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Black cavendish and golden burleys. A soft and exceptionally mellow smoke. Delightful, aromatic taste. A true pleasure journey.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Other / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging40 grams pouch, 100 grams tin, 1 pound bag, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The first paragraph of this review is the same for all of the 7 Seas blends, as it applies to all of them equally. This blend falls victim, as many aromatics do, to being reviewed against type. In this case Mac Baren was going for something very specific with the 7 Seas blends, and it makes no sense to review these in a vacuum and ignore that fact. Comparing this, for example, to the HH Line is like comparing a fruit smoothie and a steak as if they were the same thing. In this case the 7 Seas blends are reflections of very traditional american style aromatics. Within that context I think that they are very good (perhaps the best currently offered) reflections of that style of pipe tobacco. A significant caveat is that Mac Baren uses a base of virginia for these blends instead of burley. I personally like the result, as I find that they retain the American style and flavor, but offer a more well-rounded smoking experience with a little more depth of flavor and sweetness. Of course, they still use burley as well, so that flavor component is retained.

A major difference in my estimation is that flavor and quality of the cavendish. The cavendish found in american blends is often awful, with a strange odor and strong flavor that funks pipes and leaves an aftertaste. Mac Baren has a very fine cavendish which leaves no aftertaste, has softer, purer tobacco flavor, and has better smoking characteristics in that it burns and lights readily.

With respect to the burn characteristics of this blend, I find it is a nice smoke. It packs and lights easily, and stays lit without much effort. Of course, like most blends everything works better when it is not dripping wet. While I think the humidity is good out of the tin, I prefer to dry it out a little. All of the 7 Seas blends are very mild in terms of tongue bite.

This is a mild blend, and Mac Baren describes it as such. The flavor is described as having sweet vanilla and chocolate. This is my favorite of the 7 Seas blends, and I find it to have a slightly richer, fuller flavor than 7 Seas Royal. 7 Seas Red is a different animal and really does not warrant a comparison to this. While I do not find this to be have a strong chocolate flavor like some chocolate aromatics, it is a very nice mild smoke with hints of vanilla and chocolate. There is no bad aftertaste, and the tobacco flavor, while mild, is present.

Overall this a very satisfying smoke within its genre, and is worth having in rotation if you like a nice mild aromatic.

Pipe Used: Caminetto Full Bent Brandy

Age When Smoked: 1.5 years

21 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The first thing that strikes you is the vanilla and chocolate toppings, the latter being a little more noticeable. I also get a little caramel and a very mild fruitiness, which I believe comes from a topping as well. At times, I get a little butter, and every so often, a minor syrup note. The black cavendish is creamy smooth with some vanilla. The Virginia cavendish is honey, citrus sweet and lightly grassy, and plays back up to the nutty, molasses sweet burley. By design, the toppings do sublimate the tobaccos to a fair extent, but that’s hardly unusual for an aromatic, and often desired as well. A little moist out of the tin, but I wasn’t compelled to dry it any. Burns at a reasonable rate with a few relights. The flavor remains consistent from start to finish with no dull or harsh spots. The strength is mild and the taste is mild to medium, leaning more toward medium. Has a mild nic-hit and won’t bite even if pushed. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl without the goop so you can burn it to ash. A decidedly comfortable all day smooth smoke with a very pleasant after taste and an enjoyable room note.

17 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

7 Seas Regular smoked like a typical Mac Baren enhanced Burley blend. Nice flavor with a bit of top note and flavor that was added. In this instance, I was struck by a somewhat caramel/vanilla hint along with the Burley which was not very strong and processed to the point where it would be difficult to get tongue bite no matter how hard one puffed. The leaf burned very fast and the smoke was lightly enjoyable.


11 people found this review helpful.

Piepensmöker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piepensmöker (17)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The main flavor is dark chocolate, out of the pouch and in the smoke. After the half of the bowl a natural burley flavor takes the lead, which can be a little bitter at times and reminds me of Prince Albert. I got it once really wet in the pouch and once a little dried out. The dry tobacco smoked better, but was harsher and less refined. The moist tobacco tasted better, but was a little harder to smoke cool. Large bowls are preferred, as the flavor comes out much better.

Let's face it, this is a cheap tobacco and you get what you pay for, but it is a good allday smoke, if you are into that style. For the price, it gets an additional star.

10 people found this review helpful.

Room Note Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Room Note Professor (44)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Reminiscent of coffee caramel chocolates and Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur. In the same camp as Dan Tobacco's Milonga and Trout Stream. I don't get the Captain Black White (marshmallow) connection at all. Burns well. No goop. A bit of overenthusiastic puffing did scorch the roof of my mouth somewhat but this could simply be personal chemistry. I'm not particularly fond of coffee/caramel/cream flavourings, so this is a 2-star tobacco for me personally. Setting aside my personal taste preferences, I rate it 3 stars and heartily recommend all aromatic smokers give it a try.

6 people found this review helpful.

Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant


Fair dues to Mac Baren, this is a sleeper on the aromatic front. I only discovered this today when my newsagent in England (and one of the very few left in my area that sell a variety of pipes AND tobacco) waved this under my nose and said in his native pidgeon English tongue.."This one new sir...This one new!"

Mac Baren 7 seas?!?! Never heard of that before. So out of the three that were available in this range, I opted for the 'regular blend' because it says it has a cocoa and vanilla taste/aroma to it.

Well, this is quite a surprise from Mac Blowtorch.....because there is absolutely no bite whatsoever from this superlative blend. Saying that it is what it is, an aromatic. So what? It's not actually a crime to be an aromatic, or for that matter to like one. Most tobacco's are, including those that like the Latakia's under the English banner (myself included).

This blend was a REAL surprise. It actually smoked like it smelt (A rather nice concoction of chocolate with a hint of vanilla) It smoked utterly dry with no goopiness, yea sure it got a fraction toasty in the last few millimetres of the bowl, but what aromatic doesn't?!?!? I generally tend to smoke aro's with 9mm filters to keep the moisture, and heat out of the smoke should it be there.

Not a trace of the Mac Baren honey flavour at all, and I'm one of those who find MB blends relatively similar. (Mixture, Navy Flake, etc) This should be promoted immeadiately to '50gm/100gm tin available' status.

I wasn't looking for the rich tobacco taste nor the 'N' word hay- maker, because I knew it wouldn't be there. Primarily because I knew what I was smoking. An aromatic. However, for when I need to smoke in company, such as waiting to go into bat on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon during the cricket season, this was a real team/crowd pleaser.

This enhanced by the fact that I was smoking it in a churchwarden (always novelty value for the un-initiated) was a real visually quintessential and oral-factory experience for smoker and observer alike. All whilst sat on the bench of the thatched pavillion, with summers evening shadows stretching across the field of play to the sounds of blackbirds melodically chirruping nearby.

Just as the local church bells tolled 6pm there's a cry of HOWZAT!!! And the thin blue aromatic wisps of SSRB's chocolatey/vanilla smoke that have been drifting out to deep mid- on from my direction, slowly dissipate, as I place down the long- shanked briar, and stride out to place leather on willow!

Well done McBaren. (For a change)

Still, the three stars you get from me (Coz I'm a VA man at heart) will only stand tall if you make this blend available in massive tins!!!! This is certainly comparable to my other aro fav's such as those by Peterson so why not tin it?

Give it a go all, but remember to take it for what it is...

Even the missus, (who thinks everything else I smoke, from Penzance to Erinmore to FVF, smell's of dead old men's clothing, and in turn, begs me the question as to how she knows what that smells like in the first place ?!?) thinks that this is acceptable........she being a women, and this being chocolate after all!!!!

Still, the floor......or rather, the 'bowl' is yours.

I'd say it's certainly comparable to Navy flake by the same blender.

5 people found this review helpful.

CnS Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CnS Pipes (40)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

When I read some of these reviews my mouth has this unnatural dropping and find myself pushing it back to close position because of the large amounts of bull some people take the time to write out about this wonderful aromatic blend of high quality tobaccos, if you don't smoke aromatics then why are you smoking aromatics? And why are you writing a bogus review about a aromatic? Leave it to the tin hugging black pepper camp fire yuppy club to weird out pipe tobacco smoking there are weirdo's in every pile I guess. If your a new pipe smoker please ignore bogus reviews especially if they start off with "I dont usually smoke aromatics but" because aromatics are the top selling style pipe tobacco in the world for a reason just know that much now on to my review. Mac Baren 7 Seas Regular when you first smell it gives off a nice sweet tobacco smell with hints of chocolate and vanilla and in the background a almost coconut liquor smell with a slight whiff of raisins. Mac Baren modern cavendish always has such a unique smell I just love it and the taste of Mac Baren aromatics are truly epic in there own right. I also love the fact that the danish style blenders use 100% all natural toppings because always remember they must abide by a strict EU standard to NO ARTIFICIAL or CHEMICAL flavorings which is a plus when it comes to pipe tobacco. Upon lighting a bowl you will notice a chocolate with raisins taste and then you will notice a touch of vanilla in it, because everyone taste tobacco differently you may notice many types of unique tones as you smoke down but with depth and weight its smooth but robust and maintains its taste very well. This blend is alot sweeter then the Royal version and alittle sweeter with more chocolate but the tobacco taste shines right through and is well rounded. There is nothing grassy about it, no earthy tones, it might be slightly nutty from the burley but barely and does not taste funky it just taste like sweet tobacco as I described above. The nicotine level is quite low but the room note is very pleasant and offend nobody. This blend is so good and so smooth it can be a all day smoke easily but alittle pricey for most 7 Seas can be purchased in bulk which is the same quality and the same pipe tobacco as the tin. I highly recommend this blend because its actually that good and guarantee it to be a tasty treat that I'm sure will keep you coming back for more because its that awesome. Mac Baren did a great job at blending a pipe tobacco that is close to a American style aromatic but still has that Danish touch, the difference is all in there modern cavendish unlike American black cavendish is not super wet and ultra sweet and done with Virginia tobaccos resulting in a crisper taste and sweet in a natural way, that makes all the difference in the world when it comes to Mac Baren's aromatic blends which separate there's from the rest rightfully so. Mac Baren's 7 Seas Line (does not) resemble Lanes Captain Black line whatsoever and in no way, shape or form taste like one another. Mac Baren 7 Seas line stands as there own in taste, quality and uniqueness. Mac Baren 7 Seas is mostly sold in the United States to appeal to American pipe smokers so there marketing is right on and makes perfect sense. If your new to pipe smoking this blend is golden and its perfect to either start out with or add to your collection. A proper pipe smoker is a well rounded pipe smoker and enjoys tobacco in general, you like what you like not because its the cool thing to do or not do, if it taste good freaking smoke it!!! Thank for reading my nice and long review this blend has been a pleasure to smoke and more of a pleasure to write about, God bless you and God bless America. Support your right to smoke tobacco and support your tobacco growers and shops. Have a goodnight my friends.

Pipe Used: Peterson CnS Pipes

Age When Smoked: 39

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

The Belck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Belck (2)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Having gone through quite a bit of pouches of this tobacco the last couple of months i can honestly say this is a great aromatic tobacco for a cheap price.

Upon opening the pouch you immediately get a wiff of vanilla and chocolate and a secondary nosing of it will reveal the smell of pure tobacco. Same goes for the smoking of it. You tend to get quite a bit of the vanilla and chocolate taste in the first half of the bowl and more of a pure tobacco, burley, taste in the latter half of the bowl. That is something i like very much about it.

The room note is great and very pleasant. I have gotten quite a bit of positive comments about this one from people passing by and even my girlfriend likes it a lot.

I cant say anything about the tinned version since i cant seem to find it here in Denmark but the tobacco in the pouch comes perfectly smokeable. Not to wet and not to dry. It will bite when provoked but so does every tobacco.

It is Mac Barens version of an American OTC aromatic tobacco a la Captain Black but with tobacco of better quality and not as heavely cased and therefore not so goopy.

You can find better aromatic tobacco ofcourse but for the price and the quality you get it cant be beat. A great all day tobacco that will satisfy a sweettooth and the people around him. It never seems to bore me.

Pipe Used: Falcon Coolway and many others

Age When Smoked: Fresh from Pouch

Purchased From: Danish Pipe Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1647)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

7 Seas Regular.

One of the rarer aromatics which isn't awash with black Cavendish. The Cav' enhances the flavour with vanilla but doesn't take over. The majority of 7 Seas flavour goes to the chocolatey sweet Burley. It burns well from beginning to end remaining free from bite. There isn't a great deal of nicotine and the room-note makes it one to smoke in company!

Not great, not bad, but a pleasant enough blend for three stars.


Pipe Used: Butz Choquin

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

Nwpipesmker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nwpipesmker (27)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

As a pipe smoker that is happy with smoking Captain black regular. I have been toying with the idea of trying out Macbaren's seven seas blends. I was told that Mac Barens is a copy of captain black. The captains regular is the same as Mac's regular. Well it's not! Mac Baren hit this out of the park a grand slam. The moment you open the tin the notes of cocoa and rich chocolate with vanilla is so creamy and balanced. The flavor comes through so well the entire smoke. I am jumping ship with the captain and setting sail on the seven seas. If you love aromatics you will love this. Ready right out of the tin and is a cool no bite smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Captain black regular but two steps above it..

2 people found this review helpful.

Aro Lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aro Lover (13)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I get a chocolate-vanilla flavor mixed with a woodsy, natural tobacco taste when smoking it. Yes, it actually tastes like it smells. It's a bit sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Halfway through the bowl, the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavour starts to fade and is replaced by a wonderfully-smooth toasted butter taste, and that woodsy natural tobacco flavour starts to come through even more prominently. Very nice room note, too. You will also get a nice little nicotine hit at the bottom of the bowl.

Minus two stars because this blend really isn't an all-day smoke. Even after proper drying, it still starts to burn my tongue after 3 or 4 bowls. It would be better if they put less propylene glycol on it like Amphora Red and Rich Aroma blends. Hey MacBaren, lay off the PG!

Proper dryness and air flow is the secret to getting the most out of this tobacco (and most aromatics). Here's a step-by-step guide on how I recommend smoking it:

1. Properly dry it out. Upon first opening a new pouch, the tobacco will be quite moist. It should be dried some before smoking. I dump the full pouch out on a large plate and spread it thin. I then microwave it on high setting for ~30 seconds. After that, I remove the plate from the microwave and let it air cool for about 45 minutes (more humid conditions will require a longer drying time). Then back into the pouch it goes. This drying out process only needs to be done once for each newly-opened pouch.

2. Gravity fill your pipe just below the top of the bowl. (I recommend unfiltered half-bent pipes for a cooler and more flavourful smoke). When I say gravity fill, I mean dumping the tobacco into the pipe. No packing or pushing. None. Zero. Now after the first gravity fill, lightly tamp the tobacco using only the weight of the tamper. Now gravity fill again a second time to just below the top of the bowl. By filling the pipe this way, you will get maximum air flow. The tobacco will burn better, and the smoke will be cooler and more flavorful.

3. Light the bowl. It will require two or three charring lights. After the second or third charring light, lightly tamp the tobacco down only using the weight of the tamper. Don't push it. Now light it again and it should stay lit for quite a while. I find that matches work best for the charring lights.

4. Dump ash as needed, but don't push down hard with the tamper. Only use tamper weight.

5. Stir it. Near the bottom of the bowl, you may need to stir the tobacco up a bit to burn the last of it.

Pipe Used: Half-Bent Briar (unfiltered)

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a very mild tobacco in all aspects.

I smoke only aromatics and I found mac baren 7 seas regular to be a decent but not special or outstanding tobacco. Yes it has quality and it never bites even if you puff hard.Also the room note is very nice (chocolate-vanillia) but at the verge of unnoticeable. I would characterized it being mild-strength both generally and of nicotine (which is something I like by the way). THE negavite thing is that I don't get any taste smoking it, only some hints (real hints!) of black chocolate at first light and at the 2/10 of all my puffs.

It resembles to captain black white but it's less sweet and it has not the candy smell or occasional sugary taste I get from CBW.

I would recommended it for someone that doesn't like heavy aromatics or very sweet tobaccos and wants an all day smoke with low Nicotine.

Pipe Used: Pipex Briar

Age When Smoked: New in pouch

Similar Blends: Captain Black Regular/White.

2 people found this review helpful.

MikeHaggarKJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MikeHaggarKJ (22)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Reminds me off Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey, when it still had burley.

In this case that is not a bad thing, before I got a serious passion for pipe smoking I would smoke Borkum Riff whiskey and Hamiltons. I enjoyed it before they switched the Burley for cavendish (although I very much doubt it would live up to my current standards)

It lacks the serious flaws Borkum Riff has/had, such as it's absurdly wet smoke, extreme tongue-bite, extreme fast burning etc. In fact I find this tobacco less bitey than most Mac Baren offerings.

But it has the same flavour profile, just... better. It's nice to have it. It's close enough to Borkum to give me pipe-newbie feelings off nostalgia.

A sweet, slightly nutty taste off mild burley and vanilla sits firmly at the center. I perceive it as artificial but not bad. Like eating candy.

Less cardboard taste than from most burleys this mild & cheap. The very low price should be taken into consideration when one judges the quality off the leaf.

Chocolate notes, fruit notes and the VA will pop up from time to time. But only occassionally and fleetingly, and will require you to pay attention to find it.

The taste develops throughout the bowl but not dramatically. It gets less pleasant towards the end, when the toppings have steamed off the tobacco alone isn't enough to carry the blend. Is it low quality leaf or just poorly balanced without the toppings? I'm not sure, but the lack of cardboard taste and other overt unpleasantness tilts me towards beleiving the latter. But this might still be a blend that you prefer to stop smoking before it's all ash. This problem (which really isn't that bad, after all you never actually finish an entire cigar for example) may be mitigated by adopting a very slow smoking pace and not relighting a bunch off times.

This REALLY is an aromatic and won't come close to swaying anyone who dislikes the genre. If you're looking for Borkum Riff that doesn't suck or just a solid, non-biting aromatic with great value, it's a good option.

1 person found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I got given this from a friend and although he said it was about 10 years old the aroma is still there and is perfect moisture for smoking straight out of the pack.

delicious creamy vanilla and dark chocolate spring from the pack, although there is some tobacco aroma the toppings do come forth the most. The cut is an interesting it's like a wild cut with some nice chunky pieces of Cavendish and ribbons of burley.

filling is easy and it settles itself into a nice mid pace even burn the sweetness, although always there never overwhelms or becomes sickly and even though there is more complex smokes on the market, this fills the gap for a nice dessert smoke perfectly.

All in all a pleasant tobacco, i would buy this again for a nice change of pace, the strength never gets above mild but it is a satisfying smoke.

aromatic fans will enjoy this, and the room note won't offend.

All in all 3 and half stars and another great tobacco from Mac baren.

Pipe Used: falcon

Age When Smoked: 10 years

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (136)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

7 Seas Regular picked a good time to sail over for a tasting. My buds have burned out lately with too many aromatics and heavy English blends, so I was happy to smoke something a bit more basic. I opened the pouch to something musty, dusty, and somehow sour, and I was not overly excited by the aroma.

The lack of excitement however, worked to its favor, because I didn't pay much attention to what I was smoking and by the end of the bowl I was surprised by how much time elapsed. The burn was not unnaturally slow, to the contrary, the unassuming nature of the blend caused my puffing pace to slow down (and I tend to huff hotly). It was a warm pleasant smoke you could find yourself reading a book to (or in my case sit on the computer playing games).

If I had to pin a flavor to this one is tricky, it isn't too sweet, but something softer akin to a graham cracker. It is hard to say if my experience was positive due to the timing of when I had it, or if it was a well crafted blend, but in either case I was happy to set sail.

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This came as a surprise. It's basically a Virginia-cavendish mixed with Burley. It comes a tad moist in the pouch (tins are also available). As many other reviewers have noticed it's virtually impossible to get tongue bite from this very mellow, smooth and easy to smoke aromatic. Unlike other aromatic Cavendish tobaccos I don't believe this is cased, or if it is it's done in the most delicate manner. In fact it has very little flavoi. The coca/vanilla is noticeable but it doesn't occlude the taste of tobacco proper. This is a crowd pleaser. It doesn't goop the pipe and there are few traces left once you clean it. Not bad for a relatively cheap smoke, and a good albeit rather dull change of pase forma natural Virginias o English mixtures. As far as aromatcs go, this one is a good choice.

Pipe Used: Peretti Prince.

Age When Smoked: N/A

Purchased From: Duty free shop at Saint Martin's island

Similar Blends: Best of the Show (McCelland), Borkum Riff (Ultra Mild)..

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This was my primary smoke for almost a year! One of my basic choices. Sweet aroma, almost addicted to tha flavor, my girlfriend loves it! Totally recommended for beginners.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

I can appreciate where MacBaren was going with the 7 Seas blends, taking the aroma and basic recipe of the Captain Black blends but using higher quality tobacco's and top shelf toppings. This and Royal were the best of the bunch with regular having a chocolate and vanilla aroma and taste. If you enjoy the time tested recipe of black Cavendish and burley then this blend is one that is quite tasty and perhaps the best of the genre! Absolutely no nicotine and extremely mild.

Similar Blends: Captain Black White.

1 person found this review helpful.

Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

Right from the pouch you will be greeted with an artificial flavour of something trying to emulate vanilla. And that's what it tastes too. It's ugly, yucky and very, very artificial / chemical. If this were the only Mac Baren blend i had tasted i never ever would buy anything bearing that label again. This is a clear case for emergency emptying your pipe and tossing out the rest of the pouch.

It is as far from pleasurable as can be and in all honesty not worth risking your health for it at all.

The good things are: its mad cheap (you get what you pay for) and burns nicely. Also its very nice to your tongue.

To me it's inconceivable how it can possibly get that high a ranking here whereas truly wonderful Mac Baren blends get low ratings. Please, stay away from this blend. Smoking nothing at all is clearly better than smoking this blend.

Pipe Used: Aldo Morelli 187

Similar Blends: Similar to Cpt. Black but unsmokeable.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (26)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I bought an ounce of this after reading reviews and I will agree with the positive reviews of this tobacco. The inexpensive price of this tobacco in bulk made me leery but after the first few puffs I knew the reviews didn't lie. This tobak easily stands with some much more expensive offerings from Davidoff and Peterson aromatics, and is outstanding. I smoked my ounce in record time and have not only ordered more of this, but have also order 7 seas black which gets even higher reviews. This is a very tasty, high quality tobacco at a very reasonable price if you stay away from the tins. It is very sweet with a slight hint of fruit like many aromatics. I am hooked and will be adding this and most likely 7 seas black to my ever growing rotation as it is spectacular. I personally found this tobacco to have more flavor out of a briar as opposed to a cob.

Pipe Used: briar, cob

Age When Smoked: fresh from the smoking pipes

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: sweet aromatics with a hint of fruit..

1 person found this review helpful.

Hillbilly08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hillbilly08 (38)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Heavy aromatic typical of MacBaren stable. Overall a positive review because: - it does not bite - it can be smoked as is (moist) and it will light well and not go out very much - it can be smoked after drying (it will produce better and milder smoke)

Tobacco: Cavendish is solid and clean, and Burley takes over fairly soon. Virginia influence is somewhat muted. Fine white ash, no problems with finishing the bowl. I also tried it mixed with a plain 1-Q, and then with BCA both by Lane) which helped to reduce the casing influence somewhat. Drying the baccy before smoking produced better results. Flavour is strongly influenced by Irish Cream style caramel and probably Dark Rum. Not as close to Trout Stream as others said. I cannot detect much "chocolate/coffee". I love aromatics but this one is probably too heavily cased even for me. Smoking MB tobacco made me realise how good 4noggins in-house blends are. Compared to this, Trout Stream (caramel/vanilla) is exceptionally good.

Pipe Used: Silvani briar with a 9mm filter

Age When Smoked: fresh from the tin

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: somewhat reminiscent of Trout Stream but nowhere near the subtle refined class of 4noggins blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Good stock aromatic with a lot going for it.

I was hesitant to get this, 3.5oz for what I worried could be a bite-fest, and on opening my worries enhanced as its was very sweet and chocolate-laden to the nose.

Well packed, a little moist, but packing and firing it up was a nice surprise. Nothing goes wrong here, nothing to see. Sweet, but you can taste the tobacco, not bitey at all, nothing too special, really reminds me of IRC Black China.

Spectacular price for the quality. If you want something nice and pleasant that is sweet to the taste and produces a crowd-pleasing smoke, that is low maintenance and just all round easy, give it a while. Won't blow you away, but for what it is, very nice.

Pipe Used: Dunhill reject

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Cigars International

Similar Blends: Lane 1Q, IRC China Black.

1 person found this review helpful.

erkantural Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erkantural (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This was quite a surprise for me. I didn't expect to find a sweet nice blend in a cheap-looking 40gr pouch like this. Hey, i was wrong. This blend is mild and sweet. It's light enough to be smoked during the day. If you push it hard, it tends to burn hot and it bites; not a surprise in that.

Can be kept in stock. It's recomended to the ones who likes mildly-sweet aromatics.

Pipe Used: Sahin Briar and Missouri Corn Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh opened pouch

Purchased From: Istanbul Ataturk Airport

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

First, I clarify that I am partial to Mac Baren's mixtures.

Back to the point. It is a high quality aromatic, it smokes fresh, dry, even burn. The aroma is very pleasant, very well achieved. Suitable for novices and can be enjoyed by expert smokers.

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Luckyluke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Luckyluke (11)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Very enjoyable mellow sweet smoke, i get a rum chocolate and a mild vanilla in the taste. Tobaccos arent to bad quality either. for the price of this one i think its a good aro, not my personal favorite but definitly a notch higher from other blends of this genre.

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BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (47)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Not a bad blend, but easily bites the tongue if you aren't careful, especially directly out of the tin. Has a good flavor and I believe it would be close to Flying Dutchman. I would smoke it but wouldn't go out of my way for it, as there are much better blends out there available in bulk in my opinion. Room note was decent.. flavor decent.. didn't leave a stink but did goop the pipe a bit.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Diplomat / Legend

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Flying Dutchman.

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Pops Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pops Pipe (17)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This reminds me of Captain Black white 30 years ago when it was actually good, at the same time its different.... First off this has got to be the cleanest black based aromatic ever ! It leaves no dottle and cleans up easy with one pipe cleaner. No goop, no sludge. Its mild with a sweet, nutty flavor. The main attraction here is vanilla, with a chocolate overtone. The nuttyness peeks out time to time. It smokes cool and has a pleasant taste and aroma. In many ways its ordinary but a very well done ordinary. Cant complain about it at all, this is a good go to or mainstay tobacco. The Danes know how to do aromatics and Va/ Burley blends best imho. At times this tastes like the now discontinued Honey & Chocolate mixed with Scottish Mixture ?? Others it has its own character. All in all this is a good smoke worthy to have around, two thumbs up !!

Pipe Used: Peterson Rocky 106, Savinelli 320

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Smoking

Similar Blends: Captain Black (without the PG and BS), Agosy Black, RLP 6.

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Sunday Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sunday (25)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Very nice aromatic smoke, mild -but not completely tasteless, this tobacco is good from the start to the end of the bowl. I was reading reviews for Captain Black Regular, which I like but for an OTC is reaching the $10 a pouch mark in California which makes it a "luxury" tobacco and that it ain't, and a couple people mentioned this blend. Not too much complexity but you can taste the nutty and chocolate Burley. My take on this is simple...simple good taste, simple to light and simple to relax with and enjoy!

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Freehand

Age When Smoked: recently purchased

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Captain Black Regular or Lane RLP-6.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (116)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

I don't really taste the difference between this and some higher quality bulk aros. In other words, the aro flavor isn't that remarkable.

However, there is the precision of the flavoring (not too much or too little), moisture (perfect), burning qualities (perfect for an aro) and tin art (really nice). The precise manufacturing and packaging are worth a star at least.

A good beginners tobacco which will also give him (or her) practice in opening and closing tins.

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Esskie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esskie (6)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Straight off the bat, I experienced tongue bite!, it did take a wee bit of lighting tho so, to be fair it would've been quite hot. I never tried this after drying some but it's a good reason to but more. This did die off however & turned into a nice "roundness", soft, a "warm wholeness" hitting my tongue instead of the sharpness that went with the heat.

Pipe Used: MM Cob, Dr Plumb Meerschaum lined

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco

Similar Blends: "traditional american style aromatic".

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Mawnan Smiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mawnan Smiff (28)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This particular tobacco is one of four I purchased from one of only two specialist tobacconists left in my end of Cornwall (Johnny's of Newquay). The reason for buying four is simply that being new to piping I'm still finding my feet as regards what tobacco suits me.

Straight from the pouch the baccy smells gorgeous, slightly burnt biscuit like with a hint of bonfire toffee. Not overly moist it packs and smokes very well indeed though with a few relights being needed but that is likely just me not quite having the technique quite perfect yet.

Certainly one to try and am so glad that I did. Shame it only come in 40g pouches though.

Pipe Used: Various 'basket' pipes + a rather nice Parker.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch.

Purchased From: Johnny's of Newquay (Cornwall, UK).

Similar Blends: Similar but not as strong as Peterson's Luxury Blend.....another one worth trying..

Pipe Used: Various basket pipes + a rather nice Parker.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch.

Purchased From: Johnny's of Newquay (Cornwall, UK).

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dustoff56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dustoff56 (10)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

second tin tobacco I ever bought.Instantly became a favorite. Lots of cavendish, burns extremely slow. out of all the 7 Seas this was my favorite. deffinately something to try if you havent.

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

These blends were supposedly brought out to compete against Captain Black. While this blend is quite tasty, I do like Captain Black better.

The top note is not over the top (excuse the pun). It has a nice chocolate flavor, but I taste the burleys. I would give this 2.5 stars if I could.

As always, I did mix this with 5 Brothers.

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (52)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Everyone beats up on Mac Baren about bite, ketchup smell, and so on. I rather like MacB tobaccos, and favor aromatics. I picked up all the 7 Seas blends in a sampler deal from, so I'll be reviewing all five of them. I'm starting out with the tin of "Regular" in an attempt to baseline the 7 Seas line because it's labeled, well, "regular".

It's not knocking my socks off, but it is a very good, mild and tame aromatic. I smoke up to a dozen bowls a day, so a mild, all-day blend that my wife likes is appreciated.

This blend is not as full-bodied or flavored as much as most MacB aros, which is a plus if you are looking for a non-fussy smoke. There is some hint of vanilla and maybe a slight whiff of chocolate, but neither jump out at you. Good quality Virginia and Burley and a nicely dark and sedate Cavendish. It burns clean, not goopy and leaves a nice creaminess on the tongue.

I smoke fairly fast, but have not had issues with bite so far with this blend. It tends to be moist and soft, and packs nicely.

Sure, there are better tobaccos out there. But this is very good, balanced, easy to smoke and all around pleasant. Good for newbies and experienced smokers alike. I quite like this and will keep this in occasional rotation.

Pipe Used: briar (mostly Petersons), meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 year old

Purchased From:

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

Excellent tin note, great room note, balanced flavors of chocolate, fruits and vanilla. Captain Black white label on steroids. Very little bite. I'm a big fan of Mac Baren, and this one doesn't disappoint. A great all day aromatic.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Lark

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From:

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cigarcohiba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarcohiba (30)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A very basic pipe tobacco. Does not have any "significant" properties. At times it may give off a slight bittery taste. The 7seas royal blend seems to be a better smoke, probably due to the virginia present. The 7seas regular blend has burley, cavedish and no virginia.

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Jay Bird Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jay Bird (2)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I enjoy this tobacco and smoke a bowl ever time I have a pipe. Instead of Captain Black as a starter offer a newb 7 Seas. Similar, both enjoyable, but 7 Seas is a better quality tobacco.

Pipe Used: Cob, Mr Brog churchwarden

Purchased From: Local B & M

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milabros1981 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
milabros1981 (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Reading the other reviews, I knew what I was going to get before I even buy the MB regular blend: a WAT (wife approved tobacco). Nice and tasty, very pleasant aroma and room note, easy to light, easy to smoke, overall a good tobacco that deserves its money. Yet, too mild for me, never gave me the feeling that I smoke something with any personality and at times it seemed flat and boring. The three stars are for its great price and its relatively good quality that makes it hard to ignore, particularly for beginners.

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

I had some set aside in a baggie (a bowl's worth) from overflow when I jarred a few ounces a while back. "Waste not, want not" I said... So, for fun, I packed it into my MM Washington cob and was surprised and delighted when it smoked down to ash with only 3 relights. It produced a very pleasant tasting, mellow-sweet smoke with no tongue nipping wetness. I'll certainly load this one up again soon, for my next after-dinner walk. Perhaps setting a bit aside for several weeks in a thin baggie is the trick to getting this tasty tobacco to burn faithfully.

Nobody has rated this review yet. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (4)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

Given the limited choices of pipe tobaccos here in Tehran (Iran) amongst about 20 brands such as Captain Black, Borkum Riff, Colts, Planta, etc., looking for an alternative to a cigar, tried this Mac Baren 7 Seas Regular blend (and not inhaling). Its cocoa chocolaty taste reminded me of Partagas cigar flavor. (As an alternative to Cuban cigars that have become very expensive here recently, tried making a cigar leaf blend like the Mogano 146, Dominican Glory or Compton's Cuban Style Cigar Blend that are listed on this site. I added about 10% by vol. Cuban cigar leaf to this Mac Baren blend. And it was a satisfying smoke with cigar taste and aroma connotations.) Will definitely keep in my rotation when craving for an aromatic pipe smoke.

* For non-inhalers, a simple way of making a cigar leaf blend, using Colts American Mixture pipe tobacco, is listed with all the details under Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), Colts American Mixture reviews, if someone wished to know.

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

I highly recommend this brand. I have tried 1Q, Capt. Black, and McClelland's Town Topic for similar aromatic smokes but this one takes the cake. A very generous size tin considering the price for the 100g. I thought the quality of tobacco was very noticeable compared to the others that I have tried. The room note was better, the taste was better, and the overall experience to me was better than any of the other aromatics that I tried. I will definitely keep this in my rotation.

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keremgulermen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
keremgulermen (11)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Its like CB White Pouches. No need to anytime, I think.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

First off you must love aromatics to enjoy this as it is vanilla flavored causing those that don't like aromatics to think it tastes like soap or other noncomplementary flavor. As I do like vanilla flavors I enjoyed this blend, but I don't feel it is up to par with some of the great vanillas blends. It is mild enough, very little tongue bite.

This comes in a white toll up pouch and it smeels very sweet in the pouch, with the vanilla flavoring comening through. It is very dark and very sticky. It is a ribbon cut, It takes a few lights to get going and will require relights. Once lit though, it does give one a smooth, creamy vanilla flavored smoke, is very easy on the tongue, and is very mild. I could see Captain Black lovers enjoying this. But it does taste like all the other vanillas out there, nothing distinctive about it. It does have a lot of preservatives and you can leave it out to dry forever and it will still be sticky. So if goopy is not your thing, this may not be for you. It does have a nice slow burn rate and it will smoke down to the bottom of the bowl and a lot of the moisture burns off as you won't have a lot of it at the bottom of your bowl. While I did enjoy smoking this, it does not come even close to a vanilla blend like MB Vanilla Cream. if given the choice to smoke a vanilla, I would not choose this seven seas which is why it only get's two stars from me out of four.

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grimpeur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimpeur (84)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

About once a year I get an urge to smoke an aromatic blend. I've been on a bit of a Mac Baren binge of late, working through tins of Dark Twist, Golden Extra, Symphony and finishing up with Burley; favourites, all. So when the desire for something different came over me, I reached for more Mac Baren: 7 Seas Regular.

It has been, perhaps, five years since I sampled their Vanilla Cream, but my memory of that blend seemed to match with the experience of smoking 7 Seas: very sweet, slightly fruity, and quite light on the tobacco experience.

If you like aromatics, I can't see how you couldn't like this. If you don't like aromatics, I can't see how this would win you over. I would prefer Stokkebye's bulk PS-24 for a vanilla and tobacco experience but as there are no more real pipe shops left in my hometown I can't pick up a small bag of it. Never thought I'd see the day...

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I have read that McBaren developed the 7 seas series to compete with the Captain Black blends. If they did they were certainly successful. 7 Seas Reg not only tastes better, it isn't saturated with the gosh-awful propylene glycol that makes the Captain Black stuff a goopy mess.

In my opinion, it is slightly better than 7 Seas Royal.

I would have given 7 Seas Reg a 4 star rating but it does have a slight bite. Regardless of how tempting it is, I have to limit myself to 2 pipefuls per day to avoid being bitten.

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

the best in the 7 seas line. the flavorings are very nice and a tad on the sweet side which might be a no go for many pipers. though it is moist however it burns quite alrite. the room not is nice but will not overwhelm the place which might not please your surroundings (thats a draw back to me). but certainly an enjoyable tobacco and i would certainly recommend for aromatic lovers.

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SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (29)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I was given a sample to try at our last pipeclub meeting. The first positive note was the delicious chocolate flavour emitting from the bag. The baccy was a bit moist but to my surprise it lit easily and stayed lit. The smoke was very mild, cool and the taste reminded me of espresso! No, I repeat, no tongue bite at all!! I've bought, and finished, a bag since. I'm not a Mac Bite fan at all but this tobacco now features in my top 10 favourites. I just LOVE it!!!

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (57)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Mild in nicotine this is a decent aro with sweet Vanilla/Chocolate taste that burns ok.

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gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (62)
Mild to Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

Over the past two days I've given 7 Seas Regular blend a couple of bowls, and I thoroughly enjoy it. A great cool smooth smoke with a casing of chocolate and vanilla which intermingle and sometimes intertwine. They're cased on a black cavendish and golden burley leaf combination. Sometimes the vanilla took over and sometimes the chocolate took over, other times the two flavors mixed wonderfully, and still sometimes the taste of the great leaf combination took over for a moment. It's been a wonderful smoke every time. The flavors mingle just enough to make the smoke tremendously enjoyable without leaving me wondering where the flavor casing has gone. By the time I realize I'm mostly tasting the burley and black cavendish all the sudden the vanilla or chocolate flavor pops back up. Like most MacB blends it's a little moist in the tin, but it hasn't given me any problems with lighting or tongue bite. Definitely worth a try. By the way, you can buy it in bulk from most websites so you can get a 2oz sample bag very reasonably priced.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Extremely Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Vanilla, Caramel, brown sugar, toasted pancake and honey is the base flavoring of this 7seas blend, extremely mild, sweet with delightful room aroma and very pleasant sweet taste and aroma.

very close to Captain Black(white), the casing seems to me stronger and more natural than CBW, however the taste is less nutty, less buttery with less body in the smoke.

If you like CBW give this one a try.

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Well, I'll cut short: 7SRB is a quite pleasant Aromatic which smokes smooth and cool with a good mouth feel, nonetheless for some reason (too chemistry?) it irritates my throat. Somewhat recommended.

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fiorano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fiorano (13)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is good hearty regular tobacco. Pack it right not too tight and easy does it. It is warm and mild tasting nut it maade me want to find the notes of flavor. A good blend it isn't great but it is alright. I recommend, consider captain black as a comparison, although they are different they Share an essence which is common to both. Enjoy it because it is eaasy going.

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Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

I got this as a sample from my local shop when this first came out. Hmmm, a white pouch aromatic with a reference to the sea and a ship on the front. I wonder who they are trying to compete with?!?!

I was not overly impressed with this blend. The aroma and room note were exceptional but it smelled just like Captain Black White to me. It was wet and goopy just like CBW as well. However, this blend is more expensive.

If you like CBW then save your money and keep buying that. Otherwise, try a better tinned aromatic like Stanwell's Melange or Cornell and Diehl's Autumn Evening.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I come to review a couple of the new Mac Baren blends under the 7seas line: the Regular Blend and the Golden Blend. They have striked me much more than I expected. The GB is a mix of Virginia and Burley, non-contrasted golden colour, medium-large ribbon. The RB is a mix of golden Burley and Black Cavendish, very dark in colour with some lighter specks, broaden cut. Leaves are good quality with no sticks. Both are aromatics of the same league, the “vanilla/pastry” constituents are clearly detectable but delicate, very different from the typical Mac Baren standard. Vitamin N present in traces… Unlike any other aros, they burn surprisingly cool & smooth, and the flavour actually reflects the pouch aroma. The GB displays a more true tobacco aroma than RB, nevertheless I found myself more fascinated with the latter. In fact, the RB offers an intriguing sweet/toasty/smoky flavour which is comparable to a EM. The GB is also sweet/spicy, but in a higher scale spectrum. The quality/price factor is very remarkable. Three stars.

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DeadMensPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeadMensPipes (38)
Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Received a free sample pouch of this blend with an order for some other tobacco. Upon opening, it smells nice, has a unique note which I was unable to identify. Looks nice, dark ribbon cut with shreds of lighter browns - packs well. I anticipated an enjoyable smoke.

The smoking of it doesn't quite add up to the anticipation. It started out flavorful, a decent aromatic, but quickly became muddy-flavored, and gurgled, causing the bowl to heat up till almost unbearable to hold. I will give the remainder of the pouch to the next homeless guy at an intersection.

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (102)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

A very nice aromatic. I'd call this a middle aromatic because it's neither goopy with flavor nor one of the slightly flavored variety. The smell in the bag is fantastic but, as usual bag smell doesn't have a lot of do with how it smokes.

I really enjoyed the smoking taste. The cavendish was consistently smooth and complimented by the natural sweetness of the burley. The burley was nicely blended in that it didn't overpower and I didn't detect the burley nutty taste that occurs when the burley is really prevalent. The casings/flavorings were low-key and added a nice sweetness to the tobaccos flavors.

Interesting slightly salty taste to the end of each puff.

Overall, a very nice balance of the tobacco taste and the flavorings. I'm impressed with this new blend and would try it again. Got this sample as a freebie in an order from a tobacconist. Well worth a smoke for the seasoned enjoyer of aromatics or the new pipe smoker. Cool, mellow and relaxing.

Note: I usually smoke English blends and my favorites are Oriental/Balkans. When I want straight tabacky I smoke english blends. When I want some sweetness and flavorings I smoked aromatics. Pipe smoking is that simple.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I received a .71 ounce pouch sample of this MacBaren offering with a recent pipe order from Thank you very much!! The look of the tobacco after opening the pouch reminded me of Captain Black White. It smelled sweeter than CBW as well - not actually a sweeter version of CBW as the pouch aroma was different. The short ribbon cut loaded well and despite some dampness to the leaf, it took well to the match and stayed lit throughout the smoke. The initial taste was of butterscotch, and I mean very buttery. It was quite delightful. The butterscotch gave way to subtle hints of chocolate. Although the pouch description says vanilla, I didn't detect that too readily. It smoked cool for an aromatic and produced a minimal amount of moisture. I was surprised at this as it was so fresh and was fairly well cased. Although the flavors already described droped off in intensity, there was always a nice subtle sweetness remaining until the bowl's finish. There was no overt Virginia presence, but I did note a Burley-like fullness to the smoke. Never did it produce any harshness or significant dottle. Medium grey ash was present at the finish.

I like this much better than CBW. CBW, for me, has always been fairly tasteless. I never got much in the way of side- stream aroma either. Very different, however, with Mac's 7 Seas Regular. I don't smoke many blends like this one any more. The occasional bowl or two of Sillem's Musketeer or Dan's Milonga I do frequent when the mood strikes. I would certainly consider adding Mac's 7SR as well. Much better than many of the Tinderbox jarred aromatic offerings. Almost reminds me of McClelland's Tastemaster but without the chemical taste. You would never guess this to be a MacBaren's in a blind testing. Not based on personal preference, but on the tobacco's own merit, it is truly a 4 star blend. Since I don't partake of this genre much anymore, a solid 3 stars based on personal preference. It went best for me in a small-bowled, Yves St Claude, 6.5" mini churchwarden. An excellent start for newbies taking to the pipe.

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grumpyoldprofessor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grumpyoldprofessor (11)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Not a bad smoke at all when taken for what it is. No it's not a complex english or subtly sweet virginia, but if what you're looking for is a smooth smoking sweet smelling aromatic this one is pretty good. I do enjoy Captain Black regular (white) and do see/smell/taste some similarities, but think this one is milder in flavoring and has almost a caramel scent that I don't get from CB.

The first 3rd of the bowl is pretty dull, not much of a sweet taste, but it gradually builds up to be a nice sweet tasting smoke by the middle of the bowl and when it ends I find myself wanting more.

So far I've smoked one 100gram tin of this and do think I'll keep some around. It could possibly replace CB White as my go to aromatic. Definitely worth a try if you're in to aromatics.

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Pipedawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipedawg (16)
Extremely Mild Strong Very Mild Pleasant

I don't know what is is with Danes and crappy aromatics. But I guess there's a market for tobacco with no taste of tobacco whatsoever. This is really bad. First half of the bowl is a fight against vomiting - a really sour and artificial tasting experience....Yuk! Last half of the bowl gets a little better, and close your eyes and you might just get a hint of the fine chocolate Burley. But basically, both the Cavendish and the Burley are cased beyond recognition.

As usual the aroma is great, but I cannot for the love of God tell you what this really taste like! Oh yeah...and it leaves the back part of your mouth scorched. Can't help puffin' too hard too often, as the strength is non-existant.

A sudden urge to brush my teeth!

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Buying one of my regular blends at my backup tobacconist's, I also got hold of a pouch of this thing. As of this writing, it's so new not even Mac Baren themselves have it listed on their website.

On opening the pouch, I was greeted by a yummy, sweet fragrance that has some fruity notes in the background; overall somewhat atypical of Mac Baren's other blends. The leaf is mostly dark; Black Cavendish is distinctly present, with some Burley shining through. The cut is somewhat squarish; stuffing and lighting are easy.

Once alight, things start out sweet and mellow -- not overly mild though -- with a little toastiness in there and a beautiful room note. I get a whiff of vanilla, but I may be mistaken there. Towards the very end, the taste gathers a hint of tar, but not enough to put me off smoking this blend all the way down to a fine, mottled grey ash.

Overall a relaxed, sweet and fragrant smoke. Not exactly a nicotine hammer, but highly sociable.

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