|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (225)||Mild to Medium||Extremely Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
I got ahold of 100g tin of this for 10€! A humble guy sold the 'backys of his passed away relative and hooked me up with exellent prices for some very old blends. I almost felt guilty, but he said he didn't mind, as long as I'll be having joy with the tobaccos.
Contacted Mac Baren and got response by Per G. Jensen himself (this is what I call customer-service! Way to go Mac Baren), who told could only find out that it was discontinued in 1990 - so my tin is AT LEAST 27years old...1 year older than myself at the moment of writing this review... thinking about smoking a tobacco that was produced before my birth is mind-blowing and amazing at the same time to me! :-) As Per Jensen joined Mac Baren in 2001 he couldn't tell what's in the blend, he didn't even knew it.
You'll only find spanish/mexican language reviews about this blend and virtually no informatios at all. The cover sheet in the (lovely designed) tin states it's a Virginia blend with "special processed" (Cavendish?!) tobaccos. I'm most certain this has some Burley as well! The statement "for young smokers" made me giggle.... could you imagine the outrage if a tobacco company were to state this nowadays? They'd get publically crucified! :-D Hah... good ol times, wish I would've lived back then!
Anyways, the tobacco aged OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD! IDK how it did taste when fresh, but having this tobacco in my pipe is like a flashback! You can clearly taste this is a Mac Baren product. It has a similiar honey-sweetness as Scottish Blend, but just faintly. The Virginias are VERY bready...brown, rye bread with delicate honey notes, some hay and a minor fruitiness. There's also a great share of nuttiness, which leads me to belive there's Burley, just as the fact of the earthy, spicy notes that are present. The Cavendish must be brown Cavendish, as there are no black parts in the tin, yet I get this toasty, roasted, slightly fermented aroma clearly! They may as well - in interplay with the Burleys - be responsible for the delicate nuttiness.
Ah, the cut is a thoroughly rubbed out "Ready Rubbed Flake" and the colors are mostly dark brown, medium brown and bright brown. Only sprinkles of bright leaf in there. I suppose it's red and brown/dark Virginias, Burleys and Brown Cavendish.
The Virginias breadiness clearly dominates, with the nuttiness of the Burley/Cavendish very closely behind. There seems to be a extremly mild honey-ish casing/flavouring as in Scottish Blend, which seems very natural and very unobtrusive, never distracting from the tobaccos! Through and through a Mac Baren product, and I love it! I'll keep this as a very special treat, because when the 100gs are gone.....it's gone!
Here are some pictures of the tin and tobacco if you're interested: https://imgur.com/a/9VeJk
Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars
Age When Smoked: At least 27 years of age
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