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A mild and delicious aromatic blend, RSVP Invitation is McClelland's version of Lane's RLP 6.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringNougat, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Very Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Got this from my good friend D. Thanks buddy.

This is a pretty well done aro. I get a toasty note from the Black Cav and I think I taste the Virginias on occasion. Can't taste the Burley. For added flavorings I get vanilla and chocolate predominately along with something nougat-like. Even though this is well done, on a personal level, I don't find this combination of flavors very appealing. Others might like it just fine.

Mild in body. Mild to medium in taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: Almost a year.

Purchased From: gifted

3 people found this review helpful.

CapnStuby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CapnStuby (33)
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco was a pretty good smoke. Like most aromatics, it's a one-trick pony, but it's one helluva nice trick. It packed well and burned very evenly.

First third: Good smoke, some nougat flavor comes through with some light tobacco flavor. Nothing super special, but quite pleasant to get through this stage.

Second third: Smoke becomes creamier, with a subtle vanilla mixed with toasted nougat detectable over the mild tobacco flavor. Doesn't become a rich mixture, but also doesn't bite when puffed and tongue is still alive and kicking.

Last third: Deeper casing flavors mixed with a stronger, spicier tobacco flavor. The best part of this smoke. Ash is fine and powdery. 9mm filter absorbed some liquid, but not as much as other aromatics. Did not foul the pipe, at all.

This is a good blend for occasional smokers and all-day smokers. It's not the taste superstar and doesn't have enough kick for an English devotee, but it's a fine tobacco for a sunny day and it behaves very well, even under dedicated puffing. A recommended tobacco.

Pipe Used: Generic Briar w/9mm filter

Age When Smoked: Cellared for 8 months

Similar Blends: Lane RLP-6, Captain Black Royal.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

McCelland Bulk No. RSVP - Invitation

Star Rating = 4

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

Pouch Note = 10

Room Note = 10

Flavor = 10

Bite = 10

Burn = 9

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 58

Rated Percentage = 97%

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, Mellow with a great full Flavor, this blend is as good if not better than Lane Limited RLP-6

3 people found this review helpful.

Rover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rover (1)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

An immediate favorite! McClelland does it again! A super manageable cut that burns perfectly right out of the new bag, start to finish. The aroma is bound to bring curious on-lookers and make pipe smokers of anyone with the slightest inclination. The flavor matches the aroma and is not diminished by any moisture in the pipe or at the bit. Reminiscent of a mild orange or apricot fruitiness paired with a certain indistinguishable creamy sweetness. Not overpowering in the least yet the smooth flavor comes through nicely. I believe this would make a great tobacco for novice and pro alike. Mild and flavorful for the novice and yet a very tasteful and interesting alternative for the pros. The taste is genuine and I give it a resounding 4 stars and highly recommend it!

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

McClelland - RSVP Invitation.

Like Sutliff's Midnight Smoke this was one of the blends I took on the holiday I returned from yesterday.

The coarse cut mixture contains more black Cavendish than the others. One of the best things about RSVP' is the pouch note: sweet nougat. The moisture's smokeable fresh.

The smoke from it's clearly aromatic but I wouldn't go so far as labelling it Strong. The Burley seems the lightest of the tobaccos, it's more of a sweet black Cav' blend, seasoned with Virginia. The aromatics give a sweet flavour, like there's also the addition of caramel, alongside the nougat/vanilla. RSVP burns well enough, giving a cool smoke. I get no tongue bite.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: very pleasant.

RSVP Invitation? A three star blend:


Pipe Used: Morgan Blackjack

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

2 people found this review helpful.

puss n' pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puss n' pipes (27)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Well, this is the kind of smoke you rely when you want to be somehow mentally present in a reunion with friends or family. The title suggest both the commitment to socialize and quality time. Not the tobacco for intimate insights as it is rather unappealing, just bland, and that lack of flavour is just the kind one may need to just go around smoking, watching people, talk a bit and just socialize. People around you will be happy though.

The smell outside seems to be wonderful, not overhelming, just mild sweetness. As for the smoke, i must say its rather insipid, at least for the first two thirds of the smoke. The cavendish is just the big guy here, it takes the prominent role and dominates it over the whole experience, at first they bring little accent of caramel and fruits. Virginias will only get to be perceived on the second third where the overly mild character of the smoke will be enhanced by the bittersweet taste on tongue and the overly mild tickling on the palate, in here a more prominent taste of caramel and vanilla will be perceived. Last third is a mix of the burley and the cavendish, therefore more creamy as a whole, a bit stronger on the retrohale, decidedly more nougat. Not bad, but not impressive either, nor memorable. Just average.

Pipe Used: Vauen 1889

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: RLP but never as good..

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Mild Strong Full Very Pleasant

This is what I consider my "secret blend"- I'm surprised that no one else favors/raves about it- but it is truly wonderful. The best tasting aromatic I've tried- the taste of caramel/vanilla is just right. My go-to when I'm in the mood for something other than an english blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

McClellands is doing something right by coming out with this new blend. Mostly dark tobacco with some light brown flakes. This is an aromatic but has a nice smoky very smooth flavor and aroma that I think some non aromatic smokers might like. Roomate asked if I was smoking Black and Mild. You might think there are orientals in this. It's smooth and tasty. Burns well right out of the bulk ziploc from cupajoes- I haven't dried any yet. Good price for this quality. I will be getting more of this.

You must try it. I can see this being some pipers favorite go to smoke.

It's a shame to relate this to RLP-6. I give that two stars and RSVP Four Stars.

Four Stars **

2 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Kind of a weird one here, the bag has a light vanilla scent teasing you with a soft sweet smoke to come, but all I got when lit was a biting spice. Some false advertising for me, like passing off sweet bread as cake.

The cut is very rough with a mix of thin wood chips and some broke down ribbons. I had trouble with the relights in my pipes with a smaller bowl, but that could've been a problem with the driver. I'm fairly certain there is also some paint primer within, as after even a few puffs, this stuff will stick to the lining of your mouth and you will be reliving the smoke for hours.

It certainly felt like a blend from the McClelland factory, and normally I would wait in line for their tasty treats, but today I did not enjoy my tour of the plant.

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1 person found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (76)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Disappointed with this one from McClelland. Apparently meant as a competitor to Lane's RPL-6, the similarities are obvious when smoked and compared.

Leaving aside the comparisons, this is a mild aromatic with a slightly fruity flavoring coupled with a little vanilla and what seems like mild caramel. The underlying tobaccos seem to be rather bland, which is unusual for McClelland.

I found this tobacco to be a disappointment and not up to McClellands usual high standards. I'll guess that's it's been produced simply to compete against Lane's top selling RPL-6 rather than having been developed as an attractive tobacco in its own right.

I admire many of McClelland's pipe tobaccos, but I don't think this one lives up to their fine reputation. It's a perfectly okay smoke, slightly fruity aromatic, discernible tobacco flavors, burns slightly hot, and didn't leave me wanting more.

1 person found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Pleasant enough, I suppose...At least not overloaded with vanilla...Fruit and caramel used as casings...Casing is a bit too strong and tends to mask the flavor of the tobacco...But, then again, if your smoking this your not looking for tobacco flavor to begin with...Recommended if that's your thing.

Pipe Used: various for testing

Age When Smoked: Newly bought

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1 person found this review helpful.