I bought a tin of this a while back and just cracked it today, I've been looking forward to it for a while.
I've read nothing but glowing reviews of ODF, one guy's complete review was "It's a gift from God" so to be honest I was prepared... Read More to be disappointed; nothing is that good.
Well, it's damn good. The glowing reviews are well deserved, the flavor is amazing and even my uneducated palate can pick out the subtleties. The burley is predominate of course and the taste is bold and wonderful, but it doesn't overpower the Virginias.
The only slightly negative thing I can say about it, and this will not be a factor for everybody, is that the nic is pretty strong. I have a relatively low tolerance and have to smoke this gem in a small bowl and, sadly, I don't think it would be an all day smoke for me. Every day, but not all day.
I give it 4 stars for sissies like me, but if you can take the Vitamin N hit, it's 5 stars all the way. Read Less
Condor like flavour
July 09, 2014
By: David R.
I have smoked pipes for 40 yrs + and my favourite pipe tobacco in the UK is/was condor long cut.
I have searched foer an alternative and Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fire has proved to be a very close alternative to what is one of the most popular pipe... Read More tobaccos in the UK. Read Less
Very nice. Satisfying.
May 28, 2014
By: Rick M.
I bought ten tins of this on the off chance the good reviews were right. I'm glad I bought so much. A very nice, satisfying smoke, a fine blend by any account. Even better, it smoked well all the way down to the meerschaum. No waste.
April 01, 2014
By: Jeff M.
I guess if you need the nic this is a good one. Its not for me, too strong on the nic. Taste is flavorful but the cigar note bothered me. even if i needed the nic hit it would be 3 stars
I smoke Bosphorus Cruise, 3 oaks,Frogblends, balkan flake, etc
November 13, 2013
By: Theodore B.
This makes my favorites list. Nothing inextricable -- just a fine and rewarding smoke. Highly recommended.
super Great Burley Based Tobacco!
October 17, 2013
By: Skip N.
All good things said about this blend are true.
Do yourself a favor and try it. You'll be back for more!
October 14, 2013
By: Timothy S.
I've let this stew for a while, a year to be exact. It mellows and sweetens. While I did enjoy it thoroughly at first, now I find it quite excellent.
I'm going to order more and cellar it for a few years. In my mind everything about this blend fine... Read More tuned after aging.
It maintains it's full flavor, but less amplified, and definitely smoother. Read Less
HH Old Dark Fired Flake
October 08, 2013
By: Johnny R.
I tend to agree with most when they say this is a full strength tobacco without the Latakia. Although I like Latakia blends, this flake is a fine tobacco as a substitute for a full English blend. I wouldn't want to smoke it all the time, but it good... Read More enough for a break from the Full English blends every once in a while. I'm going to try the ready rubbed version to see how it compares. Read Less
October 05, 2013
By: James W.
I mostly agree with John S. While Dark Fired is one of the better tobaccos in its class, I don't understand the hype either. I was taken in by the reviews of this tobacco as well as Reiner Long Golden Flake and Solani Aged Burley Flake. While they... Read More are definitely quality tobaccos, I find them far too strong and have way too much nicotine after effect. I don't smoke my pipes to get a 'kick' out of them like so many do. Not saying that there is anything wrong with that at all... to each his own. All you guys who enjoy these tobaccos, more power to you. For those of us who like milder more subtle blends, be wary of putting too much stock in the 'hype'. I also find the 'for a Mac Baren' comments a little off putting. Norwood, Club Blend, Golden Extra, and Virginia No. 1 are all excellent tobaccos. Read Less
I DON"T GET IT !
October 02, 2013
By: John S.
I just don't understand the hype. OK, flavorful for a flake but harsh with a "throat bite". And I take some offense to the "for a MacBaren" comments. MacBaren has many fine blends...Dark Twist, Latakia Blend Roll Cake and... Read More Norwood are all far superior to HH Old Dark Fired. Read Less
Almost Perfection in a Flake
August 04, 2013
By: Benjamin S.
Upon opening the tin you are immediately greeted with green olive, meat, hickory and deep earth notes. Very thinly sliced and narrowly cut. I believe they are presented in this fashion due to the high nicotine content. Your average piper/hobbyist... Read More would not survive this flake if cut any larger. Smoking delivers a very pleasant and complex multi dimensional experience with none of the flavors or room noted dominating the mix. Slight sweetness, hickory and earth. Due be warned that this is a very POTENT flake. I have to really pace myself with this one and I am a regular pipe smoker(1-2 bowls per day). Read Less
August 02, 2013
By: Timothy S.
Nice smoke. Easy to inhale, smokes to a nice fine ash atop a very small dottle. On the stronger side of the scale. The burley shines, but the VA is still there, hanging in the back.
Though I enjoy the aroma of latakia, it doesn't sit well with me... Read More when smoked (Heartburn, go figure). This is a nice full body smoke, without the heartburn.
A nice change of pace, and for those that want something stronger or fuller, but do not care for latakia, this is worth a try. Read Less
Steak in a Pipe
July 08, 2013
By: Christopher H.
This is really fantastic stuff. Think traditional English, minus the latakia. A full, meaty, tasty smoke. Tin aroma is smokey, with a little BBQ going on - occasionally I catch a whiff of bacon. Sort of splits the difference between perhaps a... Read More "darker" Virginia and a heavy English blend. I ordered a pound after I worked through half the first tin.
A flake dried for about 30 minutes, rubbed out, loaded up.....viola.
If you just aren't a latakia fan, but don't want to sacrifice a full, flavorful smoke, get ye some of this. Read Less
Wonderful Lil Flake
June 06, 2013
By: David F.
A dark brown flake with some light marbling that is cut with great precision, the tin note is earthy, slightly Smokey and meaty.
To start this off right, I slightly rubbed this flake out into my tobacco tray and allowed it to sit in the open air... Read More for 30 minutes before loading my pipe.
After loading this slightly rubbed and aired-out flake in my briar poker, I began the char light, and after two char lights its going fine. It has a dark nutty flavor like that of a roasted brazil nut with just a slight sweet Virginia taste and aroma sneaking in the back door, the retro hale brings a spicy fermented pepper note to the party, what a treat!
As I work my way down the bowl, this tobacco gets better and better leaving me wanting more. To me the burley takes the lead here and never completely wavers to the Virginia, however the Virginia stays in tack with just the right amount of sweetness. It burns cool. No wet mess at the end in my pipe. I have many Mac Baren blends in my cellar, this blend to me, ranks right up there with HH Matured Virginia and HH Vintage Syrian. Read Less
March 03, 2013
By: Duane C.
My favorite Mac blend, and quite possibly my favorite tobacco!
My perfect driving smoke
January 11, 2013
By: Eric M.
Bold, yet understated. Dark and creamy with a hint of spice that has a chewiness to it that you just don't want to go out. I was given a 4 flake sample of this by a friend. Two flakes, rubbed out completely and packed into my meerschaum (I pack a... Read More little tighter than some) and this tobacco took the flame and went cruising. An hour and a half later ,as I was finishing up the dottle, the strength of this tobacco had me in its grip and I didn't want it to end. The second bowl a couple of days later was even BETTER. No bite to speak of except for a good nic hit as the flavors grow stronger. Take this one nice and slow and it'll treat you right. WELL worth the time and effort. Read Less
January 03, 2013
By: Ronald M.
Smoked alone, I found it too strong and had a bite. It needs a friend(s). When added to 1 part BCA and 4 parts of my favorite natural-flavored I found it gives a not unpleasant "tang" or "sharpness", much like aged New York... Read More cheddar, making it worth buying.
Ron M. Read Less
January 01, 2013
By: Stormy M.
This is a great blend!
November 19, 2012
By: Alexis N.
It is a fine smoking. One of the best tobacco of MB. If you are tired take your pipe and this tobacco and goooood evening, relax.
November 04, 2012
By: Khaldoun h.
This is master tobacco blending at its finest, the bold bitterness of the dark fired burley combines with the sweetness of the Flue-cured Virginia creates a sensory delight, This contains great burley which provides body and a woodsy taste to the... Read More smoke, fantastic!,Also, while this blend is very comparable to Irish Flake and Dark Fake, it is without a doubt superior in every way. Finally, just one piece of advice: Do Not try to inhale the smoke, there is enough nicotine to kill a horse! Read Less
October 26, 2012
By: Daniel M.
October 26, 2012
By: Daniel M.
Out of the park!
September 10, 2012
By: Larry R.
I usually smoke UK tobacco but I have tried the HH series and had to try this one. They did hit this one out of the park for sure. I am amazed by this tobacco and I would bet many would never guess this to be an EU tobacco in a blind taste test.... Read More Every time I smoke this I am really pleased with the efforts of Mac Baren to produce such a wonderful tobacco. It seems very clean in burning and taste. I notice very little added flovoring with a good strong flavor and no goo or heavy topping taste usually associated with EU tobaccos. I vary my smoking technique and notice it is very good when sipped. Read Less
September 02, 2012
By: Don M.
For those of us who experience an occasional craving for burley, but generally prefer Virginia, this is a great find. Smoked in a free-drawing pot-like bowl (my Sebastian Beo bent bulldog of the larger variety works fine)the Virginia lends just... Read More enough sweetness to keep that 'earthy' burley taste from becoming a more 'dirt' flavored experience further down the bowl. Read Less
Very Different For A MacBaren
May 31, 2012
By: Rudolph A.
Should be 5 stars!! Didn't know you could click on half a star - very clever Smoking Pipes - I like that flexibility!
Very Different For A MacBaren
May 31, 2012
By: Rudolph A.
Mac Baren has hit one out of the park with HH Old Dark Fired. I recently received two 100gm tins from Iwan Ries. The tin note is pure tobacco and very similar to Irish Flake and Highland Sliced as the flakes are earthy in their smell. They are very... Read More dark and tightly pressed as with IrF and HS (tightly pressed flakes is new for a Mac Baren flake) and similar in size to Ir F. They are stacked into three neat rows. They are cut a tad thinned than IrF which makes for easier packing.
The flakes were at a good moisture consistency for packing and lighting. In a blind smoke, I would never ever guess this was from Mac Baren. This is one fine smoke. IrF and HS are two of my favorite tobaccos ever and now I have a third in the same genre. HH ODF has a very rich, natural flavor profile with solid, pure tobacco taste. It exhibits a nice spiciness while smoking. Unlike the spiciness of Perique, there is no pepper notes at all, which is a good thing for me as I don't care for Perique. I don't think there is any casing, and if there is, I can not detect it. It has a healthy dose of nicotine that takes an immediate front row seat. By the way, this offering is a smoother smoke as it doesn't seem to have the harshness I sometimes experience with a bowl of IrF.
I have quite a bit of IrF and HS but I can see myself reaching for this new offering from Mac Baren when I want a rich, pure tobacco smoke. It is simply fantastic in my book. If you like IrF and/or HS, you will not be disappointed at all. I enjoy other Mac Baren tobaccos, but this one is way ahead of the pack and is a major player in the pantheon of fine smoking tobaccos. My hat goes off to the blenders at Mac Barens for introducing such a winner. 10 stars across the board!! Read Less
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