Brand: Mac Baren
Tobacco Type: Virginia, Dark Fired Kentucky, Latakia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 3.5 oz.
- Mac Baren
- Dark Fired Kentucky
- Room Note:
This is an absolutely excellent tobacco. It is definitely not as heavy in Latakia as I thought it would be. It's a Virginia forward, Kentucky enriched Latakia blend. The Latakia is definitely present, but it is kind of mixed throughout the blend. This is expertly Blended with the Virginia's adding a good amount of sweetness and the Kentucky adding just the right amount of strength. It is a very nuanced blend. It smells delicious out of the tin with a light smokiness yet subtle sweetness. It burns very well and smokes as cool as any blend I've ever had the pleasure of putting in my pipe. This is a great blend to both try and cellar a few tins as well. When you load your bowl, take three to four coins out of the tin and stack them on top of each other . Then pinch them together and stick them in your pipe . Try smoking it this way and it definitely seems to change the flavor profile and bring out all the blend has to offer. I've tried loading my pipe several different ways and , per Jensen the blender, he recommends doing it this way and it is definitely worthwhile . I highly recommend you give this one a try. A solid 5 star blend in pretty much all aspects except consistency and even that isn't that bad. Well done MacBaren.
Imagine "Three Nuns" made with Latakia instead of Perique, a rope of gold Virginia with dark fired Kentucky Burley and Latakia within. The dark fired eats up the Latakia and emits an herbal, incense-like quality from its own smoky goodness, making it a little more spicy. This lets the Virginia really shine as it melts into a gooey treacle-like sweetness that is both subdued and has some depth to it. Together these work to make a really tasty blend; as with all the Mac Baren blends, it is bound with maple sugar and water, so you want to light, tamp, light, and then let it smolder for a bit to heat up and melt that maple sugar so it does not flare up and bite you. Great stuff! Send more! Thanks!
This is not a Lat Bomb. It is a tasty, cool burning, genteel smoke that does not bite. It is a good smoke but I cannot say what its distinctive, memorable signature is. It is somewhat nondescript. I don't see myself buying it again, although I gave it 4 stars. Not enough Latakia for my taste.
Very delicious tobacco. Some of the best I have ever had.
I am in the experimentation stage and discovery of various types and flavors of pipe tobaccos. When I opened the tin and smelled that deep smoky type and then found it carried over into the smoke, I immediately enjoyed the tin notes and flavor notes.
I ordered 5 tins originally of this MB’s Latakia rolls. I already went through 1 tin, just so I could review this tobacco properly and not give or take anything away that one or two bowls might do. I also smoked it out of a cob five times and the rest were brier Pipes. Now with all that out of the way, I can say this is definitely one of Mac Baren’s best Latakia tobaccos I have had in years. It has the perfect amount of Latakia and the Virginia’s complement it perfectly. Surprisingly the dark fired Kentucky in it does not give it to much Ave fiery flavor like some blinds. One thing to watch out for it will heat up quickly if use drawn it too hard, this is a very slow smoking tobacco. If you’re a Latakia fan like I am you’re gonna want to stock up on this tobaccos it won’t be around forever.