Full, ripe Virginias are sliced and mixed with Burley and a nice dark Cavendish. Add just a touch of Latakia and hints of rum and plum flavoring and you’ve got Plum Cake by Mac Baren. First introduced to the market in 1957, its been a favorite of pipe smokers for more than 50 years.
Brand: Mac Baren
Model: Navy Blend
Tobacco Type: Burley, Cavendish, Latakia and Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
Flavoring: Plum and Rum
- 3.5 oz.
- 16 oz.
- Mac Baren
- Room Note:
Love the smell of this tobacco. Beyond that? Meh. Won't be buying any more.
My method is rotating four tobaccos each with three pipes dedicated to a tobacco. I nearly always purchase 16oz bulk and I change out a tobacco as I run out. Plumcake is replacing C&D's Maple. I give my pipes a good Everclear cleaning at change over and I am dedicating my three Petersons (Harp Billard, St. Pats, and Dublin churchwarden) to the Plumcake. I have waited until I had smoked at least three bowls in each before reviewing. I find the Plumcake easy to pack, light, and quite flavorful. The flavor is complex, but from tin note, smoke to room note I cannot sense a hint of what could be called Plumcake?? I am enjoying it, as it burns slowly with no tongue bite I can detect. Something odd though, toward the end of the bowl I find a hard pellet about the size of a small marble forms. I have to crush it, mix with the dottle and relight, strange. Also I would not drink alcohol with this one, stings the mouth badly. Even ice water does a bit.
It’s interesting, but not something I’ll get again. I get a weird cumin and burnt match backnote, and my wife walked outside to see what I was burning. I do get a nice sweetness on the tongue and some rum, but I can’t taste any plum.
A nice navy blend. Needs a little dry time. I smoke this around the holidays. No bite and I am told the room note is nice.
Been smoking this pipe tobacco since the late '70s, I look forward to every bowl full...
An excellent blend, great flavor, even burn overall a favorite of mine. Priced right.
Excellent tast and even burn.
When I first smoked this over 340 years ago there was a distinct aroma of a plum cake upon opening the tin. This is no longer there - it just smells like a blend of tobaccos. The taste is not as rich as it used to be either. I like it, but not enough to smoke every day. In comparison with the Plumcake of 30 years ago, I find it disappointing.