Nording Retriever

A clean smoking, lightly sweet and mellow taste from a blend of premium Virginias and cavendish tobaccos. A classic you'll be retrieving over and over for your pipe smoking pleasure.


Brand Nording
Series Hunter Blend
Blended By McClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.29 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 25, 2010 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Out of the tin, this stuff smells wonderful. Not much more to be said about this blend than has been said by others below. However, when I read that this particular private label has been discontinued (Nording "Retriever") I wondered which McClelland blend it might actually be. Well, except for the very delicious tin note, which does not translate into the smoke - it is almost identical in taste and smoking quality to McClelland's Bulk No. 2050 Oriental Cavendish, which does not seem to have as strong of a casing or topping note. Since I wrote a more extensive review of that blend, you can go there to read it. The same description may be applied to Retriever. So don't be bummed out because Retriever has been discontinued - just order McClelland's Bulk No. 2050 Oriental Cavendish.

NOTE: This blend does not seem overmoist straight from the tin, but if you do not let it dry out for an hour before loading your pipe, it tends to smoke steamy with some gurgling and frequent re-lights. If you don't let it dry a little, just packing your bowl very loosely seems to do the trick and it smokes just fine. Tamp VERY lightly as it burns down.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 01, 2012 Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant
My review follows 5 bowls in the same pipe, a Don Carlos rusticated billiard. My personal puffing regimen runs the gamut between light aromatics (Lane 1-Q and the Villiger/Stokkebye equivalent are regular smokes) to Latakia blends (Frog Morton blends are a go-to smoke). I provide this let others know my puffing preferences.

The tin aroma is very pleasant, and the blending of tobaccos and flavoring is nicely proportioned. The flavoring is cased in a way that does not produce a wet smoke. The blend burns clean to the bottom of the bowl to a nice gray ash. I detected the flavoring in the first quarter of the bowl. After that the Virginia hinted through occasionally but never quite enough for me. The room aroma was very nice according to others, with slightly nutty, sweet scent that was not overwhelming.

While I do recommend this blend and will buy another tin or two to puff, my motivation is less for myself than for the benefit of others. I received many complements on the aroma, and when I am out and about, it will be a nice puff, particularly since it is very forgiving if I occasionally puff a little too much. The blend does not bite if I am more vigorous in my smoke, but overall it is not one I would choose when I am back home and am seeking a blend to enjoy for me.

It was, as others have pointed out, a bit underwhelming but not in a negative way. It just did not excite me, and in the same way I will use the Lane 1-Q when I am in public, I will occasionally substitute this blend for public places or in the car.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2007 Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Conditions: Smoked outside in a Stanwell "Horn", cold weather, early evening.

Tin: As another reviewer has mentioned, this product smells as if it is something you eat. Very sweet, candy/caramel/(honey??) smell from the tin.

Smoke: Sweet smelling but not as strong as the tin smell. Very volumous/thick smoke.

Taste: Subtley sweet, a good tobbaco taste in mouth/nose.

Personal: A very pleasurable smoke. Good combination of taste and smoke texture. I would liken smoking Retriever to drinking coffee with cream in it as opposed to skim milk. The smoke is very full and buttery.

I would appreciate any suggestions about similar products.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 05, 2008 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
I haven't been a pipe smoker for long but I would like to say that this blend would be a good beginner. Upon opening the can I got a nose full of caramel and amaretto. Upon putting flame to this tobacco I got the same throughout the whole bowl. It is very sweet. I would use this tobacco in an aromatic pipe. I'm a burley guy myself but this was a nice change of pace.
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