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A deluxe roll cake tobacco blended from spun, ripe Virginia, burley tobaccos and cavendish. A unique composition. Mild to medium strength.

Notes: Introduced in 1990. Formerly called Royal Twist.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild, Medium
Flavoring
Very Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the spicier MacBaren products on the market, with a very light honey topping. The spice comes from a generous helping of fire-cured black cavendish which imparts a very slight vanilla flavor, too, though the latter aspect is not noticeable in every puff, and when you do taste it, it's as soft as a lover's whisper. There is a light honey, citrus sweetness from the gold Virginia which acts more as a base for the black cavendish to play off. The burleys are minor players here, but they add a very mild earthy flavor, and slight nutty sweet tone. This blend has some of the creaminess noted in MacBaren's Scottish Mixture with a lot more spice, and a bit less complexity. Burns slow, but evenly with a consistent flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Though I rate it as medium in strength, and light on the nicotine, I would not consider this to be an all day smoke. I consider this to be a real sipping blend due to the spice content, so puff moderately. I find it very compatible with hot tea or coffee as a drink.

18 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Roll Cake presents as tiny, delicate, loose coins with a range of colors from specks of blonde to thicker, darker browns - visualize a 50% scaled down version of Luxury Bullseye Flake. Tin notes of hay, fig, date, molasses, and dark chocolate.

The charring light brings a nice, sweet cocoa to the forefront. But it's quickly swept away by the more dominant molasses flavor. By mid bowl the molasses shares center stage with stewed fruit flavors of fig and date with the dark chocolate and lighter Burley cocoa notes present, but further in the background. By the final third that consistent molasses note persists. Overall, the blend is consistent throughout the smoke, and a treat for lovers of this flavor profile.

A note on tongue bite: As with many Mac Baren blends, this one can burn hot if not smoked carefully. With a consistent cadence and gentle sips, this blend produces gorgeous molassed flavors with notes of stewed fruit and chocolate. But pushing this blend is punishment on the tongue, and I would not recommend it for a newer smoker. Tobacco blends that require this much care are easily dismissed given the wide range of wonderful blends available today. However, that would be a mistake. In the case of Roll Cake, the flavors are so delicious that it's worth the patience and practice needed to smoke this blend successfully. In my humble opinion, this is a tasty blend that's worth the care needed derive the flavor.

In short, do not fear the Roll Cake. But approach it with caution. The patient smoker will be well rewarded.

Pipe Used: briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: 3.5 years

10 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Based on a one ounce sample from a friend. The discs were intact and in some bowls I loaded them as discs and in others, I rubbed them out. Didn't seem to matter. I hadn't smoked any of this since the early 1990's when I picked up a tin with the name "Royal Twist". I don't recall what my thoughts were back then, and I probably won't remember smoking this ounce 20 years from now. As with Club Blend, this mix sizzled my tongue before I even lighted it. All I had to do to get bit was to place the loaded, unlit pipe in my mouth and wait 3 seconds. Unlike with Club Blend, I decided to light the pipe and see what happened. Eventually the sizzle settled down. Some weird smoker/tobacco interface disconnect. I soldiered on.

As with a lot of Mac Baren's blends, the flavor was a mixture of dumbed down hot air and tasteless sweetness, kind of like adding sugar to water. Very bland. The pastry-sweetness of some of the Mac B blends was subdued a bit, but it was still very annoying. The sweetness was not natural tasting, as with a lemon virginia, but was "cavendish-y" for lack of a better word... very contrived instead of natural. But it was simple sugar - the sweetness had no backbone. I tried smoking this in a crispy state, as in so doing, I was able to get Stockton to an enjoyable level. Not so here. This tasted like "Scottish Mixture Light" - syrupy, and with a definite lack of true tobacco taste. If I had to choose between this and the Velvet pouch I just finished, I'd take Velvet everytime. This isn't a bad tobacco, and I can see where it would have it fans. But to me, it highlights all the things I find problematic with most Mac Baren blends. If you like the typical Danish style or Mac B's Dark Twist and Mixture, you'll probably like this one. If not, it's probably best to avoid.

7 people found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Apparently, Roll Cake has been re-engineered to remove perique, much like Three Nuns. My tin's bottom reads "A blend of twisted Virginia, Cavendish and perique tobaccos." A pity, since they used it in a delicious proportion that didn't irritate my mouth.

I've smoked several tins of RC, unlike far too many reviewers here. This blend requires more tries than most to get the pipe and technique down. I gave up on my first tin for several years, dismissing it as a biter. Either the years mellowed it or the large Comoy I use tamed it, but I now find it to be a very rich, spicy and sweet blend when smoked slowly. Admittedly, the tins I've finished are now nine years old, but I advise those who judge (and post) after one bowl to keep trying. It ages well.

I'll try a new tin to confirm the above ingredient statement as well as my assessment of the blend presently sold.

Pipe Used: large Comoy's bent billiard

Age When Smoked: 5-9 years

Purchased From: JR Cigars

Similar Blends: Dark Twist, Club, etc. Many MacBarens overlap.

5 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This one surprised me a little. I was expecting more strength and richness, given the tin description. I have smoked it many times, but am recently going through all of my Mac Baren blends again after having an epiphany about how to approach them. HIstorically I smoked them shortly after rubbing them out. They are very moist in the tin, and bit the hell out of me most of the time. I have now learned that if you let them dry out A LOT, you get a much improved, and less painful, smoking experience. The bowl I am presently smoking of this was rubbed out and let to sit for at least three hours. It is dry to the touch. You will be surprised how much moisture is still in the tobacco, even after that degree of drying. The result is a much cooler smoke which burns more readily, and more of the tobacco flavor with more depth. In the past I was not a big fan of these Mac Baren blends. Now I am finding a lot to enjoy about them, and look forward to working through more of them with fresh eyes, so to speak.

Now to the surprise. My tin of this says that, in addition to the virginias, cavendish, and a little burley, this has a touch of Syrian latakia. I taste none, and none is noted on the Mac Baren website. I would also point out that no perique is noted on either my tin or the website as a constituent of this blend. I detect none, it is not spicy in the least, and I believe that this is simply an error to be found on the blend description above. So the first surprise was expecting a little of that smoky latakia background, and finding none ( if I really try, I think I can detect something, but I wonder if I am just trying to convince myself). It may be that there is some small amount of latakia in the mix, but it is so lightly used as to be almost non-existent.

The second surprise was how mild this blend is in every sense, except for bite. Mac Baren describes this as medium in strength. It is not. I can find no appreciable nicotine. As discussed more herein, I am smoking a pretty good size bowl of this, and really and finding nothing in the way of strength. With respect to the flavor, it is again mild, and really just a sweet virginia type of mouthful with every puff. That is not really a bad thing, but as this is rated medium by MB, and that is was I was expecting, I was let down.

I will say that the second half of the bowl is much tastier than the first. While the overall flavor remains the same, it develops into a richer and more well rounded and fuller version of that sweet flavor, which is very enjoyable.

I find this to burn a little hotter with more bite than Club Blend, which has a similar flavor. Bite really is not a fair description. Smoking it slowly and with care, as I am, provides an experience which, while not "cool", does not bite. It is clear that if this was smoked with a higher moisture content, and with more force, it would feel like a thresher across your tongue. I am smoking it presently in a wide and deep bowled Neerup, and I think it would benefit from the more narrow tobacco chamber found in one of my Ashtons, for example. I am going to give that a try, and update with my impressions.

I was torn with respect to the star rating. If you are looking for a very tasty, albeit mild, sweet virginia smoke, than this is a solid three star blend. If you are looking for a richer, fuller smoke as MB represents it to be, than I think they missed the mark a little. I can say that I am truly enjoying this now that it has gotten going. It definitely has the MB "roll" flavor going on, which you just have to try in order to be able to relate to. The quality is very fine, and I think many suffer and do not give these blends a second look because they are both cased lightly with sugar, and very moist, which in my experience creates the tongue bite so many complain of. It is a different animal when you get rid of that moisture. So 2 stars for now, but we will see what magic one of my Ashtons can work on this slice of cake.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Once again MB makes good on another white label tin. Roll Cake is another example of cheerful disposition meets old fashion home cooking. I found this blend smooth and full bodied with a smokier/cherry-like flavor. A nice rediscovery and well worth the price. The spice element is quite noticeable, but a slower draw on one's pipe can tame that. Letting this blend, like several MB blends, air out for a short while will give it a toastier character and a fine round finish with far less bite. This isn't one of those blends that will knock your socks off. It's meant for sipping. That in itself is refreshing. Did I mention a fine room note. You can't get enough of that old world pipe smell, which MacBaren pulls off quite well time and time again. If your new to pipe smoking this is a great start. And the whole coin thing, pretty niffty trick. Enjoy!

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1646)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Mac Baren - Roll cake.

The rolls themselves are of fine construction and a good moisture level to fill with. They are similar to the Dark Twist Rolls in aroma as well.

The initial light is very easy and stays lit nicely too. The smoke has a leading Virginia flavour, but the Cavendish is easily detectable in it also. I get a little bite from it but the flavor more than compensates for that.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I have just finished smoking nearly half a tin of this tobacco (6/22/02), not all in one day of course, but it was tasty enough to deserve a half dozen or so bowlfuls.

The Virginia and Cavendish tobaccos make their subtle presence known throughout each bowl in gentle measures. Typical of Mac Baren's discs, the tobacco was easily rubbed out.

3 people found this review helpful.

Ian K Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian K (26)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Great tasting tobacco and has made it onto my favourites list. Initially Bought in bulk but have how added a 100g tin to age slightly.. Having no description at all on the tin I would put this down as a VaPer however reading the description on the website surprisingly has no Perique in it??? Taste wise there's a lovely fresh hay like quality from the Virginia and a cheeky spice hit from an Unknown source...I couldn't detect the Latakia either which it mentions in the description. All that aside it is a great tobacco, the rolls pack and smoke easily with moisture content probably a tad high when fresh but nothing obsessive.

Cannot see myself being without an open tin for the future.

After many months of not smoking latakia blends I now get the very gentle hint of the Latakia great smoke

Pipe Used: Falcon, Royal Danish, Petersons

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The backy shoppe UK

2 people found this review helpful.

Malus Rex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Malus Rex (9)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I enjoyed this blend immensely. Of course, I like hot peppers for the same reason. As Granny Rex would say, "It hurts so good!" Freshly opened from the tin the aroma was a sweet & natural tobacco symphony. I slipped three coins into my beloved battered bulldog known as Black Wreckage & commenced the charring light. Imagine my surprise to find that someone had carelessly left their pet viper in my pipe! I later found that all this blend lacks is time. Once it dries thoroughly it's a great smoke. There's just enough sweetness to let you smile as you puff your way through the bowl without needing being so cloyingly sweet that you need insulin. By the bottom of the bowl you reach a deep silky tobacco flavor with the slightest woodsy notes.

Pipe Used: various briars, meerschaum & Ashton bent rhodesian

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

All Mac Baren doubters should invest in a tin to really see how their (admittedly, not always unfounded) prejudice holds up. Of all Mac Baren's offerings I've come across, this is the one I enjoy the most.

I do detect some perique'ish components in the tin note. It is probably something in the cavendish process giving it that sweet 'n sour/spice note. There's a sweet, sugary intensity to the note and latakia is, as far as I can gather, present in the tin note, but not to any great extent.

For a Mac Baren, it is in the expensive league, but as a premium blend among others, it fares well. And worth it, I might add. In the usual Mac Baren way, the tins are filled to the rim, so you're getting your pennies worth - the moisture content, which is a bit high, has been frowned upon by my predecessors, but that is the least of my headaches. I've had Mac Baren blends hold up for years in perfect smoking condition in simple Tupperware containers. How can that be anything other than good? Perfect for those of us that simply can't stick to anything less than 20 opened tins at any given time. I do find it smokes better when aired out a little, and I'm never in such a hurry that I don't have time to let it rest in the pipe before lighting up; an hour or so is just about right for me.

Taste is predominately that of smooth and creamy burley, and the "periqueish" cavendish make its way through in the taste if sipped very gently. There is a faint note of latakia spice and smokiness melding in and out also - but hard core latakiaphiles probably do not need bother on the premise of the latakia. Like many Mac Baren's, you're not doing yourself any favours if you smoke only a few bowls and then give up. I symphatize to some degree with the "Weak, and insipid...warm tasteless air" remarks, but my sympathy only goes as far as saying: Do it again and do it right. It takes a little getting to know and pacing is key. Although Roll Cake is very forgiving when smoked, if you're not getting any taste, you're smoking too fast. With the right tempo the flavour is very pleasant - almost like a mild and sweet va/per with just a dash of burley; and like with va/per type blends, the side stream is an especially pleasant aspect.

Roomnote is quite unobtrusive, and pleasant to a smoker - you'll possibly get away with it amongst non-smokers or better halves (but don't take my word for it).

In conclusion, although Roll Cake in general can be considered an absolute top quality blend, it just lacks that intensity in flavour and nicotine punch that I crave. It's typical for Mac Baren in that it's a tiny bit too cumbersome to smoke and enjoy effortlessly. Every Mac Baren that I have smoked have all been needing some degree of coaxing in order to lure out those elusive flavours that hide in there somewhere, and unfortunately Roll Cake is no exception. But even so, I can definately recommend it, because once you hit its sweet spot, you'll be glad you stuck with it.

For what it's worth: when I smoke this I like to take 4-5 coins and roll them up until they start to resemble a plug, and stuff lightly, then add a couple of whole coins on top to create a seal - and finally, I take another coin and rub it up properly and sprinkle on top to facilitate lighting. There are many other ways to smoke it, but I find the above method works best for me and delivers the most flavour.

I smoke Roll Cake in a (to Mac Baren spun cuts) dedicated Vauen White Dot, which is filtered, but usually smoked with an adapter. The production code on the back of the tin is 08102991, which translates to october 26 2010.

2 people found this review helpful.

crapgame1967 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crapgame1967 (55)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Overwhelming Strong

I tried this tobacco in 2003 with my friend Joe who I was teaching the wonders of pipe smoking and all that I remember about this tobacco was the Blue Oyster Cult song "I'm Burning For You" going through my head as my tongue was set on fire! My friend Joe after we lit the tobacco promptly took off his hat and hit me with it right before telling me to never do that to him again! We both decided that this was not one of my better choices of tobacco and that this should be given to Paul the head security guard,also a pipe smoker, in exchange for a pizza and a dozen wings. Paul happily agreed and all involved in this tasting were very happy..Joe and I got a free lunch and Paul loved the tobacco! I love it when a plan comes together!

This was another try into the world of Virginia tobaccos and this was a total failure! I later found out that many people whom I know also had the same experience with many of the Mac Baren blends, so this was not something unique to me and my aversion to all things Virginia. Recommended for the very experienced smoker not a novice such as myself!

Pipe Used: cheap wall pipes

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: some random tobacco shop I stopped at while trucking

1 person found this review helpful.

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

As a former cigarette and roll-your-own smoker this tastes like virginia cigarette tobacco with the burning paper flavor included. It is a handsome tobacco and I hope will improve with age. If it does get better as time goes by I will update my review. As it stands now I just don't like it much. Club Blend and Dark Twist are much better. It will also roast your tongue if not cautious.

1 person found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (265)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The last of the Roll Cake-Series by Mac Baren I got to smoke. All of them appealed a lot to me, yet Club blend was a bit too sweet for my taste. Only confusion is the description of this one... some description mention some Latakia, others don't. Some say this one is "the only of the Roll Cakes with a mild top-flavoring" (which I doubt, as Club Blend is obviously topped by something fruity!)

Opening the tin of Roll Cake a natural tobacco aroma comes out. The tin note is somewhere between the Dark Twist and Stockton to me. The breadiness that's present in all the Mac Baren Roll Cakes is also dominating here. Mild sweetness and no topping or flavoring I could detect. Its smell is less spicy than the Stockton, but less sweet than the Dark Twist.

As usual with the Roll Cakes by Mac B. this one comes perfectly conditioned and can be smoked right away. Yet I prefer some short drying period as it enhances the flavors for me.

In the pipe I instantly get greeted by the familiar Mac Baren Roll Cake aroma of rich, bready notes. Some top-notch Virginias must be used, I like them a lot albeit not being too much of a Virginia-guy. Surprisingly this is pretty spicy, almost peppery. The Black Cavendish in the cores of the coins is made from dark-fired Kentucky according to Mac Barens description, and it may make for the rich spiciness. A gentle sweetness is in the background, but the bold spice and rich breadiness is dominating all the way. Throughout the bowl a mild nuttiness builds up, which I love, as well as a decent earthiness and slightly smoky peaks.

Roll Cake Spun Cut is very tasty to me. My ranking was: 1. Stockton (love it); 2. Dark Twist (pretty tasty); 3. Club Blend (nah.. too sweet for me). But after having smoked the Roll Cake Spun Cut, Stockton shares the lead with it! It's a spicier companion to Stockton, but very similar in taste and a aroma in the very same vein as Stockton is. With Spun Cut having this nice Burley nuttiness and richer spice; and Stockton having this pleasantly smoky, and a whiff sweeter character. Both having this lovely, bready aroma that characterizes all of the Roll Cakes for me.

To be honest I really can't make out any flavoring... not a whiff! And the Latakia? Maybe.., there's a slight smokiness in the back that reminds me of Latakia, but I couldn't make the Latakia out as such if I wouldn't knew. Anyways this is a very tasty 4/4-stars and an instant favorited blend of mine. It will take a looong, comfy seat alongside my tin of Stockton! I'd bet the Roll Cakes age excellently!

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars

Similar Blends: spicier than, , Mac Baren - Stockton , ,less sweet than, , Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

While Dark Twist is the tastiest of these Roll Cake blends from MacBaren, RC comes in second for me. These little coins are IMO the perfect size and easy to pack like a roll of coins stacked in your bowl or rub out to a stringy consistency, either way you will get a sweet Virginia zing with toasty notes. Actually quite nice and while not the amazing value they used to be, still a good price for 100 grams of very high quality tobacco. Mac Baren may be known as flamethrower blends but no one can claim they use anything but the very best tobacco.

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coldmoon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
coldmoon (24)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium 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 the sweetest of them all. 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, dark fired kentucky and cavendish tobaccos. Mapple sugar has been added to the blend to sweeten up the taste and if I'm not mistaken - a little bit of honey topping. Upon opening the tin I'm greeted with very pronounced honey 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 either BC or DFK. 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 DFK. 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 toasty, smoky spiciness. The extra topping adds to the natural sweetness from Virginias. 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 mild side. Not much nicotine in it.

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: 2 months

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

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USVI sailor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
USVI sailor (8)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

No matter which pipe I use, how I pack it or how slow I smoke it this tobacco ALWAYS irritates the heck out of my tongue and mouth. I mean it is like holding a blow torch up to my mouth and breathing in - can't taste anything for 2 days after smoking this stuff, have to wait until the taste budds are re-grown. In my book, it doesn't get much worse.

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samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (33)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I was gifted a sample of this at my recent pipe club meeting. I am a fan of burley/virginia blends. This one is quite nice. Disregard other reviewers notions of perique and latakia, there is none here. Perhaps a little spicy character at the beginning. Mellows out to smooth tobacco flavor and then sweet fruitiness from middle to end. Reminiscent of Edgeworth Sliced. Only drawback was it was quite wet towards the end, and the tobacco had ample time to dry. Lots of gurgling. One of the guys in the smoke shop noted the aroma was quite smoky, similar to mesquite.

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (171)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Doesn't bite as bad as Plum Cake, but still shows it's teeth.

This is a fun tobacco to experiment with, as far as the coins are concerned. But other than that, no excitement here. As one reviewer stated, it does smoke like hot air.

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

Not your typical VaPer due to the profuse addition of Cavendish. In fact, Roll Cake is similar to Club Blend, only a tad less sweet. The little coins are easily smoked, with no tongue bite (for a Mac Baren) and almost no added flavoring (again, for a Mac Baren).

It's worth a try, but don't expect something spectacular.

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

Update 2014-12-23: It has been reformulated. Now it doesn’t contains Syrian anymore, still good but different with a prominent Cavendish. I have to cut one star.

Original review: At Mac Baren they proudly describe RC such a “deluxe blend” and yes, it is! Opening the tin the unlit tobacco looks (s)well and smells the same, once lit RC confirms its noble lineage welcoming you with class tobacco flavours, the interaction between Cavendish and Syrian creates an intriguing empyreumatic note: a refined smoky-earthiness that emerges through hints of ripe and mellow Virginias, while a prime Burley rounds the edges taming the tanginess and managing the sweetness. Harshness, tongue biting, bitterness, bad aftertaste … forget all these bad things, anything gross or vulgar here, RC is really a workmanlike job. A top notch tobacco worth a top notch spirit as companion, try it with a small glass of aged Grappa such as “Magia” or “Bric del Gajan” from the stately Berta's collection.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoked this on and off in the past and haven't smoked it for well over 15 years. That was the time it was distributed as Royal Twist. It didn't do anything for me in the flavor department. I would describe it at best as smoking hot air. I do enjoy - and have since my early piping days - many of Mac Baren's offerings, but would have to try this tobacco once again to see if my opinion has changed any.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

100gm tin I purchased some 3 months ago.

Weak, and insipid. Like smoking warm tasteless air to be honest. Reminded me of a watered down version of MB Scottish Mixture (and that is weak in itself)

I certainly won't waste my time with this again. MB's biscuit'y taste that seems to exist in most of it's blends is really starting to turn me off..

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (58)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I'm not good at relaying the flavors of a tobacco to others, other then saying "it's good/ it's not good IMO". Roll Cake is good IMO. A nice honey smell out of the tin. A nice sweet natural flavor. As far as RC goes, I don't think you would go wrong picking up some of this if you like your natural tobaccos.

I've found that it is very important to fold and stuff this spun cake, not tear it to shreds. I fold about 4 or 5 coins stacked together and place the "end" (where the fold meets) in line of the draft hole so as not to clog up the pipe. Then I lightly rub 1 or 2 coins out to fill out the bowl, lighting with ease. Burns much cooler and much tastier. This really is a solid "natural" flavored tobacco.

Also, I love what this blend becomes when a bit of Latakia is added. A simple and rewarding hybrid to try out if you are into experimenting.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I would recommend this blend for those who prefer natural sweet Virginia/Cavendish in roll cake, the tobacco disks are so skillfully crafted with an amazing finishing, there is some plain sugar added to the tobacco to enhanced the flavor, the smoke is cool, semi sweet and earthy, there no Latakia in the flavor.

Also I would recommend to completely rubbing out the tobacco disks in order to get a consistent smoke, and finally, an extremely loose packing and slow puffing is the only way to avoid tongue bite and to enjoy this beautiful tobacco.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I wavered between giving this blend two or three stars, but since it's all a matter of opinion anyway and almost all of the tobaccos I try are quality tobaccos whether I like them or not, went with two stars due to my sensitivity to tongue-bite with MacBaren tobaccos, and I don't seem to be alone in this. I liked that touch of honey they use for sweetener (could this be the culprit?) and the overall taste as well, but could not smoke an entire bowl straight. It did not bite me as hard as Symphony. I did have some success when I blended it with an equal part of Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake and added a touch of blending Perique. This seems to calm a bit o' th' bite! I have stuck the remaining half of my tin away to age and will try to smoke some again in another few months to see what this does for it. I have a feeling it's a three star if I can find a way to control that bite! Love the cute little coins.

After a year, and drying overnight, not so bad. Very mild in flavor, yet pleasant, but with the aging I am able to puff it a little harder and not regret it. I'm going back out to have another bowl in a small pipe to see how that does me. Adding a star-as a reward for aging well after opening and being kinder to my mouth. I am coming to terms with the MacBaren bite question. I don't agree with those who say the problem with these tobaccos is only with the smoker, but also disagree that MacBarens have a bite "problem." There is something with the curing that definitely makes them sipping tobaccos. There are some Virginias which can be puffed a little harder, but this is not one of them. Question is, do I dare to give Symphony another chance? I still have flashbacks of the pain it caused me when I look at the tin.

11-17-12 I have had a chance to try some of this that may be as much as 30 years old recently, and Mac Baren ages better than its reputation suggests...

It used to be called Royal Twist...

Much better name back then, and though I wasn't smoking it "back then," I like the stuff from "back then" a whole lot more. These roll cakes develop such a nice, mild sweetness after 20-30 years!

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

My third experience of MacBaren's spun cuts, I had expected something similar to the other ones as noted in many reviews -- that was what had kept me from buying this beauty for so long, because it is a tad on the expensive side.

While the similarities to the other MB spun tobaccos are obvious at the first look, the tin aroma says "I am somewhat different" with a goodly bit more spice in it than Dark Twist or Club Blend, while at the same time being a little brighter. The tin aroma keeps the Latakia in the closet, as does the room note.

Filling and lighting is the same as for the other spun cuts: fold discs, drop in bowl, and remember to leave it some room. At the time of lighting, the magic happens: unlike the other MB spun cuts, this one starts out noticeably spicy from the beginning, with enough of the sweetness to make it highly enjoyable. The room note does not show off the Latakia, but its spice and toastiness is nicely represented in the taste -- something I consider to be a pretty good trick, considering the penetrating power of Latakia in the room notes of most blends that contain it.

Somewhat old-fashioned in its characteristic, for me, that is part of this tobacco's charm because it is not _too_ old-fashioned, as I think could be held against the Dark Twist or Plumcake by MB (though I also enjoy those). The Roll Cake offers enough of the beautiful taste of Latakia without the nasty room aroma that normally comes with it. That is what makes this blend exceptional. I have tried it in corn cobs, Falcons, Bjarnes, Stanwells, Vauens and DB pipes... makes little difference, it works for me in just about any but the smallest bowls.

For the leisurely smoker, this blend burns down nicely and evenly. Like all roll cuts it needs good maintenance, but it's certainly worth the effort for the joy it gives. Not for the beginner, certainly, but highly satisfying to this particular connoisseur (well... I'd like to think I'm one, anyway).

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Now it's the time of Roll Cake.

I visited RC the first time its 100grms tin appeared - alongwith Dark Twist and Navy Flake - five years ago or more. I clearly remember that 1) I bought RC and DT in the sincere hope to find something similar to Escudo or Three Nuns 2) upon the opening of the tins I didn't notice any substantial difference between RC and DT and, the hell! DT wasn't Dark as the word "dark" means to me ...

Yes, in the philosophy of McB, Roll Cake (and Dark Twist) is the nearest product to the natural aroma of tobacco, indeed.

As far as I can notice, the 100grms tinned McB's have not encountered the great appreciation of the italian smokers. Maybe it's because they are quite pricey, maybe also because the overall quality (very good) is not far higher from the pouched-brother like Scottish Mixture. All the above to mean that the tin I'm reviewing might be of the same era, therefore it's well seasoned...

Upon the opening the blind aroma is mainly hay-ish of bright Virginia's, and the usual McB's honey-sh topping but in a very much light fashion. The small roundels: bright virginias with inner dark heart of non-regular shape and presence.

The Savinelli Professor (unfiltered) no. 122 pot, which I have recently used to review Orlik's Golden Slices, seems the better axe: wide bowl but not too large. The bottom roundels have been slightly rubbed, then some whole's, on top a rubbed couple. The humidity is perfect.

At the charring light the tobacco react vigorously, a couple of tamp and relights was needed.

The smoke is very intriguing of the family but a bit more complicate than the average McB's. Mild but body enough. Faintly sweet & amicably sour, it has a caramel/biscuity character which is very pleasant. The plus is due to the pinch of Syrian Latakia - declared in the notes placed in the bottom of the tin - which to me is the main difference with Dark Twist, and gives a slight citrusy/smokey flavour. Ehi, just a trace of this.

I perfectly agree with the reviewer who wrote that only the slowest draw will allow to get the best from this truly elegant blend. So, not for the beginner, and it should be considered as a contemplative smoke.

Overall a pleasant experience, it perfectly fits my needs for the hot season. Something more refined than Scottish Mixture or Navy Mixture. Recommended in the same way, not less or more.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (76)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Let's get something straight first, this tobacco needs to be smoke slow really slow because one it will fry your tongue and second it's the only way to get all the flavors out of this mix, at first light i usually get thecitrusy taste of the virginias with the cavendish in the second part of the bowl the burley weaves in and out, with latakia way on the back almost unnoticeable,this is not tobacco for a beginner since it requires constant attention and very light puffing, if you are a nicotine fiend this will disappoint you. I'm only giving this tobacco 2 stars for the following reasons: 1.It's too pricey for what it is 2.It requires constant attention. 3. i doubt any aging will improve it.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

With the demise long ago of the previous perique version, I sort of not sure what the point in this blend is other than to maintain a product portfolio despite the general flavor profile that is largely represented in other similiar blends Mac Baren offers. It's good and if you fancy Mac Baren virginia blends and twists in paticular it's probably a winner for you but it's hardly different from what you will find in in Dark Twist or Club Blend; Not much difference between those two either. The characteristic sweetish cased virginia with that wonderful dark fired cavendish dominate. I could not detect the touch of burley as a stated ingredient but I did notice it was a tad cooler than their usual virgina based blends. So far after about 4 pipe bowls I could only detet once the faintest notice of it's trace latakia. Mac Baren should reformulate this for something distinguishable. Perhaps a small dose of another specially spiced cavendish or light casing that is reminiscnet to the fruity character of perique. Also, I can imagine that a faint background of something like raspberries and perhaps cinnamon would work in conjunction to the sweet smoky character of that dark fired cavendish for a "Royal" aromatic. Anyways, it's good on it's own but I see no reason to buy this over the previously mentioned Dark Twit or Club Blend unless those guys are out of stock.

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

Like all MacBarens, this is a beautifully presented tobacco (marketed in the UK as Royal Twist). It? spun into discs, varying in colour?from golden brown to black?and also like 98% of MacBaren tobaccos, shares that same indefinable acrid-sugary-honey like under taste, that seems to make them very hot and tongue burning, especially to the unaware smoker.

However, if packed in properly (i.e., not too tight, not too lose), and smoked very slowly, it can become a very nice experience for those who enjoy Virginias, Burleys and Cavendish. This is a slow burning, medium strength concoction, designed no to impress or excite (I don?t think any MacBaren has ever been developed in that vein), but to be peacefully enjoyed in the comfort of your living room, or in a civilised teahouse. Predictable, toned down, it has all the pastry like quality of the cavendished leaf, plus certain dullness from the Burley that keeps the Virginia always in restrain.

I would place this tobacco between Peter Heinrichs' Special Curly (which in spite of the description is so mild and lacklustre that you can?t taste the périque at all), and Stokkebye?s Luxury Twist Flake. Roll Cake is not as mild and biting as Heinrichs, but it?s not as dense and rich as Stokkebye?s. If you enjoy a quality semi sweet and predictable smoke to go with your tea or a glass of Bailey?s, this can be a very good option.

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

Hard to say something that hasn't been said. The tobacco used in this blend is of quality and there is absolutely no tongue bite. I am a fairly fast puffer and, to my surprise, this stuff smoked very cool.

Although I would classify this blend as your typical Danish (nothing out of the usual) it is flavorful and very pleasant, the room note is nice and the nicotine content is perfect. Enough aromatic flavor for a sweet smoke but still a natural tasting blend.

If there is any latakia in this blend I can't taste it or smell it, in fact I don't really think there is any latakia here.

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

I bought this tin almost one year ago and have been smoking an occasional bowl every so often. I was not too impressed. It smoked way too hot and I really didn't get a whole lot of flavor. I almost gave up on this blend.

But I read a review of another MacBaren tobacco which followed a negative review that I earlier gave Mac's Club Blend. In that following review, someone wrote that MacBarens tend to do better when you dry it for a while ("Dry it and try it"). And smoking slowly/not puffing too hard was reiterated as key in getting the true taste from several MacBaren blends.

After nearly a year, my tin of Roll Cake didn't need more than a couple minutes of sitting out to dry out enough. I smoked a number of bowls this month in a number of different sized pipes and each time I took my time and deliberately smoked slowly and tried to savor the experience. I was rewarded with a great smoke each time.

I discovered that this tobak is simply wonderful. I tasted and smelled many different natural flavors & aromas; grassy, a little sweet, a bit smoky, a touch of a nutty flavor. It also at times reminded me of warm oatmeal. What a smorgasbord!

The small amount of Syrian latakia makes the smoke more full and satisfying. This blend had some body and some character; it was both plain fun and relaxing to smoke.

Not an aromatic, this blend still had natural sweetness from the tobacco itself and from a lightly applied topping that did not mask the tobacco at all. The mix of predominantly Virginia, with small amounts of cavendish, burley, and Syrian latakia afforded some complexity as well.

I recommend Roll Cake, and due to other reviewers, I think I will try Club Blend again, but this time I will give it the same treatment and patience that I did with Roll Cake.

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

SmokeKing David

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

"Whole Virginia leaves that are specially selected are used as wrapper for all our spun tobaccos. The main tobaccos in Roll Cake is Virginia and the original MacBaren Cavendish. Just a touch of Burley and Syrian Latakia make the Roll Cake a unique smoking pleasure. Like all our spun tobaccos only a little top flavour has been added. These tobaccos are the closest you get to the natural tobacco taste." -Roll Cake tin description.

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with the now familiar, somewhat comforting aroma of slightly fermented fruit. The 3/4 inch, out of round discs are a two toned melange of caramel and brown. It just looks right; it smells right; and the tobacco 'feels' right. The moisture content was perfect; just slightly on the dry side of what I would call 'tacky'. This reminded me of Stockton, but with a deeper color to the spun tobacco, and a richer aroma.

Loading my pipe was simply a matter of scooping out some of the little discs, rubbing them out a little, and stuffing them into my pipe. I follow a rule that, it seems, someone on this site once laid out; MacBaren-pack carelessly, smoke carefully. First light was accomplished instantly, and the char began quick enough that I probably could have used a single match, had I not been using the butane. A gentle tamp, a quick relight, and I was on my way.

My first impression of this tobacco was that it was remarkably similar to Sail Natural (or perhaps vice-versa?) in its spiciness and fullness of flavor. It didn't have quite the dark notes of Sail, but it bore such a striking resemblence. However, where Sail is dark and brooding in character, Roll Cake is sweeter in disposition. The spiciness is just enough to be interesting, not fiery in the least. Puffy too agressively did bring the heat of the pipe up a bit, but still did not produce the much heralded MacBaren burn. This really does smoke remarkably pleasant. Half way through a large Oom Paul, I did notice a case of dry mouth developing, but nothing I couldn't handle.

The flavors I picked up were more of a natural va. and, of course, the cavendish. Lurking in the background of this tobacco is the same aromatic charactaristic found in Navy Flake. The room note is not at all oppressive, very wife friendly. The va. isn't quite grassy, nor is it oatey or malty. It is a simple va. component that makes up this twist, and it really just doesn't delve too much into the complex higher notes that Orlik Golden Slices does. As for the Syrian Latakia, I could not once detect it. However, there was a linger note of the exotic throughout, and the dry mouth; so I suspect that it really is in there, though only in enough quantity to add depth to the flavors.

This tobacco finished all the way down to the bottom of a large Oom Paul with only a couple relights toward the bottom, mainly due to my inattentiveness. All that was left when I was done were a few blackened chars of tobacco, and fluffy gray ash. And it finished up nice and dry. I have to say, if this is what MacBaren is capable of, I do not know why more people don't jump on their bandwagon.

I have learned that there is a technique to enjoying any MacBaren tobaccos. They need to be regarded as one would regard a wily animal; with the understanding that you need to always mainain control. Roll Cake is a little different in character than most of the MacBarens; it is a little more forgiving than Stockton and Navy Flake. Odd, too, that; since it is likely a blend of the two. If Stockton is too plain, and Navy Flake is too aromatic for you, then try Roll Cake.

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

I purchased a tin of Roll Cake based on its description and a recent article carried in Pipes & Tobacco about MacBaren's unique ability to create spun cut tobacco.

It is a beautiful presentation of golden (Virginia leaf) rolls with centers of black tobacco or Syrian Latakia MacBaren's claims is in the blend. I believe there is also Perique. Finally there are lighter brown tobaccos worked into the sliced rolls that are Cavendish and Burley tobaccos. This blend has the familiar MacBaren top note that to my nose is very plummy.

I did not find this tobacco too wet. Rubbed out and smoked in a Barling sandblast billard I've smoked for 30 years it lighted easily without bite and was balanced throughout the smoke. There is a hint of Latakia and to my taste Perique, with the sweetness of the Virginia and nutty flavors from Burley. This blend did not abuse my mouth.

Needless to say, I like this blend. It is a nice change from the heavier English blends on one hand and pressed flakes on the other. This is a unique and outstanding blend.

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AL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AL (24)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

After smoking two tins of this blend I am not a fan. I have one tin that I will age a couple years and try again. As some have noted, this tobacco smokes hot. A slow smoke brings out the best of a tobacco but with this one nothing seems to matter. Nice tin, nice coins.

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romaso Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
romaso (43)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is very similar to Mac Baren Club Blend, in that it is a sliced roll cake with a center of black cavendish. The Roll Cake uses a darker brown Virginia. I believe there is a touch of Perique. For this type of blend, I much prefer their Dark Twist, which has an even darker brown Virginia. But this is a good tobacco, just depends how you like your Virginias.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

This is MacBaren mixture cut in a different way, it just provides a slower smoke. Boring.

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Pagercat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pagercat (40)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Ahh...I love to start the day off with fresh coffee and rollcake! When stacking the discs the flavor and burn seem better and cooler. When rubbed out it can be a rather hot smoke (but then again, this IS Mac Baren)

For me, smoking this with some fresh ground hazelnut coffee is like smoking a stack of sweet rolls for breakfast!

Rollcake makes a great blending tobacco as well as straight. Try my recipe for "Iron Pipe" (named after the TV show "Iron Chef") which is three rollcake discs (rubbed), a pinch of McClelland's Oriental blending tobacco, 3 to 5 leaves of Latakia and one disc's worth of McClelland's VA#22.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Typically Danish and bland: a rather mild coin cut tobacco, with the usual honeyish tin aroma of Navy Flake and the stuff. Probably due to a combination of burley, honey and molasses in the recipe... The taste of this tobacco is quite bland: not heavy or bitey, or as "tiresome" as Navy Flake can be at times... but neither exciting or very tasty. The Perique is also very sparingly applied, so don't worry as you probably won't even notice it.

2009 UPDATE: I don't know what has changed compared to five years ago, but I am enjoying a 100g tin immensely. Either my taste has changed, or that 50g tin was particularly flat, because the one I am smoking now has all the good characteristics of the other MacBaren spun cut blends (slow burn, cool smoke, a fragrant and natural taste) but is probably even better than most of them! The Virginia provides good biscuity sweetness, the Burley adds a pleasant nuttiness, the now legendary Mac Baren Black Cavendish is not goopy or over-flavored but does a good trick of emulating the Perique spiciness (there is NO Perique in here: it was only present in the old Royal Twist), and the Latakia is sparingly applied but with a good enhancing effect. I would even be tempted to say that the smokiness is slightly more pronounced than in the (anyway similar) Latakia Blend. This is a very rounded and balanced tobacco, with lots of complexity, good body and a nice rich taste. Nothing stands out, it's the interplay that makes it so rewarding if smoked patiently in a largish bowl. Rating upgraded accordingly, and in my top three Mac Baren coin cut list, together with Dark Twist and Stockton.

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

I do not have the time to describe the attributes of this tobacco in detail as others do. However, as I do wish to contribute some feedback, I will simply rate this tobacco on a scale of 1 ?10, including tenths.

I rate this tobacco 6.5 out of 10.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I generally just pack the nicely prepared discs into the bowl but you may choose to rub out some to aid in the first light and reduce the # of relights. I prefer to avoid a hot smoke even if I smoke aggressively and therefore use this technique with most of my VA flakes. This tin aroma is just of quality tobaccos. During smoking, there is an excellent balance between the tobacco types with just the right hint of the perique for me. I didn't sense any great increase in the strength of the perique towards the end of the bowls and little variation in overall taste thru the smoke. Some may consider this boredom, but to me this is a great, tasty, cool smoke. Another winner from the world of MacBaren

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