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McClelland Dark Star Pipe Tobacco
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McClelland Dark Star

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Dark Star is, hands-down, one of the sweetest and most complex Virginia flakes available. It all begins with lemon-yellow Virginias and Carolinas, specially selected for their high sugar content. The tobacco undergoes a triple aging process after which it's pressed to help develop the flavors. Finally, it's heated gently until it's black, and then sliced. There are high sweet notes, a caramel-like mid-range and an almost molasses tasting bass all going on at the same time.


Overall Rating4.72 out of 5 Based on 18 Ratings

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5 out of 5
This could very well be my favorite tobacco. I prefer naturally sweet blends, and none are as sweet as Dark Star, I get flavor notes of caramel, molasses, toasted marshmallow, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, subtle anise and a smokey woodsy note. I do rotate through some vapers and other Virginia blends, but I always like to have an open tin of Dark Star. I have read this blend can be difficult to work with, but I don’t seem to have any trouble with it. I just rub out the flakes, gravity feed into the pipe and fire it up.
5 out of 5
This has a phenomenal tin note. It just needs rubbed out and to sit for a few min...then smokes great. Super dark but smokes light and cool. It instantly jumped up to my #2 favorite barely behind escudo. If you're into mcclelland blends you've gotta try this one
5 out of 5
All I can say is YUM
ok I am a newbie so I will not be able to give a detailed thorough embellished review but I will say that this tobacco is an instant favorite of mine. The smoke is as thick or thicker than Penzance and the flavor is full and smooth. No bite at all. Don't be discouraged by how wet the tobacco is when you open the tin. Just grind up in the blender and let it dry overnight. Worked perfect for me. :)
5 out of 5
This is my desert island tobacco
It's funny how something can smell horrible when you stick your nose in the tin but, when you smoke it, it's the greatest stuff on Earth. (Most-often the other way around.) This is twice as good as my next favorite tobacco; everyone should try this at least once. I'd smoke only this if it weren't so expensive.
5 out of 5
Joe M
Dark Star is my go-to tobacco. I primarily smoke Virginia flakes and this my favorite.
4 out of 5
Extremely Tasty, Hard to Keep Lit
After trying McClelland's fantastic Red & Black, I was enthralled by the dark stoved Virginia and looked to this to satisfy that craving. The flavors described by the site, depending on how I cut it and how I pack it, all come and go. The grassy hay is present at first, but it quickly descends into deep, rich sweet flavors which are a true delight. I would give it five stars were it not for fussy it is for relights. It may be my inexperience, but this seems to be a phenomenon experienced by many other Dark Star smokers. Despite this, it remains my favorite Virginia, and would probably take very well to being blending with others, a la Red & Black. Extremely flavorful and a very sharp tin to boot. Would recommend!
5 out of 5
Damn near perfect
One of my favorites. You have to know how to rub this one out and pack correctly or you will be relighting over and over! Regardless, worth the effort to learn - believe me.
5 out of 5
Very nice smoke
I used McClelland Dark Star for the inaugural smoke of a 1907 McLardy Gourd Calabash that I restored. It was a cool, gentle smoke. I recommend Dark Star.
5 out of 5
Heinz 57
Smells just like Heinz 57. Tastes sweet, burns well if you let it sit in your pipe for a few days. It is an excellent Virginia. I appreciate all the hard work they put in to make it so good. I will definitely buy it again.
5 out of 5
Dark Star
5 out of 5
I have rebought this smoke several times. It can be frustrating to load and light. 10 seconds in the microwave makes it perfect for me. It dries just a tad and softens, making it easier to rub out. I like this smoke on a chilly night with a good whiskey.
5 out of 5
Dark Star shines
Rich, full bodied, both sweet and smoky, Dark Star has become my favorite VA flake by far. The McClelland flakes are a staple for me (and I never get that “ketchup” smell in the tin, fresh or otherwise). Of them Dark Star is the one I save for special evenings by the fire. It can take a little coaxing to light moist from the tin, but it retains the best flavor with minimal drying and a course rubbing out. Smokes beautifully in my Savinelli Qandale with a peaty scotch!
5 out of 5
Very Nice Virginia
I smoked a tin of Dark Star about 5-6 yrs. ago before I knew how to work this stuff and it bit me like a rabid dog! I just opened the tin and had at it.. WHEW! puffing and puffing to get it lit and keep it lit singed my nerves and tongue. I swore I'd never order this again. Now recently I took an interest in MC's St James Woods and liked it. So I had to give Dark Star an honest educated shot. I don't know what's the matter wirth me at the time because I've been smoking pipes for the better part of 45 yrs! Anyway, Also learned to rub out a bit, dry out a bit and even cube some a bit. Yes Dark Star needs some attention but boy is it worth it. Deep rich luxurious Virginia. This, like many of MC's VA's must be dried out a bit. unless cubed. Cubing it gives the flame more surface to ignite. I rate Dark Star as a 5star blend. Respectfully I must say it's NOT for a newbie to the fray. But if you're new and take my suggestions I think you'll do just fine. Oh, the strength level is,in my opinion, on the low side of medium.
3 out of 5
Smokes good
I really like it but I wish the tobacco wasn't in big pieces I like loose tobacco so I can dry it and smoke it
5 out of 5
Still the Same
I smoked McClelland's Dark Star ten years ago and it still smokes cool and tastes the same as then...Consistency!
3 out of 5
Almost a Winner
I really like the flavor of this tobacco. However, it either smokes too wet with no drying time or too dry once left out. It also left a strange feel in my mouth that I have gotten with other McClelland blends. Ideally I would love this flavor with lower maintenance and perhaps lesser casing?
5 out of 5
This is my go-to and favorite tobacco....A little hard to light and keep lit but it is a rich, full and smooth Virginia and I have been smoking it for years....I only wish it was available in bulk.
5 out of 5
Prompt delivery. Excellent customer service. Satisfied piper.
I trust P&C will my precious cargo. So should you.
Customer Testimonials
This is a fabulous blend that is best smoked bone dry. I have some that I have kept for over 10 years and now looks almost like uncooked black rice. It is very smooth and delicious. It burns very, very slowly so smoke it in a pipe with a smallish chamber unless you want your smoke to last forever.
This tobacco is a major pain to get right. It is very moist when it comes and for you to physically smoke it without it turning your tongue into lava, you gotta dry. Bone dry. Then you gotta rub it out because the natural shape of the flakes makes it hard to pack right. But once you take of the messy work you'll be left with a very fine tobacco. One of the most bold yet mellow and complex smokes I've ever had. All in all, great tobacco. Diffently needs the dry and rub first.
CW of jacksonville, FL
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