Brand: McClelland Blender: McClelland Tobacco Company Tin Description: When vacationing on the dark, placid waters of the Bayou, Frog Morton prefers this smooth, rich, calming Balkan blend, to which he adds just enough of the finest Louisiana Perique Country of Origin: US Curing Group: Fire Cured Contents: Latakia, Perique, Oriental, Turkish Cut: Ribbon Packaging: 50g & 100g Tin
I opened a tin of Frog Morton on the Bayou that had been in my cellar for four years a couple of weeks ago and thought I would give it a review. Opening the tin revealed loose ribbons of tobacco in an even mix of brown and black with some tan colors bordering on yellow that were very pleasing to the eye. The tin aroma had hints of citrus, a little smokiness, some pepper, and a light coffee aroma. The moisture level was perfect for my tastes and did not require any additional drying time. After packing the bowl an unlit sip brought the smokiness to the forefront.
My initial impression was of a very mild sweetness with just a little pepper on the charring light. As I progressed down the bowl the sweetness seemed to come through consistently with the pepper and the cedar- smokiness of Latakia supporting the whole. It had a very short finish down to the gray ash, and the room note was rather pleasant and toasty.
This blend was very soothing and relaxing to me, but it wasn't as strong as I normally like my tobacco. I will not be putting this blend in my regular rotation, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered. I recommend trying it; it may be your thing.
This was my first Perique blend. Having usually smoked aromtics before, I ofcoursed shoved my nose right in after opening the tin. Definitely was not the right idea. I was struck with a left hook of an aroma akin to that of the turtle food my little brother has for his turtle. It had me second guessing why I bought the blend. But after a few minutes I loaded up a pipe with it and started puffing away. It tastes far greater than it smelled in the tin. Perique is definitely a leaf of another color, pun intended. It's unique, and definitely worth a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of this blend, and will continute to keep it around.
I agree with this review 100%, and I appreciate Rob including the 'unlit sip' portion in each of his reviews, for me personally it helps a bunch. All I have to add to the above review is this: I would like to emphasize that the tin aroma/unlit sip is misleading, as this is MUCH milder than either of those things would lead one to expect. Still, it's good stuff, and I have a 3-4 year old tim cellared that will come in handy on a nice rainy autumn day-it's THAT kind of smoke:mild, relfective, etc. Excellent review, KYROB!