McClelland's Grand Orientals Tinned Tobacco

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misterrogers

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May 16, 2011
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Recently, an unopened tin of McClelland Grand Orientals Smyrna No. 1 came into my possession. At the moment, I am unwilling to open it, due to the fact that I already have several tins open and not enough time to smoke. I have no doubts that the blend is good, seeing as McClelland blends are among my favorites.
Does anyone smoke these on a regular basis? Besides seeing it at the local B&M and websites, I have never met anyone who has smoked it.

 

romeowood

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hm, good to know marmalade. what are your impressions of the katerini and the yenidje, both the highland & the supreme? they're looking at me all puppy-dog-eyed like they want to be on my next order.... 8O

 

kcvet67

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Jul 6, 2010
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They're all great. If you like rich flavored Orientals don't overlook the Oriental Mixtures (Green Label) and the Personal Reserve Series (Black Label). My current favorite is Bombay Court, it's a wonderful mix of flavors.

 

jayh

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I've always been surprised that aromatics are as popular as they are when orientals are so available. I never found aromatics to ever have the sweetness of a good oriental mixture.
Too many aromatics are so weak bodied and flavorless that I think beginners who start with smoke them too fast and hot to enjoy. That wouldnt be the case with a Samsun or symrna blend, and they would be sweeter.
Orientals are my suggested jumping off point and there's enough depth in some to make them life long favorites.

 

romeowood

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I just re-read my own review and had to open a tin...how's that for persuasive?

Seriously though, Thank you for the compliment, Lawrence--it's especially good to hear it from one who has smoked so much!

 

marmal4de

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Feb 20, 2011
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Romeo, the katerini is divine, sweet and mild, sometimes a bit spicy, and the yenidje is like sweet and sour sauce! Yenidje highlander is one of the tastier and more unique english blends I've tried.

 

moses

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Jan 12, 2013
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Bump! The Drama Reserve is wonderful! Yenidje Supreme was also quite tasty. I see more tins of this series in my future. :D

 

mirain

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Jan 5, 2011
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About two years ago I was looking for an alternative to the latakia blends I smoked daily. I've given virginia blends a try more than once and never really came to appreciate them. Somewhat disheartened I ventured into Orientals. What a pleasant surprise.
McClelland's Grand Oriental series are excellent. Among my favorites are Orient 999, Yenidje Supreme and Drama-Reserve. I have a tin of #12 and #14 (Green Label) waiting in the wings.
I've got to add that McClelland #2045 (bulk) is also a delicious Oriental.

 

northernneil

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I am slowly collecting the tins in this series. I have tried the yenidje highland and throughly enjoyed it. And I just purchased a tin of classic samsun that was tinned on 2007. Really looking forward to dipping into that one!

 

thedudeabides

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Sep 6, 2013
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I really like Yenidje Highlander (with Latakia), and Drama Reserve provides a really unique smoke with some sweet olive oil notes. When I had a chance to speak with the blender at a pipe show (which was a real treat), he recommended the Drama to me and it was indeed an enjoyable departure from my typical Balkan or English mixtures. It did need a bit of dry time, but worth a try in my opinion.

 

fitzy

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The Smyrna #1 is good but my favorite is definitely Yenidje highlander. It's awesome. I can't wait to try the others.