McClelland Christmas Cheer 1994

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 Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.43 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 22, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
The red Virginias provide a lot of tangy, ripe dark fruit and earth, along with a touch of spice, sugar, grass, plus some citrus and wood. The light “vinegar” essence weakens as you go along. The strength is closer to medium than it is to mild. The taste just reaches the medium level. The nic-hit is a step past mild. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a mostly consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. Has a pleasant after taste. An all day smoke; one of the more refined, smoother entries in this series.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 19, 2008 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
Holy cow!!! this is the absolute best VA blend that I have tried. I purchased this tin off of eBay, and well paid a pretty penny for it. My only regret is that I have not seen any more of the stuff. The tin note is of plums and the McClelland vinegar. Upon lighting the tobacco it was immediately obvious that I had found something special. The blend had a nice sweetness to it, and really burned well. There was never any combustion problems or and tongue bite. There was a nice balance of tang and sweetness, that I quite honestly have never experienced in my life. There was a bit of a nicotine kick associated with it, but most VA fans will be rather familiar with it. The blend rubbed out very nicely and really shined from beginning to end. I brought the tin to my tobacco shop and shared it with some friends, and everyone shared the same feelings that I did. We are all deeply disappointed that this tin is probably the last that any of will ever see. If you ever get a chance to buy a tin of this vintage, pay whatever you can to experience it for your self. EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 16, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I smoked this tin in 2009, took some notes, and never posted a review as I lost my notes. I found them and realized I did not post a review yet.

Here it is, 6 years awaiting. So, I opened this tin to find that the broken flakes were covered with white, in some cases chunky looking. Upon closer inspection, the white is crystalline, absolutely glistening on very piece. I have been smoking pipe since 1980 and this is the most sugar I have ever seen on any tobacco, it had me quivering with anticipation. As usual, I got some out and let it sit a few hours to get to optimal smoking humidity level. Sweet, light caramel, ephemeral hints of citrus, and simple Virginia goodness. Amazing how cool it smoke thou ,considering the amount of sugar obviously visible.

This is the best Christmas Cheer I have ever had, but it is also the oldest I have ever smoked. Does this mean you should age all Christmas Cheer? No! I have had 10 year old CC that had no sugar on it.

I got this tin from a shop that was closing its doors and blowing out all inventory a few years before I opened it. This tin and a couple others were there and priced to sell. Unfortunately, I was more into cigars and picked up more of them than the dusty tins Ishould have been picking up for $5 a tin.

I wish I would have bought a couple more tins.

5 out of 5 halos.
Pipe Used: Castello, Radice, cobs
PurchasedFrom: Door county, Wisconsin shop
Age When Smoked: 13 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2001 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable
I recently popped open one of my recently- discovered tins of McClelland's Christmas Cheer '94, which I had last smoked back in early 95. For those unfamiliar with this series, Christmas Cheer is a single-field straight virginia, pressed and sliced into ribbons.

Popping the lid revealed the aroma of plums and dried figs and cherries, with a slight vinegary note (McClelland fans will recognize this :-). Hoisin sauce -- definitely hoisin sauce. With cherries.

As is typical for McClelland, the tobacco was still at perfect moisture. CC94 is by now a dark-brown dried-fig color, with the occasional lighter streak. Under the light it sparkes cheerfully, revealing the crystals of sugar that have developed over the years. Some flakes are so covered in sugar that they have an actual sheen.

The initial charring light was a bit tricky, it didn't want to char evenly -- sugar doesn't burn easily 🙂 An additional charring light, then the real light, and a deep puff revealed that the 94 had settled down dramatically from the raw, acid form it had when new. The initial taste was still of orange and cherry, but now it had been entirely stripped of bite. Over the next few minutes, as the tobacco settled down and I cooled down the burn, the flavor deepened and darkened while maintaining its intensity.

Depending on temperature the flavor varied, including various combinations of charred-pork, raisins, orange, cherry, allspice, candied ginger, salted pecans, chocolate, and caramel(usually in concert with the orange notes).

The ash was a mottled combination of medium and dark gray, but the tobacco burned evenly and consistently down to within a quarter-inch of the bottom, when I had to abort because of the rapidly falling temperature. During that time the flavor and aroma stayed remarkably consistent within the impressive range mentioned earlier.

Overall impression: Impressive, most impressive. Well worth the wait. Now if I can just keep my hands off the other two tins.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 12, 2018 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
I smoked a tin of this when it first came out and enjoyed it but it didn't knock my socks off. With 20+ years of aging, it does! Looks and smells in the tin like every other CC offering. Desperately needed some drying time, which attests to the integrity of the tin, and it came replete with quite a few sugar crystals. I smoked 2 oz for this review and I'm saving the other two for special occasions.

I seem to say this a lot as I smoke other vintage Virginias, but this is probably the finest I've ever smoked. There is no doubt that McClellands Virginias age beautifully and this one is no exception... except that it seems to have done better than most. The fermented aroma in the tin was subdued but that didn't bother me. With proper drying, this one was absolutely incredible, with some wonderful spice cake flavors and a heightened zip of carefully grown and selected red Virginia that is aged to perfection. This was further helped in the flavor department by eschewing smoothness for zest. It was a mouth-filling smoke with a huge amount of character. I haven't been able to find any of the '92 vintage (and probably won't now that McClellands is closing up shop) but I can't imagine it smoking better than this one. This will be a once or twice a year smoke, for those times when I've earned a huge reward. Excellent tobacco... just accentuates the huge loss pipe smokers will feel once McClelland products are scarce.
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