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Flavor  rated 5/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 3/5  
Brand: McClelland
Blender: McClelland Tobacco Company
Tin Description: A lavishly flavorful Balkan blend using the finest dark frangrant, cool-smoking Syrian Latakia, and seasoned with top-grade Louisiana Perique. Rich and mellow.
Country of Origin: US
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Perique, Oriental
Cut: Ribbon
Packaging: 50g Tin

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# 10/3/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by kyrob

Syrian Super Balkan

I happened across this six year old tin at a local B&M a few weeks ago and thought I would give it a try.  The tin contained loose ribbons in various shades of chocolate brown with a little black mixed in.  The tin aroma was one of the often mentioned McClelland ketchup, but the few times I have experienced this smell personally have never bothered me.  This tobacco was a little on the dry side, which suited me fine.  An unlit sip tasted of the sweet Virginias in the blend.

On the charring light and the first few draws I mostly tasted the sweetness, and it remained dominate throughout the bowl.  As the bowl progressed I also detected both fruity and peppery tones, and every so often a hint of chocolate.  After smoking a few bowls of this in a row I could really feel the Perique at the back of my throat, and other than that this blend was very mild.  It was not bad in briars and meers, but I preferred it best in a cob where the flavors just seemed bolder.  The room note was tolerable; it reminded me of saddle leather that had just come off of a horse's back, that pungent animal sweat and leather smell.

Overall I really liked Syrian Super Balkan.  I liked how every puff seemed to contain a little surprise, and how subtle the blend was.  I like more aggressive blends typically, but this is a good change in the rotation in the form of a mild English and I will definitely be buying more.  I would recommend this blend to anyone looking for a mild or first time English smoke.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 3/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
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