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Amphora Virginia is a well-balanced and mellow blend with the natural sweetness and flavours enjoyed by Virginia lovers worldwide. Made with a mixture of Virginias from Brazil, USA & Zambia.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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ChristianProbst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChristianProbst (4)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

From this year on, Mac Baren is the Producer and Distributor of all Amphora Blends. For me it will mean a gain in quality, because people at Mac Baren really have passion and love for Tobacco. Unlikely other bigger Tobacco Companys. Per Georg Jensen from Mac Baren gave me a Pouch of this new Blend at the Intertabak Fair in Dortmund, and said "This is our last Virginia- Blend, i promise you it is a pure Virginia, but i will not bite, but gives you full flavour". What should i say? He was completey right! Very good to know is, that this is a hot pressed tobacco. A method, which is at mac baren only used before at their HH- Flakes. It gives the tobacco a fuller flavour, marry the tobaccos better together, and makes it a bit more harmonyously. I have expected a bright Virginia Flake as i read "Amphora Virginia" - with grassy and hay- like notes, maybe like OGS. But that is not the case. It is a middle- brown, broadly cut Virginia- Flake, that smell like a good german dark bread. Very deep and roasted- spicy. Packing is as easy as you would expect, but lighting needs a little patience. Once alight, it burns very consistent and even, and gives you a flavour that is very similar to what you have smelled out of the pouch. It has very deep spicy, bready flavour and surprisingly just a little sweetness. And it does not bite at all- remarkable for a pure Virginia. It just smeems to me, it is a better and more matured version of the HH Pure Virginia Flake- which was boring. This is a must try for all pipesmokers that like the darker Virginias. It has a remarkable quality. But Dear Mr. Mac Baren- please put it in 100g Tins! It has addictive potencial- just emptied my third pouch. Per Georg Jensen just wrote on facebook that they have trouble due to FDA regulations to get this good stuff to the US. So by now (November 2016) it's only available in Denmark and Germany. Pipesmokers in US! Annoy your pipefriends across the pond to send you a pouch, you will like it a lot!

Pipe Used: Several Briars. Dunhill, Winslows, Savinellis...

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Mac Baren HH Pure Virginia.

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2092)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias provide some earth and citrus, a little wood, toast and dark fruit, a couple spice notes, and a hint of a rough edge, sugar and tea. The taste and mellow sweetness levels are a couple steps closer to mild than they are to medium. The nic-hit is a shade past mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a slightly less than moderate pace with a very consistent, fairly smooth flavor. Leaves very little dampness in the bowl, and requires a few more than an average number of relights due to the broken flake cut of the tobacco. Will burn to ash. Has a pleasant after taste. A rather easy going all day smoke with a very slight smoky, tangy quality. Three and a half stars.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1552)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Mac Baren - Amphora Virginia.

I opened the pouch prepared to find a slightly mundane, medium brown, virginia ribbon. But, I lifted back the flap to find a dark brown broken flake...... winner! It's a bit too wet, but nothing to get in a stew over.

The smoke's very citrusy, and also slightly sharp. The citrus quality is so loud it totally eradicates any of the other Va nuances! On a low note, the citrus can cause a bit of an annoying sensation on my palate if it's not taken gently, but providing it's sipped, it's a true joy.

A bowl of Amphora Virginia burns superbly, leaving a pure white ash behind.

The nicotine's quite mild, and the room-note's brilliant: light virginia.

A bowl of this will put a spring in your step!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula #221

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

5 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (301)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A very nice offering from MacBaren/Amphora. This has nothing to do with MacBaren's own Virginia#1: a rather sugary, honey coated tobacco, once described by a fellow reviewer as "Napalam on a stick". Amphora Virginia is a very well crafted broken flake, Cavendished in that particular Dutch style. Up to a certain point it reminds me of the old Amphora Regular (from the D&E years): straight forward, woodsy, slow burning and delicious.

This Virginia is neither sweet (in that raisin-molasses style of some Dunhills' and Rattrays) nor acidic/abrasive (in that vinegar-ketchup style of McClelland). Rather it has a toasty flavor, reminiscent of hay and wheat. It's sharp, smokey and easy to light and keep lit. If anything, is closer to Briar Fox, but in broken flake-Cavendish form. Indeed, a very nice surprise, rich in natural flavor, humidity and strength. In my book, this is a winner.

Pipe Used: Royal Dutch, Comoy's Every Man's pipe.

Age When Smoked: N/A

Purchased From: Tobacco shop in Bolognia, Italy

Similar Blends: Briar Fox..

4 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (259)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After having been disappointed by Amphora's other offerings (as far as I could get hold of them), I was intrigued by the brand offering a pretty much pure VA, and of course by MacBaren having taken over production. Cue a pouch arriving in the mail.

Opening the pouch, this is very much a MacB product: the broken flake is the same as in many MacB blends, only here, it is just the VA flake and nothing else. A light citrus note, a lot of warmth and a touch of pepper are in the package. The leaf is medium to dark yellow and brown.

Stuffing is easy for any danish-style pipe, lighting and maintenance, too. The broken Flake makes for a relatively cool smoke, and from the beginning, there is sweetness, some warmth, a touch of grassiness... all good VA.

The room note is of hay and rum (not a flavouring of the blend), some airy driness in there, too. Wider bowls should be preferred (this is, after all, sort of a processed Flake). At the end, I have a minimum of dottle and no condensation, ergo no bite.

Being a pure VA, there is little variation in there, but for those who want the flavour of VA, this should be a go-to 'baccy. And here I am, highly recommending something branded Amphora. Watch out for snowdrifts in Hell.

Pipe Used: db Mayflower, VAUEN Barontini

Age When Smoked: ~3 months

Purchased From: DanPipe, Lauenburg, Germany

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow.

2 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (182)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Expectations over this new Amphora were high.

You should know that we italians (poor pipsters) have never had available any OTC virginia. This one fills the gap, and it does very much fine than I could expect.

I think of this basically as the Mac Baren’s Virginia # 1 without the honey. Or a cheaper broken flake standing between the Golden Glow and the Best Brown by Samuel Gawith. It’s a very good basic virginia for any home made blend, which I have started to experiment by fractional addings of say SJF or LD (or both) or BF, and getting differentiated facets to the base. But AV stands by its own merits. Strenght is satisfactorily near the medium mark. Flavour is citrus & hay with some pleasant spice. Smokes cool and absolutely unbitey.

After five pouches, and still three waiting in my cabinet, I can confirm that this one “has an addictive potential”. A very nice surprise. Four stars.

Pipe Used: mainly Castello and Radice

Age When Smoked: fresh from pouch

Similar Blends: Mac Baren's Virginia # 1, Samuel Gawith's Golden Glow.

2 people found this review helpful.

GeeJay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GeeJay (3)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Well, to my big surprise I'd got a royal sample of this tobacco, in a pouch. Once opened, I saw a light brown broken flake. A good smell of Virgina, pure reached my nose. A bit kitteling. Need 3 matches and the flakes burn quite slowly in their medium meerschaum bowl. When I smoked it 2/3 I need a relight, one is enough. People may ask where is your tobacco-review?? Well, .... this is a pure Virginia blend. Nothing more nothing less. For the Dutch market it means really an acquisition. We don't have such a tobacco. This is a Virginia that will have a very warm welcome in many smaller countries like NL. I can imagine that you'dçhoose Virginia as an allday tobacco. Congratulations MB. Edit: the other day my hand grabbed automatically to the pouch Virginia. For me it means it passed the test, it has a good chance to be my daily tobacco. Also important: I've smoked this tobacco without a filter. And it's true what the rumours say: there was no tongue-bite!

Pipe Used: Hilson Virgin Nature

Age When Smoked: fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: a friend

1 person found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (136)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Being a bit dissapointed from other Amphora blends i hesitaded a little but some great reviews and being a virginia flake lover made me purchase a pack of 50 gram.once the seal breaks a nice aroma of sweet grasses and tea notes comes out.the broken flakes are very similar to the HH line flakes so some rubbing is needed.if not rubbed the lighting is really tricky and several relights are needed through smoking.the blend moisture is proper.while smoking the flavours combine very well each other and feel very natural.lots of grass notes,some citruses,tea notes,lots of dark fruits and some earthy notes are popping out from the beginning till the end.smooth and sharp tastes co exist giving some complexity to your tongue with no tongue bite.burns slow and cool to perfect ash with some moisture being created at the end of the bowl.the room note is pleasant and the after taste pleasant all day smoke with no harsh spots that any virginia lover should like.despite all these something is missing for me.i know some of you may critisism me but i believe this blend is incomplete without some perique.with this addition i believe the blend will launch it's flavours and can be a 4 star blend that a lot should love.

Age When Smoked: Rubbed and packed at once

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (157)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a good straight Virginia. A pleasant surprise. Not entirely natural, because there is a little bit of flavoring in it. Anyway the taste is Virginia, pure Virginia. Brown in color it is robust enough, with a high nicotine content and it needs to be smoked slowly, without warming up. For Virginia' lovers. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 8 and three stars.

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Giuliano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Giuliano (1)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Tabacco da tutti i giorni, ma con note molto nobili, ottima fumabilita'. Come flake rotto, impone un minimo di manualità nella fase di carica,ottimo.Lo raccomando decisamente. Non credo sia da consigliare a chi inizia a fumare la pipa, perchè rischia di complicare un po' la fase d'accensione. Direi che può essere utile valutarlo come porta d'accesso ai Virginia più strutturati è complesso. Direi che il profumo al fornello della pipa, risulta pieno, piacevolissimo, mai acido. Se lo si fuma lentamente non punta mai in bocca e rispetto ai suoi più blasonati concorrenti non sfigura per nulla; anzi.

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