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Toasted burley tobacco complemented with a hint of hazelnut for a rich rounded flavour.

NEW POUCH DESCRIPTION: Centuries of tobacco craftsmanship go into Amphora Rich to bring out the best in the finest burley and Virginia tobaccos. In addition to Virginia and burley tobaccos an exact amount of Oriental balances the blend, and the result is a well-rounded and slow burning blend. Amphora is the trademark of high quality pipe tobacco.

Notes: Made by MacBaren since 2006, the company owns the blend as of 2015.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringCoffee, Nuts / Beans, Rum
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is a minor, grassy player with a touch of sweetness. The burley is nutty sweet with a mild cocoa hit. Not sure about the hazelnut claim, but I can go with pecan and walnut because there is a dry, slightly toasted nutty topping that fits that description. Has little nicotine. Not very complex, but the flavor is mostly consistent throughout the smoke until the end as the burley seems to be more prominent in the last quarter of the bowl. Burns well, fairly cool with few relights, and little moisture in the bowl. Has a decent after taste.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I don't like Hazelnut Coffee, so I probably would no longer like this blend. But years ago it was a favorite smoke. My memory fades as the years go by, but I distinctly remember liking this blend because it had a tobacco taste and yet made for a great added flavor. If I ever found another pouch I would try it though.

4 people found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Out of the pouch it looks and smells quite similar to its brother Original Blend but sweeter. The smoke is different: RA lacks of that savory Kentucky edge present in OB, the taste is clearly Burley rounded off with a touch of Virginia and a mild sweetener ( hazelnut, they wrote...), maybe there’s too a pinch of Orientals. As every Amphora, RA is skillfully Cavendish processed so it’s very easy to fill and keep lit, gentle to the mouth without harshness or bites, little to none gurgles, room note isn’t a crowd pleasure but tolerable and it leaves in the pipe just a trace of sweet Burley. Not an enticing blend (and not intended to be) but not dull even, it’s a pleasantly mellow, warm and calming smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars, cobs, meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is a minor, grassy player with a touch of sweetness. The burley is nutty sweet with a mild cocoa hit. Not sure about the hazelnut claim, but I can go with pecan and walnut because there is a dry, slightly toasted nutty topping that fits that description. Has little nicotine. Not very complex, but the flavor is mostly consistent throughout the smoke until the end as the burley seems to be more prominent in the last quarter of the bowl. Burns well, fairly cool with few relights, and little moisture in the bowl. Has a decent after taste.

3 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
★★★★
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another good Amphora series. Tastefull, Nut scent, cleary perceptible. Slow burning. Very good product. Fully recommended. Amphora Blends are now made by Imperial Tobacco Company. Unfortunately, this is no more easy to find in Brazil.

3 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Amphora Rich Aroma (now only Amphora Rich) is an aromatic in the dutch tradition. To be clear, not a natural aromatic but a flavored mixture. Better than its most famous medium - bodied red sibling (Amphora Full), this one is really a perfect dutch aromatic blend. Virginia, Burley and Oriental with a sweet and rich casing but without cloying. Fine, pleasant, ideal for aromatic’ lovers and for all those who love a classic flavored blend. Three stars for aromatic’ lovers, two stars for everyone else and two stars and a half in my personal taste. Certainly to taste. Especially if you want to try the old classic aromatic Dutch school. For all these reasons, in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 7 and two stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Italo Svevo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Italo Svevo (19)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Amphora is probably the most widely commercialized pipe tobacco in Italy. If a tobacconist has to choose one brand of pipe tobacco to sell, it is probably going to be amphora, either full or rich aroma. They owe their popularity to good marketing policy, and because, as it seems, it is good value for money tobacco.

Opening the pouch, one finds mostly medium-to-light brown tobacco, quite dry and coarse cut, it looks more like ready rubbed or broken flake than ribbon. The smell from the pouch is not particularly pleasant, they added an an artificial, lightly sour sweetener, it vaguely resembles fruit, definitely not hazelnut like they say. The smoke is medium bodied, nice tasting, round, nutty, not too hot. The tobacco burns relatively well, although I had to relight a few times (maybe it's me). In the second half of the bowl I had some gurgles. No bite (but I smoked with an active charcoal filter). The room note is nothing to write home about but I had no complaints.

All in all, this is a more than honest pouch tobacco, good value for money, to be smoked on its own or mixed with other blends. IMO the rating should be somewhere in between 2.5 and 3, so I'm giving it two stars to re-balance the rating a bit.

PS The pouch says it is made under licence from Van Nelle, a Dutch RYO tobacco manifacturer...

TIP: it mixes very well with some crumbled Toscano cigar!

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani (filter), Savinelli

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

Northern Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Northern Pipes (22)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Based on the amazing smell in the bag, I was expecting a more nutty flavour smoke. Not that the smoke was bad in anyway. It was quite enjoyable, mellowing after a few minutes into a nice deep well rounded smoke with the hints of hazelnut as described on the package. I was just expecting a punch in the face of nuttiness, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's definite worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a reasonable, easy to find, Dark Cavendish Mixture. It haves a Good, different, Pecan Nut flavour. It is sweet, no residual bitter taste. For me,is the best between the Amphora`s Blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

Luckyluke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Luckyluke (11)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Trying this blend at the moment, had about 3 bowls of this stuff and i gotta say i like it! The pouch note isin't what i expected, i thought from the description, it will be some sort of sweet aromatic with alot of casing buuuuuttt.... that was not the case. It smelled of virginias and burley and some nutty scent but nothing over the top what so ever. Now, when i lit up this tobacco, in a large bowl might I add due to its corse cut and alot of broken flakes, the tatse struck me of hazelnut/walnut right of the bat with that great burley backbone and some virginia sweetness. It was a bit bitter in the intitial few puffs so i advise short slow puffs until the flavours mellow out a bit. Mid bowl is when i start enjoying the blend much more. Great for pairing with coffee and i imagine it will be a great burley based baccy to mix with others which i have yet to try! Overall for the price and value i like it, it isint something mind blowing by any means but for what it is its tasty.

Pipe Used: Bent Army Billiard

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (52)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Nutty with cacao under notes and hint of sweet spices. Love it! That being said, I am intolerant to Burley and can't get even close to majority of Burley containing blends due to fear of getting yeast infection on my tongue. Rich Aroma being one of those few exceptions, I guess Mac Baren did a good job of balancing Burley with their cavendish. Whatever the actual reason is for this phenomenon, I am thankful and will always keep a pouch or two in stash.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Aro Lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aro Lover (13)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A nutty burley-based tobacco with a very light hazelnut topping. Not too sweet. The light hazelnut flavoring never overwhelms the natural, nutty burley tobacco taste. Can be smoked all day without becoming tiresome. Room note is acceptable. Like all Amphora blends, it's fairly dry in the pouch with very little topping, but does need some drying time to bring out the subtle flavors. It burns well and doesn't bite (even after multiple bowls), plus has a decent amount of nicotine. Not really much else to say about this nice tobacco. It's a good, daily blend that you probably won't tire of. Amphora Rich Aroma compliments their Full Aroma blend nicely.

Pipe Used: Briar Dublin half-bent (unfiltered)

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This blend seemed to be a compromise between the red label full aroma and the brown label regular blends. As a result, it was sort of a "neither fish nor fowl" type of baccy. However, it was a satifisfying smoke and if it were still available in the U.S. I would stock up on it.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (31)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

When I first read the reviews on this amphora aromatic, after buying a rainy- sunday last pouch left at the tobacconist I feared it maybe one of the dullest blends out for sale here in Italy, plus I am not an Amphora lover.

I have to say it's a very "mild" tobacco, from all possible points of view. Mild strength indeed, mild flavoring, some nutty-chocolatey scent and nothing more, vanishing taste. A simple, monotone burley blend.

Among blends we can taste out here, some Skandinavik mild aromatic blend along with Park lane Nr. 7 & basic burley blends seem way more interesting than this Amphora title. The Cavendish inside this reminds me of that weird flowery scent infused in Clan. And that doesn't please much.

Luckily, but quite obviously, this doesn't bite.

The cut, very easy to pack, it's the same ol' Amphora "mix" of big shags and ready rubbed, maybe some cubes.

I've tried this in little and medium bowls, even after some aging, but It doesn't show nothing particular and never evolves .

Pipe Used: thru aro pipes rotation

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Back in the D&E era, I smoked many pouches and bulk cans of this blend and it was my preference among their offered colors. However, that was before my exposure to true flakes as VAs and VApers that I presently prefer and also before Imperial took over and stopped sales in the USA. That really forced me to explore other options and broaden my experiments with other blends. Not a good enough tobacfco to go thru the hassle and expense of obtaining from overseas.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

The first time in my life I tried Rich Aroma (the green one) was about five years ago, approximately right after the Amphora line went into the Imperial Tobacco Group.

It was not a nice experience... Amphora Green was so mild, bitey, and the distinctive hazelnut flavour just so faint that I could hardly notice. In short: hot air.

I don't know why I have been tempted to try it again, maybe simply the green pouch called me (and the brown, too...). But I have to say it's not as bad as I remembered.

It is a light brown Burley-based typical dutch cavendish; mild in strength, the aroma is monochromaticly nutty/sweet and just a bit salty, never cloying; gives it best in medium-large bores, the slowest draw will avoid it turns bitter or acidic or... dull.

Amphora Green is nothing to write home, but honest and well behaved. Something worth to smoke once in a while just as a temporary passage into the mild-aromatics.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

Not the best tobacco made by Amphora, that's for sure...too bland and flavourless, it can give some satisfaction when mixed with a whisky aromatic blend.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

Even under the D&E period, this Amphora had a bloated, overwhelming taste of caramel, chocolate and vanilla!. If your thing is aromatic tobacco, this should be close to paradise. The newer Imperial Tobacco version is not exactly better. It is not as refined as the older version and the sauce used to sweeten the tobacco is not as exquisite. Basically an extremely sweet Cavendish, with a bitter undertone, that will linger in your pipe (and your palate), long after you've smoked it, so be careful.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

What a boring tobacco! An usual cavendish-burley-oriental with a nicely sweet room aroma and almost no taste! Hazelnut flavor? Where?!? A blend that doesn't fall in the "unsmokable" category, but in the "why should I smoke this stuff" one. It's a decently behaved, not goopy and not overly cased aromatic, but if you add the blandness and the fact that it is like hundreds of other equally boring cavendish drugstore blends to the slight tongue burn it gives, why should you be tempted to smoke this stuff?

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Gae Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gae (46)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

'Well' I tried this in 3 different pipe's,it light's easily & puff's along very nicely.But all I could think of was a menthol feel to the tongue.Maybe it was me??? I'm not saying it's bad, but I do think you need to have an acquired taste for it.It leaves a nice clean ash at the bottom of the bowl & I prefered the taste half way through.I know of a gentleman who has smoked nothing but this, since it was first released. In it's class I'll give 2 out of 4 star's.

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