The McClelland Tobacco Company is closing after 40 years. The company had startet in 1977 in a basement and grew to a worldwide reputation for their Virginias, Oriental Mixtures, Aromatics, etc., from the highest grades of leaf and strip tobaccos because of their basic richness and natural sweetness.
The company says that they can no longer access tobacco of the quality they need. „We need old school methods at every stage before manufacturing to make it possible for McClelland to draw from the leaf the flavors that have been our hallmark. Without the supportive infrastructure our government used to provide, a small company such as ours cannot continue. We might have limped along with lesser leaf but nobody would have been happy with the resulting products and we would have been ashamed of them. We have sold down all the inventory that we have been able to produce with the finest leaf.“