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Amphora's Kentucky Blend is a harmonious blend based on more than 150 years of experience of tobacco blending. A large proportion of dark-fired Kentucky is blended with high grade Virginia tobaccos to achieve the solid and smoky taste of the Kentucky tobaccos.

Notes: Introduced July 2019

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2387)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The woody, earthy, floral, dry and lightly sweet, moderately sour, mildly spicy, nutty, smoky dark fired Kentucky is the lead component. The smokiness has a minute barbecue note. The Virginias offer citrus, a little dark fruit, earth and some grass as a secondary player. They take a little of the edge off the DFK. I detect no toppings. The strength and taste levels are just past the medium mark. The nic-hit is a step shy of medium. Won’t bite, but it does have a few rough edges as one would expect from a blend with dark fired Kentucky. Needs a light dry time. Burns cool and clean and a little slow as broken flake mixtures tend to do. The lightly sweet and rather dry, savory flavor is very consistent from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. The savory, campfire after taste lightly lingers. It’s not really an all day smoke, but it is a repeatable one, especially if you are a fan of DFK. Those experienced with DFK may consider this to be an all day smoke. It is a little less sweeter and not quite as potent as Mac Baren’s HH Old Dark Fired, though it does have enough punch and body to hold your interest. Three and a half stars out of four.


11 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (47)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Amphora, Kentucky Blend: A fantastic yet affordable summer dark-fired smoke

The Virginias seem to be made up of mostly reds and some brighter leaf varietals. They are sweet and tangy with a little grassiness (in that order) and I really enjoy them in this blend—more than those in the current iteration of Three Nuns, which tend to bite at the tongue. The Virginias dominate the first third of the bowl with the smoky-oak flavors of the dark-fired Kentucky seeming more like a condiment tobacco. However, the dark-fired flavor builds substantially the farther down the bowl you smoke. At the end, it becomes strong yet enjoyable.

4 people found this review helpful.

Chili guy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chili guy (12)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Dark fired Kentucky with enough Virginia to add sweetness and modulate the flavor a bit. Authoritative but not strong, a rich flavorful smoke. In my opinion, best in a large capacity briar bowl. Presentation is broken flake that can be more or less haphazardly stuffed and packed straight out of the pouch. Good moisture level as it is. An easy to deal with smoke that should be appreciated by any Burley lover. No bad habits with this one, no bite no steam from excess moisture.

Pipe Used: Peterson large Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Never had anything quite like it..

2 people found this review helpful.