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Where Mixture Modern is at the mild end of the taste spectrum, Mixture Aromatic lies between Mixture and Mixture Modern. Compared to Mixture Modern, Mixture Aromatic is a touch less sweet, but distinguishes itself with a highly characteristic taste and fragrant aroma, while still retaining the special Mixture flavor.

Notes: a.k.a. "Danish Mixture". Introduced in 1991.

Previously sold as Mixture Light. Name change due to EU laws that words like "Light" and "Mild" cannot be used on tobacco products anymore.

BrandMac Baren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Pouch, 100g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
1.9
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This review is of Mixture Light. The picture above is of Mixture?a different blend.

Let's say that one's been driving all morning in a very warm day in Provence. One is hot and hungry. One has lunch. A simple, light, scrumptious tarte aux poivrons prodigally washed down with some chilled, light rosé of no particular consequence, which, none-the-less, tastes just wonderful.

That is how I sometimes feel about certain aromatics: I disapprove of them on principle, they would never do, perhaps, in a Boston withdrawing-room, but, given the right setting?hot weather, mainly; also lack of something better?ah, men!?I can enjoy them. They are never very demanding, and their lightweight amiability?like that of "guzzling" wine?can actually be refreshing. Of course, there are aromatics and aromatics. Some are simply shocking. But some are fine, and have their place.

Mac Baren's Mixture Mild is A Fine Aromatic. It tastes clean, has a gentle tobacco base to the taste, and the sweetener is not over-the-top. It actually got almost intense, first in a corncob, then in a Savinelli Autograph. It burnt non-goopy and cool, too, with the gentlest spiciness.

In a pinch, I could smoke this uncomplicated Danish-style blend without regret. If that sounds back-handed, it isn't meant to be. I'll take some to Antibes next year. The beach combers will love it.

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Flinthills Tex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flinthills Tex (20)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I am reviewing the Mac Baren Mixture Aromatic, as pictured here, and not the Mild Mixture others seem to have reviewed. I assume that either Mild Mixture has been replaced by this blend, or the other reviews were mistakenly posted here during the web-site redesign.

Upon opening the pouch, I detect a sweet scent that reminds me more of cherry than of vanilla. I find it pleasant and not overpowering. The tobacco is ribbon cut and, although "ready rubbed", it was pressed into a cake for packaging and must be loosened up before packing. The tobacco is a nice mix of yellow, gold, red, brown and black leaf, with the brighter colors dominating the blend. The moisture content is IMHO just right for packing. The ribbons are long which means that you have to be careful when filling and packing the pipe, therefore, I would recommend a wide bore bowl with this tobacco.

This blend lights well on 2 matches. The taste is mildly sweet with enough of the natural tobacco shining through to please. There is some of the smokiness of the Virginia, which is mitigated by the nuttiness of the Burley. This is a mild but aromatic smoke, nothing complex. The room note is pleasantly sweet without being overpowering. I did not get any tongue bite nor any of the bitterness others have described here. The tobacco burned down nicely to a fine grey ash, leaving no dottle.

This is a typical light Danish blend. I would recommend this for daily use for anybody who enjoys aromatics.

Edit: I've been smoking this blend on and off for a number of weeks now. Maybe it has something to do with the moisture content... I honestly don't know, but I must now agree with several of the previous reviewers here. The first half of the bowl is very pleasant, but then things turn bitter, making the rest of the smoke rather an unpleasant ordeal. Therefore, I am reducing my recommendation to just one star...

Pipe Used: Vauen Church Warden

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: local tobaccoonist

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This is really disappointing when compared to the original MIXTURE blend. It burns hotter, lacks flavour and depth. If you wanna go for the real thing, stay away from this one and get the original baccie instead.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (297)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Well, it's Mixture plus a truckload of vanilla... and IMHO it ruins the subtlety and fragrance of the original blend.

Not actually bad (but it can get slightly sour), but you really have to like such a combination.

Me, I think I'll restrain from buying it again after this tin...

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It is sometimes difficult to tell apart the variations on the theme of the deservedly popular Scottish Mixture. Mixture Light has roughly the same virtues as the original Mixture - and the detractors will find roughly the same flaws.

I am somewhat partial to Mac Baren offerings, and have enjoyed smoking this blend. A litle sharp on the tongue at initial light, it settles down to a lovely honey-on-toast flavour. Ideal when one is concentrating on something else like watching a cricket match or some such. An automatic recommendation for the lovers of aromatics in the Danish tradition, but well worth trying by others as well.

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condar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
condar (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

a terrible tobacco: So bitter and a lot of tongue bite... it's a waste of money. If you want to kill your taste sense then this is your choice

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is nothing more than a typical sugary sweet vanilla cased Cavendish. No tobacco flavor at all. Yuck!

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

There is no balance or flavor with this blend except for extreme bitterness in the last third of a bowl. Very boring and dull like this review.

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Lbarraa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lbarraa (27)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

A poor version of original Mac Baren's Mixture, too much virginia, poor balance with the cavendish and the burley, the final result is a "killer tongue blend", with not enough nicotine or taste.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Mixture Aromatic is indeed very similar in composition to Mac Baren's more traditional Mixture, but the fruity-vanilla casing (it may be a topping, but it is so strong that I do believe it is actually a cased blend) simply ruins it for me. Not as pungent as in Vanilla Cream, it nevertheless alters the flavour of the tobacco, something I don't think happens with Virginia Flake, Golden Ambrosia or Virginia No.1. While these blends retain a clear tobacco taste in spite of the honey like topping, Mixture Aromatic is just plain sugar sweetness.

I celebrate the fact that the casing in Mixture Aromatic does manage to obliterate the infamous ?raw-fish? undertone sometimes present in the traditional Mixture, but the price is too high, for it also obliterates whatever tobacco nuance there could be underneath this heavy coating of vanilla.

Some reviewers have suggested---and I think they are right---that ready rubbed Mac Barens should be packed in a slightly loose fashion, a trick that greatly diminishes their pit-bull biting proclivity. The suggestion definitely applies to Mixture Aromatic, and it should be complemented with a conscious effort of smoking it very slowly.

I wouldn't go to the extreme of saying this is unsmokable. I guess if you are an aromatic fan, and like a lot of sugary vanilla, this blend might just be what you are looking for. Personally, I prefer the original Mixture, and as far as light aromatic Mac Barens go, I would chose Golden Ambrosia or Virginia Flake. In fact this Mac Baren is closer to Peterson's new line of heavily aromatic blends (De Luxe Mixture comes to mind), than it is to other Mac Barens, except, perhaps, for Vanilla Cream.

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Like the other reviewers, I'll note for the sake of accuracy that I'm reviewing Mac Baren Mixture Mild, not Mac Baren Mixture as pictured above.

This blend reminds me very much of Mac Baren Vanilla Cream. It has that same butter cookie flavor, the same smoothness, the same lack of bite, the same excellent cut and burning characteristics. True to the name, though, this is a much milder version of the standard Mac Baren flavor--so mild, in fact, that it sometimes verges on neutral in taste.

Although I prefer Mac Baren Navy Flake and Vanilla Cream for their fuller flavor, this is an excellent smoke and one that a person could smoke all day, every day, without much damage to either tongue or palate. As with most Mac Baren blends, there is not a lot of development to this smoke, but what's here is very pleasant and would probably go over well even with non-smokers. It goes without saying that this blend is a quantum leap up from the average drugstore aromatic--no wetness, no goop, no bite, just a nice, smooth, mild, pleasant flavor that one could smoke endlessly. In the hundred-gram tin, this stuff is a pretty good bargain, too.

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After smoking a great deal of Mixture Mild recently, I note that it suffers from the Burley curse, having a tendency to turn bitter in the last third of the bowl. This turn is subtle--nothing like the bitterness of a really bad Burley--but it's enough to keep me from buying more, so I've downgraded MMM to "might try it again..."

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I'm not sure if this is the blend that I smoked since the tin was marked 'mixture mild' and had a MacBaren strength rating on the tin of 1 vs. the 2 shown in the picture above. Perhaps they've modified the packaging. Burned very easily and evenly in pipes of varied sizes. MacBaren's rating of 3 for sweet flavor and smell is accurate. My wife's aroma test was passed. Black Cavendish taste came thru and became more enjoyable as the tin dried out slightly. Overall, the taste was not unique from many other MacBaren blends with ~ tobaccos and similar to their new Golden Dice although I preferred this ribbon cut which I found easier to evenly and consistently pack. If you enjoy the MacBaren taste and want a mild smoke with no bite, try this one.

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