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This fine Tennessee burley ribbon offers the characteristic rich, nutty flavor of natural Burley lightly dressed for increased sweetness. McClelland's heat-seasoning with a small amount of flue-cured tobacco unites the flavors, removing harshness. This is a very pleasant, subtly sweet tobacco suitable for a number of uses.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringSweet / Sugar
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2056)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

McClelland - No. X9 - Blended Light Burley Ribbon.

The sweet topping comes across clearly from the unlit tobacco, which is a medium brown, of a good hydration, and is made of medium size ribbons.

The smoke has a very heavy build, so I keep the window opened! But, apart from getting irritated by the rain coming through the window, it's a very good smoke! The topping enhances the flavour nicely, without dominating the blend. The Burley tastes 'wholesome', and not quite as light as the name implies! I get I get more Burley in the smoke than I do Virginia. A bowl burns perfectly: clean, cool, with little need for re-lighting.

Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: nice, apart from the volume of smoke!

A top quality Burley, that demands four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: One month

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (622)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was given a sample of this from a forum friend and was pretty anxious to try it as McClelland is not known for their burleys, so I found it to be kind of unchartered territory. The lack of many reviews on these bulks seems to back this up.

I also had the pressed burley alongside this. This is lighter than the pressed as the name would suggest. It is a lot like BLWB and offers a mild, sweet burley blend. I believe the nutty sweetness is amplified by a topping and I believe the Pressed burley to be done the same way. They were very similar varying mostly on nicotine content as the pressed was pretty strong.

This one reminded me more of BLWB as the other reminded more of Prince Albert. Where I felt that the pressed was an improvement on Prince Albert, I do not really find this to be an improvement on BLWB, but nonetheless it is not a bad blend. It is just something that I would not regularly smoke.

So with that, if you like BLWB, you will likely enjoy this.

Similar Blends: BLWB.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Another good Tennessee Burley smoke. Very similar to it's McCousins, No. 900 Refined Tennessee Ribbon and No. X-10 Unflavored Burley Ribbon, the only difference I can detect is the amount of Virginia blended in and one had some honey in the topping. All have cocoa in the topping, a nice nutty flavor, and some tang and sweetness from the Virginia. I haven't been bitten by any of them and find that they make an uncomplicated, flavorful all day smoke.

Mild to medium in body and flavor. Mild in flavoring. Burns well. This applies to all three blends.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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