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Friday, October 02, 2009


Three days ago I purchased some tins of a tobacco which I had never tasted before, but did not intend to smoke for quite a while, seeing as I have a sufficiency of already opened tins that need to be diminished first.

And I stated so in this post:

The tobacco was described by various reviewers in the most unflattering terms. Bizarre, head-ache inducing, tasting like pencil eraser, and leaving your tongue feeling like it had been napalmed.
[Per some of the cognoscenti here: in this section: ]

Their horrid statements perked my curiosity no end, but I was firm in my resolve; I would wait several months ere trying it myself.

Bought an extra tin, for sampling, two days ago. So much for firm resolve.

McClelland Tobacco Company

"Formulated for a smooth, rich flavor with an incomparable woodsy aroma. Blended from matured Red Cake, Stoved Black Virginia, wide-cut Bright Virginia and other premium tobaccos."

Trust me, the idiots who panned it didn't know what they were talking about.
It's not bad at all.

Virginia Woods is a variegated mixture of ribbon-cut leaf, that once aired (to get rid of the excess moisture) yields a pleasant and not particularly complicated smoke. There is a note of natural sweetness.

Anyone familiar with the Baai Tabak (ribbon-cut mixtures of aircured and fluecured tobaccos) once commonly available in the Netherlands will recognize much here that is charming. No, it isn't something you can hot-box; inveterate smokers of Oriental mixtures should probably avoid it, along with people who only understand flakes. This tobacco is not for you.

I am very pleased with this product, and will probably finish the tin well before the end of the month. Normally I am not too impressed with McClelland, but this is one product that in my estimation has much virtue.

1974 - 1978

McClelland's Virginia Woods reminds me pleasurably of my mis-spent youth (mid-teens in Valkenswaard, North Brabant, Netherlands).
Summer afternoons in the upstairs living room, dust motes dancing in the sunbeams, a soughing in the leaves of the apple tree in the courtyard. Few other sounds: the rustling of a page being turned, a clink of a teacup.
My nose again recalls the faint aromas in the vicinity of my dad's desk - a smoke echo, the pale metallic perfume of the alloys formerly used in drafting equipment, inks, and the armpitty tang of sharpened pencils.

This tobacco may leave you a little light-headed. Virginias tend towards nicotine. But you will be of good cheer. Have some tea.


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  • At 4:43 PM, Blogger DEATH BY NOODLES said…

    More combustible gibberation. My my, little man.

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    My gibberance does not combust!

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Flaming gibberance would more than likely be mister Grant Patel.

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger Tzipporah said…

    You ALMOST make it sound tempting... good thing Bad Cohen made me give up smoking years ago.

  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Hmmmm, I cannot envision you with a pipe. I've always pictured you more as a cigar mayvn.

  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger Tzipporah said…

    ha! It was clove cigarettes - horrid, nasty things that deposit sugar in your lungs.

    But yummy.

  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Clove cigarettes are now illegal in the United States. As of September 21st.

    You would need to purchase 'clove flavoured cigarillos' instead.

    I would recommend going whole hog (pardon, errrm, whole kosher thing), and switching to something nice like Arturo Fuente Exquisitos - the dark wrapper is very nice, but elderly codgers will insist on a claro. It's about the size of a Senorita, though a bit more ladylike. Fingerthickness, so a good smoke never the less.
    A box of fifty in California would cost slightly less than $190.00.
    One every shabbes, in lieu of havdala.


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