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Bright cross-cut Virginias, brown, earthy Burleys, rich black Cavendish, and a dose of broken flake are here combined into a hand-blended smoking mixture, before finally being topped with a flavorful aromatic to produce a balanced, complex blend that is utterly unique to Mac Baren's Halberg series.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByHarald Halberg
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
PackagingCellophane bag (aluminium) in a rectangular box.
ProductionCurrently available
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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (72)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

I got a brick of this at the Chicago show. It's a very luxurious presentation, and the tobacco is very good quality.

In the bag, it smells terrific, the red is a lot more mellow smelling than the others, less fruity.

In the pipe, it packs fine and lights easily, but I can't get either a tobacco taste or the aromatic flavor out of the burn. So it leaves me a little flat. Smoke-able stuff, no bite, no kick. But if you want an outright aromatic, there are certainly better choices. In fact I prefer Black Ambrosia from the same blender.

EDIT: bump this up to 3. I think I was expecting too much, but smoking this head to head with other aros leads me to think that it's pretty good within the category.

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

Nice solid cross-over in my opinion. I don't find the topping on this one as strong as in the green and yellow. It has a lot of tobacco taste. It took me a while to warm up to it but I was sad when the bag was finished.

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Junkyard Dawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Junkyard Dawg (62)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Halberg Red is in the same spirit as the Cube line. The tobacco is undoubtedly of very high quality; and it's not sticky despite the fact that it's very aromatic. The aroma is of dried fruits with some sweetness that seems to be vanilla. It's not chemical smelly like most of the OTCs. Halberg Red contains various cuts - flakes, broken flakes, ready - rubbed and Loose Cut. As my sealed pouch is 2 years old, it's ready to smoke right out out of the pouch. It lights up easily, burns even, does not bite (when I appropriately pace myself) and tastes like the aroma, which is never intrusive, but like tobacco as well. This is what makes me like this type of tobacco so much. The nicotine is not very high - more mild than medium - but, like the Cube line, the marvelous casing mixed with tobacco flavour is fully worth the experience. My pipe is left dry afterwards and it does not produce moistness while i am smoking. If you're looking for a high quality cased tobacco that tastes like tobacco and is light on the nicotine, then try this one. Happy smoking! JD.

Pipe Used: Various Stanwell

Age When Smoked: 2Y 2M

Similar Blends: Mac Baren's Cube line, but with a different casing (well, not that different from the Silver)..

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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (56)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

A complex mildly aromatic mixture full of satisfying flavour. That's my strongest overall impression, without putting too fine a point on it.

Everything about this blend is a treat to behold. The packaging is a marvel. But the main feature is the variety of beautiful, flawless tobacco leaves. The cuts range from ribbon to broken flake to wide colourful strands.

From a visual inspection the main components are Virginia, black cavendish, burley and oriental. The pouch aroma is discreet but mouth watering. There's nothing conspicuously "aromatic" about it in the usual sense, other than that it smells very very good.

My wife remarked on the pronounced room note but I failed to detect it to any great degree. The flavour was the chief player for me: genuine tobacco taste softened and made even more attractive by the hint of flaky pastry, toast, and high butterfat cream. Somewhat similar to Larsen 1864 in that regard.

Also there's a satisfying bass note that develops early and continues throughout the smoke, without becoming harsh or overbearing. Like the reassuring toll of Big Ben. In other words it's not light in the nicotine department, but it's not heavy either. Neither boring nor exciting. Just right.

Solidly recommended.

Pipe Used: Cavicchi

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: online vendor

Similar Blends: W.O. Larsen - 1864 Perfect Mixture.

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1232)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias have a natural sweetness, and some earthy notes from them and the burleys, which play in the background. There's also a slight toast note to the burleys. The black cavendish chips in with an very mild vanilla that compliments the sweet, almost fruity topping. Ribbon cut with broken flake that burns smooth, even, and dry without much moisture. Not one hint of a chemical taste exists here. Presented within one of the classiest boxes ever designed for a tobacco product, it's a well crafted, mild all day smoke that doesn't wear out your tongue or senses with a full flavor that never quits.

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