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McClelland's 221-B Series Black Shag

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Sherlock Holmes routinely smoked a strong shag tobacco, which had a very potent aroma. McClelland's 221-B Series Black Shag is certainly more refined than Holmes' blend. They begin with fine flue-cured tobaccos which are carefully stoved until quite dark and then cut in a fine, easy packing ribbon. The flavor is deep, somewhat sweet and very enjoyable. Because of the cut, it is meant to be smoked slowly.

Adriene's pick: My first shag tobacco and I’m hooked. Follow the directions on the tin: Smoke at once, if convenient. Examine the ash carefully.


Overall Rating4.71 out of 5 Based on 14 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Good stuff
Great, aroma, and room note. A relaxing smoke!
5 out of 5
My favorite
My #1 go-to for Virginia tobacco.
4 out of 5
Damp but delicious
This quickly became an everyday smoke for me. Great flavor, good burn, runs a bit damp even after drying though. No bite.
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I can solve mysteries now
It's a decent shag cut with a decent flavor.
5 out of 5
quickly becoming a favorite
This has been smoking great for me so far. Its been a nice smooth smoke without the bite that some of the other tobaccos have. Plus ive been reading Sherlock Holmes stories recently which makes it that much cooler. I will definitely be buying more of this stuff. My father has also been bumming a pinch or two whenever we smoke together. So I can say that he likes it as well.
5 out of 5
Essence of Holmes
As a major Sherlock Holmes fan I feel like this blend really brings out the sophistication and boldness of the famous character himself. One of my favorites!
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A Nice Evening Smoke
This is the only "Shag" type tobacco I've ever used on a regular basis. Not too strong and burns to a fine white ash. A nice "End Of The Day" smoke.
3 out of 5
I should have looked at the customer reviews a bit more carefully. I was under the impression that this was simply a Virginia blend. After smelling it and tasting it, it is clear that it is not. I'm not a big fan of Latakia. I don't mind a bit of it, but I have to be in the right mood for it. When I opened the tin, I immediately noticed the sweet smell, but to be honest, the sweet aroma smelled reminiscent to Teriyaki sauce. One can also taste it. Again, that kind of sweetness just doesn't sit well for me. It might, however, for others.
5 out of 5
Sherlock's tobacco
I fully agree with your staff member. I find this tobacco a very enjoyable smoke. I find it enjoyable enough to make it more than just a once or twice a day smoke. I look foreward to trying the rest of the 221-B series. This is a tobacco that Sherlock would of been proud to have his name associated with. This would of been the tobacco that he would of smoked to get his thoughts in focus.
4 out of 5
If you a Latakia fan this one is great. Nice full smokiness with some hints of fruit and spice. Burns nicely also.
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great smoke
wonderful room note, great flavor profiles, very relaxing
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This should be a secret, its supernatural !!
I was blown away by the first bowl! Rich, deep, smooth! i can tell i will be acquiring more of this very soon and for years to come.
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The Game is Afoot!
Elementary my dear Watson! This is indeed a great smoke!
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Watson get me a pound of the strongest black shag
Outstanding. Reminds me of the good old days. Great aroma upon opening the tin. Get over the shock of it being a bit dry, that's the way it's supposed to be to replicate the way Sherlock bought it and kept stored in a Persian sleeper. The aroma reminds me of Balkan blends. Keep this stuff away from your non pipe smoking buddies, they'll do nothing but complain about the strong room note. Smoke it by yourself so you can enjoy the tangy taste and natural flavor.
Customer Testimonials
This blend is superb, no tongue bite and consistant flavor. For a new beginner starting out this has to be one of my new favorites. Highly suggest this blend, you cant go wrong with it! This is my go to blend now for everyday smoke.
MS of Manteno, IL
This Blend stands alone! This is a real prize to be savored. Unique, flavorful and highly relaxing, a tobacco to remember. I have deduced 221B a singular blend.... not elementary...lets go... the smoking is a foot.
JG of Peoria, AZ
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