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A ready rubbed blend manufactured from carefully blended, matured Burley tobaccos, mixed with just a touch of golden Virginia, giving Golden Blend a mild and pleasant aroma which has made it popular with pipe smokers all over the world.

Notes: Introduced in 1954. Sold in the US previously as "Golden Extra".

BrandMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging100g Tin and Bulk
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a favorite of mine in the MacBaren line. It is not too sweet and has a nice tobacco taste. Perhaps a bit bland for regular consumption on my part, but a nice change of pace.

One of the best tips I received regarding smoking Mac Baren's blends is to "take your time and puff slowly." A terrific article on Mac Baren's appears in the Summer 2007 issue of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine. Most of these blends are extremely popular the world over due to the quality of the leaf and the attention to detail regarding curing methods and the cut of the leaf. Mac Baren's is one of the largest blending houses in the world and they obviously take pride in their product.

Again, as I find to be the case with most MacBaren tobaccos, a slow burn is necessary to get the most out of Golden Extra. It is nicely rubbed and will pack easily in any size pipe. Since the flavor and strength are not overwhelming, fire it up in a big Ben Wade or some other Danish freehand and enjoy a long, slow and flavorful smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

Patryk Georgevitch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Patryk Georgevitch (9)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I have a pouch of Golden Blend, and I have been quite hesitant to smoke it. It has been on my deck for more than a year. Something made me go for it, and I must say: what a surprise! Strong burley presence through the whole smoke. Smokes good, no tongue bite, medium palate warmth (unlike the London Blend Burley) and taste is preserved all along. Voluptuous and straightforward in the same time. I definitely recommend it for a nice cool afternoon.

2 people found this review helpful.

j4nier38 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
j4nier38 (9)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Definately not a bad smoke, but at the same time this one just didn't do much for me. It burns very nicely and doesn't bite. The flavor isn't bad, but it is very one dimensional. That isn't always a bad thing, however I personally got bored with it. The room note is pleasant during and after the smoke but it is one of those blends where is isn't so nice the next day. Like I said, not bad but just didn't do it for me, worth a try though.

2 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (299)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am exploring the world of MacBaren tobaccos, and so far the Navy Mixture has been my favorite due to its good balance and sweet but natural taste.

Golden Blend seems similar in composition, except that it's more rubbed out than the Navy Mixture, and it has a slightly less sweet/honeyed smell.

This is a tobacco that packs easily and doesn't require particular care, that burns regularly, slowly and cool to the bottom of the bowl. Truly well behaved, a nice all-day low maintenance smoke. And, quite incredibly (considering MacBaren's reputation), it doesn't bite one single bit. Navy Mixture was much more bitey in comparison!

What I like about this blend is that it tastes natural, with some nice nutty and fragrant quality Burley and a decent measure of bright Virginia. The casing is very unobtrusive, probably just a touch of sugar/honey and some cocoa (at least that's the smell I get from the tin... and may I say a heresy if to me it smells a bit like Dunhill's Royal Yacht?): not artificial at all. On the other hand, it has a rather dry, woody, earthy taste. A bit like Edgeworth Sliced, but less woody and much more delicate. And, most importantly, though it isn't particularly sweet it doesn't get bitter either. It stays very consistent to the bottom of the bowl. Which of course also means little or no flavour development... and this is my main complaint. The other is that it's rather mild in taste (while the body is rather satisfactory), while on the other hand Navy Mixture was way richer and more complex.

Overall, a fine blend: not particularly exciting, but neither is has serious faults. Good to smoke once in a while, quite pleasant to those around you (my wife doesn't like aromatics, and confirmed that this blend has a very subtle and unoffensive room note) and it DOES taste of tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This, for me, is one of the most enjoyable burleys, it has a great mild nutty flavor for an all day long smoke, it has a slight chocolaty taste that comes from the burley and a light honey/toasty flavor which is typical to all Mac baren offerings, it is less nutty but less bland than Burley London Blend and has a distinctive chocolate flavor.

Golden Blend would be a perfect 4 star burley if it has a little bit more body.

I would rank Mac Baren Navy Flake as the best Burley ever made, golden blend and BLB comes just next in my list, with many other good burleys from other makers.

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am surprised at how satisfying this blend is. And the quality of the leaf is noteworthy.

This tobacco is pleasant; it's not wimpy and it doesn't overwhelm. The light honey casing complements the burley tobacco quite well.

I had been smoking VaPers, VAs, and English & Balkan blends and had the urge to try something else. So I turned to a one-year-old tin (labelled "Golden Extra") sitting in my "cellar." Maybe the small amount of aging has something to do with it, but for whatever reason, this burley blend really did the trick!

I enjoy many types of pipe tobacco; this hobby seems to offer a veritable smorgasbord of options. I had in recent months smoked few burleys. But Golden Blend out-did several really good Virginias over the past few weeks.

A creamy mouthfeel, along with a hint of honey and chocolate, accompanied a natural tobacco taste...when I dried it a little and "sipped" without puffing too vigorously (a technique properly advocated by many learned reviewers on this site, particularly Sasquatch).

Golden Blend (a.k.a. Golden Extra) gets a gold medal. Four out of four stars.

Govern Yourself Accordingly,

SmokeKing David

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Although burley blends are not my favorite, I am a big fan of MacBaren's burley. Although GE can smoke hot, I usually don't have a probem with being bitten. Golden Extra is easy to light and the flavor is full so I don't have to puff too hard to be satisfied. The taste is dark, nutty and creamy. For burleys lovers, and maybe even some that aren't, this is an excellent choice.

ADDENDUM: For those of you who like this blend, but have problems with bite, I have found that if you rub this into thin strands and pack it loosely, the burn and flavor are enhanced while the tendency to bite decreases dramtically - Excellent

2 people found this review helpful.

Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is my first review. I've been smoking for 10 years (since college). After the preliminary 2 month course in 'house blend' aromatics of the cavendish variety, I moved onto tinned English blends. Never did the "drugstore tour" in my early days. Sad to say I was never exposed to good 'ol Burley.

I picked Golden Extra up at a local tobacconist and find the subtlety of Burley a welcome change of pace from full-bodied stuff like Fox Bankers.

I smoke it in a capacious apple sandblast. It stays cool and tasty, if you don't chug to hard. A slight nutty chocolate note to the room, family found it pleasant. But no doubt it's a very one dimensional tasting tobacco, although quite refreshing and consistent throughout the bowl.

I could've done better, and I could've done worse on my 1st foray into Burley blends. I'm gonna explore the full spectrum of offerings, and definitely keep one in my rotation.

====Update 10/2/07====

This tobacco has become a staple of mine. I never tire this blend. Others comment that MacBaren burns hot. I find that MacBaren blends burn on their own, like a cigarette. It isn't necessary to maintain a cadence to keep it lit. Slow, deliberate, and gentle puffing is the way to go with this blend, or any other. It is always rewarding. The room note is always a crowd pleaser.

I've upgraded to 3 stars, as this is my absolute favorite burley alongside good 'ol Granger. However, I prefer this blend in bulk. It always tastes creamier and nuttier in bulk than in tinned. Otherwise, I'd give 4 stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (53)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

If you've ever thought of Mac Baren blends as hopeless tonguescorchers, give this one a try. It smokes remarkably cool and effortless. Actually I think it's one of the coolest smoking- and burning blends I have ever tried.

It comes in almost flake form in the pouch, and as usual with Mac Baren, just stuff it down your pipe and light up, and think no more of it, and you're off to a very enjoyable and long lasting smoke.

Tastewise it is cool, clean, nutty and with a wholesome milk chocolate tone. The sparsely used virginia creates hints of subtle sweetness here and there throughout the course of the bowl.

The only thing that is preventing me from giving it full score is that it lacks somewhat in body and nicotine to be just perfect.

Definately recomended.

2 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the quintessential Danish blend. Take excellent Burley, age it in cakes, flavor it gently with honey, rub it out just a bit, and voila! You have Golden Extra. This is the only MacBaren blend I can smoke without worrying about tongue bite.

Burley London Blend was too bland, Navy Flake was too sweet, Golden Extra seems to be Just Right. Smooth, nutty, slightly creamy and sweet. Excellent first thing in the morning with a cup of hot tea, or black coffee. This blend smokes beautifully right down to the bottom of the bowl.

2 people found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What a great way to start the day! A one-note performance but very enjoyable. It is hard to believe this is just Burley it is so tasty. If you normally avoid Burley tobacs, give this a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

Gae Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gae (46)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

For a Burley blend this is "delicious".It has just the right amount of sweetness & creaminess to it,without being boring!Doesn't bite the tongue & make's a good all day smoke.I smoke this alot when I can get it in Australia.The tin aroma is superb & it's easy to light & smoke.Leave's a nice clean grey ash & doesn't leave any goop.I consider this to be one of Mac Baren's finest.It can be smoked straight out of the tin.In it's class-I'll give it a strong 3 out of 4 star's.

2 people found this review helpful.

pantera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pantera (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I give four stars if smoked in corncob pipe and three in briar pipe.

An oldtimes and simple Burley based tobacco and unusual to be a Mac Baren it is completely unflavoured

1 person found this review helpful.

Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (26)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

In for a penny in for a pound. I love burley tobacco; I read the reviews and ordered a full pound. Why not, JR has it for the same price as 14 oz. of Prince Albert?

The tin note is fermented tobacco with what I perceive as unsweetened cocoa. The light cocoa doesn't present itself in the smoke though.

The tobacco lights easily and stays lit without effort - just fire it up and smoke. The broken flake cut (and a beautiful presentation it is) gives a decently slow burn. The broken flake really doesn't need much, if any, further attention. It produces billows of smoke. The flavor is very full and round in the mouth and while I don't really pick up the typical burley nuttiness it is definitely a burley forward smoke. There is very little sweetness and what there is may be attributable to the Virginia. On the bitter/sweet scale, it seems pretty neutral.

A point where I disagree with most of the reviews is the strength of the nicotine. At first I thought it might have been the bourbon I was sipping that put me on mellow street but subsequent smokes have shown it to be the nicotine. I don't think even 1792 has anything on this. That alone would keep this from being an all day smoke for me. I find it best just before bedtime - beautiful nicotine hit for sure. When I smoked cigarettes, I smoked Camels so I'm quite familiar with the feeling.

It is not a completely smooth smoke. It has just enough harshness to make it interesting - you know you are smoking something but the only time I pick up on it is when I exhale through my nose. Granger, I think, is harsher but still a very good smoke.

Regarding bite, I'm a moderate puffer so I don't get tongue bite from this but I'm sure if you got aggressive with it, it would get aggressive right back at you. It kept my tongue warm but pleasantly so.

Room note - I can't honestly tell since I'm the one smoking and I usually smoke outside if anyone is in the house and I like the smell of burning tobacco so I can't be a good judge. I expect it is at least tolerable though.

I prefer burley to any other tobacco and enjoy a number of drug store tobaccos. I've tried Virginias and just can't make peace with them - they are just too tangy for my taste unless blended generously with burley. I used to smoke English blends primarily but eventually tired of the overpowering Latakia. After 40 years of pipe smoking I've come to peace with traditional American burleys. They are simple, flavorful and easy to smoke and Golden Blend fits into that category nicely at or near the top of the genre.

For all day smoking, I generally prefer a milder tobacco with a bit more sweetness, Sugar Barrel or even Granger perhaps. Unlike tobaccos where you need to concentrate on the complexities or nuances of the weed, GB presents itself, in full, quite well without intentional focus on the smokers part. I suppose I would call GB a robust smoke.

I smoked Edgeworth Slice occasionally back when it was a drugstore tobacco ubiquitous in Virginia where I grew up and this is about as close to ES as I've found. From what I remember of ES, I like this better although I really miss those neat little blue tins with the hinged lids.

I'm giving this three stars now but will likely come back and revise it to four after I've gone through three or four ounces. I believe burley lovers will really like this one. Virginia guys maybe not so much. Also, new pipe smokers may want to avoid this one for a while as it requires a bit of puffing finesse for quiet enjoyment not to mention the prevention of oral meltdown.

1 person found this review helpful.

tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (24)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

King Tut had a butt and, well, lets just say the color was Gold just like this Golden Blend.

I remember the day that I first discovered the color of King Tut's butt. It was many, many years ago.

Me and some of my old friends from the club in London had decided to go on an expedition to Egypt to look for lost treasure in the late of 1922. It was really more of an all inclusive vacation where we gave native children candy, shot exotic beasts after luring them in with bait, and committed adultery with young Egyptian women half our age, but we did decide to waste time and money searching for lost treasure of ancient kings. There was one thing that we were after, a treasure rumored for centuries by the natives; The Butt of King Tut. The legend had it that King Tut had a butt and that the color was unknown. There was much conjecture in the folklore; some said it was red, some said yellow and some even said blue. But the main-line legend went that King Tut's butt was made of pure gold and that he was buried with it. So we set out to find it.

What began as a short trip, quickly became a year long pursuit and dead end after dead end. I remember that fateful day when we stumbled across a door with an Egyptian inscription that roughly translated to "Golden Ass." We knew that we had finally reached our destination. My colleague, Harold and I wanted badly to open it, and couldn't wait to tell the others, so we had a native assistant (or "trap bait" as we called them) open it up, knowing full well that there was likely a lethal booby trap waiting to kill the one that would walk in first. And sure enough, after he pried it open, spikes shot down from the roof and skewered him in the similar fashion of a Kabob. We proceeded into the room and merely moved his dead, lifeless body off to the side... we had gotten what we paid for.

Once inside, we saw treasure beyond our wildest dreams filling the room to the ceiling in a chaotically organized way. And there in the middle we saw King Tut's butt. The butt was pure gold. The legend was true. King Tut's butt was real. Both Harold and I rushed towards it, hands touching the golden apple bottom at the same time. At that point we looked at each other and knew that only one of us was going to leave this place alive. Both of us reached for out knives and set 10 paces from each other to begin our battle. Harold began to come forward at me, but then I remembered the gun I had holstered at my side. A gun was something that Harold lacked. And since I was much richer than Harold, I had one. So I took it out and shot him in the leg. I wanted to savor my victory.

After shooting him, Harold begged me or mercy and begged that he might have the Butt for himself. He gave me a pity story about how he was penniless and needed the money to save his children from starvation. I merely told him that i had more important things to think about; like glory and egyptian prostitutes.

After removing the Butt from its sacred resting place, the room began to shake and the doors began to close from the inside. At this point I truly was faced with a choice. My friend Harold, or the Legendary Butt of King Tut. Naturally I chose the butt, glory and prostitutes. Harold's bones I'm sure are rotting there to this day.

Everytime I smoke this blend I gaze once more upon the butt that sits above my mantle and remind myself of the glory days.

1 person found this review helpful.

joelson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
joelson (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

it's the most humble and elegant tobacco that i've ever smoked... it wants nothing, but gives you a LOT! a simple tobacco for simple smokers, that have touched me with it's simplicity... like a sage one said: "i think that some types of tobacco disapear because some types of smokers disappear..."

1 person found this review helpful.

pipealicious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipealicious (21)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

My first Mc Baren product was plumcake, which I needed to get used to and learn to appreciate. Now I like it a lot. This blend is less complicated but absolutely delicious Burley. The broken flake cut is excellent, the moisture content out of the package is perfect. Stuffed loosely in the pipe it starts off at first light. The taste is a lightly sweet, toasty, chocolate high quality Burley. Top product and a delicious no-nonsense tobacco. My go-to blend at the moment.

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

And yet another classic I have so far managed to not sample. I picked up a tin while looking for something enjoyable in a place that offered mostly non-branded cheap aromatics. And when I say cheap here, I don't mean worth the expense.

For a blend that is mostly Burley, this one is remarkable, IMHO. The tin aroma is the usual Burley cocoa and chocolate, with some sweetness. I cannot make out the honey some reviewers have noted, though. The leaf upon opening my first tin featured a few complete flakes on top, with mostly a broken flake and some ready-rubbed beneath. Honestly: I wish I could get this as a flake; my smokes with this 'baccy as a fold-and-sink flake were spectacularly good.

In the ready-rubbed strata of the tin, this is still a beautiful 'baccy. One-dimensional, maybe, but from top to bottom, the cocoa note of the Burley comes through with remarkable sweetness, VA noticeable in there (though not too much so -- some freshness and acidity in the background), and a goodly amount of spice after the first half, which I find remarkable for Burley. The room note is more typically Burley, being dry and somewhat sweet; nothing remarkable in the final tally, but not bad at all either.

If you like Norwood, you should probably try this. If you like Burleys in general, this may be a must-try. Despite the hit-and-miss tin presentation, I'd say this is one of the best blends I have recently tried. It's in my rotation as of now.

1 person found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (84)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

GB is a fine straight Burley monodimensional. The hue is attractive and the smell is subtle and natural, mild in strength, not too sweet but never sour, it does not bite the tongue and it becomes bitter only if you puff too fast. Starting from the second half it develops a mellow mix of flavours: woody, salty, chocolate, roasted chestnuts; everything is subtle and agreeable, It posses the elegance of the sobriety often associated to a fine Burley. A very versatile tobacco with an almost no existent room note, it may be useful to all: a diversion for fans of Virginias, Latakia, Aromatics, a good habit for lovers of pure Burley and an interesting ingredient for fans of blending. Three very solid stars recommendation for you and a tobacco added to the rotation for me.

Try to match with a Belgian beer by Trappist monks.

1 person found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

According to Mac Baren, this is the same as their Golden Blend. Golden Blend is the European name and Golden Extra is the name for USA distribution. My reviews for each are the same:

I have re-introduced myself to Golden Blend (my tins read Golden Extra) after a lapse of many years. This review is of the tinned version (stamped Oct 2008) and freshly opened. The tin note is a tad sweeter than Mac's London Burley Blend which is a favorite of mine. Moisture level right for me, packed and lit easily. There was no problem keeping this one lit. I would say that it is similar to Mac's London, but differs in that it is not as full-bodied as Burley London Blend. There is no typical honey casing as with many of Mac's offerings. What I detect is the very mild presence of chocolate, and bittersweet. If any honey is present, I can not detect it. Although the tin description lists it, I do not detect the inclusion of any Virginia in Golden Blend. Slow smoking reveals a mildly sweet tasting Burley. It is more astringent/sour than BLB but not bitter or harsh on the throat.

Before lighting my pipe, I like to suck through the stem to taste the tobacco and rate its flavoring. As stated, this one had a very decided chocolate taste before lighting. After lighting, the chocolate presence took a back seat, but not in a bad way. The solid tobacco taste was the front runner. There was no bite whatsoever. Sometimes the Mac's produce a slight sting to the tongue, but not with this one. I puffed on it fairly aggressively to test this out. I eventually settled to a more paced smoke which was very enjoyable from start to finish. Golden Blend is a pleasant smoke. Although I find BLB fuller tasting as a Burley, Golden Blend is a nice change of pace for when I want a lighter Burley with a touch more sweetness.

1 person found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★★
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I am very much a burley lover so when I received this tin I could not wait to dig in and try a bowl. I packed it lightly into a large pot that I just smoke burleys in. The tobacco smelled sweet and natural upon opening the tin. It is ready rubbed and looks liked it was a slice upon manufactuer and then rubbed out. Reminded me of what Amphora Brown used to look like and feel. It lit very well on first light and I settled in with it as it's a slow burning tobacco and was very mild and tasty. I never had to light it again and it vurned down to a grey and white ash. It had the flavor a a nutty burley but no harshness or bite at all. Very enjoyable and burned all the way to the bottom without changing it's charactor. Only when I got almost to the bottom did it get stronger but was never harsh. I like this alot and will smoke all ot with pleasure and I do see buying more of this.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is another packet MacB I will be adding to my rotation. A nice burley in the continental style. This is not Old Joe Krantz, a great strong classic burley, or Barbary Coast! But none the less a very nice mild one, without any casing, just that honey on toast taste you get from all MacB's. They don't mention any of their Cavendish in this blend, so I guess they can add that 'honey' taste to any blend. It is nutty, but one of the least 'nutty' burley's I've ever smoked, it's more Brazil nut than walnut.

This gets a strength level of 3, according to their own rating. I find all MacB's fairly mild, so the other level 3's I smoke are Plumcake, Dark Twist and Navy Flake. The only exception is Mixture which is a level 2.

I love MacB because they set a benchmark for price and quality when it comes to Drugstore packets. I love the hassle free nature of the packet, and the price being mostly 30% cheaper than a tin is a bonus, hence I'm always ready to try another MacB. I'm glad I did on this one. I find she DOES have that MacB bite, take care and you will have a nice all day smoke that won't break the bank and makes a nice change from aromatics and VA/pers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I really like the flavor of this one.

Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for the inevitable Mac Baren horror show to begin.

Do we have any native Danes on the reviewing crew? If so, does Mac Baren, translated into English, mean BURNS HOT & BITES ?

1 person found this review helpful.

BEN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BEN (58)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I just recently obtained a sealed 7 ounce tin of this blend on Ebay that is around 30 years old. I was excited, thinking maybe, just maybe, the older incarnation, with age, will be much better than the current. It smelled absolutely wonderful upon opening the tin, a nice grassy aroma. Sugar crystals on the tobacco from aging made me hold out hope. I then packed a vintage Kaywoodie Prime Grain Billiard, and lit up. Boy, what a disappointment!! The old incarnation, like the present, bites like a rabid dog, and no matter how gently I puffed, the tobacco heated up the bowl to the point that I had to hold it by the shank! Great flavor and room note, but the roof of my mouth and my tongue need skin grafts!! It is a shame, but they don't jokingly call it MacBlowtorch for nothing! On the upside, I only paid $10 for the tin, and it is a nice looking tin! Maybe I will put it on display with some other vintage tins I have.

1 person found this review helpful.

Talonr1701 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talonr1701 (119)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a pretty good smoke. Sweet and grassy from start to finish. Its good and solid. Personally, This is like the second cousin to the Scottish Mixture (which is far superior in my opinion.)- But this is what makes horse races- Try it, It might be your thing.

1 person found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Okay, I hate doing this, but I have to come back and rewrite my review. After letting this tobacco set for about a week, until the funny topnote has nearly disappeared from the tin, it is smokable. I am beginning to believe that either the humectorant or the topping that MacBaren uses is what causes the notorious blowtorch tongue. And, once aired off, the tobacco produces much less bite.

The first few times I tried to smoke this, I just couldn't pick up any flavor due to the overwhelming taste of the topping, and the tongue bite. Underneath the topping it tasted rather carboard-ish rather than nutty or chocolatey. Now I can definitely pick up a nice chocolate note, and a mellow sweetness running underneath the burley flavor. It still lacked the "creamy" feel to the palate that I'm accustomed to with burleys.

I am still suspicious of this tobacco, as it did tend to want to take off and burn all on its own. So it had to be very carefully nursed along. Smoking it required a lot of work, but there was a reward at the end. I'm just not yet sure if the monochromatic flavor is worth the extra effort one has to put forth with this blend. Were it but less work, or more taste, I think it would rate two and a half to three stars. As it is, two stars for burley smokers (if you love virginias, just go ahead and forget about this stuff). ________________________________________________________________

Flat and flavorless; bites really bad really easily; absolutely no "note of chocolate" as good burleys are supposed to have. I think I will change my handle to 'I hate MacBaren'.

1 person found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This is actually one of the better Burley blends that I have tried recently.

It has been said that this blend bites. If you smoke it too fast, not only will you get bitten, but the flavor will all but disappear. The way it comes out of the tin, it isn't smokable - too damp. Let it dry a bit and you will have a decent smoke. Nothing to get excited about, but decent.

1 person found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Much better than the Virginia No.1, probably due to the burley in the blend. I tried this in a sampler format, and while it's more of the same honey/heathery MacBaren, it's a bit toastier & cooler. Rubbed out into long strands, it packs & behaves well. Again, so far, at least, Mixture Scottish Blend is MacBaren's representative work of art, though I hear Dark Twist is a worthy contender. The rest of their offerings, including Golden Extra smells & tastes too much like everything else they make: honey, toasty caramel & hints of chocolate. It's strange that McClelland & Cornell & Diehl have their characteristic signatures, yet each of their blends has measurable variety & contrast. Such is not the case with MacBaren, which is all basically the same thing amped up or down a notch or two.

Two of five stars

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Tolerable

-Hot, tongue bite (well surprise, surprise) -Too mild for me, lacking flavor and aroma is insipid. -Good price for amt. of baccy. -Packs well and burns ok but only after 12 hours of drying time...and not enough volume of smoke...its more like steam since it burns so hot.

If you like a light aromatic which will test your patience re: pacing yourself and is a step up from many of the drug store fodder....give this a try...otherwise not for me.

My last MB foray will be the Burley London blend....should be here soon..I'll let you all know what I think.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Similar to but a couple of notches below the highly regarded Mac Baren Burley blend as regards my personal taste preferences. A great smoke nonetheless and a nice change of pace.

I rate this tobacco 9.6 out of 10.

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workingstiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
workingstiff (39)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Since I like burley of course I like this one and have nothing bad to say about it, with one exception. I prefer a smaller cut more like a flake over the larger rubbed pieces in this blend. I like the flavor which is a nice simple tobacco taste with a creamy quality. It is not as sweet as golden sweet but that makes it more of a every day smoke. It is popular enough to find at least two places locally at reasonable prices.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I previously smoked this blend regularly. However, from my exposure to VA flakes, I've grown to prefer many of them to this burley blend. I also now favor the taste of MacB's Navy Flake which is also Burley based but more mellow and in true flake form. GE is one of the better rubbed out burley blends but had a tendency to burn hot for me and torch my tongue especially @ a high burn rate and/or if smoked all day. Although a good smoke, not a great one and I just now prefer others.

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gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (34)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

I couldn't agrre more with the review of Steden. It's a good tobacco ready to smoke and gives you a pleasent smoke, an all day tobacco

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camillako Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
camillako (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Same problem as faced on all Mac Barens for me. Intriguing aroma off the tin but very disappointing experience in the bowl.

Burns quite hot and bites quite a bit too.

For me smoking MBs has become just an exercise for temperature control and just not pleasant.

would not recommend it at all except that i can't give it 0 stars and i think the MB vanilla is even worst

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

I have now smoked several Mac Baren offerings and will not review them any further since they are extremely not to my liking. If interested in my thoughts about their line of tobaccos then just see my review on Burley London, it pretty much sums up this vapid weed give or take a slight aromatic difference (vanilla, cherry etc...).

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Doctor Max Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doctor Max (11)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This was my first pipe tobacco, and what a nice introduction to pipe smoking it was... The tobacco comes in a coarsely ready-rubbed form, sometimes with a few intact flakes on top (I wish it came in a flake version!), which is very easy to pack and light. Tin aroma is very pleasant, a nice burley with fig, raisin, date, hazelnut, almond and cocoa notes with a slight sweetness. Flavour comes through from first light and is very true to tin aroma, with addition of a distinct biscuit note and a very pleasant, discrete sweetness. The flavour develops a cocoa-like bitterness and that Mac Baren maltiness as I go through the bowl. Room note is a pleasant, slightly sweet note of slightly burned biscuits, almost no hint of smokiness. This tobacco burns incredibly cool. Nicotine content is quite low. All in all a straight forward, excellent burley. Mac Baren really hit gold with this blend.

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Very similar to Harmony but a little less honey casing on it. Very decent puff.

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Tallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tallman (35)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I fired up a lightly packed bowl of this in a big Aldo Velani and, since I read ALL of Pipestud's reviews on tobacco I want to try, I sat down in the workshop, ignored all the tasks that called my name, and puffed slowly...and was not disappointed! I'm not experienced enough yet to understand how many "dimensions" there are in a tobacco...if this one is "one-dimensional" or "multi-dimensional", I don't know..I just know it tasted like tobacco, had a little hint of sweetness, and was overall an enjoyable experience. I'm finding I really prefer the Virginia blends better, but this is a good smoke.

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Gun Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gun Smoke (15)
★★★★
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

I'll make this review rather brief. Let me say that Pipe4ever's review is absolutely on the money. This is indeed one of the best burley blends on the market. The aroma in the pouch is outstanding. Chocolatey, nutty, and a slight hint of honey. Just superb. Practically no bite ( unusual for a Mac Baren blend ), easy to keep lit, consistent pouch after pouch, and the room note is enticing.

The only drawback so to speak is that it is very light and one dimensional. Albeit, it would make a fantastic after breakfast smoke. Very well done Mac Baren.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

EDIT MAR08/2009:

during the working week just ended , I have been in good company with Golden Blend and Mixture by McB. It's been a true pleasure indeed, far much more than I did expect!

They both will be in my regular rotation, and I'm starting to think to some mix between them and more...

*

It's quite hard it happens I go to OTC blends (and even less to aromatics). Two fellows I visit on occasion are from McB, one being Golden Blend, the other is Mixture. I'm glad I did with GB, maybe the only almost Burley blend available in Italy, considering that american B's blends of the like of Edgeworth have disappeared so many years ago... Tobacco was much dry inside the pouch, the cut similar to a flake roughly broken, with long pieces of flake. Smells approximately nothing but a very faintly sweet and natural tobacco, and so the smoke, which I have appreciated. Oooohhhhh, unlike several of the McB's, this is not burning you mouth! This is something to smoke without thinking at the pipe, nevertheless it delivers a honest smoke, of course the risk of boredom is just round the corner ... so, at half the pouch I have mixed it 50/50 with McConnell's Scottish Cake, and got a really all-day mixture. I'm giving GB two stars and half, the other half to get once I find a younger pouch with more flavour. Anyway, thank You GB !

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (36)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I received two ounces of this from my favorite online 'baccy dealer and thought it would be a good stop in my search for a decent burley. It had a solid tobacco smell in the pouch with a hint of honey sweetness. It was very inviting to my senses and I couldn't wait to load up a straight apple and get a match to it.

As soon as I put match to tobacco my tongue was struck like a cobra waiting for me in the elephant grass on safari. I can't recall having ever been bitten so hard! I'm usually a virigina and VAPER smoker and haven't had any problems with tobaccos that traditionally bite if puffed too hard like Hal 'O the Wynd. I use the Frank method for packing my pipe and never puff too hard. A slow, gentle draw now and then keeps every other tobacco I've ever tried from biting. I don't know if it's the casing, the humidity (the tobacco felt on the dry side actually) or the humectant.

In any case this is a tobacco I cannot recommend. No burley should bite this hard. Heck, I can't even think of a virginia that has ever bitten this hard. If by some strange miracle the bite goes away then I will revise my review. Even with the bite I could tell there was some flavor there along with a sweet grassiness usually associated with virginias. It's just hard to taste it when your taste buds are scorched.

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jopado Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jopado (12)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I'm thinking that Golden Blend is now labeled Golden Extra under Mac's logo. I've tried to submit a review before but must have done something wrong. (Big surprise!) But what ever I might have said then I need to tell you now I'm starting to understand the term "all day smoke". It's a little difficult to deal with out of the tin but in bulk it performs GREAT. No need to rub it out any more than it is. You'll be tempted to rub it down because it seems a little to course to pack but go for it. In a medium to large bowl I use the simple 1/3-2/3-3/3 easy draw pack and often never have to tamp or re lite and taken slow and easy my pipe never gets hot to my hand nor the smoke to my mouth. True, it's not an exciting smoke or a "complex" smoke with flavors bouncing off of every corner of your tongue but it's my first comfortable "all day smoke". Not quite enough to make me turn my back on the rest of the cellar but close.

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ENThomsen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ENThomsen (5)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

(This review is for a tin of "Golden Extra" bought back in the summer of 2002. I rediscovered it last month in a tupperware container in a forgotten corner of the basement.)

This burley is better than I remembered. The topping/casing is not very strong and the quality of tobacco is very good. I have not had much trouble with bite, but I must concur with the other reviewers regarding heat. This stuff burns pretty hot. My old tin is anything but dry, but you have to be mighty careful. I can definitely see how this tobacco could blister a pipe.

Also, this tobacco is described as "ready rubbed". Well, maybe I am over-doing it, but I rub it out also. My additional work may be preventing bite, but it isn't preventing all that heat.

"Recommended" with caution: Go Slow.

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Hermit 78 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hermit 78 (33)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Less incendiary than most Mac Baren blends. The sweet casing goes well with the burley. I liked this back when I first started smoking, but I don't bother with it now. Danish blends are for girls.

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Sailorjack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sailorjack (57)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I like burley but I don't like this one. I find it bland and boring. There is nothing here to hold my interest at all. There are plenty of much better burley blends available. I am not even going to finish the tin I have.I'll just give it away but then again I wouldn't do that to a friend!!

NEXT!!

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Markos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Markos (4)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I really like this blend. It has that nutty choclatey taste that good burleys do. The tin aroma is somewhat fruity, perhaps even sweet and sour. It burns relatively effortlessly, but pay it due care, as it can get hot. I didn't really get any bite, but I can see how it may have the potential to bite. I had to force myself to give it a rest when it got my pipe too hot, but that's easier said than done as it is a thouroughly enjoyable tobacco. If it weren't for this blend's high temperature burn, this smoke would most likely have received that elusive fourth star.

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renoguard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renoguard (17)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I got me a tin of this a few days ago. Enjoying a bowl in my GBD Rockroot with a big smile:-). It reminds me of Mac Baren's Harmony, but with a little bit more personality. The room aroma is pretty good in my opinion.

If you are exculively a fan of majorly sweet aromatics and HATE anything else, You may as well reach for the can of Blue Note on the next shelf. If you want to try something different, with flavor, grab a tin. Don't smoke it out of the same pipe as you do your Cpt. Black (if you smoke it like me).

I am a fan of both Aromatics and non aromatics. Aromatics such as Blue note is like having a chocolate sundae, Blends like Mac Baren is like having a steak. (not literally, but figuratively). Either one should be savored and enjoyed depending on mood and personal taste.

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

This tabac has a really great taste similar IMHO to Old Gowrie, I cant recommend this because my conscience wont allow it. It burns so hot that it has blistered one of my pipes, it burns hot even with careful puffing and goes off all on its own. Too bad tho, it tastes really good and the price is right, just goes to show that you cant buy a Mercedes with bmw money.20/09/2007 Update and upgrade. Please refer to my review on Golden Blend

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I do enjoy the taste of this blend. The hidden tastes when smoked slowly is rewarding, it packs easily and the smell of the tobacco in the tin is good too. But boy does it burn hot. Even with really careful packing and puffing, it seems to burn all on its own. Very disappointing indeed considering how good it tastes while smoking. The volume of smoke is also not good at all. Great taste but very hot indeed, it blistered my pipe 20/09/2007 Hmmm, seems as if I am suffering from foot in mouth disease again. After reading the reviews on this tabac again yesterday I read that this blend smokes best in a big bowl, I then visited the MacBaren site and read somewhere that the bowl should be packed fairly loose. The result was a stunning smoke from first light to the last puff. Please bear in mind that this tabac has been extensively aired out and was just right for a smoke. I doubt I will get the same results from a new pouch or tin. I left the best for last, would you guys believe that this blend did not bite??? Enjoy, Mo, South Africa

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Update

Whoops! I got this one wrong with Golden Extra... _________________________________

This was the first MacBaren blend that I purchased, in a department store: it just started to be imported in Canada.

When I breaked the seal, I was impressed by the broad, long cut ready-rubbed flakes that were inside. The smell was nutty, the leaves a nice medium brown, very similar to Scandinavik regular.There wasn't much golden shades in there.

The taste,after lighting up, was a big like cereal, a bit nutty and rather rich. unfortunately for me, I wasn't ready for several steps up because I decided to stick with my old Captain Black...

I wonder how I would like it today...probably too much on the mild side.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This was the first MacBaren blend that I purchased, in a department store: it just started to be imported in Canada.

When I breaked the seal, I was impressed by the broad, long cut ready-rubbed flakes that were inside. The smell was nutty, the leaves a nice medium brown, very similar to Scandinavik regular.There wasn't much golden shades in there.

The taste,after lighting up, was a big like cereal, a bit nutty and rather rich. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't ready for several steps up because I decided to stick with my old Captain Black...

I wonder how I would like it today...probably too much on the mild side. But I might give it a try, I still remember, 15 years after, the beautiful bakkie and the nice smell and taste of the tobacco.

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bird dog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bird dog (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Like MacBaren Navy Flake, the base tobacco is light and grassy. The flavoring is one I can't put my finger on....some write chocolate...maybe, I guess. A pleasant smoke and can be rubbed out a little more or pack it just like it is....smoke gently, and will give you an honest smoke. An occasional choice for me, somewhat prefer the honey cased navy flake when I want a little more flavor. 3-4 stars...combined it 1/1 with some mature red cake, and I liked the combo.

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CheckeredFlight Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CheckeredFlight (8)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

Opening the tin, as typical with MacBaren, the tobacco is well presented; aroma, appearance, moisture content. Having smoked Golden Extra in smaller pipes, today I decided to try it in my Ardor Sherlock. Although I found it to be a good smoke in standard size pipes, I must say that in the larger bowl this blend is much more satisfying.

It is labeled as ?ready rubbed?, I?m not sure of the origin of that term but felt it worth noting that I found this to be partially rubbed rather than fully rubbed. Without any further rubbing I lightly loaded a wad into my pipes leaving an air gap at the bottom of the bowl. That with a light, and an enjoyable smoke ensued (no tamping required).

Observations include: a very pleasant room note through the entire bowl, that being a subtle aroma of a "chocolate cake baking" and "coffee brewing" on the fringe of a tonic leathery bass note. Flavors were also of the same notes.

This blend does contain some Virginia leaf. That Virginian sweetness peaks through midway through the bowl (if one is puffing gently) and like a child wanting attention, keeps coming around time and again, giving a little nudge to the Burley.

Having acclimated my technique with MacBaren Blends, I experienced absolutely no tongue bite. A slight gurgling, once or twice through the bowl reminded me to lighten up my draw and my pace. MacBaren tobaccos are excellent if you know how to draw out their best behaviour.

I give this tobacco four stars, it?s a masterful blend and a high quality product. I believe it to be best in a larger pipe, but find it enjoyable in the standards too.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Really a very nice, toasty sweet burley. One of the few Mac blends I can enjoy without destroying my tongue. Give it a shot!

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (59)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

excellent burley blend, it's a one note blend but an excellent one! there is some chocolate taste to it but very mild, the nicotine is just right not a all day kinda of smoke but is a good change of pace for me since I mostly smoke Vapers, no tongue bite what so ever as of yet, it goes great with a cup of coffee. I started smoking it in the summer but definetly goes better now during the winter (I have to smoke in the porch). It does take time to appreciate the subtleties of the burley.

Update I have to downgrade one star to this great blend because it does not behave well in small size pipes as my tongue has come to know, beware this thing can bite!!, anyways it baheves like a champ on my Macarthur corn cob and bigger size pipes.

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

Golden [extra] blend is one of the best burley blends on the planet!Again,you guys that smoke heavy latakia stuff won't like this.For the rest of us who like burley .... wow !

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F. Prefect Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
F. Prefect (24)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's no accident that this Burley based blend is still going strong over 50 years since it was first introduced by MacBaren. Made up of predominantly cask aged Burley, small amounts of Virginia leaf are also added, producing a cool flavorful smoke.

If you like Burley and haven't found this one yet, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Although labeled ready rubbed, you may have to rub some of the larger flakes out further to obtain the size you prefer.

The taste is nutty with a hint of sweentness and a noticable chocolate flavor. Like most MacBaren tobaccos, you need not be all that careful in packing, and the blend will in most cases burn to the bottom of the bowl leaving only small amount of light grey ash.

If you're not a Burley smoker, it could be you just got ahold of one of many Burley blends that are, for the lack of a better word, bad, and you may find this Burley blend will give you an idea of what a good Burley can taste like. Recommended.

F. Prefect

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swfriends4you Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
swfriends4you (1)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first review---I have returned to smoking a pipe. I start off where I left off -almost 25 years ago. My very relaxing time of pipe smoking has returned. My first pipe full-brought back so many wonderful memories and smells of a fine tobacco-not changed much in those many years. -Still packs easily and burns evenly. I decided to introduce my new Peterson 303 bent with Golden Blend. What a wonderful combination.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is a favorite of mine in the MacBaren line. It is not too sweet and has a nice tobacco taste. Perhaps a bit bland for regular consumption on my part, but a nice change of pace. As I find to be the case with most MacBaren tobaccos, a slow burn is necessary to get the most out of the blend and to prevent tongue bite. It is nicely rubbed and will pack easily in any size pipe. Since the flavor and strength are not overwhelming, fire it up in a big Ben Wade or some other Danish freehand and enjoy!

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RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As with Burley London Blend I tried this tobacco after it was recomended by many on ASP as a possible replacement for Edgeworth Sliced. And, as with Burley London Blend, it doesn't make grade. While the flavor of this tobacco is substantially better than BLB, the strength of the nicotine again kicked me for a loop. Unfortunately, today is day two of holding my stomach after smoking too much of this tobacco and I still can't smoke for fear of wretching again. I feel very badly about this since to be quite honest, I like the flavor and had high hopes in each of my test pipes (this is test #4 - a group 4-ish Karl Erik 1/4 bent apple) believing if I could only find that magical combination of the right pipe for this tobacco I'd have a winner. I would have kept testing but each test left me holding my guts with the larger bowls being worse than the smaller of course. So, Flavor - nice. Tin Aroma - very nice. Stomachability (if there is such a word) - wretchingly terrible ... BUT IF YOU CAN HOLD IT DOWN, it's a nice flavored tobacco. I'll likely test it again in a couple of years hoping my stomach can take it at that time.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A sweet, monochromatic taste throughout the entire bowl. It's simplicity is its strength and it does simple very well. An easy and smooth all day smoke for burley fanciers.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Packs easy, burns clean and even. This is an absolutely delicious Burley blend with the perfect combination of sweet, creamy and nutty flavor without biting the tounge or becoming boring, therefore a great all day smoke. The aroma is sweet,creamy and nutty as well.

Since it comes in bulk, I got 4 ounces of it to try. I enjoyed it from the first bowl so much that I smoked it bowl after bowl until it was gone. When I finished the last bowl, I couldnt get to the tobacco shop fast enough to buy a whole pound.

At such a reasonable price, this has replaced Burley London Blend as my favorite MacBaren offering.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is - as others have stated - a very nice, lightly flavored Burley. It examplifies what can be done with just the right amount of topping. It provides a sweet, creamy aroma and texture over the nuttiness of Burley tobacco. Reminiscient of Union Leader but perhaps a bit more flavorful than that. Good for cool days when you want a bit of that "toasty" flavor and mood in your smoke.

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Eldrich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eldrich (7)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

I like to think of myself as a humble, no-bs kind of guy. That's why I avoid all tobaccos that try to convey an aura of wealth, privilege or aristocracy. Any blends with names like "Gold", "Luxury", "DeLuxe", "Royal" or "Club" are banned in my book.

However, the one exception that confirms the rule is Mac Baren's Golden Blend. GB's a nice, easy and undemanding smoke -- a nice change of pace for when heavier and more complex blends seem a bit daunting.

GB has a sweet, uncomplicated taste that stays the same pretty way all the way through the bowl. The only major drawback is the inevitable presence of Mac Baren's cardinal sin, excessive moisture upon opening the pouch. So crack it open the day before and let it air out.

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Next to Mac B's Burley London being the number 1 spot, Golden extra is In my Humble Opinion number 2. Excellent sweetned Burley tobacco. Both White Burley,and Golden Burley leaves make up this mild all day smoke.The sweetner,which of course is honey, is not a tounge biter here. Wonderful aroma,clean pipe,non-sticky,darn good backy.

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raz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raz (16)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Mild, nearly unadulterated and nicely mellowed tobacco here. A welcome change after a longer stint with aromatics and Va's.

Golden Blend offers a tasty, slightly roasted (or rather, toasted) and cool smoke. Slightly sweet, in a very nice way. Not a bit stingy. This is very much straight tobacco.

Smokes well and clean. Mild and pleasant, and will leave your tongue in peace. Then again, this can get very hot. So puff easy and Golden Blend will give out her better qualities.

Lights up easily, charring light is of course needed, and burns well and steady even in a bit of wind.

There isn't much progress in taste as you go along, save for a deepening of the taste at mid-bowl or so. If you're using this as a pace-changer, that's a neat plus.

All in all, a good relaxing straight burley blend that offers a welcome change of pace. This makes a good one for those summer cabin early morn, sunrise smokes. And isn't bad at a pub either.

(As the blend was previously sold under the name "Golden Extra" you might want to check reviews under that name too)

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SFC/E7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SFC/E7 (93)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

What an excellent change of pace in tobaccos, I generally smoke aromatics and Virginia tobaccos. I'm not really too fond of straight Burley Tobacco for smoking, but Golden Extra went a step further in presenting a mild smoking tobacco with a pleasant aroma. Although, do not let this tobacco fool you into believing it will not burn hot for it will get a bowl very hot to the touch if smoked too fast.

Upon opening the tin you get that fresh mildly aroma of sweet burley. The ready rub was not that ready rubbed IMO, as I just had to rub it a little more to my liking. It packs well in the pipe, lights up easily, and smokes like no other Burley I have tried.

I smoke this in a Larsen Port French Egg style bowl, but because of the mildness one could go to a larger bowl with no difficulty.

No tongue bite, mild smoking, extremely mild flavoring, with no offensive overwhelming aroma. This one has earned a place on my Occasionally smoked tobacco shelf

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BriarNorth (49)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Toasty, mildly spicy-sweet and good to the last ash. MacBaren tobaccos are some of the hottest I have smoked (and I smoke Va flakes) but this one is fairly well-behaved. You may want to rub it out a little but it packs just fine right from the pouch. For non-aromatic smokers in a situation where "room note" or "significant others" are an issue, reach for this one instead of a pouch of vanillacherryhoneydewmango as it will deliver real tobacco flavor and you'll be OK in the smell department. As for nicotine, this weed doesn't have a whole lot of it, so I don't reach for it when I'm looking for a little fix--or else I'll puff like hell and get the famous MacBaren bite. Good mid-day smoke, perfect for a sunny drive.

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