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A true achievement of the blender's skill is evident in Tom's creation of My Reserve. A mixture that will tantalize the palate with great expectations. Red and stoved Virginia create depth of flavor.

Blend TypeStraight Virginia
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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
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Room Note
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I am updating my review as I saw this blend reviewed recently by a fellow member. I pulled out some of my remaining batch of this and lit up.

My impressions are pretty much the same. This one does not bite unless puffed rapidly, can be smoked all day and night with no "heavy palate" feel, and is super rich and full in the flavor department. Whatever crop this one came from, fertilize that field and plant more! A crowning achievement type of smoking material, for sure!

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Michael N. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael N. (10)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've smoked pipe since late 1970's. Started with the fruity, sweet, room friendly type of tobac. Unsatisfied with the smoking experience, I switched to Cigars in the very late 1980's. A good, worth smoking, cigar became way too expensive. AND, I missed caressing the briar too. Going back, I settled on Dunhill Night Cap, until I was introduced to SG's Commonwealth. About a year ago I was convinced to explore straight VA's & other ( non-aromatic ) VA's. I'm still a long way off from narrowing it to three top one's, which I like to do: But, My Reserve is definitely in the top five, so far. I'll certainly be buying more.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Il Ceppo, Radice, Becker, Ferndown

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk.

Purchased From: McCranie's, on net.

Similar Blends: I do not have the experience to realize a similarity of other Brands/Blends..

1 person found this review helpful.

RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Bulk form, it's a decent Virginia. The strands look nice, smells a bit like a McClelland since they blend it for McCranies. It has a decent price, and like it was stated, reminded me alot of 'First Light'. The two are very similiar, but slightly different somehow. They even look the same in appearance pretty much.

It's an ok smoke, has a nice waft going that doesn't bother people. It is pleasant enough for a time, but then becomes bland. I wouldn't smoke it over and over and enjoy it all the time like others I could.

Don't smoke fast, it will bite you. Smokes down with no wetness for me. It's a decent tobacco, nothing fancy.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a non-limited edition Red Ribbon in bulk. Its appearance, taste and aroma, is quite similar with the addition of the stoved VAs which really enhance it. It seems to be "First Light" (aka McC 5100) with the addition of stoved VAs. My Reserve is a little more dry and therefore "bitier" than RR, but as others said, that may lie more in smoking style and bulk packaging than the tobacco itself. It is a clean, fresh, quality Virginia that only gets bitter toward the end after smoking too fast. This is one of only two tobaccos which I stock in large quantity.

I normally smoke outside and as such listed the "room note" as pleasant because of the delightfully natural-sweet aroma this has. Inside, post-smoke it ends up smelling a little cigarette-ish.

If you like straight VAs and don't hotbox or can learn to hold back, this is an nice, reliable smoke. It has more depth and is more interesting than most.

WARNING: Unless you desire a tongue transplant, smoke SLOWLY.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Prior comments in these reviews notwithsanding, my experience with My Reserve is without any bite whatsoever.

Tongue bite is the result of many factors not the least of which is body chemistry. While I ususally steer away from those blends that others have found to bite, I made an exception while at McCrannie's and was glad I did.

MR is a very flavorful tobacco with a depth of complexity not ususally found in tobaccos of this classs that lights easily, burns well and has a fine finish.

Although this blend may be made from McClelland tobaccos, it does not taste like any McClelland blend with which I am familiar.

If you're in the area, visit the store. If not, check out their webiste and get some of this really great tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

SunriseBoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SunriseBoy (16)
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Without any fear of contradiction, this is one of the finest crafted products on the market. However, in the taste department I'm gobsmacked that the blender felt taste was not important. Almost zero taste. Maybe I'm exagerating, but it is extremely "over" mild in that factor. It's the very best crafted tobacco of any I have in my collection. Burns well. No relights. No dottle. Excellent. Couldn't ask for a better burning tobacco. Brilliantly presented, but a fail in the taste department, which, at least I would have thought, was actually important.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: McCranies

Similar Blends: I don't do comparisons..

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Bulk: Quite similar in appearance, smell, and characteristics, to McClelland's Aurora.

Overall: MR is one of McCranie's bulk, custom loose, blends, an all-day indoor smoke.

McClelland produces blends for McCranie's under their guidance. Obxemt said that MR is 5100 with the addition of stoved VA's; a similarity between First Light and 5100 has also been mentioned. Many have likewise noted the confirmation between RR and 5100. There is also an uncanny resemblance between Aurora and MR. I use the bulk MR for a quick smoke and age the tinned Aurora. 3.8 stars.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

I have to agree with the other reviewers here. This blend reminds me a lot of First Light, but seems fuller and better rounded due to the stoved Virginias. Unfortunately I can't get around the tongue bite. Although it is somewhat tolerable due to it being a virginia blend, it's just not worth fighting when there are other blends available. Don't get me wrong- there are other blends out their that have more bite. The price however is great. This may be your blend- it just isn't really mine!

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I sampled this blend off and on for over a year. I find myself going back to this time and time again. Veiwing the pouch I see a mix of brown med. cut ribbions. Some tan in color; short-med.ribbions and dark stoved ribbions, all virginia's I think. Talking to Tod at McCranie's I have been told this blend is all McClelland. Where is the "ketchup"? Tom must have melowed and mix this blend just so! All I recive from the pouch is a dark sweet aroma that started me smoking a pipe nare a year ago. This packs great but could do for a bit of drying out to be perfect! I do enjoy the flavor from start to finish. No bite at all unless you are of the 'Casey Jones' class. Wonderful tobacco flavor down to the last puff. I enjoy the finish taste. This blend seens to mature in a dedicated pipe. I have found my pouch of My RESERVE empty's twice as fast as the other blends! I keep visiting the flavors that are rich and smooth. Well worth a try!!

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