Mac Baren Capstan Gold Navy Cut Ready Rubbed

(3.71)
Notes: A light, bright flake of famous refinement and antiquarian origins, here in ready rubbed form, Capstan Gold, like its medium bodied Blue sibling, was originally created by W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol during the latter half of the 19th century. Suffice to say, it's no accident this smoking mixture has survived as a favorite to so many generations. Produced by Mac Baren since 2006.

Details

Brand Mac Baren
Blended By Mac Baren
Manufactured By Mac Baren
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams tin weight
Country Denmark
Production Currently available

Profile

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

Average Rating

3.71 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This review is virtually the same as the one I posted for the flake version, because I tasted no discernible difference between that and the ready rubbed. The only differences are that this is easier to pack because it is ready rub cut and burns a little faster.

A moderately sweet and easy rubbed out flake with a little sugar and some citrus toppings complimenting the tart and tangy, citrusy Virginias. The Virginias offer a bit of grass, some hay and bread, plus a pinch or two of earth, and wood. Has a light floral quality as well. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste almost reaches the medium mark. No chance of bite or harshness. A rather uncomplicated blend that burns slightly less than at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a smoothly, tart and tangy sweet consistent taste from start to finish. There are several kinds of Virginias in this to create a well balanced blend. Requires a few relights, leaves little moisture in the bowl, and will burn to ash. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste and room note. An all day experience that works for the smoker who wants a gentle, sweet flavor without the most of the earthy characteristics darker Virginias provide.

-JimInks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 18, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Mac Baren's has done a very good job with Capstan Navy Gold's replacement with the same namesake. Not nearly as rich and creamy as the Wills original, but then, there are decades of differences in the fermentation process which makes well aged Virginia leaf so much more wonderful than it is fresh.

Mac Baren captured, for the most part, the mysterious top note that the original was famous for. An enhancement for the Virginia, which is a little rough around the edges, but one can tell that Mac Baren made sure to use the finest specially processed leaf available. It is a reliable smoke and I will certainly add a few tins to my cellar for aging. Not really as stout in the strength department as I personally enjoy, but on down the road would be a perfect blend to goose the nicotine strength by beefing it up with, say, Five Brothers or some other strong Burley that doesn't deliver much of its own flavor.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 25, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This tobacco is very good! Its got that sweetness about it, without having to even try. This would be an all day tobacco if it weren't for the price. I give this a thumbs up for taste, and aroma. Its not pretentious, its just straightforward good Virginia tobacco. Enjoy a bowl!
Pipe Used: Chacom 93 amber stem
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: 5 years old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 03, 2022 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable
A “gold” standard of a straight virginia - very light grassy/citusy smoke. Takes a moment to get going but once its up and running its a no brainer. Just about the mildest tobacco you could select with a classic clean room note. Doesnt bite unless you really push it. Ready rubbed means no fuss, dry it a moment and pop it in the bowl. Very satisfying with a pretty good nic hit. Not an all day on account of the strength. 3/4 recommend
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 19, 2021 Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Capstan Gold is a pleasant lighter VA flake. The Virginia leaf are dominated by citrus notes but they are also sweet, bright, and crisp. The Virginias are less floral and have less body than those used in Capstan Blue. There is a slight chance of tongue bite in Capstan Gold, but not much.

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