McClelland Crop Problems

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McClelland Crop Problems

Post by coco » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:23 pm

We are contacting you regarding your order for McClelland pipe tobacco. The manufacturer has reported that a recent crop needed for a number of their blends was not up to their standards. Until they have a new crop that meets their expectations and prepare it, they will not be producing or taking orders for the affected blends.

As such, backorders for the following McClelland products cannot be filled, and any that have stock left will not be replenished in the foreseeable future:

East Carolina Ribbon
Club Old Dog
Blakeney’s Bayou Slice
Tudor Castle
Avenue AM
Avenue McRaspberry
Avenue Blend Nutty Hazel
Avenue Blend TG-3
No. 5100 Red Cake
No. 5110 Dark English
M27 Three Cherries
M55 Georgian Cream
M58 Apricot Brandy
M95 Dark Cherry Cordial
No. 2015 Virginia Flake
No. 2030 No. 1 Grade Balkan
No. 2035 Dark Navy Flake
No. 400 Crème Caramel
Three Oaks Original
Legends
Mellow Mack
Cigar Blends Dominican Glory
Balkan Beauty
Grand Orientals – Yenice Agonya
St. James Woods

Since we do not charge until product is shipping out to you, there is nothing to refund, and you would have only seen the initial authorization when the order was placed.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We would also love to see these blends come in again, but, until more is being made, our hands are tied. Until then, there are still many other great McClelland blends in stock right now to choose from.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Jester » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:29 pm

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by durangopipe » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:15 pm

:sob:

Looked over the list and decided to increase my stash of Tudor Castle and St. James Woods. TC appears to be gone already, but I was able order three more tins of SJW.

I suspect I already have enough tobacco cellared to last me for at least a decade, probably more. I should be well into my 80s before my currently cellared stock starts to get thin, but news like this makes you wonder what the future holds.

I expect the aromatics I smoke at work will be available for a good long time to come and I don’t get more than a pound of them at a time. If it disappears,the folks at work will just have to get used to pipe tobacco.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by durangopipe » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:31 pm

Update:

I found some Tudor Castle at Just for Him and ordered 3 tins.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Goose55 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:07 pm

Tudor Castle
No. 5100 Red Cake
No. 2015 Virginia Flake
St. James Woods

Glad I stocked up on these when I did. I see Aurora isn't lsited, so glad i can get me some more of that.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by JimVH » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:40 pm

Looks like my frivolous tobacco hoarding may pay off a little.

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by SlowToke » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:11 pm

The impetus for this order:
SlowToke wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:01 am
A small order consisting of the following:

5 tins of McClelland's Virginia #24
5 tins of McClelland's Virginia #27
5 tins of McClelland's Blackwoods Flake
20 tins of McClelland's 40th Anniversary
2 lbs of McClelland's 5100
2 lbs of Dan's DaVinci
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Del » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:33 pm

A world without 5100?

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Irish-Dane » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:52 am

I have a few of these in my cellar, but I rarely smoke them. Looks like I'll be having a tobacco sale next year.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Jester » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:56 am

DepartedLight wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:22 pm
Jester wrote:
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by hugodrax » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:18 am

Jester wrote:
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by durangopipe » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:55 am

Well, even though it wasn’t on the list, I just ordered 3 more tins of #24.
I think I can now officially qualify as a hoarder.

Once the house empties out, I may well take a tobacco inventory; then, I'll also move into the ranks of the OCDed.
If I get hit by a bus or a meteor tomorrow, my grandkids’ college will likely be covered by my wife selling the tobacco.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by plainview » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:42 pm

Is a definitive list of all of the threatened McClelland blends available?

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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by coco » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:36 pm

I'm guessing here, but the problem may have been related to tomato spotted wilt in Southeastern crops, though it appears that tobacco production as a whole was not too bad here in the States.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by coco » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:52 am

plainview wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:42 pm
Is a definitive list of all of the threatened McClelland blends available?
My list is just for stuff that is presently backordered and will not be produced again soon. The list appears to me to involve U.S.-produced Virginias as a commonality (both red and yellow). Given that much of McClelland's catalog includes some kind of U.S. Virginia, I suspect that much of the rest of their tobaccos may be limited to available stock. I couldn't find any kind of announcement on their website.

Perhaps I am just being a doom-and-gloom prophet. Feel free to correct me.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by JimVH » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:56 am

coco wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:52 am
plainview wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:42 pm
Is a definitive list of all of the threatened McClelland blends available?
My list is just for stuff that is presently backordered and will not be produced again soon. The list appears to me to involve U.S.-produced Virginias as a commonality (both red and yellow). Given that much of McClelland's catalog includes some kind of U.S. Virginia, I suspect that much of the rest of their tobaccos may be limited to available stock. I couldn't find any kind of announcement on their website.

Perhaps I am just being a doom-and-gloom prophet. Feel free to correct me.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by SlowToke » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:53 am

I have a bad feeling that they will not survive this turn of events. Think about it. What company could survive loss of, what, 75% of their product with no foreseeable return of that product? The monthly bills are not going to stop coming in until they get their Va's back.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by durangopipe » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:58 am

If this situation is the result of crop failure, would it not also be a problem for other pipe tobacco companies? :confused:

I’m wondering why this situation is limited to McClelland and whether we should be concerned that other tobacco companies will experience the same problem.
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Re: McClelland Crop Problems

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:09 pm

SlowToke wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:53 am
I have a bad feeling that they will not survive this turn of events. Think about it. What company could survive loss of, what, 75% of their product with no foreseeable return of that product? The monthly bills are not going to stop coming in until they get their Va's back.
They'll be fine. They'll just have to lay some folk off. They have too great a name, product,and reputation.
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