McClelland Grand Orientals

The Near East- Macedonia and Thrace, Asia Minor and the Caucasus- is where tobacco cultivation has reached the level of art. There, in the shallow crust of sandy, chalky loam, full of rocks, low in minerals, the "Oriental" tobacco plants are dwarfed compared to our Virginias and Burleys.

The leaves are very small and delicate with an unsurpassed aroma. Imagine the most renowned complex wines with the most arresting bouquets: they are made from grapes grown on stony soil. In both grapes and tobaccos, the rocks absorb the heat of the sun by day and radiate it back onto the plants by night, creating magic. McClelland is pleased to present these glorious tobaccos individually in blends that highlight each tobacco's unique character.