Benchmark Straight Virginias

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MikeDennison
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:44 am

I have little experience with Virginias, having been a codger burley and OTC smoker for my short piping career. But this thread is incredibly informative, and may inspire me to pick up some VA again.
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:03 am

Nothing beats a Va in the evening, they smoke slow and are packed with flavor. I can nurse a group 3 billiard filled with flake for 2 hours.
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:32 pm

For me, the benchmark Virginia was MacBaren's Virginia. Not sure if they still offer it. Sweet smoke, as I recall.
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:40 pm

sisyphus wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:37 am
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:47 pm
I’m still mourning McClelland.....and angry with the universe over their going “bye bye”.......it pains me to see people discuss them, lol, it’s like talking about the dead :buddy:
I dropped the ball with a couple of delisted Burleys I should have stocked up on and didn't. In the case of McClelland, I caught on they were going away even before it was official and started buying all I could, and then I continued to do so after it became official, even paying too much for tins of Christmas Cheer on eBay when the rush was well on. I don't regret it, I have more McClelland Va than I can smoke in my lifetime.
Yeah- I have about a two year gap between “stock ups”- I go about 2 years before some jars need refilling, tins in the cellar need replacing, etc- it was about that time when I noticed- hey- where’s the Christmas cheer this year? -Oh, you didn’t know??? LOL-!!! So yeah- I have 2 cellared tins of Christmas cheer (2014, 2016), their 40th anniversary cellared, 3 Oaks Syrian, and a St James Woods. That’s it. I am definitely smoking what’s left of my two frog Morton’s much MUCH slower- lol- my Boston 1776 is gone, my Virginia ribbon cut 35 is almost gone. so yeah. McClelland was the standard for MANY things- GL Pease and C&D became my stronghold for many things- I’m going to miss the Christmas cheer- I was wondering if any of the companies put out an annual “cream of the crop” tin like McClelland did. My search continues- In the meantime, I have 8 Oz of Esoterica Pembroke slumbering in the cellar...my time interval between getting anything from there is greater than my 2-year replenishment cycle, lol-
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:15 pm

I will say that anybody looking for something to fill the vacuum McClelland left behind should order some of the Va and VaPer blends from Watch City. Super great stuff.
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