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Ambrosia is just savoring the word elevates your expectations, because ambrosia was the food of the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology. In 1983 when our tobacco masters first tasted the new, mild cavendish that they had developed, ambrosia was the only proper word to use to describe the taste experience. They had been experimenting with a variety of raw tobaccos for a long time before they finally came up with the right blend. Virginia tobaccos from the third world were selected, each with its own unique qualities. Each one was an excellent tobacco in its own right, but only when they were blended together into a mild cavendish did the pipe smoker experience something out of the ordinary. A rounded taste composed of the finest taste nuances, the natural sweetness supported by a completely new Mac Baren taste. This cavendish was truly something extraordinary, and from its completion in 1983 right up to today it has been used in numerous new Mac Baren blends. The rounded, slightly sweetish cavendish is widely known as: Modern Mac Baren Cavendish.

As the name suggests, Black Ambrosia contains a very high proportion of Modern Mac Baren Cavendish, with only a little loose cut light Virginia added. This blend consists solely of Virginia tobaccos, which is rather rare as the majority of blends contain a little burley tobacco. But not Black Ambrosia, which is made of 100% Virginia tobacco and yet the taste is still exquisite. As the last person to add to the taste, the tobacco master has been no less genial. Of course, the precise composition of the tobacco is a secret, but here is a hint: to complete the Modern Mac Baren Cavendish, the tobacco master has carefully added a blend of different fruit oils, and topping the finished blend is a touch of [?}. Taste it for yourself and discover what an extraordinary taste experience it offers. With a little prudence, Black Ambrosia could almost be described as: food for the soul and the tobacco lover.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
Packaging100 grams tin, 50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What a surprise! One of the few aromatics that I tolerate!

If you are looking for a Black Cavendish that delivers at least some taste and body, and is not exceedingly goopy, you have to try this tobacco.

Smell in the tin reminds of Amphora Black: dried figs and plums, vanilla... Sweet, intense, dark, but not "chemical" or nauseating. Not exceedingly sticky or unctuous, although it is evidently cased. The black cavendish is rich at the touch, but not greasy. The bright Virginia bits are few, but they add a nice contrast to the darkness of the blend.

The correct level of moisture and the lack of excessive goop allows for easy lighting (no flamethrower needed) and a regular, even burn. It burns a bit fast, but nothing to worry about. It doesn't bite the tongue: rather, it has a slightly astringent and mouth/throat drying effect.

Taste is slightly empty and steamy at first, typical for a black cavendish. Soon it gets more intense: while some are complaining that it's very mild and flat, I don't think it's completely true. It has a good presence and acceptable body, and it tastes similar to Amphora Black but better. Taste is not exceedingly sweet: sweetness is there, but it's a dark one like chestnut honey. Slightly toasted and fermented, fragrant, and it still has some nice tobacco taste. I don't know if Burley is present (Mac Baren website says that there is only Virginia and Virginia-based Cavendish), but I seem to taste some of its nutty flavour. Compared to Amphora Black, it is smoother, less aggressive, and won't become too spicy or bitterish if pushed (the Amphora contains orientals and Kentucky, and IMHO of a slightly ashy and cardboardy quality: it seems to me that the leaf used for the MacBaren blend is higher, or at least it was processed better). Only complaint: in some pipes it tends be a bit too "woody" and with slightly excessive notes of black licorice. Biggest fault of all, in all pipes it is very monochromatic and simple from start to finish. In other words, while quite good, it can become boring after a while.

Overall a satisfying aromatic, easily smokable and pleasant. Not as lovely as my favorite natural tobaccos, but not a crappy drugstore blend. Ideal for the times when you want a little sweetness, but many other aromatics have disappointed you because of their absence of tobacco taste and because their wonderful aromas are only experienced by those around you. It must be said, though, that even in Black Ambrosia the taste will still NEVER be as delicious as the tin aroma. And don't forget to smoke it quickly after opening the tin, because after a couple of weeks it tends to lose something in the taste department.

14 people found this review helpful.

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

Mac Baren - Black Ambrosia.

The balance of aromatic taste to tobacco taste is just right and there's lots of thick smoke with no bite. Also a pleasant room note. It will suit lovers of Cavendish tobacco as the Cavendish in this is sublime!

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

A quick review for a top blend!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Comoys

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

10 people found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Ok , know up front that I enjoy Black Cavendish tobacco .. at least as much as I enjoy all the other styles/genres of pipe tobaccos . There are numerous black cavendish blends I enjoy , but I really , I like this best and am thrilled it's a blend that is offered in bulk . Dont ya just love when great blend is sold in bulk :) Anyway , the flavoring [ whatever it is ] isnt over the top but rather on the mild end . I find it smokes dry in any pipe and the Black Cavendish aroma is crazy nice . I dont knwo if this helps but the flavor is obvious Danish as opposed to an American styled Black Cavendish , like say Lane BCA , which is also good but a different approach , imo . So , if you like/want quality black cavendish ... go toss a 1 oz sample on with your next order where ever you shop and try it . Ya just may love it

Pipe Used: Many

Age When Smoked: Fresh or aged a bit .. it doesnt matter

Similar Blends: Other simpler black cavendishes but better.

8 people found this review helpful.

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

The Virginia and cavendish offer some toast and honey, sugary citrus, and grass. The unsweetened black cavendish has some brown sugar. The toppings are lightly applied and hard to define, but I notice a little honey, apricot, berries and caramel with some nuttiness. They tone down the tobaccos just a little. I also detect a whisper of vanilla. The toppings have no chemical or syrupiness, but they do suffer a bit from a lack of richness. The nic-hit is very low. Won’t bite or get harsh or bitter. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a creamy, consistent flavor. Requires few relights. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no goop or dottle. Has a short lived sweet after taste. An all day smoke that doesn’t entertain the smoker for long.

8 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

(Original review: 04/03/2009 )

I must be perfectly honest: I like this tobacco. I had never tried it before because I thought of it as a kind of Borkum Riff's Black Cavendish or, worse, something called Black Luxury. But my would be daughter in law was kind enough to give me a pouch of this stuff.

Due to the limited choices I'm currently confronted with, I finally decided to give it a try. I've been smoking this for the last couple of weeks, at least two bowls a day. Just a quick note first. In the pouch there is no mention of Burley. The accent is on Virginias, both a golden ripe variety, and a "slowly roasted Cavendished" one. If there's any Burley in this blend it's far hidden somewhere in the background.

As to the blend's structure and taste, well I was absolutely surprised with both. The highly suspicious, though scrumptious, aroma in the pouch (berries, nuts and a touch of caramel and vanilla) DOES NOT transfer onto the actual smoking experience. This is an extremely well behaved, slow burning and somewhat muted aromatic, with a deep toasty undertone and an elusive sweetness that is neither cloying nor syrup like. To my surprise, as well, the leaf is almost dry (there is a certain resemblance to Troost's Special Cavendish, again not as sweet), and it burns steadily all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

There is no way in hell this tobacco will bite you. For a Mac Baren this is quite an achievement. And it will only burn hot if you push it too hard. Yet, like all Virginias--or predominantly Virginian--blends, it should be smoked very slowly in order to allow the silent sweetness of the leaf to reveal itself in all its nuances. In fact the taste is not sweet (in the sense Cube or Original Choice are), but elegantly bitter-sweet, soft, gentle. This is a nice tobacco to work with. It's not distracting, and the aroma--quaint and traditional--seems to be appreciated even by civilized non smokers.

This a mild to medium strength smoke, with a pleasant aroma. Nothing spectacular, yet one of the best Mac Barens I've smoked in a long time. Think of it as an upgraded version of Virginia No 1, with a little bit more of ump, and a more refined denouement. Nice change of pace. Greatly surprised. (That's one for the would be daughter in law!)


As to Black Ambrosia containing any other leaf aside form Virginia, I found this in Mac Baren's site (verbatim):

"As the name suggests, Black Ambrosia contains a very high proportion of Modern Mac Baren Cavendish, with only a little loose cut light Virginia added. This blend consists solely of Virginia tobaccos, which is rather rare as the majority of blends contain a little Burley tobacco. But not Black Ambrosia, which is made of 100% Virginia tobacco..."

On the other hand, Mac Baren itself acknowledges the fact that many of its tobaccos--due to their processing techniques and high sugar content---tend to burn hot and affect the tongue.

One of the reasons they have been developing a new range of tobaccos (from Black Ambrosia to Original Choice) is precisely to overcome this particular trend in their products. Read the description of Original Choice, a tobacco which they pride "does not 'smart' on the tongue".

True, the smoking technique has a lot to do with the hot burning/tongue biting issue. But the way a tobacco is processed is not above suspicion, especially when the manufacturer is aware of the fact, and so many reviewers--whom otherwise don't find the same problem in other brands--agree.

7 people found this review helpful.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note is wonderful and when I smoke Black Ambrosia I get a subtle taste similar to fruit cocktail. It smokes dry and cool with no bite or aftertaste. My wife claims it leaves a room note similar to cigarettes so she frowns on me smoking it in the house. Otherwise, I'd keep a tin of it in my regular rotation.

3 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Back when I was looking for things mild and sweet, for a while I tried just about all the Black Cavendish-dominated blends on the market. This one was a stop-over I tried at the time and decided not to go back to.

That said, in the profusion of BCs on the market back then, this was one of the better blends. It is possible to keep this one alight, as opposed to a lot of the others, and it won't drown you with condensation. The fragrance and taste are sweet, and it's mild.

If you're looking for strength, look elsewhere. There's none here. But for those with sensitive palates, this may be a good 'baccy for its mildness. May I draw your attention, though, to Poul Ilsted's Own No. 55, which is also mild, but has much more flavour, spice and tobacco taste? If memory serves, that was the direct transition I made sometime in 1990 or so, and ever since, Black Ambrosia has not been much more than a memory for me.

Somewhat recommended for the sensitive and the beginners. Worth a try, IMHO, but for me, personally, it's just too little of a good thing.

3 people found this review helpful.

PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
Mild Medium Medium Tolerable

This is a nice VA/Cavendish close to the VA/Burley Golden Ambrosia but far more sweet and cased! Its too aromatic for my taste actually.. However it has a unique essence that beats most aromatics out there! Low nicotine kick but very sweet..

If you are into aromatics VA blends go for it! If you are more into lightly aromatic tobaccos like me, you should move to Golden Ambrosia without second thought..

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I'm giving this one four stars because while it is not my personal cup of tea (I had to keep an eye on the bowl to make sure the stuff was still lit while being consumed), It is a great tobacco for light aromatic fans. Upon opening the tin, you will have a hard time deciding whether to smoke it or eat it. The smell is wonderful. At the match, the smell remains sweet, but frankly, there is very little taste. The casing is unusual in that you don't really know what it is. It reminded me of berries, honey and nuts. Quality leaf all the way and burned very clean and dry right down to the bottom of the bowl, unusual for an aromatic with this much casing. And that's testimony to the experience of this famous blending house.

3 people found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I do not find anything special here but I recommend it to cigarettes smokers for the following reasons: 1 - it is easy to smoke, low nicotine, no heat, no gurgles, no bite on the tongue, it burns easily without multiple re-ignition, can be smoked many times a day.

2 - the aroma and room note are certainly more pleasant of cigarettes for people who surrounds you, there is a note slightly ashy that recalls cigarettes so it helps to not deviate too much from the usual taste.

So if you are in the transition from cigarettes to pipe that may be a good help.

2 people found this review helpful.

lonefrog615 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lonefrog615 (4)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I like Black Ambrosia but I'll tell you what--after a couple of bowls you start to say "I wish it tasted more like tobacco" I experience a red wine after taste that turns me off. I prefer to drink my wine and smoke my tobacco, not the other way around. Gets worse with multiple bowls. I do however love to smoke this in a crowd or in the company of a woman. The smell from the tin is a real female pleaser and with a glass of red wine the taste makes sense. So Black Ambrosia has its place in my opinion, just not a good everyday tobacco. (Hint - Heavy Italian red wine but no cheap chianti. Rufino or better. Give it a try!)

Keep em' smoldering!

2 people found this review helpful.

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

nice pace of change with a nutty and sweet jet black cavendish taste to it. straight burly cavendish is what you are going to get in this blend. burns dry and clean to the last bit, packs very well and the room note is acceptable but not as good as other mac baren offerings aromatics.

2 people found this review helpful.

CnS Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CnS Pipes (39)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I am a huge Mac Baren fan for many reason but the number reason is for there high quality in fine tobacco. When it comes to the top dogs of awesome pipe tobacco blends Mac Baren hits it right on the head and for Black Ambrosia I am very impressed if your looking for a good all black cavendish based pipe tobacco. Mac Baren makes modern cavendish and I love the stuff its what makes most of there blends so unique, it has a wonderful fruity undertone that does not rule the mixture and the tangy Virginia tobacco shines in it ever so lightly but you lnow its there. I know burley is used but I am assuming its to help with the burn rate because I do not detect it but Mac Baren says its in there. This blend is very smooth and smokes on the lighter side but as you carry on it has depth to it and will become robust near the end but does not become over powering. I love there liquor toppings they use because when you smoke Black Ambrosia that is also present, I cannot make out what it is and I could not even guess because I know there is actually quite abit they put into there topping but I'm ok with it because the taste is right on the dot. I first purchased this blend because I enjoy there modern cavendish so I wanted to smoke something that they used a majority of that type of tobacco and Black Ambrosia provides that, they purposely made a pipe tobacco that one could savor there Cavendish so that alone is a reason to smoke this of your a fan. Sweet, smooth and tangy this hands down is one of Mac Baren's smoothest blends they make and the bite factor is very low but then again I do not have a bite problem with there tobaccos because if you smoke your pioe like a gentleman the lady that is Mac Baren will dance with you and kiss you right back (catch what I'm sayin) as with most Virginia's or certain types of pipe tobaccos the key is always just take it easy, no rush and enjoy, tounge bite is mostly always 95% caused by the smoker not the tobacco, Mac Baren is not the tounge bite kings there the kings in high quality pipe tobaccos that taste and smoke awesome!!! Even a novice pipe smoker can enjoy these superior blends if you just take it easy and smoke it slow, cool and like a gentleman the tobacco will absolutely behave itself with proper technique and to each there own. I highly recommend this fine pipe tobacco blend and so will those around you because the room note is unique amd smells awesome!!! The nicotine level is moderate as with most Mac Baren products so it will creep up on you but this blend is pretty forgiving and carries little weight in that regard. To find a good deal and purchase a tin of this today, no matter the bogus reviews you have read this blend is one of a kind and taste great, I just simply love the stuff. Thanks for reading my review and God bless you greatly and God bless America (where making it great again) stand up for your smoking rights and support your American tobacco growers.

Pipe Used: Peterson CnS Pipes

Age When Smoked: 39

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (72)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

About a decade ago, when I lived another state, I would purchase BA, Symphony, Plumcake,Roll Cake and Gold of Denmark. Of these BA and Roll Cake I smoked most often. I got away from the MB line and started exploring Newminster and really fell in love with OTCs like Velvet and Blenders Gold. Only recently did I return to Black Ambrosia. My second impression of it was that it was way too sweet,rough and perhaps a little nippy.After jarring a tin full for several months I cracked it open tonight and gave it a go. All I can say is wow. This mixture mellows considerably well and didn't overpower the senses. Very smooth, hint of sweetness with the right amount of smokiness and very pleasant mouth feel. A little nutty, but the Virginias really shine without dominating the experience. Behaved well and didn't wane in flavor. Rubbing out before packing really brings out the sweetness and nuasences. It also kept the spiciness in the black cav at bay. Very good indeed. Air before jarring reccomended. UPDATE 6-29-17 I was thinking about ordering some more BA, but when checking P&C the MacBaren classic tins are nowhere to be found. What is available is in bulk (ie Original Choice) or tin selection is slim. Is Black Ambrosia going away. If so grab whatever you can before it's gone. I did find a Sutliff bulk that might be similar called Black Cordial which I'll order next pay period. Until then this will remain a mystery.

Pipe Used: Corncob

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Please Note: I am trying to work off my back log of tobaccos i have tried years and years ago. In most cases i have no clue anymore when. Or who produced it back in the day. Also my memories are faded by time and those reviews are based mostly on my notes but sometimes i have a current tin for comparison as well:

I guess there is a reason for all the ambiguous reviews as this blend just is that. Ambiguous. Being far from a bad blend in casings or tobaccos used it still does leave you with a so-so mind about it.

Yes, it is of undefined fruit, even tho back in the day it was labeled as a Caramel / Mocca blend for a while. I have no idea how that came to pass really. To me it always was a very sweet something-something fruit/vanilla blend. It did not bite tongue and had nice burning properties but needed some encouragement to take on the initial light. The room note was very nice and the pouch very yielding, as i would get out loads of bowls from it.

But that's really it. I believe there is nothing more to say about this blend. Except that i do recommend it because there is nothing wrong with it either. Plus i think a beginner would have some fun with it.

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

Age When Smoked: They don't print production dates on it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This is a very mild blend that is tasty with a balanced flavor spectrum. It is so mild that I occasionally start to relight only to find that it is burning fine. But then it states on the tin that it is a light tobacco, so I am not faulting it for that. The tobacco that I am smoking was relatively dry out of the factory sealed package. For an aromatic it burns surprisingly dry and cool. It smokes so cool that I am surprised that I haven't burned my tongue puffing on this so much trying to get more body out of it. If you like light and mild tobaccos, this would be a good candidate. The flavoring is just right, not too much or too little. The taste for me is vanilla primarily. The quality of the tobacco seems to be very good, as I didn't see or feel any tough leaf midribs or veins in the mix.

Pipe Used: Captain Black billiard

Age When Smoked: ~10 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Tplumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tplumm (39)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This reminds me of W.O. Larsen Old fashioned and the Planta pear 2006 in that it's a really full tobacco flavor with the addition of some subtle toppings (fruit and vanilla predominantly). I was initially pretty excited, but it burns pretty hot to me and can be rather bitey with some bitterness at the last 1/4 of the bowl and leaves a nasty aftertaste.

Pipe Used: many

Age When Smoked: fresh and again at a year

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipenick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipenick (27)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Black Ambrosia...reminds my lot of Peterson Luxury Blend.Almost same fruity taste but Petersons has more character.Nice room note,thick rich smoke,nicotin level should be higher.The fruity taste last almost to end of the bowl.Decent blend but it lacks something...Petersons Luxury blend has it and it is called Burley.No bite as some might think from MB blend. Even smoke.

Pipe Used: Big Ben's Bulldog and Stanwell Sterling

Age When Smoked: Straight from tin

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

Similar Blends: Peterson Luxury blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I was not a fan of Black Ambrosia. I have been smoking MacBaren's for over a decade so I know to smoke dead slow or in the case of Plumcake, use a filter to avoid the flamethrower but BA is flavorless and has no Nic hit I can detect and that's the two reasons I smoke a pipe. BA has the usual MB fruity honey aroma with the usual Virginia and Black Cavendish ribbon mix and is certainly not offending but bland. Since its not terrible I will give it 2 stars but with so many tobacco's on the market being great why bother with mediocre...

1 person found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (76)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I find this tobacco slightly disappointing. It started off okay, but over a two week period the tobacco gradually dried out, and as it dried the flavors gradually disappeared. Initially it had quite a good combination of various tobacco tastes and smells - a bit earthy and dark. Later much of the initial taste became subdued - it still had an earthy taste, but I didn't find it particularly attractive.

Initially it tasted slightly aromatic, burned quite well and left a pleasing clean white ash. No wetness.

What I did notice is that it gives me a feeling of hot tongue and inflamed throat. Strange because I haven't experienced a hot starched throat with any other tobacco. I've smoked it again today and again I got slightly scorched throat.

I don't like this tobacco. It's combination of tastes and flavors seems a little unbalanced, many tastes disappeared with drying, and gave hot tongue and throat.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Gustaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gustaw (5)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Mhmm... That's a goodie. Flavoured virginia and cavendish make here a good blend. Firstly, the black colour, then the smell, which is sweet thanks to casing. But what casing takes is the taste of tobacco, which is not a rule considering Black Ambrosia. If you smoke it slowly and not too hot you'll get a nice smoke, getting sweeter throughout the bowl. I think this might be one of the top among aromatics.

1 person found this review helpful.

atman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atman (7)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Fill my list of tested blends. I tasted this once... remove it from my wishlist.

(Please correct the following problems: my review must be at least 25 words long)

1 person found this review helpful.

erkantural Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erkantural (10)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tin aroma is absolutely fantastic. A day or two days after the tin was opened, I've decided to give it a try. I fill it into a fine briar and lit it up. And yes room note is also super like the tin aroma. But wait, it's supposed to give me pleasure not just to the others.

I've tried different packings in density and dryness, different pipes. It's wet and sticky all the time with severe tongue bite. Maybe it was me who missed something but not a pleasant experience at all.

Purchased From: Istanbul Ataturk Airport

1 person found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Very Mild Extra Strong Very Mild Pleasant

This was one of the first tins of tobacco I ever purchased. I remember at the time I loved it. Well... Time has most certainly changed me. Now all this blend gives me is a sore tongue and a sticky pipe. Low quality tobacco covered up by a cheap chemical casing. Highly Highly NOT recomended.

1 person found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Extremely Mild Strong Mild Strong

Another starter blend I tried way back when.

Like others, I wan't as experienced as now, and enjoyed how the tobacco smelt. Didn't really think of taste and strength.

Now things have changed, as I look for the quality out of the tin, which was very hay stackish. It was way too cased for my liking. I prefer the natural taste of Virginias which this does not have, sadly.

All opinions put to side, good for a starting tobacco and a good room pleaser.

Pipe Used: H.I.S Egg

Purchased From: Local Shop (J & R Fielding Co.)

1 person found this review helpful.

AlexanderM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexanderM (1)
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

[Disclaimer] I'm a beginner at pipe smoking, and the selection of blends I've tried as of yet is very limited. [/Disclaimer]

Of all the blends I've tried, I feel this one is the poorest. Even after drying I have a hard time lighting it. Once its lit I feel only a vague sugary taste, a sweetness that lingers on the tip of the tongue and no tobacco at all. While its not unpleasant, its rather insubstantial - I found myself wondering: "why am I smoking this?", which is not what I desire when I sit down to enjoy a bowl of tobacco. A pity that the taste is so flat, considering the lovely tin aroma of dried fruit. I'll not be buying this again.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum, briar.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kerpap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerpap (14)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This cloud has a silver lining...

POSITIVE: read the silver lining below.

NEGATIVE: Boring flavor. room note is OK. Flavors don't develop. over all pretty bland and boring.

SILVER LINING: I had purchased some Mac Baren Vanilla cream after I got the black ambrosia. I decided I didn't want to waste it so I mixed the two on a whim. to be honest the vanilla cream is a bit TOO vanilla for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this. both tobaccos came together and made up for the boring bland black ambrosia. the flavor was outstanding. it was a rich creamy smoke that had a tangy after taste that lingered for some time that made my mouth water. I am not sure what caused this but I may even consider buying another tin and making this blend again.

Overall, not worth buying. (unless you want to try my blend.)

1 person found this review helpful.

JustOneforMe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustOneforMe (28)
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Objective: Sticky, highly cased, good price for the amount of tobacco offered.

Subjective: This stuff bites the tongue and has a nice aroma, but tastes like garbage.

1 person found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

In springtime it happens I'm moved to experience some aromatics, possibly avoiding the most heavily cased. My "tobacco bar" is currently offering me the following aromatics to taste (in order of appearance):

1. Ashton's #6

2. Amphora's Black Cavendish

3. Peterson's Gold Blend

4. Mac Baren's Gold of Denmark (coming from Haejenius/Amsterdam)

5. Troost Sliced (also coming from H/A)

6. Mac Baren's Golden Ambrosia

I start from the last one, having bought it just Monday, when I found myself accidentally without any tobacco in my pocket and finding myself very much pleased with consecutive bowls of BA, and I mean very much indeed ! I'm working it with the same pipe till the opening of the pouch, a black Savinelli Spigot, straight bulldog, filtered 9mm.

To cut it short BA is described in the pouch to be blended MAINLY with Virginias "carefully toasted to bring out a tasty and sweet Cavendish" with some very special yellow Virginia. I don't see but a word about Burley, but the term MAINLY seems to hide a (very) minor part of different tobaccos: a cased Burley seems to be the possible best candidate.

The smell of the pouch aroma suggests vanilla, nuts, dried fruits: a sort of "muessli" (know what I mean?). The visual thing is a beautiful contrast of almost black, dark brown (coffee) with few light brown and blonde flecks. One could think: what the heck am I gonna smoking ? And that's is not happening: You are not going to smoke that combination of pouch aroma and colours only. The smoke is extremely well balanced, and yes! It's TOBACCO, of the best quality IMHO, with hints of everything above (not the colours, of course). So good that I must impose myself to slow down, but not for avoiding the famous McBite. At every rate BA does not bite, nor turns bitter, only a salty note that's not that bad. To be noted that the tobacco is not wet, and not dry, it's perfect to be smoked. No goop. No tainted pipe.

Comparisons with 2. and 4., which are waiting me opened in the cabinet, seem obvious.

As far as and aromatic of future choice in rotation, I fully subscribe three full stars.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Very Mild Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

2 stars because of the good tobaccos used, but the extreme flavouring puts me off. I've smoked some bowls and then left the pouch somewhere around home; it popped up from a drawer months later and, believe it or not, it was still as fresh as when I first opened the pouch. Incredible!

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Bosančeros Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bosančeros (3)
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

When I was buying my first pipe I asked tobacconist what beginners tobacco does he recommend to me and it was Mac Baren Original Choise and Black Ambrosia. first few bowls of BA seemed to me a little harsh on my tongue and interestingly flavored.I did get a lot of tongue bite but it was due to my lack of smoking technique.Later when I learned to employ the breath method tounge bites stopped and I could experience the true tobacco as it is for me and this is my opinion. This is mild citrusy flavored tobacco with bland taste but still a little harsh on tongue like some chemical reaction.It is ok to try but nothing special for me.Would not buy it again.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: do not know

Purchased From: Tobacco shop Mestre,Venice

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rafalgdansk87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rafalgdansk87 (12)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

It burns good, aroma is correct, but anyway it's nothing special. In my opinion this tobacco is quite boring. Good choice if someone don't like full, sweet aromas. For me it's flat. There are many better aromatic tobaccos from Mac Baren.

Pipe Used: Angelo Lovat

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Straight Virginia, pure Black Cavendish or flavored mixture? How can you classify this blend? The composition is Black Cavendish (flavored) with a hint of light Virginia. In my opinion this is not a mixture and this is not a straight Virginia. Practically this is a pure flavored Black Cavendish. There is a little bit of Virginia, but it is uninfluential. The taste is good and sweet but in my opinion this is more a blending tobacco than a real proper mixture. In my personal system rating (from 1 to 10), my score is 7 and two and a half stars.

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ShadowFox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ShadowFox (8)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

It's an interesting blend. Good, but mild. I like it, and it leaves a subtle after taste. I'd give it three stars, but I find it a bit to gentle for my taste. But I would definitely recommend it, especially to beginners. Personally I wouldn't have this one for a daily smoke, but it's definitely good for every now and then.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cyan; Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

It is almost not fair to call this an aromatic, because there is just not much here other than the tin note to enjoy. While this cavendish makes a fine addition to other blends, on its own, even with the "fruit" essence, it is just not very tasty or rewarding to smoke.

It is a very chunky ribbon cut cavendish. The tin aroma is very nice, although to me it smells more like vanilla than fruit, and I really get no fruit flavor in the smoking either. It dries readily, but can be tough to pack in small pipes due to the large, chunky nature of the pieces. Lighting is more of a chore than average, but once lit burns steadily, with periodic relights and tamping.

The flavor upon lighting is mild, and goes downhill from there. There is a sweet cavendish flavor, like a high quality Captain Black, and that's about it. The taste actually thins shortly thereafter to a whispy sweet VA taste, which while not unpleasant, is too light to warrant the effort. This is very one-dimensional, with no complexity or depth, and really does not change or improve throughout the bowl. Perhaps this makes sense as this is essentially a constituent tobacco that has been used for the vast majority of this mixture, but it just does not stand up on its own. It burns cleanly and without goop, no small feat for a black cavendish, and will not ruin a pipe in short order (although I think if you smoked this consistently in one pipe you probably would not want to switch to something else, like a VAPER, in the same bowl).

If you are a huge fan of black cavendish and are looking to up your game from the cheap drugstore iterations, this is probably made for you. IF you are looking for an enjoyable, complex aromatic this is a waste of time, and MB offers many other, tastier, more complex smokes that are equally light on the tongue (like any of the 7 Seas blends).

I think if you doctored this up it could be very good indeed. While i generally am loathe to do so, because that's cheating, in this case some latakia and burley would make a world of difference. Or you could just buy Sillim's Black and be done with it.

Pipe Used: Radice Oil Cured Twin Bore Silk Cut Boatman

Age When Smoked: 4 years

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Volk219 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Volk219 (6)
Medium to Strong Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco was my first experience in pipe smoking. To tell you the truth, I did not like it. Maybe it was because I had a new pipe. Maybe because of the taste and smell. It was a while back, so all I remember was it hitting me hard (new to smoking) as well as a certain smell I did not really like. Even later, when pipe was fully broken-into, I still did not like this tobacco. Anyway, all I can say based on my limited knowledge of tobacco is that this tobacco is not for people who are new to this.

Pipe Used: Big Ben Classic Line

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Humidor

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Silent Soliloquy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silent Soliloquy (16)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Strong

Update: within about a month the taste degrades majorly into common cigarette smoke unfortunately.

To be brief, this is cavendish pushed to it's best possible taste (from which you understand I am not a fan of cavendishes). What do we get?

Even smoking experience through the process. Flavour is tobacco, lemon, a bit of fruit and a bit of cream. Interestingly, I got lemon in one briar and cream in the other with almost no lemon. Sugary notes reminiscent of orientals are there too, but flavouring is not intimidating. You are smoking tobacco, not a fruitcake with this one. Taste is consistent all through the smoking process. Of course in the tin it smells great, which aromatic doesn't?

Nicotine is there above what is average for an aromatic, but not much for a straight baccy.

It bites very mildly if you push it. A bit more if you cycle smoke through your nose, but nothing too bad and goes right away. Aftertaste in the mouth is pleasant, fresh.

Burns to even whitish ash, actually so fine that if you're puffing hard, you might end up sucking some in towards the end, it's just that fine. Burns fast. Took some rekindling though. A cool smoker. Smoke itself is not thick, so your room clears up in no time and it's not the best choice to blow them rings...

You do not get the taste of burnt paper, which is common (to my palette) with cheap aromatics. A major plus. It isn't bitter.

Why am I giving it only 2 stars? Cavendish disadvantages of quick burn, ashy, are still there. If that is a non issue for you - this is a refreshing, refined, interesting tobacco above store stuff. A definite compliment to Mac Baren for putting a major effort into this, which paid off.

Room note: cigarette smoke quite a bit, though what you catch with your nose out of the pipe is rather pleasant.

Pipe Used: neerup briar, sahin briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Duty Free Shop (got as a present)

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FP Stew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FP Stew (20)
Medium Medium Overwhelming Pleasant

This is my first 1 Star Rating review and I must say that I have really tried to see if there is redemption for this blend ... I can not find any.

I purchased this tin from my favorite Brick & Mortar Shop about a 2 years ago the name caught my attention. I recently saw it in my cellar and thought, "Why haven't I smoked this one very much" I remembered that I had purchased it for blending and this week I was in the blending mood so I needed a bowl to revisit the flavor profile .... Now I remember why I only had one bowl previously and there will not be a third.

The only redeeming quality to this tobacco is the charring light. It is sweet and inviting; that is where it ends!! Within 10 puffs you are wishing the initial flavors would be there but they never come back. (I guess if, you only have time for 3 or 4 puffs, this is an "okay good" blend.)

However, IF you hang with this one through the entire bowl you are left with the "soapy" taste hanging on your palate as you are thinking about how long it will take to recover from the bite ... and you are asking yourself, "why didn't I stop after the charring light??"

As for blending, I can't see adding good tobacco with this one. There is just too much wrong and I would not want to wreck other good tobacco ... Mac Baren, I am truly sorry to only be able to give you 1 star. I do enjoy some of your other offerings as stand alone blends or as anchors in some of my home blends.

Now I am left with a "100 gram tin - two bowls" ... is there a market for that?? FREE to anyone that asks ... And one more thing ... If you are by chance new to the pipe smoking world ... Please don't let this blend sour you to our wonderful pass time!! Happy Smoke Trails

Pipe Used: Stanwell Bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: New & Aged 2 years old

Purchased From: JR Fielding, Shoreview, MN, USA

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Amsteracqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amsteracqua (22)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I have still 40gr of the 100 gr tin, but I dont feel the "ambrosia"... This tobacco is mild, but tends a bite (this is no occured in my smoke), This is my second blend from Mac Baren's blends and I'm not convinced, I will prove others blends from this house... around this blend I can say would be better if these tins were made ​​in tins of 50 g. The smell are amazing, the taste are common, your burn is irregular... I will not buy this blend another time. There are others aromatic blends better than this and more cheap.

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pipeclubsi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeclubsi (10)
Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

Very good room note; although my wife nags about any tobacco smell. Smokes fairly well. Needs a well start as it tends to go out at the beginning due to sugarish cavendish. It can be a bit harsh for a beginner but it doesn't produce much condense. I'd say it's a fair smoke but not among the favorites for me. I like to change the tobaccos often so it always stays interesting experience to puff the evening away, usually with a good drink with it.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Mignon

Age When Smoked: 43

Purchased From: Slovenia Kompas shop

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Malus Rex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Malus Rex (9)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

If you've suffered through my other reviews, you may be trying to purge from your memory that Davidoff's Scottish Mixture was my first premium/tinned tobacco after being cruelly abused by aromatic bulk brand jarred tobaccos from unscrupulous tobacco shop counters. Dunhill's Nightcap was the English mixture that I clutched to my chest as having showed me a pipe smoker's glimpse of paradise.

Mac Baren's Black Ambrosia is the tobacco that let me forgive aromatics. Sweet, yet smooth. Yes, you can get a third degree case of tongue bite from it if pushed too hard. Just try to be smarter than the tobacco & your box of matches!! I wanted something with a sweetness and yet didn't want to smoke Kool-Aid. I needed a room note that wouldn't send the dog or wife running for cover, or banish me to the back porch. ( Well, too late on that one...). When I lit Black Ambrosia, the neighbor actually looked over the fence & said , "She might let you back in the house with that one."

Can praise for an aromatic be any higher? So smooth, your wife may let you BACK IN!!

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

As aromatics go, this is not a bad aromatic at all. It is dry in the pouch and easy to light and smoke. The flavour has a certain darkness to it, which is appealing. The MacBaren virtues of impeccable ingredients and production are evident throughout. I am no smoker of aromatics, but I found use for my pouch in taming some strong (in nicotine) but otherwise bland tobaccos. A few piches suffice. Recommended to the aromatics smoker, but cautiously to others.

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BlacksmithTim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BlacksmithTim (7)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

My non-smoking friends love the smell of the unburnt tobacco and the room note. I keep this around when smoking sociably. Usually after a cook out by the fire.

I found it burns a little hot so it is best "sipped".

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RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A wonderful looking blend of Virginia Tobacco. All varying lengths of cut ribbons from smaller, tight darker ribbons to lighter, longer shades of brown. The tin note is a pleasant fragrance of maybe a mix of raisins and vanilla and something of some fruit?

Packs well, and burns pretty thoroughly with a light pack and a slight tamp. This blend for my puffing pace left a slight bit of wet dottle in the bottom, but not goopy, just some dampened ash in the varying pipes I have tried. The tobacco itself burnt pretty good. The tobacco is a mild-medium flavor, sometimes sweet, sometimes stronger. It has a quality that another likened to Rattray's Dark fragrant, and it is like that but just a bit of a stronger DF. This was one of my first pipe tobacco's when I first started a couple of years ago, so it will always be in my rotation. I liked it, it has a nice room-note, and is a good smoker and on side-note, I didn't get any bite, but again, like most tobaccos I have tried, it does get a bit more acrid at the last 1/4 of the bowl.

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MrPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPiper (30)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

First, I like aromatics. This one is rich, has a fruity tin aroma and is a very pleasant smoke. It's better if you dry it out a bit. That is similar to my other experience with MacBaren products. They are a bit wet upon opening the tin.

Also note that this is not "GOOPY" aromatic as some suggest. The base tobacco here is 100% virginia according to the label and the manufacturer's website. All virginias are sugary and going to bite if you smoke them with intensity. The actual tobacco here is very high quality, and it performs just like a pure virginia.

Smoke this one slowly. A leisure pace is pleasantly rewarded. I like it and buy it occasionally.

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

Gave this blend a retry last week. Rehydrated it and had three or four bowls. Even though it was rehydrated it was still pretty good. The citrus flavour came out well still and it didn't give any tongue bite. Love the all Virginia blend. The Cavendish from VA mixed with a bit of loose cut light VA. Good anytime blend.

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (76)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Black Ambrosia is a stoved Virginia to which Bright or Lemon Virginia leaf has been added for contrast. It is a ribbon cut of varying lengths and top dressed in what smells like licorice and vanilla. The moisture content is perfect and, say what you will about Mac Barens, they create a nice presentation in and out of the tin, providing high quality leaf in a good quantity at a reasonable price. Now this tobacco reminds me of Rattrey's Dark Fragrant without the spice of Perique. The top dressings on both play a small to insignificant role in the taste department. This is a stoved or toasted Virginia doing what stoved Virginia leaf does – it provides a mild, subtly sweet and not overly complex smoke. There are some nice nut-like flavors that develop. However, this tobacco must be sipped to be enjoyed. I find too that if it becomes hot, loosening the tobacco in the bowl with a pick brings the temp down and improves the flavor profile. Like Rattrey's Dark Fragrant, MB's Black Ambrosia is not in the same category as the black aromatic tobaccos found in drug stores. This tobacco will not foul your pipe with goop, or leave your taste buds burned out with heat or candy. Like Rattrey's this is a unique presentation of VA leaf that above all else has been toasted, bringing all the unique flavors that that imparts. This tobacco will have a place in my rotation just as a variety of VA flakes do.

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bence Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bence (34)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Burning with a big smoke and its got milky taste over the sweet dip. Not bad, but forgottable.

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hockey01 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hockey01 (29)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I gotta' tell you, I have not been a big fan of Mac Baren blends, generally speaking. I can tolerate the "Symphony" blend, which I smoke once in awhile, and the only reason I bought a tin of "Black Ambrosia" was because the retailer had a sale going on Mac Baren tobaccos; and because I like aromatics, I decided to give this one a try.

The tobacco was a bit dry coming out of the tin but not terribly so. The tobacco itself looked wonderful in the tin, a nice mixture of black to blonde ribbons, and the aroma was decent but not what I would call ambrosial. To my nose anyway, all European blended tobaccos have an aroma that sets them apart from American blends--sort of a grassy, musty, hay-like smell. I have a number of Canadian relatives (and yes, I realize that Canada is not in Europe) who smoke Canadian cigarettes and I get that same sort of odor from their cigarette smoke. Ummm, not really that pleasant.

At any rate, packing the pipe was easy and, probably because the tobacco was a bit dry in the tin, it was very easy to light and keep lit throughout the smoke. As for taste, this blend is nearly tasteless; so if you don't want to experience a mouthful of heavy tobacco taste, this is a good blend for you. The room note is nice (and there's that hay-like smell of Virginia tobacco again.) With Mac Baren blends, you usually need to be careful of tongue bite but the Black Ambrosia had none and I think that had to do with the fact that the baccy was somewhat dry and didn't take a lot of huffing and puffing to keep it lit. So if you want to avoid t/b, you may want to dry this blend out a bit if it isn't already.

Not a memorable smoke by any means but not too bad for Mac Barens and it may give me the courage to try some of their other offerings.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (60)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The smell out of the tin is a bit overwhelming. I like my smoke to be sweet and rich, but the smell of this just kind of turned my stomach for some reason.

Packing it is easy, and it holds to a flame well. No relights were required for me, and it burned into a nice, fine ash.

The taste itself is kind of meh at best, with not a lot of tobacco flavor. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't exactly taste good, either. And once again, the overall taste kind of put me off, as I got a lot of black licorice, and I'm not really a fan of that. If this was just vanilla flavored, I'd love it. But I feel there is too many things mixed in, and it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

I liked the fact that it's a very effortless smoke with no bite, and it burns nice and cool.

If you're looking for something.. different, then give it a whirl.

Update : I noticed that once some air got in the tin, it took away some of that heavy smell I was greeted with when I first opened it. Now it smells a lot better, however, there is no real taste to it. It just tastes of.. nothing, really, and it gets boring very quickly.

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

For those who enjoy extremely sweet aromatic, this is the best you can find, sweet black Cavendish CASED WITH HONEY, VANILLA, toffee and Caramel, it is delicious! very sweet and very mild, dry and easy burning, with no bite, wonderful aroma, and very social smoke.

only for those who enjoy sweet tobacco.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I am a fan of many of Mac Baren's offerings; Burley London Blend, Navy Flake, Plumcake, Scottish Mixture, Virginia No. 1. All in my first string line up. As far as their aromatics go, I occasionally smoke their Honey Chocolate and Vanilla Cream, but not on any regular basis.

I seem to have more of a time keeping Black Ambrosia lit - even after what I consider sufficient drying. Perhaps it is the casing, which to me smells like black licorice in the tin. Not a bad thing, but perhaps a bit over done. There is also very little tobacco flavor with this one. I can't taste much of the casing as I smoke it, nor can I really smell it like I do their other blends in this category. Initially, the room note is pleasing to all, but after the pipe has been out a while, the room smells a bit like a cigarette ash tray. Not a good thing for me.

The tin aroma is one of the best I have ever smelled. It packs well, there is no bite and little moisture, but I abhor the smell of an old ashtray, and therefore don't anticipate this being a regular.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I had to re-hydrate my packet, it'd been on the shelf for a while and even longer in my cellar. I'm on a bit of a rediscovery of aromatics at the moment...I find they have a crucial space in my daily selection.

Why do so many people's Yuk!...its bites because it's a MacB? Well MacB have a long solid reputation. They know about their reputation for a wee bite. But they still choose to blend the blends the way they do....and...they still sell very well over many decades. It's a little self-inflating and somewhat carping of us smokers to say it's 'crap'.

B.Amb is a lovely soft, good, tasty aromatic, very similar to Vanilla Cream but with only a touch of vanilla, it's fruity and and salty, it dose not bite much for an aro, and... is a great in between smoke throughout the day. It is NOT soapy, NOR is it overly sweet. It is mild yet with a good natural baccy taste...all the way to the bottom. It is a stroll in the park aromatic, a hot sunny day or a nippy winter's afternoon aromatic.

And lastly it reminds me that I should never pay any attention to pipe smokers on TRev's that say stuff like; "this is total crap and a complete waste of money"! If you are a pipe smoker worth is never a 'waste' to purchase a new packet of baccy...particularly from a top Danish company like MacB. 3.5 stars for a solid aromatic. Yet again another MacB to add to my cellar.

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YoungPuffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
YoungPuffer (5)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

Well, this is my first review. I am relatively new to pipe smoking and this is one of the first blends that I bought. I hvae been smoking it on a regular basis now for a year and I think I have finally just begun to really enjoy it. BA reminds me of chocolate covered berries with maybe a little nuttiness inthe mix every once in a while. I have really come to enjoy this tobacco, but, as with all MB blends, you must take the time to learn how to smoke them where they are enjoyable, and this one takes a while, for me at least. Overall, i think this can be an enjoyable blend for the aromatic lover like myself. I would def pick up a puch and try it at least once. Some seem to hate it and others seem to really like it, it is by no means my favorite, but it is good.

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geocritter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geocritter (20)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a tin of Black Ambrosia just to try a Mac Baren blend. I kind of like this one; doesn't bite as bad as I was afraid it would. I like the sweet taste, which is kind of like cotton candy, as is the room note. There is a complex undertone in there that I can't quite figure out, though, a perfum-y smell.

Room note is BEAUTIFUL, for a bit. However, on settling out and oxidizing, it's not all that great, but at least it's pretty mild.

I like this one. I wouldn't want it full time, but it's a nice switchup.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've been smoking this a lot lately. If it's the only tin in the car... well, you get the idea. Hey, this isn't all that bad. My tin is now several years old and has been open for almost a year and heretofore ignored. My experience is that it mellowed nicely, is NOT over the top flavored and makes a nice, though generic aromatic smoke. The flavoring is vaguely fruity, not much there (by this time in the tin's life). Sweet? not much more than many other MacB's. My early notes on this tend to agree with previous reviewers. All I can say is that if you dislike it, try the same tin again next year. It tones down. I got my tin at a closeout; I doubt I'd buy it again, but I'll enjoy the rest of what I have.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

They changed this blend since I tried it over 12 years ago. A blend of a black cav. base and a smidgen of bright virginias. A top note of vanilla. This is similiar in fragrance to that blend I think is called PLanta Black & Bourbon. This is not to my liking. I don't care for vanilla blends. Most importantly this is rather bland and characterless in terms of taste and aroma when butning. The vanilla top note disappears almost immediately. It is almost like puffing on warm air and that's it, no flavor.

I preferred this way back when I first tried it. Back then it was sort of Mac's version a tangy, dark stoved virginia, sweetend danish style. It was rather intnsely sweet, with intense tangy fig overtones and in the flavor, but not that goopy. This had huge flavor in comparisen to it's mild strength. I was looking to get back to smoke this, attack of the sweet tooth. Oh yeah, the belnd was a little different in that it had a smidgen of burley ribbon instead of the current bright, which I thought did not bring anything to the blend, but did not harm it either. Off to find something else.

Not Recommended

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The only reason I gave this blend two stars is for the quality of the tobaccos. Might be an all-day smoke for some due to the minimal strength. Maybe I can find something to mix this with to use it up. I will update if I figure out how...

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Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (40)
Extremely Mild Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

As a fan of Mac Baren's blends I decided to take Black Ambrosia for a test drive. According to their web site, this blend is their sweetest aromatic so be warned those of you who hate sweet aromatics!

I bought a nice Grabow (oxymoron?) to try this blend in...primarily so I would not contaminate by high grades that are dedicated to more sophisticated blends...and to be able to taste just the Black Ambrosia without the flavors of blends gone by.

Upon opening the tin I noticed the smell is similar to Captain Black (white pouch). It is probably the stickiest (most heavily cased?) blend I have tried. The moisture content is less than most of Mac Baren's blends being an almost dry tobacco. Most of the leaves are black and sticky with a few light brown leaves accenting the tin.

According to the description on the tin, this is a VA and Burley blend but all I can taste (I am smoking some as I write this) is the casing. The flavor is sweet but not overpowering like Skandinavik's Vanilla Cavendish. When first puffed the smoke is dry, cool and sweet. The finish (aftertaste) leaves a slight salty sensation but no corruption of the palate (see Skandinavik's Vanilla for that except replace sour for salt). I can also tell you from my unpleasant experience that this blend does NOT go well with the hazelnut coffee I am drinking while I write this, so let my misfortune be to your benefit!

This tobacco burns cooler than most of the other MB blends however it seems to burn a lot faster which could be the toasted burley that is the obvious dominant leaf in this blend.

So if you like a sweet aromatic, just want something that will smell nice, want something to switch off to, or are just starting out, this is a fine blend. If you like straight tobacco taste then avoid this one.

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (32)
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

OK Here goes and some of you may not like it... I think this is kind of the uprgrade from Captain Black White for those that don't like the harsh chemical feel left on your gums by the drugstore classic ( like me ) Lesser in streaght and in sting but just as in offenssive and with less moisture wich is kind of nice. Also just as easy to find in any town ( just not at every drugstore ) so I guess it takes the place of CB white when ever possible. Not spectacular but if you read my review of CB white and add the positive aspects I think its one to keep on hand for those times you need something to take out on the town that won't offend non smokers. I wanted to add that this tobacco is sticky yet dry and barky and like to be packed well

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