|One of the better over the counter blends;i have bought this a few times at the bus station when i have been out and ran out of my on person internet purchases..
Comes in a green tartan pouch design in 50g and 25g i think..
Pouch aroma: Earthy and slight caramel casing..
Appearance in pouch: Crimpled ribbons,feels dry but smokes moister.
Pipe used: Peterson rustic bent apple 303.
It smokes ok out of the packet but would benefit from a little drying out,,i used a pipe zippo to light it..
This didn't seem to bite and i don't remember any real soap factor in this,and if there was it hasen't left a memorable impression.
It being mild left no ghosting in my pipe either..
To describe the baccy it had a mono but consistant taste;considering the amount of alleged ingredients within,none of them stand out - you get a rounded average taste,,,mild i suppose,,,slightly woody,,,a light wood..
Its a dry taste perhaps like a stronger rollup tobacco,,the closest comparison would be to "samson" rollup ,but stronger.. A few people i know make roll ups with this as well..
So it is slightly cigarette-ish and has a dry taste;to describe it alegorically its like smoking card,,like the cardboard of a box that had contained toffee's,,,;imagine a box that has had some toffee's in it which is empty & you sniff the box & then lick it(like when you was a kid and wanted some more),,it tastes like that basically;toffee aromatic sweetened cardboard box..
Its alright but nothing special;it tasted ok in a briar as well(i only use clays these days),,it may taste better in a clay but i don't know..
Not bad for a drug store brand but for an extra possible £1 i can buy more interesting and enjoy it better..
A semi aromatic OK for someone trancending cigarettes - it won't put them off..It has due to its mildness the ability to be an all dayer smoke as well..
The room note is ok,its OK for a pipe smell..
If i had to purchase a british newsagent pipe tobacco and erinmore was not on the shelf i would purchase Clan..(erinmore although a semi OTC, is in a class as good as anything which is harder to aquire,,i even order it on line)
Its not a complicated smoke and doesn't say much;its a brand that one of my dads work colleagues used to smoke in a falcon pipe,,it reminds me of a workmans smoke rather than a conneseur(can never spell it)choice..
For a toffee-ish aromatic i would smoke this over petersons "sweet killarney" which was an untameable biter,although i am sure there are better toffee aromatics about(i don't really smoke aromatics anymore)..
My first review obove was written from vague memories,but i have recently revisited this OTC as part of my small OTC odyssey.
The words "over the counter" ant the term OTC became for some reason a dirty word which was due to my pipe snobbery at the time of being spoiled by harder to aquire brands with elaborate preparation techniques.
Butterscotch pouch aroma,medium aromatic.
Having tried a fair amount of tobacco archetypes now,my palette has developed and i can detect more nuances,and also my quantity of pipes in my collection and experience of matching the best combinations of draught hole and smoke tube diameters,bowl profiles, and system pipes to different types and blends for dedicated usage pipes:I am now bumping this one up to three stars because it is such an easy to live with semi aromatic baccy(an aromatic with serious base tobaccos).
It sure has a kitchen sink of ingredients,but i now find it interesting for this factor because down the bowl i get so many hints and its a real transformer.
A semi aromatic/english/burley/virginia/oriental/latakia,a unique enigma of a medium/mild easy OTC ,everyday ,allday, smoke.
Smoked in a curved multipurpose stem falcon pipe with large 'instanbul rustic bowl(falcons being my best performing pipe since retiring my old clays because i initially wasn't getting on well with my first briar endevours(i was over using them and not rotating))i am getting a better cleaner open taste and have realised that i judged this blend too early and didn't know what i was really tasting,my comparations to cardboard was because i was used to full aromatics and not real tobacco yet.
To the uninitiated it might seem a bit cardboardish(but i could say worse of my better tobaccos when veiwing through the impression of a neophites ignorance)but to a veteran pipe smoker it may seem underwhealming compared to more robust heavyweights and sits in an awkward middle ground of judgement.
Taken for what it is, it is certainly unique enough to deserve a permanent place in my rotation and the fact that i can almost get it anywhere means its worth more in the longrun and will likely be around when other names of prestige seem to disapear.
A spicey sweetish smokey smoke,cinnamon,nutmeg,peppery,caramel,granny fruit cake nuances in an aromatic sence,probably a combination taste of all baccies combined with a light topping.
The topping or light casing remains with the tobacco and isn't a fader.
Tastes overall like a sun cured/toasted impression.
First light is a little spikey but it settles into a neutral PH balancs quickly.
Medium light nicotine but satisfying and ok for bigger bowls,i can tolerate large bowls without tiring and its as easy as sucking a butterscotch sweet and becomes an auto pilot smoke that doesn't demand attention.
Its a crinkly ribbon cut which when removed from the pouch expands like hellfire and i need two regualar kilner jars to jar it.
It contains all ingediants but none stand out too boldly to over power,its like a balanced house party of many familier guests tasted in alternating combinations that you wouldnt necessarily think of.Sweet and savoury yet composed but complex and interesting if you can penetrate the combined overal surface.
I will purchase again.