Mac Baren St. Bruno Flake

St. Bruno Flake is a distinctive blend of smooth Virginia and smoky dark fired Kentucky — pressed and sliced into thin flakes that are easy to prepare and enjoy. It's topped with subtle floral and fruity notes for a unique aromatic experience.
Notes: Made by MacBaren since 2006, the company has owned the blend since 2015.


Brand Mac Baren
Blended By  
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Floral Essences, Fruit / Citrus
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin weight, 50 grams pouch weight
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
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
May 06, 2023 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note of barbeque smoked fruit. Tobacco is a flake of marbled dark brown and brown. Moisture content is great. Flakes rub out with a little effort. Burns slow with a few relights. The strength is medium and nic is medium. Flavoring is mild, with notes of Flowers. Flavoring is very noticeable upon first light but drops to the background afterwards where it remains. Taste is medium and mostly consistent, with notes of floral, musty herbal vegetation, tart and tangy citrus, sugar, spices, toasted bread, wood, orange peel/zest, dry hay, earthy, sour grass, a sweet dark fruit background note, and a peppery retro. Virginia is leading with Kentucky and Flavoring supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: Peterson Bard Rusticated 221 Fishtail
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 12, 2020 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I was disappointed to see Tesco had stopped selling this recently. I much preferred it to the ready rubbed. It burned much slower..was better value. Although it's obviously akin to the ready rubbed it seems a different beast ..if I rubbed it out and put it side by side you would notice it of a different composition. For the better , it just seems to be of a higher grade by a fairly noticeable amount. This is top notch bar that needless vingarete dressing's a very odd thing
Pipe Used: Nording freehand
PurchasedFrom: Tesco
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 07, 2019 Medium Medium Medium Tolerable
St Bruno flake: flavored blend with a typical “Kendal” taste. Milder in flavor and more delicate than Gawith Hoggarth but unmistakable. An old English school flake that lasts over time. Hats off! Medium in strength, taste and flavoring it does not disappoint, but does not enchant. IMO of course! Lakeland mixtures are better represented by Gawith, Hoggarth, such as Ennerdale Flake. Anyway a good example of a classic Lakeland taste. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 7 and two stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 18, 2016 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Update: This has grown on me, despite the lukewarm initial review. I smoke this at times when I used to smoke the old University Flake, which used to be a go to when I didn't want anything dramatic.

The flavoring is very subtle (Unlike Condor) and I really only notice it at the beginning. The body is straight medium with decent but not remarkable strength, but mainly it is soft and gentle on the palate, an easy smoke.

However, the price of admission in the US is all wrong for a dependable, no drama, easy tobacco with some backbone, precluding me giving it 4 stars.

Do not be scared away by the classification of this as an aromatic, or by the supposed floral essences. It is about as much an aromatic as Royal Yacht, and I can detect no persistent florality.


St. Bruno has finally come back stateside, the old St. Bernard finally wandering back, the worse for where.

It's just not the same dog. First of all, it costs as much in the USA as it does in the UK. Maybe there is a reason for this that I don't understand, but it has nothing to do with quality.

Also, it doesn't taste like it did the last time it was imported into the US. I remember more of a deep, stoved VA flavor and a more winey top note.

That said, it is still a pretty good tobacco. Biteless, smooth, monochromatic, friendly. And yes it does taste like there's some Perique even though there isn't. Not near as floral or dark as Condor. I don't detect much or any "soap".

I would give 3 stars if it were fairly priced.

I'm afraid this will wind up in the doghouse here, or worse, the pound.

PurchasedFrom: USA
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