First venture into McClelland, Wilderness to start

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  1. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Picked up a couple of new tins, McClelland Wilderness & Brindle Flake. Absolutely loved the Wilderness, mild to medium, and I guess the Latakia at the forefront. Smooth, nutty, it was like EMP with a just a tad higher octane. Looks good for an anytime of day smoke. The Brindle I'll probably sit on for awhile. Had read alot of good about McClelland, now I see why.
     
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    You have a lot of good smoking ahead!
    Have not tried the new version but the old Brindle Flake was supurb, IMHO.
    Happy Smoking! :puffy:
     
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    Welcome to Light side! McC has some great tobaks....got an order in for wilderness myself.
    Try some Christmas Cheer 2011...very smooth and tasty
     
  4. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Give Legends a go sometime. I preferred it pretty handily over the Wilderness, but both are good smokes.

    McClellands has such a vast assortment of blends - something for most anyone. Excellent blender.
     
  5. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Thanks dm, I'll look for legends. I was hoping for 3 oaks syrian but they didn't have it (they being the semi-local tabac shop). Great assortment as you said...
     
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    Wilderness is great stuff and I think I prefer it to all other McC Latakia blends. I find it incredibly complex on those rare occasions where I get to sit and just ponder what I'm puffing. Really, that whole Tad Gage/Fred Hanna collection--3 Oaks Syrian/3 Oaks/Legends/Wilderness is excellent.
     
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    I just opened my brindle flake dated 5/10. Im really excited for it. Smells like what you'd expect from a Va, wet hay! Yum. Letting it dry out a bit before i have a go. I'll let you know how it is
     
  8. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Xlnt! I still haven't opened my brindle flake. Wilderness is just ok for me, I've spiked it with a little NC and that made it great!
     
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    So far so good with the brindle. It lights good (used cannonball method) has a very mild flavour with a nice underlying sweetness and it leaves a nice white ash. Not too bad at all. Since its such a mild smoke, I may save it for summertime. I prefer something that'll put a little hair on my chest in the winter. I must confess I prefer BBF and OGS, but this isn't a bad blend at all.
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Right there with ya on the winter aspect....it's 42 & dropping right now, just finished a full bowl of london mixture:bing: par excellance!
     
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    Its a balmy 30 here. VA just wasnt doing it for me. Think ill need a good burley mix or 1792 later
     
  12. AndyLowry

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    Wilderness is a tricky one. I went through most of a tin of it, wondering what the heck the big deal was supposed to be. Then I accidentally loaded it into just the right pipe, and I'm still recovering from the swoon. It's really complicated, subtle stuff.
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Subtle & complicated....I like that, I will be trying it again this weekend, different pipe this time!
     
  14. AndyLowry

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    What worked for me was a thick-walled pipe. It has to smoke cool. Go slow. You may be surprised. :)
     
  15. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Thanks Andy, I've come back around to Wilderness. After starting out liking it quite abit, then softening on it, I tried some this morning in my pete kinsale and it was very good, very enjoyable! :bing:
     
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    Brindle Flake :thu2:
     
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