The newest offering in Mac Baren’s HH series continues the tradition of untopped and quality tobacco blends that makes the new iteration of the line so popular. This is a straight Virginia with a mix of air-dried and flue-cured leaf. The result is one of the mildest Virginia blends you’ll ever smoke. It’s grassy, a little sweet and the complexity builds as the bowl goes on, making it a surprising treasure of a smoke.
Brand: Mac Baren
Blended By: Mac Baren
Tobacco Type: Virginia
Blend Type: Straight Virginia
Strength: 2 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
- 50 g. / 1.76 oz. Tin
- 100 g. / 3.53 oz. Tin
- 16 oz. Box
When I popped the tin on this it had this malty sour hay smell, very satisfying. It was made in September 2015 according to the can so it had 3 years of age already. Seemed quite moist I let dry on a paper plate and upon lighting it tastes like cigarettes to me. So now I mix it equal parts with Lane BCA or Cherry Cavendish and it's pretty good. Go ahead call me an infidel.
If you're looking for a good straight Virginia give this a try.
I cannot say enough about this blend. The presentation is out of this world, flakes are beautiful with a wonderful mellow Virginia aroma and the smoke is literally second to none. It doesn’t bite, even if pushed and the favors that come through all throughout the smoke are so tasty and wonderfully mild. Already have more in my cart to purchase. Tip: I used a Savinelli 320 shape pipe and that seems to be a really good shape to bring out the flavors. Other pipes weren’t bad, but there is something about the 320 shape that knocks this blend out of the park. Happy smokes to you all enjoying this wonderful hobby!
This is an email I sent to Mac Baren hope it explains it all to you pipe smokers:
I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you I have been smoking pipe tobacco for 36 years and have tried more than I can count. I just yesterday received a tin of your HH Pure Virginia tobacco, I liked it so much that I turned around the same day and ordered 5 pounds of it. That was all I could find for sale on the websites that I use. I have tried numerous Mac Baren blends over the years and I have a few that I sometimes regularly smoke. The HH Pure Virginia is the best tobacco I have ever smoked out of all yours and everyone else....... Please continue to make this and I think as pipe smokers try this especially if they are Virginia smokers they will make it their favorite tobacco out of all other Virginia's. Thank you for being a great company and doing what you do every day for the love of us pipe smokers in the world.
If you love straight VAs like I do, then you won't go wrong getting yourself a tin of Mac Baren HH Pure Virginia. Trust me, it is worth the price. It's very mild, doesn't bite at all and has a surprising amount of complexity. It burns very well, too. I think it is very close to Pease's Union Square! So put that in your pipe and smoke it! (groan) Really excellent tobacco.