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Virginia blend, toasted to a deep black color. Has a sweet but complex aroma and flavor.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringAmaretto, Cocoa / Chocolate, Licorice, Other / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging100 grams tin,16 oz bag, 40 grams pouch, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy
Iwan Ries
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Mild, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (63)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A luscious aromatic, ideal for the Virginia smoker. This blend might earn four stars if I didn't have to fuss with it.

Fuss? Yes! 7 Seas Black is too moist and fragrant right out of the tin. Conditioning it for a perfect smoke requires patience: in my experience the tobacco should be removed from the tin and aired until slightly dry to the touch, yet still clump together a bit when gently pressed between the fingers. Once this hurdle is jumped, which might require hours, you're in for a treat.

Virginia tobacco has a marvelous astringent quality, like fine pears. There's a refreshing quality to it which seems to keep the taste buds fresh and eager. In 7 Seas Black, the Virginia performs a further duty: it prevents that luscious flavour and scent of the casing from becoming too cloying.

That's my biggest complaint with most other aromatics: they often become cloying. By that I mean the flavour or scent is so pronounced that it simply becomes tiring or unwelcomed after a short time. Whereas with a natural tobacco the flavour usually builds slowly, but you wish it would never go away!

The amaretto and vanilla accents in this one are delightful. High quality, skillfully applied, with no artificial taste. The blend is dry burning enough to stand up well to repeated smokes.

Solidly recommended.

Pipe Used: Georg Jensen

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online Vendor

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Black Ambrosia.

18 people found this review helpful.

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

Just a few weeks ago I received my entire line of the Mac Baren 7 Seas blends and was eager to try them all. The company is really proud of these blends and I can understand why. The aromatic flavoring must be a new invention because I've never tasted anything quite like them. Cool and mostly dry burning, 7 Seas Black offers a great variety of flavors and - yippee! - tobacco is one of them! A very refreshing taste sensation that is not at all strong or overwhelming, but lets you know you are smoking pipe tobacco with a very sweet taste. I loved the presentation of liquor in the flavoring of 7 Seas Black as I smoked.


17 people found this review helpful.

Col. Stuffinpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Col. Stuffinpuff (14)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A truly fine aromatic offering from MacBaren. Upon opening the tin, you are greeted with a powerful, some may consider overwhelming, scent of amaretto and to me, rum. This however, translates gracefully into the taste of the tobacco, notable, but not as cloyingly sweet as the tin aroma. For the fan of sweet aromatics, you would be hard pressed to find amore fulfilling smoke. As with all MacBaren tobaccos, it will benifit from some dry time, especially from a freshly opened tin. I let mine spend half an hour on a countertop, and it wouldn't bite no matter how quickly I puffed.

If you're looking for something dry, then you'd best move along. For those looking for a dessert like smoke, then this may fit the bill.

Pipe Used: Peterson 408

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From:

13 people found this review helpful.

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

This one is my favorite in the seven seas blends because it is less sweet than the 4 others with more "dark" flavor, this is a black, wet Cavendish that tastes like: licorice + amaretto+ chocolate + vanilla, it is MILD and gentle on the tongue with delightful "pancake" room note.

this is a very good aromatic that I would highly recommend, however,Vanilla Cream is still better than this one.

12 people found this review helpful.

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

The toasty, sugary black cavendish is processed from Virginia, and though this blend is heavily topped, you can manage to get a little tobacco taste. The rich vanilla stands out a little over the licorice, cocoa, caramel and amaretto, the latter being the next obvious topping. The strength and taste levels are mild. The nic-hit is very mild. No chance of bite or harshness. The tobacco needs a light dry time. Burns cool, clean and a little slow with a deeply sweet, smooth, mildly creamy consistent flavor that never weakens. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Requires some relights, though the number really depends on whether or not - or how much - dry time you give it. Has pleasant, short lived after taste. An easy going all day smoke.

11 people found this review helpful.

Doggie_Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doggie_Daddy (5)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is a blend I could smoke often. The added top flavors are not to overpowering of the fine Cavendish. The aroma from the tin is very nice and the room note is wife and daughter approved. The thick buttery smoke has a pleasant mouth feel with no bite. This is an all day smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

BriarWoody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarWoody (33)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

MacBaren knows how to produce bell-ringing aromatics, and this is a prime example. It is flavorful, lightly sweet, and the tobacco flavors shine through the delicious topping, which is unique and complimentary but never saccharine, artificial or over the top. Burns clean and smooth; requires occasional relights and leaves only a small drop of moisture in the bowl. The room note is good.

It really hits the zone midway, similarly to what you find in Dunhill's VA blends. It is hard to imagine how anyone could dislike this. I would personally prefer a bit more nicotine, but this still makes for a relaxing smoke that can be enjoyed all day if you are so inclined. It is such an upgrade from most of the good bulk blends. I highly recommended both the Black and Regular versions.

Pipe Used: Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin - Delicious!

Similar Blends: 7 Seas Regular.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

I've seen some dark black Cavendish blends before, but this would have to be the deepest ebony yet. If I didn't know any better I would've mistaken this stuff for shredded black rubber in both look and feel. Thankfully there was no smell of burning tires, just a sweet rich intoxicating cloud I couldn't quite place... though there is definitely some liquor in there (bourbon, whiskey, amaretto). [Edit: I just bought a tin of 7 seas, since I liked the 1oz I tried, and for whatever reason this batch was much less black, rubbery, and exciting]

The flavors keep you guessing and it is a real joy to smoke. You get a nice velvety smoke that is rich in flavor and has no bite, likely light in nicotine, yet rewarding all the same. This stuff burns forever, so you get your monies worth here (who knows, maybe there are rubber tires in the mix?)

While I only sampled 1oz of this in bulk, am going upgrade to a nice tin on the next order. It is worth revisiting.

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5 people found this review helpful.

juvat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juvat (36)
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Chocolate. Pure dark chocolate with a hint of coconut is what I get from the tin note and taste. The room note is outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well as the other 7 Seas blends (Regular and Royal). And while I hate to use a tired cliche here, this is coming from a guy who, with a few notable exceptions, doesn't normally like aromatics.

Black Blend is my favorite of the 7 Seas line.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

well macbaren is my safety net and i put faith in what the produce (good quality for a reasonable price tag). this tobacco is jet black cavendish that i just couldnt point finger to the flavoring added (although told by Mr. Per Jensen personally) that it is vanilla and amaretto which i never tasted before, i couldnt pin point the flavor. perhaps others might appreciate it better however it deserve the 3 stars for its cavendish sweetness and burn quality , it can be firmly placed on the mild side. the tobacco aroma is acceptable especially if smoked out door (as it wont get as stale as inside a closed room)

4 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A pleasurable, cool smoking straight black cavendish mixture and one of the best that I have ever sampled. The flavor is a bit one dimensional, (my only knock on this blend), but it's definitely not flat or vapid. What I enjoy most about 7 Seas Black is that the smoke has some body to it, as well as a discernible tobacco flavor that I don't all too often find in a straight black cavendish. And while the tin note screams confection, when put to flame the added flavorings are actually quite subtle. The licorice, chocolate and vanilla are noticeable but delicately applied. The Amaretto topping stands out most, adding hints of marzipan, berry and a cafe mocha like flavor. From a freshly opened tin the moisture level is higher than I prefer and the tobacco feels somewhat sticky. However it is suprisingly smokeable with as little as 15-20 minutes dry time. 7 Seas Black burns slow, smokes cool and has a consistent, lightly sweet flavor. It's a high quality aromatic tobacco, and a good smoke for beginner and experienced pipers alike, especially those that love black cavendish.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black Blend.

I couldn't be more impressed with the moisture of the fresh tobacco, and as the name implies, the ribbons are very dark. As well as being dark, they're also coarse, with the inclusion of a few larger leaf-like pieces.

The smoke from 7 Seas Black? Well, it's aromatic, but quite soft; the liquorice gives a tiny bit of flavour, but isn't at all astringent. The rest of the aromatics join together to form a relaxed and smooth taste. Because this is a straight black Cavendish the only real character from the weed is the usual caramel-vanilla one, like in most B.C.'s. It isn't a mammoth biter, but can give me a bit of a nip unless it's sipped. Although bite's a negative feature with the smoke, a positive is the thickness: it gives huge palpable plumes!

The nicotine's mild and the room-note's very nice, leaving behind a lasting aroma.

Because of the bite, three stars.


Update: after a fair few bowls, despite the bite, I'm increasing the rating to four!..... Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson St. Patrick's 2017 #230

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

JasonTheDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JasonTheDragon (2)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Bought this in order to try out something other than the 3 different English-style blends I initially bought when I decided to try pipe smoking (S&G Squadron Leader, Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, Peterson's Old Dublin).

Opening the pouch, I was hit with the smell of raisins and plum. The smell of the "raw" tobacco is very strong and honestly, quite delicious. The tobacco itself is a uniform black, decently ribbon-cut, and my pouch was quite wet initially. Even now, 6 months down the line of pouch storage, the tobacco is a bit damp and sticky.

Lighting up the tobacco, it becomes readily apparent that while it had a very rich pouch aroma, almost none of that sweetness and fruit flavor carries over into the smoke. The tobacco tends to smoke hot, it leaves an acrid aftertaste on the back of the throat (none of the 3 blends I mentioned above do that for me), and it leaves a sticky mess in the pipe bowl after smoking. There were also a few instances of water buildup in the bottom of the pipe causing gurgling and at least once case of getting condensation into my mouth (it might have been more than once, but my brain has blocked out the traumatic memory, bleh!).

All in all, this tobacco is really more well-suited to working as an air freshener than for smoking, in my opinion. It smells great in the pouch, but smoking it has, every time I've tried it, been disappointing for me.

Pipe Used: Mr. Brog Latakia

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 6 months

Purchased From: Local tobacco store

2 people found this review helpful.

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

A "Bounty" of flavor. One of my all-time favorites. Great flavor, nice room note, superb tin note. Smokes great after a little drying. I can't find anything negative with this soon to be classic.

Pipe Used: Brebbia Cappucino Noce

Age When Smoked: 1 Month

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (55)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend feels better in the hand than Capt. Black. But I'm not sure it's worth the price increase. It tastes OK, burns decently, but does need to be re-lit every so often, and develops moisture. Nothing particularly special here. I tried it and am moving on. Barely recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tomasz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomasz (9)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this on a whim hoping to get a great tasting tobacco. I have to say that I am disappointed. I got a 1 ounce sample and have smoked about half of the bag. After a few bowls which got slightly better I found that this particular blend does nothing for me. Doesn't really bite and if sipped has a little taste but to my tongue I get very little flavor. Tried with and without a filter to no avail. Stays lit pretty well and like I said will not bite but offers little flavor. However I'd still suggest trying if you are curious. Perhaps your tongue will agree with it more than mine did.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: pouch that had been opened a few days

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Bassrep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassrep (25)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Only been smoking the pipe for a bit over a year. Cigars for decades. I say that because bite is a big issue for me and I have always been a mild-medium guy in the cigar area. In the last few years I have been interested in flavored cigars but good ones are few and tend to be more "candy" flavors. I remembered my dad smoking Cherry tobaccos and have fond memories of the aroma. Pipes were the obvious choice. OK... 7 Seas Black. This stuff is wonderful! From opening the tin to lighting up to my wife NOT complaining about the "room note" aka "stank". Burns really well, easy to light and keep lit. NO bite. Great aroma. This is just a really well made and well executed blend.

Pipe Used: Chacom Club

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Can't say similar to, but covers the chocolate, vanilla, caramel... what's not to love..

1 person found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (82)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Very pleasant note upon opening. Starts with an amaretto flavor (the reason I bought it), later in the bowl I started tasting the licorice. Good quality tobacco, pleasant room note. Overall a very pleasant experience.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jakob Gale Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Gale (1)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Ker mi je zmanjkal običajni tobak sem za pokušino kupil MacBarenov 7 Seas Black Blend in bil prijetno presenečen! Mil za kajenje z odlično aromo in prijetnim vonjem v prostoru, pri počasnem kajenju ne povzroča pekoč jezik, ravno prav vlažen, skratka vsakdanji tobak za pipe. Poleg se odlično prileže dober konjak ali kava z rumom kot tudi navadna voda. Tudi cena 50 g zavojčka je zelo sprejemljiva in to bo v prihodnosti tobak, ki bo vedno našel prostor v mojem predalu. Priporočam ga tudi začetnikom, saj ni zelo zahteven za kajenje.

Pipe Used: meerschaum Altinay brez filtra (z adapterjem)

Purchased From: PETROL ShopGo v Ljubljani

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This blend reminds me a lot of Lane's BCA, not quite as goopy, but very, very close in taste. So, as I like BCA enough to give it three stars, I must do the same for this blend. Honestly, after suffering through Mac Baren's 7 Seas Royal Blend (which I've already reviewed, sort of) this Black Cavendish does much to retrieve Mac Baren's reputation. This is a good, tasty BC. Like I've stated elsewhere, I like my Black Cavendishe's to have both taste and smoothness, this blend fits that bill. So, three stars for me.

Pipe Used: Leonessa Capri

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: 4Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is a very good aromatic. One of the two newest in the 7 Seas line, it came out last fall (2011). It's a Virginia blend toasted into a nice dark Cavendish. As with most Mac Baren blends you might want to give it a bit of drying time before you fill your pipe and light up. It smokes wonderfully though, smooth and even all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. The top dressing or casing is pretty unique and complex. I noted caramel, coco, and licorice flavour to the smoke. As complex as the casing seems to be it's a great all day smoke, because regardless of what combination of flavours it really is the blend tastes wonderful.

1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I thought that this was the worst of the 7 seas blend. The taste was just flat to me. I also got a mild tongue bite from it. The tin and room note are awesome. It just does not translate to the smoker.

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Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a nice blend. I will say I don't get all the flavors they advertise as available in this blend. The opening note is mostly a mix of fruity and musty dark aroma. The blend out of the tin is a bit damp so I let dry for a couple of hours. The light up was average and required two relights. The taste is mostly licorice and light fruity taste. This is very mild flavors that are in the background. The flavors come and go a bit but they are there throughout the smoke. The room note is just tolerable. This is s pretty good blend that I would recommend but not include in my regular rotation.

Pipe Used: Boswell big hanger

Age When Smoked: Fresh but dry for a few hours

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rick5iron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rick5iron (4)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Great smoke, and high quality tobacco. It's one of those tobaccos that everybody should keep on hand and can smoke all day. One of the classics

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