A Decent English (McClelland Frog Morton Original in a Gövem Meerschaum Cutty)


As I said in my review of Frog Morton on the Bayou, I was offered the chance to acquire some of Frog Morton’s blends and I’m starting to think I got a really great deal!

So here I find myself sitting at three bells of the morning watch (5:30 AM, I figure I can teach you something while I give you some reviews,) due to a very noisy cricket in my air conditioner, and unable to get back to sleep.  So, moving to my kitchen from my bed, I break open my tobacco jar and pull out my bags of Frog Morton.

Since Tad had already done a review of Frog Morton’s Cellar back in May, I decided my second review would be on Frog Morton Original and broke out my Gövem Meerschaum Cutty to try it in.

The note in the bag is earthy and rich, grassy from the Virginias and slightly soured by the Latakia, a classic English aroma.

I find that the tobacco has dried up considerably and then I discover that there’s a hole in the bag so before I can load my pipe I have to find a new container for the tobacco.  That done, I load the small bowl of my Cutty and prepare for a smoke.

While lighting the bowl, which does so with exceptional ease, I take the time to look up the tobacco on Tobaccoreviews.com;

An exceptionally dark, rich and full Latakia Mixture designed for those who desire really satisfying Latakia flavor but want a pipe tobacco soft enough to smoke anytime. It took Frog Morton four years designed for smoking in quiet serenity. It is his proudest achievement.

“designed for smoking in quiet serenity?” seems like the perfect tobacco for a 6:00 AM review.

The tobacco tastes pretty good, a respectable mix of Virginias with a good sour undertone from the Latakia.  While I’m not certain that you could smoke this smoke all day, I would agree that you could smoke it at any time, and at five bells of the morning watch, it makes for a good “pick-me-up” smoke.

Being an English blend, the room note is not about to impress a non-smoker, but to an English fan, the pungent aroma of the tobacco smoke is quite satisfying.

In the end, the bowl took about 25 minutes to smoke, and was strong enough to pick me up, while mellow enough to enjoy it with no tongue bite.  While not my favorite Frog Morton blend so far, I would definitely reach for it again for a quiet, serene smoke.

You can get it out Pipesandcigars.com in the 1.76 ounce and 3.5 ounce cans for $8.88 USD and $15.36 USD respectively, or for a few cents more at Smokingpipes.com.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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