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jamesc

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Jun 15, 2015
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Hi Everyone,
I am late to the game and just found out the news today of McClellands.
I started smoking cigars in 2010 and started my pipe journey in 2015.

The first pipe tobacco I ever had was Frog Morton on the Town.

The first pipe tobacco I fell in love with was McClelland No. 24.
Although I smoke mainly cigars I enjoy 1 bowl every month as a change of pace.

In my short journey I've sampled about 50 different blends and began selling off those I did not like.

My plan for 2018 was to whittle down my cellar to a few blends that I enjoyed and sample a new tin every few months.
Sadly my plans will be exponentially harder because of my preference for McClelland blends.

With my smoking pace of 1 bowl a moth I anticipate my McClelland stock to only last 30 years (I am in my 20's).
I know there are many other top quality blends from other makers and I know folks that hate that ketchup twang but McClellaand will always be my first love.
Condolences to new and future smokers who have not been able to sample anything McClelland.

My cabinet is open to anyone in Hawaii who has yet to try a McClelland blend.
Aloha,

James

 

mojoe

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Jan 6, 2015
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Kansas City
I was late to the game as well......found out a couple days ago. In 2015 when I started my pipe journey, I ordered 1 tin each of the Frog Mortons.....they are stored in small mason jars as we speak (tins are displayed in my hall).

 

mikefu

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Mar 28, 2018
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Colorado Springs
McLelland number 12 was my first love, followed by Dark Star, and then many of their Straight Virginia’s and Orientals. I’ve tried lots of Va’s, and nothing else has that much loved catchup-y twang. But I’d found myself smoking fewer and fewer of them as my tastes matured, so I have a good cellar on them also. I look forward to cracking them open for special occasions and remembering. Next time I’m in Hawaii, or you’re in CO, lets fire some up!

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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McClelland was a great blender of Virginia's to be sure, but don't let you put that off trying other blenders.

 

tnfan

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Jan 9, 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
I was also unaware of their demise until about 4 weeks ago. I basically took a hiatus from pipes and pipe tobacco almost 3years ago. Very sad but understandable. Unfortunately I did not have a lot of their tobacco cellared. Not the end of the world though. Still some excellent tobacco out there.

 

robcapp

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Dec 8, 2017
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Massachusetts
Join Pipestuds mailing list.

Once a week a small quantity becomes available for purchase. Due to time zones I have never managed to get any (all sold before I wake up in the morning)... But there is often a great range, at fair pricing.

 

theloniousmonkfish

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Jan 1, 2017
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Just opened this tin of Beacon when the sun finally showed up, down to two in reserve. They were summer blends for me, I smoke smaller bowls of what's left now.






 

jamesc

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Jun 15, 2015
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Thanks for the tips everyone.
I during early 2015 I was buying tins left and right not giving a rip who blended what or how rare anything was.

I naturally fell into my cellar being mostly McClelland.
Some good non McClelland tobaccos I enjoy are Solani & Peter Stokkebye.
I agree not the end of the world but end of a special era.

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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Ahh 2015, the good old days!
There's a number of good threads about what happened with McClelland if you are so inclined.

 

mackeson

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Mar 29, 2016
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Christmas Cheer 2004 (smoked in'06) was the first tobacco to teach me the magic of a straight VA tobacco. I became enamored with their VA tobaccos after that.

 
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