Based on the suggested sample order Contrabass Bry supplied, my first sample try was the McClelland #5100
- The aroma in the bag was nice, not pungent and not too spicy.
- The smoke itself was much more smooth than I had seen in the past.
- The flavors were more of a true tobacco than I have seen in the aro blends I was use to.
- The nicotine seemed higher, at least it seemed, than the blends. I was actually taken back by the buzz, but that could be due to other reasons I suppose.
Overall thoughts: I really like the velvety feeling with the natural tobacco flavor. It tasted earthy with a touch of sweetness that seemed natural and un-contrived. I felt it was a nice smooth, yet fulfilling taste. It was a nice simple smoke that really appealed to me as the flavors were somewhat reminiscent of both the cigars (CT wrapper with DR filler) and one of the coffees (Ethopian medium roast) that I like. These tend to smooth and medium bodied.
On a side note, I had exceptional trouble keeping the bowl lit tonight. I packed it light, but maybe it was because I did not pack it full. Also, I did experience a bit more alkalinity on my tongue, which I may have been tongue bite considering my trouble keeping it lit, but I am not 100% convinced it was tongue bite, as I have experienced it with the others that I have tried and this was a bit different.