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This blend includes Virginia, burley, original cavendish, dark fired Kentucky, Oriental and of course a fair amount of perique. The HH Acadian Perique has no top flavor at all which means that you will only enjoy the tobacco taste. When smoked you will experience no tongue bite and this blend will smoke to the bottom, leaving only dry ashes. It is a rich, flavorful and very satisfying smoke.

Notes: Natural with about 5% or more perique; strong body for MacBaren. Minimum casing to retain some moisture in the tobacco.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The name of this mixture may imply to some that it's heavy in perique, but actually, it's a moderate amount. You will taste it all through the smoke, but it doesn't dominate, and its spice is intertwined with familial notes from the woody, dry, dark fired Kentucky and Turkish (which is also woody and dry). There's also some plum and raisins from the perique. There is a pleasant, gentle sweetness from the honey flavored cavendish, contrasted with a very mild nuttiness, and sweet note from the burley. The Virginias are slightly citrusy with a little grass, but mainly provides some earthy body to the proceedings. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean, perfectly smooth with a very consistent, rich flavor from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a nice after taste. Not far from being an all day smoke, and experienced VaPer smokers might look at it as such.

46 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Perhaps the best unflavored Va/Bur/Per out there today, and certainly among the best values. A complex blend with layerings of unflavored , unadulterated tobacco flavors. An excellent blend for the true lover of tobacco (rather than casings). Don't let the Cavendish in the list above fool you: this is not a sweet blend. Firm Virginias with a more Perique-forward taste than the blend notes (5%) suggest. The Kentucky and orientals add to the complexity and make shoe-horning this one into a category more difficult. The best I could do as a comparison is to GL Pease's Cairo without the light top-noting. Think an English/Perique blend without the Latakia. Love this one, a regular in my rotation, and highly recommended to VaPer smokers.

32 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Dark and strong Virginia and Burley dark fired combine with a minimal but noticeable amount of Perique to provide a smoke for the ages! No artificial sweetness added or tasted in this one. Just a bold and highly flavorful compilation that makes it hard to keep stocked on the tobacconist's shelves. One of Mac Baren's finest-ever blends as far as I am concerned. I have many tins stockpiled for aging and future enjoyment.


24 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Having chased this tobacco through several countries over three years, it has finally surrendered to me: the German importer has finally agreed to sell this blend in Germany. Thanks to the people at Dan Tobacco, I could grab a tin before it officially went on sale--everywhere I had asked around for this blend, I was invariously told that it had sold out even before the latest order of tins was in. There were waiting lists for this stuff in southern England, northern France and BeNeLux; I'm not kidding.

The reason for me to be so hot on the heels of this particular blend is that I am particularly fond of both Perique and Kentucky, and this concoction has both in abundance.

That was also my first impression when opening the tin--I could make out the VA and a hint of Burley, but the name was not given this blend for nothing. The tin note is smoky-sweet with some pepperiness; I feel reminded of Mac Baren's Plumcake without the rum topping. The leaf is about equal parts bright and black, with a little dark brown in there; a medium ribbon throughout. Stuffing and lighting is easy; some may find the tobacco to be too moist for their taste out of the tin, but it's OK for me.

I only need to re-light once at the beginning, and things start to happen to my tongue. This blend is by no means weak--quite a surprise, this being a Mac Baren--and the Perique comes out early and stays noticeable throughout the bowl. The KY and VA both are quite noticeable with their sweet and smoky notes, and the Burley is also in there, adding its notes of chocolate. The taste remains sweet and complex, smoky and full until the very end, and I tend to have only a mottled ash left over.

This is one of the most complex blends I have ever smoked, yet it also is one of the easiest to enjoy. Kudos to Henrik Halberg; he did a great job on this one. I'll definitely keep it in my rotation--it makes me grin ear to ear while I'm smoking it. Nothing for the beginner there, though... don't mistake mellowness on the tongue for weakness in the Nic department!

Pipe Used: db Mayflower series, BC Cobra

Age When Smoked: Ranging from new tin through 2 years

Purchased From: DanPipe

Similar Blends: Nothing I know; this is pretty unique..

22 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one that I was really wanting to like, and I think kudos are due to Mac Baren's for creating a blend so far from the Mac B "stable signature" that I can hardly believe it's from the same blender that gives us Dark Twist, Plumcake and Scottish Mixture. This does not share the bland quality of those three, I assure you.

Unfortunately, this has too much flavor for me. I found it strong and the tobaccos overly combative with one another. This blend has everything but the kitchen sink in it, and I think it comes out the worse for wear. The dominant flavor is perique, and perhaps they should have used a bit more of a conservative hand with it. Even though I love perique, I prefer a more skillful blending of it; it is, after all, a condiment tobacco. There is also too much body to this blend, if there is such a thing. The base tobaccos then become condiments to the perique by offsetting each others basic taste and creating a mish-mash of flavors that don't necessarily belong in a pipe bowl. Each bowl left a chalky, cigarette ash taste in my mouth upon its finish. It was not a pleasant experience.

That said, I think this is a blend that every perique lover should try. C&D's Old Joe Krantz has its followers, even though I found this tobacco as difficult to smoke as OJK. Others obviously enjoy this more than I, so if hugely complex and supremely perique-y is your thing, you should definitely grab a tin of this.

16 people found this review helpful.

ArmedOctopus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArmedOctopus (20)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Upon opening the tin, I was immediately met with the sweet smell of Virginias and a bit of burley. The presence of orientals and perique are in the tin note as well, but not as noticeable. Tobacco is at a good moisture and packs and lights well. The sweetness of the Virginias is prevalent and the bitter burley is noticed in the aftertaste. The spiciness of the orientals and perique are subtle in the initial taste but their presence becomes known when blown through the nose. The taste of perique is more noticeable as the smoking experience continues though and there is definitely more of a nicotine presence than I am used to.

Overall, the strength and intensity of acadian perique is definitely not for the beginner. It's a stronger smoke with a pure tobacco flavor. It burns down to white ash and is easy to keep lit. It has a natural sweet and spicy flavor that is very satisfying and the nicotine is definitely noticeable. Overall, this is a quality blend that is for the smoker with a taste for the bold.

12 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (43)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Why do some (many) folks get so violently antagonistic towards MacB products? It's just freakin' tobacco after all. In any event, I really love a few of these HH offerings, with this great blend being among them. The tin note is in your face but pleasant to me -- reeks of fermentation and perique but, together with undertones of fruit/wood, it is a bouquet that I very much enjoy. Great moisture (4 tins of experience thusfar), color, cut and overall texture. Packs, lights and smokes like a Bentley. Name aside, this is a well-conceived VaPer beautifully accented with Orientals (personal favorite) and some Burley, Cavendish and a kitchen sink I suspect. A top-shelf product. Again, the name is misleading -- the perique is judiciously used and the orientals and other tobaccos make it almost a Bayou English. But it's to me a great VaPer made even better with the oriental component. Very cool product.

Pipe Used: Larger Billiards and Rhodesians

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Purchased From: pipesandcigars; smokingpipes

Similar Blends: C & D Bayou Morning; Red Rapparee; HH Mature Virginia.

12 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I admit to not being a fan of the HH series, while loving other Mac Baren blends. Syrian Latakia has too little Latakia, Matured Virginia has a wierd bitterish vinegary and smoked taste, and Highland Mixture is too thin for me.

This is probably the best in the series, although still not exactly my cup of tea.

Slightly moist in the tin, it needs some drying out. The Perique is well noticeable, and quite dominant during the smoke with its sour and spicy note. However, this tobacco stays quite monochromatic throughout, and with a dirty underlying note probably due to too much Cavendish and Burley. It's good, very tasty... but it fails to excite me or to be particularly refined. I still prefer straight virginias with perique, maybe with a touch of orientals, and preferably in flake format. For me, Ashton/Mc Connell's Old London still is the landmark to beat.

However, if you like stout tasting blends which are not too overpowering in nicotine, and you like Perique, you surely should give this one a try.

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Mac Baren - HH Arcadian Perique.

I don't find this as one sided as the name implies. I'd anticipated a smoke consumed by Perique, too sharp, maybe a bit of vinegar, but it's a lot fairer with flavours.

Right from the start the smoke's even-handed with the constituents. I can taste formidable Perique, for sure, but there's a lot more to the smoke: aside from the stronger leaves, Burley, Turkish, Kentucky, I get a soft sweetness from the Cav'. The only negative can be the heat and bite, so I employ a gentle technique to ensure optimum enjoyment.

Nicotine: medium to strong. Room-note: I like it.

The name doesn't fit, it should be called something which doesn't suggest as much Perique. But, it deserves four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Erik Nording

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

7 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

All of the HH blends from Mac Baren are unique and worthwhile. This, however, is my favorite. This I believe is destined to become a classic blend for two reasons. First, there is really nothing else like it that I am aware of on the market. Second, it has very fine smoking characteristics. These two qualities set it apart from the morass of blends available today, and make this something special.

The tobacco, as indicated by the blend description above, is a mixture of a number of different tobaccos. I am not sure why some reviewers gripe about this. It may be an issue of palate, but I do not think this tastes like floor sweepings or any other mishmosh of tobaccos. To my taste it is balanced, nuanced, and interesting. I also think the various condiment tobaccos, The inclusion of more than one being the thing that some find offputting, are actually complimentary of one another and create harmony. This is not, for example, one of those burley/VA blends with a little cavendish or perique thrown in to give it any flavor at all. Here the base of burley and VA's give it a well rounded and sweet flavor which lights and burns readily, and does not bite the tongue. The perique adds spice, and the orientals give it a smoky, complex flavor which is reminiscent, but distinct from, latakia. I am not sure what the dark fired kentucky does - I admit my ignorance in not having taken the time to learn about or familiarize myself with this tobacco, so that is for another day. This tastes good though, so it is ok in my book for now.

The tin aroma of this is incredible. It smells so good that it is hard to believe that it is not an aromatic. I love the cut, which is a chunky shag, and since it is not gooped up with toppings or humectants, it is not too moist, and is ready to smoke with just a little drying out of the tin. It packs easily, and, as noted above, lights up quickly and burns evenly with few relights. The flavor is fantastic, and offers layers of taste. It is spicy, and has one the strongest perique components that I have encountered. it is not overwhelming though, and the va's and oriental's continue to mingle and make themselves known throughout the bowl. It is not without nicotine, and will get to you if you smoke a large pipe's worth in one sitting.

This mixture is singular. You are not going to find a bunch of other blends that taste like this and burn as easily and smoothly. If you like perique, then this is going to blow you away. You have to be open for the addition of the orientals, however, which really do give this an additional flavor component unlike most other perique blends. This is wonderful offering from Mac Baren, and I play to lay up a number of tins for the future.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipedawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipedawg (16)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Perique may not be around in ten years time, and this is primarily why I would reccomend this fine tobacco for everyone.

Perique is the Champagne of tobaccos, and must/can only grow one single place on earth - St.James Parish in the state of Louisiana. As of today there are only two commercial farmers left in the world doing Perique, as it is very labour intensive, not very profitting and an extremely difficult leaf to handle/process.

Often when you smoke blends supposedly containing Perique, they are not. It's very likely that you are smoking Green River Burley instead - the processed leaf look very similar. If you are a Perique Connoisseur as myself, you will easily taste the diference, the normal pipesmoker will not. Green River Burley is sweeter yet harsher. Sorta like an peppered apple (if that makes any sense). Real Perique is dryer, way more pepperish and earthy (not that unlike Latakia).

This is the real deal!

I think they should have kept it more simple though, because throwing in sweet Cavendish and bright VA's makes it hard to dechifrate. Then there's the Burley and the Burley Kentucky in there as well, making this a very confusing and highly complex smoke. I've given up on analysing this blend, and primarily smoke it when in need for som strong nasal cleansing smoke. And the aftertaste is kinda weird. You have no urge for cigarettes for several hours after smoking this. It leaves your mouth with a taste that you've just eaten some eucalyptos/toothpaste with chili (?). You feel the freshsness in your throat and nose, like you've just cleansed your system.

No question this is not a tobacco for everyone, and no question this is high-end tobacco, with a fair amount of nicotine due to the acrid Burleys. But surely the Perique holds it share as well. The interesting thing is that this blend is full of the expensive Perique, not only the 2-5% that is the normal for Perique blends, but more like 10-15% or so. There is no doubt that Perique dominates throughout.

It smokes somewhat cool in the pipe, and you get it burning very easily. Burns to the end with no problem, though I always have a small moist dottle in the end. Maybe I could smoke it all, but it does get kinda sour in the very end.

I recommend you not to give up on this until you've smoked at least half a tin. Because of the complexity, it really deserves more than a few bowls. My first, second and third bowl was kind of disappointing - all I got out of it was tears in my eyes and burning nostrils. But I never pass judgement on a tobacco until I've at least gone through a whole 100 grams. Maybe I kinda know what I think of it after five bowls or so, but my experience tell me, that things can change suddenly in the world of bacco tasting. Also try out this in different pipes. I favour HH Acadian Perique in a Pot or Oom Paul.

I like my Perique blends a little more simple. But I recognise good tobacco, and I will be buying a dusin or two of these tins. But I do hord Perique in any shape or form, as the future of this "truffle of tobacco" is very unsecure. I for one, would gladly pay twice the price, if that be what it takes to keep farming it.

6 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

With the addition of burley, Kentucky, Cavendish and Orientals this is more an old English blend of pre mid-nineteenth century before Latakia became a popular addition...If you would care to smoke the type of blend that Chas. Dickens smoked, then this is it--and it is fantastic!...I don't know if this is what Mr. Halberg was shooting for, but he sure hit it on the nose.

Pipe Used: Various during testing

Age When Smoked: Fresh when received

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Nice mix of natural tobaccos, resisting any categorization attempt. A fair amount of Kentucky and Burley pulls it apart from VaPers, and for a Burley mixture, the Perique content is very high. I smoked the 100g tin in a few days and enjoyed every bowl, being a cool and noble tobacco, with no tongue bite and requiring very few relights. It's a bit bitter to me, and I think it would have benefited with a greater share of Virginias.

5 people found this review helpful.

smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (76)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Aside from the "fair amount of Acadian Perique", this blend also contains MB's Original Cavendish and Dark fired Kentucky, all of which are black and fairly strong tobacco's. Blended with Virginia and Burley and some Orientals, this goes towards a very rich and satisfyingly thick and creamy smoke with a unique character and depth of flavour. The absence of a top flavour gives the blend a very pronounced all-tobacco flavour. Some parts of the smoke can be quite strong, presumably when a concentration of perique is encountered in the bowl of your pipe. Best smoked after a lengthy airing of the tobacco. Well done Mac Baren!

5 people found this review helpful.

J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (37)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Acadian Perique is an orchestra, multiple quality tobaccos masterfully blended to bring all and sundry to the table for a feast of flavor. Pack your bowl, light a match, and pay attention: wood, slightly musty (is this the Turkish?); the virginias provide a bit of grass and earthy quality; rich and full bodied, nutty burleys and kentucky; smooth with an undercurrent of sweetness from the cavendish; the perique allows the others to shine and intertwine and contributes its own bit to the symphony: raisin and a light touch of pepper spice. This blend is nothing short of impressive. I cannot think of a single blend I'd compare this to. Complex and compelling, this ambitious blend easily achieves 4 star status. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: MM General and briars

Age When Smoked: less than a year

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

littlefield Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
littlefield (16)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My theoretical ideal blend would be the one described here: "Virginia, Burley, original Cavendish, dark fired Kentucky, Oriental and of course a fair amount of Perique," but for some reason this one by MB just doesn't do much for me. It's kind of boring, and the tobaccos whether individually or corporately don't make a statement. More of one tobacco would mean less of the other, that's where the blender's discernment is scrutinized. Should MB have used more than 5% Perique and less Kentucky ? Is the quality of the Virginia there? Would a sweet Cavendish balance the profile? We are only privy to the end result and don't know what transpired back in Svendborg, what sort of consensus was reached when the accountant(s), marketer(s) and blender(s) decided on an end product. Fortunately the MB tins are dated, this one "JUN 2013" printed on the back. Soon after opening this tin, sealed the tin back up in a "FoodSaver" vacuum sealer and will see if time gives this more character. Incidentally this blend pairs well with Port, but maybe that's just me trying to substitute for the sugar missing from the Cavendish.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

4 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been on a perique lately and this is a fine blend containing perique and with it being the dominant flavor. In the tin this does have a fig/raison like aroma and the tobacco runs the gamit color wise from light to dark. it is rough cut and mine was fairly dry so needed no rubbing out. It loaded in the pipe quite easily and took only the first light to fire up. Upon firing up I immediately was rewarded with the rich deep taste of the perique with the VA sweetness in the background. The burley, oriental and Latakia never really entered the picture except to give it body. In fact I can't say I ever tasted the Latakia and question it being there. But it gave me a sweet, creamy, dry smoke that I enjoyed a lot and it burned very cool and well. It burned all the way down to the bottom of my pipe leaving nothing but a fine ash and no moisture or dottle. This is a great MacBaron blend and had no bite at all but does have the spicy tang of a good perique. I quite like this blend and will order more. I highly recommend this blend to perique lovers.

4 people found this review helpful.

Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin you will be greeted by a strong smell of figs and maybe old apples. The tobacco is a little too wet and needs some drying, but keep in mind this is a 100g tin, so do not overdo it. Towards the end of the tin the blend might get too dry and then it looses most of its flavour and gets snappish. However it is very nice on the tongue and provided you do not smoke it hasty, tongue bite will not occur.

Packing and lighting is of course easy as with almost all ribbon cut blends.

The taste is very interesting and far from being boring. And it is unique enough that no other comparable blends comes to mind. What you smelled out of the tin is pretty much what dominates the taste plus there is some very slight rum note to it. Also the Perique comes along very tangy, almost like some carbonated drink. However i do not agree that this blend is complex in any way. To me its a robust, straight forward blend that does not develop much over the course of the bowl. And this is a good thing! Again, it is far from being bland or boring.

Towards the end it gets very strong, especially for a Mac Baren blend. It is not overwhelmingly strong but packs a surprising punch should you not be used to stronger blends. But since this is only true for the very end of the bowl you can unscrupulously empty the bowl by then.

Room note is nice and has somewhat of a classic appeal to it for its lack of sweetness and its spiciness.

Do i recommend this blend? Yes! I very much do so. This is one of the most unique blends around and i had given up all hope that a mass producer like Mac Baren would ever gift us which such a marvel again. In times of all those weak-tea, aromatics that bore the hell out of us this is a revelation. And it begs to hope for more to come. Get this blend and lots of it, show the makers that we do wait for such unfashionable blends and are thankful for them!

One word on the side to be said: it is disputable if this blend is unflavoured or not. They did not add anything to it but you really have to keep in mind that Perique in itself is heavily aromatized during its making. So, seen that way this blend is aromatized even tho nothing has been added to it and it is as natural as can be.

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Do you like dry tobacco? Do you like cotton mouth with the taste of ash? Do you enjoy smoking bowl after bowl of tasteless and dry natural tobacco? Hot Damn.. you found your blend. I love Perique, I love natural tobacco, Hell.. I love strong tobacco. I do not love this blend and I held off long enough on this review as I gave it chance after chance like that girlfriend you catch in the bushes with your friend. I really wanted to like this as it has all my favorite components. However, it comes up dry, flat and tasteless. The Virginias and cavendish do not help in the sweet department either. This has now made my "blends to give away pile." Moving on....

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

JollyPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JollyPiper (1)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Tin note: Sweet. Figs. Raisins. No peppery tingle in the nose.

There doesn't seem to be any relationship between tin note and flavor: all I taste is pepper. The subtleties of the other tobaccos are lost. I believe this blend has at least three times the perique of Elizabethan Mixture, which I smoke every day.

The pipe ghosting here is enormous. Much more so than with other perique blends, such as Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls or Escudo.

Leaves behind a tarry perique residue that coats the nasal passages like superglue, flavoring anything that comes after it.

3 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I've had a tin of this stuff sitting around for a couple of years; but I could never muster enough nerve to crack it open, that is until after visiting New Orleans late last year. A fella named "Joe" gave me a half an ounce to try out before the wife and I left on our Caribbeano cruise (on my return, I gave him some of my Capstan yellow—aren't pipe smokers friendly?). The half ounce of HH Acadian Perique disappeared in short order; we hadn't even arrived in Jamaica yet before that entire sample went up in smoke. In other words, this is great stuff!

Though I do notice the Perique right off, I also quickly notice the other tobaccos weaving in and out of the bowl. What a treat! Often times when blends have four or more types of tobacco I get worried— few blenders excel when it comes to multiple baccy's; clearly HH knows what he's doing. This blend is akin to a dance, a dance of smoke—it starts off with a cha-cha, then an interlude of peppermint twist, which rolls into a lengthy sophisticated waltz before trailing off with a samba (HH should have charged extra for the dance lessons)!

When it comes to Perique I usually only need a small amount, and though the weed is noticeable right up front and throughout, it does not at any time overwhelm the experience. Speaking for myself, I find Escudo more Perique forward than this blend. The tobacco lit well, stayed lit and smoked to a fine light ash—it was an enjoyable experience throughout. The nic hit was Medium to Strong, so, tolerable for me. All in all, an excellent blend from another blender who knows his craft.

Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: A Favorit first, then my Nording freehand

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

3 people found this review helpful.

Cultured Explorer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cultured Explorer (8)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Complex. All the tobaccos can be picked out, but the taste of hardwoods from the Kentuckys is the most noticeable. The Perique is faint, but does seem to linger as an after note. No tongue bite. Has quite a bit of nicotine, though. The room note contains the smell hardwoods in the fireplace, and is one of only two blends to set off my smoke detector so far. The other: Planta's Full English.

3 people found this review helpful.

sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (58)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

All I can say about this blend is sit on it for awhile. About a year ago I received 4 oz. as a tip. Being from Acadia parish I was very excited to try a blend with the name in it's title. Ive smoked other tobaccos with Perique but HH seemed strong and harsh to me. I didn't really care for it much. But never one to throw out tobacco I put it in Mason jars and left it under my bed. Tried some the other day after having it since March, and lo and behold, either I've changed or the stuff mellowed in a very good way. Guess you never know...

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I received a nice size bulk sample from the MB canisters at the "RTDA" show. Only opened a few days so still fresh. Rest still in shipping but the tins and bulk will be here in a few more weeks as of this writing. Be patient, unlike me and a few others.

This is a ribbon cut, not a coin cut. Not a roll cake.

Cool, mild, and tasty with no added flavorings. No dampness. Hans said it's MB's strongest rated tobacco, as the perique can sneak up on you it smokes so mild.

Hadn't caught me yet, but I have just smoked small bowls (10 at this time, with about an ounce of tabak to go). Still not as strong as something like P's Irish Flake or not as spicy as SG's St. James Flake. Of course, this is not a flake at all.

You can definitely taste the perique note in the blend and smell it in the room note. I can't say this is heavy or a big flavor blend, but a very nice one.

I feel you must like perique to appreciate this fine blend; again not too strong but probably not for a beginner. May be suitable for one venturing into the perique domain though.

The burley and virginia tobaccos are there and used to be a light-medium support for the perique note, which is the star. Not terribly complex at this time. Sorta simple.

Can't imagine how much this will age -- will the perique take a little more charge or meld in with the other tobaccos? Time will tell. (e.g., B's Kingfisher, similar compostion but ckae cut, gets stronger with age.)

Hans said the bulk and tinned tobacco are the same; just open the tin up for an hour or so and let it hit the air. We'll see. (Some tins of the MB earlier HH Matured Virginia had different strengths to me -- from the best out there to sub-par.)

This is a not so preliminary review, as 10 bowls is a fair try but not the usual ounces I taste test before reviewing. This is so new, that I thought I'd do a service by interesting folks at the get-go (I don't even have the full tin description but I wrote up what Hans has stated.). I'll update as I finish my sample perhaps in another pipe. Hopefully, we all can get lots more.

A natural, and relatively mild way to smoke perique. Recommended to English and VAPER puffers.

Update; Finished last 10 bowls of my sample in a medium large Ries pipe (first 10 was in older, small Comoy). Still smooth with a note of perique. Just got tins (autographed by Hans so it may be a little more aged -- few months -- than regular tins) a couple of weeks ago, and smoked through 1 1/2 ounces in the Comoy and Reis. The tin does take a few days of opening and closing (maybe leave open a while) to release the flavors. Yep same tabak. Still smooth with a definite perique note. Not too strong. A lot going on here, but a melange of soft, natural flavors with a Perique note as the key. A steady smoke. May become "My Precious" blend. I just updated review with tin description, so that will be posted soon. Highly recommended now.

3 people found this review helpful.

ArkansasJack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArkansasJack (3)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

This is a wonderful blend, but I strongly believe it's miss-named and people are assuming it's very heavy in Perique, which it is not. A better name for this would be "Cajun Summer", because that's what it invokes, to me anyway. It's "heavy" and "thick", just as a hot humid summer is. The Perique adds some spice of course, but the blend is just masterful. It smokes very easily, and has a incredible after taste. One of my top 5.

Pipe Used: Various Cobbs and Briars

Age When Smoked: new from Tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (152)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

My next exploration from the HH line was Arcadian perique.from the description and the reviews it seemed very tempting.once i broke the tin a nice smell came out.ketchup notes,plums,coals and citruses combined this smell and promised a complex blend.the blend moisture was more than needed so some drying time is needed.lights with some effort and several relights are needed while smoking.while smoking from the first puffs i figured the complexity of this blend.the dominant compoment is the kentucky being ketchupy and spicy.the burleys give some florall notes and nuts.then the perique comes in second place being plummy spicy and sour.the virginias are mostly citrusy and sweet.latakia and orientals are in the backround offering coals,woods ,earthy notes and fire notes.generally the flavours are natural,complex but i found the kentucky burleys inhibiting the other compoments.burns slow and medium hot without moisture and dumpness to perfect chance of tongue bite.the room note is tolerable.generally it is a blend that has no simillarity to any other that is not an all day smoke for me.i give 3 stars only because i would prefer the kentucky more tonned down so the other compoments could reveal better their flavours.

Age When Smoked: Dried out for 30 mins.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the more intriguing blends in Mac Baren’s HH series. The tin note is sweet, briny and slightly sharp. The moisture level is just about perfect. However, I prefer giving it a minimum of 10 minutes dry time. This improves the burn rate and helps to decant some of the finer flavors that don't seem to want to show forth otherwise.

Despite the even ribbon cut I found this to be a fairly complex smoke. The Virginias are dark tasting, the perique is mellow and never sets much of an edge. Overall the flavor is anchored by the smoky, bittersweet taste of dark fired Kentucky which becomes fairly intense as the bowl progresses. At a slow sip I taste a cast of subtle flavors, most notably the light honey influence of the Cavendish, the dark fruit quality of the perique and the fragrant scent of the Turkish leaf.

If there were any surprises, it is how exceptionally smooth this blend is. The tin that I am smoking from is a little over two years old, but already the tobacco tastes well matured and quite refined. For what it’s worth, I had the most pleasant experiences smoking this in my wider, shallow-bowled pot & prince shaped pieces. In my smaller pipes the flavor was more intense and at my normal pace the bowl wanted to overheat.

Without a doubt Acadian Perique is a far departure for Mac Baren. Intriguing? I’d say so. Worth trying? Most definitely. Altogether an enjoyable medium strength mixture with good flavor and a crisp delightful finish.

2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I don't get this blend, it doesn't remind me of a VaPer ? I opened the tin and it has a great tin note of raisins but the taste is bland, cigaretish and boring. Has an almost Cavendish/Burley taste. Not only won't I buy again, I gave the tin away to a friend who RYO cigarettes. This is flavorless "muddy"smoke

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 3 weeks open

2 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (120)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Summary: A Virginia-Perique flavor balanced with earthier tobaccos so the Perique can shine, this blend is flavorful but dominated by that condiment.

This take on the venerable Virginia-Perique mixture adds Orientals, Cavendish and Burley to warm up and balance the resulting flavor, which owing to a strong Perique presence tilts toward that flavor. It lights easily and smokes consistently, with the spicier and sweeter sides of the Perique flavor coming out in turn. While this is an admirable concoction, the Perique dominates other flavors, and so it recommended only for those who desire getting closer to that condimental tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I bought this one after venturing into my local B&M for some supplies. After picking up three tins of stuff I wanted and wasn't sure what else to buy, the guy who was good enough to serve me brought up the subject of Mac Baren. After trying the god awful 7 Seas Cherry and the passable Navy Flake, I was minded not to try any of their other stuff. He was good enough to mention their HH line of tobaccos and said they were popular amongst those who preferred a purer smoke. Given that his previous recommendations were solid, I plumped for a tin.

The tin aroma is one hay with hints of stewed fruit and the tobacco itself is dark with lighter flecks of gold. Packing and lighting are easy. The smoke itself is gorgeous. There are wafts of hay, chocolate and stewed fruit, the flavour is clean and there is no hint of any kind of topping or casing. The perique certainly doesn't hold back here, and I'm tempted to think it's in there in greater quantities than the 5% or so quoted, but that could just be me. Nonetheless it's a really nice smoke.

This is such a nice blend that it's made me think twice about Mac Baren, especially their HH tobaccos. I can't recommend it enough save to say that it is now one of those tobaccos that I endeavour to keep a good supply of come hell or high water. Top Marks.

Pipe Used: Barling Guinea Grain

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: Cuban Cigar Club

2 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (105)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If I was to open a school for young pipe smokers (actually, now that I mentioned it…), this blend could be subject in the fist class: What pipe tobacco can taste like before treated with aromas, heavy casings and toppings.

MB HH Acadian Perique smells like ripe plums or figs out of the tin making you believe in some kind of fruity additive at first. Well, at first I also thought this was just another VaPer mix… it is not! The Black Cavendish (of course cased somehow in the process of making it) really adds another dimension to an even more enjoyable experience. User friendly in handling, absolutely pleasing and soothing, with a refined taste that is interesting, developing but not overly complex. It doesn’t bite or need much attention, rather deserves the attention of the smoker at all times for being so good.

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Late last year when I was visiting family in VA I ran out of my C&D Bayou Morning. I usually travel with that blend as my first smoke of the day, with Old Joe Krantz for later morning, early afternoon, and Engine 99 for later in the day. Over the last few years the predominately cigar B&M at Pembroke has increasingly increased their pipes and tobacco offerings and I took the chance they might have something to fill in for my Bayou Morning. Did they ever...

Among the BULK jars was Mac Baren HH Arcadian Ribbon. I had never heard nor seen it sold in bulk. Without benefit of these reviews at the time I speculated that this might be similar to McClelland's Blakeneys' Best Arcadian Ribbon. I bought a couple of ounces. I should have purchased the entire jar. This is far more than a standard VaPer.

This is delicious, period. Now, I know my friends (and others) will think I have lost my mind but the closest flavor profile I can use to describe this is...Prince Albert with Perique. Crazy... I love it.

Pipe Used: Corncobs, briar billiards

Age When Smoked: Current production

Purchased From: Emerson's of Virginia Beach, VA

2 people found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (34)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Some have noted the situation that Mac Baren is held in the same sort of contempt that a brand like Captain Black used to be. I chalk this up to the affordability of the brand; very many people are beyond convinced that there is ALWAYS a direct relationship between price and quality. That this is true is without question for very many, but some know it for the canard it is.

Acadian Perique is an odd duck in the pipe tobacco world. Some have likened it to a kitchen sink blend, but anyone who enjoys it knows it wasn't just "thrown together". It is however an acquired taste, and those interested in the permutations of perique beyond Navy Blends would do well to give it a shot, while treating it exactly as if it was a flake while smoking it. It's not a shrinking violet.

Some have remarked on its sweetness; but that is something natural which can only be due to the Virginias, because there are no toppings. Initially, I found it lacking in sweetness as I've long created my own blend of black cavendish, virginia, perique and lately dark-fired Kentucky, which probably constitutes a quasi-aromatic, if anyone sought to label it. And then there are those that find perique to exude a sweetness all its own, so maybe it is there.

Acadian Perique does require a little drying time, so fill a bowl and let it sit a bit first. This should be a must-try for perique freaks; it was only a matter of time before I tried it. I think it's nice stuff although I prefer my own perique blend, which is a tad lighter in the nic dept. Three stars.

Edit: This tobacco is an acquired taste. It will grow on you if you give it a chance. The other morning I noted some indescribable flavors which made me want to come back here and note that. I wasn't however going to add another star; evidently that was done for me already! Is this the curse of "the venerator"? :)

11/12015 Edit

The other morning I had a small cob load of this with perhaps only the same amount left remaining in the tin. It'd been a while since I've smoke any, and as I relished the bowl, the thought hit that this is a standout fave of mine, hands down. I won't however be ordering anymore due to the recent price raise. Just recently I'd noted that the tin price went up, and shortly after telling a friend I might share a pound. with her, she brought to my attention that the pound price also had gone up significantly.

Mac Baren has been a brand I've previously championed for its quality as well as its price. Now it will be only the former. Other similarly priced tinned tobaccos I'm also swearing off for good although I confess I do have a few of those unopened which I will be reviewing. I know there is simply no substitute for some of these quality-wise, but that's not at all to say that I still won't be smoking and enjoying more inexpensive tobaccos- because they are out there only if that means buying in larger bulk. Not every pipe smoker has unlimited disposable income, and the tobacco companies need to know this.

Pipe Used: cobs and other group one bowls

Age When Smoked: Dec. 2012

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: totally unique.

2 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Rich, complex blend, very good tobaccos. Tanginess and spice predominate, with some nutty burley in the background. No-nonsense, straightforward. Medium to strong in strength and taste, very little topping noted. Strength builds through the bowl, finishes with fine ash and clean bowl. 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Grabow Grand Duke

Age When Smoked: Tin date DEC-2012.

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Battle Creek, MI

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a complex mixture of many tobaccos along with some black Cavindish,the taste is woodsy, creamy and slightly sweet, this is an extrimely cool smoke, it is mild with a dry, thick smoke and it is very gentle on the palate,there is absolutely no tongue bite, however you puff.

The MB original Cavindish, which I am very familiar with, is present and has its distinctive flavor in this blend, I find HHAP a very enjoyable all day smoke and would highly recommend it to those who like the natural taste of tobacco. also this blend is the perfect alternative for cigarette smokers who wish to start with pipe smoking.

2 people found this review helpful.

PhantomWolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhantomWolf (38)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A real manly smoke. This is like Chuck Norris in a denim shirt working on his Bronco kind of smoke.

A very strong tasting blend to me. When I say strong, I mean that you will know you've got tobacco in your pipe. Earthy, spicy, mildly sweet (if sweet at all), and often woody.

The tin note is almost off-putting to me. Robust tobacco with an almost fermented undertone. It has that strange green tomato smell that I also picked up in Royal Yacht. In fact, I felt these blends are close in more than one way. Think of this as Royal Yacht with a bit less nicotine, no apparent topping, and a more varied and spicy palate.

Be warned. You will get a frog in throat if you smoke this too rapidly as it does have a robust 'Nic-Hit' Nicotine aside, there was absolutely no tongue bite.

Shortly after smoking my first bowl of this blend, I smoked my second. A great find and sure to be on my shelf in the future.

This could be an all day smoke for the hardier pipe smoker, but I think I will take it in moderation. Maybe something I would smoke through a night of drinking.

1 person found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (263)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The HH-Line of Mac Baren stand for quality and natural tobaccos to me! All the blends from Mac Barens HH (Henrik Halberg) line are mostly natural, and only neccesary additions are used to blend the tobaccos - great!

When opening the tin, which has a beautiful and traditional design, you get greeted by a variety of scents. Slightly sweetish, sour, spicy- and woodsy-tones dominate the smell. Theres a whiff of what's reminding me of ketchup a bit (quite similar to MBs Three Nuns tin smell tin note), but it isn't unpleasant at all. A tad of plum and raisin notes are also to be found. Very intriguing tin smell with many layers of scents to explore. Comes in perfect condition is rather on the dry side.

I wouldn't call this a "Va/Per", the Perique is rather mild and the taste dominated by the Orientals and Kentucky! If you're awaiting a sweet, fruity and peppery-spicy Va/Per you're in the wrong alley, Acadian Perique is much more!

This is supposed to be all natural tobacco, Cavendish flavoured with honey to keep the tobacco from getting too dry is the only additive, as Mac Baren says - and I tend to belive them! This is one of the most natural tobacco (taste-wise) I know of. Due to it's low moisture level it's easy to light and keep lit. 1 match is enough. Packing and handling is just as easy.

Now here comes the magic: Acadian Perique´s taste is outstandingly good. Complex, flavorful and most natural tobacco is what's awaiting you. The dominating notes of this tobacco are sour-dry, very woodsy and decently earthy, which must come from the interplay of the dark fired Kentuckys and the Orientals used I suppose. The Orientals also have a mild ethereal feeling to them. A good share of spice to be noticed in this multi-facettet melange. The rather subtle, lurking in the back notes of raisins and figs are contributed by the Perique I'd think, as well as a moderately spicy peppery note that are enriching the flavour-profile at it's best. Hints of nutty-notes are also (barely) detecable from the Burley. The "original Cavendish", which I'm quite sure is cavendish that's been treated with real honey or maple (in this case honey) adds a little honey-ish sweetness, to keep the balance between spicy, almost herbal and fruity-sweet tones. Yet the smoky, earthy and dry-woodsy notes prevail, so this is a rather hearthy blend with a creamy textured smoke.

Full of flavours to detect, multi-layered tobacco goodness of (most) natural taste. But never overwhelming! Everything is in balance and well rounded. Benefits of wide bowls and conscious smoking.

Mac Baren´s Acadian Perique, is another excellent blend from the HH line that's true to the natural taste of tobacco and seducing you with refined, rich smoke... great!

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars

1 person found this review helpful.

WesIncredible Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WesIncredible (1)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This was the first tobacco that I've ever ordered and had out of a tin so I wasn't sure what to expect. When I popped the lid for the first time I was greeted with a wonderfully balanced aroma. Starting off just a little sweet, maybe just a slight hint of chocolate and finishing off with a very pleasant tobacco scent. There is nothing that stands out clearly from the rest yet it does not have a "muddy blended" scent to it.

I read a lot of people age their tins before really digging into them, however the smell of the Acadian blend completely did not allow me to wait longer than 2 days after receiving my tin.

Pulling some of the tobacco out and fluffing it to try and dry it a bit before packing it, I was probably a little anxious and moved too soon. The smoke was a mix for me. The flavor was everything promised, balanced, full flavored with no strong front runner in the medley of different tobaccos - just balanced. However with it being so fresh, it was a little too moist to keep lit without a consistent pull making a conversation near impossible. Even so, after multiple relights the flavor stayed fairly constant, adding some spicier notes as it burned hotter.

The end of the bowl reveled white-grey ash that burned all the way down.

Pipe Used: Custom "Hawaiian Briar" Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tin

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A wonderfully spicy smoke with a full array of rich flavors. I agree that there are no added flavorings, but am fairly certain that there is a very mild added sweetness. It shows itself plainly in a cob. A near full spectrum of fruit flavors as well as earth. A little smokiness and a hint of nuts. This baby has it all. A truly fine smoke with plenty of oomph!

Medium to strong in body. Medium to full in taste. Added sweetness is very mild. Burn is near perfect.

Pipe Used: MM Dagner Poker, Country Gentleman, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

cajun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajun (11)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

Have been a pipe smoker on and off for about 40 years, and recently started again after several years lay-off. I decided to buy a few cob pipes and try out some American themed tobaccos. Perique was previously only known to me in the Escudo version, and I'm into stuff from Louisiana, so decided to give this a go due to its"Acadian" nametag. I certainly get the perique taste in this mixture, but find the oriental addition to be a bit overwhelming. I've never been a follower of cavendish tobaccos, and couldn't determine it in this mixture. I am getting an aftertaste akin to Balkan Sobranie from this offering, which is literally thousands of miles away from what I expected. I was once an avid smoker of Balkan Sobranie with the Yenidje leaf additive, but changed to Peterson Irish Flake as a staple, due to complaints of the lingering room note of the Sobranie. I personally find this mixture to smoke a bit on the dry side. It smells very oriental in the tin, lights up easily and smokes to fine ash, and I love the fact that there are no sugary additives. However, I won't be buying another tin as it doesn't tick many of the boxes I am looking for.

Edited:- Rather than throw the stuff away I decided to try smoking this in a newish Stanwell brushed briar, and the difference was quite significant. The tobacco had more taste and everything seemed better about it. I don't know why MacBaren chose to add Latakia to this mixture, but I suppose they know what they are doing. I have changed my rating to "Somewhat recommended" as it is nice in this day of sugary sweet "smoked a bowl in 10 minutes" stuff to get the chance to enjoy tobacco in a more natural form.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Country Gent cob

Age When Smoked: straight from tin

Purchased From: Online UK supplier

Similar Blends: Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie.

1 person found this review helpful.

Old Nate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Nate (17)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

This is one I don't usually go to. But that doesn't mean it's not worth smoking. The aroma is dark fired Kentucky upfront with grassy VA in the background. The initial taste is earthy and very subtly sweet. Kind of a raw nutty sweetness that comes through from the Kentucky. I detect a little bit of chocolate on the palate every now and then but not throughout the entire bowl, after the initial sweetness and fleeting at that. By this point the Kentucky completely takes over and only gives way to the grassy Virginia every now then. There is a slight spice note from start to finish but this is another secondary component to this blend. Traditionally, I like a little more of the stewed fruit flavors I get from other Va/pers but if your looking for lots of low notes and a grainy Smokey flavor from your smoke, this might be for you. Worth a try.

Pipe Used: Mario Grande

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: B &M

Similar Blends: Newminster superior round slices but not as sweet..

1 person found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (63)
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Ideal for experiencing the richness, depth and complexity of an English mixture without the latakia.

Each puff is an explosion of natural flavour and aroma. MB Acadian Perique conveys full-on gustatory delight without any effort on the smoker's part.

There are at least two layers of complexity here: the first derives from the broad range of tobaccos used, the second from the tremendous depth and richness of the perique. The blend is so well integrated that the perique flavours and aromas come across in every puff, but never in a musty or overbearing way.

Admirable too for its staying power. I smoke Acadian Perique several times per week, and each bowl seems even richer and more satisfying than the last. Reminiscent of the Germain Esoterica mixtures: exceptionally high-quality tobaccos blended and processed with masterful skill and subtlety.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Shell

Age When Smoked: Vintage 2010

Purchased From: Online Vendor

1 person found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

All is well with Jiminks' and Perique's reviews (just to name a couple whose reviews have been found of great help).

But, regarding myself, the complexity of HHAP is not necessarily a plus. I mean: too many ingredients, nothing shines for real. This is my limit. On the other hand I may see pipsters smoking this as their homebase blend.

Nothing wrong, the quality is very very good. But this is missing to hit me, for the reason above, however I'm generally a MacB aficionado...

If I were the blender, I would cut the Original Cavendish off, and make things easier.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: One year

Purchased From: Tobacconist in Berlin

1 person found this review helpful.

ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (57)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is mostly a Burley/Perique (the Burley tastes like Kentucky) blend with the other leafs making everything work , cool smoking and dry , the smoke is flavorfull and with good nicotine! Fantastic smoke for the Burley lovers that wants a good dose of Spice!!!

1 person found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A well put together blend and I am impressed with MacBaren on this one. In fact, on several of the "newer" tobaccos from this company I have been pleasantly surprised.

This blend is worth a try but be gentle in puffing...sip this as it will be most kind to you!

Highly recommended!

...A pipe is to be savored...

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin has a fermented, pungent smell and that to me is very inviting. But... this mixture for lack of a better description is coarse, dry and rough tasting. The Dark Kentucky and Perique, both condiment tobaccos, are mismatched. You get some Cavendish and even Oriental once in a while, as for Burley and Virginia, they are buried in this avalanche of flavors. On the plus side, it burns to a white ash, no bite and has a pleasant aftertaste. This kind of tobacco probably needs a niche of smokers to survive on the market, I consider it an acquired taste not a mixture that a regular pipe smoker would indulge in with reckless abandon. Update 22/01/12 Smoked it outside in winter conditions. I guess that all that drying and the colder weather helps a lot with this kind of tobacco. A good winter smoke especially for those that don't smoke Latakia.

1 person found this review helpful.

HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It took its time to really get going and smoked a bit hotter than I would have liked, but I think I could fix this if I just let it dry a bit more than I did (which was not at all). It was sweet like molasses but had a lot of complexity. I'm going to enjoy this smoke moving forward.

1 person found this review helpful.

Cochon74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cochon74 (29)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Let me start by saying that I am a novice pipe smoker and have not actually sampled many tobaccos at all. However, I am fan of bold flavors: cigars, single malts, imperial stouts, cured meats, etc. After trying a standard virginia and a medium English blend from my local tobacco shop, I started researching different blends and styles, contemplating my next smoke. I read about perique and had to try it. I am also a big fan of all things Lousiana, so a perique blend seemed like a great choice for expanding palate.

I wasn't disappointed. Right out of the tin, this blend was great! The aroma, texture, moisture and evenness of the blend were pretty much perfect, I think. It loaded well, smoked well and tasted fantastic! It is a very complex blend with many flavors (some of which as a beginner I can't even identify) appearing and disappearing throughout the bowl. The perique element is easily identifiable and the figgy sweetness it lends to the blend is unmistakable though.

I don't smoke every day, and always outside - which I like, even on cold days... and let me say: having smoked some "middle of the road" blends, I was delighted to find a tobacco that really let me know I was smoking something special and tasting something different, interesting and very pleasing. Even my girlfriend noticed the difference and remarked that the aroma was much nicer.

I love this stuff and plan on having some around at all times. No matter how many more tobaccos I try, MacBaren's Arcadian Perique will always be on hand for a wonderful smoke. Great stuff.

1 person found this review helpful.

Red Rapparee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Red Rapparee (8)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Hiya fellers, Red here. This is an interesting smoke that doesn't know for sure if it's a Va/Per, a Balkan that forgot it's Latakia in yesterdays pants pocket, or a nice little sweetened Burley blend. In the midst of all this schitzophrenia it somehow accomplishes it's apparent purpose; to take you for a ride.

Sitting down to a pipe full o' this makes me think of slowly wandering around a walk-in humidor with my nose tilted up catching all sorts of flavors, some of which make me scratch my head, while other's call my name with the irresistible pull of a Goddess ready to reward me for services rendered..... Anyhoo, it's a tad on the sweet side for my taste but it is definitely a good smoke if you are in the mood for something that will keep distracting you from what you were trying to do whilst smoking your pipe. Sweet Cavendish, nutty burley, and the extra percentage of Perique set themselves apart in this lively blend that has little of the traditional Mac Baren sweet casing and lot's of pleasing, well balanced flavor. Flavorful enough to make you want to puff and Virginia enough to make you pay. Mildly strong. Vitamin N. Lots of fun and tasty to boot. Bravo.

Three Stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Very Full Very Pleasant

Mac Baren's HH Acadian Perique is a must try for any Perique enthusiast. The Perique content is quite high, perhaps greater than 15%, as apposed to the usual less than 5% in most Ver / Per blends. But HHAP also has a lot of things in the can other than Perique, viz. Cavendish, Burleys, Orientals and most notably Dark Fired Kentucky. As such it is a complex smoke, but with a strong Perique presence. As mentioned earlier, Perique is not only the truffle of tobaccos, but is also extremely limited in its production. See the following two links to learn more about this fine tobacco and its history in St. James Parish, Louisiana: of-perique/

Obviously, due to its limited acreage and highly labor intensive production involving a type of anaerobic pressed fermentation and aging, there is always a danger that it may go "extinct" or that at some point prices may really soar.

But Mac Baren's HHAP really is a good showcase for what Perique can do when in high presence and mixed with a number of different tobacco types. I have gone through several tins and recently bought several of the 16oz. for transfer to Mason jars for cellaring.

Although HHAP is not a flake tobacco, I treat it as such, and generally use it in smaller bowls (e.g., Dunhill Group 3 & 4s) in billiards and chimney shapes. These narrower bowls seem to enhance the "curing" or "resinating" process of Perique, as the smoke proceeds down to the second half of the bowl.

Also, Perique, in such high percentages as found here in HHAP, often can produce a wet smoke if hurried through, necessitating a pipe cleaner in mid-smoke to tone down the humidity of the burn. So sipping is required.

HHAP, introduced during the 2009 Chicagoland Pipe Show, seems to be in limited production and my current can says 191/500 and is signed by the blender, one J. Jensen, so stock up on the 16oz. for cellaring. Happy smoking!

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (24)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Wow, this is a blend to stock up on. Like the blender states on the tin, this has no top note but is equally flavourful from every angle. The Perique builds towards the end. The burley's and virnginias nuttyness are set off by the Cavendishes bitter-sweetness. It has no tongue bite, but is rich in taste. A rare combination. It comes moist so keeping it that way will help maintain the falvour of it's carefully measured ingredients.

It can be puffed all day, the Nicotine kick is evident but not overly powering to me. I like strong Cavendishes spinkled with Perique when I'm not trying top blends however.

A Drinkless or Peterson type pipe will help you to distinguish the four main notes. But a well caked billiard will give a rich warm smoke that is not unlike rich dark coffee, or a dark Beer. Both of which go with this blend well also.

Burns to a fine ash, carefull or you may get ashes or ash taste in your mouth near the end. It does smoke nice with no tongue bite and only slight bitterness all the way down. Does tend to build moisture so running a pipe cleaner or two during your puff will help keep that at bay. A good blend to rotate through a couple pipes at least because of the moisture that can build up. I'm again used to this due to me liking Cavendish which is moist and acrid but sweet.

This blend should age very well. The tins I have are about a year old and are only getting better. It is a limited run blend.

Overall very fine blend. Did fine some tobacco veins/sticks. Unussual with a high end blend. Most likely from the Virginia they are using in the blend.

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Thatstar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thatstar (2)
Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

Fast smoking at low temperature and smooth as glass. Straightforward, a little spicy, but overall impressed me as a quick smoke that won't turn your pipe into a too hot to handle proposition. Smooth and smooth again, mild and fast. Perique Dan's l'autoroute au Vitesse. Great for a fast mild smoke.

Pipe Used: Nothing fancy, broken in briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Baracoa Toccanonist in London Ontario

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steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is a lot of debate about what constitutes a Va/per. Is it still a Vaper if it has burley or cavendish, or pronounced casings? Well, the point is that there are a lot of great Va/Pers out there. Gawith's St James flake and Reiners Long Golden Flake and Rattray's Old Gowrie, Marlin Flake and Hal o the Wynd are perhaps the bench marks. But Dunill's Elizabethan is another and one that perhaps bears the most resemblance to HH Acadian Perique. Maybe because both are ribbon cut. But also because I think they strive for a certain complexity. I happen to love Long Golden Flake and St james flake. And Hal O the Wynd is close behind. And then we have Pease's Haddo;s Delight...which is more a neo Vaper. Or semi Vaper. Now, Acadian Perique is a solid very good blend. Macbaren is always of excellent quality and this is no exception. But Ive smoked this now, two tins worth, and I just feel as if its not quite up to the others Ive listed. Its subjective I know. Dunhill's Elizabethan reminds of this quite a bit but I like the Dunhill better (or the old Murray version anyway). Its somehow deeper and more soothing. This is a tad boring for me by the end of the bowl. I like flakes better anyway, or broken flake, like the Rattrays. With Hal o the Wynd I get such an explosion of bright virginia taste mixed with that tangy perique secondary taste. With St James Flake I get a richer darker and more earthy flavor. The nic content of this is similar to the rattray's, maybe a bit more, but not quite as strong as the Gawith. It is stronger than the dunhill however. The burley background provides the strength here. Its a fine blend, and in a pinch I will get it again. No problem, i enjoyed it. But if given the choice id take any of the others Ive listed. Another fine Vaper is Solani's 633 flake. But like the Reiner, its less complex but more flavorful to my mind. Brighter and generates that explosion of taste I crave in this genre of tobacco blend. So i give it 2 stars, but it should be at least two and half if not three. Its just my subjective feeling on this.

Addendum: I had to up my rating on this blend. I ve grown to like it a bit more than I suggested. Partly its the fact that the nic hit is pretty well into the strong end of medium. Its maybe not my favorite but that added Turkish leaf (and there isnt that much) really gives it a nice flavor toward the end of the bowl.

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Elizabethan Mixture, Hal O the Wynd, Solani 633, St James Flake, Long Golden Flake..

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Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (66)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

This is an art deco of a mixture. I can almost mum Galsworthy gazing into the middle distance lawn from Robin Hill. The mustiness that pervades is quite addictive. Yet, and yet, I am left unsatisfied. Don't know why and it's a shame.

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

Similar Blends: Absolutely nothing!.

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Swiss-smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Swiss-smoker (62)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A tasteful and a quite strong mixture for a Mac Baren. If you are looking for a deep blend with very complex tastes, there it is. It is not an easy mixture. The balanced mix of all added tobaccos causes a different experience in each draught. Each type of tobacco shows up and faints away every once in a while, making it a really interesting smoke throughout the bowl. And each bowl is somehow a new adventure. It is all about natural tobacco aromas. There is no detectable sweetness in this blend, neither from Virginia and Burley, nor from Cavendish or Perique. And I am glad there is no artificial sweetening and flavouring. All these points make this blend unique and therefore highly recommendable to explore. Give it a try. I am glad I did, although it has not become a favourite of mine.

I dare to say that in my taste and opinion the Perique in this mixture is not original St-James-Parish/Louisiana Perique. I think it is a GENERIC Perique. Unfortunately it is a taboo, but everybody knows, that more Perique is used in the tobacco industry than produced in St-James-Parish. Furthermore, Mac Baren carefully mentions nowhere, that there is genuine Louisiana Perique in this mixture. If there was, they would most certainly mention it explicitly. As long as I am not misled, I don’t mind. Personally I am not fond of the combination of Perique with Kentucky and Orientals. I prefer Perique in combination with Virginia exclusively.

Age When Smoked: New, out of the tin.

Purchased From: Internet,, USA.

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GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (94)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend has grown on me tremendously over the course of a year. I love Perique. I enjoy it in large doses like many of the C&D blends; Bayou Morning/Night, Old Joe Krantz, and Chenet's Cake. This Mac Baren blend uses Perique sparingly which leads to a very refined and nuanced blend. The Cavendish adds a rounding subtle sweetness which pairs wonderfully with the spicy Turkish leaf. The Burley is nutty and the Kentucky is bold. The Virginias are earthy and hay-like. The Perique is the "best supporting actor." It is dry and gives a hint of spice and a green vegetal like note. The smoke is very thick and creamy. I really enjoy the smell in the tin too, a green olive aroma. Age melds all the components together beautifully and adds some sugar.

Age When Smoked: Fresh - Two years

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point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

The name might deceive you. Not saying it has no perique, but not as abundant as it suggested. The spiciness and mild fruity flavor goes along until bowl's bottom. Well blended, but rather one-dimentioned. I can hardly taste the oriental. To me, it is one of the Vaper/bur family, but less tasty or fulfilled than the Rattray's offerings.

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Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this one bc I like macbaren most of the time and I thought it sounded interesting. I really hope it doesn't bite like the Scottish mixture I like so much.

It looks like a nice ribbon in the tin. Golds, Browns and some blacks in some different cuts. Smells ketchupy to me initially. After letting it sit open about five mins it smelled different. Not so much ketchup, but raisins and smokey, dark goodness. It's also pretty dry for a tobacco of any kind right out of the tin. The traditional English leaning of this new line are showing well.

It burned nice and cool for me, first try. Smokey spicy and sweet. And I didn't get the macbite I normally would, even when puffing away at this. It's delicious as well, very well balanced flavor. Nice perique content too, noticeable, but not overpowering. The dark fired aspects shine through pretty nicely as well. Even bordering on a cigar like quality sometimes. Not really getting anything from the orientals or the burley in this one though. They play a good supporting role at worst. This is my first bowl of this so I may need some time to get to know it a little better.

I like this blend already. I've been smoking c&d Orion's arrow lately, and this is right in the same wheelhouse. I would recommend this one, but it may be a bit much for some folks if they don't normally smoke fuller blends.

Pipe Used: Peterson #1

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: C&D Orion's arrow.

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dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (103)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Very nice tobacco, great tin note, easily lit and easy to keep lit. No problems with this one at all. Has a consistent flavor throughout the bowl. The variety of tobaccos blend well together and the perique is noticeable but not too domineering as to hide the others. The strength of this blend may be too much for some but i found it to my liking. Excellent overall appeal, a need to try blend!

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I enjoy this one for what it is but I can think of a dozen other blends I would smoke before I reach for this one. It' a great middle of the road smoke and I enjoy it when I'm mowing the lawn or doing other outside chores around the house. It definitely ain't a thinker so you can just light up and go about your business and for that it is great. Once my tin runs out I doubt I will restock it. If you are looking for something that isn't too complex than this might be right for you. Just a basic ribbon cut VaPer.

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin aroma brings the Perique out front, ripe cheese and field mushrooms. A background of Virginia's figs & raisins and sweet cereals, tart and fresh, sweet notes belie the quality Orientals. The Latakia is only a distant smoky scent. The aroma is complex, more well- married than well-balanced, and mouthwatering for the Perique fans among us. The burley and Cavendish soften the overall thing.

Packing and lighting is a breeze.

Rich, sweet, molasses & Scottish oatmeal, delicious funky scent of Perique fills the sinuses, Oriental leaf makes it's presence known surprising boldly. As the bowl burns down, you end up with warm, sweet Virginia - slightly salted by the ghosts of the Oriental leaves - softly scented by the earthy bones of the Perique.

Easy smoking, consistently interesting. I prefer the way the American blenders handle Perique blends, but this Danish mix is very interesting.

Some reviewers here have discussed St. James Parish Perique vs. the more common modern versions. The new stuff is usually made from Green River Burley, where the “real” stuff is made from a native leaf known down south as “Red Burley”. Otherwise, both are cured the same way, under pressure in oak barrels - cured in the juices of the tobacco leaves themselves - flipped periodically to move the juices evenly through the leaves.

While there are some differences, just remember, less and less Perique is being produced in Louisiana. Most of the Perique we're all smoking already comes from other sources.

I hope there will always be some St. James Perique around to enjoy. But if it does turn out to be a dying breed, I'm glad others are working on a replacement.

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