Mac Baren HH Pure Virginia

(3.37)
A blend composed of both air dried and flue cured Virginia tobaccos. HH Pure Virginia is 100% Virginia tobaccos from North America and Africa. Both continents have a high reputation for growing the finest Virginia tobaccos in the world. Like all tobaccos in the HH family this blend has no top flavour and only the absolute necessary casing in order to emphasize the natural tobacco taste. You will experience the natural sweetness and “grassy” taste from the Virginia tobacco.

Details

Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Per Jensen
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin weight
Country Denmark
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.37 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 18, 2018 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong
This reminded me a lot of the one I just reviewed, Amphora Virginia. The latter is a 'ripped flake,' this Pure VA is a pressed flake. The taste profiles between the two blends were similar, at least to my palate. Much of what I said for the Amphora blend goes for this one, too—a bit sharp, slow burning, strong. I prefer softer, lighter, pressed flakes. This one's a good sipper, but I much rather burn up a Capstan Yellow or an Orlik Golden Slice, they're lighter, and more pleasant to smoke. Still, HH Pure VA is pretty good. If you really like sharper VA's then this one's for you. 2.50 stars.
PurchasedFrom: A full tin, from the Chicago Pipe Show
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 20, 2018 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong
The presentation is top notch and the tin note is enticing. As a lover of all things, Virginia these two aspects make me excited, very excited. Unfortunately, this is where my excitement ends with this blend. Bright Virginia's take to the forefront and are grassy with a moderate zest. There are the occasional dark fruit notes and a fleeting sweetness that becomes more prominent in the last third of the bowl. Overall, the blend is rather monochromatic and uneventful.

I know that this blend receives lots of love but I just can't get on the wagon. I appreciate the HH line and their goal to "emphasize the natural tobacco taste." However, this one is a miss for me. Out of all the VA varietals, brights are my least favorite and this obviously impacts my opinion of the blend. I would love to see an addition to the HH line that highlights reds as opposed to brights.

Pipe Used: Various briars and meerschaums
Age When Smoked: 3 years old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 07, 2017 Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
2 year old tin. It gets full points for presentation and smell off the tin. My flakes were hard to keep lit, I had to relight a lot. In the taste department it's more earthy than grassy or sweet with some brioche flavor.

While advertised as topping free, a sweet licorice taste shows up. After smoking it with a regular pipe, I tried it with a new pipe and the licorice taste was omnipresent. I guess that a casing can do as good a job as a topping. Licorice is my favorite flavor since I was a kid, there's no hiding from my taste buds.There are better "pure" Virginias out there, sorry for being the party pooper.

Virginia lover
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 05, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
don't puff straight Virgina often but it's good for a break from my usuals. this is a good one to try if you haven't. good price for a decent quality tin. I find it to start really good and get harsh at the end. many better flakes out there. I prefer Newminster 400 over all the rest. taste is subjective. this one i keep on hand because of the tin size. flu and air cured pressed tobacco.
Pipe Used: Nording freehand
PurchasedFrom: tobacco pipes
Age When Smoked: fresh and aged.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 23, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
I got this in a 50g pouch and even had aluminium foil sealed,it's very dry. when smoking got a lot moisture. compare with other pure Virginia flake this not impress me at all, just like average Virginia out there.
Pipe Used: Unknown Briar, Peterson.
PurchasedFrom: Online Shop
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 23, 2019 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Very Strong
My first unflavoured Tobacco and my first Flake-cut too...

During my first tasting it had a lightly sharp flavour which bit my tongue, but the second time it worked better.

Flavour on Skales from 0 to 7: flavoured: 0 smokey: 5 vanilla: 0 roasted: 5 grassy: 0 nutty: 3 acid: 0 wort: 5

I drank during my tasting a cup of herbtee on my balcony. It was a cold but dry evening.

I'm not quite shure if this is really my type of tobaco... But my friend dislikes the aftertaste and the smell of this.
Pipe Used: Venini, Light Bent, Filter
PurchasedFrom: http://www.kammerers-tabakstube.de/
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 14, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Given this one's ready availability and also the fact you can buy a bulk version of it, I was hoping this could be a substitute for some of the other coveted straight Va. flakes out there.

While this has the grassy tin note and flavour, it unfortunately has a bit more sharpness / bite to it than some other offerings like Gawith's FVF or Capstan Blue. It might be a little closer to F&T Cut Virginia Plug though.

Still, if you're out of a Va. flake and cannot find FVF, don't want to pay the Capstan prices, then this could certainly do, but a better option might be Peterson/Dunhill Flake.
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