A Ramble and a Review (McClelland’s Frog Morton on the Bayou in a GiGi Stubby Canadian)


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I never thought Hobbits would settle anywhere near a swamp, I mean swamps aren’t really conducive to underground living.  However, if Frogmorton is built on the bayou, then the swamp can’t obviously be very far from the Shire.

These are the thoughts that kept me out of the really good schools.

Well, when I got the opportunity to acquire a bunch of different Frog Morton blends, I could hardly say no, and it turns out that I got a pretty good deal.

Of course, it does make the concept of Frog Morton cellar, since Frogmorton is on a marsh, an interesting one.

See, I’m never going to get an education!

But anyway, here I find myself sitting in front of my computer, alone, and looking for something to do.  And what better thing to do than write a review?

Why, sit on the front porch, smoke a pipe, and wait for wizards would be my answer!  But, unfortunately these reviews don’t write themselves.

So, relaxing into my chair, I open the bag to be greeted by the rich earthy smell of the classic of Va-Per with a slight sour undertone of something that is, quite possibly, could it be, Latakia?

I, of course, immediately hit Tobaccoreviews.com to check up on this wonderful aroma and confirm, yes, Latakia and Turkish in this Va-Per.  It also had this to say;

When vacationing on placid waters of the Bayou, Frog Morton prefers this rich Balkan blend, to which he adds just enough precious Louisiana Perique. Smooth and dark and calming, a relaxing Balkan Blend.

Notes: The name Frog Morton comes to us from the works of JRR Tolkien. Frogmorton: A village in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. It stood on the East Road, between the Three-farthing Stone (fourteen miles to the west) and the Brandywine Bridge (twenty-two miles to the east). Immediately to the north of the village, the stream known as the Water broke into two, creating a wide watery region – this feature seems to have given Frog Morton its name, which means “frog marsh”.

Hmm, it seems that McClelland would have us believe that Frog Morton is a person?  Blasphemy!  That’s what I say!  I mean, how dare they sully the works of the great JRR Tolkien?!  Ah, Hel, who am I kidding?  Like anybody cares about the works of Tolkien anymore, and besides, the frog on the label is kinda cool.

Good thing I’m not in school anymore, an outburst like that would’ve earned me a rap by the nuns!

Need to light this and calm down.

The near-black presentation of the tobacco, which I am enjoying because there’s no Cavendish in it, is quite dry, but not overly so, and the wild-cut tobacco loads readily into my pipe, and lights just as easily.

Then, I have a problem keeping the pipe lit.  As I take breaks to dictate this, the pipe keeps going out, and I am forced to relight it several times.

Taste, on the other hand, it is simply fantastic!  Once I got the pipe going, by taking a break to appreciate the pipe for a while, the Balkan base with its Turkish and Latakia took on a very unique flavour from the peppery Perique.  I thoroughly had to enjoy the bowl and forget about the review for a while.

Anyway, now I’m back to the review.

The bowl took about 35 minutes to smoke, as it is neither a small nor large bowl, and though the pipe heated up quite hot in my hand the tobacco did not bite at all.

When I tapped the pipe out, there was only a minuscule amount of dottle, and a fine white ash.  Also, though I felt very sated by the smoke, I did not feel overly buzzed meaning this is a good anytime smoke that won’t leave your teeth chattering.

McClelland Craftsbury: Frog Morton on the Bayou is available at pipesandcigars.com in both the 3.5 ounce and 1.76 oz sizes for $13.82 USD and $7.99 USD respectively.

In the end, a recommended smoke for both lovers of Balkan and Va-Per as a unique variation on your tastes.  If you tend to be a purist, this tobacco probably isn’t for you, but if you like complex flavour profiles, you’re going to love this!

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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3 thoughts on “A Ramble and a Review (McClelland’s Frog Morton on the Bayou in a GiGi Stubby Canadian)

  1. Pingback: A Decent English (McClelland Frog Morton Original in a Gövem Meerschaum Cutty) | Smoking Jacket Magazine

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