Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) Clan Aromatic (Original)

A blend of 14 different tobaccos. Mild, cool and slow burning with unique aromatic qualities.
Notes: Recipe was changed substantially after 1998, probably at the same time that manufacture was turned over to STG (Orlik). Due to EU regulations, this is renamed and sold in those countries as "Original".


Brand Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Maryland, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
Cut Shag
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.04 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 19, 2009 Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Strong
Clan was a kind of gimmick tobacco back in the 1960s, mainly because of its odd and distinctive room note. In those days, no one had ever come across anything like it, and (along with Holland House) it enjoyed considerable popularity for a while, if only as an oddity. My then girlfriend loved it, and virtually insisted that I smoke it. In a certain sense it was (I think, looking back) a young man's tobacco: you smoked it if you wanted to smoke a pipe but wanted also to distance yourself from the St Bruno-smoking old codgers.

Clan still has its devotees, even in a world so full of exotic tastes and smells. It's cheap and cheerful, at any rate (once upon a time it was relatively pricey). It certainly isn't 'cool and slow burning', though. Even smoked slowly it's very hot and quickly gone, and it will certainly barbecue the beginner's tongue. You either like the room note or you don't (it isn't as pronounced these days as it used to be). I don't, and I find Clan far too hot to be enjoyable. It would be interesting to know what the '14 different tobaccos' are. The name and packet design seem intended to suggest that Clan has a Scottish character of some kind. I wonder why?

Worth a try, I guess, like everything else; but not recommended: too dry, too hot, too odd and bland in flavour. It's a tobacco that, to my mind, is all negatives and no positives, and I can't imagine why anybody likes it; I'd rather bite off one of my own fingers than smoke it again. To my taste, at least, Clan is horrible stuff.

Why, I wonder, do supermarket brands like this, mediocre or worse, become and stay popular enough to BE supermarket brands, available everywhere, whereas first-rate tobaccos are so hard to come by outside specialist tobacconists, and so often cease production? A deep question of economics, this.
PurchasedFrom: Available more or less anywhere
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 14, 2013 Very Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable
The horrors of Clan are well-documented on this site. To repeat what is often said: it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It is a tobacco dreamed up by a cigarette smoker who is making a bad guess at the pipe-smoking experience. If you're reading, it's not even close, my friend.

It is often said that over-the-counter brands rely heavily on casings for effect and flavour. In Clan the casing is napalm, and the flavour is fire. It will burn your pipe, your fingers, your tongue; and it will probably toast the roof of your mouth if you're foolish enough to persist in smoking it.

Smoked in a pipe it is not really possible to differentiate between the different types of tobacco blended to make Clan; mainly because the pipe quickly becomes a fire tunnel. By rolling Clan in a cigarette it becomes possible to taste a variety of flavours. However, they do not mix well together - there's no subtlety or art in the blending; and the tobacco does not have a defining moment. Another major problem is that Clan appears to have no discernible nicotine hit, so as both pipe and cigarette tobacco it fails... it fails in every way.

It is mild enough because it tastes of nothing; its room note appears non-existent. I smoked it in three pipes - a 1980s Dunhill Bruyere, a 19th century Mahogany Meerschaum, and a no-name pipe. The Meerschaum gave me the best experience because I was able to sip. It didn't improve much, but at least I was aware I was smoking something other than the napalm casing.

Clan is still sold in supermarkets in the UK - it is almost always dried out because it has been sitting on the shelf for so long. I felt I wasn't giving the tobacco a fair chance without attempting to re-hydrate it; unfortunately any attempt to re-hydrate it results in it tasting even worse. I'm sure there is a way of reviving this tobacco by adding something innocuous - a slice of orange peel, or a potato peeling. Unfortunately I don't have the money to throw away on experimenting.

I've seen this tobacco referred to as cheap. In the UK, because of taxes, there is no such thing as a cheap tobacco - a bad pouch of Clan will cost you as much as a beautiful pouch of St Bruno. In such a situation you would think Clan would have been withdrawn a long time ago; yet it persists; staring sullenly at me across the tobacco counter, and every so often I answer its gaze by buying it, thinking I might be rewarded for my audacity. But every time it disappoints.

Not at all recommended. Not at all. Still, I feel reluctant to be so honest - if only because I fear Clan will be withdrawn from supermarkets and we'll find out afterwards, too late, that if only we'd crumbled some essence of cobweb into the pouch it would have become a world-class smoke. But I doubt it.

I doubt Clan very much.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 07, 2002 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Seeing tantric's listing of this blend in the New Reviews section reminded me that I have never reviewed this blend although I smoked a pouch about a year ago. I scrambled for my diary to get out my notes (I have been keeping a personal tobacco review diary for about 25 years). Anyway, tantric's review pretty much sums up my feelings about this blend, except that I see no comparison at all between Clan and St. Bruno Flake.

Clan is indeed a finely shag cut tobacco. And boy, is it dry in the pouch -- indeed very similar to Flying Dutchman. It packs and burns well, and is a spicy son of a gun! I may be wrong, but I even detected a smidgen of latakia flavor in the smoke.

It can get steamy, so, have an ample supply of pipe cleaners. It can also be puffed up into the hot zone if not handled with care. All in all, an okay smoke, but I shall not ever smoke the stuff again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 20, 2020 Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The pouch note is delicious. Absolutely delicious. Packs really well. Can be found anywhere. This is the conclusion of anything positive I'm afraid . The tongue bite from this is literally incredible.your entire mouth needs to be made from asbestos to even contemplate smoking this. The pipe needs to be held with oven gloves. It's ridiculous.
Pipe Used: Reject briar Italian
PurchasedFrom: Tesco
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 22, 2009 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
I began pipe smoking around 1992, when I entered college. It was a time when tobacco wasn't considered a weapon of mass destruction, smoking was still considered to be a somewhat glamourous activity, and "Big-Cigarette-Tobacco" multinational companies hadn't started to buy and debase smaller blenders of pipe mixtures.

My parents then offered me a small pipe smoker's kit, which included an affordable "Amphora Milos" dutch filter pipe, and a huge 250 gr tin of Clan tobacco, which was by that time produced by Theodorus Niemeyer (nowadays the Clan brand belongs to British-American Tobacco Company and is blended by Orlik in Denmark).

Those where the days of pipe smoking. Me and my colleagues would spend whole evenings discussing philosophy and reciting poetry ? enacting our own version of the "Dead Poets' Society". Clan, or better said that old version of it, will always be part of my nostalgic remembrance of such happy times. It seemed such an honest blend, so tasteful, so trustworthy ? even after I discovered a truly high-quality favorite, Dunhill's London Mixture.

After more than a decade without puffing any pipe at all, I stumbled upon the old Amphora pipe. Trying to exorcise the sadness of fleeting years, I polished the briar, bought a pouch of Clan, disappointed to know that London Mixture had been meanwhile discontinued. I filled the bowl full of enthusiasm and nostalgia?

And then I got a second disappointment. This is not the Clan I knew. This is not even a decent tobacco, however cheap it might be priced. Clan has become a meaningless name in a label placed upon pouches containing dry grass, chloride and god-knows-what. It scorches the tongue as if it had been cased with napalm, then paves it with second-grade asphalt. So many expectations of reviving a bliss, such an anti-climax.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 05, 2021 Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Overwhelming
Clan the go-to tobacco of many a fledgeling pipe smoker and a huge mistake by the novice is made from the off! I think it must be the name and the tartan tobacco pouch, it conjures up images of the highland games and a kind of strength, how sadly mistaken one could be!

I first tried this forty-nine years ago and counting and the resulting foulness of the smoke has never departed my cerebral cortex, nor has my tongue fully forgiven me the Clan experience, such was, is, the memorable and inherent tongue bite one gets courtesy of Clan tobacco.

However one smokes this horrible mixture, it burns quicker and hotter than an Australian bush fire, which leaves any room with an unpleasant miasma similar to the fabled London fogs of yore. How anyone can like smoking this is beyond my comprehension! One must have to be a masochist a lover of the cat of nine tails administered by some 18th Century ships Bosun! The tongue bite is akin to setting a small campfire on one's tongue. The taste is like one imagines a soiled infant's terry towel nappy soaked in urine and smoked in ones favourite briar tastes like, it is also as wet as the aforementioned and leaves your pipe gurgling like a cheerful baby in its crib.

How this tobacco has stayed in production beats me, but as stated elsewhere there must be masochists among our pipe smoking fraternity, or it's the new pipe smokers who get lured in by the name and packaging that keeps this ghastly blend going. When one thinks of the likes of all the great tobaccos such as Digger, Redbreast and the like that have bitten the dust and Clan just carries on biting tongues like a Rabid Pitbull terrier on steroids, leaves me amazed!

The smoke is unpleasant, hot, wet and has nothing going for it apart from the great name and Tartan packet. I'd personally wager that Clan is responsible for the decline in pipe smoking because when one smokes this starting out with a new pipe the taste and experience is enough to scar one for life!

My tip to anyone starting out on the pipe and who wants a cool smoking aromatic, start on any of the following three tobaccos, Condor, St Bruno, or Ennerdale Flake, that way you will not need to seek medical help for your severe tongue bite and your head will remain un-haunted from the foul taste of this ghastly mixture, also your pipe will not be permanently ghosted.

Pipe Used: Any
PurchasedFrom: Bewleys circa 1970
Age When Smoked: Forty six years ago
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 24, 2020 Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
Due to Lockdown I was forced to purchase some OTC tobacco. With a degree of trepidation I bought a 50g pouch of Clan Original.

It’s burns extremely quickly, leaving nothing but ash in record time. My usual tobacco will last around an hour per bowl, this no longer than 20 minutes. There is no dottle with this blend. The room note is pleasant in that there is little discernible afterwards.

In addition to speed of burn, it burns hot and were I less experienced and less careful it would burn the mouth and create an overwhelming tongue bite.

The taste is rather innocuous. I did taste some flavour, cardamom and other Middle Eastern tastes, although none of the fuller flavours I love. An interesting taste, it is wholly inoffensive.

On balance, it burns too quickly, overheats the pipe, is too mild for my taste, and brings the risk of severe mouth injuries. I will not buy again although it has been useful in getting me through lockdown. That said, it is not as horrific as other reviews have stated but it deserves nothing more than 1-2 out of 5.
Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal Rocky
PurchasedFrom: Sainsbury’s
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 11, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
I recently started smoking a pipe to quit cigarettes, and this was recommended by the shop owner. I thought it was what pipe tobacco was about and I was smoking it wrong because I was getting very hot pipes (tried it in 4 different ones), tongue burn, made me drool a lot, the bowl was lasting very little time... was not enjoying the experience, but stuck to it to not smoke cigarettes. I even ruined a pipe (a cheap, imperfect one).

After 3 weeks I bought a bunch of different blends to try, and to my surprise the Clan experience wasn't the norm. Smoking a pipe actually is a great 40 - 60 minutes affair, but this tobacco in particular was the problem. I'm still experimenting and trying blends, but so far this is the worst I had. It almost sent me back to cigarettes.

I would not recommend this to a novice pipe smoker. It was an awful experience, but I didn't knew any better.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 03, 2020 Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
During a trip to Italy the other year I managed to leave the tin of tobacco I had brought with me behind at a café in Rome. In dire need of more tobacco, I found a so-called tobacconist near where we were staying. Clan was the only pipe tobacco she carried. Having never heard of it before, I decided to give it a try, unwisely not going online first to look for reviews.

I'd consider this tobacco unsmokeable. The room note is tolerable enough, even pleasant, indeed that might be the only area in which this tobacco can be recommended. It smells well enough in the pouch. It doesn't taste much of anything, it burns so good you could use it as tinder, and if you aren't careful the tongue bite is out of this world.

I stuck with cigarettes and cigars for the rest of the trip.

Pipe Used: No-brand billiard, cob
PurchasedFrom: Roman tobacconist
Age When Smoked: Freshly store-bought
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 19, 2019 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
A friend of mine smoked this stuff for 40+ years and swore by it. Well I swore at it! I really don't know what to say about this blend. It's not as un pleasant as some would have you believe but it's just too expensive for what you get. The pouch note is quite delicious. That's where it ends. It tastes like pine needles and napalm! Boy this stuff burns fast and hot. It matters not how you pack it, it will burn like nothing on earth. I didn't experience too much bite when sipped.It leaves a nice smell in the room but so does air freshner for a quid! I can't say what tobacco's are being used here, I just can't detect any particular tobacco type but I suspect there is a lot of cheap Burley here topped with chemical warfare. I can't recommend this blend when for the same money, or less, you can buy some really lovely tobacco. Stick to St Bruno or Condor for OTC blends or give up smoking if you can only buy this. Shame, if it had quality tobacco's with that lovely pouch note it could be a winner.
Pipe Used: Falcon International. Duncan Poker.
PurchasedFrom: Asda
Age When Smoked: Straight from packet
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