So I got some McC 2045 today, an ounce of it. Based on the description on the jar, I was expecting a pretty standard mild/medium English/Oriental blend. I was wrong! It's definitely Englishish - it has the right ingredients. Virginias, Orientals, latakia. What I wasn't expecting was the topping the description didn't mention! I just smoked a third of a bowl of it in my new Ben Wade to start breaking it in, and to try this blend for the first time, and I loved it. Not too heavy on the latakia at all, nice mild/medium bodied smoke...but it definitely had an unexpected sweet spiciness to it which couldn't be explained (by my palate) as a pure tobacco flavor. If I had to try to describe it, I'd say it tasted like a mild English blend with a light flavouring of spice cake in the background. It was fairly lightly used, but there was definitely something going on there. To me, it smelled and tasted just the way Christmas should smell and taste. This was quite welcome, even in May. It's not a full blown aromatic by any stretch, but neither does it seem to be a "proper" English or Oriental blend. I really liked it, and it's got me thinking. I'd like to try some other English/Aro crossovers. English Chocolate from Two Friends has been on my must-try list for a little while now. Are there any others you would recommend? Something with enough real tobacco flavour and maybe a pinch or two (or three) of latakia, but something extra for a nice little addition to the taste and the room note? This tobacco is tasty, cheap, and behaved perfectly for me, even in a brand new pipe. It may easily become a staple for me.