|My first experience of a Mclintock blend.
I'd been meaning to try this for ages, but just kept putting it off. Now my 'tobacco stash' is chock full of (Empty) tins I reasoned it was time to try some pouches and loose blends.
The tobacco comes in what seems to be a VERY generous 50g pouch. Bit of a bugger if you don't like it.
I did, fortunately, and this didn't follow the evil Royal Yacht into the undergrowth.
The cut is loose, not too moist, not to dry, just right for a LIGHT load. Yes a Wilbur Smith (a strand by strand packing) here will bring dividends.
I have to say it's the perfect colour for an Autumn smoke, orange and brown with darker shades of leaf indispersed. There are large bits of leaf in here too, which some folks won't like, but I do. I find them ideal for either lining the bowl or spliting and lying on top of the bowl at lighting.
The pouch fragrance will give warning of a strong orange fill. If you don't like aromatics and/or orange flavour then stay well away.
Indeed, like the gorgeous Sunday Fantasy by Radfords, the orange flavour actually comes out in the smoke. This is one of the few tobaccos that actually succeeds in this. It's not a chemical taste like some but a rich ripe taste that makes you want more.
As expected the flavour disappears somewhere towards the bottom of the bowl but nevertheless a satisfying brew.
Oddly, there is no apparent room note, which I found surpring after such a robust smoke.
Time will tell if this tobacco gets sickening after a while (like Sam Gawith's Celtic Talisman). Recommended therefore, but only to aromatics smokers who want a strong flavour every other day. This isn't an all day, every day smoke and you'll need to dedicate a pipe to this blend, probably with salt/alcohol on hand to get rid of the likely ghost afterwards.