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Here is a mild, slow-burning, soft Black Cavendish flavored with smooth, dark caramel. A rich confection for your pipe.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringCaramel
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1614)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

There's a very slight vanilla note from the black cavendish. The rest of what you will taste is a very rich and creamy caramel. Burns fairly well, though slightly moist, and cool with no bite. The flavor never weakens, leaves a very pleasant after taste, and the room note will make you a lot of friends. An under rated aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1457)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This one may quickly hit my top five aromatics list. I'm a fan of caramel flavoring and this dark Black Cavendish blend is loaded with the stuff! I opened the tin and immediately started salivating. At the match, wowsers, a strong caramel taste (frankly, almost overwhelming), washed over my palate but then settled down and became manageable. And typical of McClelland aromatics, #401 smoked mostly cool and the dottle at the bottom of the bowl was not overly moist. A very nice smoke that I think may become a really good friend!

3 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (98)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a very nice Aromatic Tobacco that is sure to please lovers of BCA, Molto Dolce, Caramel Rush and VBC.

Cool smoking, lots of Caramel flavor - not overly sweet but done just right.

Like Msr. Pipestud this tobacco moves to the top of my Aro list. Definitely worth trying.

Pipe Used: Moonshine Pipe Spain

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

BryGuySC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BryGuySC (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Right off the Truck... This is my first all cavendish blend, so I’m not sure what to expect. It is starting to warm up, so outside smoking is once again pleasant. This tobacco lights up after a quick char light, and stays lit after that. There is a lot of pops and sizzles as it smokes, but I don’t experience much in the way of tongue bite. The smoke is rich, sweet and pleasant; not cloying. The caramel is definitely there and does not go away. It is a little one note, but good. I found myself wondering would it would taste with a dash of latakia in it, to give it a smoked/salted caramel edge. I’ll try it out again when the wife is around to see what she thinks.

Time passes...

Tobacco is 4 or 5 months old now, and has been sitting sealed up for most of that time. The initial flavor reminded me strongly of Karo syrup (the clear one). Soon after I tasted a solid flavor of Buttered popcorn Jelly Bellys. The smoke is thick and creamy with a faint sharpness sitting on the edges. After a short while, the flavor died down to a muted, buttery sweetness. I never really got a strong caramel flavor. As the smoke progressed, an acidic tang started to build; not unlike the tang of a sharp virginia. Next, the smoke got boring, with little flavor to hold interest. I kept wondering if the flavor was from the tobacco or from the cob. I will say I never had a problem with it staying lit. Once I got it going, it stayed going.

All in all, not a bad smoke. I'm not partial to aros, and this one doesn't blow me away either.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meershaum

1 person found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

Lovely stuff all the way around, it's a dandy on its own but I find it a bit too mild in the vitamin N dept so its a tad unsatisfying for me in that regard. Due to its mildness, I tend to use it as a blending condiment as the flavour can mix with darn near anything. Quite frankly Darkest Caramel can spruce up even the most unpalatable blends and make them delicious. I still find McClelland's Caramel Rush to be superior but Darkest Caramel is damn good and a regular on my tobacco order. Should impress even the toughest critics and bystanders.

1 person found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (50)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Very rich and sweet caramel smell in the bag as well as smoking it. If you are looking for an aromatic that tastes as sweet as dark caramel, this is it. I did get a slightly salty taste with it - will have to re-review when I have some more to see if it was just that particular pipe.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Eaton cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh - 1 month old

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes online

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1000)
★★★★
Extremely Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

McClelland - No. 401 Darkest Caramel.

Although it's badged as being a ribbon-cut, it's a very coarse and chunky mix, and brilliantly hydrated. The smell from the pouch reminds me of a sweet, syrupy, pancake; this sets the mood for a decadent smoke perfectly. And that's EXACTLY what happens.

There's not that much to be said regarding the flavour: it's sweet, very sweet! The caramel is the main flavour, with a fairly standard Black Cavendish attribute behind it; way behind it! Something else that doesn't require many words is the temperature: very cool. There's no nicotine in #401 D.C., well that might be a bit dramatic; it's VERY mild. Finally, it doesn't bite me, and the room-note's adorable.

This is one seriously indulgent blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2014 #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (183)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Now here’s an aromatic blend that I could in good conscience recommend to someone brand new to pipe smoking.

The pouch note suggests the possibility of overwhelming sweetness. But the actual flavor of Darkest Caramel No. 401 somehow avoids disaster and instead smokes lightly sweet and delicate, yet rich to the senses but not at all in a heavy or cloying way.

Darkest Caramel combines good performance with fine flavor clarity. The taste of the caramel casing remains through out the bowl, even when smoked at a faster clip. It burns cool, bite free and consistent with no waxy off-flavors.

A very enjoyable & well executed Black Cavendish blend.

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Pappy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pappy (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I never thought I'd find anything as good as "Sutliff Molto Dolce" but "Bulk No.401 Darkest Caramel" equals it in every way "and you can by in bulk for a third the price".

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Amended 5/7/2014

Correction.

This doesn't take the place of "Sutliff Molto Dolce" (which is the Rolls Royce of aeromatics) but is a good afforable alternative.

Buy a little of each and you'll not be dissapointed.

Pipe Used: Cob an Mr Brog

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
★★★★
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

McCelland Bulk No. 401 - Darkest Caramel

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 9

Bite = 8

Burn = 9

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 50

Rated Percentage = 83%

Comment = Smooth, Mild, Mellow, Nice Pouch Note, Nice Full Rich Flavor, white ash burn, nice smoke

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