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MC 5100

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Pschoppy48, Jul 13, 2012.

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  1. Pschoppy48

    Pschoppy48 Member

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    I just started smoking straight Virginia tobacco. I started with this blend as it seems to be a popular choice. I find it a sweet, mild smoke. I would like to know what would be a step up in strength/flavor as far as straight VA's are concerned. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    Phil.
     
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  2. Capt

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    Try 2010 and 5115.
     
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  3. ShilohHollow

    ShilohHollow Anchors Aweigh

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    2010 is a very good one. Also I find McClelland Aurora close, but a notch or two above 5100 as well. If you get a wild hair take McClelland Dark Star for a spin and tell us what you think. It's (in my opinion) 3 or 4 steps up in flavor.
     
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  4. Albert

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    Just jump straight to the best toby made in The USA; McClelland Blackwoods Flake. I mean look me in the eyes, would I steer you wrong?
     
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  5. Capt

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    I was going to say that too, but wasn't sure if he would be ready for it yet.
     
  6. Albert

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    I hear ya Capt, I know I wasn't when I got my first tin. but by the end of that tin, I knew i had something special.
     
  7. cobbsmoker

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    I would recommend McClelland #22 or #2010 as a first step into McClelland Virginia flake tobaccos after #5100.
     
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  8. jeff394

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    I think that any of the Christmas Cheer tobaccos would do good as well, or just buy a tin of Dunhill flake and call off the search.
     
  9. Mister Moo

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    Cannot think of anything milder; Mcrainies Red Ribbon would be a nice move, though. Very nice move.
     
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  10. BradNTX

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    Dan's Hamborger Veermaster
    Solani Silver Flake
    SG Golden Glow

    The Virginia triumvirate for me. :bing:
     
  11. BradNTX

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    Oh! That's what I was trying to think of. Good one Moo. I like 5100 a lot. Blackwoods Flake is just too much like smoking BBQ sauce for me. McCrainie's Red Ribbon is a nice, smooth step up in strength from 5100. Lots of similarities in flavor profile among these 3, but BWF is to the 10th power on the sauce.
     
  12. LifeOfRiley

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    +1 on McC #22. Great stuff. I tried #5100 some time ago and didn't care for it. I wonder if I shouldn't give it another shot.
     
  13. Pschoppy48

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    I have been checking the sites and it looks like #22 and Dark Star are winning for me at this point. Thanks for all the input!
     
  14. Pschoppy48

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    Must be a strong blend.
     
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    It's not that it is strong, but the time it takes to prepare and the slight nuances in flavor just might not excite you yet.
    Since you said you are new to straight Va's, I figured you would wanna get the basics down and learn exactly what Va's have to offer, then expand from there.
     
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  16. Pschoppy48

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    Good point!
     
  17. Pschoppy48

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    I started with MC 5100 and find it very mild to my tastes. Maybe if you fine gentlemen can start with 5100 being the most mild and rank the other VA's in order of strength from mild to "one puff and I almost passed out" strong. This would really clear things up for me.
     
  18. cobbsmoker

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    McClelland Matured Virginias #22, #24, #25 and #27 in that order.
     
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  19. Capt

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    If you want to venture out, don't forget Rattrays Old Gowrie and Hal O the Wynd. people claim HOTW is strong, but I dont find that to be true.
     
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  20. nesta

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    Esoterica Tobacciana - Tilbury
    G.L. Pease - Union Square
    Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake
    Cornell & Diehl - Night Train
    Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake
    G.L. Pease - Stratford
    Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake Unscented
    Samuel Gawith - Kendal Plug

    Several of these have condimental levels of other types of leaf (burley or perique mostly) but they do not interfere with the enjoyment of the VA. I find all of these to be VA dominant blends, though Night Train is the least so despite it being one of my favorites.
     
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