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Handblended, premium pressed Virginia flake tobaccos. A fine vintage, naturally sweet, in limited quantity. We are proud to offer our 2010 Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco, hand blended and aged in pressed cakes to develop natural mellowness. This 2010 blend is made with a special selection of sugary, red-orange Middle Belt flue-cured Virgina from the 2004 crop near Durham. These ripe, sun-dappled leaves, picked at their peak, should age extremely well in the tin.

Notes: Each buying season, we look for tobaccos of exceptional quality and distinctive character. In various combinations, their flavors, aromas, textures contribute to the overall excellence of our products. The leaves of different crops and regions are combined to maintain consistency from year to year. With Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco, we treat our discriminating customers to the singular pleasure of a tasting of the very finest in tobaccos of a particular vintage, not worrying about maintaining the flavor and appearance of this product into future years but actually striving instead to present the unique character of a single crop and area. That's what Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco is all about. Happy sampling!

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

I took a swig of last year's CC at my local pipe club meeting. Very familiar as I have smoked darned near all (I think) of the CC offerings since McClelland's began the famous CC blends almost 20 years ago.

Sweet, mellow Virginia packed with a crop of fine leaf. Never am disappointed by the flavor but always seem to want a bowl of something more powerful right afterwards. If 5100 ever showed up in broken flake form, this would be it.

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The vinegar/ketchup smell does appear in the taste of the tobacco, though it's much lesser than it smells. The Virginias are very ripe and dried dark fruit sweet, a bit tangy with some earth and a hint of grass. At times, I get raisin notes and some nutmeg, too. The actual taste of tobacco is sublimated by the fermented sweetness. Burns a little slow with some moisture, unless you dry it some first, which I don't recommend. Not a dull or harsh spot to be found. No bite. Has a mild nic-hit. Requires relights, and will leaves a little moisture in your pipe. Has a smooth and consistent flavor with a nice after taste that pleasantly lingers. An all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I love the Christmas Cheer series, though this one, the 2002, and the 2005 are the only ones I've tried. I have an unopened tin of 2007 stashed away. I love how the Christmas Cheers are such pure Virginia from a single area and sometimes a single crop. My sample of the 2010 was gifted to me; otherwise I would not have opened it at this time. Sure, the tobacco itself is 2004 crop, and is nicely aged already, but with a few more years on it...pointless argument. This is a great smoke already. Just buy one tin to smoke and another to age! I can smoke the 2002 (and I do, but try to make what I have left of it last) and get more mellowness, but it is good to try this one newly tinned. Even though it might be a little bit better in a few more years, there are no rough edges now. Fine, pure American Virginia from the masters of fine pure American Virginia, McClelland.

2 people found this review helpful.

cutigers81 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cutigers81 (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is my 5th different Christmas Cheer, and so far my favorite. The tin aroma is intoxicating. Very strong spice smell, like that of cloves. The spiciness comes through the smoke a bit, but mostly what you get is that classic sweet red VA taste that McClelland is so famous for. Maybe just at a higher level due the the superb quality of the leaf. Easily 4* and soon to be cellared by the pound in this house.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kyrob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyrob (41)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Upon opening a 3 year old tin of Christmas Cheer 2010 I was greeted with broken flakes well mixed with oranges and reds with scattered black strands all in various sizes. It was a little on the dry side, which was just right for me, and the tin note was the familiar McClelland vinegar smell. An unlit sip produced no flavors, and a charring light gave a light sweetness. Overall this blend tasted of delicious butterscotch to me, and the slower I puffed, the richer the buttery sweetness became. It left a short finish with a pleasant room note. I really enjoyed this blend and I’m glad I have a sizable stash of it to puff on as it ages. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a good sweet rich Virginia blend if you can find it anywhere. I know I’ll be buying any vintage tins that hit the market that are within my budget.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 3 Years

1 person found this review helpful.

jeff394 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jeff394 (5)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Unnoticeable

This is my first of the Christmas Cheer series, and my only disappointment is that I didn't buy more than I did. This broken flake needs to be rubbed out since the flakes aren't very large, and the tobacco does need some airing out, but the flavor that I get is that of an astounding Virginia.

In the tin, I get the scent of fermenting red wine. A lot of people call it the ketchup/vinegar smell that McClelland VA's are popular for, but red wine was the smell that hit me, and I love it. But smell is subjective. My wife sniffed the tin and claimed to smell pickles. Go figure. The charring light does indeed give off the red wine flavor, but after settling down, I get a sweet and tangy taste on the tongue that is absolutely incredible. I also detect some baking bread thing going on too.

My favorite tobacco is McC's 5100 Red Cake, and Christmas Cheer is similar, but a little stronger in taste. I can't really comment on room note since I smoke out of doors, but the flavor of this tobacco is what keeps me coming back to it. I'll definitely need to stock up on this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (24)
Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I gave this a shot. And I was dissapointed. This stuff smells great out of the tin, but When I smoked it after letting it sit for 3 weeks in the tin, it just wasnt what i expected. Practically flavorless. And the smell didnt even come through that well. It was like smoking a cheap cigarette. Could have gotten more flavor out of a White Owl cigar. Ill let it rest till thanksgiving. And then Ill update. But for now I give it 2 stars just because Im hoping for something better later on in the holidays. :(

UPDATE: Thanksgiving brought little new result. I tried different things that I though would make it taste good, but sadly they didnt work. Still a 2. Just sort of tasted like smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

acyv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
acyv (10)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Very nice of McClelland product again. Those people know how to make good tobaccos. Very nice aroma is coming inside of virginia. white to gray ash, not hot, normal to cold smoking and usual ketchup smell upon openning the tin :) . Good job indeed!

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kevmo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kevmo (4)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is my first Christmas Cheer. I have smoked other McClellands and found them in general to be good but a little pricey. I won this one at my pipe club Christmas raffle.The tin aroma is somewhat fruity, mostly lemony. As I had heard, it helps to rub this one out and let it dry a while before smoking. I found that it held it's flavor steadily throughout the bowl.I have been smoking a lot of different virginia flakes and this is the best so far. I anticipate even better results as it ages.

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Taylor3006 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taylor3006 (47)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

After reading all the recommendations for all the Christmas Cheers I decided to try some of this. I understand this needs to set a while but I wanted to give it a smoke before putting it up. Tobacco in tin smells of ketchup like everyone says. It looks like beef jerky, it's a bit intimidating for us novice pipe smokers. I rolled it around a bit to make it look more tobacco like and loaded up my MM cob. It is a tuff one to keep lit, really tough. I wasn't too thrilled with the flavor, not very strong but didn't dislike it either. I expected more than I got. This is the first tobacco I have tried that created a "crust" in my pipe of burning tobacco. It was a bit odd, almost like there is so much sugar in the mix that it caramelized over the top of the lit tobacco. IMHO the only thing I could detect was a bit of orange. Not thrilled with this blend but look forward in trying it again in a couple of years. Putting it up to age.

12/14/2011 Well have let it sit for a bit, hoping for something special. All I can say about this is "Eh". It is interesting but nothing to write home about.

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