A bold flake of dark-fired burleys in a well balanced unity with flue-cured Virginias. Mac Baren's HH Old Dark Flake is hot pressed, meaning that during the pressing, heat is added by steam to the tobaccos which causes the tobacco to intensify the marrying process giving us a bolder tobacco. The robust, earthly flavor of the dark-fired Burleys shines through in the taste, and you will experience a deeply satisfying smoke indeed.
Thinly-sliced perfect flake, redolent of raisins and earthy spice with a rich hardwood smoke character.
This tobacco is extremely well-behaved in the pipe. It rubs out to a soft, yet springy cloud, or smokes quite well simply folded into thirds.
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The smoke is velvety and rich, with no harshness.
An outstanding blend. Read Less
It's what I've been looking for in a pipe tobacco for 30 years. It's like smelling a pig in a smoker with great tobacco added to the smell. It's my go to from now on. Add a couple of fingers of your favorite Scotch and enjoy life it's too dam short ... Read Moreto go without this tobacco any longer. Read Less
You people talk how much nicotine is in pipe tobacco.If it's nicotine your looking for chew tobacco,smoke cigarettes,you will get 10 times more.Also you will get so much that you will have to smoke.When I smoked cigarettes I had to smoke,yes I said h... Read Moread to.Now that I smoke pipe I can go days without smoking and I am just fine.I am no longer hooked on nicotine.I smoke because I want to not because I have to!!!!!! Read Less
Oh oh yea yea
I love you more than I can say
I'll love you twice as much tomorrow
Oh love you more than I can say
Oh oh yea yea
I miss you ev'ry single day
Why must my life be filled with sorrow
Oh love you more than I can say...
I put off getting any of this one for a while. I've been burned by the hype bug before. In this instance I regret that decision. Everything from the deep, spicy flavor to the perfectly cut flakes is of amazing quality. I can't get enough of it. If yo... Read Moreu haven't tried it yet you really should. It's every bit as good as people say. Read Less
I wasn't sure I was going to like the smoky smell and flavor of this flake, but I was happily wrong. I like to mix this with some Black Bayou Mist. for an extra smoky treat. Very outdoorsy - smells like a campfire. Perfect for evenings around the ... Read Morefire pit! It's like smokable beef jerky... Very hearty. Read Less
As a new piper, I was fairly apprehensive to try this blend; to my delight, however, this blend packs a blast of sweet, dark, maply flavor which isn't terribly complex, but is as rich as Rockefeller and as deep as the Atlantic. The best tobacco blend... Read More I've tried thus far.. Read Less
HH ODF has become my daily breakfast blend. The vitamin N on this one is pretty high and definitely helps wake me up on early mornings with a strong cup of coffee. Tin note is rasins, figs, and BBQ sauce. Dark flakes with tiny ribbons of bright to... Read Morebacco mixed in require a bit of drying time before folding and stuffing for my liking. The taste is molasses, raisins, and BBQ. Burns evenly with consistent flavor throughout the bowl. Relights required with the fold and stuff method. The steam pressing method used in production really rounds out and melds the flavors together well on this one. Buy a tin you won't be disappointed - this is a must have Burley blend. Read Less
This is heavy-duty stuff. Deeply satisfying like a a good rich cigar, it has elements of earth and leather to it. The flakes are dark and perfectly cut. But this is for sipping on cool fall afternoons or evenings. This is not a summertime or everyday... Read More smoke. If you rush it, it will rough you up. This is also not for someone used to goopy, sweet aromatics. It also has the benefit of leaving your bowl almost perfectly dry, with a fine grayish ash all about. Read Less
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 toba... Read Moreccos in the UK. Read Less
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 lit... Read Moretle 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
I keep coming back to this tin... really excellent blend. Hearty but not overwhelming, mellow but never bland, really full bodied smoke, smokes dry without a threat of bite, few relights... the flavor is also excellent, sort of a rich stodgy sweetnes... Read Mores without the acrid carmalization that can come off a sweetened topping, the well cured tobaccos themselves providing a rich flavor without need of embellishment. Read Less
I bought a one ounce pouch of this from P & C back around 2013 just to give it a try. It is a dark, fairly strong flake tobacco similar to HH Bold Kentucky only not quite as strong. It had an earth aroma to it with a slight sweetness & maybe ... Read Morea mild spice. Anyway it had a slight vinegar smell to it and I aired it out for a day. I sealed it back up in its zip-lock bag after taking out enough to rub out & dry to stoke my pipe.
It readily took to the flame & produced some thick, creamy smoke & didn't taste harsh & smoked mildly for a strong blend & I remember liking it really well & will most likely buy a tin or two when I finish off my tins of HH Bold Kentucky. This blend leans more toward the stronger side of the medium to strong selection. I liked it fine but preferred the stronger HH Bold Kentucky blend over this one. Read Less
I've been smoking pipes for 53 years(started out snitching my Dad's Sir Walter) and I can honestly say this is among the top three of the 20-plus tobacco blends I have in my cellar. Take a couple of flakes, let them dry for about 10 minutes, rub them... Read More out, fill a broad-chambered pot, light er up, and Heaven is just a couple of puffs away!! Read Less
A client of mine brought me a left over tin that he had for awhile & told me it was one of his favorites & I can see why! This stuff is just all around tastey & it’s great smoked during the cold weather–not just limited to the cold weather–the tin no... Read Morete is my favorite; reminds me of a camp fire & the taste is just as good. It has a great smoky taste like that of a nicely seasoned grilled steak. For sure one I’m going to keep around. Read Less
This blend is full of "dark," earthy flavors, and it's lovely. The first thing that the tin note brought to mind was red wine, with a sort of dry and fruity aroma, but on top of that is a very heavy smokiness. It's not the campfire sort o... Read Moref smokiness that you get from latakia, it's closer to that of smoked meat. The dark fired Kentucky's retain the nuttiness from normal burleys, so the result reminded me of smoked almonds. There's a little bit of tanginess and sweetness as well, which i'm assuming comes from the Virginias, but it's definitely in the background. Overall it's delicious, and a good departure from my usual English and Virginia blends. I highly recommend it. Read Less
At first I was not a fan of this tobacco so I stuck it at the bottom of my jar bin, five years later, I thought I’d give it another whirl. Pleasantly surprised with what some age will do for this blend, I actually can’t stop smoking it now. No hype t... Read Morehis is good tobacco. Read Less
This blend has a light bold flavor that is hard to describe more specifically than to say overall outstanding. The Woody flavor is reminiscent of camping in an evergreen Forrest. This is the first tobacco I have ever smoked that literally takes me aw... Read Moreay to somewhere else. The easy pack, even burn, and smoky flavor will soon become a regular blend.... Bravo! Read Less
I have a strange relationship with Mac Baren's pipe tobaccos in general. Most bite me despite a slow and steady cadence. Some I wish had more natural flavors. Some I absolutely love. I've yet to smoke one of the HH blends that I haven't enjoyed,... Read More, however, and ODF is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think Old Dark Fired is their best blend. No... I'll go one further. I think Old Dark Fired by Mac Baron is one of the best pipe tobaccos in existence today, if not THE best. I tried ODF and Bold Kentucky back to back during my days of tobacco discovery, and I loved both of them, but as I now bore down on a select few to stock up on ODF has become the crown jewel of my collection. It really is that damn good. Most blends I buy a 1.5 or 2 ounce tin to try and if I really like it I'll buy a half pound, and on a singular event with plum pudding special reserve I purchased 1.5 pounds. Now, for the first time ever, I purchased five delicious pounds of the ready rubbed, and I'll be purchasing two (maybe 3) one pound boxes of the flakes next to make sure I never run out of ODF again. Eventually I'll snag a pound of the other HH blends as well. I know Mac Baron had a few tons of this fabled leaf in supply, so it should be in stock for a little while, but I'm not taking any chances after watching so many other blends go the way of the Dodo. Mac Baren's makes ODF in the English tradition, which involves steam pressing of the large blocks of tobacco. Old Dark Fired is loaded with savory, sweet, bbq, vinegar, and smoky notes that will delight the senses both before and during the smoke. Hands down, this is the most addictive tin note I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling, and it only gets better with age. The savory, sweet and smoky bbq and vinegar of the special dark fired plays magnificently with the sweet bread and lightly fruity virginias, and this marriage of flavors will confound your taste buds in the best way until the bottom third of the bowl, where the smoky dark fired starts to edge out the other flavors slightly. Despite that, ODF is unlike most other DF blends in that the bottom of the bowl isn't completely dominated by the dark fired, and though it does strengthen the deeper you go, it never gets harsh and the overall flavor remains intact which is impressive. I would argue that this blend is medium in both strength and nicotine, and for smokers of English style flakes, very easily an all day smoke (especially with a little age). Its really surprising how easy ODF is on the tongue while flooding the senses with a beautiful, deep, and unique dark fired flavor, while somehow not subduing the Virginias too much. Even acknowledging the high quality of Mac Barens HH line of tobaccos they have really outdone themselves here. If you like Dark Fired tobaccos flavors, and you haven't tried this blend yet, then you are doing yourself a disservice! I cant recommend Old Dark Fired enough (in flake or ready rubbed). Read Less
Oh oh yea yea
I love you more than I can say
I'll love you twice as much tomorrow
Oh love you more than I can say
Oh oh yea yea
I miss you ev'ry single day
Why must my life be filled with sorrow
Oh love you more than I can say...
Haven't had a single bad tin from the HH line. There's the usual MB stack of perfectly cut flakes inside with a great dark-fired aroma. Smooth, stout smoke with no bite that left me nicely relaxed; a perfect marriage of dark-fired Kentucky Burley and... Read More flue-cured Virginia. For any well-traveled, discerning piper this is a must-try. Read Less
This is my second favorite to bacco after sg1792 flake but the lastonishing tiniest ordered had rust under the lid which compromised the seal and made the product unable to be smoked and when they sent me a replacement tin it to suffered the same pro... Read Moreblem.I don't know where the tins are getting wet at but will give the blend 2 stars because I know what it should taste like in a properly sealed tin. Read Less
I hope I finally got the 5 stars I was trying to rate this amazing tobacco. I'm on my second day of smoking it & wow, I can taste some chocolate & coffee notes in the beginning. I also taste some smoky notes & some tangy notes as well. Th... Read Moreis tobacco is real smooth no bite. It does have some nicotine wich I really enjoy with some coffee. I'll be ordering more soon, along with some bold Kentucky wich I haven't tried yet. This tobacco by macbaren is the best. Other macbaren tobaccos tend to bite. But not old dark fired. It's just simply amazing. Read Less
I got my 1 lb box today & wow. It is the best tobacco I ever tasted hands down. There's a lot of flavors in this tobacco. I've been smoking pipes for 22 years, & this is the best pipe tobacco I've had.
as like with Solani Aged Burley I do prefer enjoying this Dark Fired mostly like after dinner smoke
very nice indeed and has lighter in nic content in comparison to Irish Flake by Peterson, with which similarities in taste are obvious, though ODF is... Read More perhaps more woodsy and smoother.
Top-notch quality,becoming a classic in todays pipe tobacco world. need some relights especially when smoked in folded form. Read Less
If i could get the flavor without the hard nic hit, this would be one i would smoke a lot more. It isn't really like a cigar, but it does remind me of one somehow. These flakes need some drying out or will require lots of relights. If aromatics ar... Read Moree a dessert, this is the steak. Delicious! Read Less
Not a lot going on here, so don't concern yourself with complexity. The flavor is straight forward, smooth and just the right hint of sweetness, without any being added. I'm a rubber, not a folder, when it comes to flake & cake, but this stuff bu... Read Morerns slow and even right down to the bottom! It's a keeper, and I'm buying this in the pound bulk box. Great price for a great smoke. I will be smoking this on the regular... Read Less
I mixed this one with escudo and Acadian perique for a camping trip and I wish I would have weighed them out because it was absolutely lights out.
I usually don't smoke this one until the temps drop cause I really like it as a cold weather tobac.
Here is a well made and densely pressed tobacco. It's not overly smoky or acidic. It tastes great on a cold day and breaks apart without much fuss when you're ready to fold and stuff. I personally prefer to rub it out until it becomes fluffy, after w... Read Morehich I pack it relatively loose before going at it. I find the taste to be better that way as more of the darkness seems to come through and it kind of rounds it off. It could be a mind trick I'm pulling on myself, but it works so I stick with it. Something I found that goes great with this is mixing a small, and I mean small amount of Latakia based tobacco, such as a Syrian blend. You will be pleasantly surprised! Read Less
this tobacco, even though its not flavored at all, and is completely natural, really gave me a coco and spiced orange kind of note, not like a huge flavor rush, but more like a, put your finger on this flavor kind of thing. It also packs quite a litt... Read Morele punch, high nic. content but smooth smooth smooth. #2 on my non aro list of best baccies. Read Less
Got this after listening to a pipes mag. radio show with per Jensen, this was actually the first full flake tobacco i have ever tried, really quite amazing, i used per Jensens fold and pack method and worked just amazing, this baccy has a very sweet ... Read Moreearth-dark black coffee - steak type of flavor to me. smokes really great if left in its original form and NOT broken up, and packs a little punch if you smoke the whole bowl. room note is very odd, sort of a stale vanilla candle aroma but not unpleasant. really love this blend a lot, i would put it right up their with McClelland's Tudor castle arcade Read Less
Man oh man, this stuff is incredible. Bought in the MacBaren HH sampler, not a bad blend in the lot but this one shines. Beautiful dark flake, tin note is of dark chocolate and single malt. Stuff, rub, whatever - it's always intensely flavorful. Tast... Read Moree is more of the same with a robust burley underpinning. Notes of sweet tea, roasty coffee and KC-style barbeque also come through. This is a real winner... Always smoke this in a MM Huck Finn for a truly All-American experience. Read Less
If you're looking for a pure quality tobacco taste this is for you. Strong to be sure and I wouldn't recommend it for the neophytes. I smoke cigars as well and that's what this reminded me of a fine hand-rolled premium cigar. Room note was pleasant b... Read Moreut, not over powering or too sweet. Aging now so we'll see what time does. Read Less
I received my tin of tobacco opened it up and was greeted a heavy malty smell with hints of chocolate. It did take a couple of lites, but hey that's a pipe. Upon smoking this wonderful tobacco it reminded me of a very dark malty porter. It smoked ver... Read Morey cool and once lite stayed lite. I really like this tobacco and will be ordering several more tins. Read Less
Deep dark and rich, earthy and creamy. Flavor is very consistent all the way down. I'm not usually a fan of dark fired tobaccos, but this one is special. Not really a room note that will win friends, although its not acrid. As another review said, th... Read Moreere was what I think is residue from tobacco, but could well have been rust around the rubber seal...the tin was still sealed and at the perfect moisture level. This is definitely one I'd order again. Read Less
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 t... Read Moreo 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
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.
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
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 Moretuned after aging.
It maintains it's full flavor, but less amplified, and definitely smoother. Read Less
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 Moreenough 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
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 ar... Read Moree 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 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 Norwoo... Read Mored are all far superior to HH Old Dark Fired. Read Less
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 wo... Read Moreuld 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
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 w... Read Morehen 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
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 "d... Read Morearker" 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
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 fo... Read Morer 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
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 ched... Read Moredar, making it worth buying.
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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 smo... Read Moreke, 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
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. Ever... Read Morey 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
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 enou... Read Moregh sweetness to keep that 'earthy' burley taste from becoming a more 'dirt' flavored experience further down the bowl. Read Less
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 d... Read Moreark 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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