Review by classicgeek
Smooth and Slow
Picked up a tin in September 2011. Opened it in December when I couldn't stand waiting any longer. The tin note is a wonderful rum Christmassy smell. The tobacco is a broken flake, with pieces ranging in size from crumbs to 1/2 flakes. The tobacco is neither too moist nor too dry. Medium dark brown with lighter tobaccos shot through. I prepared by rubbing out to a relatively uniform size, not overkill. I have tried lighting right away and leaving it out for a few hours. I found that it was easier to light and smoke with the drying. It still is a flake and it might take a few matches to get going. The flavour is classic virginia: sweet and mild. The rum note is noticeable throughout the bowl. The burn rate is slow and a bowl lasts a long, long time so you get to enjoy it. No problems with moisture.
I recently finished a pouch of Mac Baren Plumcake, and this fits in a similar category of tobacco. No latakia in the McClelland, but I preferred the Christmas Cheer's flavour. No tongue bite/burn in evidence, whereas I always had to watch the Plumcake for that.