McClelland Grey Havens...

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Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:59 pm

As most of us are lamenting over the loss of McClelland tobacco being gone forever, one of my favorites was Grey Havens. I have a scant bit left and wondered if anyone knows of an alternative to try.
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:29 pm

I haven't heard of a match or anything. I'm sure someone will have some ideas though. It's good to see you here!
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:35 am

Thanks Kevin. Good to be back! I have missed everyone!
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:25 am

In a VaBurPer, I think Three Friars is pretty good. I have not tried Grey Havens though so I can't really speak to similarities.
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:24 am

McClelland really had their own take on virginias , which was awesome and sadly difficult to match , imho .
Mcclellands seemed to have a number their Virginia blends that we're Ketchupy and some that werent at all
I wasn't a grey havens smoker , but if it was one of the Ketchupy ones ... the only one I've had similar to those type mcClelands virgina is Wessex Red Virginia , which unfortunately isn't easy to find anymore
Rattrays has one that I thought was similar but I can't remember which it was

I have some tins of McClellands Tawny Flake and #24 and I hope to make them last
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:13 am

Not ketchupy at all.
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:13 pm

I've never smoked gray havens (and since McC has started to disagree with my tongue I never will) but taking a quick glance at the reviews on it a lot of people mention sweet / honey / fruity type flavor from it. First blend I'd take a stab at (not as a match but as something that will scratch the same itch) would be Reiner long golden flake. Similar component list with a citrusy honey topping. Not super wallet friendly, but won't cost anywhere near McC money
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:36 am

Thanks Mr.Beardsley. I’ll give it a shot
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:43 am

Grey Havens was a taste all of it's own. I have found nothing to match it or even come close and I like to think I have been through a bit of tobacco. Of course, the same can really be said for most of the really good McC's. They were quite unique.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:51 am

Good advice from @Mr Beardsley , in that Reneir flake is one to try for sure whether or not it's similar , its very good :thumbs:

Was Grey Havens a typical McClellands thick cut Virginia?
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