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A classic Medium Balkan Mixture prepared from rich, stoved Eastern and Middle Belt strip, Cyprian Latakia, lemon Carolina and the finest Greek Oriental tobaccos. This is a perfect, rich English blend and a must for the seasoned smoker.

BrandMcCranie's
Blend TypeBalkan
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full, Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong, Strong
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

McClelland's produces the private McCranie line of tobaccos. I think they used the bottom of their 2030 barrel to scrape together this one. Lot's of really junky looking leaf and stems.

It is powerful in the nicotine department, which is unusual for a Balkan style. I think the Carolina leaf is what gives the strength to this blend. The Orientals are dealt with lightly and the Latakia certainly is a presence.

It lights and stays lit well, presenting nothing but ash and crispy stems once the leaft has been consumed.

Not bad...... But, not a brilliantly put together gem either.

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Willy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Willy (75)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is McClelland #2030 as pmonroeb stated. Haven't smoked this in some time, but I remember it as being adequate as a classic style medium grade Balkan, just nothing very exceptional. It is a rich blend and was rather tasty, but I don't see it as being "a must for the seasoned smoker." Good bulk pricing for the cost-concious, but there are other blends in this vein one may like better @ comparable pricing. This one just doesn't work for me.

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pmonroeb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pmonroeb (92)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This could well be McClelland's #2030. This is an adequate medium Balkan, but if you are looking for a Balkan, there are better choices. Like 5030, there were quite a few stems and pieces in my sample.

Not bad, but not the top of the heap.

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