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:
WOW!! Delicious! The more I smoke it the more I like it. Not a heavy latakia flavor but definitely there which only adds by contrast to the sweetness of the other tobaccos in this blend. I look forward to filling my pipe with this!
Upon opening the tin one takes note right away of the Latakia. However, the Virginias and cavendish emerge right afterward. Somewhat of a sweetness was noticed as well. In my Peterson 314, it is a lovely smoke with obvious latakia but is not overtaken by it. Sweetness is noted with the characteristic Mac Baren flavor. Some definite spiciness with some earthiness, slight maple, Worth a try as quite delicious.
It's a smooth Latakia blend, but I feel like I haven't quite gotten the hang of it. Might need to cellar it a bit and see if that helps. It's good but not WOW out of the tin and it seems the coins work differently than the flakes.
In my retirement, I have taken up pipe smoking as a hobby and a means to relax. I ordered the Latakia roll cake for a new experience from loose pipe tobacco. I read the reviews and did some research on Latakia tobacco, as well as, the other tobaccos in this blend. Mac Baren's has produced a very smooth and hearty blend in this product. The rope tobacco is cut into "coins" which is easily placed in the pipe bowl and lightly packed for a very aromatic aroma. It burns slowly. I find myself relighting the tobacco as it burns through the button layers, but this is not an issue. I would recommend the Latakia Rolls pipe enthusiasts.
Really enjoying this, will be ordering more!
It's worth stocking up on this one! I am pretty finicky when it comes to English blends. I will take a pass one the lat bombs, but too mild is too boring. I also like a little bit of sweet, but sweet is often ruinously overdone in English blends. To me, this is a near perfect balance. Not as sweet as MB dark twist roll cake, but the casing and the sweet Virginias are an excellent balance to the smoky campfire Latakia, and Dark fired Kentucky, I am convinced, makes any blend more interesting.
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.