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For nearly a quarter of a decade, Henrik Halberg, master blender and 4th generation owner of Mac Baren Tobacco, has been selecting the five tobaccos used to craft this outstanding blend. The Blend consists of both pressed tobacco and loose cut varieties that make filling your pipe easy and ensure a cool, slow burn. Enjoy the elements experienced from the finest craftsmanship available in fine pipe tobacco. Puzzle your senses with its deep, sweet and fruity taste. Each time will be better than the last. Mac Baren Cube is THE smoking experience for the true connoisseur.

Notes: Introduced in 2004.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByHenrik Halberg
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutRibbon
Packaging40g Pouch, 100g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (260)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Strong Extra Full Pleasant

Mac Baren Cube . This seems to get a lot of poor responses so it intrigued me to find out for myself if all of the negativeness was justified ! I have to admit that upon opening it I found the initial aroma to be amazing , there is a wonderful full bodied Tobacco smell boosted with a lovely Fruity/Citrus touch as well . The appearance of the Tobacco is a little "messy" , there are many different sizes , shapes , cuts and colours , some even like small pieces of roll cake . Mine is on the moist side also so I think some extra airing time would benefit this one . Once lit I find it a little perplexing , not particularly "fowl" for me just (like the appearance) the taste is messy . It seems to me to be a very busy Tobacco that they have tried far to hard to make appeal to the connoisseurs ! There are so many flavours of Tobaccos , Fruit and Citrus with the latter being the most "loud" in the mix , imagine smoking a Fruit Salad ! Another negative point for me is that it bites like a rabid dog ! A plus point is that the vitamin N is quite a good level , not making me light headed but not being too faint and it can also be inhaled with ease . I feel that if they had added a little less to this it would actually be a pleasant blend , alas they have gone totally mental with the amounts and that does indeed justify all the negative responses !

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

Similar Blends: The Supermarket Fruit section !.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (113)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I agree entirely with PokerSmoker and Meerkat. The chief weakness of this stuff is easy to identify. It's blindingly horrible: gimmicky, over the top, hot as hell and comprehensively weird. Blecccch! To my mind, it beggars belief that anyone would smoke this for pleasure. This is a Lenten tobacco: smoke it if you want to meditate on all your sins and punish yourself for them.

"For nearly a quarter of a decade, Henrik Halberg ... has been selecting the ... tobaccos used to craft this outstanding blend." So that's two and a half years, then.

With all respect to aromatic lovers, I can never understand why blenders feel it so necessary to introduce peculiar flavours into natural tobacco. In this case, "peculiar" is the understatement of the decade (or at least a quarter of it). "Objectionable" comes a little nearer to conveying what this rubbish tastes like. Smoke it, and death will lose its sting. It will also leave a very tenacious ghost. Decidedly not recommended.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Several of the Borkum Riff aromatic blasphemies..

1 person found this review helpful.

Leafmaster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leafmaster (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium Strong Full Pleasant

I have had a full pound of this stuff in my cellar (closet) for over a year opened, hoping it would get better. It has not. The other day I left the closet door open by mistake and the cats got into it, spreading it all over the place. I guess they thought it was catnip. I sure hope they enjoyed it because I certainly never did.

1 person found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

My review is based on a 40grms pouch of what is the Cube Silver (just to distinguish it from the new Cube Gold).

CS is produced with high quality leaves, that's for sure. The fact is that talking of Virginia or Burley or whatever else is simply a non-sense, what matters here is the flavouring. It's a heavy flavouring: I taste exotic fruits, vanilla, spices, a very complex stuff. A comparison comes to my mind from the very past (they tell that the sense of smell is very much more potent than the others): Sunday Fantasy by Thomas Radford.

Yes, sometimes You taste some tobacco, too.

The smoke is mild, cool and non-biting. It taints the pipe.

Smoking Cube is a different philosophy, just like tasting a fruit juice. It's very refreshing and relaxating. Cube leaves a pleasant sweet after-taste, something not common in the aros.

All in all a pleasant experience, to repeat once in while. I don't think I will buy it again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Even if it begins smoking with a somewhat tobacco taste, it is very sweet. And for my taste it is not a real tobacco. It is a high quality product but too much aromatic for me. However for aromatic lovers can be a great choise.

1 person found this review helpful.

tramroad28 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tramroad28 (26)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

The mechanics and results of smoking this blend were all ok...I expected more. Perhaps, it is only that I am wondering how much of my $$$s went to the packaging rather than the tobacco. Always looking for one best aromatic and this is not it.

1 person found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

The only reason this gets two stars instead of one is that I am not an aro smoker so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Tobacco taste is why I smoke a pipe, and this stuff just doesn't have it. It's all casing and not very good at that. I'm giving it two stars because I think aromatic smokers will like it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Slow Draw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Draw (26)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Very Full Pleasant

I bought a few ounces of this stuff and really wanted to like it. But the strong fruit basket aroma just wouldn't let me get to the finer qualities of the tobacco. I also had a very difficult time getting the CUBE to burn. I tried several degrees of dryness (it looses all flavor when totally dry) and several pipes (a mistake since the flavor lingered for about ten bowls). When it did burn for more than a minute, it did wierd things to flesh in my mouth! Never again my friend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Cube is a wonderful aromatic tobacco for pipe smokers who knows how to enjoy Heavy Aromatics, Cube tobacco quality is excellent, tastes delicious, room note is simply magic.

Cube is naturally flavored, means there are no chemical agents or sweeteners usually found in most cheap drugstore brands, it ages very well if left opened for a year or more, it taste natural tobacco (Va/Br) with exotic fruits.

As a smoker of any good quality tobacco(aromatic or not), I love this tobacco and I have a churchwarden dedicated for it, I buy it in bulk, I enjoy it especially when I am with the girlfriend.

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarBurner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarBurner (29)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobac is a perfect example of how subjective a persons tastes in tobacco can be.

Vanilla, caramel, toffee, popcorn, gummy bears....I must be in a candy store judging by the taste this blend imparted on other reviewers buds. I have not smoked aromatics for more than 40 years so I thought I'd give it a try. Its' sweetness was just too overpowering for me.I also tasted this blend for days.

Not a total loss!! The 100g box holds paper clips real good!!!!

1 person found this review helpful.

Johnny River Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Johnny River (17)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just don't know about this stuff.....

The first time I tried it I couldn't finish the bowl. God, it has a lot of flavoring added! I never was much for cherry/berry flavoring to begin with, but this was overload.

2nd time I finished the bowl but didn't really enjoy it - just tolerated it. I really try to like the tobaccos I buy. I figure Henrik put effort into creating this mixture so I should do my best to give it a shot.

3rd time a charm? No. Hey, I do get it......lots of different tobacco flavors coming at you.... get you to think about the eclectic mix......but alas, I don't like it. I really wish I could.

I will give it another try and see what happens..................

To be continued...............................

1 person found this review helpful.

Piperpan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piperpan (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

This is so extremely sweetest tobacco that I couldn't finish the first bowl.

UPDATE: How I didn't know what to do with this tobacco I had the stupid idea of mixturing it with other tobaccos that I couldn't smoke. Now the problem is bigger: the mixture of all of them is so strange and nasty that I am not able to smell it. I think that with this cube Mac Baren I have got a very interesting food for my chickens...

And the package is so elegant that it will be my jar for the pencils on my desktop...

Definitively, I am hoping for a Full Virginia Flake and other similar tobaccos order. I wish to forget this cube (and my 10 ? that I paided for it!!). Best Regards.

UPDATE 07/17/2008: I have tried, once more, to smoke this cube mixtured with other flakes from different blends and brands (pupurri). The result:impossible to smoke it. So, the food for my chickens is already to serve!!

1 person found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (54)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Actually, this isn't bad. Very sweet, and fruity indeed. I'm picking up on (what reminds me of) gummy bears and some coconut and toffee notes in between, not very satisfying, but for casual leisure puffing it's alright. I bet regular smokers of aromatics will enjoy this. I got this as a sample when I last stocked up on tobacco, not sure I'll buy a box in the future, but I certainly don't regret sampling it.

Good burn, easy on the tongue, easy to pack and leaves the pipe reasonably clean when done.

2,5/4

1 person found this review helpful.

scottf345 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottf345 (10)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

For the most part I am not a big aromatic smoker. I sometimes like a lightly cased tobacco like the dark twist or the local B&m's house blend that I started on. But this stuff was overly cased with such a sickeningly sweet topping that I actually felt sick about a third of the way through the bowl. Mcbaren has some exceptional tobaccos like the H.H. virginia. I absolutly love that. The cube however shares the dubious honors with mixture 79 as the only tobaccos I have ever tossed in the trash can. If your someone who is into the mangos and cotton candies of the tobacco world maybe this will float your boat. If however you generaly smoke tobacco flavored to litely topped tobacco's think twice about spending any dough on the Qube.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ankara_Dave Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ankara_Dave (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

As with any rating system on matters of subjective tastes, it can be difficult to describe things so far from the ordinary; and The Cube is definitely not an ordinary blend. I smoke predominantly Virginia blends which is what attracted me to this blend in the first place that it apparently is primarily composed of. Is it sweet, oh yes, but it is a really complex taste. And if Mac Baren?s claim, that there are 27 component tobaccos is true, complex is what you?d expect. Obviously with that much going on, it?s tough to pick out a single piece of the puzzle. One very attractive quality that I?ve found, after burning the better part of a pound, is it?s fairly consistent in taste from the top of the bowl to the bottom; and after relights, though I don?t find myself relighting that often. It leaves a nice aroma in my office, and my wife really digs the smell of my goatee.

One downside, if you don?t like a sweet smoke, this is really sweet. But you should have known that going in! English fans, don?t even bother. And please don?t write reviews complaining about Cube?s sweetness; we all know it?s sweet. Another downside is that the taste is really sensitive to humidity changes. I live in a very dry environment year ?round, and managing the proper humidity can be tricky. The quality of the smoke definitely suffers with these fluctuations. Also, be very slow, or your tongue will take a real beating.

= Update

I had to knock this one down a star, simply because of the afore mentioned bite. I still like the taste, but my tongue can use a break.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sparky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sparky (9)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This along with other tobaccos is getting 2 stars to start because of my limited testing time with this one.

Great tin aroma, good packing, good lighting.

This is a room pleaser no doubt about it. For me, not usually being able to detect the room note when I am smoking, and especially in the smoke shop smoking, this one punched through all the aromas in the shop.

Taste.... well, what to say about that. It is sweet almost to the point of being noxious, but not bad. I enjoyed the smoke... and for something so obviously heavily cased... no tounge bite if you smoke slow.

I will try again, but being in the stage of wanting to stray from aromatics and find tobaccos with more body and depth, this will not become a regular. Overall, if you like sweet, you will like this. Would probably make a great apertif, and good choice for holiday "people" smoking.

1 person found this review helpful.

SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

It should be compared with others, of similar type. Cube of MAC Baren, is for the lovers of aromatic Virginia. I am not sure but it must contain a bit of Latakia.

Cube, is a combination of Burley/Virginia which contains black Cavendish. Surely, it is the best packing that I have ever seen. By smoking it, it remained on and dry in the minimum point of the bowl. It has to get a bit dry though, before you smoke it. It is a tobacco that does not bother; I would rather say that it is preferred by strange women.

I certainly do not agree with those who support that MAC Baren had some leftovers of tobaccos and has thrown them all inside a Cube.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Unfortunately not my cup of tea at all.

I had begun a reassessment of Mac Baren tobaccos partly because many of them are now readily available in my country, and partly because I believe that if smoked slowly and leisurely, many Macs are actually pretty good (Vintage Syrian, Mixture, Navy Flake and Virginia Nº 1, for example).

After trying and, more frequently than not, enjoying Original Choice, I thought I'd give Cube a try. Oh my! Big mistake. In my view, this tobacco is exceedingly moist (more so than most other Macs), exceedingly perfumed, and, flavor wise, exceedingly sweet, to a nauseating point.

Unlike Original Choice or Mixture Modern, which are also rather sweet and very aromatic, I couldn't grasp any tobacco flavor beneath the heavy casing of Cube. No Virginias, no Burleys, no Cavendish. Just a very strong vanilla-on fruit-on caramel-on honey concoction. It is so mild that even when I did smoke it very slowly, that infamous tongue-biting Mac Baren trend (which I thought was, at least for my palate, a thing of the past) immediately became present, and in a very aggressive mood.

Flavor wise, Cube kind of reminds me of Larsen's Selected Blend Nº 50. But whereas Larsen's has a refined yet manly denouement, Cube is--again, in my view--utterly infantile. Plain sweet, no tobacco, no structure. Not again.

Addendum, 22 june 09:

Subjectivity is inevitable, be it in physics or in tobacco reviewing. I was given as a gift a 50 gm. silver pouch of Cube. I had vowed not to try this smoking entity again. My previous experience with this blend came from the big plastic canister in which Mac Baren is now marketing some of its products. My original impression was highly negative.

This time it was not so much a matter of objectivity over subjectivity, but one of relative curiosity. Would it be different? Would my impressions modify? Well, keeping in line with relativity, yes and no.

These are my observations, which I hope will be helpful to someone out there.

1. Is Cube blended from quality leaf? Like all Mac Barens, Im sure it is. Their site states this is a blend of Virginias, Burleys and cavendished Virginias, in varying proportions, personally selected by the companys owner and master blender, from different regions worldwide. I may not like all of MBs offering, but so far I have yet to find a blend that is note developed from top grade leaf.

2. Is it cased with artificial flavors, sauces, and essences? Again, and this is no exaggeration: it is heavily cased (this is the type of casing I usually refer to as overwhelming). It says so in MBs site as well. A cornucopia of fruit flavors and essences, Caribbean sugar, chocolate sauces and other sweet flavoring agents have been generously applied (in my view, an understatement) in order to create a unique taste and aroma.

To be fair, I compared Cube not only to tobaccos of a similar kind, but also to similar tobaccos from the SAME brand. Cubes artificial aromas are far stronger, pungent, and sweeter than: (a) Original Choice; (b) Black Ambrosia (compared to Cube, its almost a non-scented blend); (c) Golden Ambrosia (slightly similar, but to my palate far more refined and elegant), and (d) Original Choice Aromatic. In terms of flavor, Cube and OCA are very similar, but to my 30-year old-smoking palate Cube seems to be in steroids.

The only other MB I find as heavily cased is Vanilla Cream Loose Cut. However, VCLCs strong casing DOES dissipate if left to air overnight (whilst keeping the most delectable vanilla flavor), and it never occludes the natural taste of tobacco.

3. A side note is in order: so far theres really nothing unique about the leaf components: virtually all MBs are a blend of Virginias, Burley and Cavendished leaf. As to the flavor/casing, Ive tasted a very similar (if not identical) composition in at least three other Danish brands: Petersen & Sorensens Danish Mixture; Ashtons Type 5, and Larsens Selected Blend Nº 50. In my view, Cube and P & S are identical. Both, by the way, will leave a strong, enduring flavor in your pipe and palate for days.

4. Does it have artificial humectants? Very much so. I removed the contents from the pouch and left it to air and dry well over eight hours. It was still very moist and pungent (if you press it in the palm of your hand, it will immediately sponge back). When Ive done the same with other MBs, such as Original Choice, Virginia Nº1 or Mixture, they all become crisp and their aromas somewhat muted and restrained. Its not then a question of the leafs natural oils or resins. Again, the same happens with P & Ss Danish Mixture.

5. Does it bite? In my 30 years or so of pipe smoking, Ive come to realize that in many cases biting is the result of an erroneous packing technique, and a fast and humid puffing cadence. But due to mildness and high sugar content, many tobaccos can generate that hot-burning-biting sensation no matter how carefully you pack and smoke them. Mixture 79 is an example, and so is MBs Virginia Nº1. That is something the company itself acknowledges, and as part of their marketing strategy for Original Choice or Black Ambrosia, they highlight the fact that theyve managed to develop a mild blend that does not smart on the tongue.

Now, back to Cube: unlike my first experience, this time it didnt bite immediately. But if youre not careful enough, by mid bowl that hot-biting sensation will make itself pretty evident. So be warned. If you want to alleviate bite with this one smoke it very slowly and carefully, and let it air as much as you can.

6. Does it taste of tobacco? Not to me. Im sorry, but I dont get any tobacco flavor at all from this one. There are many aromatic blends in which the natural tobacco taste is not absorbed or abducted by the artificial flavorings (Royal Yacht, Blue Note, Captain Black or, so they tell me, Silems Black). The casing and humectants in Cube are so strong and pervasive that, as far as my palate is concerned, all tobacco reference is lost. So I stand by my utterly infantile contention: more than a pipe tobacco, to me its the equivalent of an adults candy bar.

7. Would I recommend this blend? Theres no better judgment than your own personal experience with a blend. If you are a predominantly aromatic smoker, and dont mind heavily cased and very sweet blends, this could very well be manà. However, I would never recommend this blend to anyone who is not an aromatic smoker, or to anyone who doesnt mind an aromatic every now and then (which is my case). To each his own. As for me, and this time its for real, never again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Holy Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holy Smoke (26)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Strong Full Pleasant

Hmmm, if you've ever wondered what it would be like to have a sweet shop loaded into a pipe, then Cube will provide the answer.

This is a sweet, sickly blend that will infection your pipe with such a foul taste that only a full ream and a strong twist will shift it. A blend that will suit fans of American aromatics but is heresy to an English man.

Luckily I only brought an ounce of this vile concoction.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jaraxle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaraxle (3)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Strong Medium Tolerable

I am new to pipe smoking, about 8-10 months. I started with aromatics from Tinder box and have been happy with them. I really enjoy Mango Magic (TinderBox), Denver Ore (TinderBox), Middle Earth Blend (PipeRoom.com), DELF (Piperoom.com)even Ashtons Guilty Pleasure. I have also purchased several highly rated blend tobaccos like Dunhill 965(Excellent), and Nightcap (Nightcap is too strong for me right now but I respect it and have canned it until I am ready for it). I have several Frog Mortons, Penzance and various others ready to try once I have smoked down some of the other that are already open.

My Tinder box guy gave me a sample of Cube along with a sample of Plum Cake. I had yet to find a tobacco that I truly disliked until now. Out of all the ones I have tried, this is by far the worst. I have read reviews before on blends and have heard the words Ivory soap. Now I know what they are talking about. It been 3 hours, a plate of nachos, several brownies, and various beverages and I still have this god awful taste in my mouth.

I dont like to knock things or put anything down but I feel I have to write this. If your going to try this, use a tester pipe and dont buy a large quantity.

1 person found this review helpful.

theredstrat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
theredstrat (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I have been smoking for a couple of years and have moved from strictly aromatics to a mostly VA menu. I enjoy VA/PERS and an occasional English blend. However, I still have the capacity to enjoy a good aromatic blend.

This is not one.

I have never written a bad review of a tobacco because so many different people have so many different tastes and opinions. This blend, however, is cased to the point that it no longer tastes like tobacco, but rather a Jolly Rancher that you crumbled in with a pouch of Captain Black.

Yuck.

1 person found this review helpful.

alix Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alix (1)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

This tobacco is unfortunately like many other MacB offerings - good leaf used, but with so many toppings/casings that you can only tell the quality of the leaf from the fact that it burns well.

It's sad that cube was marketed as something epic when it's just yet another ridiculously overcased/topped blend.

The flavourings used were a rather ``unique'' combination. If only much less flavouring had been used overall, this tobacco would be bearable.

1 person found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

Although I normally don't like aromatics, I was favorably impressed with this at first, so much so that I bought a couple of extra tins. Over time, however, my appreciation of the flavor was smothered by poor burning qualities and tongue bite. This is probably nirvana for those who smoke aromatics on a regular basis, but I can't see much to recommend this. The tobacco does appear to be of decent quality, though, and I wonder what this blend might be like if the blender cut the amount of flavoring in half.

1 person found this review helpful.

Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I gave this blend one star simply because if one likes aromatics you might like this one, although I doubt it very much if you have sampled any of the premium aromatics from sources such as Habana Premium or Boswell's.

This is definitely a Mac Baren blend as is evident upon loading your pipe. The tobacco is much like a broken flake in texture and heavily cased with some type of sickeningly sweet flavoring which seems to have a fruity essence to it. It could also use much drying out.

It seems to smoke cool and slow. Compared to other Mac Baren blends, this one seems to have slightly less tendency to bite.

The room note may be pleasant, but I don't smoke for room note. If that were the case, I would just smoke potpourri.

For the true pipe smoker, whether you smoke aromatics or not, this I cannot recommend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bezoar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bezoar (14)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild Very Mild Pleasant

THe only good thing i can say about cube is that the package i have was a free sample sent to me buy a gentleman running away from aromatic tobacco. I should have followed his heed, and run away from cube.

It has a great pouch smell, but thats where the pleasure ends. The burning tobacco has no real flavor to it, and the only time i got a strong taste from it was the 3rd time it went out, and then i was able to taste coconut when puffing on it when it was still out. And I managed to severly burn my tongue and mouth with this blend. after 4 days i still cannot taste anything other then vinager or super sweet earl grey tea.

1 person found this review helpful.

sonoma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sonoma (11)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Strong Overwhelming Very Pleasant

Having just finished a complementary review, I was reminded by the fact that most of my critiques have been favorable. That track record ends now. MacBeran?s CUBE can easily turn a well-constructed piece of briar into forever damaged goods. One of my billiard ladies was violated beyond emotional forgiveness. This blend will seduce you with it?s fancy hazelnut coffee and milk chocolate-cherry aroma, but it also contains an awful artificial sweetness that remains undetected until you light this ghastly mix. Oh, it will bring the ladies running with its room note, but why, you?ll just send them scurrying when you light-up your strongest Balkan blend to quickly cleans your palate. If I could give it no stars, I would. Meanwhile, have a nice day.

1 person found this review helpful.

cell biologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cell biologist (21)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Medium Very Pleasant

My first bowl of this was appealing, I enjoyed the unique flavor combination of dates, coconut and the rich variety of tobaccos. The second and several subsequent bowlfuls were absolutely hideous because of an overwhelming acrid detergent sensation in my nose. I?ve read about ?soapy? flavors, which in aromatics have been variously described as perfumy or cloying, but this was more than soapy, this was literally reminiscent of detergent, as in when you weigh out sodium dodecyl sulfate (a.k.a. sodium lauryl sufate) in the lab and it?s fine dust rises to your nose and permeabilizes the olfactory epithelium. It is not pleasant. A piercing, sharp, bitter sensation. I can only guess that there is coconut extract in the Cavendish portion of the tobacco (sodium dodecyl sulfate is a component of coconut milk) and under some conditions, too hot, wrong pipe, whatever, the detergent concentration reaches critical micelle concentration and starts piercing membranes and denaturing proteins in your sensitive membranes. I?m totally guessing here with this image. But Cube has redeeming value. You can dilute it (maximum about a third Cube) with other tobaccos and it adds a very nice flavor without that acrid detergent onslaught. For this I give it two stars.

Oh, but the box is way cool.

1 person found this review helpful.

writer_robin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
writer_robin (7)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

To paraphrase a movie review, "For those who like this sort of tobacco, this is the sort of tobacco they like."

I'm not a big fan of aromatics for much the same reason that cannibals don't eat clowns: they taste funny. I prefer my smokes to have a strong dose of perique, so that will of course color my review.

My local B&M dealer, who knows my preferences and who hasn't steered me wrong yet, talked me into trying it. He was watching World Cup soccer on TV, so he may have been a bit distracted at the time. But since the price wasn't too outrageous, I bought a box. After smoking several bowls to clean out the taste of the Penzance I had last smoked in the pipe, I finally got just the taste of Cube.

To be honest, it is quite pleasant in both aroma and taste. Maybe I just have a funny sniffer, but in the pouch it seemed to smell more of chocolate than of coconut. And as Cellarmaster mentioned, it is indeed a nice "bump in the road." I also found it a bit difficult to keep lit. The room not is quite pleasant, however.

But as I said earlier, I'm not a big fan of aromatics. And even though it doesn't have any perique (sigh), I'll continue to smoke it, but not more than once a week or so.

Ad when it's gone, I'll have a nice box for storing my Kajun Kake!

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erz316 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erz316 (7)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

It seems to me that master blender Halberg has some working to do. The only good thing i can say about MB Cube is that you get a cool looking box when your done with it. I dislike this blend, a lot. when i first opened the pouch that's inside the box I smelled an overwhelming odor of artificial sweetness, similar to coconut. I packed a bowl and began smoking the abomination. the room note is very sweet, but not an identifiable sweetness, it just smells artificial. the taste at first was nothing noticeable, but as i went on the initial flavor on my tongue as i drew in was unbelievably salty. the taste then proceeded to change to an unbearable sweetness as i held the smoke in my mouth. I would not recommend this at all, i promptly threw out the rest of the weed and now i keep change in the box. The only reason to buy this is to get the box, but at 15 dollars, i think you could just go to a cigar store and pick up some free cigar boxes.

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clifswin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clifswin (8)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is an aromatic for when you want an aromatic. That is, it has a lovely, sweet, hard-to-define flavoring that so dominates that I can't detect any tobacco flavor at all. The flavor is very nice, it's just not a tobacco flavor. It seems like the leaf in this was carefully selected for its ability to support the casings, and to burn evenly and well, while not interrupting the enjoyment of those casings at all. I suppose it's possible that part of what I'm tasing is Virginia and that the overall taste is so balanced that it's essentially seamless.

If it seems I'm confused about how to respond to this, that's because I am. As a purely aromatic smoke, it's a great success. As a tobacco, it's... it's... it's not tobacco. If I could put whipped cream on it, it'd be a delicious desert, but as a pipe tobacco it's confusing as heck. Tobacco for people who don't like tobacco?

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Surprisingly.... Absoultely delicious!

I believe a fair review of a blend means to compare it to others of its genre rather than compare it to something of an entirely different make up. A Clydesdale and a Thoroughbred are both horses, but there are a few differences in the breeds. LOL!

Mac Baren's Cube is a delightful change of pace for Virginia lovers. I am not sure Latakia hounds will appreciate this one but it is very similar to a medium strength straight Virginia with some very special and heavy aromatic touches.

Cube is a Burley/Virginia combination that contains black Cavendish that bears a sweetner. I loved the way this blend packed, stayed lit and smoked mostly dry to the very bottom of the bowl with little effort.

This is an aromatic that tastes like tobacco and will offer about the most enticing room note I've ever encountered.... Sweet, yet tobaccoey!

I would highly recommend Cube to anyone who enjoys tobacco taste with some added sweetness and a room note that will bring the ladies running. Ain't nothin' not to like about this offering.

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Adguru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adguru (20)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Blue Note, Petersons Sunset Breeze and now comes MacBarren's Cube. I find it very similar to the two Amaretto-flavored blends that preceeded it. But, I do like the cube cut and after careful consideration I think it has a better tobacco base than the other two. Right now, it is my favorite aromatic. But, as a disqualifier, and of course it is a big disqualifier, I mostly smoke Balkan blends.

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bobspipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobspipe (13)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I tried this when it first came out and was intrigued by the packaging as well as the appearance and presentation. I liked the blend of flavors at first, but then just found over time the blend of flavors to disintegrate to a weird combination of flavors that didn't hold together as well. Its out of my rotation, but would consider circling back around and trying it again.

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drauh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drauh (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

OK, I'm afraid I have to disagree with my esteemed colleagues. It's been a while since I smoked an aromatic, barring the occasional Sail Yellow or Fribourg&Treyer Vintage cavendish, so I thought I'd give it a try based on the reviews here. It just reminded me of why I switched to English blends. The primary flavor is vanilla, and there are undertones of other casings. I suppose the room note may be considered pleasant, but I felt it was overpowering, rather like a 'Guido' at the local disco who's drenched in cheap aftershave. I rather regret buying this, now, seeing as it's pretty pricey. Ah, well. Maybe it'll improve with time. One may only hope. For now, I'm sticking to Nightcap and Raven's Wing.

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

Very unlike MacBaren's quality burleys like london blend and golden extra. This is merely expensive packaging and a slightly cased tobacco blend with hyped up advertising. I'm just glad I got to sample this and did not buy it.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (81)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

Mac Barens isn't fooling anyone with this expensive, trendily pagackaged offering. For this money you could get a basket pipe and an ounce or two of bulk ! And I heartily suggest that the novice do exactly that.

Cube does smell nice, a combination of fruits, nuts and some kind of perfume. Not at all hot smoking, very unlike the more traditional "hot" MB blends, but lacking their subtlety and honest taste. Not for the lover of rustic, American burleys or English blends (as I am). A spineless tobacco with a delightful topping (but you could have guessed that going in).

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Mike-Welsh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike-Welsh (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

Mac Baren's Cube was recommended to me by my tobacconist, and I found it to be a very interesting blend. It would be truthful to say it is not my favourite blend but it is definetely in the top 5. I found if the pipe was packed right I had no trouble smoking it right to the end of the bowl. The taste is consistent and I was pleasantely surprised to find that the room aroma is outstanding. I normally smoke Falcon pipes, but have just purchased a new briar pipe to use soley with this excellent mixture, Well Done Mr Halberg.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Duckworths www.uktobacco.com

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong

Nope Nope Nope.

I don't even want to review this, but will.

I love some cube cuts, but this doesn't do it well at all. The taste was almost good until it burnt your tongue to a crisp.

For a natural Burely it still had a bad chemical taste. Just bad.

Pipe Used: AKB Freehand Meerschaum, Nording Poker

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

okay... The fact Mac Baren calls this blend a connoisseurs choice is insane! Its an overly cased, hot burning, tongue biting poorly done, attempt at a cube cut blend. I love a good cube cut burley but Mac Baren managed to mess that up. Overly cased with a foul bitter sting. Not worth smoking. Better suited for kindling.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is one extraordinary cased/aromatic pipe tobacco!

I fully agree with Beer and Pipestud who have summarized what I think.

Cube is a combination of loose cut and beautiful, long dark flakes. The tin aroma is, without any doubt, the best I have ever smelled for a pipe tobacco. Rich, sweet fruit with something close to vanilla. It is just fantastic.

To top it, the taste of tobacco is definitively present in Cube, as where it is not in offerings such as Signature, Nutty Cut, etc. They make me feel as if I am smoking something flavored that is not tobacco. When I smoke Cube, I smoke tobacco with an exceptional tasting aroma.

Like Beer mentioned, Cube is probably better suited for the experienced pipe smoker who can pace himself and smoke Cube gently. He will then be fully rewarded by this georgeous, magnificent creation.

There is no chemical taste or aroma to this one. I have smoked Celtic Talisman and realize the huge differences between both. I only now realize how the casing in CT was chemical in taste.

I would recommend you let the tobacco dry before filling in your pipe.

If you are an experienced smoker seeking an exceptional aromatic, then Cube is for you.

I will rebuy Cube regularly. It will have its place in my regular rotation.

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pipertom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipertom (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I Am new to pipe smoking however, i must add that i am a complementary therapist and i regularly use essential oils. scent is important to me and i am somewhat sensitive to odours and scents.

This tabac was show to me by my local tabac shop in Newquay cornwall, and i must say i was delighted by the fruity undertones of berries and the back note of vanilla. I am limited as to comparisons as this is my first pipe tabac but i enjoyed the experience and would order this again.

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midjh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
midjh (1)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Firstly I just wish to state that I don't smoke many aromatics, I always have an aromatic tobacco in my rotation though for when I get a sweet tooth.

When I smoke an aromatic it's usually a Peterson, but I though I'd try this for a change, as my tobacconist recommended this. I found this quite moist out of the pouch, and it needed some air drying. The first bowl full was not very nice, it gargled far too much, gave me terrible tongue burn, burnt very hot and generally was very over powering.

The second and subsequent bowls have improved though, I smoke it through an old Falcon that I've owned since 1975. Also I now smoke it a lot slower, and sip. If you take your time with this tobacco then it is tolerable and even pleasant at times, but you need to really take your time, almost so the tobacco is going out. Although the taste is quite artificial.

I wouldn't buy this again, but I certainly wouldn't throw it, or pass it on. In future I'm going to stick to my Peterson aromatics.

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badders Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
badders (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The most pleasent aromatic tobacco ever. I also like to just sit with the pipe I use to smoke this stuff in my mouth if im somewere I can't smoke.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Overwhelming

At last an aromatic I can taste. First sniff smells fruity with vanilla there also, overall aroma fairly strong but not unpleasant.

First puff reminded me of fruit salad or Vimto chews (fruit flavoured chews for those who don't know) then getting down the bowl the flavours are changing slightly but, for me at least, never getting overpowering or sickly sweet.

This is the first aromatic that I have had that has kept both taste and flavour for longer than just the char. I don't know if this has anything to do with me having smoked cigarettes for about 38 years, I've only been smoking the pipe for about 1 year

I have tried a few other aromatics after having read positive reviews and been disappointed that I haven't discerned any of the tastes or flavours that the reviewers were getting so HOORAY for Mac Baren ( no I don't work for them ). Like other's if I had read the reviews first I probably wouldn't have bought it. If you are like me and have a problem detecting flavours and taste in aromatics give the Cube a try, like me you might be pleasantly surprised.

Edited 16/09/2014

Now I give it only 1 star (what was I thinking) too sickly sweet, aroma sticks to everything, including pipes and glass storage jar. Horrible avoid

Pipe Used: One that had to be scrubbed clean

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Mysmokingshop.co.uk

Similar Blends: Nothing else you are likely to try.

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

Luckily I purchased this before reading too many reviews, or I might've been discouraged. I'm not terribly experienced with any tobacco, but this is one of the better aromatics I've had. Honestly, I bought this more for the cool box than anything, but the tobacco turned out alright.

Smokes well enough for me; easy to pack, stays lit fairly well, and I've had little tongue bite if any. It's a bit fruity, pleasant room note, etc. Not the best thing I've ever had, but definitely better than a two-star rating. If you don't like aromatics, just enjoy the box or stay away from this completely.

Note, I usually smoke this in my Brigham with the rock maple insert. Perhaps that smooths it out a bit.

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MrPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPiper (21)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Three stars because it's a good tobacco. Mild, sweet, pleasant smoke. Still, I almost gave only 2 stars because it was overpriced. I suppose you pay a few dollars for the cool box.

More time was spent in advertising and packaging than creating a winning tobacco blend. It's a good blend and smokes well, but just not worthy of the hype, packaging and cost. The tobacco does not differentiate itself from the crowd.

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JazzhappyH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JazzhappyH (1)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is the first pipe tobacco I have tried and I love it. I have smoked cigars for years, much to the chagrin of my wife who says they smell like old socks, she loved the smell of this though. I found this pleasant, easy to fill and smoke for a beginner. Recommended.

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Lukasaurus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lukasaurus (9)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was a tobacco I tried upon reccomendation from my local tobacconist. Not one to be swayed too much by external opinion, I'd disagree with the numerous negative reviews which this product seems to have brought about.

Allbeit a while since I last smoked this product, my memories are nothing but fond. A lovely room note and a nice complex sweet smoke which doesnt burn the tounge if treated with caution. A manageable strength tobacco which Id reccomend to anyone who is a fan of the sweet.

I may be tempted to purchase another few grams of this in the coming few weeks to see if a little more experience has altered my perception of this product. Until then it will hear nothing but praise from me.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A wonderful caramel aroma liberally applied to an eclectic mix of tobaccos. Broken flakes, ribbons, shags, burley, virginia, cavendishes, quality and crap.

I think this is just a way to use up all the factory leftovers.

Was sold to me by a tobacconist who claimed that even though this was a highly aromatic, sweet cased tobacco, it smoked cool and dry. He lied.

I'd love to try some other leaf(s) with this topping, as it smells wonderful but I don't think I'll bother trying it in this form again.

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I'm never swayed by others rating of a tobacco, but I do read them and so I tried this after reading just about every feeling people could have about one blend. I have had a factory sample for who know's how long. Now that I find out it's no longer made I'll like it. That's generally my luck with things, and so far 1/4 bowl down I do like it, burns cool and has a light flavor with a little sweetness. Produces a nice ash and a large volume of smoke. Reminds me a bit of RLP-6 from Lane, but not as sweet but the side stream has a similar aroma to it. I like the cut of this blend as well it's interesting, I've always liked a cube cut blend for what it's worth. They always seem to burn well for me. I find the difference in our tastes amazing, if you find some give it a try!

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kenneth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kenneth (15)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Mild Unnoticeable

There is so much kidology around tobaccos. I say this because once 50grms have been smoked of most tobaccos our taste buds and senses of smell are blocked. As far as room note is concerned most non smokers find all tobaccos offensive and I think this is due to the perceived health treat being in the close proximity of anyone wheedling a lit briar and, or course, smoking in the proximity of anyone is now against the law here in the UK

Getting back to the blend in question. I have tried the occasional bowlful of Cube in the past and found it to be a little too over the top. Due to the recent quality issues currently surrounding Peterson's University Flake, my regular choice, I opted for 50 grms of Cube.

Having endured the first few pipfulls the blend is very agreeable and well mannered. I have found it performs better in a larger briar, say a 5 upwards, as the smaller briars seem to make the taste a little acidic.

The jury is out as to whether I stay with this blend but before reviewing it I recommend, as with any tobacco, a fair trial of at least 50grms

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PokerSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PokerSmoker (4)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I love aromatics and I'm always keen on new flavors. Here in the EU it's called Cube silver. This is a premium example of how an expensive marketing campaign gets you to buy stuff you know nothing about. They did everything right, a cool name, even more cool packaging and an over the top prize to give the impression that this one must be really something special. This however must be on of the worst tobaccos ever to hit my pipe. The tin smell is not bad at all but once you fire it up it's true face hits you right in your mouth. It stinks and it bites your tongue. First time I was actually really disgusted with a smoke. It's not just bad, it's literally garbage. Since this was far more expensive than your average tobacco, I donated it to my pipe forum. May this donation prevent others from wasting their hard earned cash on a product I wouldn't even smoke if I'd get paid for it. Bad tobacco finally has a name: cube silver.

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Longshadow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Longshadow (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I'm a newbie pipe smoker, but I'm no stranger to pipe tobacco. Family members were traditional pipe smokers, sadly no longer with us or have succumbed to "giving up the weed". I started the pipe as an attempt to give up my cheap cigarette habit. Now that was a revelation - cured within days. Cigarettes are rank to me now!

I realise there are some serious tobacco connoisseurs here, far be it for me to disagree with current reviews of CUBE. But, I thought I'd come at this from a different angle.

1/ Is this likely to discourage a first time pipe smoker - no. 2/ Is this too strong for a newbie - no 3/ Will the room note and general smell be offensive to others - no

Advantages then. First and foremost, I live under a smoking ban - in all public places. Second I live in a country where smoking is second only to genocidal murder in the public eye.

This tobacco then (I've personally found) is the most singular magnet for women of almost any age. It's appreciated by my peers and offends no one (yet) I can happily smoke this in any company and it's perfume is so intoxicating that I've even smoked it in a pub and it's taken 10 minutes for anyone to realise what was going on! I've lost track of the women (!) and men who have wanted a toke. Coupled with a 9mm charcoal filter (yes I know) this is a revelatory mild and sweet draw to those expecting the "Tarboiler" of their grandparents.

Yes it's like smoking a sweet shop. Yes, a heavy aromatic, Yes, caramels and vanillas and butterscotch. But I've never found it hot or had tongue bite. There is ample nicotine or it wouldn't have cured my cigarette habit.

Innofensive and can be smoked in public. That's mostly where I am! And women love it - what's not to like. Keep the Latakia for home. Or try blending a little of your favourite through CUBE if it's too sickly for you. Want to smoke a pipe and not be run out of town? "CUBE" - job done!

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Valns Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Valns (3)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My opinion of this tobacco is this:

Well it reminds me a biscuit with cinnamon - and taste and smell when i opened the pouch and room note, i found this kind strange, but i cant say its bad. Its cool burning and has easy puff. But i doubt i will buy it any time soon. It is just not my type.

Personal rate 5 from 10 as aromatic tobacco.

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juanocp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juanocp (11)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

!Update - The flavoring falls of the ship pretty fast. Going deep on the tobacco taste, it's like smoking cardboard. Dropped one star. It's nice that i got a 40g pouch.

It's a very surprisingly change of pace, perfect for a morning smoke with coffee. The flavoring is unique. Be sure to have a pipe dedicated to it cause it will leave a permanent mark on it.

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Bierstadt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bierstadt (8)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

I'm not an aromatic hater but this is one of the worst baccy's I've ever had. The flavor is not only nasty but VERY strong. yuck!!! Avoid this one like the plague.

Personal rating: 0 out of 10

Tobacco reviews rating: 1 out of 4

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cube is an interesting modern style and full aromatic, with a heavy, yet alluring top note of peach brandy/schnapps and butterscotch, erring on the side of toasted marshmallow. It makes an incredibly bold statement in pouch and room note and if you like your cased aromatics to taste like their descriptions, then you might find something in Cube to arrest your attention.

To a degree, the sheer level of casing renders the quality of the leaf rather redundant, with the mixture having a prepensity to smoke a little flat and airy, despite the wealth of tobaccos utilised. You'll be sure to find richer tasting Virginia and Cavendish in other blends, but get to the mid bowl and those Burleys start to pep things up with a welcome appearance. Sidestream and nose is particularly noteworthy, with a fruity sweetness that permeates the room and lingers long.

Cube is way too sweet to smoke all day as the flavouring is pretty intrusive; the tobacco itself largely uninspiring, but it's a nice time-out from more traditional blends, particularly in these summer months. It's certainly not the life-changer Mac Baren marketed it as, but then I'm prepared to tip my hat to them for a marked imagination and effort in trying to create something with modern appeal - a tobacco for the Noughties, if you will. Even if you don't like noveau tobacco, it stands the industry in good stead, and whereas the old blends will always be timeless classics, I welcome consumer choice as a very good thing indeed.

CORRECTION & END NOTE: Contrary to a posting below, Cube IS readily available to purchase in box form in the UK. As was previously mentioned, it's also available for sale as 25g+ loose weight, here in England.

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jerryd65641 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jerryd65641 (6)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

To put it bluntly, I felt as if I was smoking urine soaked paper.

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ELF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ELF (40)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

MB;have "laid"very few eggs...This is definitely ONE of them!What the What..is this!?!You WLD do better to grab a Straw+Go stand Over a Bonfire. :-{

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Jallen49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jallen49 (22)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

I will try my best to be kind...

This smells wonderful. I was drawn by the fruty burleyish smell and was sold.

Smoked a little hot (figured out why MB's nickname is Mac Bite) and gurgled some too. This wasn't even the biggest turn off, though it didn't help.

But the worst thing was this stuff left my mouth feeling completely DRY. I had never ever experienced it before, and hopefully never will, but gave it another bowl.

Result: same thing. Dry as a desert.

Just stay away, there is better tobacco, plain and simple.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this thing has chemicals out the wazoo... yet another reason to steer clear from Cube.

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Peterpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peterpiper (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Thoroughly nasty, from false light to the point at which I emptied my bowl into the garbage. This is not why I took up the noble briar. Flavour-wise it is almost a joke. No detectable tobacco taste in it for me, and I felt almost instantly nauseous.

A stark contrast to many of the other Mac Baren aromatics, which I rather like.

Never again.

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kukulis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kukulis (12)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

This is a chemical toxin. Wouldn't recommend to the worst enemy. Yak!

Leafmaster comment is the best :D I hope his cats didn't die after that accident :D

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The2bacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The2bacco (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I dont know where people are getting the fruity flavours from as all i can smell and taste is something that resembles "worthers original" a buttery caramely toffee taste, very distintive and stays there all the way through the smoke, love it, also the room note (im told) is also very pleasent. This has never bit me and burns smooth and cool. Not an all day smoke but one best suited to an evening after dinner desert enjoyed with a cup of creamy coffee, mmmm. It doesnt do much for the nicotine side but for someone who smokes simply for the taste, its a winner, if you like "worthers originals" of course but who doesnt? I give it 3 out of 4 simply because it doesnt have enough nicotine for me.

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bayro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bayro (18)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Or like Mac Barenove tobacco smoke, but this tobacco in my humble opinion, a pure disaster and failure! Trying to mix different types of Cavendish and other tobacco (I think I felt dark Virginia), simply failed. Too aromatic, boring, and what you have Mac Buren would not dare allow - burning tongue! Even me, I pipe smoker for over 30 years. Price for 100 grams is definitely too high. One word - disaster!

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

Another decent pipe tobacco from the Dane house of MB. The leaf is good quality and th casing is a very welldone mixture of toffee / caramel. No tongue bite here. Flavour is delicate and room note is good. A pleasant smoke for sure. Not goopy like other aromtic blends out there. Far better than the Honey and Chocolate blend that MB has also released. I would recommend this one to those fellow pipesmokers who enjoy a sweeter taste and smell now and then. In time, my fave MB blend is HH Syrian Latakia, this one is a true masterpiece.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (300)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I usually don't like aromatics, but this is one of the best I have ever smoked, for several reasons:

1) the quality of the leaf is excellent

2) it smokes very regularly, not too fast nor too slow

3) it doesn't produce too much moisture

4) it tastes fresh, sweet and slightly fruity/sour

5) it never gets bitter, unlike other aromatics

6) the flavoring actually complements nicely the tobacco taste (yes, it DOES taste of tobacco, not of flavored cardboard), although it certainly is mild

7) the taste is delicate even if the tobacco feels rather sticky and over-cased at the touch

8) it does not bite at all, on the contrary it's very soft and never aggressive

Sure, it will leave a permanent mark on your pipe because it is VERY flavored. And the room aroma is very intense and sweet, which means that it's a matter of taste (my wife for example doesn't like the smell of very sweet aromatics).

Personally I feel that it's a tobacco that will be appreciated more by experienced smokers who can puff at a relaxed pace and enjoy both the nice fruity/chocolatey flavoring AND the underlying delicate tobacco background. But I would suggest it also to novices because, even if it costs more than the cheaper aromatics, it is actually in a league of its own.

Oh, and a recommendation: pack it loosely, because if pressed too much it tends to clog the bowl!

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thewoodlandgardener Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thewoodlandgardener (6)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Always troubling to think of sincere folk, genuinely looking for helpful reviews and advice; being 'put off' by overly dramatic, wholly unnecessary emotive and negative commentary ...

Cube is a mild tobacco with a medium to strong room note and sweet, even fruity, flavour. A fine tobacco for beginners to refine their slow, gentle technique upon; before moving on to 'stronger' tobaccos; or experimenting with other brands.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★★☆
Mild Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

To lovers of Aromatics this one hits a homerun. The flavor is much like tropical fruit. The smell is also much like Pomegranat or Mango with some Kiwi and Oranges. The room note smells like what is in the can. I can understand giving this a lower review given that I am not big into aromatics. However I like the room note and the aroma to much to kick it out of the house. No, this one sticks around incase I want an aromatic, or incase a guest comes by. I wonder though is the casing safe to smoke? As fruity as it is its like smoking a bowl of skittles. My Personal Notes are a 9.4 for an aromatic it is wonderful. If not in the mood for an aromatic this is down right nasty.

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Vambo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vambo (2)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Reading the reviews i was almost put off trying the 1oz in my sample pack. I just love this tabacco. Cube is easy to smoke, i don't get any bite and the tase is just what i was looking for.

My son tells me it reminds him of a new car smell, (not sure about that one).

Have just ordered more in the big posh tin.

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Heavily cased and packs one hell of a bite, which shouldn't be too surprising since it's a Mac Baren product. I wouldn't give this tobacco to my worst enemy. Well...maybe my worst enemy.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Being a Latakia lover means this is not my first choice in tobaccos. I do like a change of pace so I decided to get a cube and have a whirl at it. My first impression was the tin aroma being very strong. The smell of fruit was akin to a strawberry wine. I can say that I was not expecting anything good to come after that whiff. I decided to press onward, and give it a try. What I was next surprised by was the fact that for being as heavy an aromatic as it is it was not very wet. That was a definite plus. It also packed well and required two matches to smoke the entire bowl (another plus). The taste of fruit was overwhelming and quite honestly too much for my taste. There was no goo on the heal of my pipe either. Considering the burning characteristics and room note I would recommend trying this blend, but not enthusiastically.

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Commander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Commander (1)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Mac Baren's CUBE is arguably the best aromatic from this manufacturer. I smoke aromatics and non-aromatics, so I tend to smoke CUBE on a rotation, usually after diner with a nice espresso and a single malt whiskey. It burns nicely and tastes consistently. Room aroma is outstanding. The best thing about it is that it is not a heavy sugary sickly aromatic like many others, it rather draws aroma naturally, a little sweetness together with sour, just a little. Absolutely wonderful and highly recommended.

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Ixtlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ixtlan (18)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a very interesting blend. It seems to change with the dryness of the product. It is full of various berry tastes, yet has a coconut after taste at times. It is however hard to keep lit due to the casings. But the burn is even and taste seems consistent throughout the bowl. Room note seems to be of berries and nutty essence. It is a very sweet blend and good as a change of pace during the day. Burns for a long time so a full bowl can last for some time. I recommend this for the sweet tooth times. Packaging is very unique but does not lend itself to transport. I like the box very much and it looks good on the nightstand.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

this is my number one fruity tobacco and it is a great piece of attraction. sweet and some times very sweet taste to it with an easy to pack cut and great burning quality. the room note is wonderful. although i adore this tobacco but even for me i cannot consider it as an all day smoke due to the sweetness it holds, however for aromatic/fruity tobacco i must recommend it.

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Blue Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Smoke (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I have to say I enjoyed this tobacco with its sweet taste & aroma. It reminded me of my childhood days gone bye, the smell of toffee & caramel from a roasted popcorn. I'm going to try the following mixes of Cube with BBF, Cube/FVF, Cube/OG. We all have to try different mixes of tobaccos to satisfy ones own pleasures.

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cigarman43035 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarman43035 (15)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild Strong

This is what a true aromatic tobbaco stands for! A aromatic is suppose to taste good like vanilla or fruit ect. if i wanted to taste tobacco I would smoke a cigar! I think this is a nice sweet blend with lots of flavor and just a little bite if you smoke it to fast! Since I like this blend can anyone else recommend anything else nice and sweet like this maybe in vanilla?

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smokinj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokinj (19)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very interesting for me, smokes well easy to pack pleasant tasting.I LIKE IT!

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Dikos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dikos (12)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Full Strong

Nice gift for aromatic fan. I like to smoke aromatic once a day, but this one i think could be a little annoying due to it's very sweet taste. It is nice with strong cup of tea without sugar. Strong aftertaste also present. Smoke it very slowly and you will not bite your tongue. The room note are very pleasant and strong(i think lady's would like it). But one thing that you need care about - your pipe, because after smoke, it will save the aroma of this tobacco. So 3 stars

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pencils Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pencils (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

You know what they say about one man's meat being another man's poison?

Well, I reckon they probably invented the saying to fit MB Cube. I know what the previous reviews have said, but I am willing to be the odd man out in writing a positive review. I like this stuff!

Call me a big girl if you wish (awaits accusation), but MB have hit a fruity, sherbety, candy-floss coated winner here. Having (in vain) attempted with numerous telephone calls to source an alternative to Skandinavik Mixture here in the UK, I saw this new and untried blend on the shelf whilst chatting to the shop assistant in my local and fairly decent tobacconist. It caught my eye because I had seen it advertised on the 'Net in a German store, and I fancied something different to relieve my frustration at being unable to get any of the aformentioned Danish blend. Having stomped in frustrated, I walked out intrigued.

You know what? Glad I went for it. It is everything that the other reviews have suggested - very sweet, bizarrely Juicy Fruity, but really interesting. Not a traditional pipe tobacco. Nope, not even a bit. Yes it is cased extremely heavily. No, it has no latakia. Smells a lot like a sweet shop, or for our American reviewers, a candy store - sherbet, apricots, Pear Drops... and tastes like it too.

Clearly, most of us couldn't treat it as an all day smoke - or even as a 'every other day smoke' maybe - but it has merits. I have a house full of people asking me what the great smell is, and I reckon I could smoke this whilst wearing one of those T shirts with the yellow smiley face on the front. Burned hot, no tongue bite, and the bowl was quickly gone with a dry and mottled ash remaining.

It is what it smells like - fun, zesty and youthful... it is to pipe tobacco what alcopops are to a Friday night out when the Real Ale taps are dry.

Give it a try, but accept it for what it is!

Shame it is a loose tobacco here and not in a fancy box, but you can't have everything.

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deelee74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
deelee74 (4)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extra Strong Extra Full Pleasant

I've been smoking for about 10 years. I'm not really a novice. However, I almost always smoke aromatic blends. The staples of my tobacco cabinet are GL Pease's Barbary Coast, Gatlin-Burlier's Cades Cove Cavendish, and Yesteryear tobacconists' Chestnut blend (carbondale illinois tobacconist)).

I am always searching for new armoatic blends. I tried Mac Baren's Cube today. Mac Baren's Cube is...um...how should I put this??? It's Downright nasty. I tried this blend at the recommendation of a friend of mine. It cost me 22 dollars for the box (which is probably the nicest packaging I've ever seen for any product-tobacco or otherwise). I probably could have just set fire to the money. If I would have, at least something would get burned, because I will not be burning this again. The minute I opened the vacuum-sealed bag and poured its contents into the box, I knew I was in trouble. This didn't smell like tobacco. To me, It smelled like a mixture of cough syrup and dusting spray, neither of which I want to taste.

I filled a bowl and I lit up. I must say, rarely does a tobacco taste EXACTLY the same as it smells unburned. Cube unfortunately does. It's bitter and it tastes like Robitussin to me. Nasty!!

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I thought I had better update this review. 3 nights ago, I had the misfortune of having nothing good to smoke. I was out of my favorite GL Pease's Barbary Coast) and I was waiting for the UPS man to deliver a new tin of it to me. All I had in the cabinet was a tin of Stratford-which I am not planning on opening for a year or more-and a couple of ziplock baggies. I believe one was a cheap vanilla-cased burley and the other was undoubtebly a sickeningly sweet, local tobacconist's attempt at replicating Stokkebye's Peaches and Cream. I was in the mood for Tobacco, not peaches. There it sat...the shiny silver wooden cube with the spring-hinged lid bearing the majestic Mac Baren crest. I opened the box and I smelled......tobacco??! I couldn't believe it. The leaf that was oily, sticky and smelled of cough syrup and chlorine had dried out substantially and was now a wonderful-smelling tobacco. And it is most definately a quality tobacco. I loaded my favorite Savinelli with the stuff. It lit efforlessly and it tasted incredible. Rich, full-flavored Virginias with the sweetness of the cavendish and the nuttiness of Burley which also gives it a VERY slight bit of spice. I would love a bit more spiciness though. The casing that overwhelmed the tobacco was now only present in the mix. It's a mild fruity essence that has a noticeable coconut flavor. It almost reminds me of great Thai food, which makes the absence of spice even more lamentable. This needs Perique in the worst way!!! Nevertheless it's still surprisingly good after aging it for a few months -though I fear aging it too much would make it too dry to smoke. This isn't something I would smoke all the time. But it is unique and well-balanced and the tobacco is of the highest quality you will ever see. I whole-heartedly take back my original review and I am giving this a solid 3-stars.

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Blueline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blueline (5)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The Cube is an interesting blend. My first impression was generally favorable as to taste and its burning qualities. However, the aroma upon lighting up seemed strange to me, almost astringent to my nose. After smoking about an ounce or so, my reaction to the tobacco changed for the better. As an aromatic it is sweet in a medium-dark way and bites a little if smoked too quickly. But it does not lose its tobacco taste in favor of too heavy a casing.

About halfway through the 100g container, I started to get a better handle on this blend. The first third of the bowl could be hot if I was not careful, but once settling into a steady burn it was dry and tasted fine. This blend has a little more body to it than Sweet Killarney and is not as sweet as Blue Note but stands somewhere in between them.

Having once been interrupted early on after lighting up a fresh bowl and returning to it about an hour later I found that the bite had gone and the rest of the smoke was quite mild and tasty.

The Cube is most decidedly an aromatic blend, and as such it will appeal to those who like a little added flavoring and sweetness in their tobacco.

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dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (7)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Very strange indeed. But strange is not in itself all bad. This blend tends to do better if you let it dry out just a bit. Strange thing about this blend is that the taste changes through the bowl. Kinda reminds me of the old Seven-up candy bar I remember as a kid.

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justsmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
justsmoke (1)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Straight to the point, this is an excellent blend! Anyone that is turned off by the marketing of it should disregard that bad decision and give it a try because the tobacco is top notch. I myself reluctantly tried it after meeting a rep of the manufactuer at a pipe show, and I'm damn glad I did try it.

The tobacco has one of the most pleasant aromas that I've come across while at the same time having real flavor. It tasted much like the Virginia flake that I regularly smoke in my opinion. I like to rotate my smoke from Va. to English to an occasional aromatic. Now as far as aromatics go, like most people, I feel normally they just smell nice, but don't have any flavor. This is where 'the cube' seems to break from the pack and has a great flavor to match the delicious room note.

You'll have to have an open mind because as I said, this is one aromatic that actually delivers on flavor too, but give it a try. Besides, buy it in bulk (I found it at Knoxcigar) and it's much more affordable. I think it will suprise some others as it did me, but then again, that's why we keep trying new blends.

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Ebola Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ebola (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This tobbaco is really quite goood. I'm unable to put my finger on the flavoring but it is definitely there but not so overpowering as some, i.e. Blue Note. Could flavor the pipe however.

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Baloo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baloo (7)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

As I prefer VAs, flakes and english-type blends usually, I´m always a bit aware from spending my money on a 100g tin of an unknown tobacco. But from time to time I´m looking for a change of pace and I try an aromatic. On my last visit at my local tobacco dealer, he highly recommended MacBaren Cube as one of the best aromatics available. Despite it´s rather pricey (I guess it´s the most expensive blend you can buy here in Germany) I followed his advice and gave it a try.

I must admit, MB Cube is really a wonderful tobacco. It comes in a nice silver-coloured, dice-shaped wooden box, you can still use as a tobacco container after finishing this weed. In the MacBaren line of aromatics it sure is the top blend. The flavoring (can´t really pick what it is) stays ´til the very end, not overwhelming the tobacco taste and leaves a very pleasant room note. For an aromatic lover this could be an ideal all-day smoke. What keeps me from a 4-star rating, only is the high price. If you´re into aromatics, try MB Cube, you won´t regret it.

8 out of 10 in my personal rating.

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The Cellarmaster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Cellarmaster (13)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Very rarely will I smoke an aromatic blend, but this one was just a little different. This was not the goopey sugary topped tobacco that I would have expected. Rather an ecessence of tropical flavors. Cocconut, Vanilla, Black pepper, Berry in just the right amount, as it did not hide the flavor of the quality tobacco which serves as the foundation of this very interesting blend. This may not be for all but let me assure you, I am a tobacco purest, I do not like anything to get in the way of my tobacco flavor. This blend however can be a nice change of pace, a little bump in the road. Many blenders will hide inferior tobacco with heavy flavoring. Not here. Quality is first in the mind of this blender. I strongly urge my tobacco purest bretheren to try Cube, disapointment will be rare.

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