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A coarse cut burley without a bite!

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBurley Based
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

McClelland - Biteless Burley.

Weird, in no way does the smoke marry up to the description. There's easily enough sweetness as to make this qualify as an aromatic!

The blend presents itself as a fairly dark brown, mid-size, ribbon. The aroma from the pouch implies a casing reminiscent of Tate & Lyle's Black Treacle.

This is the leading taste of the smoke: bitter, sweet, treacle. It's quite a nice smoke at first as the leading sweetness is the complete antithesis to the rustic, toasty, underlying flavour from the Burley. It's a three star smoke until I pass halfway. After this point the sweetness of the treacle is outweighed by the absinthal/bitter side of the treacle. It lives up to its name where bite's concerned and burns quite well.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant-ish.

Biteless Burley? Two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

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5 people found this review helpful.

Sheldon Richman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sheldon Richman (15)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I'm disappointed. I like burley, and lately I've been smoking McClelland X30 Pressed Burley and Granger. So I tried BB. The first smoke was unsatisfying. I could not taste the burley, but I sensed the topping of an aromatic, although this is not supposed to be an aromatic. I'll smoke my way through the two ounces and see how it goes. My first smoke left me so unsatisfied, when I finished I immediately lit up some Prince Albert. I was able to taste the tobacco in PA. I'm disappointed with BB. If later smokes change my mind, I will report back.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Molasses is the star flavor, though here and there I got a hint of nuttiness. Burns well, though I would not puff it very fast as it can sport a harsh note if you do. Won't bite. Leaves a little moisture at the finish, and requires an average number of relights. Has a mild nic-hit. Has a pleasant after taste. It's okay as a outdoor work all day smoke that you don't have to think much about. As a mixer, use sparingly or the molasses will over take the other components.


4 people found this review helpful.

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

A fellow member of my pipe club loves Burley blends and purchased this one thinking it was uncased Burley. Not enjoying the added flavoring, he gifted the bag to our club's tobacco bar one month and I snatched up a bowl. Whew, this is certainly cased and not just mildly so. I sure picked up a maple syrup type of flavoring (similar to McClelland's Townsman Cavendish series), that made the smoke a little "off" for me. I do like Burley and the Burley notes darted in and out, but mostly my palate was overwhelmed by the Maple flavoring.

Certainly a value smoke for aromatic lovers.

4 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I picked up a pound of this from Smokingpipes when McC decided to exit the market. I was expecting a "straight" burley.

Well.. this folks is an Aromatic. There is definitely a casing which I'm taking to be maple or maybe molasses. It is fairly dry, packs easily, burns great but just wasn't what I was expecting.

Since I have quite a bit of it, I've been mixing it 25% BB to 75% Carter Hall which makes a mapley version of CH. Its quite good for the commute. I'm also going to try to mix it with some CD Bright VA as Im thinking this might be a winner.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: one year now

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3 people found this review helpful.

Jallen49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jallen49 (25)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I will try to extract this review from my total history with the tobacco and not simply my most recent encounter with it, for I may have allowed it to dry out slightly too much.

With that said, on with the review...

I gave this 3 stars because it has the potential to be a 3-star tobacco. As with all aros, this has the tenancy to smoke on the hot side, and I think that can be avoided if packed accordingly. I did notice slight gurgle, but I've had worse and it really didn't bother me.

I really enjoy the room note, and it has that wonderful (to be expected with burley) molasses note that I love. My most recent experience was on the hot side, but I hadn't smoked this package in a long time so I forgot how it acts.

I'm certain there are better burley blends out there, but all in all, if smoked and packed accordingly, this will not be an awful experience.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I found Biteless Burley to have a very pleasant and easy light. It stayed lit easily. This is a tobacco that is meant to be used when you're able to really sit back relax, go slow and take your time. When I enjoyed it that way, I found it be very consistent throughout the entire bowl. I experienced a creamy mouth feel that turned buttery as I progressed. I tasted of rich buttery caramel as it slowly and maintained a soothing warm temperature. Others in the same area said it had a pleasing aroma of caramel and/or chocolate.

I would recommend you try an Ounce or two for the relaxing first bowl of the evening.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (40)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

Appearance: Fluffy coconut-brown leaves of Burley. Pounch Smell: Very sweet, maple syrup notes Feel: Soft, light, wet and sticky Flavor: Very sweet, sugar, maple syrup Burn: Hot, harsh, steamy, biting Notes: This seems to be McClelland's "X-10" (unflavored Burley Ribbon) with a top dressing. The top dressing is so strong that it causes this tobacco to smoke very hot and wet. My mouth was "steam cleaned" while smoking this and my tounge burned throughout the smoke. There is a lot of PG in here and that just adds to the problem.

Being that the name of this is "Biteless Burley" I find it only appropriate to warn anyone wishing to try this that it is by far anything but "biteless". One would be bitten less french kissing an angry alligator than smoking a bowl of this.

3 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

McCelland Bulk No. BB - Biteless Burley

Star Rating = 3

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 7

Burn = 8

After Taste = 7

Raw Score = 46

Rated Percentage = 77%

Comment = Smooth, Burley Bite is not to bad, good Burley Flavor, this blend is not nearly as good as Lane Limited BLWB

1 person found this review helpful.