Blakeney and His Best....

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  1. Albert

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    I nabbed a tin of Blakeney's Best Bayou Slice dated 2006 from the b&m while looking for a new va/per to try. not really knowing anything about the blend or the Toasting process it reports to have.
    I opened the tin to small broken flakes in the classic Mclelland style, with gold and black leaf intermingled. It had an "escudo" type smell mixed with a hint of the Mclelland virginia smell and had little sparkly crystals when sunlight hit it. most likely due to its 6+ years of aging. Rubbed it out, loaded and set fire. WOW. Its been a while since i tried something new and said "Now thats excellent" on the first few puffs. It was so well behaved, approachable, and flavor full. again a very escudo like flavor, but a touch heavier on the perique. the spicey element was there in perfect balance. I knew from that moment I'd stumbled on something top notch. So, who is Blakeney? whats the Toasting? How are the other BB blends?

    A four star (TR.com scale) blend right off the bat.
     
  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    All 4 of them are excellent. I was under the impression that McClellands couldn't produce and excellent latakia blend until I smoked their Latakia Flake. Best tinder dry. But the Bayou Slice is probably the best of the bunch. All are worth a try.

    No idea who Blakeney is or what the toasting process entails.
     
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    I love the Tawny Flake. Dang good leaf. Not sure what the toasting is or does, but it doesn't hurt!!!
     
  4. Albert

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    How does Bayou Slice compare to St. James Woods? I havent had a tin of SJW, which is what I went looking for (and the didnt have) when I found Bayou Slice.
     
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    I'd like to know the answer to this as well.
     
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    Smoother and less peppery, to my taste buds. Not as much of a flavor explosion as SJW... a bit more subtle. I also find more complexity in the Bayou Slice. They're definitely in the same category but subtly different.
     
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    Ok, so they're not really all that different... I guess I was imagining SJW to be like a spicy Blackwoods flake (i.e. dark virginia forward) as opposed to Bayou Slice, a lighter tangy virginia with the actual perique flavor taking stage. Hmm, well I do know that bowl after bowl after bowl of Bayou Slice just keeps getting better and better. In fact it really confirmed that im a freeking Mcclelland-virginia-aholic. :thu2:
     
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    Your imagination was pretty close! The BWF uses red VA's but the perique is very forward in the mix. You're right that the Bayou Slice is tangier and lighter. You should probably try them both - you might find more diffs than I did.
     
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    Thanks for the insight Dan:toast:
     
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    I've only tried the Acadian Ribbon but it is a tasty smoke. I have been meaning to try the other blends but some other toby always comes along and side tracks me. I will have to make it a priority.

    Paul
     
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    Does McClelland 2015 come anywhere close to these?
     
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    albot9, thanks for the info. Just ordered a tin to try along with a tin of Royal Cajun Dark. :puffy:
     
  13. Albert

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    no problem! keep me abreast of your findings. :toast:
     
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    Will do! :puffy:
     
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    Hmm, after reading these posts, and looking at TR, I think I need to add Tawney Flake, and Bayou Slice to the TAD list. Thanks for the info, guys!
     
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    No.
     
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    A source at McClellands informed me that 2015 is a non-aged version of St James Woods. After aging a bunch of the 2015, I'd have to agree.
     
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    How long before it started getting close? I've got some with maybe three years on it, and I'm not getting it.
    Funnily enough, I bought it because I was told it was an unaged version SJW:msty:
     
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    Uh... 3 years? :D

    My 2015 is from early 2008 and by the middle of last year I'm pretty sure I could not tell the difference blind between it and SJW. Then again, maybe you could.
     
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    Oh, you and your refined palate.:)
     
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