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This is a plesant, rather light, broken, small-flake tobacco composed of Lemon Brazilian and orange Middle Belt leaf seasoned with enough Xanthi to be satisfying throughout the day.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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None Detected
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.4
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wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In the pouch, this broken flake is strong with the spicy scent of turkish along with the usual McC fermented silage aroma.

Though primarily a virginia blend with the requisite penetratingly sweet nuttiness, this has a surprisingly sufficient dose of exotic oriental leaf that expands the aromatic profile. There is a lack of perique or other tricks.

Straightforward and companionable, 2025 English Cavendish is complex enough to be continually intriguing yet easy-going enough for all-day puffing.

Chamber Gauge: Narrow

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is based on limited sampling.

Frankly, this is really unusual stuff. It is essentially Tabasco for the pipe -- yes, it is that spicy. I found it hard to even find any sort of Virginia essence in the smoke, whatsoever, though my mouth tells me it's there.

This stuff is spicy enough that I had difficulty coming to an opinion if I was getting tongue bite, or not, from the bowl. I'm still not sure, and it's been a half hour.

My friend Craig, a fellow Seattle Pipe Club member, offered some of this to me a while back and quipped that it is quite possibly the most inaccurately named blend ever. There is nothing English about it -- it doesn't have latakia, and doesn't remind anyone of any Lakeland or Jersey product -- and there's absolutely zero Cavendish of any kind in it -- at least in the sense of some heat treated tobacco that would take the edge off the smoke.

It behaved well in the bowl and was easy to dry out.

This strikes me as one of those one dimensional blends. If you happen to like the dimension, great, but it's not for me.

UPDATE July 2011 After smoking a few more bowls, with the tobacco dried out more fully, the flavor is substantially more tangy, and less spicy. It's still very much one dimensional, but I get a different flavor from it than before. Unusual, and if you weren't told otherwise, I don't think you'd realize that the blend is Virginia based, except for the fact that it bites somewhat when smoked hard.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (590)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't typically review tobaccos that I've only smoked an ounce of unless they are so lacking in depth and complexity that anyone could figure them out easily, or so wonderful that they end up in my steady rotation. Neither was the case with this blend, but I did smoke it with various degrees of moisture and with different techniques. I should say, however, that I do not know how this will age.

The first 1/3 of my first pipeful had me saying "wow!". The Xanthi was very prominent in the flavor and I love non-latakia oriental blends. The Xanthi was the major player in the first 1/3 of each pipeful I smoked. Unfortunately, it fizzled shortly thereafter, and the virginias did not pick up the slack. The VA's were neither sweet nor complex, and the smoke did not develop down the bowl. Rather, it just became bland - very much unlike normal McClelland matured virginias. I had no problems with tongue bite. The burn was ok once it got going and this blend improved with some drying time, as do most VA's. But the improvement was negligible. Overall, this tobacco simply does not have enough personality or flavor and is a waste of time after that first 1/3 bowl.

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (38)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I think 2025 is a rather unremarkable smoke: hot and edgy rather than zesty, and prone to bite despite the most careful technique. If there is Xanthi leaf in this you couldn't prove it by me. The basic taste is that of a grassy Va that is somewhat sweet, but doesn't develop any caramel goodness; and seems to fade rather than evolve. I am very surprised by the favorable reviews offered during the blind taste tests reported below.

The Cavendish in the name must refer to the cut rather than the processing as I do not detect any tastes that are characteristic of Cavendish-processed tobacco. Don't bother examining this too closely -- there's not a lot there.

I got best results by slowly breath-sipping on a clear palate. It's not an after dinner smoke. I enjoyed it a little more by letting the pipe go completely cold after about 10 minutes; then savoring the re-light, which held a cigar-like smoothness that fades to smoky nothingness by bowl's end.

Reasonable nicotine hit; excellent burning properties; no finish to speak of. My recommendation is to skip this plain Jane blend and date one with better manners and a more interesting personality.

1 person found this review helpful.

NONSUMDIGNUS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NONSUMDIGNUS (11)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Broken flake rubs out good and stays lit pretty well. There is only a subtle hint of anykind of cavendish and it's barely detectable at all. There's better tobaccos out there but this one wasn't bad.

1 person found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Appearance: Mostly medium red, orange and brown, with traces of dark and light leaf. Small flakes of moderate thickness, mostly broken (common to most bulk blends).

Aroma: Sweet yeasty aroma of matured Virginia, trace of vinegar to let you know it?s a McClelland blend. The tand dissipates with a little airing out.

Packing: In larger pipes, folding the larger pieces into a roll works fine. For smaller pipes, I need to rub the flakes out. Fairly typical flake in this regard.

Lighting: Takes a charring light well. A few puffs, some tamping and a relight has it going at a good pace.

Initial flavor: Lots of taste right from the start. All the elements I expect in a McC Va. are there. Good mixture of high and low notes, with a little spicy and nutty note from the Xanthi. Good layering of tastes at the top of the bowl.

Mid-bowl: Continues to delight the palate with a range of flavors, The Oriental is subtle but noticeable. Stays cool at the right pace, stays lit well, and smokes dry.

Finish: A bit more strength at the end, but not objectionable. Clean gray ash, no soggy mess.

Summary: A real delight, comparable to many tinned blends at much higher prices. I should cellar a pound or two for a year (or more) to see how well it ages. I suspect it will be extraordinary.

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (79)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

...this "English Cavendish is a pleasant, rather light, broken, small flake tobacco made with lemon Brazilian and orange Middle Belt leaf seasoned with enough Xanthi to be satisfying throughout the day without becoming tiresome to the smoker"... straight from McClelland and I couldn't agree more...

I've smoked this off & on since the late '70's and it is indeed one of my "go to" tobaccos...fairly straight-forward as a tobacco and not overly complex...yet interesting enough that I've never become bored with it.

If a Virginia flake is what you enjoy...this is worth a try to keep things interesting...an all day smoke for me, I enjoy it whenever, especially in the morning with hot tea...and at night with a fine single malt...

Pipe Used: gp 3-4 size

Age When Smoked: 2-4 years...

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

McCelland Bulk No. 2025 - English Cavendish [full cake cut]

Star Rating = 4

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

Pouch Note = 7

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 8

Burn = 9

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 48

Rated Percentage = 80%

Comment = Smooth, Mild, nice full Flavor, a lot of BTU's needed to ignite, white ash burn, 2025 is the best blend of the McCelland 2000 series

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BriarFire~ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarFire~ (24)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

(07-15-2007) The 2025 is a fairly decent offering from McClellands.Dont smoke this to moist because this can bite.The Xanthi adds a real sharpness and spice to the Virginias and at the same time there is a slight earthy/musty tone underneath,excellent when exhaled through the nose.

This is similar to McCllelands 5115 a.k.a. Old World classic but without the bitter and IMO over the top citrus notes the OWC offers.

I prefer to sip this out of a wide and short briar,oddly it doesnt smoke well for Me in a cob or some of my taller bowls.

If it werent for the small broken flake cut and its tendency to bite,this would be a four star in my book,but despite the things I dont like about it,it still has a spot in my rotation.2.5 stars

(07-07-2008)Found a mason jar with 18 months of age on it in the cellar,taste is a little more "balanced" for lack of a better word but still bites pretty good,too bad,I would smoke a lot more of this if it didnt bite so much.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

( Slight edit. Just noticed I forgot the word 'bite')

from 11/10/2007 This reminds me a lot of 2010, which I think is pretty good. But here, the Xanthi (which I wouldn't have known to be Xanthi, had I not read it) extends the McClelland virginia twang a little, making this much more satisfying. Where the usual sour&spice ends, this continues upward, with a similar flavor profile, a spicy high end. There is less tendency here to [bite] than other McC's. Smoking properties are fine.

I enjoy these tangy vinegar things as a condiment to my normal diet of pressed virginias, virginia burlies, latakia and perique. (mosty Gawith, C&D and Esoterica) McClelland's quality is always good, though I think they do some stem recycling with their bulks. I can see why, for many, this is the brand to beat.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

An unusually bad entry from McClelland.

This one has a sharp/bitter edge to it. Any sweetness from the virginias is overwhelmed by the astringent qualities of this mixture.

It's hard to believe that this one is still in production as I can't imagine that 2025 is a regular smoke for many people. What was McClelland thinking when they came up with this blend?

Not Recommended.

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Blueline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blueline (5)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I let this sit in glass for a couple of months. This blend does not carry an especially sweet or a hefty flavor, but it is pleasant and has a soft, tangy taste. The flavor slightly deepens towards the end of the bowl but remains consistent. The tobacco burns a little better when rubbed out fully. I used both a small and a medium sized bowl, packed loosely. Depending on preference, you might want to let the tobacco dry out before use, so experiment a little. If it isn't right, then jar it up and let some time pass.

This is a mild blend.

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traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
traveler (40)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is probably my least favorite among the excellent McClelland Virgina bulks. It does, however, have one thing going for it... it's the only bulk Virginia-oriental (without Latakia) that I know of. That said, it's no Campanile... and no Cairo either.

As others have said, Xanthi dominates the taste and the virginias only occasionally peek through. 2025 has an astringent quality to it-- not unpleasant but not what I look for in a Virginia blend. Maybe I would have preferred that a different oriental had been used, or a blend of Turkish. A bulk version of Campanile would have been wonderful.

Improves somewhat with age but I'm not sure yet if it brings it up to par.

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ChicagoPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChicagoPipe (45)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

Boy, I really wanted to like this tobacco. It's a beautiful looking thick tan & black flake and has a nice pouch aroma. IMOP, the Xanti in this blend is just too strong and over shaddows the VA. I tried several differnent sizes of pipes, but couldn't get the VA to kick in. I even tried casing this mixture with run for a few days to smooth it out, but the Xanthi still was too strong. If you like really heavy English mixtures, this might be for you, but it didn't work for me.

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Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (57)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Good outdoor tobacco. No real cavendish element as we know it from cased and steamed burley in aromatics. Has the McClelland tang. Bought bulk at local tobacconist and burned fine from start to end in a XL Savinelli full bent. No gimmicks here. Just tabbakah. ______________________________

Update 06-18-06

After having let this sit in a mason jar for a few months, and adjusting the moisture content by allowing air drying through an afternoon, I am upgrading this blend to a highly recommended. Drying is the key to "getting it" as it seems to be with so many other flakes.

The flavour is wonderfully spicy and has leathery, dried fruit notes including prunes and figs. Interestingly, it tastes similar to the virginia in Orlik's Dark Kentucky Flakes and Capstan. I also found some nuances similar to S.G. Full Virginia Flake. I am not able to discern the contribution of each type of leaf in this blend, but it works.

If you like the 2035 or Darkstar but enjoy having some bright leaf to add zing, I highly recommend this to you.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (74)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My mouth is scorched!

This tobacco tastes good although it's missing some medium-body that I appreciate in English blends.

The toasty virginia with the added Cav sweetness makes this somewhat unique but it still seems like it's missing something to me.

I am reminded of a neurotic zoologist dying of old age, having spent his life stalking exotic locales looking for the perfect rhino to hunt, kill and stuff. Never finding one, he retires from his journeys with a longing sigh.

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Another McClelland Va that seems to take alot of work just to get it ready for smoking. I do like flake tobacco, though this must be rubbed out for smaller bowls. Lighting is difficult but once lit it rarely needs a relight. Not as much taste as expected initially but, builds as you move past the first 1/3. This DGT`s well and you are rewarded with a richness and complexity not experienced before. This can be a very satisfying smoke if sipped not gulped. Takes too much work to put this in my rotation!

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first McClelland blend, and I ordered it as a one ounce sample on Outwesttobacco.com for one dollar (which is excellent by the way--you can get up to four of them with each order and they have quite a few bulk varieties to choose from--with negligible shipping costs).

I was intrigued by the many, many people who suggested McClelland 2000 series blends have a ketchup-like smell, and yes, they do--although I wouldn't describe it as such if I hadn't heard that comparison. I actually decided to order this because I was interested by the tin description, which marketed this blend as a "Lemon Brazilian" seasoned with Xanthi.

Like the reviewer before me, I'm not exactly certain why this qualifies as a Cavendish. It looks and smokes like a straight Virginia--with an uninspired taste..sugary, but not sweet like a cased Cavendish. I found it to burn very hot and work the tongue when smoked at a fast rate.

Not bad. But nothing remarkable.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (76)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is very excellent McCelland. An extremely harmonious blended broken flake of oriental and virginias. What makes this blend cavendish I have no idea. I think this is even better than the brown tin counterpart. A little of that vinegar tang in pouch aroma with light natural virginia sweetness, light spicy, nutty and a little "funky" oriental character that is wonderful!

Recommended

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Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tiger (53)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Can't add much about #2025 to the existing reviews - and thanks, Inquisitor for such an interesting discourse! Either I got an awfully bad batch or #2025 must just not be my cup of tea, probably the latter and probably due in large part to the Cavendish factor. I've smoked more than a few of the oft-maligned "drug store" tobaccos that I would take over #2025 in a heartbeat. There must be a bumper sticker somewhere that reads "Friends don't let friends smoke #2025". Sorry Gentlemen, but no stars at all for #2025 from Tigreshire. It was that grim.

Tiger

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

One of the lauded (or dreaded) McC. 2000 virginia flake series, English Cavendish is distinguished by the addition of the oriental Xanthi. This is still predominantly a Va blend however.

THe immediate taste upon ignition is very sweet, almost making me wonder if some sugar was added in the cavendishing process. The flavor is clearly one of lemon and orange virgs, with the xanthi poking its head out occasioanlly, especially near the end.

My main problem with this blend is that it smokes hot! I had to be careful, very careful, not to burn a hole in my tongue, to the point of letting it go out and cool down, and then relighting. Too much of a hassle for the taste, what with all the other good Va flakes out there. = Addendum 6/11/04 =

After just a few months of aging and a bit of drying, I have found this blend to have lost some of its bite. Still not up there with the best virginias however...

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Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Another worthwhile McClelland bulk, but just not something I would pick over 2010, 2015, 2020, 2035 or 5115. Quite kind to the tongue for a McClelland Virginia. To me, this is closest to 5115 or 2010 without the zesty high notes and lacking the toasted marshmallow/caramel mid-range. What remains is still a good tobacco, just not good enough in a world of really good to great tobaccos.

One unique characteristic here: After an overnight DGT, this blend picked up some considerable strength (in flavor). Perhaps the Xanthi leaf is the source, but it actually tasted like there might be some fire-cured (or at least dark-cured) leaf in here. I doubt there is, but I've never had that experience with any other McClelland Virginia.

NOTE: This was extremely well-received by ASP's Blind Pipe Tobacco Tasting group, in June of 2000. As the reviewers are all seasoned smokers, I paste their reviews here now, and defer to their conclusions by giving this blend four stars:

McClelland #2025 (BPTT, June 2000)

Terry Freeman's Review:

Blend Name: BPTT2 Sample "A"

Pouch Aroma: If this isn't a McClelland's 2000 series, I'll eat a meerschaum. It's got that lovely fermented, acidic smell (some folks describe it as 'smelling like ketchup') and it makes my mouth water. It seems to be a Virginia flake with little or no perique judging from the smell.

Appearance: Thick broken flakes made up of tobaccos that vary from yellow to dark brown. It looks like #2015 but is just a tad lighter in color.

Packing and Lighting: I rubbed this up just a little and put it into a Savinelli Punto Oro, shape 803 which smokes great with flake tobaccos. The pre-lighting taste is a little more subtle than #2015 - sweet and musty, but not in a sugary way. This is classic matured virginia sweetness...

The first puff tastes quite sweet and sharp, but again lacking in that signature perique 'bite' when blown out of my nose. Tasty and mellow, and each following puff gets more mellow and flavorful and is developing the usual McC's taste.

Exposition: I have gotten in the habit of letting flake tobacco go out and rest after I get a good burn going. This seems to accent the fuller flavors and tone down some of the sweetness. The re-light is heavy and spicy, as expected, and the smoke feels cool on my tongue. The smoke itself is on the thin side, but is a lovely blue-grey. There is quite a bit of sharpness here; I'm assuming it's from the lighter virginias. Overall, a very savory smoke which I'm enjoying immensely.

The Story: Once I got going fully the sweetness is subdued to the point where it's a subtle counterpoint to the sharp woodsy taste of the heavier virginias. The room aroma is leathery and spicy, and I'm tasting something suspiciously oriental that I can't quite place.

Denoument:These last few puffs are quite dark and creamy-tasting, with the sweetness is coming back nicely. A great finish indeed!

Pros: This is rich and creamy-tasting, with wonderful earthy undertones. The Virginia sweetness never faded, but the way it presented itself changed in unpredictable ways throughout the bowl. There is a spicy-sweet aroma left in the room and a definate 'tobacco' taste lingers on my tongue. This would be a great reading tobacco, or one to smoke unrubbed in a large pipe while taking a walk.

Cons: Some folks may find this to be a biting tobacco, as it must be puffed very patiently to allow the flavors to outweigh the sharpness. The flavor also intensifies quite a lot toward the bottom which may put some folks off if they're used to a milder smoke.

Here is Dave Haig's review:

Blend Name: BPTT2, Sample 'A'

Pouch Aroma: Very strong pickled or vinegar aroma from this sample. I equate this to heavily stoved virgina blends. The woodsy aroma of virginia leaf does make its presence known. A slight sweetness also makes itself readily apparent.

Appearance: Majority of dark flakes. Some light, but they maybe account for 5% of the blend. The cut reminds me of a McClelland blend.

Packing and Lighting: A LOT of rubbing needed for this sample. I tried more patience with it this round to see if it would make a difference. I spent a good 10-15 minutes rubbing out the blend prior to packing. Packing was still a bit more difficult than a looser blend as the tobacco tended to 'stick' a bit. The second smoke was rubbed out even more and packed a bit easier. Both bowls lit with a tad of difficulty. 3 matches had each going well. The charring light took two matches I believe due to the thickness of the blend. Both bowls were smoke in Tinsky freehands (two separate pipes).

The charring light revealed the thick woodsy smoke of a virginia. Heavy, spicy and slightly sweet. Definitely some perique present. As I dislike relights I smoked both bowls strait through. The woodsy flavor lasted a good 30 minutes, segueing into a sharp nuttiness. This is a very complex blend with very spicy undertones. The odor was heavy and woodsy. The second bowl held the same complexity. The spicy flavor seemed more evident with the second bowl. I had to puff slowly (rather difficult for me!) as the pipe would become overly warm if puffed to quickly.

Likes: I have to bet this is a McClelland blend. 2015 or something similiar...does't have the harshness of Christmas Blend (though it could be a well aged sample). Regardless it is a great smoke with excellent flavor and pleasant aroma. High recommendation!

Dislikes: This blends begs to be throughly rubbed out before smoking.

Here is a word from Lars Eriksson:

Sample A

This looks like a mix of flake and broken flake. Might be due to the transatlantic flight... The color is an even mix of everything (tobaccovise) except black. Well, maybe some very small bits.

The smell is fresh and clean apart from some vinegar if you realy dip your nose into a fistful of the tobacco. Reminds me of the very few McClelland mixtures I've had the honor to try. This will be fun.

It was a bit moist when I received the package so I let it rest for a few days before trying it further. It was easily rubbed out. Lights easy. The initial taste from first lightning reminded me somewhat of toasted bread. That was gone by second lightning a minute later. It gave me a peculiar tickling in the back of my throat almost to the effect of a chilipepper. This was a full bodied tobacco. I guess it is perique that makes it so peppery. I had just finnished a tin of Escudo when I tried this and I must say that this one is in the same general family of tastes. There's plenty of nicotine and I could sense some cloves - as I did in that 1794 (?) we tried before. Same manufacturer perhaps?

This is a mixture that m u s t be smoked slow and easy. It's definitely not sweet. It rather dries my mouth severely. After 1/4 of the bowl I felt I must lie down for a short rest. It's very full bodied and strong...

It was no problem at all to relight the pipe one hour later and half way through a nutty flavor breaks through. Bitter almond even. Most of the peppery feeling is gone and replaced by a not too welcome sourness. The nicotine definately got to me and I had to rest again.

While resting I had the opportunity to explore the residual taste that lingered in my mouth. And by the complexity of it i recon this can be an exclusive (read: expensive) mixture. Somewhat nutty on the sour side but still very basic tobacco taste. By some unknown reason I associated this to dark and cold winter nights when this tobacco would be absolutely perfect. If I found a tobacco in my own collection that I had stored for a long time tasting like this I would be very proud.

Back to the pipe and the peppery taste is back. Weird. It burns very hot in the pipe and I can only manage a few puffs at the time before the nicotine kicks in. This is a demanding tobacco and it was hard to get the last bits in the bottom to burn.

I am a bit confused over this one. On one hand it burns hot and is too strong for me. On the other hand it has got a wonderful after taste. Probably the best I've ever had. Sooo... for smoking it gets 5 and for not smoking it gets 10 out of 10. (Is that a valid scoring? ;-)

And last, but not least, Greg Hampton's review!

Sample A:

Appearance: Broken Flake. It may have been whole before it went through the mail. Consists of approx. 80% dark brown tobacco with the remainder being tan flecks.

Baggie Aroma: Sweet ketchupy, vinegary aroma-makes me drool. Also a peppery odor as well. SWMBO says it reminds her of meatloaf. I'll venture a guess and say this is a McClelland tobacco.

Smoking Details: 1st in a Tinsky custom (rusticated bent ball). Tobacco is fairly moist so I rubbed it out to a fairly chunky consistency and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Packed it in the pipe and lit it up. Had a little trouble getting it lit and I think I should've let it dry out a little longer. Through the first quarter of the bowl the ketchup aroma is noticeable, but not so much in taste. What is evident is a slight sweetness and tanginess. At 1/2 bowl, the sweetness has picked up a bit and the tanginess has faded some. Through 3/4 bowl, more of the same with a slightly spicy note added, like pepper in the back of the throat. To the end of the smoke, the tobacco became moderately sweet and a bit spicy with a solid medium body. I had to relight a couple of times to finish the bowl. It burned down to a coarse gray ash with a few black specks. 2nd in a Savinelli Rhodesian. This pipe is finally breaking in! After only about 15 bowls, I can say that this is smoking well. Anyway. This time around I rubbed the tobac out to a finer consistency and let it dry out about 15 minutes longer than before. It lit much easier this time. Through the first half of the bowl it smoked very similarly to the first time around. The flavors are a little more muted, which I attribute to the newness of the pipe. There is a mild sweetness and tanginess, but no ketchup/vinegar taste. The tobacco burned much better due to the longer drying time and finer consistency. The second half of the bowl was actually much better in this pipe. The peppery taste was more apparent and the sweetness seemed to pick up some. A solid tobacco taste was dominant. Towards the end of the bowl, I did have to relight once and the tobacco burned down to a finer grey ash with no dottle.

Overall impression: 8 out of 10. This was a solid Virginia tobacco. Actually, I'll be surprised if it is anything other than a straight Va. This is what I would consider to be a very good example of what a Virginia flake should be. The aroma had me salivating from the beginning. Though, I didn't experience any real tongue bite, I did have a few minutes where I started puffing a bit too hard and realized that one could get bit by this. Also, I used no cleaners while smoking this. I would also like to taste this with a few years of aging on it. Guess I'll have to buy some and put it away.

McClelland Description: Sample "A" - McClelland's #2025, "This is a pleasant, rather light, broken, small-flake tobacco composed of Lemon Brazilian and orange Middle Belt leaf seasoned with enough (Turkish)Xanthi to be satisfying throughout the day."

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Mr. Ubiquity Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Ubiquity (16)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I almost didn't review this tobacco because of the other reviews, but I like it, so I decided to add a bit. This is not a bad tobacco. As the description says, it has some Xanthi in it, which I love the taste of. An all day smoke, no siree! To put it mildly, this stuff smokes HOT! I have smoked it for some time and have tried drying it out and smoking it in a variety of pipes, and the result is always the same, lots of heat.I have rubbed it out, and set it out to dry in my house in the middle of a dry Minnesota winter and it still burns like a house on fire. The problem is this: the taste is good, but mild, and it can be hard to keep lit, so one tends to puff a bit more for flavor and litness. Then the flamethrower comes through the pipe stem and leaves you hurting. I hope some kind soul at McLelland reads this, because this could be a great tobacco. I think the solution is to slice it half as thick and leave the flakes intact like English flake. then the moisture would seep out better and still be contollable. If you are an experienced smoker, give this a shot, but go slowly.

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

"Cavendish" is a method of treating tobacco, not a type of tobacco.

"English Cavendish" uses a dark flue- or fire-cured Virginia which is steamed and then stored under pressure, and left to cure and ferment for several days to several weeks. When done well, it can be fine stuff. Its Englishness consists of the fact that it is not cased: i.e., no flavourings are administered to the natural tobacco. The English Cavendish method, then, is a way of altering the flavour of the tobacco, without added flavourings.

English Cavendish is produced out of Virginia tobacco under high pressure. This will give you a dark-hued, "black" tobacco. Well-known English Cavendish blends would be Rattray's Dark Fragrant and Black Virginia.

McClelland's is a fairly good example of the breed, light and delicate?if you can smoke it SLOWLY.

In conclusion, allow me to say that an English blend is not synonymous with a Latakia blend. All "English" means is: UNcased?because the laws of the United Kingdom, until 1986, forbade any and all casings, and permitted only the lightest alcohol-solved toppings. A pure Virginia flake, with or without a light "shaving soap" topping, Virginia & Périque blends such as Escudo or Three Nuns?these are English-style tobaccos, even though they contain no Latakia.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (263)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not sure what makes this an English, since there is no Latakia indicated or sensed. The typical McClelland pouch aroma emanates from partially rubbed out flakes that range from yellow to dark brown. Quite easy to pack and keep lit and a cool smoke if you take it slowly. The initial VA sweetness gives way to a spicy, richer and more intense taste from the Orientals but never becomes bitter or too strong. Although I find it more varied and interesting than some straight VAs, it's too sharp for an all day smoke.

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

As a coda to Colonel Panic's excellent review, I'll just note that the sharpness of this tobacco relegates it to the nice-but-I-need-my-tongue category for me. This is a beautiful tobacco with a nice mild tobacco taste, but I seldom have the patience to employ the careful technique this tobacco requires. Although I enjoy smoking Virginias, I lack the dedication to master the sharpest of them, and 2025 is definitely not a tobacco for someone unwilling to do so.

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pouch Aroma: If this isn't a McClelland's 2000 series, I'll eat a meerschaum. It's got that lovely fermented, acidic smell (some folks describe it as 'smelling like ketchup') and it makes my mouth water. It seems to be a Virginia flake with little or no perique judging from the smell.

Appearance: Thick broken flakes made up of tobaccos that vary from yellow to dark brown. It looks like #2015 but is just a tad lighter in color.

Packing and Lighting: I rubbed this up just a little and put it into a Savinelli Punto Oro, shape 803 which smokes great with flake tobaccos. The pre-lighting taste is a little more subtle than #2015 - sweet and musty, but not in a sugary way. This is classic matured virginia sweetness...

The first puff tastes quite sweet and sharp, but again lacking in that signature perique 'bite' when blown out of my nose. Tasty and mellow, and each following puff gets more mellow and flavorful and is developing the usual McC's taste.

Exposition: I have gotten in the habit of letting flake tobacco go out and rest after I get a good burn going. This seems to accent the fuller flavors and tone down some of the sweetness. The re-light is heavy and spicy, as expected, and the smoke feels cool on my tongue. The smoke itself is on the thin side, but is a lovely blue-grey. There is quite a bit of sharpness here; I'm assuming it's from the lighter virginias. Overall, a very savory smoke which I'm enjoying immensely.

The Story: Once I got going fully the sweetness is subdued to the point where it's a subtle counterpoint to the sharp woodsy taste of the heavier virginias. The room aroma is leathery and spicy, and I'm tasting something suspiciously oriental that I can't quite place.

Denoument:These last few puffs are quite dark and creamy-tasting, with the sweetness is coming back nicely. A great finish indeed!

Pros: This is rich and creamy-tasting, with wonderful earthy undertones. The Virginia sweetness never faded, but the way it presented itself changed in unpredictable ways throughout the bowl. There is a spicy-sweet aroma left in the room and a definate 'tobacco' taste lingers on my tongue. This would be a great reading tobacco, or one to smoke unrubbed in a large pipe while taking a walk.

Cons: Some folks may find this to be a biting tobacco, as it must be puffed very patiently to allow the flavors to outweigh the sharpness. The flavor also intensifies quite a lot toward the bottom which may put some folks off if they're used to a milder smoke.

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