McCranie's Red and Virginia Woods

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maddis

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Are these the same baccy? I've been on a virgnia adventure for the past year and McCranie's has come to be a staple. Apparently it's pure red virginia.

Virginia Woods looks, smells, and smokes almost identically, but the tin says it's a mixture of reds, brights, etc. (no mention of perique or anything else). Honestly, I can't tell the difference between the two and they're both made by McClelland.
 

maddis

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If there is ONE difference, VW has a tin smell that suggests a hint of flavoring (vanilla, etc.). But it's faint.
 

dmkerr

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I think you nailed the diff. VW is supposed to be mildly cased and the McCranie is more natural.

Then again, I've never smoked either one so I'm just going off what I recall reading.
 

Sasquatch

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Virginia woods has a vanilla-y (or something.... ) topping, and there's a, well, woodsy, note in it that I don't detect in pure reds. A kentucky or something? I dunno. I think the base tobacco being a McClelland's-processed red virginia lends a lot of crossover, but they are not the same.
 

maddis

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What else would you folks suggest for a pure red, McCranie's being the only one I've tried? Everything else is a blend or there's a dash of perique, or tabasco, or honey cheerios, or something.
 
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