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A popular blend of fine tobacco with a suggestion of mint and balsam. Enjoyably mellow. The blond character of the finest Oriental leaf is enhanced with the lightest hint of mint and rounded off with choice burley, Kentucky, and Virginia leaf.

Notes: Formerly branded by Douwe Egberts, then produced by the Imperial Tobacco Group, as other Amphora Blends. Now made by MacBaren.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringMint, Other / Misc
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Extremely Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I enjoy this, sweet, balsamic, pleasable Mellow and fruity scent and taste, slow burning. Made with high quality Tobaccos. Orininally prepared by Douwe Egberts Royal Factories, Nederlands, now are branded by Imperial Tobacco Group. See this.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

I'm a Die-Hard Virginia FAN;and 99%of what I fill my Pipe with,comes in a 'Tin'.Amphora Mellow Blend+St.Bruno Flake are probably the only 2pouch blends I buy.Mellow Mixture is a Quite nice Tobacco(Amphora's 2nd Product);This mixture has been around 4many years. I find it Similiar2-McC's,Captain Cool. It's relatively Inexpensive,I buy 1pouch Usually around Christmas Time(I smoke a lot More When I'm In2 the Nog+Rum) I find it smokes best Packed Loose,in a Large Cob. (3 out of 4)

4 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (81)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Hmm.... Navy Flake Menthol? I dunno, but I don't mind this stuff.

"Mellow" is kind of an odd name for this. Amphora Original is pretty mellow, really, and possibly more mellow than this. A fairly bright leaf, with a light, easy tobacco flavour. Undercurrents are indeed balsam and mint, which as noted previously, can be transendentally enjoyable (or abysmal, I suppose, if you don't like it). These flavor notes come and go, with a typically dutch spicey/dry tobacco base.

If you hate the stand-by dutch tobaccos Amphora or Sail, probably this won't do much for you. If, on the other hand, you just can't think of what to smoke while waxing your cross-country skis, then this might just be the thing.

Quality is high, smokes well leaving only ash and a few unburned bits (kind of typical of the cut, I find, which is more like a broken rubbed flake than a true ribbon imho).

3 people found this review helpful.

AppleJack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AppleJack (8)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

It lights easily and smokes much cooler than expected, which is nice. But when it comes to flavour I can't say that I really see the point. I mean, there's barely anything there and if you like the taste of pipe tobacco you'd be much better served smoking pretty much anything else. If your a fan of a light and gentle smoke it might be for you, but even then I think you'll be a bit disappointed.

It's not an unpleasant taste, it's just almost entirely nonexistant. I guess that means it won't ghost at least.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum, MM Cob, Aztec Briar

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

rafalgdansk87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rafalgdansk87 (12)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

This is the worst tobacco i have ever smoked. It smells like cigarette. I didn't find any aromatic notes, no mint, no sweetness, only unpleasant bitter taste on the tongue.

1 person found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you are a Canadian pipe smoker this should be a familiar sight, for the most part amphora, Sail and Captain Black are our only OTC options unless we order from stateside online retailers or drive to an over priced specialty shop. The mint in mellow blend is more detectable in the bowl than in the pouch and is not overpowering. Good dose of lady N and easy to smoke, similar to sail yellow in many respects. Not the best offering by Amphora but definitely smokable. Here in the great white North a pouch of this stuff will run you $26 bucks so experimenting can be a costly affair, this one is worth a try.

Pipe Used: progress oomh Paul

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Sail yellow.

1 person found this review helpful.

ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (60)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, while not exactly my cup of tea, it's not as horrible as some other reviewers on here would lead you to believe.

The pouch note is interesting. Slightly minty and toasty. The tobacco itself is an attractive broken flake. Packing and lighting isn't a problem. It burns pretty cool and even all the way down to the bowl with little maintenance.

However though, that tongue bite. What is it with Mac Baren blends and tongue bite? This tobacco has a certain harshness to it, and while it's not a deal breaker, smoking it on its own without having a cup of tea or coffee besides it can wear out your tongue rather quickly.

The flavor is pretty decent, nothing spectacular. I get some of the mint, and I think it is balanced well. It's not sweet or too spicy, but its just right in my opinion.

That said, I've never been a huge fan of any Amphora that I've tried, but it's good to keep around when you're looking for something different to smoke. In my case, that would be Va/Per's and English blends.

Worth a try. Just don't expect a masterpiece.

Update: So I let this take a seat for a few weeks because I was smoking something else, and when I came back to it it just smelled and tasted like soap. What kind of devliry... dumping the rest. Life is too short, no need to make it any shorter.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: No idea

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (52)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Being the bastard child of mint and balsam, Amphora Mellow Blend truly deserves every single low rating and negative review it gets. If you must insist on inhaling this vile weed, try and rub it on your chest rather than put it in your pipe. Could be remedy for cold but ain't no tobacco gold.

Similar Blends: Wrigley's spearmint.

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