McClelland Christmas Cheer 2014

Handblended, premium pressed Virginia flake pipe tobaccos. A fine vintage, naturally sweet, in limited quantity.
Notes: From tin insert: We are proud to offer our 2014 Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco, an exceptionally fine vintage tobacco, hand blended and aged in pressed cakes to develop natural mellowness. This 2014 blend is made with a special selection of red flue-cured Virginia from an outstanding 2009 crop near Snow Hill, North Carolina. Superb sun-dappled leaf picked at peak ripeness, it is high in natural sugars, rich in oils. It should age extremely well in the tin. Each buying session, we look for tobaccos of exceptional quality and distinctive character. In various combinations their flavors, aromas, textures contribute to the overall excellence of all our products. The leaves of different crops and regions are combined to maintain consistency from year to year. With Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco, we treat our discriminating customers to the singular pleasure of a tasting of the very finest in tobaccos of a particular vintage, not worrying about maintaining the flavor and appearance of this product into future years but actually striving instead to present the unique character of a single crop and area. That's what Christmas Cheer pipe tobacco is all about. Happy sampling!


Brand McClelland
Blended By McClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured By McClelland Tobacco Company
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 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

3.47 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 20, 2014 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant
I received my shipment of this tobacco with high hopes that it would live up to the reputation of it/s predecessors. Being a Va lover, I was extremely delighted upon the ketchup tin note once I cracked open the lid. The presentation of the tobacco inside the tin is astounding and a sight to behold.

On with the fire, this blend lacked the initial sweetness that it's predecessors are well known for. I find that it has a more fuller body. I tried to give the blend several attempts in several different pipes. The sweetness yet remains to be found.

Perhaps I am foolish in hoping that a fresh tin would yield the exquisite smoking experience that I longed yielded for. I shall despair not and stash this blend in the cellar and revisit it at a much later period within my lifetime.

Thankfully within the same order, I have received GL Pease's JackKnife which at this point is turning out to be one of the sweetest Va blends I have tasted. As it is now, sadly I have to see this blend as Christmas Boo 2014..
Pipe Used: Various - briars and cobs
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 19, 2015 Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant
Oh the annual Christmas blends. Love them or hate them, you have to try them.

I purchased this tin through Smoking pipes and couldn't have been happier with the presentation. The tin itself and its contents look amazing. I am one of those people who get a childlike euphoria when preparing to pop open the tin. It reminds me of when I was a child and I tore open my Christmas presents expectantly on Christmas morning. I usually purchase tobacco in bulk so when I do get a tin it's something special for me.

Upon opening the tin, I got just as excited as I had mentioned. The fragrance of the tobacco is mild but sweet. The smell truly does remind me of Christmas. Unfortunately, This is about where my excitement ended.

The tobacco itself is broken cut. Now to be fair, this is in the description of the product, but to me it seems like more of a lazy pain than a good way to prepare and preserve the tobacco. I am one to get frustrated with plug. It usually seems more trouble than it is worth. In this case I did my best to step beyond this and try to enjoy the smoke. I took the entire tin and rubbed the tobacco until it was loose and ready to smoke.

I packed a bowl in my Karl Erik pipe and lit it up as I normally do. Unfortunately again I was disappointed. The flavor was not as I had expected. It did have subtle flavoring and wasn't overpowering but it no longer reminded me of a Christmas blend. A good word to describe it would be "boring." The blend lacks the complexity of a solid smoke. The notes were too subtle for a Christmas blend and as a whole they were underwhelming. Overall, this tobacco is worth a smoke but maybe not worth smoking the entire tin.
Pipe Used: Karl Erik and Nording Freehands
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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