McClelland Christmas Cheer 1997

Hand-blended, premium pressed Virginia flake tobaccos. A fine vintage, naturally sweet, in limited quantity.
Notes: Produced in 1992, 1994-present in limited quantities. Tinned in July of the respective year.


Brand McClelland
Blended By McClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured By McClelland Tobacco Company
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 50 grams or 100 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.38 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 31, 2003 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Having been less than thrilled with the 2002 rendition of this blend, I was compelled to dust off a tin of the 1997 version. It's been almost two years since I last tasted this, and I'm glad I have eight more on reserve. This weed brings a smile to my face. I'd call it a guilty pleasure, but I reserve that term for blends that lack the character and objective quality of this stuff. I hesitate to call it a blend, as it's made from a single crop, and what a crop it was.

This was one of my favorite Xmas Cheers when I first sampled it, and the years have been very kind to it. It now has a succulent quality to it, and a bouquet reminiscent of a great German Auslese, replete with notes of citrus and Asian spice, and is akin to smoking candy.

Now if I could only convince the missus and the chillun to get me tins of tobacco for Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries......
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 01, 2020 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
The red and orange Virginias provide a lot of tangy dark fruit, plenty of wood, earth bread, some tart and tangy citrus, grass, sugar, light floralness, and a pinch of spice. The “vinegar” is stronger in this particular batch than it does in some other years. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and has few rough edges. Burns cool, clean and slow with a very consistent sweet and slightly savory flavor that translates the pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not really an all day smoke, but the veteran may find it to be one. Doesn’t have the depth of the best years, and has a savory note not often present in other batches.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 03, 2004 Mild to Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable
Bought this tin off ebay after trying a tin of 2002 and this batch is even better! The flakes were covered in crystals and nice and dry, ready to go. The BB-Q ketchup aroma was actually overwhelming,( i can see everyone shudder) i thought the 2002 would be more pungent but boy was i wrong. Left to air for a couple of days and it smelled like a normal McClelland blend.

Even sweeter and more chock full of smoke than the 2002 i attribute this to the age. The tin is dated 7/20/1997 and today is 8/3/2004. I have finally seen the difference age makes on a red or orange virginia, bite is eliminated and those crystals are so cool! I dont know why but i find i like the orange virginia taste better than say, Red-Flake from McCranies. (may be sacriligous) but i find it sweeter. Mixed half with Nut Brown Burley, its what half and half should have tasted like if good leaf was used.
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