Smooth and Delicious! (McClelland Frog Morton’s Cellar in a Vintage Gourd Calabash)


As I said in my review of Frog Morton on the Bayou, I find the concept of the cellars of Frogmorton an interesting one, but then again, a frog probably wouldn’t find a basement half full of water to be a bad thing.

So, I find myself sitting here early in the morning with my last bowl of Frog Morton’s Cellar in my vintage gourd calabash.  When I got sent this last batch of tobacco, there were a few bags of Frog Morton sent from a private collection, and unfortunately there was just over an ounce of the Frog Morton’s Cellar, and that went really fast.  Obviously, anything that smokes really quickly must be really good, right?  Right!

Thus, filling my bowl with the last of the cellar, I make certain to get every last grain, and prepare to do this review.  The ample bowl of the gourd calabash is filled to capacity, and I know that it is going to give me a long, satisfying smoke, assuming I can give it lit.

The wide chamber of the calabash is always a difficult light, but this is not exacerbated by the tobacco, indeed, the deep, dark, almost black ribbon cut tobacco facilities the lighting process, and the light is surprisingly easy.

Of course I check out and they had this to say;

A mellow, fragrant Latakia blend aged with stave cubes cut from barrels used to mature and flavor Frog Morton’s own special whiskeys.

I soon find myself lost in the bowl, enjoying the subtle nuances provided by the Virginia tobaccos with the Latakia base.  The topping of the tobacco is very subtle, and provides an enhancement to the flavour that is found in few whiskey aromatics nowadays.

Normally, I write the review as I smoke the tobacco, but in this instance I found myself engrossed in the pipe, and when finishing the pipe 45 minutes later, I had written nothing.

No worries, the taste is fresh in my mind and I can write this review from memory.

Also, when I tapped out the pipe, I was left with absolutely no dottle, just a fine white ash.

I can see this tobacco being used to smoke at pretty much any time of the day, and indeed all day should one desire it.  The tobacco is smooth and mellow enough that it can be enjoyed on a constant basis.

And the taste?  Delicious, just like I said in the title.  The bright Virginias give a strong grassy tone, and the Latakia sours the mixture nicely, to be enhanced by the whiskey topping.

The large bowl of my gourd calabash took nearly an hour to smoke, and the tobacco did not leave me feeling jittery and buzzed, just relaxed and alert.

Overall, a fantastic smoke, whose only drawback is there isn’t enough of it.  Not something that I would smoke on a constant basis, though you could, but definitely one that I will try to keep in stock.

Get this tobacco at in both the 3.5 oz and 1.76 oz sizes for $13.82 and $7.99 USD, respectively.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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