Mac Baren Presbyterian Mixture

Mellow blend of US Virginia tobaccos and high quality Macedonian grades-exclusive, aristocratic pipe mixture.
Notes: This fine tobacco originally had no name. It was blended before the first World War especially for the Very Rev. Dr. John White, sometime minister of the Barony Kirk in Glasgow and Moderator of the General Assembly in Scotland in 1929. He introduced it to Stanley Baldwin, later Earl Baldwin, Prime Minister in 1923, 1924 and 1935. He liked it so much that regular supplies were sent down to him and it was he who suggested that it be called "Presbyterian Mixture". As there continues to be controversy over the question of whether Presbyterian Mixture contains latakia, the following quote from page six of the blender's 2008 catalogue should leave the matter settled: "Extraordinarily soft blend of finest US Virginia grades and a number of selected latakia leaf tips. Ideal mixture also for beginners with English tobaccos." Originally blended for mass market by William P. Solomon, whose recipe it still follows. The "International" version is called "Melange". Currently made by Mac Baren.


Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Planta
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Re-release


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.20 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 11, 2004 Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
Very good smoke. I truly enjoy this blend. It's sweet enough to be a morning smoke but strong enough to be a late evening smoke, too. It reminds me slightly of a Dunhill mixture (maybe Durbar or My Mix 965) but it's a true original on it's own. I'm almost certain there is a pinch of latakia in there but it is barely detectable when smoking; and I'm not sure but I think I detect a citrus flavor in there somewhere, too. Again, very good change of pace. I only had one tin of this one and haven't gotten enother one yet but, maybe I will if I want a change of pace.
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Jan 21, 2003 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
I found this blend highly satisfactory in all technical respects: smells good in the tin, packs easily, stays lit, doesn't bite etc. As with most english blends, your room will smell like ye olde mouldy english haystack, so don't try to smoke it where it's not welcome. The flavor is rich with enough play of spicy orientals and latakia to keep you going, but it misses in the complexity department, likely on account of the virginia never really shows up. Ultimately this mix left me wishing it were something else (dare I say 965...) but I don't regret giving it a spin. It's a tasty, reliable, non-tempermental, easy-smoking English. Not bad!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2002 Medium Mild Medium Unnoticeable
I found this one a bit fruity, for an English. In fact I suspected some form of casing which may be present. A really enjoyable smoke really much nicer than many on the market. Rich and dark.

The only thing that bother's me about this blend is the Baldwin thing. I bet if is Earlness tried this blend it would be a very different dog to the one they made 70 odd years ago. Yet another example of firms trading on past glories.
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