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A dark, rich, and satisfying English mixture of Orientals, Virginias, Carolinas, and Cyprian Latakia. A sweet, soft, pleasant smelling, American style English.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Standard ribbon with a fair number of stems, and I note there's even a pretty long stem in the pic above! Not exactly the quality I'm used to from McClelland. Fairly non-descript bag aroma of latakia and some type of casing that smelled fruity. Based on a 1 oz sample.

An aromatic-English crossover with an odd name, as the name indicates a standard latakia blend. This has a mild but prominent casing that reminded me of juicy fruit gum. I see "maple" listed below, but I don't get that. Then again, placing artificial flavors in pipe tobacco is not a strength of mine. The flavor of this was a very basic English blend overlaid with a spiced fruit essence which lasted the entire bowl. No complexity here that I found - just a one trick pony of aromatic English. I can't say I tasted any oriental and the Virginia was subservient to the latakia and casing. I should add that prominent casings often steal the show for me in that they are the most noticeable element. That may be just me, so if a sweeter, crossover kind of latakia blend is what you're looking for, this might be the ticket. It seems to bridge the gap between traditional and American-style and might be a good blend to move newer smokers from the goopy aromatics into higher quality blends. Definitely no goop in this one and it smokes cleanly. Good for what it is, just not my cup of tea.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

The toppings are sweet with some fruit and sublimate the other ingredients. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody sweet, and a little less than a moderate player. The Virginias are grassy sweet, and don't really stand out much. The Oriental/Turkish is also a minor player, kind of smoky, woody and slightly floral. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. Has a mostly consistent flavor. Needs a bit of dry time, burns slow and wet, and will leave a little moisture in the bowl. Requires some relights. Can be an all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this to be a pleasant, smooth English with a touch of added sweetness. All the components are pretty well balanced. I like the lighter application of the Latakia, compared to most of todays English blends, which allows the other components to have their say. I would not call the Latakia "light" but more light to medium. All in all a very nice smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Doesn't dry well, but burns nicely. I like it.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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3 people found this review helpful.

scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Bulk No.2040 Being an American blend, this is nothing like a good English Cyprian Latikian blend. It is overly moist. It does have a nice sweet raw note with overtones of maple that I found to be excellent. Nice room note, but lacking in palatable character. Regarding the moisture: I suppose you could zap it, but personally, I do not like to microwave my tobacco. It's just wrong. I suppose the upside to being MOIST is that like Cavendish, it would take years to fully dissipate if kept sealed. Anyway, for the most part, when I want to smoke, I want to dip into my tin or jar; rub, stuff and smoke. Yes, like most, I do enjoy the ritual of fiddling with the mix; but not always.

This is kind of a Nightcap/Balkan Sasieni wannabe. Quite frankly, I would rather put my money into one of the aforementioned for the fact that they have OUTSTANDING character that this stuff lacks. Personally, I cannot smoke Nightcap all day. It's just a bit too strong for that...for me anyway. I smoke Nightcap as a treat, or use it as THE GREAT ENHANCER: a little 1/4" pinch to lesser Lats. I could smoke Balkan Sasieni if it were that last mix on Earth and never add to it, but I do love a 1/4" pinch of NC dropped in with it, once in a while. Perhaps that would help kick this blend into gear? Back to my point: I suppose if you find this to be an enjoyable blend; it would make a good 'go to' for an all day smoke in that it's so mild that it wound never become overpowering.

There is no bite whatsoever, which is a great attribute of the blend. On the other-hand, I found it to smoke too hot. By trying to achieve a fuller flavor (which I prefer) I kept pulling on the pipe to get what I get from the aforementioned. Another author mentioned that it might be a little too strong for the greenhorns. Hmmm. I'd say that it is mild enough that with the educated coaxing of an old hat, this would be a very enjoyable first time experience.

Finally, will I buy this again? Doubtful. I know what I like and this to me is just a kind of bland American, wannabe English. It's cheep if that's important to you. But, remember...for less than a couple bucks more, you can get a super quality blend like Balkan Sasieni from Pipes and Cigars dot com, which blows this mix out of the water, and worth every extra penny. My 2 cents...

Update 8/3/2012: I've been adding my personal mixes to the mix at the end of my reviews that I think folks might enjoy. Here's one now: It is half Dunhill Nightcap and half McClelland Bulk MC 2040 Cyprian Mixture from 4 stars because it completely mellows out any bite from the Nightcap and stays clean and smooth to the last sip. Too me it is literally Nightcap without the bite. Give it a shot.

2 people found this review helpful.

Puckimeister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puckimeister (1)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

For both newcomer to orientals and English bends and the experienced daily smoker, this is a journeyman's smoke. At bulk price well worth the price and easy on the palate.

Pipe Used: Ashton Sovereign XXX full bent

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: As someone who came late to orientals and English blends (I found Dunhill English blends tins too strong on the palate and high in nicotine) this is becoming one of my go to daily smokes for when I am working at my desk. NO bite, smooth on all senses and with pleasant mixtures highlighting the tobaccos at different points in the bowl. Altogether, maybe not the sophisticated and complex tastes some smokers prefer, but very satisfying when you are smoking more than one bowl followed by another..

1 person found this review helpful.

Hottgunn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hottgunn (19)
Mild Medium Mild Tolerable

The initial flavor was a bit too sweet for me. Almost like a maple flavored aromatic. Some Latakia taste later in the bowl but very light. Very moist. I prefer a stronger tobacco flavor like Dunhill's MM965 or NC, Quiet Nights or Meridian. Worth a try but not for me. McClelland tobaccos are excellent however in my experience. Dried out some and aged a little might improve this blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

08/06/2004: The description sums it up. An American-style English. A quality tobacco that tastes a little light compared to most of the quality European blends. If you like the Frog Morton series give it a try.

11/22/2006: No longer in my rotation. Still a quality offering.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I received a sample of #2040 with a recent tobacco order. It looked a bit frightening with its dark color and heavy Latakia odor. Not to worry, it looks more imposing than it really is.

Like the very articulate Lustra, I found this to be as good a bulk Latakia blend as there is on the market today. Soft, a tad on the sweet side, and no heavy Latakia after-taste.

It burns well despite the fact I had trouble drying it out. I suspect a secret McClelland's humidifying agent has been added to the Cavendish in this blend.

Worth the burn in a favorite pipe, McClelland's #2040 gets a thumbs up from me. And, with the current Cyprian Latakia shortage, you might want to order a pound today for pleasure tomorrow.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sheldon Richman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sheldon Richman (11)
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I don't like this at all. I taste no latakia. I have no idea what I'm tasting, but the aftertaste is bad. I'm going to add my own latakia to see if I can salvage this disaster.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

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Paul from Jersey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul from Jersey (4)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was no Balkan at all but some species of vanilla-cased aromatic. I purchased a 2 oz bulk baggie, fired up a bowl, and thought I was smoking a luxury blend of Captain Black. Vanilla is indeed the predominant tasting note, and I simply cannot understand how any reviewer, on this or any other pipe and tobacco site, can miss it. That said, this will be a big hit with pipesmoke haters, who will surely love the room note, just as my Mom loved Dad's Captain Black and very little else he stuffed into his pipe. I should also add that, in my mouth, a pronounced bite was apparent from the very beginning. My palate (but not to mine alone) informs me that 2040 is an epic fail. I gave this bag to a friend who enjoys aromatic blends. (2040 also raises the serious question of different mouths experiencing the same tobaccos in very different ways. There's no accounting for taste of any variety, and here we're talking about physical human variations in tasting apparatus, and thus for human variation.) I love McClelland tobaccos, but they've apparently done something to this mixture that causes it to depart from the blender's tasting notes - seriously: "no flavoring"? - and certainly takes it out of the Oriental/Balkan category.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Oscar

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

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Similar Blends: Captain Black or anything cased with vanilla with an utter absence of Balkan character.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

McClelland - No. 2040 Cyprian Mixture.

Not too coarse for a broken flake, but although none of the pieces need discarding it still couldn't have been smoked fresh due to the moistness: not wet, but the pouch's seal needed breaking to allow some air to it.

The smoke has a very smooth/relaxed kind of English flavour. Although the Latakia's the stronger of the three, it doesn't seem too coarse a flavour; it has a calmer style. The others are further down the pecking order. Adding to the insouciant character of #2040 is a sweet topping, but unlike some of the reviewers I struggle to detect much fruit; there might be some, but if there is it's nowhere near as loud as the sweetness. The burn has a medium speed, doesn't require much maintaining, and gives a low temperature smoke.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: a little heavy.

I like my English blends to be English, and my aromatics to be aromatic. This falls between the two. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Age When Smoked: One month

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Mhulsey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mhulsey (35)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking McClelland’s 2040 Cyprian Mixture for quite some time now, buying it by the pound in bulk, and smoking it anytime I have the craving for something slightly sweet yet still smoky. I am a huge fan of English blend tobaccos with tons of Latakia, usually the more Latakia the better. However, occasionally I like many others, get the craving for something with just a hint of sweetness, and this is when I used to turn to Frog Morton’s Cellar exclusively. I looked for a year for a bulk that had the same creamy and smoky Latakia flavor yet at the same time had that slightly sweet undertone to it, but never found what I was looking for until I stumbled upon 2040 Cyprian Mixture in a bulk sampler. The tin note of this tobacco was nothing out of the ordinary and what I have come to expect from most English blends, with smells of campfire smokiness. However, the more I smelled this blend and took the time to get past the strong smell of the Latakia, I was able to detect the sweet smell of honey. I did not detect this the first time that I tried this blend, so I was really surprised when I lit the pipe and got that sweet note. The tobacco seems to be of decent quality, although I have found a few twiggy or woody bits mixed in with the tobacco, and I have found that the larger the order of bulk the more this tends to be the case. As for the cut, the tobacco is a mixture of long thin ribbons of Virginia and Oriental mixed with chunkier short bits of Latakia. Due to the cut and moisture content, which seemed to be just about right from the moment I received it, the tobacco was easy enough to pack in the bowl, and took a light with minimal effort. Upon lighting the tobacco you are greeted with the smoky Latakia, which is smooth, thick, and creamy, but in the background there is a slightly sweet note that reminds me of honey. To me at least, it has the same sweetness as Frog Morton’s Cellar, although it is much more delicate, and doesn’t have the same heavy whisky smell. The smoke stays consistent and smooth from start to finish which to me is a good thing. As for room note, my wife described it as being similar to the smell of a campfire, and to her at least, it was tolerable. The tobacco always seems to burn down to a fine white ash, which makes cleaning the pipe a breeze, only requiring that I run a pipe cleaner through the pipe to remove any moisture from the stem and bowl. Overall, I am pleased with this mixture, and although this blend will not replace Frog Morton’s Cellar for me, I will continue to keep it around for those days when I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I would recommend this blend to anyone who enjoys the Frog Morton’s series of tobaccos.

Pipe Used: Danish Lovat

Age When Smoked: fresh from package

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Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A light and sweet English. I don't know what the topping or casing is...maple perhaps. It's there but this doesn't push the tobacco into aro territory. The Virginias themselves are sweet but unobtrusive. There is also some sweetness from the Orientals I think. Together they mean this baccy does burn a little on the hot side. The Lat is of the 'campfire' variety; very woodsy, with creosote aromas. Despite the name of this tobacco, it is not a Balkan imo and the Lat is just sufficient to define the tobacco. I think there is a fair chunk of 5105 in this mixture, and with the Lat it produces a sort of odd burning wet newspaper smell.

I had no trouble with the burn of this baccy, nor did I find it wet.

A very nice tobacco, of a sort that isn't like much else I have smoked.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier/MM Missouri Pride

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is an American style English blend with well balanced, soft latakia/Va/Oriantal, some sweet maple casing and some other flavoring agents.

The smoke is smooth and cool, however not tasty, I find it quite bland, without personality, I have smoked 2oz of this blend during the last 10 days, now I am writing this review and still I cant remember exactly how it tasted like, this is kind of blend which is hard to remember and easy to forget.

The maple casing will spoil your pipe for sometime.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (75)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

This is a smokable mixture but it really does not give me much excitement.

By comparison, when I smoke a bowl of GLP's Charing Cross or some of's Larry's Blend, I am in awe at the taste depth.

There's a distinct cavendish taste underlying all flavor in this tobacco that detracts, I think.

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