What a treat! Wellingborough is a light to medium bodied English blend, in the same vein as Squadron Leader or EMP. The orientals play a more muted role in Wellingborough than in SL, and not quite as sweet overall as SL. VA's and a nice use of Latakia seem to play the main role here. Wellingborough seems to be more sweet than EMP, which I find to be somewhat savory. Wellingborough offers a nice complexity of tobacco flavors. Overall, a lovely tobacco, and a nice room note. Well recommended. As has been mentioned, this would be an excellent choice for the pipester new to English blends.
It's not everyday you get to smoke a tobacco that's been aging in the tin for 6 years. Yet, Wellingborough is readily available at Buchanan's Tobacco shop, in Pawley's Island, SC, at the same price you'd expect for a newly tinned tobacco. Tinned by McClelland for Buchanan's shop.
Tin Aroma:A nice muskiness from the orientals and latakia pervades this tin, conjuring up images of fireplaces, books, coffee, and all the wonderful things I associate with smoking during the colder months.
Physicla Characteristics: A short ribbon cut, the colors cover the whole range of brown, from blonde to black.
Notes: This is a tobacconist private blend, prepared by McClelland for them. As such, it needed a little drying before it was down to Jon-Approved levels of crispiness. Knowing my penchant for heavy dark smokes, Craig Buchanan, the blender, warned me that I may find it a bit flat, as he intended it to be a very mild smoke, good for introducing people to english style blends without bowling them over with Latakia. I feel that he has achieved his goal admirably. I would not hesitate to buy a tin of this for anyone new to english blends, or to pipe smoking in general. Its' friendly demeanor and bite free smoke remind me quite a bit of My Mixture 965, though their overall flavors are a good bit different. However, this is not just a blend for a newcomer. It has a nice complexity and body that will satisfy long time english smokers as well. I hope that Mr. Buchanan will see fit to make this available in bulk as well, for those of us who would like to smoke it all day whilst working.
Verdict: A nice all day 'english' blend, and from my local tobacconist, so I will definately be laying in a supply of it.
I bought a tin of this while on vacation. I fell in love with it immediately!! A great blend of Virginia, oriental and Turkish tobacco with a proper condiment of Latakia. It's a fantastic all day smoke. Bonus-it has been in the tin since 1999. That's almost 16 years!!!! I contacted the shop owner when I got home and ordered 10 more tins! I love this blend!!! No bite, smooth and tasty!
Great flavors! But bites like a pit bull. So you'll have to go slow. Otherwise, imagine a McClelland aged Virginia made into a Latakia blend. Halfway through the bowl, the Turkish or Oriental becomes evident, adding a subtle sweetness and floral notes, but you might need to look for it. Very similar to Peter Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme.
I sure have not seen these old Buchanan's Tobacco Shop Wellingborough tins in a long time. Back in the 1990s this franchise tobacconist came out with a couple of very well received blends that were spoken of very highly several times in Tom Dunn's famous old Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris Magazines. I don't think they are still in production but I could be wrong. These Wellingborough 50g tins, made by McClelland's and factory stamped all the way back to 1999, contain smoky Latakia prepared in that special McClelland's way, along with rich and matured dark Virginia leaf for a middle of the road type of English with no frills and just good old fashioned flavor. A cool and mellow English is how I would best describe the taste presentation.
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