McClelland No. 27

An excellent all day, indoor smoke. This beautiful orange/red, shag cut cake has a mellow flavor and a light subtle aroma with a smooth and toasty character.


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


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

Average Rating

3.25 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 14, 2011 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable
Wow look at all these 4 star reviews on not one person commented on the effervesant of the open tin.

What nobody else has noted is this is no ordinary Virginia. Its a matured virginian as per McClellands own claim. My Tin was produce in 06 so its been aging for 5 years now. I'd say thats enuff time for a tobacco. We're not talking wine here. We're talking about a weed. Matured Virginias are typically acidic to a degree. This bland goes over that degree to the point of being rude about it.

Tin effervesant was wild. From what many have observed The Acidic tone is strong from the can and normal for this Brand Name. That being said I also took this tin to 3 other people to get the nose opions as well because I thought mine had failed me.

a total of 4 people agreed this aroma from the tin immediatly reminded them of old wet hay in a barn knowing full well they were' sampling a pipe tobacco. Add a bunch of animals peeing all over that hay and you add the acidic aroma to this element and you have a pretty accurate description of the tin aroma. It will come close to giving your nose a good tang!

Doesn't light up well so air it out for a few hours after rubbing it out. Then it lights fine and doesn't burn hot at all. In fact it burns very light and gives you a nice cool smoke. I wish a few of my fav's would burn this way so I wouldn't have to be so carefull with them.

The room note is tolerable at best. But not strong. It's intensity is a mild one. There's nothing pleasant about it but it's not terrable. In public you might get a few discouraging looks.

After getting half way through the bowl I dedected the acid taste from the tin. But its ever so slight enough and yet reminds you thats its there. You have to actually look for it.

ON the tongue the flavoring is deep and mellow and very very mild. Almost undiscernable at first and builds itself up to a mild range. It has a nutty burl feel to it and a mild smokey side as well.

There is no added casing or chemical toppings to this. The flavor comes from the curing process to the age of the cure. I swear they basted the toby in its own juices while the toasted the leaf. and pressed it into the cake and aged it. A byproduct of slow state of decomposition would be the acidic amonia event you'll find when opening the tin. Some refer to this aroma as beeing very vinegar like. Same thing. Its an acid produced from a cause in the curing process.

Take a small chunk and put it in yer mouth and there will be a flavor explosion that will tell you exactly what the mild version of the smoke will be like. Even if 50 percent of smell is taste then your in for a shocker. It tastes just like it smells.

And it tastes just like it came off the floor of the barn after 50 cows walked through it.

Having doubts I repeated this process. 3 days 3 bowls same results. Very dissapointing indeed.

My apollogies to fans of this. I'm sure you like it. I think you're being overly ecclectic though. McClelland can do better that this. They did in fact.

I cannot reccomend the Mature #27 at this time. Instead pass it up for whats in the tin marked Virginia Woods.

*Note* effervesant= tingles and tickles
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 14, 2014 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong
Very good quality tobaccos. I don't seem to understand the McClelland's offerings. To me this one is very close to Virginia Woods but with a bit more present taste of tobacco. Not my cup of tea. 1.5 star.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 24, 2009 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I've smoked quite a bit of this over the years. It has a great flavor. That said, it is not what I would call an easy smoke. It can be a bear to light without getting torched, and keeping it lit is also a problem. It is a real mouth burner if you are not REAL careful. The flavor is great - I'm just not sure it is worth the bother. There are many good virginias out there that are way less troublesome. I really don't care how it ages - let the blender age it. I would rather age some dollar bills in a Ball jar and buy a better tobacco that can be smoked today!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 25, 2008 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
If VA's are your thing then this might be one to try out. I write this review only because I finished the tin. So, a caveat to straight VA lovers, take my review with a bucket of salt. I hesitate to give my opinion but since I did finish the tin (on its own, no mixing), so I figure I've earned the right.

For me, this stuff was one-dimensional, bland, and sweet to the point of distraction. Every time I matched a bowl I was soon hoping it was over so I could load something I enjoyed. Crazy, I know. Why smoke something that doesn't agree with me? I guess I really, really wanted to like it... same as I wanted to like Dark Star; it just never happened.

I'll never smoke this again.

1 Star.
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