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Brand: McClelland
Blender: Tad Gage
Tin Description: Rare Syrian Latakia, with its renowned mellow smokiness, is balanced with naturally sweet oriental tobaccos and aged Virginia leaf to create a satisfying blend reminiscent of classic Syrian Latakia blends of old. Formulated by Tad Gage to reflect the charater of original Three Oaks Pipe Tobacco, it tantalizes with intriguing differences.
Country of Origin: US
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental
Cut: Ribbon
Packaging: 50g tin

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# 26/2/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by Nightcap

3 Oaks Syrian

Without a doubt, one of McClelland's finest.
The Syrian is star here, while the Oriental (Basma?) and Va.'s balance out the smooth, rich taste. Absolutely no bite, this smokes cool and clean all the way down. A most excellent mixture that can be enjoyed anytime of day.
As with all McC blends, 3OS benefits greatly with a bit of dry/air time. Very recommended.

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# 16/8/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by Schmitz Bitz

An amazingly complex yet subtle blend.

Based on 2010 production.

On first cracking the seal on this tin, I catch the slightest hint of McClellands characteristic "ketchup" smell, however the dominating aroma is a slightly tangy, smoky richness. As the blend is allowed to breathe, this undergos a wonderous change, bringing hints of apricots and apple-cider.

I found that this blend smokes its best for me when still slightly moist; and as such, was perfect right out of the tin. Presented as a coarse-cut ribbon; the blend packs nicely and takes a flame fairly well.

The flavour profile of this blend is extremely complex; at times offering up a smoky-sweetness, underpinned by the herbal flavours of the Oriental leaf; while at others bringing the incense like smokiness of the Syrian leaf to the forefront.
As the bowl progresses, the Latakia leaf itself seemingly undergoes a change, with notes of green-tea leaf and anise coming through.

This is a great blend to cut ones teeth on Syrian leaf, or when simply looking for a change from the usual brash Cyprian offerings.

A very welcome addition to the cellar.

Read my full review here!

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