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A matured cake blend of the finest lemon and orange red Virginias, enhanced with natural fruit essences. It is lightly sweet, satisfying, smooth but with a little zest. This is matured Virginia at its traditional best.

Blended ByMcClelland
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant to Tolerable

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1281)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

A couple years of aging has given the jar a strong note of fermented Virginia tobacco that I see people describing as the McClelland "ketchup", but I smell it in so many well-made Virginias from other manufacturers that I am suspicious of any VA that doesn't have it (looking at you, Cornell & Diehl). As a baker, maybe I'm just trained to think fermentation smells good? I also smell cloves ... go figure.

The blend of yellows and reds is excellent, a perfect mixture of high notes and backbone. On first light, sometimes I'll see the larger flakes getting that glassy cooked sugar look to them - lots of natural sugars here. I've taken to breaking this up into a ready-rubbed consistency, which I don't do with many broken flakes, but this leaf is so sweet that I find it helps the burn.

It burns clean and flawlessly all the way down, and tastes like tobacco, the topping doesn't ever detract from good clean Virginia flavor. I think it's misclassified as an aromatic here.

Age When Smoked: 2+ years

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (834)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice looking broken flake with a bag aroma (1 oz sample) of basic Virginia overlaid with a Lakeland-type essence. Very light on the scenting which is almost just that... a scenting rather than a flavoring. However, the flavoring does come out in the taste, but it's very light while the scenting is rather heavier (but not heavy in the least).

This smokes like a straight Virginia... sweet and robust in the way only McClellands seems to deliver, but with that light sweetener. I can't place the flavoring/scent and it's considerably less noticeable than their #2000. While that one is noticeable for having excellent flavor and a flavoring that lasts down the entire bowl, this one is wispier on the casing. The virginia is top-notch and this would be a blend that those looking to break away from the goopy aromatics might try. This might be McClellands answer to the Lakeland style blends, although it's more of a gallant effort than an all-out success. Worth a try but not destined for my rotation, as I prefer the more fully realized #2000 as my cased broken flake Virginia of choice.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Like others, this reminds me a bit of a Lakeland -- the topping seems to me to be a bit like GH's Louisiana Flake -- but only a bit. The topping itself is on the mild and sweetish side, the N is even lighter. There is a bit of a bite to this, but fortunately just a bit. A pleasant summer smoke, when something light and a bit different is called for. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is not often.

Pipe Used: various briars and meers

Age When Smoked: opened on arrival

Purchased From: pipes & cigars

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (171)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Looking back on my reviews over the last few years, you will read about McClelland blends always biting my tongue horribly. I must be learning to properly smoke these blends. Although I do get a bit "stung", it's not really bad at all.

5115 is a nice mild VA that is a great morning smoke. I do not detect much casing in here as stated, but it is a bit more sweet than some. Rub, lights and packs fairly easy, just be careful to slow your puffing to reduce bite. This can burn fairly wet, but a few hours of drying will remedy that. All in all, not a bad choice for an everyday VA.

Pairs well with my morning coffee.


I have smoked about 4 oz of this, and is a great all day VA blend. Fast becoming a favorite of mine!

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Denevei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Denevei (58)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Others sing the praises of McClelland's 5100 as their all-day smoke. And I've recommended 5100 to enough people, enough times, and have purchased enough of it, that I readily agree. But if you get too caught up in it you'll miss this delightful blend! I know I almost did. As often as I've heard people rave about 5100, I‘ve never heard mention of 5115; I bought my first half pound of it merely because I liked the description.

5115 arrives as a broken flake, with some large flakes and a lot of smaller ones, as well as some that appears rubbed. In color it is an orange-yellow-brown tone. The aroma is less tobacco-ey than 5100, with an undertone of citrus. And that undertone makes all of the difference in the world when put to flame.

From the first light, the tobacco has a delightful, citrus taste on the back of the tongue. But the hint of citrus is neither intrusive nor, I hesitate to say, "aromatic." It's there, but is there just like it belongs. And it contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the tobacco, providing a pleasant tang.

If I had to choose between 5100 and 5115 as my lighter Virginia, I think I'd go with this blend. 5100 is, of course, wonderful. But this one seems to play more nicely with other tobaccos. I sometimes mix it 50-50 with 2035 with nice results. Of course, I'm thankful that McClelland hasn't caused me to make a choice – I can have both!

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PfeifenRaucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PfeifenRaucher (53)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If someone had given me this tobacco and told me it was a Lakeland blend I would have believed them. This is not your typical straight American Virginia blend - it tastes scented (but not sugary sweet). Something about the "casing" reminds me of (of all things) Bob's Chocolate Flake. It has a certain perfume-like quality to it that reminds me the tobaccos offered by English blenders with the name Gawaith in them. This is a good "every-once-in-a-while" blend that I can see myself having when in the right mood. The flavor pairs very well with a cup of tea.

A big positive for me is that the nicotine level is VERY mild. If it were not for the unidentifiable scent (I detect nothing fruity about its "fruit-essences") and the need to carefully sip this (it will bite badly if it is not totally dried to a crisp) I might argue this could be an "all-day" blend due to its mildness.

If you like Virginia-based Lakeland blends (e.g., SG Grousemoor) give this a go - you may like it. If you want a lot of nicotine or are bothered by having to carefully watch temperature of your bowl you'll be disappointed I think.

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arpie55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arpie55 (62)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

To be honest I ordered this by mistake, I meant to order 5110 and was not paying enough attention. When I received it I was a bit disappointed but since I was to blame I was not going to let it go to waste. Turns out that this a decent smoke with a fairly straight forward tobacco flavor. Care in stoking is needed in order to prevent tongue burn, puff it slow and savor. By no means compares to Dark Star or St James Woods but performs well for a bulk cake.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Another winner from McClelland. More rubbed out than some of their other blends with brown and some yellow VAs. Notable for the absence of the strong vinegary pouch aroma of some of their other blends. Although they claim a fruit casing, I didn't sense it in the smoke or room aroma which slightly hinted of burning wood. A cool, smooth smoke from start to finish with sweet undertones in various pipes. A great all day smoke which I usually keep available when I choose a lighter blend.

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Pouch Aroma: This is a lightly sweet and fruity smelling tobacco - the aroma reminds me a bit of Capstan Medium. It smells like a mixture if McCranies Red Cake and GLP's Cairo. There is a light casing detectable, just a very light top note which is easily hidden under the tobacco aroma.

Appearance: The flakes are medium thick and broken, consisting of predominately reddish brown tobaccos (50%) with the remainder made up of golden tobaccos. Other than that, it's nondescript.

Packing and Lighting: I'm using my trusty old Hardcastle Executive straight saddle bulldog as it absolutely loves virginias and always smokes them cool, sweet and dry. Rubbing the flakes is a simple matter, and they break up easily for smoking indoors. A pre-light draw gives me a subtle tobacco flavor with a hint of sweetness. The first match, however, gives me nothing but creamy, full Virginia flavor and a nicely stinging sharpness when blowing the smoke out of my nose. The flavor also reminds me of Capstan Medium, and also brings to mind some of McClelland's flakes but without so much of their signature vinegary note I get in the first few puffs. It burns quite well and is off to a pleasant running start!

Exposition: Very nice! Smooth and creamy, lightly sweet with nice flavors in the upper and middle range but seems to be lacking something in the low end - but this is typical of light VA Flakes so don't take that as a criticism. A few years of age could do wonders for it. One thing I like especially is the 'nose', the smoke rising from the burning bowl. It has very fruity and burnt oak notes that remind me of a nice Rhine wine.

The Story: The first few relights are still sweet and tasty with a bit more depth and richness to it. I find it a bit too light and sweet for me this morning but it would make a great after-lunch pipe. The room note is light and sweet also, and not as reminiscent of cigarettes as some of the drier Virginias are so it's very pleasing in that respect also. The flavor is staying remarkably consistent as the bowl burns down, only gaining lightly in strength and picking up a slightly pungent sourness that's quite pleasant on the tongue.

Denoument: Nearing the end, the sweetness has subsided a bit, leaving me with a nice darkish 'vegetal' flavor, like a heavier green tea. It's still quite mild and smooth and there's no bite whatsoever. It has good body to the smoke, a pleasant weight on my tongue which I look for at the end of a bowl of Virginia. It also leaves a wonderful aftertaste which lingers for quite a while after I finished the bowl. Overall, a wonderful smoke for Virginia lovers.

Pros: Too many to list.

Cons: The only thing this tobacco could use is a little more heaviness, but when I want a light, smooth pure Virginia flake I'll reach for this one every time so that's not even a fault.

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unclebuccs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
unclebuccs (3)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Broken flake with a tin note of that famous McClelland twang....and fruit. A bit of an odd combo, but it all comes together in short order.

I've come to the conclusion this tobacco is kind of a McClellanized Royal Yacht. The fruit flavoring is comparable to Dunhill's Royal Yacht, in how it comes across, and in how it functions as a sort of Perique substitute.

Old World is a wonderful blend that I intend to cellar more of.

Age When Smoked: 7 months

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1627)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

McClelland - No. 5115 Old World Classic Cake.

It's a very coarse broken flake, half the pouch needed a full rub because of being whole flakes. The other half wasn't without want for attention, either, but this half was a little more 'broken'. Moisture was good the day it arrived, two weeks after placing the order (I'm U.K., this was a Cup O' Joes order), and it had a subsequent two week wait once it had arrived.

The smoke from it is one that's clearly from high quality Virginia. It tastes 'developed', more than fresh, if that makes sense; I identify a matured sweetness, instead of fresh hay. The added fruit topping makes up for any missing citrus from the Virginia, but in all fairness, would mask it anyway. From the topping I get only citrus fruit, I can't taste the coffee. The smoke has a cool temperature, I get no bite, and it burns well.

The room-note: nice enough, just not 'my thing'. Nicotine: mild.

I think 5115 is a good, well made blend, but it falls a little short of four stars, for me.


Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

5115 Old World Classic Cake is a (barely) broken flake of medium brown with a sweet and slightly bready tin note. The charring and true lights bring a light fruit flavor with distinct Virginia grassiness, some very light earthiness and toast. The fruit flavoring here is very mild and quickly mellows in the first third of the bowl, melding seamlessly with the Virginia to create a very smooth-smoking blend.

Sipping this blend slowly, it reminds me somewhat of Newminster Superior Navy Flake, but with a light, Scandi-style fruit topping and a thinner mouthfeel. There is distinct tobacco flavor here, far more so than I would expect from what the blender refers to as an aromatic. Another good comparison is Stokkebye's Luxury Twist Flake. Like that flake, 5115 is a Virginia that happens to be flavored with citrus fruit - a classification distinct from "aromatic". And like LTF, 5115 has aging potential written all over it. If this is an aromatic, then so is Orlik Golden Sliced. For those who like the smell and taste of Danish blends but need more tobacco flavor and less bite, this might be your Holy Grail. Burning characteristics are more Virginia than aromatic, and 5115 leaves little mess in the bowl.

I didn't know what to expect from this blend, but overall I was very impressed. While many flavored Virginia blends promise, this one actually delivers. I'll be jarring this up and look forward to re-tasting it 3-5 years down the road. While this style won't appeal to all pipe smokers, it could be a three star blend as the flavoring mellows in the jar and the Virginia has had a few years to think about itself. That cannot be said of similar blends, reflecting McClelland's commitment to quality Virginia leaf even within its flavored lineup.

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Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (98)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A straight forward blend of different Virginia leaf with a slight fruity tone. The Virginia leaf is amazing here,absolutely delightful! The fruit essence is so slight that it rides along the smoke almost undetectable. Dry as usual. Lights easy and coats the bowl nicely. Tangy, but balanced. A really nice tobacco that I'll buy again.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Canadian group 5

Age When Smoked: Few weeks old.

Similar Blends: Astleys, rotary, Capstan..

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1281)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Gotta agree with a previous reviewer, this is really close to 2010 but with the addition of what McClelland thinks is an English-style essence? I get apricot for the fruit, and no floral smell, but the resemblance to a Lakeland flake isn't coincidence. Also the name ... Old World? Subtle guys.

Construction is fine, although I can't really tell the difference between McClelland's broken flake and McClelland's cake. w/e. Flavor is bright VA with some darker for body and kind of a come-and-go topping. Something in the topping irritates the crap out of the back of my throat. It seems to want to burn hotter than unflavored McClelland bulks, particularly on relight. I'd suggest not touching the flame to the tobacco at all on relight, just hold it above the bowl some and use the heat to get combustion ... this is good technique for all straight VAs though.

I can't really recommend this at all, the topping is a bad imitation, it smokes harsh for me - kind of a raw dominican maduro cigar throat hit - and it really isn't useful as a blender due to both flavor and burn characteristics. It's outclassed in every way by other McClelland bulks, and by the English flakes it's trying to imitate.

Pipe Used: basket pipe

Age When Smoked: bulk fresh

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

A high quality tobacco, medium strength and comes ready to smoke. I do feel rubbing it out helps some. However, it's just not for me, I don't get the citrus notes but rather a very slight Lakeland floral taste. I'm not a fan of LF so I can't rate this high enough to buy again. You may love it ?

agree with reviewer, "PfeifenRaucher 12/23/2008 "

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Passion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Passion (28)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a nice virginia that is slightly sweet. Most of the taste is citrus, closer to the lemony side. Which is not at all unpleasant. It is actually a nice change of pace from virginias in general. I will say that if puffed to fast it will sting you fairly hard!

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

McCelland Bulk No. 5115 - Old World Classic

Star Rating = 3

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, Mellow, good Flavor, * Ketchup Pouch Note, white ash Burn, nice smoke, this is the best of the McCelland 5000 series blends

* Foot Note: McClelland famous "Ketchup" aroma and / or taste comes from the natural fermentation of unstoved / non flue curded Virginias that are aged in cakes.

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a medium flavor intensity brown flake, with decent burn and good construction overall. Mostly caramel and vanilla types of flavors, but not too brash. A bit hard on the mouth. Seems to be a flake version of 2000, and also shares some similarities to 2010. I liked the bowls I smoked, but need to smoke more of it to form a final opinion. I still think 5100 and 2015 are the stand outs in the bulk McClelland VA range, but this one and 2035 are both interesting, as is 2010.

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

This is basically the same mild flake tobacco used in 2010 on which they added fruits cocktail syrup, the resulting aroma is sweet, fruity with less ketchup smell, overall the fruits syrup casing is really well done.

This smoke will please those who prefer mild Virginia cased with natural fruity aroma. Decent summer smoke .

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

For those of you who believe that McClelland is incapable of producing virginias without their trademark "ketchup" topping, this may be the tobacco to try. Before I go further, I wish to offer one caveat; this tobacco is only for experienced virginia smokers, those oh so patient puffers (that's puffers, not 'poofers').

This medium brown virginia flake, available only in bulk, has a clean virginia smell to it. The natural fruit essences have been added with a light touch, and are just barely detectable once the tobacco is properly dry. The flavorings complement the natural citrusiness of the virginia so well, that hard to tell there is anything other than tobacco in this flake. Some people find straight va. flakes boring, bitey, or just too difficult to work with. 5115 is no different than most virginia flakes in terms of ease of use. It's a thick flake, and takes some work to rub out fully. And it simply will not burn well if just broken up into chunks, and stuffed into the pipe. But patience is rewarded. Once fully rubbed out, and carefully loaded, this baccy shines. The first half dozen or so attempts at a charring light are the most critical; this is where you are most likely to ruin your tongue, so take it easy and be patient in lighting. Once lit, the stuff burns slowly of its own accord, and does not require a lot of puffing to keep it going.

I have learned that most McClelland virginias do have a slight cigarette like quality to the smoke, and that is something I have just had to learn to deal with. And 5115 definitely has that cigarette like acrid quality when breathed up through the sinuses, but this is forgivable given the quality of the tobacco. The flavors range from oaty/hops to citrus. The sweetness is more a background note in this particular flake, so you will not be overwhelmed by it. I find the flavors to be very well balanced, maybe a little too much so, as this may lead some to believe that it is a boring/bland smoke.

It's not overwhelming, but it's not boring. And I find that the different virginia flavors vary depending on the pipe I smoke it in. A dublin will cause the higher citrus notes to come out, as well as the sharpness of the tobacco. A group 4 or 5 bulldog is my favorite pipe to smoke this in. Does not smoke well in a chimney, and it is just to sharp on the tongue to smoke in a really small pipe. But, in a medium billiard or bulldog it smokes very well.

As I stated, this is a tobacco for experienced virginia smokers. If you have smoked MacBaren's virinia #1, and liked it, then this is another tobacco for you to try. It's richer than Va. #1 but is very similar in terms of flavor. It does require one's full attention, as becoming sidetracked while puffing can result in a scorched tongue. Load it carefully, light it carefully, and smoke it slowly. Do these things, and you will really enjoy this tobacco.

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al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
Mild Extremely Mild Overwhelming Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoke is not what I would call smooth it stays sharp throughout. I find it ok but it is not a regular or an all day smoke. It is a little too "high pitched" for me. I like 2010 better or some 2000, or 2020.

I would think this could have been more tame. I will smoke some once here and there till it is gone but I doubt I would order this again.

It is a bit of a tongue shredder. I smoke a lot of mcclellands flakes and this one is mediocre. This is why the flavor got an overwhelming rating because you get a bitter tongue scald thats makes the bowl get dumped early. I have smoked a hell of a lot of va flake too and this is the tobac not me. This and rolando's own/lt heart va are very simillar in punishing the smoker.

If it somehow grows on me I'll update. Just a little too bright for me. I think it is a little ascrid in the smoking- the topping seems to be the source of the tongue bite. Smoking citrus extract as topping that makes sense really.

Honestly this is not a good one to try as a first out of this series. So far the only losers are this and the goopy 5100.

#2000, 2010, 2020, 2035, #27, 22, 24 are much better for my tastes. So it goes.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Mildly sweetened, smooth and tasty, 5115 is a real winner at a bulk price.

If you enjoy a mild virginia flake with just a bit of a sweet topping, you'll probably like this one. 5115 compares favorably to many other tinned products of the genre, and at a much better price.

I'll keep some of this one around for mild virginia cravings.

A McClelland Bulk Gem.

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (46)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have aged it,dried it,sipped it slow,and smoked it fast. I cannot smoke this without searing my tongue. I love 2015,PSLNF,Old Gowrie, many other Va's/vap. But this stuff is a tongue shredder.

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zeuxis76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zeuxis76 (4)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I first smoked this at the Atlanta Pipe Club smoking competition. I won the competition, smoking this blend for 100 minutes in a Randy Wiley bent dublin with only two matches used in the first 5 minutes. The competitors were asked to guess the blend. Not one pipe smoker guessed the blend. Our tobacconist told us that she hardly ever sells any of this bulk blend. That same day she must have sold at least 5 pounds of it. A gentleman came to the shop much later in the day after the competition and bought a gorgeous Rinaldo Fiamatta. He asked what tobacco to use to break in his new pipe. The consensus was McClelland 5115. After several sips, he purchased a pound of this fine tobacco.

Zesty is a fitting description for this blend. Yet, I found that the zest developed into a subtly sweet and fruity (very slight and unoffensive) taste. The VAs harmonize perfectly in this blend. It rounds out on the finish and becomes sweet and smooth. Never complex or demanding, this blend is a delight for all day smoking.

My oil-cured Wiley is currently dedicated to this tobacco. I have smoked it in other pipes (Brebbia, Matzhold, Castleford, and Ardor), yet I find that the Wiley is best suited for this tobacco. I suggest smoking this blend in an oil-cured pipe, as I have had much success in the same.


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

I will give this three stars for now even though my first encounter was not very memorable. This blend went rather quickly into the closet. I will update this review after the next encounter. I much preferred 2015, 2045, 2030 to 5115. My favorite McClelland is British Woods.


My pouch of this blend is dry to the point of being almost brittle. I can no longer detect any flavoring or scent at all. No bite but quite sharp on the tongue as most straight Virginias seem to be. A nice and potent smoke at this point although not at all complex. Still prefer 2015 and the 22, 24, 27 Virginias although this is ready-rubbed and easier to light. Burns cleanly with minimal attention.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of the best of the bulk mcclelland blends I have tried. This is a very light virginia blend and is much appreciated when I am in the mood for a virginia blend of this genre. This is not as bitey as some of the other mcclelland virginias that I've had and smokes on the cool side. I will say that I dried this out quite a bit and would probably have come to other conclusions if I had done otherwise. The flavors run in the mid to high range of the virginia spectrum but are not sharp. The only things I have to say negative about this blend is that there is little depth on the lower end in this blend and the flavors tended to get even more mild past the halfway point of the bowl. These are the only things that keep me from giving it the highest rating. This would be a regular blend for me but I tend to lean towards virginia blends with a little more depth and additional low end. This is very good however and highly recomended to those who would prefer a lighter virginia blend.

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

I first smoked and reviewed this four years ago. After 6 smokes, I was frustrated, because, like SG BBF, it could be amazing one smoke and "just okay" the next.

Excerpts from my prior review: This has to be smoked dry; when wet, it requires many relights and melts your tongue. The tobacco consists of mostly light tobaccos, Virginias according to the literature. The purported "light fruit topping" was undetectable (only one of 4 "blind" reviewers picked it up (BPTT)- most definitely NOT an aromatic. And, while McClelland makes much ado about the "matured" aspect of the Virginias, it isn't overwhelmingly apparent to me. This blend strikes me as similar to #2010 without the incredible high notes, but a bit smoother and less exciting. The flavor is wheat-like, with a toasty/browned marshmallow mid-range that single-handedly creates a soft spot for this mixture. In spots, the flavor gets a bit "winey", almost acidic, in the way that African coffees sometimes exhibit. It doesn't reach "zesty" because it doesn't have enough supporting flavor, resulting in a certain "stingy" feel. DGT improves this tobacco greatly, producing a smoother, less sharp smoke. For now, I have put my sample in storage to give it a year of age, and I have high hopes for the results, as I honestly believe that this is a high-quality tobacco that hasn't had time to mesh its components. So, to be continued...

OK, I'll continue now, circa 2003. Age does wonderful things to this blend. Smokes well, very consistently. Still lacks the zesty highs that I love in McClellands, but has the caramel-like mid-range. Quite a bit cooler, with little tongue-bite risk, this is the Virginia for people who like McClellands but can't take the heat. Buy enough of this to age! As with 2025, I attach some reviews from the blind pipe tobacco tasting group (ASP) from June, 2000 (Sample "A" was 2025):

Blind Pipe Tobacco Tasting group, June 2000.

David Haig.

SHEW! As I mentioned above [this blend is] VERY similar [to #2025]! I had to put sample A away on the second bowl to be sure I didn't smoke the same blend twice! Both bowls were easy to load due to the heavy rubbing out. Two match light again due to the thorough rubbing. I should say that I waited 5 days before trying either blend again just to be sure I could detect any difference in the blends.

The charring light showed the heavy woodsy flavor and aroma of the first blend. The first bowl was almost identical to the first bowl of sample A. I believe it to be spicier and a deeper nuttiness was evident to me. The Thompson has a very small bowl and the smoke was even more complex. For a moment I though I could actually taste the vinegar odor!! Are any of these blends processed with vinegar?

Likes: I must say another McClelland blend. Perhaps Dark Star? McClellands are very distinctive to me so I will be very curious as to what Terry has sent us! Another complex, fantastic smoke here. Heavy VA with some perique perhaps more heavily stoved than sample A. Another high recommendation!

Dislikes: More heavy rubbing (though this is slowly becoming less unpleasant to me). ----------

Greg Hampton

Appearance: This could be a close relative to Sample A. It is mostly dark brown tobaccos with, perhaps, a slightly higher percentage of tan tobaccos. This is also in the form of a broken flake.

Baggie Aroma: Again, very similar to Sample A. The sweet ketchup/vinegar aroma is dominant but not as pronounced as Sample A. This tobacco also does not have a noticeable peppery smell. I'll guess, again, that this a McClelland.

Smoking Details: 1st in a DC 2 Note Rusticated Melos. After the first smoke of Sample A, I was determined to let this dry appropriately (for my tastes), so I rubbed it out to a medium chunkiness. I let it dry for about 45 minutes and packed the bowl, but not too firmly. It lit without any problem. In comparison to sample A, this tobacco is very similar. It has some tang to it and is mildly sweet. There is no detectable spiciness like with A. But enough about A... Through 1/2 bowl the taste has become medium bodied with increasing sweetness and pleasant tobacco taste. The last half of the bowl wanted to bite my tongue a couple of times when I was puffing too hard. The sweetness remained until the end as did the great "tobacco" taste. It burned down to a coarse grey ash with no dottle. I did use 1 1/2 pipe cleaners for this smoke. 2nd in a Savinelli Bulldog. This pipe isn't quite broken in, but it provides a decent smoke so far, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I followed the same preparation as the first time and the results of lighting were the same. The big difference this time around was the climate. I smoked the previous bowl in Wa State, where it has been fairly cool and dry. This last bowl was smoked in central Va State where it was in the 90's with 90%+ humiditiy. I have to say this was a disappointing experience. The tobacco had little taste due to the humidity, I'm speculating. In recent history, there were some jokes on ASP about smoking gym socks. This was what I would imagine smoking a sweaty gym sock would be like. Totally blecchhh. I could only stand it through about 1/3 way. I let the pipe go out and took it into the AC to dry out. The next day, I lit it up. The tobacco was much drier and the day was much less humid. Life was better. The DGT'ing and drying out helped it immensely, in addition to the change in weather. Now the tobacco was proving a nice sweet tobacco taste. Any hint of the ketchup/vinegar was long gone. It smoked to the bottom with a couple of re-lights. There was no tongue bite either. I did end up using 2 pipe cleaners throughout the smoke.

Overall impression: 7 out of 10. I liked this tobacco, but not as much as Sample A. It just wasn't as interesting. I would venture to say that this, too, would age well and could possibly develop into a better smoke. There is nothing bad about this, in fact, it's a good Virginia, just not as good asa some others I've had. I would buy some to put away and try in a year, two, five, etc., but I'm pretty confident that this would not make my normal rotation.

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

I love McClelland's Virginias, and I am not averse to cased tobaccos, but for some reason none of McC's cased VAs do much for me. The flavor of 5115 is that of 2010 (their basic straight VA bulk flake) with a light fruit topping. To my mind, the fruit does nothing to enhance the experience, and only succeeds in making me wish I was smoking straight 2010 instead.

Not as heinous as #2000 (Fragrant Matured Cake), nor as tasty as their Townsman Cavendish line, this is at best an occasional change-of-pace smoke for me. But if you're the type who appreciates a high-quality VA but absolutely _must_ have some kind of topping, this might be right up your alley. (My guess is the topping won't be strong enough for you, though.)

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pittacus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pittacus (6)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Not much to add to the previous reviews. Experienced VA smokers will glean all they need to know from them.

But for the inexperienced or first time VA smoker one word of advice: BEWARE. This tobacco will bite with a captital B. My initial case of tongue bite with this blend stands in mute testament. Yes, I can be a bit overzealous in my consumption of VA's.

As with most VA's this blend requires patience and a slow technique. It is the only way to experience the nuance of the blend and to preserve your tongue.

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