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The finest Oriental leaves from Greece and Turkey, cut in classic English style ribbon form to add their delicate, spicy, exotic scent and gentle sweetness to your own Oriental mixtures.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeOther
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Mostly walnut-brown in color and a ribbon cut. Musty smell of old gym lockers in the tin. Good blending tobacco, for sure, but in order to know what it brings to a blend, it needs to be smoked straight.

Not a ton of flavor, which is to be expected. I doubt even the Turks or Greeks smoke oriental tobacco straight, but what do I know. Definitely a spicy earthiness to this, but I detected almost no sweetness. The Grand Oriental series has predominately Virginia, which makes up for the sweetness this stuff lacks. Room aroma is very pleasant - sort of a soft incense, just the thing to take the smell of a cigar out of a room without a heavy masking.

As a blender, this shines. I use this mostly for Virginias with perique, where it lends a light spice and tones down the perique. But it's also fun to mix it with a straight burley, such as C&D's Burley Straight, where it adds some nice complexity and spice to the monodimensional but great tasting burley. No blending table should be without this stuff, even though I agree with a previous reviewer in that it would be nice if we knew which orientals we were blending!

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is indeed a nice blending tobacco and I had a lot of fun (but, little success) in trying to improve other blends with the addition of this stuff. Betty Crocker I am not.

Upon popping the tin, I was in heaven. This is really what Oriental leaf of top quality should smell like. Deep, exotic, musty and rich, I could not wait to try it by itself just for fun. It had a lot of sweet spice and a very cool presentation. Sweeten any pot with this one!

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2904)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

A bit musty, some spice and woody notes, with a little earthiness and a hint of sweetness. I smoked a small bowl of it, and was not impressed, though of course, it wasn't designed to be smoked straight. As a mixer, I found it didn't perform as well as I expected, as it left me wanting more strength from it. It's good enough to use.


5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Good for blending, sandalwood+cinamon tones. A must for oriental lovers (Nikolas/Greece)

5 people found this review helpful.

Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (60)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Just finished a bowl of this mixed 50/50 with P&C's black stoved Va. Phenomenal from start to finish - I put it in a big (Gr 6) meer & it started off creamy, tart, & floral, changed over to sweet & tart, lightly acidic in a pleasant way, finishing cool and creamy-sweet to the ash at the end. As a blender, highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Big old $10 meer from Mom's

Age When Smoked: 6 yrs

Purchased From: Gift

Similar Blends: Skiff.

3 people found this review helpful.

tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (25)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Great blending tobacco! Adds a little bit of smokey sweetness to whatever you add it to. Wouldnt recommend smoking it straight though.

3 people found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

Update: I've been so taken with the Grand Orientals from this company, I forgot how much I enjoyed just the pure stuff. What surprised me is how much it resembled the Yenice Agonya blend, the main difference being higher sweetness in the latter.

From the description on my 2003 tin, it seems this product is subject to variability in content: no specific types of leaf nor percentages are defined, just generic 'oriental'. I do wish McClelland would be more specific. Better yet, make each component available in bulk.

I still enjoy it for what it is and how I use it. If cigarettes had been made of this, I wonder if smoking would have ever been banned from public places. Non-smokers seem to like the smell as much as me.

(From 2005) Yeah, I blend it too. I adore the aroma of this mixture of Greek and Turkish leaves so much, it doesn't always make it to a blend. Woody and sweet-spicy, though thin on flavor, it is my favorite incense. Nicotine seems non-existent.

I bought this to make english blends free of latakia and perique. Sweet virginias like MacBarens No. 1 and Marlin Flake go well with this. With burleys, I get an improved Amphora.

My tins don't have the stink others report. Mine have only a mild dried fruit smell.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Tin: Standard appearance of brown and black ribbon. Rich and pleasant, sweet, buttery incense aroma, a sweet, soft fragrance. The bag(in bulk) had a fine perfumy clove-sandalwood scent. Exceptionally sticky stuff, the resin had to be washed off my fingers.

Taste: None; exceptionally smooth, arguably the smoothest tobacco I have ever smoked.

Aroma: Bland, light sandalwood; the bowl was left cool to the touch

Overall: I was anxious to try MBO because I have been sampling pure blending tobaccos in order to gain an ability to discern the qualities of blended tobaccos. This pure oriental does not produce the expected profusion of taste or aroma. It produces a rather light sandalwood aroma that would be difficult to detect in most any blend. In other words, the pouch aroma was not matched by the smoking qualities.

This tobacco educates me to think of MBO as nothing but filler to soften up heavy tobaccos with a light sandalwood element.

McConnell's Oriental is better, having more definitively oriental qualities, but is only partially oriental, having VA blended in. To put it more succinctly, McClelland's pure oriental has lightweight oriental qualities, compared to an oriental blend that is not even 100% oriental.

3.4 stars for easy and soft smokability. 2 stars for the oriental attributes, in that it's 100% oriental designed for blending

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As far as a blending oriental goes, this one is outstanding. The greek and turkish varitiels used are high quality.

3 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (116)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

THIS IS GREAT STUFF!! Staight oriental tobaccos for bending. Pure ambrosia for anyone who loves orientals. Large elongated rough cut peices with an incredible semi-sweet fragrance, light sweet taste, with a touch of earthiness in the tin aroma and smoke. "...And what is oriental tobacco's fragrance like, one may ask?" Well, like stinky socks and/or mildew. Why would one endeavor to suffer though such a noxious trial? Some people are connoisseurs of ripe stinky cheeses that smell like a septic wound so I think it has to do with context. An excellent blender or try smoking it by itself for a naturally aromatic rich aroma and mild strength smoke. You could even blend this in a lightly cased and dry burley base tobacco. Prince Albert smokers should give that a try. Thanks McClelland for offering this to the over the shelf market.

-Highly Recommended!

P.S. Orientals are in the sun cured class of tobaccos and not flue.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Ribbon cut containing at least three types of sun cured leaf, one bright, one brown and another being darker. Tin note is subtle, woody and sweet, all natural. I smoked this straight and I have to say I am very impressed! It is a very smooth tobacco, of mild strength and nicotine but it's also incredibly flavorful and naturally aromatic. I think I can discern the basma component (if there is one) which gives its characteristic earthy/curry flavor. I can also detect white pepper as far as pungent spices are concerned but there is a load of sweet spice as well, like cinnamon and clove and even a note of sandalwood. Present is also a creamy, buttery, vanilla like aroma - maybe a light casing? Also at times I sensed dried fruit like peach. The tobacco is not very humid but even with a loose packing it needs a few relightings. Smokes nicely and dry to the end with no bite at all. I enjoyed it so much straight that I want to savour it alone. Excellent combination of a light strength/weight tobacco with an intense natural aroma and flavor, smooth texture and a subtle sweetness. Of course it can add spice and flavor to blends and can also reduce the strength of heavier tobaccos but it is heavenly on it own as well.

Update a month later: smoked straight I realised it does not stay lit easily, so much so that I find this a reason to downgrade it to three stars. However if you puff hard making plumes of smoke the aroma is heavenly - dry and cigaretty I admit, but the best imaginable - but still it's not an easy tobacco to smoke due to mechanics. Moreover such kind of smoking is not relaxing even if it has no bite. Lastly, although I wish at McClelland's they put even more emphasis on the Oriental leafs in their Grand Orientals series, I have to admit that overall these blends are more balanced than the straight Oriental for Blending. Yes, this one begs for some Virginia sweetness. But what a divine aroma it has!!

Pipe Used: Corn cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

This makes everything better when added to Straight Virginia or Burley blends. A one dimensional richness is added to every blend it touches! Rather bland by itself, but excellent as a condiment! 4 f 4 stars!

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I thought that I should write a critique on the properties of this blending tobacco. As those of you know, who smoke a lot of english blends, orientals are often the backbone of their construction. Orientals lend heaps of texture and complexity to heavily dosed latakia blends. This tobacco has an uncanny ability to power through, yet complament, the smokey essence of latakia and perique. I love the texture of orientals and prefer them to Virginas in most of the "English" blends that I smoke. With this particular tobacco, McClelland has produced an easily blendable tobacco that is great for tweeking and existing blend, or constructing one from scratch. The beefy, twangy overtones of this oriental ooze from the tin apon opening. I think that it is very important for smokers to know and understand the properties of all the tobacco's that make up their favorite blends. The first time that I tried 965 and nightcap, I was aching to know what each tobacco's role was in the blend that I was smoking. Although not mind blowing while smoke solo, this tobacco can be used to doctor up a favorite blend, or construct one from ther ground up. McClelland has provided yet another quality product for experimentation.

1 person found this review helpful.

bubbleonce Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bubbleonce (5)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Incomprehensible blend of poor quality orientals. May improve some flat VA.

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