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Jim's McClelland 40th Anniversary Review.

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  1. jiminks

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    The tangy, ripe dark fruity, earthy, woody red Virginia takes a lead over the lighter Virginia, and also sports a little sugar. The light Virginia provides a bit of citrus, light grassiness, and a couple pinches of spice and a bare hint of floralness. The proportions of the Virginias vary from flake to flake, so there is a small inconsistency in how you will perceive the inherent flavors of the tobaccos. Having written that, it should be noted that they meld fairly well, and you’ll observe every nuance in every puff to one degree or another. There is a very slight hint of “vinegar” from the tobaccos that barely make their way into the experience, and very quickly disappears. Although this manufacture isn’t as deep in flavor as some other McClelland Virginia offerings, there’s a couple subtleties present that some of them lack. The nic-hit is just past the mild mark. The strength level is a couple steps shy of the center of mild to medium, while the taste almost reaches that threshold. No chance or bite or harshness exists here. The product is a little moist, but it needs no dry time. Burns cool, clean and a little slow as flakes tend to do, but they are easily broken apart to suit your packing preference. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste. Can easily be an all day smoke. Has great age potential. Three and a half stars out of four rounded up to four.

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    Sells fast. It was gone by the time I got back to smokingpipes and sold out at 4noggins while I was browsing to see if I wanted anything else. Go shopping with a quick trigger finger.

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    Have ten tins in my closet. May let them age for a few years before cracking one open.

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    I have not yet been able to get my hands on any.
    Is this a "one and done" release, or will it be released in waves, like Christmas Cheer was?

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    I don't know for sure, but I suspect more will make its way to the market. Just a hunch.

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    If its like their other anniversary blend, I'm sure more are on the way.

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    "Have ten tins in my closet. May let them age for a few years before cracking one open sending some to Sasquatch."

    Maybe the mods can fix up your typo, Embers.

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    My b & m had 2 in stock. I grabbed one. I'm in KC and the owner is great friends with mike mc Neil I figured if anyone had it they would Jims review is spot on as usual. In full disclosure Mc clelland has pretty much not made a blend I didn't like especially their virginias. You can tell this one is mc clelland with slight differences Jim noted but what stands out to me is how smooth, rounded, and melded it already is. I'm getting more I believe it will age unbelievably well.

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    @JimInks, thanks for the mighty fine review.

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    Thanks for the review. I have been waiting to see what you had to say.

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    I always want to see Jim's reviews on new offerings because his reviews are that good.


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    Thanks Jim for the review.

    How do you think they compare to the 2016 and 2017 Christmas Cheer tins that I missed out on?

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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    Fitzy: I have not tried the 2016 or 2017 Christmas Cheer, but the 40th Anni doesn't taste like any Christmas Cheer I ever smoked. It's a different blend.

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    OK thanks Jim.

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    @fitzy, missing out in CC 2016 and 2017 is your choice.
    iwan Ries has both

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    Thanks Geezer.

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    As I posted in a related thread...

    A great big THANK YOU to zitotczito for supplying Jim with a tin to review.
    ...Not that Tim couldn't have reviewed it very capably himself, but rather, recognizing that Jim is sort of a benchmark reviewer.

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    Yes, I owe Tim for the chance to smoke the blend. My TAD was murdered in Chicago by my PAD.

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    Jim,

    Can you compare it to the "typical" Christmas Cheer? That is, what makes you say it's unlike any Christmas Cheer? Where do you sense the difference?

    Thanks as always!

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    Generally, Christmas Cheer has a higher spice content (not that it has a high one to begin with), a little deeper red Va. flavor, and the "barbecue" essence. The 40th Anni is a gentler smoke with different flavor nuances and has a tad more wood. You'd never mistake one for the other.

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    Thank you!

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    You are very welcome.

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    Good Review.

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    damn, that sounds like a tempting blend! Excellent review, as usual Jim.

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    This is a terrific tobacco! Happy I stocked up!

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    Wow that went pretty fast. Guess I will have to check my B&M and keep my fingers crossed, I would love to cellar a few of those babies, along with the past few christmas cheers I'm aging.. Enjoy!!

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    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
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    Hi Jim.

    Question: You write "The nic-hit is just past the mild mark. The strength level is a couple steps shy of the center of mild to medium, while the taste almost reaches that threshold."

    1. How does strength differ from nicotine?
    2. How does strength differ from taste?
    3. In short, would you write your definitions for these words?

    Trying to understand more about your fab reviews.

    Mike

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    Think of it in terms of beer. You can have a low alcohol content beer with a deep taste, or you can have a high alcohol content beer that is weak in flavor. You can get a head rush from a blend with strong Virginias, but that doesn't necessarily mean the tobacco has a high nicotine content. And by the same token, the richness of the flavor may not match the strength of the nicotine.

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    I don't mean to be a pest about this, and unless the discussion prospers, I will bow out.

    In my lexicon only two words, in general, describe tobacco, body or nicotine and taste, both of which you use. So to me the examples of the strong VAs that cause a head rush can only be from the nicotine, but you say it isn't so. Thus in this example lives the third term "strength," which I find elusive.

    I appreciate the education.

    Mike

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    If the tobacco has a strength beyond the nic-hit - and I am not referring to flavor here - then it deserves a separate mention. For example earthiness from a tobacco like FVF can add strength, but not necessarily a lot of nicotine as FVF's nicotine level is a step or two below mild to medium, while the strength level is mild to medium. Can't explain any better than I have in the last two posts.

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    I think the difficulty is that you can taste and describe tobacco in a way I cannot. Thank you for your replies. Mike

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    Great review, JimInks. Even before joining this forum I've loved catching up on your reviews on the TR. On the tobacco, I really really was surprised by this blend and enjoyed it immensely. It has real complexity in the flavor that went beyond a simple straight VA. I hope McC continues to make it for us all.

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    Woop: thanks for the kind words. Yes, this blend is not a limited edition, so when it sells out, more will be on the way.

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    Smoking pipes had some earlier today. 6/13.

    Great review Sir I for sure have enjoyed reading them.

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    Great review. By the way, there is some available today on smokingpipes, in case anyone is looking for it.

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    The crazy has died down will likely be in stock more often.

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    My two tins has finally arrived, but I think I'll let it age for a bit.

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    Thanks for the review Jim, I am going to wait for about 5 years plus to open my tins, upon which time you may need to review again with an aged tin, strictly for academic purposes.

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    In all seriousness, this stuff is incredibly good fresh, too. I can promise it is worth opening one of those tins now.

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    this stuff is incredibly good fresh, too.

    Thanks for the advice I may have to do that.

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    Finally managed to snap a tin. I got to smell it in Chicago and it smelled wonderful in the tin, but forgot to get some while there. Can't wait to fire up a bowl later today.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Smokingpipes website just got in something like 520 tins. I smoked this yesterday for the first time from a small sample and really enjoyed it, and am already thinking about abandoning my plans of waiting for the next IPSD to place my next SP tobacco order in hopes of getting 10% off, and just buying some more today. I should probably smoke a couple more bowls, but it seemed really good yesterday!

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    Verified! SP.com has it in stock! I was ordering something else to cellar and snagged one. Gonna hold on to that tin for a while as well.

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    My tins remain untouched, and safely hibernating in the back of my closet.

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