Please forgive me but...
Knowing that there are many Snuffhouse members who are big fans of pipes and tobaccos, please allow me to shamelessly plug two blends of which I am very, very fond. And yes, I am the blender and designer of both of these blends having been entrusted to do so by the fine folks at McClelland. But the blends are not very well known, relatively, and often fly under the radar.
They are McClelland's "Wilderness" and "Legends." Both are Balkan in style (high oriental/latakia content & no aromatics) and very smooth, rich, and complex. Both also contain several varieties of Orientals and Virginias giving both blends a pleasant background sweetness. Wilderness alone has 12 separate tobaccos in the blend. These tobaccos contain no additives and do not have ketchup or vinegary overtones. I should know. I deliberately blended them to be this way and I know everything that is in them.
Of course, I would think they are great. After all, I blended them to my own taste and preferences! It would be pretty damn sad, if not strange, if I did not like them. But you might like them as well, if that is, you like Balkan/English style blends.
And then again you may not like them at all. They are not for everybody and nor are they meant to be. If you do decide to try either one of them, I recommend that you open the tin and let it sit for a day or two with the lid on. Do not just smoke them right after pulling the top, give them some time to air out a bit.
Both blends are officially rated in the 4 star (out of 4) category of blends at tobacco reviews.com.
Of the over 1700 pipe tobacco blends rated on that site, Wilderness (avg. rating 3.7 out of 4, with 43 reviews) and Legends (avg. rating 3.8 out of 4, with 38 reviews) are in the top 5 of all of those 1700 tobaccos on the site that have received 20 or more ratings/reviews (check this out for yourself). I suppose that means that some folks must like them a lot.
If you are interested in reading the reviews, here are the links...http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/3947/mcclelland-wildernesshttp://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/3946/mcclelland-legends
Once again, please forgive me for this shameless promotion.
But I feel like a proud father...