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A blend with tasteful notes of ripe cherries. The flavour is balanced by selected Virginia, burley and cavendish from 3 continents.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2397)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The base of the blend is the grassy, citrusy Virginia, which is processed in the cavendish style, and also offers a few drops of honey. The nutty, earthy, woody molasses sweet burley plays a support role. The unsweetened black cavendish provides some brown sugar. Though mildly applied, the cherry topping has some richness, depth, a slightly floral, sour note, and sublimates the tobaccos a bit. The strength level is mild, and the taste threshold is a step shy of being mild to medium. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a fairly smooth, lightly sour, tartly sweet flavor, though the topping does lose just a tad of its potency in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, slightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Two and a half stars.


10 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (530)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was lucky enough to get a sample of this one as it is not easy to come by in the states. This is a good aromatic and a great cherry aromatic IMO. To my tastes the bar is low on a good cherry aro as so many repulse me. The toppings in many typically come off as cough syrup or as something chemically designed to taste like cherry.

I realize that you probably just can't squeeze cherry juice on tobacco and expect to taste good or burn properly, so likely any cherry topping is something chemical that is designed to taste like cherry, but this one actually tastes like real cherries to me. There are other flavors involved, but overall it is cherry and it is good. My sample lasted probably 7 bowls and all were enjoyed. I won't go into detail of how the leaf tasted as it is something you really can't taste at all. This is an aromatic and it is all about the topping.

I don't enjoy this as much as GH Top Black Cherry which really isn't very cherry tasting either, but just tastes fantastic. I would say, however, that this will easily go down as my second favorite cherry aromatic. So three stars for this one and it could easily go 4 stars to someone who may think top black cherry tastes like soap or smells like an old lady's perfume. lol

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1873)
Very Mild Very Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Mac Baren - Amphora Special Reserve No. 2.

The pouch contains quite coarse ribbons and it unfortunately has a few twigs in there. On the plus side the moisture couldn't be any better. The smell from the pouch is just like the taste of the smoke: strong with cherries.

Special Reserve No. 2 lights well, and then gives a good burn, with a temperature that's quite cool. The flavour from the smoke's a bit like a cherry, cream, pie: there's oodles of the fruit, with some vanilla cream as well. The topping cancels out most of the tobacco tastes, it's rather heavy, thus, it smothers the tobaccos somewhat. It also makes the smoke bitey, unless it's tentatively sipped. The smoke's fairly thick and palpable, this would make it even better suited to the evening relaxation slot..... in my opinion.

The room-note's VERY cherry, and the nicotine's very mild.

Mac Baren Amphora Special Reserve No. 2? I think, even though it's quite a good smoke, the best feature of this is the note; it's really good fun! The note doesn't justify full marks though, so S.R.N.2 gets three stars, not four.


Pipe Used: Somali Lee Van Cleef Meer'

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

rafalgdansk87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rafalgdansk87 (12)
Very Mild Strong Full Very Pleasant

Very nice sour cherry aroma, but i also notice some sweet taste vanilla, which gives a great balance. It burns quite well and cool. Smoke is quite gentle. Overall i highly recomend this tobacco.

Pipe Used: Angelo Lovat

2 people found this review helpful.

MikeHaggarKJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MikeHaggarKJ (22)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I find the tin note and taste dominated by a sour, cough syrup-esque medicinal cherry flavouring. Excessive, overpowering and artificial. Makes me sick to my stomach and I couldn't finish a bowl. Tobacco flavour is mostly sublimated - you REALLY have to enjoy that cherry flavour to get any enjoyment out off this blend.

If you're not a cherry aromatics enthusiast, be warned.

It seems as if all aromatics have at least one "omg ultra chemical piece off shit not real tobacco"-review. Guess I'm that guy this time.

1 person found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (60)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

the third and final amphora that is available in the UK that I have tried.

I have to say that this is a cherry aromatic that ticks all the boxes.

out of the pouch the cherry dominates but it isn't a sickly or artificial flavour it actually smells natural, there is a touch of tobacco scent but over all it's cherry all the way.

A nice thick ribbon that packs easily and lights a charm, the cherry is straight away saying hello, the burley adds a nice nuttiness to the blend and the Virginia gives it that bit of tang.

it burns really well it never gets warm and surprisingly for an aromatic it has not one hint of bite, it barely even gets warm.

so if you are sick of gloopy aromatics, artificial cough medicine flavour aromatics try this one it ticks all the boxes for my and is a very fine smoke indeed, the strength is there and never overwhelms and is a fantastic social smoke the room note couldn't offend if it tried.

easily an all day smoke and one that I will be deffinitely keeping on hand.

This is what borkum riff cherry Cavendish could of been had they chose a more natural topping rather than the overly artificial one.

well done Mac baren for creating another fine amphora blend.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: if you like borkum riff cherry Cavendish you will love this, alas if you were disappointed by the same blend this will put the smile back on your face..

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Fish Big Pipe (GR) Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Fish Big Pipe (GR) (1)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the new blends made in Denmark from Mac Baren's collection. Cherry aroma (chemical i suppose) but I loved it! I will buy it again and again and again. When you smell the blend in the pouch your imagination will bring a woman's perfume in frond of you and you will have the desire to make love with her :-D This is absolutely one of the 'must to try' blends.

Pipe Used: Rattrey's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Danish Pipe Shop

1 person found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (191)
Mild Strong Full Pleasant

Strongly flavored blend. Opening the pouch the smell is intense and enchanting (the same of a cherry candy). The room note too. The taste is pure cherry. One of the best cherry-flavored blend. High quality. Really good for aromatic mixtures’ lovers. However in my opinion this blend is too flavored. Excessive is the right word. Tobacco taste is quite hidden. And it is too light with a low nicotine content. What can I say? Perfect for mild aromatic blends’ lovers. Not for me, not at all. It is essential for me to savor tobacco taste and its natural strength. For this reason in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 5 and only two stars.

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