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Iwan Ries

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The original piper's choice blend of premium matured and stoved Virginias liberally seasoned with the finest Louisiana Perique, was created by pipe collector Steve Stein. He describes it well: "Its wonderful after meals and as an evening aperitif for the seasoned Virginia-Perique pipe smoker. A complex, bold blend for the sophisticated palate"

Notes: Released at the 2014 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV

BrandMcClelland
Blended BySteve Stein
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium, Very Strong
Flavoring
None Detected, Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium, Very Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
3.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (714)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The red and stoved Virginias are very tangy and fruity with the barest hint of grass and some earth. The perique is a noticeable but minor player, offering more raisins and figs than spice, though that spice is an important nuance that seems a little more obvious as you go along. The familiar McClelland vinegar note mostly disappears after a few puffs. There’s a slight woodiness present, too. It’s not as bold as the description claims, but it has enough strength to please with a little nic-hit. The sweetness mitigates the strength enough that it could be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker who likes sweet VaPers. It may be a good place for a movie VaPer smoker who has a sweet tooth to start. Produces lots of smoke, burns cool, clean, and even with few relights, very little moisture and a consistent flavor. Leaves a very pleasant after taste, too.

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SteveS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveS (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Very rich full bodied VaPer. One of my favorite evening/after dinner smokes. Also, one of a handful of tobaccos I turn to for breaking in a new pipe due to the high natural sugar content of the Virginia tobaccos that help in building a remarkably good cake in a relatively short time. This blend rewards with great complex flavor that builds throughout the smoke!

Pipe Used: Italians and American carvers

Age When Smoked: Two years and recently tinned

Purchased From: Cigar and Tabac

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