Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

This blend includes Virginia, burley, original cavendish, dark fired Kentucky, Oriental and of course a fair amount of perique. The HH Acadian Perique has no top flavor at all which means that you will only enjoy the tobacco taste. When smoked you will experience no tongue bite and this blend will smoke to the bottom, leaving only dry ashes. It is a rich, flavorful and very satisfying smoke.
Notes: Natural with about 5% or more perique; strong body for MacBaren. Minimum casing to retain some moisture in the tobacco.


Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Per Jensen
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 100 grams tin weight
Country Denmark
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.23 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 23, 2010 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong
Perique may not be around in ten years time, and this is primarily why I would reccomend this fine tobacco for everyone.

Perique is the Champagne of tobaccos, and must/can only grow one single place on earth - St.James Parish in the state of Louisiana. As of today there are only two commercial farmers left in the world doing Perique, as it is very labour intensive, not very profitting and an extremely difficult leaf to handle/process.

Often when you smoke blends supposedly containing Perique, they are not. It's very likely that you are smoking Green River Burley instead - the processed leaf look very similar. If you are a Perique Connoisseur as myself, you will easily taste the diference, the normal pipesmoker will not. Green River Burley is sweeter yet harsher. Sorta like an peppered apple (if that makes any sense). Real Perique is dryer, way more pepperish and earthy (not that unlike Latakia).

This is the real deal!

I think they should have kept it more simple though, because throwing in sweet Cavendish and bright VA's makes it hard to dechifrate. Then there's the Burley and the Burley Kentucky in there as well, making this a very confusing and highly complex smoke. I've given up on analysing this blend, and primarily smoke it when in need for som strong nasal cleansing smoke. And the aftertaste is kinda weird. You have no urge for cigarettes for several hours after smoking this. It leaves your mouth with a taste that you've just eaten some eucalyptos/toothpaste with chili (?). You feel the freshsness in your throat and nose, like you've just cleansed your system.

No question this is not a tobacco for everyone, and no question this is high-end tobacco, with a fair amount of nicotine due to the acrid Burleys. But surely the Perique holds it share as well. The interesting thing is that this blend is full of the expensive Perique, not only the 2-5% that is the normal for Perique blends, but more like 10-15% or so. There is no doubt that Perique dominates throughout.

It smokes somewhat cool in the pipe, and you get it burning very easily. Burns to the end with no problem, though I always have a small moist dottle in the end. Maybe I could smoke it all, but it does get kinda sour in the very end.

I recommend you not to give up on this until you've smoked at least half a tin. Because of the complexity, it really deserves more than a few bowls. My first, second and third bowl was kind of disappointing - all I got out of it was tears in my eyes and burning nostrils. But I never pass judgement on a tobacco until I've at least gone through a whole 100 grams. Maybe I kinda know what I think of it after five bowls or so, but my experience tell me, that things can change suddenly in the world of bacco tasting. Also try out this in different pipes. I favour HH Acadian Perique in a Pot or Oom Paul.

I like my Perique blends a little more simple. But I recognise good tobacco, and I will be buying a dusin or two of these tins. But I do hord Perique in any shape or form, as the future of this "truffle of tobacco" is very unsecure. I for one, would gladly pay twice the price, if that be what it takes to keep farming it.
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Feb 12, 2017 Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
A wonderfully spicy smoke with a full array of rich flavors. I agree that there are no added flavorings, but am fairly certain that there is a very mild added sweetness. It shows itself plainly in a cob. A near full spectrum of fruit flavors as well as earth. A little smokiness and a hint of nuts. This baby has it all. A truly fine smoke with plenty of oomph!

Medium to strong in body. Medium to full in taste. Added sweetness is very mild. Burn is near perfect.
Pipe Used: MM Dagner Poker, Country Gentleman, Marcus
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 15, 2016 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Acadian Perique is an orchestra, multiple quality tobaccos masterfully blended to bring all and sundry to the table for a feast of flavor. Pack your bowl, light a match, and pay attention: wood, slightly musty (is this the Turkish?); the virginias provide a bit of grass and earthy quality; rich and full bodied, nutty burleys and kentucky; smooth with an undercurrent of sweetness from the cavendish; the perique allows the others to shine and intertwine and contributes its own bit to the symphony: raisin and a light touch of pepper spice. This blend is nothing short of impressive. I cannot think of a single blend I'd compare this to. Complex and compelling, this ambitious blend easily achieves 4 star status. Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: MM General and briars
Age When Smoked: less than a year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2019 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
While there’s enough Perique and VA to make up a VA/Per here, there are also enough of Burley, Cavendish, and Orientals, as well, to make it hard to choose a genre for HH Acadian Perique; not that I really care if a blend well fits or defies its label, as long as I like it. Here, packed, soft, moist ribbons range from dishwater blonde to dark brown, reflecting the constituent tobaccos. Tin note is aged silage with fermenting Kiwi fruit. HHAP handles, loads, lights, and smokes down just fine, right from the tin, but IMO it benefits from in-tin aging, also from rest after it’s opened. Basic tastes include a woody, sourer version of the tin note, along with savory spices from the Perique and the Orientals, including pepper, coriander, paprika, and cardamom, and some slightly musty, earthy nuts from the Burley, and these tastes ramp up as HHAP burns down. Though the Perique is present top to bottom it is not a stand-out. Scents run parallel to the tastes. Along with sweetened Cavendish, condimental sugar has been added to the natural VA sugars that come mostly from air cured brown, and there are also brighter lemon and rather stolid red VAs. As I continue smoking, the VAs get a little earthy, and then they seem to sidle up to the Burley, and the lot tends to go a little flat and muddled on me. Strength builds slowly to medium. Tastes are just over medium. Room note is pretty good for a blend containing Perique and Orientals. Aftertaste is quite nice, a lingering, trailing off of the best of the smoke.

I see that HH Acadian Perique is well liked by some experienced reviewers, but I am just not taken with it. Although it’s not bad, and I don’t hate it, 3 months smoking it have not made me want to smoke any more of it. Therefore, it’s a 2 in my book.
Pipe Used: various briars
PurchasedFrom: Cup 'o Joe's
Age When Smoked: to 3 months in jar
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 13, 2015 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
Do you like dry tobacco? Do you like cotton mouth with the taste of ash? Do you enjoy smoking bowl after bowl of tasteless and dry natural tobacco? Hot Damn.. you found your blend. I love Perique, I love natural tobacco, Hell.. I love strong tobacco. I do not love this blend and I held off long enough on this review as I gave it chance after chance like that girlfriend you catch in the bushes with your friend. I really wanted to like this as it has all my favorite components. However, it comes up dry, flat and tasteless. The Virginias and cavendish do not help in the sweet department either. This has now made my "blends to give away pile." Moving on....
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 01, 2012 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Nice mix of natural tobaccos, resisting any categorization attempt. A fair amount of Kentucky and Burley pulls it apart from VaPers, and for a Burley mixture, the Perique content is very high. I smoked the 100g tin in a few days and enjoyed every bowl, being a cool and noble tobacco, with no tongue bite and requiring very few relights. It's a bit bitter to me, and I think it would have benefited with a greater share of Virginias.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 17, 2009 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Aside from the "fair amount of Acadian Perique", this blend also contains MB's Original Cavendish and Dark fired Kentucky, all of which are black and fairly strong tobacco's. Blended with Virginia and Burley and some Orientals, this goes towards a very rich and satisfyingly thick and creamy smoke with a unique character and depth of flavour. The absence of a top flavour gives the blend a very pronounced all-tobacco flavour. Some parts of the smoke can be quite strong, presumably when a concentration of perique is encountered in the bowl of your pipe. Best smoked after a lengthy airing of the tobacco. Well done Mac Baren!
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Nov 11, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I know I've mentioned this a time or two but it was really two types of pipe tobacco that won me over from smoking nasty Menthol Cigarettes and that was Navy Flakes, and VaPers. I really do love a good VaPer, it tastes nothing like the cigarettes I used to smoke, and for the most part I often get a very satisfying and complex smoke. Since I've been doing the HH line, at least the ones that are currently available I didn't want to leave out the two tins of ribbon cut tobacco: HH Balkan and HH Acadian Perique. As a VaPer lover this blend makes me excited.

So when you first open your tin you find a nice mostly regular ribbon cut tobacco. It is a bit darker than some of the other VaPers I usually smoke. The tin note smells of bread, hay, stewed fruits, raisins and a slight chocolate note. As a ribbon you will have no problem packing your pipe. And the tobacco comes in a smokable dryness. I certainly had no problems lighting this, and it only requires an average amount of relights.

I chose my cob for this, since it's my preferred VaPer smoker. Upon lighting you taste that hay and sweetness from the Virginia. There is a tiny amount of Cavendish in this blend and it adds to that sweetness on a minute scale. The Burley in this blend gives me another background note of nuttiness, tied to the spice and earth of the Kentucky. There is supposed to be Turkish in this blend, but I don't really taste it, it might be melding with the Kentucky. Now for this tins namesake. The Perique is not as overpowering as you'd think based on its name. But it adds some wonderful dark fruit notes, and its characteristic spice.

The taste of this blend is more of a Medium - full. On a good puff these flavors fill your mouth. The strength is more of a medium passing to the milder side for me. If you let it, this blend will burn all the way to the bottom. The addition of Kentucky makes this blend nice and complex without sacrificing the ability to smoke several bowls in a row. I could easily buy another tin.
Pipe Used: MacArthur Cob
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 05, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I have four HH blends from the House of Mac Baren: Latakia Flake, Vintage Syrian, Old Dark Fired, Acadian Perique -- and I love them all. In Acadian Perique you've got the Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique and Virginias all going on, perfectly blended, expertly woven together for a genuinely charismatic, polygonal tobacco experience. Dark, complex, nutty, brooding, plummy, smoky, fruity, woody -- it's all here, man. 4-stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 18, 2018 Medium Medium Medium Tolerable
This is a wonderful blend, but I strongly believe it's miss-named and people are assuming it's very heavy in Perique, which it is not. A better name for this would be "Cajun Summer", because that's what it invokes, to me anyway. It's "heavy" and "thick", just as a hot humid summer is. The Perique adds some spice of course, but the blend is just masterful. It smokes very easily, and has a incredible after taste. One of my top 5.
Pipe Used: Various Cobbs and Briars
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: new from Tin
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