Mac Baren Amphora Kentucky Blend

(3.29)
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

Details

Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Per Jensen
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 50 grams pouch
Country Denmark
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Medium to Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium to Full
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.29 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 25, 2020 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
I'll keep my review brief.

I thought Amphora Burley was at least as good as HH Burley Flake, but I don't think this is nearly as good as ODF. It just tastes like watered down ODF (which some people may really enjoy).

The reduction in strength and depth just hamper the enjoyment of the dark fired leaf for me. This is really a 3 star blend, but since I gave Amphora Burley 3 stars, I have to give this only 2.

I should add that as someone who has smoked the original Amphora red and brown, that none of these new blends have anything in common with the original drug store queen.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 12, 2020 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
While I still wonder why Amphora Burley Blend costs so little (as its quality far exceeds its price tag), I have no reasons to marvel about the same regarding another of the two new Amphora's mixtures: the Kentucky Blend. It costs exactly what it should cost: a lower price for a lower qualty tobacco. It's not an undervalued diamond in the ruff, like the Burley Blend happened to be, and that's totally fair.

The best thing about Kentucky Blend is its unique aromatic smoky note that manifests itself here and there in the course of smoking. The note is highly elusive and may come and go at any stage of the smoking process. You'll need to be a kind of aware to not to miss it when it comes up. When I did manage to catch it, I greatly enjoyed that magic whiff of noble leaf. It seems McBaren mixed some of their finest Kentuckies into the blend, which is praiseworthy.

That, however, came at a price. Apparently in order to cut the costs, they put their fine Kentuckies on an obviously cheap and mediocre Virginia base. I got a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste from it, which was steadily increasing towards the end. Bitterness is usually a sign of underfermented green leaf in the mixture, and I afraid that was the case here. As much as I liked the unique smoky aroma, the bitterness was obnoxious enough to keep me off buying this blend again.

The Kentucky Blend may be as good (or even better) as most similar-priced blends from other brands. But I see no reason to return to it when there's much better choise on the same shelf, I mean Amphora Burley Blend.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 26, 2021 Extremely Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable
Very strong tobacco. So strong, I can't really enjoy it. Has natural flavour and big portion of Kentucky and I'm afraid that Kentucky is not the leaf I like. However, it has its own quality and I can imagine there are many pipe smokers that could appreciate it. (Maybe, one day, mee too.)
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 16, 2021 Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
The fresh openend tobacco smells like dark bread, bacon, smoked ham! The texture ist oily, a little bit to humid. In my opinion the tobacco should be aired 20 minutes before be fired. The smoke has aromas of earthy notes and petrol notes and toasted flavors. I dedected gunpowder, dark bread crust, tar. It reminds me to Plasticine a play dough which we used as kids. It also reminds me to the smells of dried sea slugs which are some people use as a souvenir from holidays for decoration at home. Retronasal it is clearly spicy and a prickle in the nose. The tobacco smokes cool even tough it is forced we hard paffs. Overall it is not my cup of tea. I will use it for blending.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 606 KS
PurchasedFrom: Local Dealer
Age When Smoked: 50
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
I have not tried any other Kentucky blend so far and I am more used to DFK as a condiment tobacco rather than the main star on a blend. Having said that, as I really enjoyed the Virginia Blend from Amphora I wanted to give this a go. Well, the puch offers a medium dark brown pre rubbed flake. It says to conatin a bit of Virginia but I cannot find it here. The aroma is what I can call salty, a little bit barbecuee and it is quite monochromatic. It packs and lights well. The aroma and taste are definitely not sweet. It is also almost salty, flavour is uniform and monotonic, it would be a good addition to other leaf blends ate 5-10% max. Smoking it as almost pure DKF is definitely not for me. It is bearable but not satisfying. It is rather dry on the pallate and does not evolve. I am not a big burley fan as well so I guess DFK as a blend is not for me. Burns down to a dry ash. If you are into DFK go for it, if you are an English or VA lover like me, maybe you won´t miss this one on your stash.
Pipe Used: Vauen, Savinelli, Stanwell
PurchasedFrom: local importer
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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