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Since the 17th century, tobacco has been shipped from the Chesapeake Bay towards the Netherlands. This tobacco was called "Baai (Bay)-tabak". The "Echte Friesche Heeren-Baai" is an improved blend of this "Baai-tabak" and is manufactured the same way since 1918.

BrandEchte Friesche Heerenbaai
Blended ByImperial Tobacco
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Maryland, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
None Detected, Mild
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (266)
Very Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Breaking the seal of the pouch, out comes the aroma of flowers and soap. Or floral soap. There is a pretty strong topping on this, which fortunately disappears for the most part after a few days. The ribbon in the pouch shows some birds-eyes and a few woody bits, the colours are medium to dark brown. The VA comes through just a little.

The thin, long ribbon needs to be stuffed pretty firmly, and burns fast and hot if not maintained well. Lighting is easy, and the flavour from the fresh pouch leaves a little to be desired. After a couple of weeks, when the topping is mostly gone and the ribbons have dried a little, the flavour becomes noticeably sweet and gently spicy.

The style of this blend is typically dutch, but on the less spicy end of the range. While it is not a bad smoke, I would have hoped for more spice (given the Maryland component), and the steamy, undefined flavours when fresh lead me to only somewhat recommend.

Pipe Used: MM cobs, Kürle freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new pouch

Purchased From: Tabak Specialist, Groningen

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28353)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

To my taste, a rather neutral tobacco, very suitable to mix it up with others. Not only because it burns very well, but it has a pleasant nutty taste too. But it is a bit to bland to stand alone. If you want to smoke a true-taste Maryland tobacco,richer and deeper, then "Vier Heerenbaai" of Theodorus Niemeyer is a much better choice.

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