Mac Baren HH Latakia Flake Pipe Tobacco

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TP-1398A

Mac Baren HH Latakia Flake is a smooth and flavorful English flake tobacco.  The mixture is pressed tightly and steamed before being sliced into small and uniform flakes.  Premium leaf is used with minimal casing and no topping.  The melding of flavors during pressing results is a well rounded and full smoke.

Brand: Mac Baren

Blended By: Mac Baren

Model: HH Latakia Flake

Tobacco Type: Burley, Latakia, Oriental and Virginia

Cut: Flake

Blend Type: English

Strength: 2 of 5

Taste: Medium

Room Note: Tolerable

Flavoring: Other

Country: Denmark

Size:

  • 50 g. / 1.75 oz.
  • 100 g. / 3.53 oz. 
  • 16 oz. / 1 lb.
What is in it?
The flakes are uniform in size and rather dark in appearance.  The presentation is first rate with neat stacks wrapped in gold colored paper.    This blend uses the following tobaccos.
Latakia: Cyprean Latakia is a main component of this blend.
Burley: Burley is in the background, giving thickness to the smoke.
Virginia:  The Virginia is sweet and brings a hint of citrus flavor
Oriental:  There is Oriental in this blend.  It brings a sour and musty flavor.
 
What does it smoke like?
HH Latakia Flake is a smooth and sweet English mixture.  The HH line from Mac Baren presents very high quality leaf with minimal casing or topping.  Latakia Flake is therefore a traditional English smoke.  This blend claims to be hot pressed and steamed before it is cut.  This may be why the tastes of the individual tobaccos are difficult to pick out.  The smoke doesn't meander between smoky, sweet, nutty, and sour like many English blends do.  You can certainly taste each component, but the flavor is remarkably steady.  From both the name and the appearance in tin I expected a strong Latakia experience.  This blend is balanced with no one component stealing the show.  Also, kudos to Mac Baren for the square tin.  This keeps the flakes intact more than any round tin could.
 
How to prepare it?
From the tin there is enough moisture to weaken the flavor somewhat.  Dry time of around 20 minutes is recommended.  If you can bend a flake by 90 degrees and it begins to break apart the moisture should be about right.  I recommend a full rub out until the flake is reduced to ribbons.  Pack lightly with some air in the bowl, as the broken pieces of flake will expand somewhat.  Aggressive puffing did not weaken the flavor as much as many other blends.

3 Reviews

  • 4
    Not blown away

    Posted by Garrett LeRoy on 6th Mar 2019

    If you're looking for a Lat Bomb, this is not it. It is a nice English flake. I like English blends. I'll probably smoke it again some time, but it is not one of my top favorites.

  • 5
    Wonderful smooth smoke

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Feb 2018

    I smoked a flake of this stuff today. So smooth and relaxing. Had a great time. Really enjoyed it. Satisfying.

  • 5
    Top Five...

    Posted by LeRoy L. on 22nd Oct 2017

    I've been at this pipe smoking "hobby" for about two years now, and consider myself a fairly good judge of tobacco blends, and I absolutely adore MacBaren's HH Latakia Flake. I am keeping a pipe smoking journal, and listed this as one of my top 5 favorites!!! The aroma out of the HH Latakia flakes' storage jar is rich, vinegary, ketchupy and peppery. You got it: just like a delicious BBQ sauce!!! And the Latakia, of course, hits your olfactory senses like a Lat bomb, but not when you smoke it. It's taste turns into a bold Latakia complexity that is enhanced by the marriage of the hot pressed Virginia's , the Burley for a stout back bone and the Orientals for a bit of subtle spiciness... There is even a bit of sweetness from the Virginia's that doesn't come on too strong and plays around with your taste buds. Not confusing them, but offering-up a bit of euphoria and playfulness! All of these tobaccos work in perfect harmony giving the lead role to the woody, smokey Latakia that the blender purposely intended. Well, they did a fantastic job of it! Mellow and mature tasting, burns cool, no tongue bite, lights easily and burns slowly for a relaxing experience. I bought the 3.5 oz. because I knew based on the other HH series of pipe tobaccos that it was going to be a smash HIT, and it is just that... At least I don't have to worry about losing this HH Latakia Flake to some corporate whim or flights of fancy by tobacco giants... It's that good. And, after all of this you better do yourself and me a favor and try it and see, smell, and taste a truly magnificent , but mellow smoke. Again, it's that good!

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