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The McConnells Oriental Turkish is a mild yet aromatic tobacco blend produced from a small leafed variety of tobacco found in Turkey, which is renowned for it’s unique aromatic character. This unique aromatic flavour has a less dense, slightly sharper edge than other tobacco’s due to being sun cured, which also helps keep the tobacco mild. This makes it an ideal companion to rich tobacco’s to reduce density, increase the burn rate and add aroma.

BrandRobert McConnell
Blend TypeOriental
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
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Stefanos (188)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Narrow ribbon cut almost shag, quite bright in appearance.

When I first received the pouch it smelled of vinegar, not the McClelland type which I find rather attractive but something more acrid, not pleasant at all. After jarring the tobacco that smell dissipated but the tobacco did not smell a lot, just a faint tobaccoey nuttiness.

This is meant to be a blending tobacco, but I had to taste it straight. When lit It smelled like an Oriental alright - if I am not mistaken it consists of Izmir and Samsun leafs – but not very high quality though. It tasted stale, acrid, sour and acidic despite some hints of the Oriental tanginess and aroma I was looking for. If the Greek Epos varietal Orientals merit four stars, this is half a star tobacco. I am very surprised at such a low quality tobacco from a revered brand such as Robert McConnell...

It is ok in blends, in that it reduces strength (if you so wish) and adds some of the Oriental tanginess for which it is sold. Still I use it in small measures because otherwise it overwhelms the blends with its unpleasant characteristics. Actually I am trying to get rid of it…

So, not recommended unless you have no other source of finding a pure Oriental leaf. I've bought quite a few tobaccos in the past I did not like, but never have I encountered a tobacco of such low quality...

Update: I think I might have been too harsh on my review of this tobacco. It's not the best straight Oriental around, but it still delivers the tanginess and flavor for which it is sold. And although a bulk tobacco it seems to have needed the air within the jar. Upgrade to 2-2.5 stars.

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