|Room Note||2 - Mellow|
McClelland's Matured Virginias Navy Cavendish is a modern take on an old sailor's tradition. In the days of wooden sailing ships, seafarers would dampen their tobacco with spirits and put it under pressure to keep it for the long naval voyages. McClelland does the same thing and slices the cakes into flakes for easy preparation. One twist is the addition of a dark Jamaican variety of rum.
This smelled like rotten fruit mixed with rum right out of the tin. But if you can get past the god awful smell, this tobacco might just be one of the best Navy blends you'll ever try. You'll have to let it set for a while, because this was quite moist when I first cracked it. Note that I haven't tried very many Navy blends myself, but overall, judging by the reviews of some of the other top Navy blends out there, this one is just as good or even better. The smell of this when smoked was fantastic. Difficult to find, but fantastic, nonetheless. Imagine a spiced dark rum, with a slight and almost hidden fruity note. It tasted just like Jamaican black rum and Jamaican black rum only. That was the best thing about this blend; it's a 100%, traditional Navy Cavendish. However, I had to puff away on this one to get the full flavor and was tongue bitten as a result. But once you get that ember going, just sit back, sip, savor, and enjoy. Two thumbs up!