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bannyc9

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Apr 1, 2018
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Transitioning from cigar to pipe and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Reading forums such as this one and articles elsewhere, much as been said about McClelland and Dunhill tobaccos - amazing reviews all around. Did I miss out on enjoying these before I even started? After reading about McClelland's in particular, many of them sound like I would love to give them a try. Any suggestions on getting my hands on some or some other brands I should try that you would suggest?

 

chasingembers

Preferred Member
Nov 12, 2014
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Yep, McClelland is gone, and the Dunhill blends on the market are all that's left. Buy while you can.

 

jaytex969

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Jun 6, 2017
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There are plenty of blends to enjoy beyond these two producers.
If you don't try them, you'll never miss them.
Pipes & Cigar's deal of the month is buy two, get one free on the Hearth & Home tins.
The evil genius behind those blends is a virtual friend of the forum and a well respected blender.
I recommend you read over them and pick 3 different styles to try.
https://www.pipesandcigars.com/p/hearth-home-buy-2-get-1-free/2010833/
Report back here with your findings, as we all live vicariously through the posts of others and we love watching the slow, grinding process of a new biped being sucked down the same rabbit hole.... :nana:
And, welcome to the forum!

EDIT: And hurry up! There's way more blends sold out today than when I last looked yesterday...

 

echambers

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Nov 21, 2017
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Did I miss out on enjoying these before I even started?
I made the switch a few months before you -- just by luck I managed to order a couple Frog Morton Cellar before they stopped production. I've opened one tin and have 2 more in my cellar. But like others have said, there is a lot of tobacco out there and I'm not going to regret something I've never had.
Welcome to the forum, by the way!

 

d4k23

Senior Member
Mar 6, 2018
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I felt the same way when I started, then I met GL Pease, Rattrays, Hearth and Home, Peter Stokkebye...this list goes on.
Just prepare yourself for your emergency funds to take a back seat while you start your collecting. Even the tobacco I smoked and didn't like right away, I would go back to it after some time and get a different experience (usually better).
Smoke slow and enjoy what you smoke! Welcome to the forums!

 

jaytex969

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Jun 6, 2017
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Alternative to my previous suggestion. If you're a bit of a gambler with the selections and want to save a few bucks, fellow forum member woopigpiper is selling 8-tin sample packs of H&H blends for pretty cheap (2 each of 4 different blends):
Click HERE


 

warren

Preferred Member
Sep 13, 2013
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Blends have been coming and going for generations. Only Jim Inks has tried them all, he must be nearing 200 years old. :worship: Jaytex is right, if you've never tried 'em, you won't miss 'em.

 

maker

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Mar 22, 2018
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I just got into pipes this year. I get the impression that the days of great USA grown pipe tobacco is waning so get it while you can.

 

seacaptain

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Apr 24, 2015
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You didn't miss out if you have enough money. :)
My three favorite companies, Dunhill, McClelland, and Wessex. So, imagine how I feel. :cry:

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Not really. There are at least a half dozen good American blenders. And US blenders employ some leaf from outside the US, and European blenders use much tobacco from the US

 

curl

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Apr 29, 2014
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There’s plenty of Mcclelland blends available, just not retail.

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Dunhill is still available until current stock sells out, so buy it while you can. McClelland can be found at about 5 times retail. There are a lot of other blends available that are terrific, like those from GL Pease, Hearth & Home, C&D, Wilke, HU, Mac Baren, Fribourg and Treyer, Germain's, Samuel Gawith, Gawith and Hoggarth, Peter Stokkebye, Rattray's, Solani, Wessex, Peretti, and more. McClelland produced a high quality tobacco, especially their Virginias, that many adored. But no one blender gets universal approval. Many didn't like McClelland blends, citing them as being rather one dimensional. I like McClelland Red Virginias and some of their other blends, but no more than blends made by the other brands cited above. Different blenders have different styles, something for everyone.

 

seacaptain

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Apr 24, 2015
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There are a lot of other blends available that are terrific, like those from GL Pease, Hearth & Home, C&D, Wilke, HU, Mac Baren, Fribourg and Treyer, Germain's, Samuel Gawith, Gawith and Hoggarth, Peter Stokkebye, Rattray's, Solani, Wessex, Peretti, and more.
Yeah.... but let's not kid ourselves. They're not McClelland. Except maybe Wessex. :)

 

cortezattic

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Nov 19, 2009
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Of late, the forums have been flooded with threads extolling the virtues of McClelland blends, and bemoaning the marque's demise. But I think this was the result of selection bias, wherein those who loved the blends contributed most of such posts. Those who don't think McClelland was all that good just remained silent -- conceding the site's bandwidth to the fans.
IMO, you didn't miss all that much -- unless you're into tobacco that smells and tastes like ketchup, literally! (Even exalting reviewers would invariably add that the ketchup essence "doesn't translate into the taste", or "dissipates quickly", or some other ameliorative comment.) For sure, it was quality tobacco, but don't rue your late entry into the pastime. There are a lot of blends available that the silent majority hold in higher esteem.

 

bannyc9

Junior Member
Apr 1, 2018
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Thanks all. As you all know, the amount that comes at you when you first start smoking pipes can be daunting - from the plethora of pipe makers to the never ending list of tobacco brands and blends. There is an amazing amount of variables and honestly I think this is what is making the start of the this journey so enjoyable. It was reassuring to know "newbies" can come to a forum such as this fine one and research/ get answers/ learn from years of experience.
Cheers!

 

elvergun

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Oct 21, 2017
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Those who don't think McClelland was all that good just remained silent
I don't think that there are many members who think that McClelland is/was not that good. Almost everything they made was good. Whether you like McClelland blends or not is a different story...but you can't deny that they made very good blends.
Nine out of ten dentists agree that McClelland Virginias are some (if not the best) blends that were ever produced.

 
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