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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 ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams pouch
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2500)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild 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 outside of a sprinkling of sugar. 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.

-JimInks

15 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (70)
★★★☆
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.

6 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..

5 people found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (65)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An absolute treasure ... and it comes in a pouch! That's a bit like going to your local bistro and ordering a small pitcher of the house red, and having your friendly waiter pour a bottle of 1961 Chateau Latour into it.

This one-of-a-kind miracle possesses all the essential character of the long-lost Saint Bruno Flake of the 1960s: a rich, dark, luscious, perfect combination of deeply matured Virginias and dark-fired tobaccos, in just the right proportion. Smoking Amphora Kentucky for the first time caused me to well up. Emotions run strong when you rejoin a companion you never expected to see again.

The old St Bruno flakes were dark. Forget about seeing any mahogany shades: those slices were almost black. And juicy. And thinly cut and pliable. And STRONG. Smoking it was all about satisfaction. No fannying about or half measures.

Admittedly Amphora Kentucky does not have the same aroma enhancement as the old St Bruno. But that does not matter. The smoking character is exactly the same, because the character derives mostly from the quality and precise proportions of matured Virginia and dark-fired tobaccos. This is blending skill at the genius level.

There is a family resemblance to Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired, but I find the Amphora Kentucky to be smoother, more buttery, deeper in flavour, and less primitive than ODF, if that makes sense. The ODF is also a bit stronger, but not by much. And the room note of ODF is more aggressive, whereas the aroma of Amphora Kentucky struck me as being agreeable.

Update: Another reviewer (or, more precisely, his wife) noted the attractive aroma of Amphora Kentucky Blend. I have to agree. Compared to ODF the room note is considerably more civilized. But why is this?

Well, I suspect that Mac Baren use a sugar-type casing with the dark-fired in Amphora Kentucky, much like they do with the dark-fired components of Club Blend and Dark Twist. This gives the latter two a friendly room note, and I have been surprised by the number of non-smokers who comment favourably on it. Whereas ODF (along with the entire HH line) boasts of little-to-no casings or toppings.

Though not a fan of toppings, I do appreciate the value of casings to smooth out the sometimes rough or acrid qualities of pure, natural tobacco. ODF is bit too natural for me, and its lingering, heavy room note is not likely to win friends. Whereas the AKB seems agreeable to others while preserving all the rich, satisfying qualities of ODF. No doubt about it: Amphora Kentucky Blend is my TOY for 2019!

Pipe Used: Stanwell 45

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: online

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired.

4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (373)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected 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. The pouch note is a slightly sour tobacco smell. It reminds me a little of freshly sliced Mammoth Cave.

This one is probably best described by comparison to ODF. That one is familiar enough to serve as a reference, and I think most people looking at Kentucky Blend will have tried ODF as well. t is a little less sweet than ODF and does not have the body. There is spice in the snork and when puffed. It is a solid Medium in terms of strength.

This one is very good, but it does not rise to the ODF level of great. I would smoke this again and enjoyed it.

I rated it at Pleasant to Tolerable in terms of room note, but I WILL report that when I lit my first bowl of it, my wife said "That one really smells great!" I claim this is not the universal response if you light up in the den, but at my house, it is a "Very Pleasant."

3 people found this review helpful.

Lager Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lager (23)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Mac Baren has another bell ringer with this one. The spicy, dark Kentucky is well complimented by the Virginias which leave no sharp edge to the smoke. My pouch came partially rubbed out and a bit moist. A bit of dry time and it was ready to roll. The somewhat stout blend is bold but not overwhelming. The Virginias seem to be of good quality and the nicotine is close to medium. Requires a few relights and I rubbed mine out a bit more too, but you preference may differ. May be to much for the beginner but is great with a cup of coffee or a good lager beer. Could be an all day smoke to some. Highly recommended.

Smoke while you still can- Lager

Pipe Used: Pete's, Savs, Stanwells

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking.pipes

Similar Blends: Old dark fired.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (172)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A bold readdy rubbed tobacco with plenty of KDF to taste. It is balanced with VA so it is not super potent, but it is still strong.

You have to desire the dark, almost bitter taste that follows.

Cool, dry, and stays lite well.

No raves but no complaints either.

Pipe Used: Old West

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Sam Gawith Lakeland Dark.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (172)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A bold readdy rubbed tobacco with plenty of KDF to taste. It is balanced with VA so it is not super potent, but it is still strong.

You have to desire the dark, almost bitter taste that follows.

Cool, dry, and stays lite well.

No raves but no complaints either.

Pipe Used: Old West

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Germain Lakeland Dark.

3 people found this review helpful.

RedGopnik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RedGopnik (10)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Came in my christmas stocking from Santa, I must say that santa has good taste.

That "tin note" smell you love from KDF, like a good ketchup or bbq sauce. Good enough to eat. Big chunky flake ribbons. Feel free to rub out or pack as is, it smokes beautifully.

Sweet, sugary Virginia's paired with smoky, sweet, meaty KDF. Taste reminds me of a smoked tea I drink. (That's right, smoked tea leaves). Floral, sweet and mesquite/hickory smoke. Smoke it fast and the nicotine will come strong. Zero tongue bite until the bowl is finished

Pipe Used: Straight billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 2 weeks

Purchased From: Gift (pipes and cigars?)

1 person found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (47)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

yup. i'm an unabashed tobacco (and other area) elitist snob. i try every day to downsize myself and ego. thank you amphora kentucky blend for helping me beyond imagination in this endeavour. deep rich kentucky with a beautiful support of fine, sweet virginia (rolling stones anyone?). i wake up and spend the day trying to avoid smoking this bowl after delicious, unctuous bowl. $6 and a plastic pouch and i'm a proud man without pretense. thanks again ;o)).

Pipe Used: i'm a straight billiard guy

Age When Smoked: new, but some age prior to tinning

Purchased From: smoking pipes

Similar Blends: macb's bold kentucky; dunhill dark flake.

1 person found this review helpful.