Mac Baren Amsterdamer

Hollandsche Rooktabak Fijne Snede. Fine cut. It used to be, as per the picture, Hollandsche Rooktabak Middel Snede, a medium cut. You may know the Amsterdamer from your last holiday trip to France, a blend of choice tobaccos, blended after an old dutch recipe. He's flavored really mild with a touch of licorice and has excellent burning qualities. This traditional loose-cut blend from South American and African Virginia tobaccos, as well as Kentucky from South America and far East is a wonderful treat for pipe smokers that look for a tobacco with a strong character.
Notes: Previously produced by Imperial Tobaccos; and before that, owned and produced by Seita, it is now owned and manufactured by Mac Baren. From Mac Baren's website: "A typical Dutch blend based on the finest Virginia and dark fired Kentucky tobaccos. The Virginia tobacco origins from 2 continents and adds a natural sweetness to the blend. The dark fired Kentucky contributes to taste with a slight smoky note due to the fire-curing. Different tobaccos each with their own distinctiveness are masterly blended to perfection to create the greatness in Amsterdamer. The blend is a loose cut pipe tobacco which makes it easy for the pipe smoker to handle."


Brand Mac Baren
Series Amsterdamer Blends
Blended By Mac Baren
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Other
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Licorice
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 40 grams pouch
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

1.89 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 10, 2011 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I bought a pouch for 6 euros in a Tabac shop in France. A shag cut, light aromatic tobacco. The taste reminds of cigarettes but without the awful aftertaste. There is a light licorice topping and maybe other flavors to hide the fact that this tobacco is made with lower grade leaf. In other words, a shag cut made for the masses with lower income in mind. That said, I like it for what it is. Do not expect a mind blowing experience but, I could see why this is a popular tobacco in France. Cheap, good burning qualities and a decent amount of flavor that is not overly shadowed by the topping. One of the best drugstore pipe tobaccos available in Continental Europe. Recommended for it's kind, a traditional Dutch blend.

Virginia lover
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 05, 2017 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
I bought this tobacco when stopping in at Vanuatu on a cruise and this was the only pipe tobacco available. As I was not familiar with it I read some reviews trying to find out what I had bought and was worried about the low rating, however I was pleasantly surprised that this is not a bad tobacco at all.

It does come fairly dry in the pouch but I am used to mainly tinned tobaccos so this may be down to the packaging. It was not what I would call too dry but actually perfect for immediate smoking.

The aroma in the pouch is fairly neutral with a slight hint of a cigar leaf smell as indicated on the tobaccos listed for this blend. The pouch I have has "Fijne Snede" on the front rather than "Middel Snede" but I guess this is the cut?

It is made in the EU by the Imperial Tobacco company and was relatively inexpensive at about 6 euro equivalent. All in all a good tobacco for the price.

Pipe Used: Ashton
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Amsterdamer is no more, and no less, than the traditional French "Tabac brun" but with a slight, sweet, topnote added (maybe brown sugar or sugar cane). The tobaccos are identical to the Scaferlati family but what makes it different is the topping. Uncomplicated with a mild to medium taste it is ideal, I believe, for those seeking an all day smoke that doesn't require their full attention. It packs without extra rubbing out required. It lights and burns very well. It doesn't bite. It might become harsh and hot if you puff too hard; but will not at a normal pace. Mostly we are dealing with a simila taste to the Scaferlati rouge, but milder in its earthy flavour; the unique topping seems to be prevailing but it stll remains pleasant. There is no development of complex flavours. Still, I find it offers a different experience. It does tend to get a bit bitter towards the end but the proportion of burleys is high. Being produced by Mac Baren (not sure when they took over ownership and production but I would suppose beginning of 2016 like the Scaferlati series), it guarantees it will be of better quality than the previous versions. I heard a lot of very negative comments about Amsterdamer over the years. Frankly, I deem them undeserved: I have smoked several tobaccos that are worse. If you like the Scaferlati series and are curious about trying them with a topnote, Amsterdamer might be worth the try. Not a grand tobacco but as I never tasted anything quite like it I would enjoy occasionnally when I don't want to pay attention to what I'm smoking.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 17, 2018 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
I rather like this tobacco. No tongue burn. Easily lite and smokes down and leaves no residue. Nice nicotine hit. It reminds me of the samois valley tobaccos and is much easier to find. I find the price to value excellent. I only smoke outside and there is no way to indicate that under the room note heading.

I would recommend this as a more then decent inexspensive pouch to smoke. A bit to strong for me for a morning smoke.

I surely recoment the smoke.

I believe that the picture on the pouch is meant to be a Dutchman in 19th century clothes.
Pipe Used: ludwig lorenz double filter
PurchasedFrom: cigar world in dusseldorf
Age When Smoked: new from pouch
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