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A fine loose cut blend made of a very special kind of cavendish. The long and delicate cavendish process makes this blend soft and smooth with a taste of honey and chocolate.

Notes: Discontinued 2014.

BrandMac Baren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsCavendish
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Honey
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging100g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionNo longer in production
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant

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clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (29)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Overwhelming Unnoticeable

Like several other reviewers I really wanted to like this one. But, it's a weird blend. The taste is like smoking cocoa honey inscence with a bitter ashy taste taste that keeps reoccurring. Not a lot a chocolate and a strange "honey' flavoring. I tried smoking this in several pipes - and no matter how big or small the size of the pipe it burned like wildfire. No tongue bite though -however left kind of a Funk in my mouth. I think the word "Bizarre" sums up my thoughts on this blend exactly - which might be a Good Thing for some of you.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: Nothing.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Not too bad of a blend. Sweet and nutty. Burns hot and sticky in the pipe. very prone to biting. Flavor and aroma wise its not that bad. However, it burns hot, fast, and wet. A decent attempt but overall not well executed.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I started to smoke this tobacco with the wrong technique and was very disappointed. I forgot that MOST AROMATICS MUST BE SMOKED SLOW. So I tried it again, with a different attitude: I sipped, I puffed a bit, I took it easy and... a miracle happened. The tobacco climbed from unpleasant to delightful. I could taste the chocolate a lot more and the tobacco stopped irritating my mouth and became smooth. I will never forget the secret technique again...

2 people found this review helpful.

rattdogg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg (33)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The age of miracles is not over! It's taken me over thirty years but I've finally found a MacBaren blend I really like. Honey and Chocolate is IMO a superb smoke. It taste like honey and chocolate. This is one of the few aro's I have run across that taste like it's name. Upon lighting you get the unmistakeable flavor of a semi-sweet chocolate along with a fair amount of tobacco taste as well. I really like Bob's Chocolate flake but I must say I think I like this more. If you enjoy the more complex mixtures you might not care for this as it has only three distinct flavors. It is what it is but I truly love it. I'm gonna stock up on this!

UPDATE 02/04/2012: The more I smoke this the more I like it. I'm putting H&C in my all time top five aromatic list. It's that good!

2 people found this review helpful.

SnakeSkinTa2 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SnakeSkinTa2 (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This has become one of my favorites lately. I bought three ounces of this from my local tobacconist and upon smoking two bowls returned for 8 more ounces. Burns well, no bite and a wonderful room note. Has an unsweetened dark chocolate aroma.

2 people found this review helpful.

firstsealord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
firstsealord (22)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

For once, MacBaren has come up with an aromatic that displays some strength of character. Of note, it does not bite at all either. I hesitated before putting it to the test because I do not usually fancy aromatics but the overall good reviews convinced me to try it.

H&C is an all black cavendish tobacco (half and half of dark brown leaf with medium brown) that hits you with a strong aroma of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, then a subtle touch of honey when you breathe in very deeply in the tin. The fair presence of the aroma got me worried at first. I was expecting a sticky leaf, thus a disappointing experience. However, after noticing it was obvious the cavendish went through a long aging process because the leaf was not sticky at all and that the moisture content was low, which is good for a dark mixture, I wasn't worried anymore. I knew this would become a good smoking experience.

This all black CA mixture is top quality. The taste of pure tobacco is "in duo" with the honey and chocolate flavoring that is present and not overwhelming. The loose cut makes the pipe easy to fill and light up. Nevertheless, this mixture is strong for an all black cavendish. The nicotine level is satisfying, which is also uncommon for an aromatic.

H&C is a good aromatic. Snotters should alter course rather than give this tobacco a try. Maybe too strong for a newbie. I will definitively rebuy because H&C is the only aromatic I know that, besides truly smoking dry, also satisfies me on the taste and nicotine departments.

Recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

Appalachian Scholar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Scholar (20)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Very Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

Apparently this blend is no longer in production. I don't care. I love aromatics, but this was too sweet even for my tastes. Imagine stuffing a fudge brownie, drizzled in fudge, stuffing it in your pipe, and lighting it. Boy, does it ever ghost a pipe too!

I used to love chocolate-flavored blends, but now they all seem too sweet for me. Looking back, my love for chocolate blends starting disappearing around the time I tried this.

Pipe Used: Spetator Diplomat, Il Duca

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

dedalto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dedalto (18)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

What a nice treat from Mac Baren! A dark Cavendish that has a pleasant chocolate taste and a little ump in the strength and nicotine department. I'm not sure what some of the others were smoking but I found the tobacco to burn cool with little no bite. I really did not detect the honey but the chocolate or I should say cocoa mingled with the Cavendish to create a very relaxing 35 minutes.

Age When Smoked: 7 mos

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

As a fan and regular smoker of MB blends, I am trying to get around to all of them.

I found this blend to make a much better blending tobacco than smoking it straight. It does not burn the tongue, actually it smokes very smooth and rich with the cocoa coming through in the background and not in your face. It has a nice tin aroma, you can smell the cocoa in it as well as a little sweetness of the honey in it. It comes in a nice coarse cut that lights and smokes very well. I tried it fresh, found it a little too wet nd let it dry a few days and it became a nice smoke. It requires very few relights and burns down to a nice grey ash with little if any dottle. I just did not find this blend all that satisfying to smoke regularly, but when I started blending it with other tobaccos it performed quite nicely. It adds a fullness and richness to other blends. The room note is very pleasant, I never got any complaints and several people told me that its smelled great. While aromatic smokers will most likely enjoy this blend, I doubt smokers of non aromatic blends would. I only gave it two stars as it does not excel particularly but I really can find no fault with it other than it is not one that I will buy again.

1 person found this review helpful.

pop pops pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop pops pipe (24)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is another one of the so called blends that's no longer I n production, but every tobacconist I asked says it is in production ?? Anyway this to me tastes like Scottish Mixture with dark chocolate, and that's not a bad thing. It lacks the latakia spice and sweet hay quality of the Virginia's unlike Mixture. It is softer and sweeter but not sugar sweet, more like semi sweet bakers chocolate sweet. All in all its pretty Good blend. It isn't exact as far as blend goes compared to Scottish, there's a lot more black cav in this blend. But for an aro it's cool and not cloying. This is good if you want something a bit different, aromatic that's not syrupy. Mac Baren has the aromatics down. If you like Mixture, mix Modern, you'll like this as well. Just darker in flavor than the prior two.

Note this blend and others like it stay cool if you slow down just a little. You can't smoke these like a straight burley or an English. At a moderate pace this stays cool. I think a lot of good aros get a bum rap because they aren't smoked properly. Yes some you have to be gingerly with, but this isn't one of them.

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (604)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Basically, all you will taste is honey and chocolate, though I did detect a light golden cavendish flavor here and there. The strength of the blend is potent, and I recommend a small bowl. It may require a little dry time, and the room note is very noticeable and sweet. Not to my liking, but if this fits your flavor profile, you'll undoubtedly rate it higher than I have, especially if you like chocolate blends.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Amordad12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amordad12 (3)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

it is very strong and i did not like this taste i am regrat that i paid for this tobacco.i heat it.i am not recommended

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

This blend burnt hot, but did stay lit and smoke for an exceptionally long time.

The taste they give to this ruined it for me though, Overwhelming, and all in all just bad.

There was some light at the end of the tunnel with the plain tobacco taste, but it came back to bite in the end.

Pipe Used: AKB Freehand Meerschaum, H.I.S Egg Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (109)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Semi-sweet chocolate aroma and flavor highlight an excellent base tobacco. This flavor is more prominent initially, but continues through the bowl in the background. Post exhale, this same flavor remains on the tongue and palate. The cavendish provides a bit more complexity and depth than Symphony. A very good, 3+ blend.

Pipe Used: MM, Savinelli

Age When Smoked: FEB 2008 Tin Date

Purchased From: The Briary, Homewood, AL

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

A Great Smoke. A great Taste. And it smells as good in the can as it does in the pipe.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Bozorgmehr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bozorgmehr (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When you open the tin, it smells good, something like dark chocolate. However, after a couple of smokes, I found it very unpleasant. Not only I had tongue bite after smoking, but also My throat was irritated. I had to mix it with Mac Baren gold blend to smoke it. In nutshell, it was a flash in the pan.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Deimitori Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deimitori (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a quality tobacco from Mac Baren. Opening the tin I immediately sensed the aroma of dark chocolate. I felt no particular the flavor of honey, just a subtle and slightly sweet aftertaste in smoking.

The dark brown Cavendish tobacco is nicely cut to Loose Cut form. The tobacco is wet enough maintains an adequate level of moisture for a long time after the first opening of the tin.

Lights easily and does not require enough extra lighting. Moderately strong in nicotine. It does not biting the tongue, of course I smoke very slowly and calmly. Smoking this tobacco gives interesting and delicious taste, beautiful aroma in the room and remains an easy smoke for at least the first two-thirds of the bowl. Reaching to the base of the bowl tobacco strengthens enough in intensity and shows a slight bitterness, but acceptable. I found him not a very sweet aromatic, the taste of dark chocolate dominates and also sometimes the sense of raisins and honey as background offer a satisfying smoke.

At the end of the smoking it lets gray ash in the bottom of the bowl and does not wet the pipe bowl. Also the filter pipe is not getting too dirty.

I smoked this tobacco in straight, half bent and full bent pipes with filter of 9mm.

Honey & Chocolate can accompany very nicely the morning and afternoon coffee, and a brandy also.

A good aromatic tobacco.

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

I smoke a lot of different blends and like to try everything from a traditional English blend to a nice aromatic, so when I opened the can of this Hoeny and Chocolate blend I was expecting a pleasant smoke. I was seriously disappointed. The chocolate tin note was the most pleasant part of this tobacco. The taste was flat and somewhat bitter. Unfortunately I can't recomend this for any reason other than to smell the open tin.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

pacman357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pacman357 (14)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

My tastes in pipe weed cover a large spectrum, neither being a snob on English blends, nor clinging for dear life to aromatics. I run the gamut from the strongest traditional styles to dessert-level pipe candy. That having been said, I wish there was a bit more chocolate taste to this blend. Tried mixing in a little cherry with some tonight (I don't know what the hell I was thinking when I bought the cherry baccy...I really don't care for any cherry blends...thankfully, I only bought 2 oz of that). The blend came out a bit too heavy on the cherry. Going to try to experiment with that and perhaps a mango blend to see if I can concoct something a bit more interesting.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (83)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I concur with many of the other reviews that this blend took some getting used to. As with many heavily cased aromatics, I needed to let the blend "breath" a bit after opening the tin. Initially, I thought the blend wasn't very good but I have been smoking it intermittantly for six months and it has indeed become very enjoyable. It is defintely a heavier smoke than vanilla blends. Nice cavendish taste with a whiff of chocolate. I would buy again but smoke intermittantly. No problem with tongue bite.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

When I first purchased this tin, the smell was overwhelming to me. I thought that i had made a mistake. I was wrong. I find that this tobacco is best smoked in a church warden pipe. The room note is very remeniscent of sitting in a kitchen chair in my youth waiting impatiently for my mother finish cookies. All in all I would recommend this tobacco.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Tuckers Gpa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tuckers Gpa (29)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Please stay away from this tobacco! If you do, then I will go completely mad from smoking all of it! Yes, I admit to being a user of this brownie and honey sweet tobacco and from the severe addiction to it. Brownies! Cocoa taste not chocolately, and a sweet honey flavor lurking in the back. Naugthy boy. It drives She Who Must Be Obeyed into a tizzy! Coffee is the best accompanist to this little piece of heaven in a bowl. That and just a bit off the end of the chocolate bar.....not too much...

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Aromatic Al Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aromatic Al (8)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This has a wonderful and distinct aroma of chocolate in the tin. Unfortunately, it does not transfer to the room note or flavor. The taste and smell of chocolate and honey in the smoke is so razor thin it is barely detectable. So I don't understand how anyone can possibly rate this as having medium flavoring. This is a pleasant enough smoke for people who don't like aromatics, but nothing particularly noteworthy. Not bad by any means. As an aromatic, I give it one star. As a non-aromatic, two.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

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

this is another home run from macbaren. the name can be articulated with many characters this tobacco shows. it is sweet and have that dark chocolate taste and scent to it. considerable nic delivery in this one so you might wanna consider that. the tobacco hold the fire perfectly and burns clean plus the room note is superb. do i recommend it, indeed i do. (just keep in mind that it could be harsh if mistreated).

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Grizzly1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grizzly1911 (7)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I only bought this because my local shop was very low on tins and this was the only thing in I hadn't tried yet. I was very surprised. Definitely a dark chocolate taste as it is not sweet, but I enjoyed it. Gave me a good dose of Vitamin N, not over powering but a good idea to smoke it slow to avoid the hiccups. While not my favorite I would buy again.

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gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I acquired a tin of this blend in a trade. Swapped out Plumcake for it. I have to say I love this blend. It smells just like a nice freshly baked brownie in the itn and that carries over into the taste pretty successfully. It takes the lighting very well and burns nice and evenly with few relights. Overall a great anytime aromatic from Mac Baren.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

wynnemd1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wynnemd1 (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

The local shop guy turned me on to this. it seemed from the smell a bit stronger in aromatic than I would like, but I was intrigued by the darkness and his recommendation since he is a heavy English smoker himself. I am not a chocolate lover either but I gave it a spin.

It indeed is closest to a fudge brownie in taste, very smooth and creamy, pleasant smell all around, very easy to sit back and smoke it slow and long. I was surprised I liked it so much. It was a tad wet and seemed to work best left out for a spell in the bowl before lighting. I must admit I could smoke this one a lot.

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great tin aroma. Tons of billowing smoke--great for blowing smoke rings! No tongue bite. Burns quickly down to the bottom of the bowl. Not memorable taste, though--I am anxious to finish my first tin, to be done with it.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Piper@thegates Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper@thegates (20)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm sorry, normally I don't post negative reviews but with this offering I feel I must. If you can imagine filling a bowl with charcoal and then lighting it thats what I felt each time I tried to smoke this, hot hot air and very little else. Not a blend to be sitting in my collection for long, very disappointing and not recommended I'm afraid.

N.B. I tried this again. I broke all the rules in the book and emptied the bowl while it was still lit, such was my disgust. diabolical, in the bin with that tin.

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NA Morrison Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NA Morrison (32)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

my second chocolate blend found that it holds its own against chocolate silk and if i couldnt get chocolate silk this is an excellent substitue packs well great room note all in all another worthy macbaren blend

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Kittycatman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kittycatman (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

WOW! MacBaren aka "MacBlowtorch" has finally scored a Touchdown with this blend. If you are an Aromaphile or not, you cannot go wrong with this blend....Very "old-timey" in my humble opinion. Also, if you are fan of Nicotine, this one does not lack a little kick. My Grandfather smoked the "old-time" Aromatics, and many of them had quite a bit of "Vitamin N"....If you want to try something truly wonderful, give this Macbaren Aromatic a try!

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TheWanderingRecluse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheWanderingRecluse (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have tried other "chocolate" blends before and all of them fell rather flat in taste. This was the exception. It smells and tastes great, providing a soft honey and cocoa smell and flavor. Exceptional with a good cup of cofee. However, it did dry out my mouth and throat so I'd hesitate to smoke this without something to wet the palette. The flavor fluctuates from a soft cocoa to a dark chocolate taste. The flavor doesn't change much (or lessen) all the way to the bottom of the bowl. Love this one.

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

I am not an expert by a long shot but my tastes have setteled more toward non aromatics mostly vapers, so I was quite suprized to find that a honey and chocolate blend did not end up in the back of the pile with the rest of the aromatics I did'nt like, waiting for the day my tastes might change. This one to me tastes like good tobacco with a little coco added. I like that the chocolate is bitter and I don't notice the honey, smells like something to eat in the tin but is easy to lite and burns well with no goop in my pipe, who knows I might go back and give some of the others another try.

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Saluki Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Saluki (11)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

The only tobacco I disliked more than this was Blue Note.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

One of the earlier reviewers was spot on in his description of the taste and room note - it's like a fudge brownie. This is a wonderful blend and I recommend it to smokers who like aros.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Rustica Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustica (16)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Wow! Really like this MacBaren offering. I have only tried Plumcake and Scottish mixture from the MacBaren line and this is a different kind of treat. What I liked was that the deep, fragrant aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa was achieved with such a dry mixture of leaves. This tobacco burned so easily and cool. Definitely a healthy helping of Perique in this cavendish mix which is much to my liking and the interplay between this nose-tickling tobacco and dark chocolate was truly outstanding. Smells like a fresh brownie in the tin but the room note when smoked is that of freshly brewed dark coffee and hickory. Truly a full-bodied tobacco with the sweeter elements of chocolate being found only in the aftertaste for myself. Packs an unexpected nicotine buzz which was quite enjoyable as well. Four solid stars.

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Smokey45 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokey45 (16)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Upon opening the tin, as others have observed, one is greeted with a wonderful aroma of rich, dark chocolate. For me, that is where the love ended.

After trying several pipe fulls in various pipes, I could only detect a slight hint of chocolate and honey flavor. Also, as others have mentioned, after smoking this stuff, I concluded that this concoction must have either some perique (which does not agree with me) or burley tobacco, because each bowl, from start to finish, irritated my throat and sinuses.

I am therefore gifting the rest of this tin to a fellow pipe smoker, who once enjoyed cigarettes and so might enjoy this blend. If he doesn't, I suggested that he give it to his girlfriend to use as potpourri. Too bad, I really wanted to like this tobacco. My wife enjoyed the room note, but if you don't enjoy smoking something, why torture yourself?

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PipeSmoker408 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeSmoker408 (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried to like this, I tried it in a few different pipes, but any way I smoked it I got a headache!! I thought the honey was overwhelming. had to throw away about 3/4th of the tin...It wasn't for me.

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

Chocolate and tobacco--two most beloved delights. But do they harmonize well? Surely enough, they do. Is this an aromatic? Of course! But the folks at Mac Baren go beyond the aromatic nomenclature with this blend to produce a wonderfully satisfying taste experience not to be had with the usual and numerous aro class tobaccos. On the contrary, the tobacco itself, a quality cavendish, stands on it's own as a fine smoke. Now for the "chocolate." Here is the Mac Baren seal of quality and blending genius. Dark and rich in taste, the chocolate flavor is natural and homogeneous to the cavendish, as opposed to the usual sweet afterthought. The tin aroma is absolutely delightful, and a chocolate lover's heaven. Light it, and the transition from smell to taste is one very exquisite moment. The "Honey" aspect is mere in presence, smoothing out the velvety sensory delight. Surely recommended.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I was pleasantly surprised by this new cased tobacco.

The tobaccos are partially broken flakes, very dark. Probably an all double fermented VAs, also known as Black cavendish, mixture.

Smells like semisweet dark chocolate with honey in the background.

Tastes like 85% dark chocolate, so not very sweet.

There is some strength of character to it as well, which makes it a fine balance within cased tobaccos.

The best cased tobacco I have tried and my favorite so far. I smoke it regularly.

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

When you open the tin you get such an amazing aroma. After the first light it tasted great. Kept smoking for about 5 mins and then I got slapped with MACBITE. Yuck never again.

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Morgoth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Morgoth (22)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Tin note was excellent...sweet chocolate.

At the flame...not honey sweet or tasting in any regard, and only a very faint bitter-cocoa taste. Something was there that masked the chocolate flavor in the smoke...Perique? Whatever it was...the combination of constituent tobaccos and casing was terrible.

Not Recommended, and would not order again.

A companion infusion: a brown cow...or black russian.

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smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (68)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am baffled by this tobacco from Mac Baren: there is no mention in the blending notes of what tobacco's are used. Now, I have been thinking a lot about this tobacco and I believe it to be a batch of Acadian Perique that has been reprocessed and flavoured and put on the USA market. I have compared Acadian Perique with this Honey&Chocolate and the basic tobaccos taste the same, same strength, same flavour but shrouded by the chocolate in this blend of course. Perhaps a first batch was flavoured with honey and MB decided not to use a honey casing in the final version. Add chocolate to it, turn it into a "very special kind of cavendish" and voilà: Honey&Chocolate I find it a fairly strong tobacco,just like AP, especially near the end of the pipe, but tasty all the same and indeed not goopy or moist. Worth a try. Rob

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pipe_organist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe_organist (14)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

As an avid English/Latakia/Oriental smoker, I thought I was firmly rooted in the "friends don't let friends smoke aromatics" camp.

I've been smoking some of the naturally sweet Mac Baren blends (Dark Twist Roll Cake, Mixture Flake, Navy Flake), and had smoked one of those in a pipe that I'd smoked aros in back in the day. The ghosted sweetness of the old aromatics I'd smoked whetted my appetite for aromatics, and since I was having good luck with Mac B blends, I decided to give this and "Vanilla Creme Loose Cut" both a try.

There are several qualities of the tobacco in the tin that struck me: 1) the aroma of chocolate and honey is very full and rich, but not artificial. This tobacco really does smell like they've sprinkled high-quality dark chocolate powder on it; 2) unlike most of the aros I remember from my early years, this tobacco doesn't feel sticky or greasy. If you pinch the tobacco between your fingers, it doesn't stick together, it stays loose.

It packs very easily, and takes to the flame well. After the first char light and the second full burn, the tobacco burns evenly and stays lit. The rich flavors of chocolate and honey are very evident, but somehow not cloying. Remember, I've been smoking strong Latakia blends like "Krumble Kake" and "Artisan Blend", so my palatte is accustomed to strong, spicy tobacco! I disagree with some reviews that claim that the flavors burn off quickly. It seems to me the flavors become a bit more subtle, but the sweetness remains and lingers.

I no longer consider myself a non-aro snob, and if you're looking for a high quality aro that delivers sweetness without the sticky, gooey mess in the bottom of the bowl, this might be worth your consideration.

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Ixtlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ixtlan (18)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Let me first mention I prefer sweeter tobaccos. This has a Dark Bakers chocolate taste to it. It is rather overpowered by the Honey though. The taste burns out about a quarter way thru the bowl. Was a bit disappointed in this myself. I would improve this by using a more milk chocolate casing and less honey. It is an opinion only and as mentioned I prefer more sweet tobaccos.

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (37)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Let me start out saying I love MacB, especially Vanilla Cream, which I consider to be one of the finest vanillas I have ever smoked. I have never really noted the Mac Baren "bite" that people complain about in any of their blends - unless I puff like a freight train.

I hate to blast this one. I had very high expectations reading the reviews here.

First, at the tin: The aroma of cocoa leaps out of the tin. The mixture is quite dry for a MacB and fairly dark.

At the bowl: This tobacco packs easily and lights readily. It is not at all goopy and burns cleanly.

At the match: Um...

Almost no room note. No real flavor, either of cocoa or honey. Wife (a fan of tobacco in general and pipes in particular) says she can't detect any aroma at all even sitting right next to me.

The bowl actually gets a little harsh about halfway through. Unusual for a MacB blend for me.

I am only about a quarter of the way through the tin. Perhaps my tin is off. I will wade through the rest of the tin, but I don't expect it will get much better. I won't be buying it again.

This may be a good blend for beginners. It burns easily, stays lit, is very pleasant at the tin and entirely inoffensive in the room. As an aromatic fan however, I prefer to have some aroma (and some flavor). This one just isn't hitting for me.

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rexinator26 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rexinator26 (19)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

A nice smooth smoking tobacco.The tin aroma is great ,the nice smell of dark chocolate.Upon smoking my 2 year aged tin there is a light smell of cocoa,no overpowering aroma's.Burns,smokes, and tastes well. Can become harsh if smoked to fast, but it's worth a try.

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

Being a regular Vanilla Cream from Mac Baren puffer, I thought I would give this a try. To my taste it is a pretty decent aromatic cavendish though not as extraordinary in smell as its older brother. Opening the tin I got a smell which resmbled me of chocolate, not the candy bar but rather the cocoa powder used to season a hot milk cup. I could not find any honey smell in it so far.. Maybe later... It needs to be puffed slowly and gently and larger bowls seem better than smaller ones. The room aroma is good but not overpowering. My wife liked it but she preffers the Vanilla Cream scent over this one. All in all a decent tobacco. Not sure if I will get a second tin after this one finishes though. I tend to preffer Mixture Oiginal, Navy Flake or Vanilla Cream, when I am out of my English blend cravings.

September 26th I have to say that after 4 or 5 bowls of this one I changed my opinion...unfortunatelly to worse... There is something wrong with this blend... It burns like pepper fromth first char of light stricken into the bowl... If you smoke a bit faster it will bite for sure.. The aroma is not very pronounced and it made me a bit dizzy and dried my palate a bit... It is not a lid strenght tobacco. And I will not be getting it again...There are much much better Mac Baren blends... My fave is Vintage Syrian

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RxMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RxMan (17)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Although I usually find some MacBaren blends somewhat hot, tongue biters, this blend seems to be the ultimate exception. As an after dinner treat, (or in the morning with coffee), especially with coffee or coffee stout beer, this is a pleasure to smoke. The chocolate flavoring is not overdone as with many aromatics, and not powerful enough to cover some recognition of tobacco taste all the way down the bowl. I can't buy enough of this to keep in my chair-side bowl to keep my pipe smoking friends and relatives supplied. It burns cleanly to a fine white ash, and bowl size does not seem to compromise it's enjoyment. I am almost strictly an English/Balkan, Va/Per smoker myself, occasionally this will fit in special moments. One major factor is this is a major crowd pleaser for you garage smokers. Try it, you will like it.

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The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is an outstanding aromatic. My favorite so far.

MacBaren came up with a delicious aromatic that is of impeccable quality and craftsmanship.

The tin aroma is deep with bittersweet chocolate. I am under the impression that I am holding a chocolate bar in my hands rather than tobacco. The honey aroma will be detectable after the tin has been opened for a couple of days.

The tobacco is dark and broad cut. Moisture level is minimal.

Lighting up is elementary and the mixture stays easily lit. It only requires the occasional relight. The nicotine content is actually interesting for an aromatic, which is another good point added. Probably due to the proper aging of the leaf.

All I taste is tobacco and chocolate. The honey is very discreet. This mixture smokes dry and does not bite at all. But this is explainable by the fact that it is a dark tobacco. The darker the mixture, the less the risk of biting is present. It will pick up in strength past half-bowl.

This is the best aromatic I have ever tried. It tastes like an aromatic but smokes like a natural tobacco. And the nicotine content is acceptable. I will definitively rebuy on a regular basis.

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Pipe Shanties Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Shanties (3)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

i love chocolate so i had high expectations for this tobacco. when i opened the tin a noticed that it was a little dry but i didnt care because the aroma of bittersweet chocolate made me forget this was even tobacco to begin with lol! this burned fast and hot but i did indeed taste the chocolate but not the honey. however i did some experimenting and mixed it with some VA and i got a really nice smoke. the contrast of both burning characteristics made a balancing blend which i was satisfied with.

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

One of the better chocolate blends that I've smoked. Although I didn't find it to be overly sweet, as the "honey" in the name suggests, I found that to be a plus. I bought the tobacco in bulk and didn't find it to be too moist at all. Although I typically find Mac Baren tobaccos to bite horribly, this one doesn't.

The flavor is that of dark chocolate, tobacco and a bit of perique. It has a nice flavor, but is not as rich as the aroma of the tobacco in the bag suggests.The perique in the blend is used as a condiment and in perfect amounts as it really adds an appealing dimension to the blend.

It burned clean and didn't goop up my pipe. I would not hesitate to purchase the product again, and in bulk.

Ounce for ounce, currently my favorite overall smoke.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I have always loved aromatics for their aroma, but they have always been a problem for the good health of my pipes. Also, the flavor tends to fade away very quickly in order to become non existant. So I have always stayed away from them.

Somehow, MacBaren's H&C appealed to me. And MacBaren has hit the jackpot with that incredible mixture. An all black CA that has obviously aged carefully and properly, it is not wet and/or sticky. This is tobacco, not hookah stuff. It presents a broad cut tobacco that smells like dark chocolate mixed with honey. It lights up easily, smokes like a charm and leaves the pipe dry. Tastes like chocolate and honey all the way with some pure tobacco presence. It has character in terms of strength and nicotine. It is not a boring mixture!

I'm surprised to say that I LOVE this tobacco. I will rebuy many tins and smoke them with pleasure. Because it is a top of the notch aromatic.

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Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (78)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I have been looking for a chocolate blend that suits my tastes. I've tried many blends and although I liked some of them they just didn't quite cut it as a chocolate blend. Now I know that what I was looking for was a blend where chocolate was the center of attention, now i've found it. There's still plenty of tobacco flavor and the blend has body. However, the chocolate flavoring is very prominent in both taste and aroma. Other blends I've tried probably use the chocolate flavoring to bring out certain qualities in the tobaccos used, but with MB Honey & Chocolate chocolate is, as I've said, the center of attention.

Even though the chocolate is prominent and the tin smell strong the flavoring does not overpower the tobacco flavor, it actually enhances it. It is NOT "perfumy" or "soapy" or overwheelmingly sweet as some have said. The tobacco isn't sticky to the touch and it burns really good without leaving any goopy residue at the bottom of the pipe.

Further, I should mention that this blend is very well crafted. There is a great deal of complexity and it really captures the essence of dark chocolate, which is sweet but also has a touch of bitterness. And finally, although the nicotine content isn't off the charts it satisfies and the flavor is very full (the tobacco flavor).

I highly recommend this blend to anyone who is still looking for that "perfect" chocolate blend and has not found one with enough flavor to satisfy. Now, if you've never liked aromatics then stay away from this stuff since it's not the "miracle" blend that will change your mind.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Full Pleasant

Here is one that scared me back into sedation. I mean, as an aromatic choice, even for Mac Baren, this is a potent concoction.

Like any Mac B smoke, I stuck my nose into it first and it was kinda scary. Good scary if you like aromatics.

I like some weird stuff, smelly and strong stuff too, but this is a bird altogether. There is a straight flat chocolate front to this tobacco, as goes the smell.

It pretty much tastes that way, too. Flat, dark strong, kinda chocolate, non tobacco. I can see the allusion to 1792 here, really, but this a bit like 1792 lite. Not lite flavor-wise, but lite in the tobacco department. Also lite in the Tonka, too, but the idea is similar.

Me, I couldn't finish half a bowl and I won't try another. But I can see how a guy could like it. I won't disagree with the best things said about (no Honey) & Chocolate but I'm not jumping into the mix either.

A true Mac Baren quality aromatic.

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Devonshire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Devonshire (47)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This blend represents truth in advertising: It's called Honey and Chocolate and those are certainly the flavors you get. I've tried about half a dozen chocolate flavored tobaccos and this is among my favorite. The sweetness is strong, yet not overpowering. While it burns a little hot like most aromatics, it did not cause me any tongue bite. Best of all, I didn't get any stickiness or taste left in my pipe. No need to use your cheap pipe for this one, it won't ruin your briar for future blends.

Best of all, the wife loves the smell of it.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (75)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Tolerable

The tin aroma is rather intense, too much so but the flavor is rather bland when smoking. More of the cocoa aspect asserts itself with the chocolate flavoring in the tin aroma with the honey following that had a slight, almost fruity component to it, perhaps cherry. Cherry blossom honey? Or perhaps oldfactory confusion. Anyways, the flavor again is rather bland with I suppose the cocoa component making the most show faintly in the burning aroma and even more faintly taste wise. The base cavendish seems to me to be air cured but perhaps would have been better and more flavorful if flue cured was used or more prominately used instead. It reminded a me of when I smoked Alsbo Black many years ago but much drier.

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mcbpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mcbpipe (11)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

Having read the previous reviews I was curious when I opened the tin I received. It was very dry--not moist at all.The tin smell was mostly dark chocolate with a waft of sweetness (honey).Like the smell of a dark Toblerone bar. And there it ends---- The light- no flavour, not even a hint of chocolate, or honey. The smoke --nothing developed- except an irritated throat. I think this was akin to smoking straight burley tobacco, unflavoured. I am a fan of Macbarens but to be quite honest this was awful, I tried it in numerous pipes including corn cobs but nothing helped. It sounds like there is different qualities at least in the tin & maybe I got an off one, but based on what I smoked I cannot recommend this tobacco. A great disappointment

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (192)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Mac Baren blends have always been a delight for me. Honey & Chocolate is no exception. The tin aroma is definitely a combination of honey and cocoa. I love honey and I love chocolate so I figured I had a winner here. Upon opening the tin there is the aroma of rich dark chocolate with an almost incense-like aroma from the honey as it mixes and wafts through the chocolate. A positive note with regard to this Mac Baren offering, is that I can actually smell what I am smoking, it tastes as it smells, and I can always taste tobacco along with the flavoring. I can't say that about many aromatics.

My experience with this blend is that it packs well (it is a dry tobacco in the tin and typical of a Mac offering), doesn't need more than 2 lights for me to get it going, it burns cool and even throughout the smoke, and I never experience any moisture accumulation. Never cigarette-like. All Mac Baren blends that I smoke are dried out beyond their already dry feel in the tin beforehand, and this certainly helps to achieve an enjoyable smoke. I have found the tobacco to be quite sweet tasting, not cloying, perhaps bitter-sweet is a more apt description. At times it seems to have a BO like smell in the side stream, but surprisingly, never off-putting. It seems to smoke best in smaller bowl briars, and I have never had a hot smoke. It has a nice spiciness in its flavor without any nibbling at the tongue. Reflecting on the "spiciness" I mentioned, I would add that it is an incense-like spice. There may be Perique in this blend (most likely similar to their Acadian offering)as it is a bit pepper-like at times, but I believe the incense-like spiciness may be attributed to some Oriental leaf. I have had the most enjoyment smoking it in several small-bowled Dr. Grabow pipes. Too large a bowl and I get agita - similar to when I smoke a very heady Burley or with Irish Flake. It also goes exceptionally well in a meer-lined Dr. Grabow I bought many years ago (no longer produced - too bad as the two I have are great smokers). Not a light smoke by any means. If you would like a good aromatic with solid tobacco flavor, you can't go wrong with Mac's Honey Chocolate. It was originally listed on the Mac Baren website but has been removed, since, according to Mac Baren, it's only available in the USA.

Whenever I smoke it, my kids think my wife is baking brownies! It's that good. A nicely done cavendish type tobacco that retains its tobacco presence with a little something extra, Honey & Chocolate is sure to satisfy.

UPDATE 2-18-13: Now listed on the new MacBaren website. Just cracked a 5 year old tin - simply delicious.

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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (65)
★★☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Error. Error. Error.

I don't know. I feel about like Pipe4ever on this one. I love Mac Baren. Favorite brand, etc etc. But this one is just too much.

Tin note is incense-like - yes, chocolate and honey. Sweet and heavy like Grandma's perfume.

In the pipe, this isn't hot or bitey - a very easy smoke. But the taste is too much like smoking chocolate milk for my tastes.

The one redeeming feature is that it leaves a really delicious smell in the moustache.

Not for me - a delicacy I do not appreciate.

Now, where's my Club Blend...

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

One of the best chocolate flavored blend available, it has a Dark chocolate flavor with dry and cool smoke, strong flavor of bitter cacao and some honey flavor, the smoke is NOT sweet

If you enjoy strong dark chocolate flavor in your tobacco, try this blend.

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

Ive smoked many MacBaren tobaccos, Some have been great, some good, others hotter than the lid of a potty bellied stove. This is by far MacBarens best offering. The chocolate aroma is prominent upon opening the tin and is there once the match hits. It stays there throughout but what is also there is the most impotant Real tobacco taste as well as the aromatic elemnet. Never harsh and no tongue bite.Dry bowl bottom at the end Truly a marvel and the best Macbaren has to offer

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Got Chocolate ?

Well here it is. Upon popping open the tin you are immediatly greeted with a bitter sweet chocolate aroma like no other. But wait, it gets better. When Mac Baren says this is "a very special kind of Cavendish" they're not kidding. This stuff has great body, again like no other. I've never had a straight Cavendish with such substance and flavor. The aroma is chocolate but the flavor is tobacco, sweet and rich.

What a concept ! What a smoke !

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rocket_man77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rocket_man77 (10)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

It has that tang that all Dutch tobaccos seem to have in it. Each time I smoke it, and from the same tin, I find it different. Not complex different, but some times I find more honey and buttery flavor other times more dark chocolate and mushroom flavors. Starting to drift into English tobacco as I enjoy the spicy flavors and more complex smoke this remains a nice flavored alternative. I find that the chocolate is most pronounced post smoke when you're sinus and mouth are experiencing the residuals. Will enjoy my allotment of this product but will probably pass on it in the future.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is by far my favorite Mac Baren blend. It is a very singular aromatic, as it smells like an aromatic, but smokes with a much more natural tobacco flavor than the tin aroma would indicate.

While it is a cavendish, it is not wet and gloppy as they sometimes can be. I would say most of my VA flakes are moister than this straight out of the tin. I dried it a little, and then packed it loosely. It took a few goes to get it charred and lit, but burnt readily, and coolly, once I got it started.

The tin aroma is wonderful, and very strong. I did not find that the taste was anywhere near as powerful as the tin aroma with respect to chocolate flavor. Actually, it tasted much more like tobacco to my palate than chocolate. I was skeptical of how chocolate would interact with tobacco as a flavoring, but after smoking more than one, have come to the conclusion that it is a flavor which enhances and blends very well with tobacco. It provides a rich and complex flavor, but does so by augmenting the natural flavor of the tobacco. This is nothing like the Milonga blend from Dan tobaccos, which is tasty, but aromatic in a very traditional way, meaning that the flavor and cased aroma is more pronounced in the smoking.

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

So this is my first review and i've been smoking pipes no longer than a couple of years (not regularly mind you). So i've been trying tobacco left and right to really find one that "sweeps me off my feet". I came across this not too long ago and from the few reviews it had, it looked like it could be the one.

Upon initial light (charring step), I got a pretty full taste of tobacco w/ hints of chocolate. I didn't taste the honey much at all and the absence of the honey flavor continued through the entire bowl.

About mid way through I was beginning to taste the chocolate more and more. I wouldn't describe it as "smoking" chocolate, because to me it was more like hints of chocolate that i could pick out.... very very dark chocolate. To me, this was a surprise due to the STRAIGHT chocolate smell that came from the tin. I'm aware that tin aroma rarely replicates the taste of the tobacco, but I was still expecting more. My taste buds are picky.

Toward the end of the bowl, i found that if i pushed this blend i could get it to taste like a cigar (good?). Again, very full dark chocolate flavor w/ a heavy tone. By this time i was getting a buzz. Now, i don't inhale nor did i inhale this blend... so I don't know why this one made my head spin, aside from the fact i hadn't eaten in several hours.

So overall, this was an alright blend. Nothing special, nothing terrible. I just couldn't get that outstanding chocolate taste I've heard everyone raving about. And to me the honey had taken a rain check on the taste bus where it only lingered in the lovely room note. Again, i dunno if it's because i'm still a new smoker and i don't have a "trained" tongue yet or what, but all tobaccos have that same universal taste and it is tough for me to distinguish the small nuances among all them. This blend I would recommend as a sampler but for me it is too rich to come back to all the time. Just make sure you do not smoke this on an empty stomach.

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rhapsodyofmetal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rhapsodyofmetal (42)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

My highest recommendation!!! This new offering from Mac Baren is simply amazing.

The minute I opened the tin I got a buttery chocolate smell. Upon first light my nose tickled with a smell similar to chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven.

Mid bowl I got a honey/caramel offering and the chocolate lingered in the air.

Last part of the bowl was a hit of hard chocolate. So much chocolate. I actually tamed a sweet tooth with one bowl of this amazing tobacco.

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cigarman43035 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarman43035 (15)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

As i opened the tin of this wonderful tobacco I got a immediate smell of Chocolate! Everyone that smelled this blend in the can said" YUM", even English smokers at the smoke shop liked it! As you smoke it it burns perfect and gives a great chocolate flavor! As i continued to smoke this tobacco to the middle of the bowl I got some spice, which is what I look for in a good cigar! All I can say about this blend is DELICIOUS!

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thorsman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thorsman (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

This was my first MacBaren tin. Having read reviews of their other products, I was expecting a flame thrower, but Honey & Chocolate sounded too good to pass up.

I have had zero tongue bite with this blend, although like most aromatics I'm sure it will bite if pushed.

The tin aroma is very rich, a dark chocolate that is sweet but not cloying. The moisture is not excessive and just about where I like it to be.

Packing is easy... the cut is very much to my liking. Two charring lights sets me up for a straight smoke to the bottom of the bowl, with only grey ash at the bottom. If I've puffed a little too vigorously I can get it to produce a little moisture, but if I take my time that doesn't happen. I find the flavor rich and complex, with cocoa, coffee and dark sugar notes. I do not find it excessively sweet. It is consistent throughout the bowl. The primary tobacco taste is dark cavendish, and it is strong in flavor but smooth. I'm not looking for a nicotine hit, so the lack of a pronounced one does not bother me.

The room note is exceedingly pleasant. This is a tobacco which my wife does not complain about me smoking in the house.

Overall, an enjoyable, pleasantly sweet aromatic, with enough complexity and richness to keep my attention. Now a star in my rotation, and making me wonder why I hadn't tried MacBaren before.

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

This blend was passed around at our last pipe club meeting. I am an English smoker to begin with, but do every once in a while enjoy an aromatic. This tobacco is absolutely as advertised, Honey and Chocolate it is very intense in flavor and is in my opinion very well balanced. I think it is a bit stronger than I would have blended it, but my wife loves the room note. I was surprised to note that the tobacco was not very wet, but it did still leave some of the typical aromatic goo at the bottom of the pipe. I think a Meerschaum or corn cob is the best way to enjoy the tobacco. I am not sure why I liked this blend as well as I did, on paper I should despise it, but the luxurious flavors were enough for me to go out and buy a tin of this stuff. I do say that it does blend well with a Virgina tobacco. Give this a try blended 50/50 with McClellands Virgina Woods.

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Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (41)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Overwhelming Strong

I have long been a fan of many of Mac Baren's offerings so I wanted to try their newest blend "Honey & Chocolate". This is a black cavendish blend that is heavily topped with cocoa, honey, licorice and sugar.

The cut is your standard Danish loose cut with short ribbons of dark brown and black leaf. The moisture content is rather high but not quite "wet". The smell from the tin is a heavy musty scent with a slight resemblance to chocolate.

Packing is pretty easy and I went a little light on the pressure. The initial match brought forth a very dark and heavy flavor similar to the tonquin topping of Sam Gawith's "1792 Flake", although the Mac Baren is not as sophisticated as the Lakeland flake.

When pushed, this blend will bite quite hard. The flavor becomes one-dimensional and tastes not unlike old coffee grounds. If puffed with a lot of respect the tobacco burns slow and cool and requires few relights. A slow cadence rewards the smoker with a subtle sweet dark chocolate flavor and exhaling through the nose only enhances this effect. The general flavor is different from any other blend I have smoked before and it would be correct to say that one might need to acquire a taste for this.

For a moist tobacco it smokes dry and leaves the pipe walls clean of any sticky residue. It does, however, color the flavor of the bowl after one smoke so you may want to avoid using a favorite pipe to try this one.

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