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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
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Other / Misc
CutBroken Flake
PackagingCellophane bag (aluminium) in a rectangular box.
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Very Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1571)
★★★★
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 and a little nuttiness 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, smooth and creamy, burns cool, clean, even, and slow with a very consistent flavor. Won't bite and has little nicotine. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. 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. Has a great after taste and room note.

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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (59)
★★★☆
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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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (74)
★★★☆
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.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (929)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Mac Baren - Halberg Red.

As others have mentioned, the packaging is unique and superb! Once I have opened the sealed inner tinfoil pouch I see a blend that meets with the often ambiguous description 'Broken Flake'. I'm not too sure as to what description would best suit it? There's some massive leaf like pieces, some tiny flakes, some medium flakes, ribbons of all sizes and some shag: mixture maybe?

There isn't much of a scent emanating from the bag, there might be a very slight citrus touch but there's not really anything 'aromatic'.

The hydration's perfect, so on with the smoke:

This lights brilliantly, and for the initial few puffs I get a very buttery taste; creamy and satisfying. This butter note seems to calm down after quite a short while; it's still notable, yet it's not AS creamy; more of an extra taste as opposed to the being main one.

Once the burn has settled it becomes quite a relaxing smoke; the tobacco flavours work great together: the smoke has a very full burley nuttiness to it and the vanilla-esc quality of the Black Cavendish gives the smoke a delicious sweetness. The Virginia is more like the foundation for these two ingredients, it's present but nowhere near the front of house.

One of the few low points with this, for me, is the heat of it. This, sadly, is a bit of an antithesis to the relaxing flavour; for full enjoyment sip it gently! It also causes a fast burn, again, spoiling the relaxing qualities.

There are some wonderful features of Halberg Red: the packaging, the flavour, the nicotine, and the room note but for me the heat spoils the blend.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Rattray's The Cave

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

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richard f. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
richard f. (3)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

I asked my pipe store proprietor for a mild tobacco that can be smoked in the morning and halberg red was his recommendation. i was not diasppointed. i have reached the age where i need a lighter tobacco and have had to forgo the latakia blends that i smoked. i find the tobacco enjoyable to the end of the bowl and mild enough to smoke in a large pipe. i surely would recommend this blend to the elder smoker who needs a lighter less nicotine smoke.

please add a new catagory to "room note" smoked only out of doors. the program demands that i choose something so i wrote unnoticeable . . because out of doors it is unnoticeable : > {

Pipe Used: aldo morelli 300

Age When Smoked: new form the tin

Purchased From: Hagit Pipes, Tel Aviv

Similar Blends: heinrich 116.

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (132)
★★★☆
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 (77)
★★★☆
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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