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Notes: From Smoking Pipes website: A pipe tobacco for burley lovers, Amphora's Burley Blend is an old school mixture of burley and Virginia leaf, adding to that just a touch of dark fired for increased sweetness and spice. It makes for a well balanced blend that's sure to pique the interest of those fond of burley blends.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2727)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The very woody, earthy, nutty, cocoa-ish burleys also sport some rugged savoriness. The savory aspect reminds me of aged burley. A small amount of woody, earthy, lightly spicy and sour, floral, dry and nutty, smoky dark fired Kentucky boosts up the blend in an important condimental role. The grassy, lightly citrusy, slightly floral Virginia is far in the background. There are no toppings as per Per Jensen (I always wanted to write that.). The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste level almost reaches medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite even when pushed, though it does have a rough edge at times. It’s not overly sweet, but the sweetness present is natural. A ready rubbed cut mixture that burns cool, clean and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor from start to finish that also translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a little more than an average number of relights. Even though it has a bit of depth and body, it can an all day smoke if you wish.


24 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (236)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

After hearing of this blend (first available in Europe) I was intrigued and hoping it would come state side. As a Burleyphile I'm happy it did. Before receiving my two pouches I was wondering what it would be all about. At first I thought Amphora Original minus the orientals. After receiving my order I opened one of the pouches. No pouch note to speak of and not much of a tobacco presence to my nose. A nice medium to dark brown broken flake similar in color to Aged Burley Flake. Loading, lighting, and keeping it lit was a breeze as is expected from a Mac Baren tobacco. There was no discernible flavoring agent added that I could detect. This is one of the smoothest smoking blends I've ever smoked in 43 years of piping. Not much of a tobacco flavor but certainly not a hot air only smoke. I couldn't detect the Virginia at all - and happy at that as there was no tongue nip at all. This smoked clean and dry to the heal without any heat or bite whatsoever. Amphora Original minus the orientals and flavoring? I don't think so. This is its own animal and able to stand on its own merit. I certainly knew I was smoking Burley, but all the negativity associated with Burley was absent. Mild woody/spice notes detected with a subtle sweetness throughout. This is a great smoke for when you just want "a pipe," a here in lies its charm. Nice room note too, and highly recommended. I like it better than Amphora Original and Mac's Burley Flake by a wide margin. Kudos to Mac Baren.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Iverson Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Closest (but not too close) would be Mac Baren's Burley Flake minus the orientals.

16 people found this review helpful.

AC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AC (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I only smoke Burley (blends), and without any flavorings, toppings, etc. In fact, I almost exclusively smoke C&D Burley Flake #1 and sometimes, Triple Play. I think I've tried them all, for years in fact. But my very specific taste always leads me back to BF#1. Yet, disheartened as I've become in my Burley adventures expeditions, I do get excited every time I find (or someone recommends) a possibly new pure Burley blend I've not tried. To my total amazement, I am loving this Amphora Burley Blend! The broken flakes are very similar to the C&D Burley Flake #1, the moisture is ideal, the burning perfect and the taste, simply great. It does have a bit of a rather noticeable and quite lingering taste in the mouth, probably from the casing, but that's ok. Burley fans, go try this smoke.

Update (07/07/2019): I've been smoking this beautiful tobacco in different pipes, to further appraise it. First, let me say, that the said lingering taste has subsided quite a bit. I think it was just in the first bowl, where it was pronounced. This is truly a bready-chocolaty delicious burley blend. The flakes are just great, as I said, very similar to the C&D Burley Flake #1. I love it. The burning is consistent, even in every respect, including the consistency of the taste profile throughout the bowl. It burns to white ashes all the way, and with very few relights. The natural and sweet chocolaty taste in this burley is nothing short of remarkable, and it comes from the Virginia. I must say that such "focused" sweetness can be a bit too much after the halfway point of the bowl. I would have preferred a tad less of this sweetness. The Kentucky is noticeable too, perfect. The room note is pleasant, truly tolerable. This is a fantastic blend, and it is now part of my very exclusive list of pipe tobaccos. Smaller bowls will let the Virginias more pronounced, bigger bowls will feature the Burleys to a greater extend. No toppings, just pure delight. The last pipe I tried with this blend was a BBB billiard.

Pipe Used: Old River Rhodesian; BBB Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: C&D Burley Flake #1.

12 people found this review helpful.

KhingKreepy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KhingKreepy (2)
Mild Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Was gifted this at my local store as it just came in, and all I can say it is a wonderful blend. A all day smoke, dont have to think about it much, just light it, tamp and go. Came perfect out of the bag. Hints of Cocoa and that Virginia hay smell and taste but they take a back seat to the Burley which I really love. I usually smoke Prince Albert at work on the farm as its a no nonsense blend that one light and you can finish the bowl to ash, well I am thinking of retiring my tub of PA for a minute and buying up more pouches of this fantastic tasting blend. Hopefully we can get this in bulk soon.

Pipe Used: Rossi Rubino 8320 6mm

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Rems tobacco- GJ, CO.

10 people found this review helpful.

Lord Henry Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lord Henry (4)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

i do not use filters in my pipe, and i had no tongue bite at all. smooth as an well aged tobacco. typical natural Burley aroma and not too sweet.

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: german pipe shop

Similar Blends: Solani Aged Burley Flake.

10 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2011)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Mac Baren - Amphora Burley.

I've enjoyed some of the Burley offerings from Mac Baren this year, with their HH Burley Flake being one of my favourites of this genre yet. Amphora Burley is equally as tasty!

I never read the cut before I opened it, so wrongly expected a ribbon. But the appearance is a dark brown, chunky, broken flake; brilliant! The flakes have been reduced to EXACTLY the consistency I like to rub a flake to! My pouch had perfect hydration, and a rustic smell with a drop of sweetness.

The smoke is lovely! Similarly to HH Burley Flake the flavour's lead by the Burley, the others lightly season the smoke; the Kentucky more so. The Burley has more of an inured flavour than a sweet one; there is some sweetness, but this is understudy. I note some hardy Kentucky, fiery and punchy, but the Virginias are about in need of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to seek them out! The burn causes no problems, generating a mid-temperature smoke. I spent a morning smoking this without any bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not too bad.

Amphora Burley? A definite four star smoke:

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

9 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (175)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Could this be HH burley flake fully rubbed? It's close, but I think not. Not quite as rich and it has a slight top note I think (molasses or chocolate but light). Mostly smooth and natural tasting. No bite.

Cool, tasty, hint of sweetness, with old fashion burley goodness.

An all day smoke for those that do.

Recommended as one of the best burleys around, pouch or not.

Pipe Used: Tim west "old west" bulldog

Age When Smoked: new pack

Purchased From: SPC

Similar Blends: MB HH Burley Flake..

8 people found this review helpful.

rattdogg99 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg99 (37)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I must say that I did not particularly care for this one. I'm sure it is of good quality Burley which I do enjoy but it had a very sour note which I did not enjoy. This off taste is more than likely just my taste buds and won't affect others so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Pipe Used: MM cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

7 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (125)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

This one is a winner in my book ! A very natural tasting burley that pretty much drives the blend . Just enough sweetness and nic hit to satisfy. This is a simple straight forward burley blend but I am a simple man who enjoys it very much. I like it better than Solani aged burley . It has less of the chocolate casing and more nut earth and wood . Also about half the price and tastes better . Great morning smoke with coffee! Four stars

5 people found this review helpful.

Sangagor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sangagor (43)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Nutty and oily smell of fresh tobacco is changed to heavy smoke with no tongue bite and creamy pleasant taste. Nicotine hit is somewhere between mild and medium. Need only few relights. Very pleasant smoke and could be easily all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Stanislaw

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (80)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

To avoid that proverbial "nutty-woody-earthy" mantra you read in each and every burley blend review (my past reviews are no exception) I better compare Amphora Burley to the blends most similar to it.

It's better than Solani Aged Burley Flake. Yes, it's better. One would laugh at me (especially taking into account the difference in price) but it is better. It possesses all the virtues of ABF - plus flavour, aroma and reasonable strength, all of which ABF sorely lacks in my opinion.

All in all, it's on par with C&D Burley Flake #1. Well, flavourwise, C&D is better. But #1 is packed with such a respectable dose of Nicotine, it demands a degree of dedication when you smoke it. You can't just be doing something AND ocassionally smoking #1. You need to dedicate your time and efforts specifically to The Thorough And Enjoyable Act Of Smoking The Respected Cornell And Diehl Burley Flake Number One, and then, if you are lucky and/or experienced enough, you may try to do some extra things along.

With Amphora Burley Blend, you just smoke a good Burley without concentrating much on its' lacks or excesses.

I wonder why TobaccoReviews ought to have two entries for this blend. Unltil they are merged, I post this review in both.

Also I wonder why this blend costs so little (please don't tell McBaren I said that). Its quality far exceeds its price tag.

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (387)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The cut is a mostly rubbed out flake. It came at a good level of hydration for me. Some of the hunks are a little hearty, and after a couple of bowls, I discovered the best way for me to smoke it was to gently rub out a pinch in my hands and stuff from there. There is a little cocoa in the pouch note.

This is a very good pouch tobacco. I would not hesitate to pick this up if I were traveling and needed to resupply.

Perhaps the best way to describe this is by comparison to Pegasus. It is smoother and slightly less "edgy." There is a subtle spice when puffed, and I attribute that to the Kentucky. It is fairly mellow and has a few sour notes, and it does not have a bitter edge. There was a little sweet in the profile from the Virginias.

It was an unremarkable but pleasant smoke. It stayed lit and seemed to burn a little slow. I was quite happy to dump ashes and have another bowl.

This is good but not great. I have no regrets and would smoke another pouch if the opportunity presented itself. I won't go out of my way to look for it. It is a solid 3 on the scale.

3 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (88)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a big fan of Amphora Original as I think anyone who like MacBaren BLB or Golden Extra would be. So when I saw this newish Amphora Burley I wanted it straightaway.

This is interesting. This tobacco would never have been released under the Amphora name outside of the MacBaren stewardship of the brand. It strikes me as unadulterated Burley and Kentucky, and the Kentucky is applied with a light enough hand so as not to overwhelm the blend. Honestly the one tobacco that you could talk about this with in the same breath is Watch City Slices. WCS is one of my very favorites. I feel that one is sweeter, and shows its American roots by making one think codger Burley to an extent. This Amphora Burley is in the same vein, but strikes me as a more upscale European take on the idea. It is less sweet and more savory. The Burley here is milder, so even the light hand of Kentucky does more to the presentation. I am going to stick with the Golden Extra with added Kentucky comparison, because that is the most accurate thing I could say to you to give an idea how you'll find this tobacco.

It's really, really good. Only a 3 star for me as I have so many beloved Burleys in the rotation. I won't go buy pounds of this, but when I empty my 16oz jar I am going right out and buying 3 more pouches to fill it up again. Very good Burley and I think anyone who truly loves Burley will agree.

3 people found this review helpful.

Adam T Valleau Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam T Valleau (21)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I tried the new Amphora Virginia blend a few months ago, and I was pretty impressed with it. As a Virginia lover, I found it to be a very solid blend, though not the best VA out there. With this in mind, when Amphora came out with their burley blend, I had to try it. I also like many burley and burley-forward blends. Amphora Burley comes in a 50 gram pouch as a chunky, broken flake. Moisture content was just about right. Appearance was a medium-dark brown and fairly uniform overall. It was easy to load and was not difficult to light. A few re-lights were required, but not really a problem for me. Produced plenty of smoke. I was told the room note was rather pleasant. I tried this in a couple of briars, a MM Country Gentleman, and a meerschaum. Good in all of them! In my judgement, there is plenty of flavor in this blend. The burley clearly stands out, of course. There was the expected nutty, slightly chocolatey notes, and overall just a good, moderately hearty tobacco flavor. I could detect no obvious topping. The Virginia stays pretty far in the background. A bit of sweetness, but no hay, grass or citrus for me here. This blend is fairly similar to OTC blends like Prince Albert, Carter Hall, etc., but I think the Kentucky plays a subtle but vital role in this blend. It lends some spiciness that the typical OTCs don't have. But I still think it falls into the OTC “yer gramp's smoke” genre. Overall, this blend is not up there with Mac Baren's HH Burley, or Solani or Wessex flakes. But it is on the mild side of medium in strength and taste. Not too much nicotine (at least for me). It is well-balanced, flavorful, and could be an all-day smoke. Reasonable price, too. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Briars, corncob, meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

Similar Blends: OTC blends like Carter Hall, Prince Albert, Half and Half, but a little stronger and spicier..

3 people found this review helpful.

Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (51)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

To me this tastes like St Bruno ready rubbed (now also produced by Mac Baren) but without the Lakeland dressing. I'm not a big burley fan myself these days, but someone who is would most probably like this. The tobacco itself seems of a good quality and it's pretty good value for money.

3 people found this review helpful.

KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (67)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Earthy, walnut-like woody nuttiness at first 2/3 of the bowl followed with a pinch of Cayenne + black pepper mix through final 1/3.

Lovely blend with moderate strength. Smoother compared to similar American Burley blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (303)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The pouch note is sweet, somewhat chocolate-ish, with very little of the expected cocoa note. The leaf is a dark brown broken flake (it most certainly is not ready-rubbed because I have to rub it out a goodly bit to get it to where I can light it properly).

Once lit, the flavour is sweet with a bit of chocolate, not particularly strong (OK, I did not expect that), the room note is nice, but does not have that airy cocoa zing to it that I normally expect from a Burley. The burn is a little hot, but manageable. I am left with substantial amounts of dottle at the end, which I cannot relight no matter how.

Overall, this is a nicely sweet blend (for a Burley), nice flavour, acceptable room note, but I would not buy again.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new pouch

Purchased From: DanPipe, Lauenburg, Germany

Similar Blends: Solani - 656: Aged Burley Flake — somewhat similar in style, Mac Baren - Norwood.

2 people found this review helpful.

LOGS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LOGS (4)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A smooth smoking broken flake burley with mild sweetness and a decent room note. Completely inoffensive, light in flavor, with no danger of tongue bite. The taste has a slightly artificial quality that reminds one of Peter Stokkebye PS41 Cube Cut Burley. Hardcore burley lovers and Old Joe Krantz fans won't find much here to get excited about. Supposedly contains dark fired but don't get your hopes up; it's well hidden. This is basically an upgraded codger blend for new comers and those put off by what a truly flavorful burley can bring to the table.

- Logs

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie

1 person found this review helpful.

DrNapoleon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrNapoleon (10)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

In tin note, the first fiddle is played (as could be expected) by earthy, heavy, cocoa, nut Burley. Virginia is almost imperceptible in my opinion. The tobacco definitely needed a little drying. The taste is full-bodied, earthy and heavy. You can also feel Virginie's slightly hay-like piercing. If you smoke too quickly, it can bite. The biggest disadvantage is that the taste does not change even a little during the whole smoking, which makes it extremely monotonous and simply boring. That's why I try to burn it in small chimneys. Leaves a large amount of condensate. In my opinion, it is not suitable for all-day smoke. I can give the maximum 3 stars, but only on the condition of smoking in a small pipe.

Age When Smoked: New

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (146)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another pleasant surprise.. This blend has that classic Mac Baren burley flavor.. It seems to fall somewhere between Golden Extra and HH Burley flake on the flavor spectrum.. Just a pleasant old school smooth nutty smoke.. the Kentucky and Virginia are in the background but do a nice job balancing out the blend.. I like the occasional burley.. but I have the feeling regular burley smokers will absolutely love this one. Great quality for a pouch.. and a further example of why Mac Baren is currently one of the best blenders out there.. 3 stars for my tastes..

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Ocelot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ocelot (16)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Fine burley blend, very similar to Mac Baren's HH Burley Flake. But in a different cut. I think it is more broken flake than ready rubbed.

Big amount of burley, smaller portion of Virginia and a pinch of Kentucky.

I like it!

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