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Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

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Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby ewlewis » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:46 am

Alright guys, can you believe it is already December. Anyway I cracked this tin about a week ago and I just now think I figured my preferred smoking method. Now I can get into what I like about it. Happy puffing and I hope we get a lot of feed back. Also, given the limited availability any discussion on the series (not just this years vintage) is welcome.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby jwh891 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:09 am

I plan on cracking my tin and having my first smoke tomorrow. I have been really looking forward to this for a couple of months now :D
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby jwh891 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:41 am

I am on my second bowl of this tobacco right now and I must say I love it. I am partial to Virgina's and Virgina blends and I have to say this is one of my favorite. Something sweet and spicy about it, without the mouth tingling spiciness one associates with a Virgina Perique blend.

I do smell the ketchup whiff in the tin (only realized that was what I smelled after reading another post today) but I find that appetizing as I tend to put ketchup on most everything 8-)
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby Muddler » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:56 am

I had my first bowl of it yesterday. This is as good as McClelland Va gets! Outstanding! Probably the best CC I've tried.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby TxChef77 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:38 pm

I will preface this with I am much more of a burley than a virginia smoker and I have only smoked 1 bowl of this so far, but I'm not sure this is my cup of tea. It was ok, but in no way was it something that I really found enjoyable. I will give it at least 2 more tries before giving a recommendation on it though.

Any recommendations on how to pull the best out of this blend?
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby ewlewis » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:13 pm

i have come to enjoy drying this blend out completely and then rubbing it out. To me this provides the best smoke. When I roll out I stll leave it chunky in order to retain some of that slow burn rate.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby TxChef77 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:56 pm

Take 2 went worse than take 1. LOL I let it dry out a good deal, then rubbed it out sort of chunky as suggested. It certainly burned better, but was still not a fan of the flavor. The GF has also decreed this one to be an outdoor smoke as she is not a fan of the aroma at all. I have another bowl set out to dry at the moment. I am going to either try cubing it up or rubbing it out fully to get as fine a thread as I can. My first go round was just rubbing it out well but straight from the tin, so I have tried that as well.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby Wawalsh » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:10 pm

I purchased three tins of this tobacco a few months back and enjoyed the first bowl so much I ordered ten more to cellar. i recently opened a new tin and decided to coarsely rub out the entire tin. I don't know if it was that or the couple of extra moths of maturation but this tin is fabulous. I don't let it dry out more than 10 minutes and load it as a medium rub out. This could easily be an everyday smoke for me. Puff easy or it could burn hot.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby TxChef77 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:16 pm

Had try 3 last night. It burned almost picture perfect cubing it up, but still was a very meh tobacco for me flavor wise.

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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby BrCuthbert » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:51 am

I'm a relative new comer to VA blends. But I have to say I was disappointed by this blend. It has a full VA flavor but none of the sweetness that is touted on the label or that I have come to expect from aged VA. Since it says the tobacco in the 2011 blend was harvested in 2007, I guess I was expecting a little more of the sweetness to come through. I do like its long burning characteristic a small bowl can last me for 30 min or so. Not one to be easily shaken, I bought another tin to put in the cellar for 3-4 years to see if it improves.

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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby SmokinFool » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:33 pm

BrCuthbert wrote:I'm a relative new comer to VA blends. But I have to say I was disappointed by this blend. It has a full VA flavor but none of the sweetness that is touted on the label or that I have come to expect from aged VA. Since it says the tobacco in the 2011 blend was harvested in 2007, I guess I was expecting a little more of the sweetness to come through. I do like its long burning characteristic a small bowl can last me for 30 min or so. Not one to be easily shaken, I bought another tin to put in the cellar for 3-4 years to see if it improves.

Cheers,

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You've got the right idea, aging it a bit. I bought a couple tins of CC 2011, but they went directly into the cellar. I am currently smoking through a tin of 2007 vintage, and it's fantastic, at least to me. Aging it does make for a sweeter flavor.
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Re: Dec: McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011

Postby RobD » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:00 am

[quote="Muddler"]I had my first bowl of it yesterday. This is as good as McClelland Va gets! Outstanding! Probably the best CC I've tried.[/quote]

My favorites have been 1994, 1997 and 2001. I have almost a complete date set of CC. Love it. Always have a tin open. Years ago, when I found a tobacco I liked I bought a few tins, smoked one and put the rest away. When I needed a tin to open, I opened the newer stuff. Now, nearing 70, I'm working from the oldest tins forward. I have "enough to last." Loving' it!!

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