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Straight Red Virginia from the Old Belt. A single crop allotment that is simply the best. 2008 Crop from North Carolina.

Notes: Fourth version of the Red Ribbon imprint. Previous versions used crops of 1983, 1996, and the 2000 vintages.

BrandMcCranie's
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.5
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Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (54)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I was gifted a tin of this and Wow, this is really nice. I found a wonderful sweet grassy/earthy aroma from the tin and after letting it dry a little it loaded just fine, took the match well and remained lit just about to the end. I personally don't think a little dottle in the bottom of the bowl is a problem at all. This was mostly singular in flavor, but it burned so cooly, and with just a bit of tang on the tongue, even a tickle was produced through nasal exhalation. Mediumish bodied and mediumish in flavor, this made for a burning of 25 minutes with pure delight, and yes it burned quickly for me. I must try their flakes now. Very nice ribbon. TYLFYG

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Puff..puff..puff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff..puff..puff (5)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is wonderful smooth, sweet, red Virginia. Great stuff. But let me give you a tip. This is actually McClelland #5100 tinned by McClelland and branded as McCranies for them. Save yourself a bunch of money and get the 5100. I have smoked the McCranies 1996 Red Ribbon with a second following bowl of 5100 and the only difference is that the 18 year old McCrannies was a little smoother which you would expect from an aged tobacco.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 18 years

Purchased From: EBay

Similar Blends: mcClelland 5100.

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Riff Raff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Riff Raff (3)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I first had this when in the McCranie's shop in Charlotte. You can tell that this blend was made at McClelland's. It has that distinctive aroma, but not as powerful as the McClelland blends.

This is a sweet and spicy smoke. The sweetness of the Virginias really come through and the spiciness while faint, is present. As stated before, this isn't a complex smoke. But in this case, it is a good thing. The mouth-feel gives me sort of the sensation that a cinnamon hard candy does after finishing it. I am almost through my second tin of this blend and am thankful I have one more in the cellar. I will be buying more to age. I can only imagine this getting even better with some years on it.

Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja, MM Cob, Tinskey

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: McCranies

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (713)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The red Virginia is richly tangy sweet, fruity with a touch of earth. Not much complexity, but that's the way red Va.s are. Burns well and even with a consistent smooth flavor, with just a little moisture at the finish. Yes, this is McClelland Red Cake, but the age on the tobacco enhances the experience.

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