Aged Red Virginia’s pressed into a vintage crumble kake providing an exceptionally sweet and smooth smoke.
Model: Red Virginia Crumble Kake
Tobacco Type: Virginia
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 1 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 1.5 oz.
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Not McClelland, but scratches the itch
I've only been more "serious" into pipe smoking for about a year. Extremely late to the McClelland party, but I've been lucky enough to try a few blends over the last few months (including some 20+ year old Christmas Cheer). Now, anyone who's tried McClelland VA's will know about the ketchup/vinegar smell to it. Sutliff definitely leans more towards vinegar, than ketchup, so it's a bit sharper on the nose if you just crack a tin/jar and stick your nose in it. Underneath that, I get dark fermented fruit. The kake is very easy to deal with. It breaks/falls apart quite easily. Easy to pack. It does well with a few minutes of drying time. As far as the flavor, it is definitely not McClelland, but some similar characteristics are there. Tangy sweetness and some creaminess that I would almost attribute to having a touch of Cavendish in there. I've seen no mention of Cavendish in the red va kake (only seen mention of that in the vaper), but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a touch in there. While still being somewhat "new" (my palette is still quite untrained), I've tried a handful of va/vapers, and while I can enjoy all of them at times, this red va kake is something I could smoke all day. Since McClelland will continue to be in shorter supply and/or quite expensive, this kake will definitely be a staple in my rotation. I'm looking forward to trying the vaper and English kakes next!
Yup, it's good
This could become my every day go to Virginia. A nice smoke!!
Almost McClelland - No. 5100 Red Cake Sub
Tried this a few times and I must say, though it's def not 5100 Red Cake, it is a good tasting close second. This will now be in my normal rotation. A must try for a 5100 substitute.