McClelland Tudor Castle

Tudor Castle uses a very high sugar content bright Virginia with a good amount of rare No.1 grade Yenidje, red Virginia both dark stoved and raw red plus a full amount of barrel aged Louisiana perique. This is a rare and expensive blend. It is designed to age due to the very high grade bright very high sugar content Virginia leaf. Pressed flake produced in the same vein as Beacon.
Notes: A very special mixture in very limited numbers as only 340 tins were produced for 2007. Reintroduced in 2009.


Brand McClelland
Series Collector Series
Blended By McClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured By McClelland Tobacco Company
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.80 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 19, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable
To me, this blend lacks balance -- not that of strength, taste, and body to which the word is generally applied; it is an imbalance of competing flavors. Once the notorious McClelland ketchup/vinegar dissipates, and it does so pretty quickly, the smoke is dominated by a ubiquitous sour taste. It is not a refreshing citrus tang, but a sour of fermentation -- in a bad way.

This sour comes into competition with a bread-like sweetness reminiscent of McC's 5100 Virginia red cake, and they clash. I don't find these tastes complementary in the way that such a contrast works in, say, Chinese sweet 'n' sour sauce or BBQ.

While one's salivary glands and sweet tooth are "fighting it out", along comes a bitter, herbal presence in the family of, for want of anything more familiar, the bay leaf. These flavors do not mix well for me.

As of this writing, 40 reviewers awarded 4 stars, and the remaining 7 awarded 3 stars. I experienced a similar lack of agreement with another McClelland featuring Yenidje tobacco, so I'm pretty sure I just don't get along with that particular leaf.
Pipe Used: Ardor, Rinaldo, Tinsky, GBD -- all briars
Age When Smoked: 3 yrs. in the tin
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