|For my review of this blend, I will share a post I made on this blend on pipesmokers2, a group on Yahoo. I had just received two tins of CC2005 when I made the post. Apologies to those who may not be familiar with the friends to whom I make reference in the portions of the post that I copy here.
One of the tins of 2005 will be smoked in December of 2010. The other however, was for this year. Even though this is the current year's offering, it is already 8 years old, as it is the 1997 crop. My only other experience with CC was with the CC1999 that Jeff shared with me last year.
For those who may be unfamiliar, Christmas Cheer is a single crop, single leaf tobacco. To call it a blend would be a misnomer. It is selected and aged, and when the gurus at McClelland feel it's ready, it becomes the CC of that year.
When I opened the tin, I was greeted with a wonderful aroma of a freshly cut field with undertones of rasins, and of course the trademark McClelland 'ketchup' aroma. :-) I rubbed it out a bit and set it aside to dry.
I stood before my pipe racks for a while, this is an important decision! I needed a well-broken-in Va pipe, worthy of what I anticipated in the tobacco. Finally, I decided on a hand-made Kirk Bosi. This pipe has always done a wonderful job on the Va type blends.
From the first charring light, I knew this was a winner! A wonderful Va flavor, representative of the genre. Hard to imagine that this tin was only sealed about 5 months ago.... but then the tobacco had already aged about 8 years before it went into the tin.
As the bowl progressed, the flavor increased, as expected. By mid-bowl I was in a state of altered consciousness. This is wonderful stuff. Very subtle nuances, and a thoroughly delightful flavor throughout.
Before I finished the bowl, I rubbed out the next bowl. I'm still trying to decide which pipe this will grace, but right now I am leaning toward the Oom-Paul that was gifted to me by Bishop Ivan.
Well, I just checked - the second bowl seems to be dried to perfection, so I have a pipe to load!
Merry Christmas everybody!