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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 ByHenrik Halberg
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging100g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (77)
★★★★
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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (199)
★★★★
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. 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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (435)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full 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 the spice is intertwined with familial notes from the dark fired Kentucky and Turkish components. 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 sweet, but mainly provides some earthy body to the proceedings. It has a rich flavor that bears repeating during your smoking day. Burns perfectly smooth with no dottle, no bite, and a consistent taste - the hallmark of a well designed blend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

ArmedOctopus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArmedOctopus (17)
★★★☆
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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (36)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Why do some (many) folks get so violently antagonistic towards McB 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (68)
★★★★
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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (43)
★★★★
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: Smokingpipes.com

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

rekamepip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rekamepip (59)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

Virginian, Burley with Mac Baren Original Cavendish, Dark Fired Kentuck, Orientals and Acadian Perique

Tin Notes: Good Cut and Colors of tobaccos. The Aroma is slightly sweet and smokey with a somewhat slight tart smell. Moisture content is near perfect

The Burn: The tobacco may require further rubbing out if you are using a small chamber pipe but loads and lights easily. Great overall tobacco flavor profile as the the combination of said tobaccos all work wonderfully together. There is a mild and sweet taste that is either from a light casing or may come from the MacBaren Original Cavendish !

This is a great smoking blend that smokes good whether it is fresh off the assembly line or aged ! Good Price for a Good Tobacco

Room Note: I love it but may not be real good for the non smoking

My 5 Star Rating = 4.5

Pipe Used: Pipestone, Corn Cob, Briar

Age When Smoked: new and aged

Purchased From: sutliff, pipesandcigars.com, 4noggins

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (294)
★★☆☆
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★★★
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (135)
★★★★
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (109)
★★★☆
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

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samantabhadra411 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samantabhadra411 (6)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Top notch tobacco. Not my favorite but very well done. The complexity of the blend is understated in the taste of the smoke, it does not seem that every strain of tobacco alive is in the tin, It smokes with an even, consistent, untarnished flavor from top to bottom which speaks to the quality of the blending. =

For me it is a bit bitter, but it is mellow and smooth desptie its strength. A good cup of black coffee or bourbon would complement this blend nicely.

A former cigar smoker should love this blend. But an aromatic man would hate it. Definitely worth a try if you like a slightly bitter and unbeguiled taste of all the tobacco world has to offer inside of one bowl.

Happy smoking

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (53)
★★★★
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!!!

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (30)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This here is an excellent blend,a game changer if you will. Essential!

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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.

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Spicy and almost toasty, the perfect morning smoke in a cob with coffee. Tastes a bit sour, but in a good way. Smells a bit sour in the tin, like body odour, but I can live with that. Not sure if ageing played a significant role or not, my tin was dated 03-10 I opened it in 03-12.

I can't believe this stuff is so cheap. I will be stocking up.

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skyeye Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
skyeye (3)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I Purchased a tin of this along with 7 other blends a while back, and out of all of them I love this blend more than any of the others (save the first tin of night cap I had But I got a sinus infection and sorta stopped smoking it).

It lights well, even in my friends man cave that has a fan on high at all times. This is the only tobacco I can say lit in that room.

The smoke is somewhat different every time. One smoke I will get alot of perique, on another I may get primarily balkans or burly.

The important thing is it never dissapoints me, well not when it is in my mcarthur bent cob anyway ;)

The added length cools the smoke, and something about the pipe make the flavor seem purer. I'd love to try it in a clay churchwarden :D

My batch was just the right humidity. It has an almost sour armpit smell in the tin, a smell that sends a chill up my spine whenever I smell it. Another person wrote a review that said this blend needs a certain niche to survive, well I belive I am part of that niche.

If you want a tobaco that has flavor to the smoke, no tounge bite, and doesn't have much room note, this is definatly a tin to try out. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND buying a mcarthur bent however, it is only about 12$. In a shorter stem pipe it will not taste as good.

Next time I get paid I will be buying several tins of it.

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (74)
★★★★
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...

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (96)
★★☆☆
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.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This new offering (well, from last year or late '09) is a stronger and tastier take from MacBaren.

A bit of a puzzler at first, because of the numerous types of tobaccos into it, one can still make out the plum taste of the perique.

After a couple weeks that it is opened, it will develop into something that is ok, but not more for my own liking.

I have 2 more tins. I will smoke as much as I can from both, but I will not buy again.

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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.

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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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Cochon74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cochon74 (20)
★★★★
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.

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

This is, by far, MacBaren's strongest mixture.

Even though there are a lot of tobaccos in there, the Perique dominates the game all along, with its plum-like flavor, complemented by the DFK's spiciness. Occasionnally, the sweetness of th VAs emerge.

Smokes well, leaves a gray ash at the bottom and does not bite.

I smokes it right out after receiving it. I imagine it will be a very good tobacco after a couple years of aging.

A very fine tobacco, indeed.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (43)
★★★☆
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...

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Bulldog Jeff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bulldog Jeff (11)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I was looking for a Va/Per to satisfy a craving. I bought a couple different tins at my local tobacco store. This one which I now LOVE, and another that just didn't work out.

It has great Virginia flavor. If you're like me and always ask "Where's the Perique?", this won't leave you wondering. Loads well. Smokes well. I tend to sip (or "kiss") the pipe and route the smoke through my nostrils because I love the peppery flavor so much.

Didn't enjoy it so much in my Peterson XL305. I think the smoke cooled too much over the long trip to keep the flavor alive for me. Works great with any standard length pipe though.

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dogwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dogwood (17)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a good smoke, not exceptional. I'll stick to my Old Gowrie as my go to Va/Per. There's too much going on in this one. To me it tastes like a bunch of tobaccos thrown together, not so much blended in harmony.

My tin was packed so tight with this stuff that it was one big crumble cake which is fun. I hope everyone else is so lucky. It came dry as a bone. It gave me a little "Mac bite".

This one isn't for the sometime perique smoker. It's for the perique lover. The perique is first rate (so are all of the other tobaccos). It's worth a try but when compared to Old Gowrie or Escudo it's rough and unrefined. It's more like Bayou Morning Flake (which is much better).

3 stars.

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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.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★★★
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:

http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/put-that-in-your-pipe/the-mystique- of-perique/

http://www.theitalianpipe.com/infowell/articles/perique.htm

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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Peter Zorg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Zorg (34)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

UPDATE:

I tried this tobacco in a 9 mm filtered Stanwell pipe with a bowl of a comfortable size.

Really at the same time smooth and spiced.

I now love this tobacco.

So, with a matching pipe, really worth a try.

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (17)
★★★★
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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parker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
parker (12)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I like this tobacco very much,i notice the taste of the Kentucky and Burly which gives a dry taste and ramps up the nicotine which can take you by surprise. I like the taste of Arcadian Perique supplied by Ryan and co,there is an article that can be refered to.He states that Arcadian Perique is not st James Perique but a tabbaco cured by the same method, which i prefer to the St James Variety, as it has a slightly sour note that i love. Also to be seen in Germaines Royal Perique mixture.

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

This blend has unique composition, with no top flavour and only minimal casing. It does smoke mild and bite free but is full-bodied as well. The Perique stands out in a moderate way way but is well integrated with the Virginia's, Burleys, dark-fired Kentucky, Cavendish and a touch of Orientals. Admirers of a natural blend spiced with Perique ought to give this a try real soon! I certainly will buy more!

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Mister G Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mister G (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This tobacco blend is ribbon cut with strands of light and dark leaves, with smaller black leaves that are presumably the Perique. The leaf is pliable and not too moist. The aroma is pleasant with a quality of richness, with an aroma of orientals too.

Easy to pack plus lit without problem, which burned beautifully producing adequate amounts of smoke. No initial harshness that sometimes happens with some blends. Intermittent oriental aromas and tastes pop up during this pleasurable smoke. Burned to a fine grey ash.

This is a quality pipe tobacco that needs to be tried.

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Virginia Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia Piper (2)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

To my palette, this Perique blend adds some richness, similar to warm fruit. It combines with the Virginia and Burley to make a memorable smoke. HHAP isn't the strongest tobacco I've had but it does give you a full-bodied smoke.

For people that want a natural tasting blend spiced with Perique should try HHAP at the earliest opportunity.

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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.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (195)
★★★★
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.

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was excited to try this and received a couple of bowls to sample at a recent Seattle Pipe Club meeting.

I did like the flavor, but bright Virginias tend to bite me, and I did get a bit of bite from this.

The cavendish gives this a bit of a sweeter note than a straight VAPer. There are others in this style (Hearth & Home AJs VAPer immediately comes to mind) that I like better.

That said, there's certainly nothing wrong with this blend, and those who are exhaustively searching for the perfect VAPer should certainly consider giving this a whirl, especially if they want something slightly sweeter than a straight VAPer.

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Dnemets Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dnemets (3)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

This tobacco had a lot of promise for me. I wanted to try a highly rated Perique tobacco. This is not what I had in mind... It's extremely flat, I'd be hard pressed to say there's any other flavor detection than that of Perique, which is mild at best.

The only upside to this tobacco is that it's nearly impossible to get tongue bite from it. Other than that, save your money.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (528)
★★☆☆
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.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (226)
★★★★
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.

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PipeJoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeJoe (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my current go-to tobacco. It comes is a 100g tin, to the high price on the back belies the actual value that you are getting with this.

It smells like fresh black raisins in the tin, and may be a bit moist on the first day you open it - but only a little.

It lights easily and yields a first impression of mellow Virginia off set by a peppery low note of Louisiana's cool wet dirt as the Perique has its say. The subtle influence of the orientals defines this as a superlative and complex smoke that keeps me coming back for more.

It is another of those tobaccos that has its finest moments near the end of the bowl where the perique's rich flavor descends into cigar-like depths which are tied by the medium body of virginia and the ashy crisp edge of the burley into a singular experience where that pipe smoker's moment of transcendence occurs. This moment is sustained over the last 15 minutes of the bowl until you discover with sadness that your pipe is done. It leaves you like the sound of a freight train long in passing and having now passed - your head swims for the absence of a sound you had forgotten was there.

I really enjoy this one and would love to find more in this range. I am reminded of my old forgotten favorite - King Fisher.

Edit: I have updated this to highly recommended. The more I play the field, the more I keep coming back to this blend. It's really my new fave. The local stores can't keep it on the shelves so it's hard to get a hold of for now.

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starcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
starcat (1)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable

This blend smells and looks great in the tin, but the smoke is contradictory and over the top. Nothing subtle or apparent. Its full on and quite harsh rendering a burning at the back of the throat. I cannot discern any components of the blend as it seems very unbalanced. The kick is medium to somewhat strong.
It does not seem to get any better with repeated smokings.
No doubt some will like it. I am taking note that VaPers simply may not be to my liking after some further sampling.
The packaging is good being a real tin without a plastic top.
MacBaren markets and labels their product in a no nonsense way that I appreciate.

Pipe Used: BC Mini Calabash

Age When Smoked: 52

Purchased From: P&C

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Mr. Frogburster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Frogburster (15)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

The first impression is good, the tobacco looks and smells nice. But regrettably, this kind of taste just isn´t my cup of tea.

Tongue taste (the taste you feel on your tongue when you first get the smoke into your mouth): mildly bitter with a touch of green pepper.

Snork taste (the taste when you roll the smoke around in your mouth and out of your nostrils): old leather, with green pepper over it.

All together: The tobacco gives an impression of quality and fine blending. However, the result is a taste that goes between bitter and peppery. And that isn´t really my thing. For people enjoying those kinds of taste (and are fans of, for example, Gammel dansk bitters) this is probably a winner.

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Mickey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mickey (7)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

I usually use Mac Baren blends, and generally like them. When it comes to this one after a week of smoking it in various pipes, I threw it out. It is so bad that I would quit pipe smoking if this were the only tobacco available. In my opinion they put to many varieties together in one blend. I have a general rotation of tobaccos, this was just an excursion outside my usual. I could make a blend of a little Perique with Old Gowrie and it would be better than this. Or just buy McClelland 2015.

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