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McClelland's Organic Flake

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  1. onepyrotec

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    I purchased a tin of McClelland's Organic Flake in '02 on a whim never having tried it.

    The tin is still sealed...I'm looking for opinions of those who have some, or have had it.

    Should I let it age any longer or will more age even be worth while

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. shaintiques

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    I haven't smoked it, but the reviews make it sound tasty, and rare. Here is the link http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend_detail.cfm?ALPHA=O&TID=1818

    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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    I've enjoyed a couple tins and cellared a few more of C&D's brief offering of Sun Butler's (Organic Smoke Inc.) collaboration, "Organic Pipe Dreams", which was grown with certified organic practices and treated only with organic agave, prune, and vanilla extracts to act as mold inhibitors. The McClelland product appears comparable, but I can only give you my impression of what I've tasted.
    First, it's an exceedingly subtle Virginia experience. The flavour is very light, very mildly sweet, and very close to smoking "raw" tobacco--i.e., unprocessed leaf--without the bitterness. If you're a fan of Virginias, have several in your rotation, and are accustomed to smoking very slowly and contemplatively, then you will surely enjoy it. You will also want to smoke through the tin within a week or two at the most; due to the absence of chemical inhibitors, it will mold. Eleven years in the tin will have aged it wonderfully, and I doubt you could make it bite if you gave it a set of false teeth--but again, to really experience the subtlety of flavour, you will want to smoke it as slowly as possible. If you're not as acclimated to Virginia smoking, keep it set aside until you feel up to the challenge, as again it will produce mold within a short time after opening. Enjoy the hell out of it, share it with a friend.

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    Thanks for the input, I had no idea about the possibility of mold after a couple weeks of opening the tin. since I don't smoke my pipes enough right now to finish the tin in two weeks, I think it is best to not open it at this time.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I think it is best to not open it at this time.

    Good advice from Romeo here. It's a 10 Yr. old virginia, and a relatively rare one at that, it will only get better with age.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Virginia tobacco ages well. However, if you have a tin that is 11 years old I would open the tin since a year or two more will not necessarily make it appreciably better.

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    if you have a tin that is 11 years old I would open the tin since a year or two more will not necessarily make it appreciably better.

    Very true, but it won't get any worse, either. According to Greg Pease, the marked improvements in unopened sealed tins or jars of virginia blends occur at 6 mos.-1yr., 2 yrs., 5 yrs., 10 yrs., 20 yrs., 30 yrs.

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