in the Meer that the whole thing came together!! It has that nice full Latakia smoky taste and feel in the mouth at first with the Latakia falling back and the spicy Orientals taking charge with the Latakia just there till the bowl was thru. This is not a STRONG tobacco, rather a FULL BODIED blend that has several aspects in a nice balanced blend. This definatly goes on my "list" of tobacco's to always have !

4 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

McClelland does it once again. What a friend to the Latakia lover!!! This stuff is delicious....period! Upon opening you get that wonderful smoky barbecue aroma. God I really love it. Lights up good as the blend is pretty dry. The first taste is that delicious smoky tangy flavor with a bit of spicy kick but not overwhelming. You can tell there are some real good quality tobaccos in this blend. This blend taste wonderful throughout the bowl getting just a bit more spicy at the end of the smoke. If your a Latakia lover this blend will be a favorite. I call it a full four star smoke. Oh the room note is not going to be a favorite for a non-pipe smoker as it is a bit strong but if your not smoking in the house or at church, well your golden!

Pipe Used: Boswell Poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Boswell Northwoods.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Mild Medium Full Very Pleasant

I just tried this blend for the first time and was very pleased with it. Initial taste was sweet with a great aroma. Half way down the bowl I noticed a little spice and sourness that was very appealing. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth after wards. Very enjoyable and plan to stock up on this one.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Yes, Scottish Woods might lack in nicotine, but the taste and richness of the tobacco varieties included will make it very appealing for those who seek a great Scottish mixture that is low in nicotine.

I do believe that it has some unsweetened Black CA as well, which makes it a true scottish mixture.

A good offering from McClelland. The low level of nicotine is what prevents me from giving it 3 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I agree with Puro. This is a keeper, for sure. Excellent Orientals, fine Virginias and smokey Cyprian Latakia combine to create this wonderful full Scottish mixture.

Looking forward to seeing what a few years in Ye Olde Cellar does to this already sublime mixture. Many thanks to the McNeil's for bringing this one back!

Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I just popped this tin a few days ago and my preliminary thoughts are it's a keeper. In a large bowl I found it acceptable but mostly the latakia was at the forefront. Next I tried it in a small bowled canadian and it really started to sing with all components complementing each other. I'm looking forward to exploring this blend further.

2 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (105)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Right off the bat I will say that McClelland tobaccos have never been among my go to blends. Scottish Woods will be my exception. Excellent blend, tin note sweet sour vinegar with smoke. Packs well into the pipe and takes fire well. Initial flavor is Latakia and grassy Virginia, the subtle sourness of The Turkish soon joins the party and the experience is almost complete. Even though it is not listed the presence of black cavendish is there, at least to my taste. True Scottish blend and a damn fine one at that. Burns clean throughout the smoke with copious amounts of thick grey smoke. Not a strong nicotine blend and can be smoked anytime of the day for that matter, in fact I have gone through a tin the last 2 days. Will order more for sure!

Pipe Used: 07G Kaywoodie

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great blend here. The Orientals are woody, leathery, and spicy. The Virginias are sweet and toasty with just a hint of fruit and a bit of spice. The Latakia is light lending smoke and wood. Smoked this in 3 types of pipe with varying results.

Cob (MM Country Gentleman) - Oriental forward with a fair presence from the Latakia. Virginias in the background. Moderate amount of sweetness. Good amount of smoke and spice.

Clay (7 inch Dutch Gouda) - Oriental forward with very clear flavors. Latakia riding in the back seat. Virginias riding next to the Latakia. Not as much sweetness or smokiness as the cob or briar, but just as spicy.

Briar (Chacom Cutty) - Best balance here. Latakia nearly equal to the Oriental with a good showing from the Virginias. Nicely smoky, sweet and spicy.

It was good in all three, but the briar wins this one hands down. I have to say though, the very clear Oriental flavors in the clay hold some appeal. 3 stars in the cob and clay. 4 stars in the briar.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in flavor. Burns best with some drying time.

Pipe Used: listed in review

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (184)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Visually, a mix of mahogany and black tobaccos. It has none of the pale green and yellow leaf I expected of an Orientals forward blend. On this basis I suspect the entire mixture itself might have been lightly stoved rather than just the Virginias. The tin note has Latakia up front and centre with sweet and sour citrus-like and acetic aromas. There is also a caramel like casing or top note, of that vanilla/malt sort so favoured by tobacco blenders and which I suppose to be an attempt at a liquor aroma.

The stoved component of blends in theory provides slower and smoother smoking, allowing for a larger percentage of otherwise fast burning, acidic Orientals. My take on a Scottish blend is that either stoved Va or Cavendish serves this purpose. Regardless of intent, that is the outcome here and the result is a light, bright and very smooth mixture.

Despite the initial note, Latakia is not a big part of this mixture, and that component serves mostly to anchor the blend as the bright Orientals and sweet Virginias do their thing. This is a very sweet tobacco, naturally sweet, and is a very refreshing smoke. As the bowl progresses there is an earthy, peppery component, that if I were told was from a smidgeon of Perique, I would not be surprised. Perique however is not a listed ingredient.

A fine tobacco. As a side note, it is nothing like Presbyterian, in my opinion, in case a prospective buyer thought that the naming of this blend was indicative of that. Goes beautifully with a nice strong cup of Assam.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier, Missouri Pride

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Very Mild None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tasty, spicy, somewhat sour blend, and it it very very flavourfull. Smokey like old dog or 3 oaks syrian. The biggest drawback, like every Mclelland tobacco I have tried, it it's weak in nicotine. Really really weak.

This is no good for me, a shame because I love the taste. If you don't like nicotine this could be the one...

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Scottish Woods is very similar to oriental no 14, but the LA and OR dominate, rather than the Stoved VA as is the case with no 14. It is richer, stronger, and less sweet.A true Scottish Mixture! This is a very good discovery for me and will rebuy. If you like rich, spicy and smokey, then try Scottish Woods.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A quality mature tobacco, my tin dated as 6 months old. Not a sweet Virginia component, but nice balance. I find the spice a little too hard on my tongue so this will go to the cellar.

Update (10/29/11) Well a few months in the cellar and time to breath and we have a winner. This starts out smoky (lat.)and sweet & sour ( McCVV, McC Vinegar Virginia), I love it. Then the Latikia fades quickly and the Orientals take over, but at a sip they stay in perfect balance with the McCVV, no harsh spice or bite. This is smooth, interesting and flavorful. Just don't try to push it. I just tried this against Rattrays RR and this wins hands down, much smoother and bigger Oriental flavor (Smyrna leaf I believe), earthy , musty with a topping of Sweet and sour. This is my "VaO" for the rotation. I have to agree with reviewer,"Sinister Topiary"

Update ( 9/20/12 ) Call me crazy, but this is very similsr to Chelsea Morning

1 person found this review helpful.

Daniel W. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel W. (23)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Aromas of leather and nuts very presente and enjoyable. The taste is like that as well, a bit sweet and low body. Very low nicotine and very pleasant to smoke. An every day tobacco

Pipe Used: Savanelli Oscar Lucite

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Paulo Santiago

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Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Effng sublime. Can take a few minutes to hit its stride, but mind blowing once it does. Flowery, leathery, notes of incense and campfire, beautiful. .

Pipe Used: Moonshine briar

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Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A bit more Latakia than I'd have expected from a Scottish blend, but the orientals add enough spice and variety to keep it interesting. This is a comfortable and pleasant smoke that leaves one desiring more, albeit partly due to it being a tad understated and slightly weak in strength. No hint of a bite at all.

A very nice blend while contemplating the crispness of autumn in New England. I prefer this over British Woods.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 316EX

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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