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A roll-cake tobacco, spun from rich, matured Virginia and choice cavendish tobaccos giving Club Blend its medium strength and delightful aroma.

Notes: Introduced in 1955.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsCavendish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (81)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Update. Initially underwhelming, this tobacco has gone to the top of my rotation. Spicey marshmallow yum. It IS best in a fairly large bowl, smoked slow.

Actually, I can't say enough good things about this tobacco. It is a Va/Per in disguise, or something. It compares favorably with Escudo - Mac Baren's patented spicey cavendish mimicing a perique-y flavor. It is just slightly sweetened, so if Escudo is a bit medicinal, or "dry" in finish for you, try a tin of club.

I'm hard pressed to pick between this and Dark Twist. If I was ordering 100 lbs of tobacco, club would probably get the nod. ---------------------------------------------------------------

Well, I like Mac Baren stuff, it turns out. Learning to smoke Mac Baren products allows you to enjoy them tremendously, as well as to enjoy other, more forgiving tobaccos more. Mac Baren tobaccos aren't particularly forgiving, and I feel sorry for people who can't get around hot bowls and tongue bite.

If you do slow down, fiddle with the packing, and get these blends to work for you, then they are just magical. The idea of more flavor, more spice, more latakia, etc just down't apply. You are looking for nuances of marshmallow, honey, plums, rum, or whatever, depending on the blend.

Club is pretty straightforward. A little peppery and fairly light and sweet. Nice on a fall day.

I rub the coins right out and dry it just a bit. Then just smoke it real slow. A big bowl of club leaves me very satisfied, but not wobbly, which means there isn't much nicotine, really, because I am fairly sensitive to it.

So, if you hate Roll Cake and Dark Twist, forget this stuff, but if other Mac B products have been enjoyable for you, then by all means, enjoy the coins and enjoy having people watch you rubbing and fiddling and setting up your pipe, old school.

14 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Mac Baren - Club Blend.

Lets begin with the opening of it: it has a similar aroma to the dark twist that I find pleasant. The rolls themselves are nicely sized and are very easy to rub out and fill with as they hold just the right amount of moisture.

It’s very easy to light and once lit it does not require many re-lights. The smoke is like a dichotomy between sweetness and spiciness which is very nice and it also doesn't burn too hot. I didn't get any bite but different tobaccos bite different people! The smoke is of a nice strength and I can detect the Cavendish in it which I adore! The room note gets much appreciation from all around. It really is pleasurable indeed!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

11 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really gave Club Blend the "old college try." I smoked it in meers, and briars of various size and quality. Only in a large briar -- and only once -- did this tobacco reveal its glory.

But once is not enough. All the other times, Club Blend bit my tongue ferociously.

This tobacco looks great; nice spun coins of golden Virginia with a cavendish center. Smells nice in the tin, too. So, if you are looking for a visually pleasant, nice smelling tobacco, have at it.

Unfortunately, the smoking experience falls far short of its looks and tin aroma.

I enjoy many MacBaren tobaccos, just not this one.

UPDATE: Other reviewers (including Sasquatch) have recommended smoking MacBaren tobaccos very slowly, and drying it out before firing it up. I did so, and what an improvement! Now I smoke this almost daily.

This is a pretty mild Virginia with a cavendish core. As stated by others, it has a nice room note. In fact, my wife commented on how pleasant it smelled, and said it reminded her of roasted marshmallows. I agree, and it tastes somewhat the same!

I was going to wait to update my earlier review until finishing the entire tin...I'm half-way done now. But I thought it best to correct the record at this time. Maybe I will further update my thoughts after completing the tin.

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

11 people found this review helpful.

babysinister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
babysinister (51)
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This for me is an addictive blend. One of the mildest yet tastiest I've smoked. (Disclaimer: I'm not a cigarette-replacing, nic digging perfervid puffer of strong tobacco.) I like subtlety and nuance. And this one is incredibly nuanced. I rub the curly buggers thoroughly, let them sit overnight, and then light them up. It's complex and unpredictable. That I like. Sometimes it's subtle sometimes more in your face, but still complex and nuanced. A sphinx is what it is. The Sphinx of Copenhaguen. The Bloomy Dane. The Danish Relish. You get the idea. Excellent tobacco leaf irradiated with magic. This is from a two year old tin. I have two other tins dated last year. My mouth doesn't feel any untoward aftertaste whatsoever, just a lingering memory of sedate nirvana. No no no no bite whatsoever. Actually, I find it downright soothing. And I've just had four bowls in a 24-hour period, also known as one day. What a creeper baccy. Wait, wait.. where's it going?? Oh, yes. To the top of my rotation list.

8 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (105)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Mac Baren Club Blend Roll Cake – Just a brief confirmation of what’s been said already: Out of the freshly opened tin you might get bite through sugary, honey-like vapor on your tongue.

If you spread it out over night and let it dry a bit and then sip carefully, the experience changes entirely. Roasty, toasty and sometimes earthy tones of the tobaccos accompanied by the typical MB sweetness. The casing is now more discrete and well balanced, together with mild-medium strength and medium-full taste. A filter doesn’t change much, just take 10% off every aspect. A reliable pleasure.

Pick this one, if you really like the MB aroma, the Dark Twist, if you like it a tad more spicy with the sweetness and Stockton, if you prefer it spicy, with less MB aroma.

Pipe Used: Several briars with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh, but dehumidified

Similar Blends: Others from the MB Roll Cake series.

7 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

If you can taste any difference between this and Dark Twist you've got either a) a scholastic/Talmudic tongue (depending on where you get your talent for minute-infinitesimal-how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin distinctions OR, b) a great imagination.

To my jaded, decadent, illegal-in-Georgia tongue, there is no difference here. It may be simply that "Dark" may seduce some people, whilst making others uncomfortable?who knows? Is the difference in the packaging? A Scandinavian conundrum.

This smolthers pleasantly and sweetly in that quiet Danish way. My problem is that when I see a sliced twist like this, I want THREE NUNS intensity, which this sure ain't got. It also turns a bit stale in the last third of the bowl, as if, instead of fading, it were dying.

Not hateful, but not for me.

5 people found this review helpful.

Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

EXACTLY the same as Dark Twist, except that every slice in the tin has Cavendish in it. Oh yes I forgot.. This little baby is hot as Beelzebub himself! It's impossible to smoke cool, no matter how cautious you are on the puffing. Ageing does not help - I tried stashing a tin for 5 years - no difference at all..

Otherwise, the same taste as Dark Twist (barely detectable notes of Samson Halfzware and burnt toffee)

Why smoke this when you can spare your palate with Dark Twist??

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

4 people found this review helpful.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Tin presentation is little disks of sliced spun tobacco. Aroma is mild, and generally brown sugar sweet with some Virginia notes.

A little moist when fresh, I find all of these MacBaren spun blends to be best when well dried. Even when dry, there is a little bit of nip present that requires caution to not get carried away with puff cadence. And it's easy to get too eager, the flavor is subtle and encourages a faster draw trying to get more flavor to burst forward. What bursts forward instead is tongue tingle. Go easy, and you're rewarded with a very pleasant, mildly sweet smoke.

I once had a blend that called itself Natural Dutch Cavendish, it was more brown than black cavendish, and had a very distinct flavor that I find to be present here. I detect essentially no black cavendish character. The Virginias are very nice, with more of a hay / grass note than yeasty or bready. The topping / casing is noticeably sweet but not really artificial or annoying like a sticky aromatic, and as others have mentioned gives off a toasted marshmallow note. Mixed against the nice Virginia baseline, it's pleasant.

In general, I visit this blend roughly once a week, and enjoy it pretty greatly when I do. Given it's tendency to get tingly and the care it requires to not bite, I personally can't call it an every day smoke. But it's a treat nonetheless, and of the MacBaren roll cake tobaccos, my favorite.

Pipe Used: Cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: fresh to several months after openning

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Don Jefe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Don Jefe (7)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I got this 4 year old tin with the purchase of an estate pipe.

The tin note is of sweet prunes, and though a bit odd, was not unpleasant.

I found this to be a very smooth smoke, but ultimately unremarkable. It lacks character, and I was hoping for a richer smoke. Given the fact that it is already 4 years old, I doubt that any aging will solve this problem (if any of you were thinking that for a new tin).

There are many better options available, but this blend may appeal to those liking a very mild, gentle smoke.

Pipe Used: Brigham Dublin

Age When Smoked: 4

3 people found this review helpful.

Fife&Drum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fife&Drum (32)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Solid three stars. I don't get the description above saying this has a citrus/fruit flavoring. Mac Barens site only says their typical preparation of their Original Cavendish has a maple sugar casing. That is all. And indeed this is exactly what this blend presents. A typical Va, Burley, Cavendish blend. Smooth with a nice mild depth of flavors. Doesn't evolve too much but is consistent throughout the bowl. I like the small disks of roll cake. Fun to rub out. Sometimes I don't rub them out but just crumble them between the fingertips. Easy. Takes the flame very well and burns slowly. As with all Mac Baren offerings so far, for me gentle sipping is the way to experience them. An all day blend for sure. No frills. Consistent. Toasty and lightly sweet.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I have thoroughly enjoyed both Stockton and Dark Twist Roll Cake and it was only a matter of time before getting to Club Blend. All three of these spun tobaccos are very similar in smoking characteristics and flavor profile. What I like about all of them is the nice "brown sugar-like" taste that each imparts while smoking. No detectible topping like vanilla and the likes, just a nice, sugary sweetness. Couple that simplicity with high quality leaf and you have a very tasty tobacco presence while smoking. If I had to rate these three, I would say that Stockton is the spiciest, Dark Twist the sweetest, and Club Blend in terms of spiciness and sweetness just shadowing the other two in their respective departments. I do not mean to say that Club Blend is a middle of the road blend, but a blend that has the best of both worlds (sweetness and spice) in just the right proportions to make this stand out. I can smoke any of the 3 and be fully satisfied, but if I had to choose only one, it would be Stockton as it's a bit stronger in dark fired taste. By the way, CB did not smoke hot, however it can be a bit nippy. There was no palate irritation and it smoked clean and dry to the bowl's end each and every time. Recommended as a good, dependable smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Club Blend has a fine taste. Not too much flavoring and does taste like tobacco. The roll cake style makes it a bit of a hassle to rub out and pack, but you will be rewarded by a cool, dry smoke. I say cool, but that is because you must puff slowly for it to remain that way.

I tried this blend in a variety of pipes, and I think it smokes best completely rubbed out in a group 4 size pipe. Keep the burn slow or you may find this blend to nip the tongue. Nothing serious, but you will feel the flame.

Typically top shelf quality by Mac Baren.


3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (263)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Truly a "middle of the road" blend... sweet, but with some spice. Quite natural, but aromatic in taste. For me it also takes the middle of the 3 Roll Cakes I got to smoke from Mac Baren. Stockton being by far my favorite, Club Blend 2nd place for its smooth and all-day-suitable aroma and strenght, Dark Twist takes the 3rd place, because I find it a tad too sweet.

Mac Baren says this is only treated with water and maple-syrup, and has "minimalistic casing" and I'd agree that a hint of a fruity-casing is present. Tin note is wonderful... lots of natural, bready, yeasty tobacco aroma, some citrusy fruit notes, with maple-ish sweetness to it.

In the taste it's quite natural tobacco aroma. Rich, but mellow flavours of dark bread and walnuts that are supported by a midly fruity, moreso citrusy freshness. A decent sweetness is always present, that has a maple-ish touch to it. An delicate interplay of tart-spice and refreshing, citrusy-sweetness.

On the lower half of medium in strenght, I find this could be appealing to beginners who want to discover more natural pipe tobaccos, as well as for Virginia lovers, who like some spice and every other smoker, who likes a "middle of the road" blend, that is very All-Day suitable with an aroma that's never too much, but also satisfying. Smehow "Club Blends" always lend me to believe it should be a blend of which you can crack a tin open, put it on the pipe clubs table and say: "Fill a bowl boys..." and everyone would like the tobacco fine or at least like it OK. Club Blend is one of these blends! I can't imagine anyone finding this totally offensive!

Yup... another well done Roll Cake by Mac Baren, great series they produce and worth every penny imho!

Pipe Used: Clays and Briars

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Stockton, Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake.

2 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

First things first. The description above identifies this as having a fruit/citrus flavoring. I do not believe that this is accurate. Mac Baren states that all of their spun tobaccos of this style receive only a sugar topping, and that to a small degree. In addition, their website also gives this their lowest rating possible for aromatic flavor. While one may taste citrus, my own experience is that this blend indeed contains only a light sugar casing.

Now to the tobacco. It certainly looks as described, which is as a blend of virginias and cavendish. It is their typical Mac Baren sliced roll cake - long ribbon cut tobacco spin which appear to be pressed into a tube shape, and then sliced into thin discs.

The tin moisture is significant, and the blend itself benefits greatly from significant drying prior to smoking. Most Mac blends can bite if not smoked with respect. This is no exception. When dried to the touch (but not wholly crisp) the bite all but disappears unless smoked fast and furious, and it burns slowly and evenly. The flavor is rich and sweet, and consistent from start to finish. It is not complex, but offers a satisfying mouthful of smoke which is sweet but offers natural virginia flavor. Yummy.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Having revisited the Club Blend after some 15 years, I find myself struggling for an explanation: what took me so long?

It has been noted that most of McBaren's spun tobaccos are somewhat similar, but I must disagree with those who claim they are practically all the same. The tin aroma is similar to, say, Dark Twist or Royal Twist (nowadays called Roll Cake), but in the pipe... ah, in the pipe...

On opening the tin, the aroma is indeed quite similar to the Dark Twist, though a bit darker and less VA-ish. Dark, old-fashioned aromatic tones rule, while bright VA lurks in the background. Optically speaking, there seems to be a relatively large amount of bird's-eyes in the blend. The only flavour added seems to be a bit of sugar to sweeten things a little.

Folding the tobacco into a pipe is a no-brainer, lighting it takes a little patience, but once it burns, it'll keep on burning quietly and coolly until there is nothing left to incinerate. As with all VA blends, keep it cool and you shall enjoy; take care to tamp down regularly and you won't run into trouble. The taste is sweet and full and spicy in a nice way, with a little less push than DT and RT (or Stockton, for that matter). The room note is what I call conservative - an old-times sort of feel that seems to be generally welcome even among non-smokers with notes of leather and caramel, with a hint of wood.

As the tobacco burns down, the sweet and spicy taste builds up, gathering a little hint of caramel and nuttiness. The room note continues largely unchanged. And if you need to take a break for whatever reason, you can relight this blend without having to fear negative repercussions: it just starts up again right where it left off in terms of taste and aroma. Beautiful!

2 people found this review helpful.

Jason72 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason72 (3)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sweet gray smoke from the light to first half of the bowl, Spicey bread and nuts on the last half. Very happy with this blend. Very few relights, only 2 the whole bowl. Virginias creep out later on in the smoke and give some earthy overtones and sweetness. I don't get much of a fruit note, but A nice sweetness that I can see from the maple. Reminds me of Fall leaves changing colors, and a nice crisp north wind, when I smoke it. Makes me crave a nice Pumpkin Spice Tea when I smoke.

Pipe Used: Dr. Graybow Billard

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Escudo, with more Sweetness..

1 person found this review helpful.

p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I like it. It is like DarkTwist, but with more dark fired cavendish, so with much more spice. Sadly it lacks nicotine strenght, frankly expected in this kind of old traditional tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

A nice roll cake, with soft coins that crumble easily (not as compact as, let's say, Escudo).

It's a very typical MacBaren recipe: dark fermented Cavendish is used instead of Perique for spicing up the bright/red Virginias. The result is less spicy and sour than Perique, but interesting nonetheless.

It's a complex, dark, autumnal tobacco with little Virginia sweetness. What dominates the blend is a leathery and woody taste. The dark Cavendish gives a great contribution, resulting in a taste which reminds of a very fermented black tea (without sugar or milk). Something like a classic English Breakfast blend of tea from Kenya or Sri Lanka. Even slightly smoky, at times!

As usual with Danish tobaccos, anyway, the taste is very subtle and requires slow sipping for full appreciation. It's not an intense tobacco, and while body and moutfheel have a good consistency, the flavours are quite subdued. By the way, it feels very natural: MacBaren says that they simply added a little water and sugar, and I believe them. It's not biscuity like some other blends from this brand, not at all.

The coins can be very easily loaded into the pipe, with very little crumbling: little care is required for an excellent burn... simply stack up some coins, press a bit, and fire it away. It burns regularly, neither fast nor slow, with no tongue bite and very few relights. Very consistent in flavour from start to finish (it just gests slightly more intense towards the middle of the bowl).

I would love some more flavour intensity from this tobacco (and this is why it only reaches a "recommended" for me), but it's a good and balanced blend. If you dry it a little bit, anyway, the taste gets more intense.

1 person found this review helpful.

Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (40)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Let me begin by saying that this has become one of my favorite blends over the past few years or so. I had shied away from MacBaren products when I started pipe smoking because of a dreadful throat and tongue excoriating experience early on with Virginia No. 1 before I understood how to smoke such tobaccos. I was a self-affirmed aromatic and drugstore burley smoker back then, and couldn't dream of what all of the fuss was about with all of these "fancy" tinned tobaccos. I had never paid too much attention to the tins of MacBarens at the local tobacco shop until one day I spied the red/orange can of club blend, read the description and impulse purchased. Soon afterwards I was hooked, and favorably impressed enough to sample most of the remaining macbaren tobaccos most of which I can admit that I enjoyed enough to send be searching further into the world of fine tobaccos. So, in a sense, I would say that MacBarens tobaccos paved the way for me to acsend into the world of good smokin'. Now, the thought of smoking something out of a sticky jar sends shivers down my spine. Club Blend is nicely packaged, somewhat moist on opening but stabilizing to a perfect consistency by the time the quater-smoked point is reached. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the bright virginia grassy dryness with the sweetness of the black cavendish. I can't detect any top-dressing but the cavendish is flavored with something that I can't seem to put my finger on. Some people have remarked that Dark Twist is the same thing as Club Blend, but I beg to differ. Dark Twist is another one of my favorites, but it is certainly darker and more somber and overtly sweet in both flavor and tin odor and has not the wonderful "bilayer" of taste that club blend puts forth. The bright virginia lays down a base, and then the black cavendish peeks out with it's velvety sweetness through the nose and palate. I like to stack pack the coins and then rub out one or two on top and I find that packed this way affords me about 45 minutes of constant smoking, usually without relights. For some reason, I have not been a victim of the dreaded "MacBaren Bite" with any of their roll cut blends like some reviewers have. It burns cleanly to a white ash and I have never heard a gurgle out of any of my pipes when smoking it.The room note is very virginia, less offensive to my better half than some of the blends I have endeavored to smoke indoors. I usually smoke at least one bowl of this per day, and I find that it makes for a nice "afternoon, after work, before dinner" smoke during that hour or two during which I like to have a hot cup of strong tea and read my mail or "weekend puttering around the garden or working on the boat" in a big billiard where the freshness of the breeze complements nicely the freshness of the bright Va. I save the evenings, though, for darker pleasures...

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

One of the best of MacBarens' Blends. My recommendation is don't rub it out, just fold and stuff it in a cheap filter pipe (Dr.Grabow) and go slowly. You will be rewarded with a rich and long lasting smoke. Requires some attention and not for mindless puffing, it will bite!

1 person found this review helpful.

coldmoon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
coldmoon (24)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of the four curly cut tobacco blends Mac Baren currently produces (Roll Cake, Club Blend, Dark Twist, Stockton) and is on the milder side, very similar to Mac Baren's Roll Cake, but without the honey topping. There was another curlie from Mac Baren - Latakia Blend, but it was discontinued due to people not liking the small amount of latakia it had. This blend consists of Virginias and black cavendish tobaccos. Mapple sugar has been added to the blend to sweeten up the taste. Upon opening the tin I'm greeted with toasty aroma with a some grassy notes from Virginias. The coins look very neat with bright Virignias surrounding darker kernel in the middle which appears to be black cavendish. Moisture level is almost perfect for smoking it right out of the tin.

I usually pack the coins in the bowl without rubbing them out. I take 5 - 6 coins, stack them together and roll them up, then insert the roll into the bowl of the pipe. I love smoking them this way because, until the middle of the bowl it's just basically VA tobaccos, but when the mid-bowl hits, I'm getting this smoky taste from BC. Then after the mid-bowl it's mellowing out again.

Lighting this tobacco is a bit of a challenge. From the start it needs at least two charring lights, but when that's done, it burns pretty well.

I really love the taste, its toastiness. At the beginning I get the sweetness from the Virginias which mellows down as the smoke progresses. This is really satisfying smoke. Can give tongue bite if smoked too fast. I can get an hour and a half of enjoyment out of a bowlful of this blend. The strength of this blend is on the medium side. Nicotine level is on the low side.

The room note is noticeable, but is not offensive. Actually it's rather pleasant.

Would definitely recommend this blend for all pipe smokers.

Pipe Used: Stanwell No. 95 "The pan"

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake, Mac Baren - Roll Cake, Mac Baren - Stockton.

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

I am smoking a tin of CB that has aged for 5 years. The vacuum was popped on the tin so the disks of spun tobacco had dried to a moisture content I like with MB. I have found that MB blends new and right from the tin are to high in moisture and burn and taste much better if allowed to dry. Furthermore, aging has improved CB. There are some good 4-star reviews here that spotlight the sweet/citrus/spaciness of this spun tobacco. It is mellow, easy smoking - a nice all day smoke. There is a nice interplay between Virginia and Black Cavendish and what I am guessing is Perique. VaPer lovers should enjoy CB. My advice is buy several tins and age some for a rainy day.

Pipe Used: Dunhill squat bulldog

Age When Smoked: 5 years

Purchased From: Curtis Draper, Washington DC

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Alhaji Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alhaji (33)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is wrongly classified here as an aromatic containing Burley and Citrus/Fruits. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is natural sweet Virginia enhanced with some maple sugar and Dark Fired Kentucky. If it tastes a little fruity in some palates, that could be an effect of the natural sweetness that is produced by the Virginias. It is a cool and tasteful smoke.

Pipe Used: Falcon look-alike Chacom

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tobacco Shop in Berlin, Germany

Similar Blends: Other mild-medium, sweetish Dark Fired Kentucky blends.

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sagepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sagepipe (13)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Club Blend seems to be hard to keep lit during the first half bowl. During that period I experience a moderate amount of tongue bite. The taste of this smoke varies throughout a bowl but the flavor is nothing outstanding or remarkable to write about. However, nothing stands out as negative with its flavor. At the end of the day, I can only recommend someone try this smoke out to see if it's your style or "everyday" type smoke. It seems that you get a good amount of tobacco for a decent price. Overall, the good seems to outweigh the negative and I will keep this smoke in rotation when I want a change-up. Decent smokes like this are nice to puff on every now and then to keep me reminded why my favorites are my favorites while still enjoying a baseline tobacco.

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boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am in agreement with some of the other reviewers here, this seems an awful lot like Dark Twist. From presentation to smoke to room note, this appears to be quite similar, and unfortunately just as unsatisfying for me. I like the rolls, they look very pleasing to the eye. Tin note is citrus and earthy at the same time, not like most aromatics, which is a good thing for me. That's where the high notes end for me. I don't like the way it packs and lights. I have tried rubbing it out and folding the coins, as well as stacking them. Tried several different pipes and it is just underwhelming in all of them. I REALLY wanted to enjoy this! Its been around a long time, well respected, and I like most of the MacBaren offerings. Too much tongue bite, not enough satisfying smoke. Sorry, this one is not for me. Oh, and I tried drying it out, smoking it slow, you name it, I really tried to let this one succeed.

Age When Smoked: < 1 month

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wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (59)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

When I opened the tin, I got the smell of beef jerky. The tobacco looks nice, but you have to rub it out to get in in your pipe. Pack light if you can. The stuff needs a couple of lights to get going and you need to work hard to keep it lit at first. That is where the familiar tongue bite comes in to play in a big way. Again, this stuff bites at first. The smoke is plentiful, but the room aroma is far from delightful. The is a hint of sweetness like that of burning marshmallows. I mean, like just throwing the whole bag on the camp fire. While it is going it bites less and less. The nicotine is pretty good, but I can think of better ways to get vitamin N. The tin is very expensive and I have had much better smokes from stuff that cost a whole lot less. The ash is nice and the bowl does settle down towards the end. The flavor, such as it is, does last to the bottom, but I was ready for it to end. The smell seems to linger on your hands and clothes; this is fine except that it is not a nice smell. It is like you have been too long in front of the charcoal grill. Another BIG disappointment from a high-dollar, legendary company.

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

starts spicy & sweet and you expect it to go on like that but after 15 minutes it's all same till the end. Kind of boring for me but I see how it can be a favorite to some people.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I doubt I would four-star this blend if I tried a recent tinning, but I am smoking some pre 1985 Club Blend right now along with some other vintage roll cakes I picked up recently, and for me at least, they turn into quite a different animal with that kind of age on them; a pleasant, mild sweetness that gives me no problems with "Mac Bite" as do certain Mac Barens when they are new.

Though the differences between the various roll cakes are not all that pronounced at this venerable age, I do like the cavendish element of this one quite a bit, and with most bowls find that the only aged roll cake I might like better is Latakia Blend (though I don't taste any Latakia in it).

Very nice, and my only problem with this or any of the roll cakes at this age is that they tend to burn a bit fast and hot, but I just compensate for this by resting the pipe frequently, and trying to find pipes that work for them the best.

I highly recommend picking up an old tin if you see one, and at least in my experience, Mac Baren in general is a brand that ages quite a bit better than it is given credit for.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Club Blend is slightly sweet and low in “Nicotine”. It has a good hit of spice, reminding me of smoking “bread” with hints of clove and cinnamon spice ( I really don't get the citrus). This is not a bad tobacco but I'm just not happy with the pepper spice hit, I think some would like it. Nice big tin and a good value. Flavor also reminds me of P&C's “Rolando's Own”.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (58)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very nice smoke. If you like MB's spun tobacco, Club Blend should be in your rotation. A naturaly sweet taste, citrus (almost mint in a wierd way) cream. More Birdseye in the cake then the others (Dark Twist, Roll Cake, Latakia) I fold 4 or 5 coins after a few minutes of drying, slip it in the bowl, light up and sip. Club Blend is the aristocrat of the spun coin family. Really enjoy it.

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

"I say, Chumley, old boy, what's that you're smoking in your pipe today? Lovely aroma. Three hearts to you."

"Oh this? Why, it's something called 'Club Blend', made by MacBaren's I do believe. Rather nice baccy, actually --mild, fruity. I'd certainly recommend it to you, old chap. Nice bit of a change from the English blends, if you know what I mean. Four clubs, old boy."

( To the waiter...) "Henderson, be a good chap and run us up a couple more of these gin and tonics, will you? There's a good lad. 'Club Blend' you called it there, Chumley? Smells awfully good indeed; must give it a try"

"Yes, do."

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tangy, slightly sweet and citric, this mixture is a great combination of lemon Virginias with rich Black Cavendish for a cool smoke with little tongue bite if smoked slowly. This is a great not-Burley everyday smoke.

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pipealicious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipealicious (21)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A very nice presentation of medium sized coins (in between flake medallions and thee nuns) with a bright yellow rim and a dark brown core. The tin smells of fresh hay and sweet honey. The coins smoke slowly and very cool, the smoke is on the thin side and teh taste is citrussy with some spice and sweetness from the cavendish. I fin this a typical summer smoke. It lacks some body to be in my top 5 but it's defenitely a high quality blend in a very beautiful presentation.

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

This is an excellent semi sweet Virginia blends in small spun cake with black Cavendish in the middle, the flavor is absolutely delicious with soft candy and mild honeyed/toasty/woodsy taste and wonderful room note, this is one of the best and the most unique Virginia roll cake out there, excellent for an all day smoke, it is available in bulk.

Great stuff!!

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

There's something about this tobacco that I can't quite put my finger on; a casing or flavoring, or something. It's just out of range of my taste buds, but fortunately the tobacco taste comes through very well.

The little coins are actually kind of ugly to my eye. They break up very easily, making for filling your pipe a simple operation. I found I was able to just stuff them in, and they broke up on their own as I did this. Lighting was easy, but in a medium size bowl relights were a little more frequent than I would normally like. This will probably be rectified by figuring out the right method of filling with this particular tobacco, so I won't really hold that against it.

The flavor was really very, very good. Pure tobacco, with just a ghost of something added that complimented the tobacco. The flavor was a little like MacBaren Navy Flake, but with a slightly richer note, and less spice. And I experienced no tongue bite whatsoever with this blend. The flavor was best at the top of the bowl, with a little fading out a bit toward the bottom, but it did retain its full tobacco body throughout.

All in all, I would say that this is a very good choice for an all day smoke. It's not as heavy in body and aroma as Orlik's Dark Kentucky, so should appeal to those wishing lighter fare. Club Blend will probably not replace any of the tobaccos I currently keep in my rotation, but I can honestly say that it will more than make do as a replacement should any of my favored blends become temporarily (or permanently) unavailable.

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romaso Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
romaso (43)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is very similar to Mac Baren Roll Cake, in that it is a sliced roll cake with a center of black cavendish. The Club Blend uses a lighter, gold Virginia. There may be a hint of Perique ('specially spiced'). For this type of blend, I much prefer their Dark Twist, which has an dark brown Virginia. But this is a good tobacco, just depends how you like your Virginias.

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I don't really have anything BAD to say about this tobacco. The coins are very attractive looking and the smell in the tin is pleasantly sweet. Typical high moisture content out of the that I've come to expect from Mac Baren, as well as the tendency to bite and over heat during smoking. I recommend stacking or stuffing the coins into the bowl rather that rubbing them, this seems to reduce the heat as well as the bite. This tobacco tastes very pleasant, slightly sweet though I don't necessarily detect any casing, just a virginia cavendish mixture. I did enjoy this and it was very pleasant for the hot summer months. I may purchase more in the future however, this type of mild, dutch, sweet virginia cavendish mix. isn't really my "thing", it just doesn't keep my interest.

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