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Toasted burley tobacco complemented with a hint of hazelnut for a rich rounded flavour.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish
FlavoringNuts / Beans, Pecan, Walnut
Packaging50g pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (93)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Out of the pouch it looks and smells quite similar to its brother Original Blend but sweeter. The smoke is different: RA lacks of that savory Kentucky edge present in OB, the taste is clearly Burley rounded off with a touch of Virginia and a mild sweetener ( hazelnut, they wrote...), maybe there’s too a pinch of Orientals. As every Amphora, RA is skillfully Cavendish processed so it’s very easy to fill and keep lit, gentle to the mouth without harshness or bites, little to none gurgles, room note isn’t a crowd pleasure but tolerable and it leaves in the pipe just a trace of sweet Burley. Not an enticing blend (and not intended to be) but not dull even, it’s a pleasantly mellow, warm and calming smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars, cobs, meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (183)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another good Amphora series. Tastefull, Nut scent, cleary perceptible. Slow burning. Very good product. Fully recommended. Amphora Blends are now made by Imperial Tobacco Company. Unfortunately, this is no more easy to find in Brazil.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1643)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is a minor, grassy player with a touch of sweetness. The burley is nutty sweet with a mild cocoa hit. Not sure about the hazelnut claim, but I can go with pecan and walnut because there is a dry, slightly toasted nutty topping that fits that description. Has little nicotine. Not very complex, but the flavor is mostly consistent throughout the smoke until the end as the burley seems to be more prominent in the last quarter of the bowl. Burns well, fairly cool with few relights, and little moisture in the bowl. Has a decent after taste.

2 people found this review helpful.

Italo Svevo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Italo Svevo (12)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Amphora is probably the most widely commercialized pipe tobacco in Italy. If a tobacconist has to choose one brand of pipe tobacco to sell, it is probably going to be amphora, either full or rich aroma. They owe their popularity to good marketing policy, and because, as it seems, it is good value for money tobacco.

Opening the pouch, one finds mostly medium-to-light brown tobacco, quite dry and coarse cut, it looks more like ready rubbed or broken flake than ribbon. The smell from the pouch is not particularly pleasant, they added an an artificial, lightly sour sweetener, it vaguely resembles fruit, definitely not hazelnut like they say. The smoke is medium bodied, nice tasting, round, nutty, not too hot. The tobacco burns relatively well, although I had to relight a few times (maybe it's me). In the second half of the bowl I had some gurgles. No bite (but I smoked with an active charcoal filter). The room note is nothing to write home about but I had no complaints.

All in all, this is a more than honest pouch tobacco, good value for money, to be smoked on its own or mixed with other blends. IMO the rating should be somewhere in between 2.5 and 3, so I'm giving it two stars to re-balance the rating a bit.

PS The pouch says it is made under licence from Van Nelle, a Dutch RYO tobacco manifacturer...

TIP: it mixes very well with some crumbled Toscano cigar!

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani (filter), Savinelli

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1031)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A decent tobacco for an OTC. The pouch aroma was quite intriguing and smoking it definitively offered a pleasant change of pace among my usual tobaccos. I do not like it as much as Full Aroma, or the sadly discontinued Black Cavendish, but if I could get some again, I would buy it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Northern Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Northern Pipes (22)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Based on the amazing smell in the bag, I was expecting a more nutty flavour smoke. Not that the smoke was bad in anyway. It was quite enjoyable, mellowing after a few minutes into a nice deep well rounded smoke with the hints of hazelnut as described on the package. I was just expecting a punch in the face of nuttiness, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's definite worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.