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BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2498)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The earthy, woody, smoky, leathery sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component, but not by much. The spicy, woody, earthy, mildly floral, dry and sour, moderately buttery sweet Orientals provide close competition, and at times, almost upstages the Latakia. The grassy, citrusy, lightly dark fruity Virginias are just above being a condiment in terms of effect, and not by its percentage in the blend. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste just misses the medium mark. The nic-hit is almost as potent as the strength. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has only a light rough edge at times. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent, mildly sweet and smoky, savory flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a lightly lingering pleasant campfire after taste and room note. By design, it’s an all day smoke with a little complexity and depth.


10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (373)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a medium ribbon in a variety of colors. The pouch note is all campfire. It came at a great state of hydration for me.

This was a good smoke, and it is a better than average English blend for my preferences. It is heavier in Orientals than some, and it is not a latakia powerhouse. There is a little fruit and sweet from the Virginia, and some spice from the Orientals. It is a pleasant combination.

It packed and burned without quirkiness or drama. Either it has "enough there" that I am not prone to puff, or it burns a little slow. It is pleasantly complex without being challenging.

This is a nice English blend. It is available and comes in a pouch. What is not to like?

3 people found this review helpful.

oldermanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldermanpipe (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When a friend told me that Amphora now has an English blend, I was intrigued and bought a pouch. It was an experience.

This is not an English blend. It is a Danish blend, with some Cyprian Latakia added. Amphora is made by Mac Baren, and this has a typical Mac Baren taste. It doesn't bite at all, but from first light to somewhere below mid-bowl, the dominant flavor is dark-fired Kentucky, even though that is not a listed ingredient. As Charles Barkley says, "I might be wrong, but I don't think so." If Amphora English is reminiscent of any other blend, it would be HH Vintage Syrian, but with very good quality Cyprian Latakia. DFK is better subsumed by the Syrian; Cyprian seems to fight a losing battle with it.

I'll give it two stars for the quality of the ingredients and for its smoking properties, but it's simply not my dish of tea.

Pipe Used: GBD Prehistoric Zulu, Baraccini pot.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

3 people found this review helpful.