- Jul 6, 2013
- Reaction score
Sounds like great stuff. Btw, the packaging is beautiful in its simplicity.
Oh my, yes, better every time I smoke it....Blackhorse":6lns42vb said:Today...the classic McClelland Fragrant Matured Cake.
Manufacturer's notes: This is a really distinctive tobacco that will enable you to satisfy and upgrade many aromatic smokers who have been sacraficing cleaness of burning to obtain a sweet aroma.
Drums and Beer, whose tastes I've found nearly identical to mine, says...
"Fragrant Matured Cake is one that I have been enjoying quite a bit. The flavor has a delicate vanilla, coconut and clove taste and the smoke is somewhat sweet. At a slow sip it's gentle and creamy, when puffed more aggressively there's a touch of spice and a tasty bittersweet edginess tingles the senses. It's just as sweet as most quality aromatics only with more tobacco flavor and without any bite or chemical like off-flavors. Like most McClelland broken flakes it comes overly moist, firmly pressed and requires a thorough rubbing out and a good amount of dry time. All of this of course is well worth the effort. From top to bottom, this is a very enjoyable tobacco with a delicate flavoring that perfectly enhances with the naturally-sweet Virginia. Fragrant Matured Cake produces a pleasant room note that my wife continually compliments. An outstanding bulk blend that seems to only get better with age and it's also a great value."
My experience in the Cobbit Elf...(rapidly becoming one of my favorite pipes)...
Ahhh. A standard form McClelland broken VA Flake...Dark and rich...easy to work...good manners...edging up on the Brit fragrant flakes likely without intending to. Proof that an American maker can produce a lively stinky Flake of the highest quality and most delightful scenting. As I do with my beloved No. 7 Broken Flake or Glengarry, I took a nice pinch of the stuff and inserted it lightly into the bowl of my MM Cobbit Elf tamper it to fit, then topped it with some well rubbed to ease the lighting. Mine was not delivered damp and easily took a flame from my favorite...a silver Pearl Eddie...the world's only truly flawless lighter. This blend is nirvana in a bowl. Truly fine. It's what an aromatic tobacco blend should be...has it all. Great price for the quality purchased as bulk. Do yourself a favor, etc., etc, etc. Five stars. This was my first bowl of this blend and I'll never be without it again. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
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I would like to see the favorites too. It seems the whole thread stopped before to see the results.So, the question is begged.
I cannot count how many aromatics to which you've subjected yourself. I have not smoked an aromatic since Tinder Box Reserve 1928 which was a McClelland blend.
Of all the aromatics you sampled, which two or three would you rate as your favorites?
I have smoked and reviewed just a ton of aromatics and still am. it's my Friday thing . Here is my list of top 20 blends based upon my sampling for consideration:Is it scientific? No way!
Will it be biased? Not at all!
Will it be selective? Very!
Is it just a big mooch attempt? You be the judge.
Have I lost my mind? What mind?
This month I have gone out on a limb and started sawing it off behind me. I decided I have never really given American Aromatic blends a fair shake and that there were certainly many fine, high quality items out there that needed... no...DEMANDED to be heard...er, smoked.
So I went on a binge and purchased 1 - 2 oz of each of the following blends after really some pretty exhaustive research on the review site. I picked things that received really good reviews and that I thought I would like...til my money ran dry.
ALSO - if I have neglected a blend that you think is just the most wonderful thing ever in the whole world...let me know...and send me a sample if you want it in this silly event.
What NOT to recommend: I will not consider Cherry blends or anything with Latakia. Why? Simple, I hate 'em both. Gak! Kaff! Kaff!
Here's the list I have purchased (shows my serious intent):
1) Lane RLP-6
2) Lane LL-7
3) Lane BCA
4) Milan Sunset Rum
5) Milan Wall Street
6) Milan Doctor's Orders
7) Milan Lucky 7
8 ) Milan Evening Stroll
9) Milan Reflections
10) McClelland 401 Darkest Caramel
11) MacBaren 7 Seas Black
12) Scotty's Butternut Burley
13) Aged Burley Kake
14) Sutliff Blacksburg
15) Orlik Racing Green
16) Orlik Club Mixture
17) Orlik Golden Mixture
18) Orlik Mellow Mixture
19) McClalland 402 - Chocolate Cream
20) McClelland TQ - Top Quality Gold & Toasted
21) Gawith Red Style
22) Peretti Boston's Best Cavendish
23) Peretti Ebony
Blends from here down were donated
24) Gawith Top Black Cherry (being submitted by Drums & Beer)
25) Lane 1Q (being submitted by Drums and Beer
26) 4 Noggins Three Blind Moose (submitted by Simple Man)
27) P&CC Snowdrift (donated by Simple Man)
28) Sutliff Peach Pie (donated by Ozark Wizard)
29) Dan Devil's Holiday (donated by Ozark Wizard)
30) Scotty's HCPS Trout Stream (from ajn27511)
31) Lane Black Raspberry ( donated by kelhammer)
32) McClelland Master Penman (via nismo270r)
33) Straus Tobacconist Sleepy Hollow (via nismo270r)
Blends purchased or donated mid-event:
34) Peretti Black Virginia
35) Peretti No Name
36) Peretti Blend 1072
37) Peretti Blend DD
38) Peretti Original Mixture
39) Peretti Belmont
40) Gawith Rum Flake (from fsu92john)
41) WO Larsen Signature (from fsu92john)
42) The Country Squire Cherokee (Virginias and Steamed Cavendish)
43) The Country Squire Parson's Blend (Fruit and Burley)
44) The Country Squire Rivendell (Nutty, Woodsy, Cocoa)
(Blends in bold type have been tested with results posted)
Anything I missed?
Anyway...results will be posted over this Fall.
This thread will not be a forum for negative discourse on the relative merits of any brand or blend. Any and all negative or trolling comments will be removed immediately. If you like something, add to the thread...if not, keep it to yourself. It's the Bambi Rule.
Bottom Line...Be warned: Anyone donating to the cause will receive tobacco from this event back at least in the amount that they donated, and likely much more. The blends and amounts will be at the sole discretion of the author. Thanks for your support.
Now...let the games begin!
|Country Squire||Old Toby|
|Mac Baren||Scottish Mixture|
|Paul’s Pipe Shop||Arrowhead|
|Country Squire||Second Breakfast|
|Sutliff||Rum & Maple|
|The Story Teller's Pipe||M/M Log Cabin|
|Country Squire||Figgy Pudding|
|Mac Baren||7 Seaas Black|
|Paul’s Pipe Shop||Seminole|
|Sutliff||Black & Gold|
|Sutliff||Queen Anne’s Revenge|
|4th Generation||Morning Blend|
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