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Fully matured Virginias, ready rubbed burleys, latakia and a touch of fire cured cavendish is the recipe. We added one of the worlds finest 30-year old Scotch whiskies, Glenfarclas. The natural flavours from the tobacco and the delightful taste of the Scotch marry perfectly, so when smoked you experience the mellow taste and subtle smoky note of the tobaccos combined with the overtone of a fine scotch.

Notes: Discontinued in 2014.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Latakia, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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

I love a lot of the Mac Baren offerings and I'm still scratching my head over why HH Highland Blend passed the company's taste test but was then discontinued. Did their brewery shut down causing them to lose their pipeline to Glenfarclas Whiskey (whatever the heck that is?) Nice overall presentation of Whiskey that was misted sparingly, but enough of it to enhance the balance of the blend. Provides a unique smoking experience.


3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just recently finished a sample of this I got a few years ago. I remember tasting it once, thinking to myself "meh", jarring it and putting it onto a shelf where it got buried. Recently I have been on a mission to finish most of my open containers, so I revisited it and was much more impressed with it this time.

I have found I am not a big fan of blends flavored with whiskey even though it is always my first choice of adult beverage. That said, a couple do stand out, notably Peterson's Irish Whiskey and McClelland's 35th anniversary. I would put this above those two which is odd as Scotch is usually my last choice of whiskey. A whiff of scotch usually brings back ill memories of raiding my dad's bar when I didn't know what I was doing as a kid. These adventures invariably led a to vomiting.

So with that said, I was actually very pleased with the tin note of HHHB. It is funny as it is undoubtedly a scotch aroma, but mixed with the various tobacco leafs it is a very pleasant aroma that I could sniff for hours. The blend smokes nice, albeit a little hot if you are not cautious. It has a very sweet aroma with a touch of smoke, which I had assumed to be coming from the scotch, before I realized there is a touch of Latakia. It is added condimentally. The star in this one is certainly the scotch and maybe the burley.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed the bowls I had and am now disappointed I didn't stock up on this one before it got discontinued.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Out of all the Henrik Halberg ("HH") blends, this is the one that has me puzzled. After all the other whiskey-flavoured blends that have failed so far, why did Henrik even try? Well, this blend is history, and for my personal preferences, that's a good thing.

The tin note is not bad; the 'baccy does have a slight scent of whiskey. Now, I know the Glenfarclas Single Malt. This 'baccy does not smell anything like it, nor does it taste like it. The flavour of the 'baccy is more in the stuffy department, and the room note is on the verge of being offensive to the Whiskey lover--a vain parody of the wonderful water-of-life that is supposed to flavour this blend.

Have a dram of the Glenfarclas Single instead of smoking this blend, is my recommendation. Maybe alongside one of the other HH blends. Most of thm are excellent smokes.

Pipe Used: BC Marseille, MM cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: Smoker's Corner, Lübeck, Germany

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Bothy Flake (Kearvaig Pipe Club).

2 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I really like this, and am sad to hear they are discontinuing it.

It deserves to be in the HH line, its much higher quality than the Classic or 7 Seas series.

Quite rich, its VA forward with the Lat in the background, and the Glenfarclas casing is very nicely done. It smokes cool, very rich aroma and I would call this crossover rather than full aro as the tobacco components are more of the draw than the casing.

The Lat adds creamy and rich consistency, but the smokiness is kept at bay, the VA's warm up and bring some sweetness into the fold, the whiskey also warms up and comes across as deep and peaty.

Delightful, all round.

Don't know why it gets such visceral dislike from some quarters. I didn't think it was chemical or cloying at all.

Similar Blends: Sutliff Bourbon Street Match.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

The Scotch whiskey is flavorful without dominating the other components, though it’s ever present. The burleys are nutty, oat-like and sweet with minor earth notes. The cavendish is bready sweet with a mild spice hit in a support role. The Cyprian latakia is a condimental ingredient, mainly pushing a little smoke and wood more than actually latakia taste. Creamy at times, slight sour notes pop up here and there as a contrast to the sweetness. It doesn't bite or get harsh, but it should be sipped just the same as it can burn a little warm if forced. The nic-hit is mild. Burns at a reasonable pace with a fairly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a decent after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (34)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is only my 2nd Mac Baren, but it falls far short of the HH Vintage Syrian, one of my favorite Balkans. Not that this is unpleasant, but I did get some nasty tongue bite (first time that's happened in a decade or more). There is such a thing as the dreaded Mac Baren tongue bite after all, I'm sad to report. I can be a bit of a puffer though, so it could be my own damn fault, especially given my inexperience with burley.

There is some sweetness due to the whiskey no doubt. Not a great deal of Latakia kick though; not that that's a bad thing or anything. This tobacco just doesn't have what I'm looking for though- as a Balkan, or semi-aromatic. Two stars.

UPDATE: Over two months later, I felt I'd underestimated this tobacco. It stands on its own merits. I'm adding another star for a total of 3 stars. Not bad stuff.

Pipe Used: Peterson Army- the best of others

Age When Smoked: Nov 2012 according to tin

Purchased From: Cigars Int'l

1 person found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

The HH blends are truly a different animal from other Mac Baren products, and this is no exception. Reviewers which are lumping this in with other non-HH Mac Baren products are really not giving these blends a fair or objective look, because they are distinctively different and Mac Baren makes no bones about that. I am not saying that they are inherently better or worse, but they are not prepared in the same vein, and it is simply inaccurate to review them as if they are. The HH blends focus heavily on the flavors of the constituent tobaccos used in the mixture, and have little to none of the typical Mac Baren casing which flavors many of their other blends, and gives them their Mac Baren character, for better or worse. As a result, the HH line is nothing like other blends such as Roll Cake or Club Blend.

Both within Mac Baren, and in general, I would urge everyone to take each review with a grain of salt and try things yourself before you write something off based on the palate of another. Sometimes the difference of a pipe or humidity level can make a world of difference in the smoking experience and taste, and this should also not be forgotten. My experience are that Mac Baren blends are not for the beginning smoker, meaning someone who has not learned to control their rate of puffing, moisture level, packing, and relighting. Many are very good blends, but if you take them straight from the tin to the pipe, and light and puff heavily and frequently, you are indeed likely to get some, or a lot, of tongue bite. If you take your time, however, and dry them to a lower moisture level before lighting up, you will be rewarded.

This is not my favorite HH blend - that accolade goes to the Acadian Perique, which I find both delicious and wonderful to smoke. This mixture, like all of the HH blends, is a blend of several tobaccos, and is only lightly cased with the whiskey. It packs easily in the bowl without much tamping, and lights and burns readily. I find it a little spicy at the beginning, and mellows as things move along. As others have noted, I do not taste the whiskey as much as I smell it in the tin. It does offer a nice rich mixture of virginias and latakia, with something extra, perhaps from the whiskey, perhaps from the dark kentucky. It is a cool smoke, but is more likely to bite in my estimation if you are careless than either Acadian Perique or Vintage Syrian.

I do not find this an out of this world, best of the best blend, but it is a very fine quality and enjoyable smoke. The HH blends really show what Mac Baren is capable of when it steps away from the usual cased virginia and burley offerings. Both Acadian Perique and Vintage Syrian are "better" in my estimation, but this is a good study in contrast, and definitely has its own flavor.

* I just wanted to offer an update and say that, now that my tin is a million years old it is so, so much better than what it used to be. The blend originally to me had a sharp flavor (not tongue bite, but just an sharpness that detracted from the flavor) and did not seem cohesive on my palette. That has all changed. It is now much mellower and richer, the sharpness is gone, and it offers a well rounded tobacco flavor with a hint of whiskey. I am going to smoke more of it now in various pipes to see how this holds, but It seems like good things are happening. of course, one could argue that if you have to wait 6-8 years for a blend to become truly tasty, then that is not worth the wait, but it is, trust me it is.

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco looks great in the tin and smells good too. But like so many Mac Baren blends its just plain harsh. I enjoy strong tobacco and by harsh I mean not smooth. Its not a surprise that so many complain about tongue bite with their blends, it affects me the same way and I seldom get tongue bite. I am not sure if its an additive to their blends, but its not one that will hit my cellar again. Not Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (38)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I opened this time after 3 years of "cellaring". My memories of it from the past weren't distinct so I had little prejudice in giving it a go. Upon opening one finds a rough cut, kind of shag or perhaps roughly rubbed out flake of various shades of brown, with much having a golden hue. The tin aroma is sweet and a bit smoky. As for Scotch Whisky, I detect little Whisky scent or flavor, perhaps because I'm enjoying this along with a fine dram of Talisker Storm which would overwhelm a milder Scotch whisky flavor or smell. The blend is very Virginia forward, something usually not to my liking. However 3 years of aging have mellowed the nasty Virginia tongue burn and instead it's just grassy sweetness, supported by some Cavendish and Burley creaminess and body. As for the Latakia it's hard to notice much here at all if any, much less of a smoke taste than the tin aroma would make one think would be encountered. My pipe burned smoothly without needing a relight. HH Highland Blend is not something I'll smoke too regularly but it is certainly enjoyable.

An update one day later: I didn't notice it at the time as much but the Virginia mouth scalding was taking place. I know that many love Virginia tobacco. However I am one of many who find the stuff's alkaline burn too discomforting. After smoking this "Virginia forward" blend my mouth developed a feeling of scalding throughout the following morning and the roof of my mouth even had skin peeling. It's tobaccos like this that had me putting away my pipes for years. I'm lowering my score here.

Pipe Used: Design Berlin 9mm Cutty NeoLine 11 9mm

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: I believe

Similar Blends: Davidoff Royalty.

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Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I have to admit this blend was a surprise for me.

The sweetness of the virginia blends perfectly with the very slight whiskey flavour, while the latakia provides just a hint of smokiness and smoothens to the blend. To me this is perfectly balanced throughout the bowl. This by far isn't an aromatic blend, as you always clearly can make out the pure tobacco taste. Even towards the end of the bowl when the flavouring becomes less and less. It is a perfect example for a scottish blend.

The room note is purely fascinating and i fail to describe it. Also the ghosting is very nice and pleasant, i love to smell the smoked and cleaned bowls for it. I can't make out any crossover as the flavouring really is very slight.

I strongly recommend to hurry up and grab the remaining tins that are still easy to to get. I know i will!

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I see this has some mixed reviews... I have to say, I am a fan of this. I have not tried everything in the MacB lineup, but this is my favorite so far. I prefer this to Club blend and Dark Twist by a long shot. Not to mention its way cheaper in bulk than those two highly regarded tins. I find this to be very complex, not overbearing with the casing and just a nice change of pace. Room note is a bit of a problem with the wife, but I love it. Just put your nose down in a pouch of this and it gets the blood flowing. A really nice blend that is a keeper for me.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Mmmm, quite a disappointment here. I usually like the MacBaren flakes, their coin cut ones and even some mixtures (Navy Mixture on top of them all), but this one is rather bland. It doesn't seem to have anything more to offer compared to the classic Mixture, or Symphony, of Gold of Denmark... and actually, something less.

Sure, it's one of the most complex mixtures by MacBaren from the point of view of composition, but that's where the complexity ends. I find it has too little flavour, while having a medium body that can sometimes even hint a bit at harshness (even without pushing it).

And the 30yo Glenfarclas? Actually, I can't smell it in the tin, and I can taste it in the smoke even less than that. It's just your usual average slightly biscuity/nutty/earthy MacBaren mixture, simple as that. Just a hint of smokiness in the tin due to the (infinitesimal) amount of Latakia. I have yet to find a "whisky-flavored" blend that actually tastes of whisky... Not that this is bad, because wasting a pricey and lovely sherry cask Glenfarclas for flavoring tobacco would be a serious crime in my book. (To those finding hints of peat due to the whisky, please reconsider: Glenfarclas is NOT peated... it's the Latakia giving that smoky hint!)

Anyway... No, sorry, this is just a bland unoffensive smoke for me. Decent, but I'll pass.

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pipey duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipey duck (23)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I was really keen on trying this stuff and i am glad i did.Afther 150 gramm I can say , this baccy entertaint me very well ,but I have no decision about it. First i have to say, i have seldom tongue bite and also HB bite not really but it is a bit harsh, I smoke it sometimes with filter which i never do with my favourits. But the mix of an english blend in addition with the whisky give a delicious smoke.Let it air for a few minutes and sip it and you get sweet spicy event which i was looking at for long. The only minus is the harshness due the flavour. 3 Stars

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atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (55)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found this blend very appealing. The aroma right out of the pouch was nice, a bit leathery and indeed only a hint of the whiskey. The latakia was almost nonexistent to me. I couldn't detect any nicotine kick either. I don't think it produced tongue bite naturally, only when I puffed it hard and fast. That was my fault. I'd buy it again, and I recommend it.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Smells nice in pouch. Packs and burns easy enough. Flavor is light until second half of bowl. A soft taste until then, probably from the whiskey. Not hot nor really bitey but does nip a little in last half of smoke. The latakia may cool it, but I don't taste that leaf much. Puff slow to steady. Still an aromatic smoker may enjoy this more

Not much of an improvement over their Highland Mixture of some years past, which I recall as milder. I think I tasted the whiskey more in that version. Still something soft is present on the taste buds from the HH version.

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Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

A waste of good whiskey.

Plumcake with whiskey instead of rum as the casing. Like other Mac Barens, it bites like hell and is sour like an old dirty sock. Don't bother.

Update, 27 March 2012: I was given a free sample, and I forgot that I had tried it before. I must have blocked the unpleasant memories from my mind. It Is worse than I wrote above. Horrible!

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chetking Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chetking (54)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Like previous reviewers I too am taken by this engaging blend sent along in a 0.71 Oz. sampler pouch by out of Little River, SC. Thanks friends - will probably place a full order soon. Not a Latakia or English blend smoker I much prefer sweet, heavy aros, but this one sports a delicate, sophisticated taste I'd like to try in a couple of my prized pipes including a pair of Petersons. The hint of Scotch whiskey dressing superbly compliments the Latakia taste. Me thinks McBaron may have a "transformational" winner here. Happy Hunting!

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radioisotope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
radioisotope (17)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was very excited when I got this new edition to the HH line up. I received it in a sample pouch from swmoking pipes.

Puch smell was smokey with a little bit of pine forest. The alcohol scotch smell makes it self known.

First part of the bowl I had a pine aroma, with a lemony citrus after taste. Towards the bottom of the bowl it became very smoky and spicey like HH Mature Virginia. Still noticed the pine, and the citrus taste remained.

I have smoked this out of three different pipes, cob, briar and meerschaum. I found the meerschaum to be the best smoke with this.

I will say that this is best smoked slowly, I do tend to puff hard sometimes and that really ruins this smoke.

As far as the scotch goes I really didn't detect it, but I've never drank scotch so I really wouldn't know it if there was any.

I think this is nice edition to the HH line up but it is probably my least favorite of the 4. I think they missed the rating on this one since they rate it a 3 for stregth on the pouch, which is the same as Acadia perique. This is not near as strong as Acadia Perique and doesnt have near the nicotine content.

Overall I give this 3 stars as it is good but not as good as the other HH blend. When this comes on sale, I will buy ba tin and let it age for awhile to see what effect it has.

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joel750 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
joel750 (6)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Like PipeNosher, I too got a sample pack of this blend when i ordered a Brand New Peterson Kapet pipe from smokingpipes.Opening the packet,the aroma just hit me.A little Musky,smoky and smells like a forest early in the morning in the summertime.I'm not really particular on English blends + it's not really my cup of tea but since it came in w/ my pipe free,Hell why not try it? I had a past experience tasting an English blend namely Northwoods when i ordered some from J.M.Boswell and i almost coughed trying to smoke their stuff!Smoking this MacBaren, It's a lot milder than the Northwoods and More tolerable. I smoked it a little bit more and i have to say:I'm really starting to like this blend! So far, it's in my tobacco line up rotation whenever i have the mood to smoke an English.Good tobacco i must say after 3 bowls & now keeping a 2oz. In standby. If you like Aromatics and curious to try an English blend,here's the stuff to start.

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