Mac Baren Amphora Original Blend

A well-rounded blend, emphasizing the chocolate flavor of burley tobacco. Centuries of tobacco craftsmanship go into Amphora Original blend to bring out the rich chocolately undertones of the finest burley tobaccos, balanced with Orientals, Kentucky, and Virginia leaf. The result is a smooth textured and easy burning blend of rare distinction.
Notes: Made by MacBaren since 2006, the company owns the blend as of 2015.


Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Mac Baren
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Cocoa / Chocolate
Cut Ribbon
Packaging pouch weight
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.81 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 08, 2021 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
Now, an argument could be made that, of itself, Amphora Original is differentiated. Why? The recipe of the chocolate-coated blend is technically complex in nature, only coming about through some very involved craftmanship on the part of the blender. Thus, assigning Original to the OTC class may be somewhat misappropriated. Yet for the purposes of my stated mission, it was destined to follow the registered course.

At face value, “centuries-old crafted” Original is an interesting soup cooked with a motley assortment of distinct tobaccos. Specifically, this brown spattered Burley-based matrix is evenly complimented (per Mac Baren) by the presence of spicy Dark Fired Kentucky, essential Virginia, and Oriental leaves. Additionally, two individual Cavendish varietals provide the critical secondary element within the base line. Considering the expanse of varietals used and Mac Baren’s even-keel notation, I anticipated a lively yet well-rounded registration of flavor.

With this standard Danish “aromatic” recipe, the greenness of my disposition was properly initiated into the unique style of Dutch Cavendish. There are two classic preparations, (Golden & Black), as I uncovered. First, the Golden being an exclusive customary weave of select Burley and Virginia made further distinguishable by an elaborate triple processing method. A slow operation involving steaming to open the leaf pores, heavy molasses casing, and a final prolonged cold pressing provide the standard manufacturing protocol.

Similarly, the Black grade adopts the same processing router as the Golden but does receive an additional heavy casing (maybe licorice?) and steaming upstream prior to the final operational steps. Both Cavendish function within this blend to supplement the body of the smoke and promote the overall flavor fusion of the different constituent tobaccos. My assumption is the Black variety is solely fabricated with Burley in following Mac Baren’s official final product classification.

Generally, I found the mechanical attributes of the blend to be solid and respectful. Although a bit of drying time is best, the tobacco does burn cool, dry and at a comfortable pace. The bowl packs easily and stays reasonably ignited without too much maintenance. The blueish smoke plumage that Original produces is quite hardy and makes for an enjoyable experience. The texture can get a little rough and mildly bitey if smoked too vigorously; best to sip and savor.

Surprisingly what really grabbed me in relation to the blend’s pouch note was the immediacy of proud DFK and Virginia. Much to my disorientation, I could sense very little of anything other than a zestful raisiny grass note. With deeper inhales, however, I was just able to register a chocolaty-licorice scent and some familiar fragrances of a base Burley. Given the recipe, I was rather confounded by the biased registration.

Original makes its formative room impression as a cheery confluence of native Burley and Virginia aroma. Intermingled on that stream, an unmistakable herbal spice softly reports from the DFK and Oriental, bolstered by that definite cocoa-licorice accent noted in the pouch aroma. Balanced and well-proportioned, the nose on Original is markedly consistent with its core mixture.

Given the blend’s colorful mixture, I was very eager to learn of Original’s manifest flavor. Taking in an ample drawl, the foretold preview from Mac Baren of a balanced taste profile truly came through. Nothing really dominated the whole experience to the point of characterizing Original as actually being blasé; very consistent with no moving nuances whatsoever. Most prominent is the bottom flavor qualification of a nutty and a lesser sour deep woodiness tendered by the ever-present Burley, complimented by subtle highlights of dark molasses/karo-like influences accentuated by the Cavendish most likely.

Furthermore, I clearly noted the spiced smokiness of the DFK as the second leading element while the pungent/fruity Oriental strain and the proverbial grassiness of the Virginia less successfully jockeyed about for their position within the sphere of taste. Additionally, the chocolate top-coating was characteristically diminished only being slightly perceived on the retro-hale or re-lights. Essentially this timeless Burley-based blend, in lieu of its complex recipe of assorted constituent tobaccos, really presents a very mild and mundane smoking experience.

As usual, my trials consisted of burning this mixture in both a briar and cob. In fundamental terms, the overall impersonations of the mix’s qualities were more defined coming through the Meerschaum cob versus my standard Burley test briar. The fact of the matter is, I was somewhat underwhelmed by the briar-smoked presentation of Original. The experience was without commemorative impression given the history and fanfare surrounding the product. However, being consistent in the sampling process, by uncapping of the cob the flatness of my initial found some shape becoming more objective and consequently receptive to giving this one an equitable final assessment.

There are so many variables relating to the subject tobacco and the design/construction of the affected pipe that interplay, for one to define an assignable root cause would involve serious and costly experimentation. In sum, as experienced through the media of briar, I found the mixture to be conclusively uncharismatic and disappointingly average in terms of the total experience. Accordingly, the true character of Amphora Original, in my opinion, is best encountered via an ordinary cob pipe for what it is worth or essentially offers the smoker.

My final thoughts on the suitability of Amphora Original being assembled with other OTC/codger blends: From a functional and marketing standpoint, yes, I’d argue that it does conform to a basic classification regardless of the more costly price tag. With respect to sheer craftmanship, I think not. The intricacy of its standard recipe and complex manufacturing process, make the degree of congruence with other OTCs debatable. However, with this blend trial my hopeful perception and hard reality did not necessarily meet in the corner; I felt dumbfounded.

Dismally, I found Original to be pleasant but in an ordinary or uneventful way; nothing too hateful, nothing too stellar. On a related point, I do honestly struggle to sort this mixture into the Burley-based genre. Perhaps my somewhat drab assessment is attributable to the mixture being too balanced for my liking thus making it uninspiring? In my opinion, Original does not necessarily conform to the standard features of other OTC/codger Burleys.

On the other hand, and just for public record, it is a feasible all-day smoke all be it. Even so, based upon this exercise, Original is not one that I will have readily available in my standard rotation.
Pipe Used: Briar & Cob
Age When Smoked: 2 months in pouch
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2006 Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Tolerable
This is a very mediocre tobacco, dull, monotone, flavorless, I think it might br used to tone down or mix up other tobaccos with it. otherwise, pass it by,not even for begginers ,I think you're better off with Captain black if you are a begginer. Not disgusting, but I'm not buying any of this stuff ever again.
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