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Here is a peaceful, mellow, subtly sweet Virginia ribbon...worthy of the calumet, the peace pipe.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant
3.7
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (810)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Mahogany brown small ribbons with a smidge of lemon pieces as well. Lacks the full, rich McClellands tobacco tin aroma that some love and some don't. But the tin does say "subtle and mellow" and this one delivers on that.

This one starts out as very lightly sweet and pleasant. It doesn't overdo the sweet at all, and has a grassy-like flavor as well, but doesn't overdo that either. In fact, this blend struck me as one to smoke when your tastebuds need a break. It's affable, easy, congenial. About mid-bowl, things get a bit more interesting. A mild spicy flavor comes out and the blend gets richer down the bowl until the end, while still remaining friendly and non-imposing. I wouldn't say this is terribly different from a bunch of other McC Virginias, but it's different enough to warrant its own marque. If you enjoy more muscular McClelland blends such as Blackwoods, #24, Navy Cavendish or Rich Virginia Ribbon, this one might strike you as boring. But smoked as a late morning pipeful or perhaps the last of the evening while you wind down, this shows off a gentle strength that, while not the last word in flavor or impact, has its charms. McClellands is one of the few tobacco brands whose every offering (sans the sloppy aromatics) is worth sampling, and this one is no different. Not for my rotation but it might make yours if you prefer mellow Virginias.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Calumet reminds me a lot of the 221B Honeydew (also a McClelland's offering). Way too light in the loafers to please me on its own, but darned good stuff when mixed with either a Latakia heavy English or an unflavored strong Burley to beef up the blend without detracting from the soft, sweet Virginia flavor. Exceptional leaf is packed up in here!

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Fruppie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fruppie (1)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

very pleasant, all day smoke. No bite. subtle flavors. I have just begun to smoke more Virginia blends and some bite me. This one is my go to right now. Love it.

Pipe Used: Castello

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigar

Similar Blends: Very unique to me. Very well rounded and no bite....

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