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Ordered McClelland 5100

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Ephraim, May 3, 2013.

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  1. Ephraim

    Ephraim Active Member

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    So in my quest to find a simple and inexpensive Virginia to keep on hand I ordered a couple ounces of McClelland 5100.
    When I lived in the DC area I used to frequent Georgetown Tobacco, and really enjoyed their blends. In particular they have a Virginia called Jabberwock which was my go-to straight Virginia for a couple years.
    After reading some reviews of 5100, I thought it might hit the mark as a replacement for Jabberwock, so I went ahead and ordered some.

    Anyway, anyone here enjoy 5100? Anything bad, weird, good, great about it? Is it a simple straightforward Virginia?
    Appreciate any input. Thanks :)
     
  2. Coastal Bend

    Coastal Bend Get off my lawn...

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    I got some Red Cake -- McClelland 5100 -- after it was mentioned several times on the forum. I credit cobbsmoker, but there were others I'm sure. I really enjoy it and get some very pleasant and long smokes from a bowl of this blend. When I had momentary qualms about loading up a bowl with it -- because I didn't want to run out -- I knew I had to order more.

    In a related note...another blend from McClelland I really have enjoyed the past several years is 5125, also dubbed Coyote Classic or Coyote Full English, depending on the e-store. It is what one might call a "rich, full body blend." To me it is a very pleasant evening smoke.
     
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  3. Ephraim

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    Thanks Coastal, that's definitely encouraging.
    Will have to check out 5125 as well.
     
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  4. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    McClelland #5100 Red Cake is what I recommend for all new smokers wanting to try a natural flue-cured Virginia, it's a light, sweet, ready-rubbed Red Virginia that is easy to smoke and very user friendly also makes a good blender for sweetening up other blends.
     
  5. AussieTX

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    5100 is my favorite Virginia that I have stumbled upon so far.
     
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  6. Skrymr

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    I just picked some up today. I'm waiting for my POY to smoke it in though.
     
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  7. Ephraim

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    My order was shipped yesterday (ordered from PipesAndCigars), so hopefully it'll be here no later than Tuesday.
    Looking forward to trying it. The McClelland Virginia should fit in nicely among the Burleys I smoke. Virginias used to be in my daily rotation.
    I'll definitely try blending some as well.
    Thanks for the feedback :)
     
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  8. LifeOfRiley

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    5125 is a sorely overlooked blend, IMHO. It was the first English I smoked. Fine, fine tobacco.
     
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  9. Artistik

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    Cobbsmoker recommended #5100 to me as well and it was a great introduction to Virginias. Mc. Clellan does an outstanding job on all of their Virginia blends and, with the help of Cobbsmokers enabling technique, I have found several that I like. Virginia Woods, #22, and #35 for examples.
     
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  10. cobbsmoker

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    What is #35? Or did you mean #25?
     
  11. Artistik

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    Stave-Aged Virginia 35 Ribbon, sorry it's not #35.
     
  12. cobbsmoker

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    :doh: I should have caught that! LOL
     
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  13. mugwump

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    5100 always winds up pushed to the back of my cellar as I try new blends until I eventually unearth the jar and load up a cob. Then I remember why I enjoy the stuff so much and double-check to make sure I have plenty on hand. Rich, nutty, and sweet -- it smokes great and is a fantastic blending tobacco as well.
     
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  14. Ephraim

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    Checked on my order/shipment tracking and it looks like it'll arrive tomorrow.
    I have a jar waiting for it. I used to really enjoy straight Virginias, and unless my palate has changed much over the past couple years I'm sure I'll enjoy 5100.
    I didn't realize it is ready rubbed until after my order, (rubbing out flakes myself was kinda fun) but that's no big deal.
    Thanks again for the input. Should I wish to explore other Virginias I know where to come for advice :)
     
  15. Ephraim

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    Do ya think it would mix well with CH or SWR? I'll experiment with blending 5100 when it arrives, but after trying it out straight of course.
     
  16. cobbsmoker

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    I don't know, I have never used it to blend with OTC tobaccos but I have used it with other McClelland blends with great success, give it a try, mix a small amount and see what you think and share your results with everyone else.
     
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  17. Ephraim

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    Will do, thanks.
    I'll also use my brother's camera to snap a quick shot of the 5100 w/pipe. I'll post it here tomorrow assuming it arrives on schedule.
     
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  18. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    I would think a 50-50 mix might not work too well with SWR. Perhaps one blend with a heavier concentration of SWR and another with more 5100.

    5100 might work better with CH.

    I guess try it every which way and see! :th1:
     
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  19. Ephraim

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    Well, the 5100 actually arrived today :)
    Smoking my first bowl of it right now...nearly finished.

    The aroma on opening the bag was very tangy, rich and sweet (I guess ketchup-like, but I like it).
    The rubbed out ribbons pack and light easily.
    The smoke itself is very pleasant indeed! Slightly musty taste, rich and delicately sweet with hints of earthiness as well. Actually more complex than I expected, but with subtleties of flavor as well.
    The smoke seems to be maintaining its flavor all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
    Zero tongue bite when pushed, but then I never really had a problem with that.

    Very glad I tried this out. Its going to be in my daily rotation and I'll be ordering some more soon, as I definitely do not want to run out of this tobacco. Good stuff! :puffy:
     
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  20. BriarRabbit

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    What about #2005? Anyone tried it before? or #2010?
     
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