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McClelland has been asked to provide this blend several times over the years for the slow-smoking contest held by pipe clubs. In every instance, contestants have commented on the good taste, pleasant light-up and easy draw. It's a winning blend, even for those who didn't come in first (or is it last?). Why wait for a contest to enjoy this exceptional pipe tobacco blend of matured and stoved Virginias with a very little touch of Latakia. It was developed for the long-distance pipe smoker, but is enjoyable even in a sprint.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50-gram tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (122)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A no frills stoved Va. If I didn't read the tin before I smoked this, I probably wouldn't have guessed there is Latakia in here. Smokes cool and dry, it also packs and lights well. Towards the middle of the bowl, the Latakia peeks it's head out, but only for a moment. The Latakia is more in the room note than on the palate. A nice blend to relax with midday.

This blend is well balanced, Not as monotone as a staight bulk Va offering from McClelland. I'm sure this would age nicely, if you want to do that sort of thing.

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GarBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GarBear (2)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very enjoyable tobacco to me. It is like a good friend; dependable and a pleasure to be with. I smoke many different tobaccos, but I find myself reaching for this blend on a regular basis. Easy burning, long lasting, good flavor. McC's description is right on. If you like Virginias with a little unique taste to it, give this a try.

Pipe Used: Mastro De Paja

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Kevfoong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kevfoong (6)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The name says it... Contest Blend. Very suitable for all beginner and expert as the blend was average in everything. Just a very mild Latakia taste can be detected. No bite as I always smoke slow. But will hot if fast puffing.

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