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Where to go from here...

Post by Hovannes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:07 am

McClelland made many of my favorite blends.
They make so many blends that I've only scratched the surface exploring them all.
Now that train has left the station---so what now?

My interest in OTC geezer blends has waned long ago---too much PG(or is it C?) and The Prince, which I tolerate for cake building, seems to have changed recently and it's very hard to find in my neck of the woods anyway. I've replaced the Prince with PS cube cut for the cake building role.

I've always kept few Peter Stokebbye blends in my quiver, but even that has been diminished with the discontinuation of Cherry Bon bon.
C&D/Capt. Earle/Pease make quite a number of blends I've yet to tap into so I'll probably set a course in that direction.
The Brits are a possibility as well---I find Squadron Leader almost as enjoyable of the Frog---but I'm suspicious of the supply chain from the UK.

I'm not all that keen on experimenting though. I appreciate consistency when I get the opportunity to fire up.
But it needs to be done. It might as well be fun.

Which direction(s) are you headed, tobacco-wise?

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Re: Where to go from here...

Post by coco » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:22 am

Step one: Be thankful to God that we have so many blends available to us in the present marketplace.
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Re: Where to go from here...

Post by Hovannes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:27 am

coco wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:22 am
Step one: Be thankful to God that we have so many blends available to us in the present marketplace.
Amen!

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Post by Goose55 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:53 am

'Ol Rusty had told me about G.L. Pease's Fog City Selection Red Virginias and I have been revisiting them lately. For those that loved McClelland's sweet & sour tang GLP Embarcadero is worthy of trying.Has some Izmir Oriental in it with a Perique like flavor.
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Re: Where to go from here...

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 am

Which were your favorite McClelland? I’d bet for every memorable McClelland there is something close from Pease or C&D.


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Post by Joshoowah » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:09 am

Dive into Please and Captain Earle's. Another highly underrated one is Robert Lewis, though they are blended overseas. Two Friends has a couple of nice ones. Seattle Pipe Club stuff is great, if you like Englishes. Then, of course, there us Mac Baren. It all depends on your tastes.
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Post by sweetandsour » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:48 am

I'm making my smoking more and more a hobby, rather than a habit. For pipes and cigars both. Drinking, also, btw, although I was pretty much a tea totaller already anyway.
I probably have 20 or so, or more, tins of various McCs, and I'm planning for them to last a good while. No more all day smokes for me. It'll be fun, though, trying various samples of alternates, and comparing to my old favorites.
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Re: Where to go from here...

Post by Del » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:32 pm

JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 am
Which were your favorite McClelland? I’d bet for every memorable McClelland there is something close from Pease or C&D.
I am looking for anything that can satisfy like:

No. 5100, Red Virginia cake
No. 2010, Classic Virginia
No. 2015, Virginia & Perique
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Post by John-Boy » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:55 pm

Del wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:32 pm
JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 am
Which were your favorite McClelland? I’d bet for every memorable McClelland there is something close from Pease or C&D.
I am looking for anything that can satisfy like:

No. 5100, Red Virginia cake
No. 2010, Classic Virginia
No. 2015, Virginia & Perique
and 5110
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Post by Del » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:52 pm

John-Boy wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:55 pm
Del wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:32 pm
JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 am
Which were your favorite McClelland? I’d bet for every memorable McClelland there is something close from Pease or C&D.
I am looking for anything that can satisfy like:

No. 5100, Red Virginia cake
No. 2010, Classic Virginia
No. 2015, Virginia & Perique
and 5110
Latakia doesn't do much for me, so it's not on my list. I reckon there are plenty of wonderful latakia blends -- Greg Pease has some of the best.
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Post by Steve S » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:05 pm

My local brick-and-mortar shop has pipe tobacco in jars that they sell by the ounce. I have no idea who makes it, but a couple of their blends aren't bad. A couple are somewhat similar to McClelland blends I've enjoyed in the past. They're not quite McClelland-quality, but perfectly smokable. I figure this is a good opportunity to support my local store, since I can't get what I want online anymore.

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Re: Where to go from here...

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:13 pm

Del wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:55 pm
Del wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:32 pm
JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 am
Which were your favorite McClelland? I’d bet for every memorable McClelland there is something close from Pease or C&D.
I am looking for anything that can satisfy like:

No. 5100, Red Virginia cake
No. 2010, Classic Virginia
No. 2015, Virginia & Perique
and 5110
Latakia doesn't do much for me, so it's not on my list. I reckon there are plenty of wonderful latakia blends -- Greg Pease has some of the best.
His Stratford is good stuff, embarcadero, Telegraph Hill, there’s more but those stick out to me, and of course for a straight VA it’s hard to beat U***n Square, but it needs a year or two in the cellar for me.


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