Pipe Tobacco Review – Frog Morton by McClelland

Hope every one had a great weekend! The weather was sunny and pleasant here. Main Street Pipers-pipe club had their first club meeting at SmokesOnMain in West Bend, WI. It was a great time for everyone and I can’t wait till the next meeting.

Marty from SmokesOnMain asked me to review one of the new blends at the shop and of course I said yes!!! So for tonight’s review and for your enjoyment will be McClelland’s Frog Morton.

Pipe: Eric Berks freehand briar

Tobacco: Latakia, Virginia

Cut: Ribbon, rough cut

Tin aroma: Frog Morton had the aroma of a nice earthy fireplace with a hint of Virginia natural sweetness. Overall, it was rich with slight citrus notes in the background. It also had leather notes.

Pack method: 3 tier method

Taste: The flavor was smooth and rich with slightly sweet citrus notes. The smoke itself had a hard wood smoke aroma, that builds in strength more you smoke, with less sweetness and more body and richness thereby losing its citrus nuances.

Strength: Medium to medium full

Room notes: It has a nicely rich earthiness with hard wood smoke that lends in the beginning a sweetness of the Virginia. Over time, that builds to a fuller strength of wood smoke.

Notes: The tin art looks whimsical; funny, yet nicely done. I found the tin notes of the Latakia are forward with the natural sweetness in the background. It packs well right out of the tin. The first half of my bowl I noticed a medium taste of the natural sweetness with citrus nuances in the background. On the last half of the bowl I noticed the sweetness/citrus notes fading more as the Latakia is building more of its smokiness and strength to medium full. Through out the smoke had no gurgling or tongue bite. Frog Morton is a smooth, cool smoke as long as you smoke it slow. I guess Frog Mortons original in it series is a very good blend to compare with the others in its series. For that reason, I can’t wait to try the other Frog Mortons. I recommend this English blend for its flavor, med/medium full, and ease to smoke. If you never had Frog Morton original I recommend it for sure!!!!!!

Rate: 3.5 out of 5

Keep on puffin!!!
The Piper

The Good Wife’s Review:

Well kids, my husband has smoked this twice today. The first time I was really nicely surprised. But before I even get that far, let me tell you the tin note and room aroma are both quite strong. I wouldn’t suggest smoking this blend inside unless you are right next to an open door, and even then, smoke a short bowl please. Frog Morton has a very strong mesquite barbeque aroma for me. Which, once again, outside is fabulous but inside it can overpower quickly and destroy the ability to sit comfortably in an enclosed space. It also reminds me, oddly enough; of the first time you open a package of beef jerky. It has that rich, smoky, beefy scent. Lastly, during the first run with this tobacco I detected a rich buttery note, which I found very pleasing. It reminded me of butter melted over corn on the cob but without the added corn sweetness. Now, for the second take. Once again, it was strong and barbeque laden with hints of meat and butter so that didn’t change one bit. However, for whatever reason I found it overwhelming this time. My lungs didn’t like it nearly as well. In fairness hubby had tried another blend in between the two bowls of Frog and it had been a good five hours between them so maybe I was just smoked out for the day. Because of this second experience I would state, Frog Morton is a nice blend of outdoorsy smells that should work well at a picnic or out on the patio. I would not recommend it inside in the dead of winter, unless you like sitting inside the smoker at a barbeque restaurant.

P.S. I will further state that my cat, who was sleeping near him, agrees as by the end of my husbands bowl the poor cat had a sneezing fit the likes of which I have never seen before.

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Pipe Tobacco Blind Review – Montego Bay @SmokesOnMain

This is the second of three initial pipe tobacco reviews written by our pipe smoking friend and founder of the Main Street Pipers Pipe Group, Jose Ruiz.

We gave Jose three unmarked bags of our SmokesOnMain premium pipe tobaccos to sample without a bit of info on the blends. This blend, #1 to Jose, is our Montego Bay pipe blend manufactured by Altadis, USA.

And now, a look into the mind of Jose……

Ok, weather is getting better as the week goes by, so I’m here for your viewing enjoyment. Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink. Tonight’s blind review from SmokesOnMain is on Bag # 1

Pipe: Torino Apple briar

Pack method: Plug

Tobacco: Yellow/gold Virginia, light Burley, topped with what I believe to be rum, or bourbon /whiskey

Bag Aroma: Nice sweetness for an aromatic from the Virginia and burley with nuances of a buttered rum /light nutty coconut aroma.

Taste: Not cloyingly sweet, has body, richness, and complexity. Noticed a brown butter taste in the background. The rum/bourbon is not very strong but has some hints of it.

Strength: Medium

Room Aroma: Pleasant with warm buttery rum . In the background I noticed a delightful nutty caramel coconut aroma.

Notes: The tobacco aroma not overly sweet but is pleasing to your senses. Ready to pack, stayed lit with a cool complex rich smoke. Towards the last 3rd of the bowl it started to produce some tongue bite, so make sure you smoke it slow to reduce it. Room aroma is pleasant with a buttery rum coconut hints. I recommend this for a good aromatic with some nice body and richness that also produces a pleasant aroma.

Rate: 4out of 5

Keep on puffin !!!!
The Piper

The Wife’s Review:

My husband and his friend lit this tobacco a minute ago. Sitting here I got a whiff of a rich caramel sweet crème brulee. It wasn’t a sickeningly sweet smell. Rather it was rich and unctuous with vanilla notes that surprised the senses. I bet it would be fun to sit here on a summer day with an icy glass of homemade lemonade and some simple butter shortbread cookies and chat the afternoon away. I would rate this blend as “summer smoking”. I will definitely enjoy this on a lazy August afternoon, chilling with good friends, avoiding the heat with a cold drink. Or better yet, on a blanket, with a picnic basket overflowing with goodies, lounging out by the lake, under a tree. I guess I’ll have to hide the rest of this bag in the picnic basket without telling the husband, that way we can enjoy it on a hot, lazy August afternoon.

Pipe Tobacco Blind Review – English Luxury @SmokesOnMain

This is the third of the three pipe tobacco reviews we asked our pipe smoking friend and founder of the Main Street Pipers Pipe Group, Jose Ruiz to write.

We gave Jose three unmarked bags of our SmokesOnMain premium pipe tobaccos to sample without a bit of info on the blends. This blend, #2 to Jose, is our English Luxury blend manufactured by Peter Stokkebye.

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Jose……

Well it’s a cool gloomy day this Sunday evening, but it’s a great time to do another blind review for everyone. Hope your Sunday was a good one. This evening’s review is Bag # 2 from SmokesOnMain located in West Bend, WI.

Pipe: MM Country Gentleman corncob

Tobacco/ Aroma: Nice medium English aroma with Smokey Latakia, Sweet Virginia, Nutty Burley, Roasted Black Cavendish

Cut: loose ribbon cut with some smaller pieces.

Pack Method: Twist method

Taste: Natural sweet Virginia, smokiness from the Latakia, mellowness from the Black Cavendish. Good complexity and depth.

Strength: Medium-medium mild.

Room Aroma: Has some natural sweetness from the Virginia, not overly pungent/Smokey from the Latakia. Pleasant brown butter nuances from the Burley.

Notes: First thought was the bag aroma of a nice aged rum/caramel. With pleasing woody notes I’m sure are from the Latakia, which I enjoy a lot. Packs well, lit nicely which produced volumes of billowing white clouds of goodness. Smoke is cool, no tongue bite. Flavor is complex and rich. Great as an all day smoke or new to English blends. I recommend this one for all to try.

Rate: 3.75 out of 5

Keep on puffin!!!
The Piper

The Wife’s Review:

At a first “whiff” I got nervous about this tobacco. It initially hit my sinuses and gave me that itchy, sneezey feeling some tobaccos can present. I could almost instantly feel a headache beginning so I was fully prepared to hate it. Thankfully, it mellowed quickly. This blend did however have a tavern smoky odor unfortunately. Since I am a smoker, I didn’t mind that smell though. That stated, I refuse to smoke in my house because I don’t generally like that stale smoke smell that lingers in an enclosed place for long periods of time. So if this tobacco has to evoke a memory for me, pour me a good standard American, Budweiser or Miller Genuine Draft and transport me to the bar of my 20’s late on a Saturday night. Just please don’t give me the hangover in the morning.