The first of Mac Baren's HH blends, Vintage Syrian is a smooth but powerful mixture of Syrian Latakia, Turkish Oriental, Virginias from three continents and dark fired Kentucky. This complex blend provides a smokey taste, rich in natural tobacco flavor.
Five Stars! Folks who rate this down for lack of Latakia have likely only smoked Cyprian Latakia and, in my opinion, have not developed their palates yet. Folks who still refer to Latakia blends as "English" don't know the history of Engl... Read Moreish blends or they wouldn't still be using that term to mean Latakia blends in general. Enough of that. MacBaren makes wonderful tobacco. The HH line is the best of the best, named, I believe, for master blender Henrik Halberg. Vintage Syrian is a smoky mix of the best Latakia (in my mind), vintage--that is, Syrian that has been aging and which even now may be gone and only existing in blends already in the pipeline, Turkish Orientals, Virginia, and some dark-fired Kentucky. It is loose cut so you get all the individual flavors in every pipeful. One unique thing that I've found is that I can actually smell the room note with this tobacco, and I can't say that about anything else I smoke. It simply adds to the overall pleasure. Your mileage may vary. This is perhaps my favorite tobacco, and my shelves hold perhaps fifty types. Read Less
This is a beautiful, well-balanced, perfectly-aged 40% SYRIAN Latakia blend with typical "Balkan" or English tobaccos. You ask 10 people what blend-type this is, you'll get 15 different answers... The Latakia is mild & complex with the ... Read MoreOrientals perfuming this mixture nicely. The Va.'s add a hint of sweetness, and the dark-fired Kentucky give it it's backbone. I just wish this Syrian Latakia thing could be forever, but alas it is not meant to be.. Enjoy this "Nirvana-Like" and intoxicating mixture while you can, as I'll personally be buying all I can afford & justify... Read Less
Amazing, cool & joyful.....May be because I am Syrian, or may be because Mac Baren could create the best of Latakia... But I am in love with it from the very first bowl.. To avoid the tongue bites just let it breath a little before you fill your ... Read Morebowl, then enjoy it slowly & you will like the mystery of flavours ...It is in my favorite list for sure. Thanks Mac Baren, Thanks Smoking Pipes for availing it to me Read Less
I was worried about this blend at first, thinking it might be too strong for my taste. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and found a wonderfull mellow smoke. The product description is extremely accurate and I will be getting more Vintage Sy... Read Morerian. Read Less
Get some of this blend while you can. It's a great smoke and features tobacco that is soon to be gone forever. As soon as I can I plan on adding more of this blend to my cellar, I just hope it's still available when I have the funds.
This blend has a lovely smokey slightly sour taste with a hint of sweetness coming through from the Virginia. If you are looking for a Latakia Powerhouse this isn't it .It is Syrian and not as Smoky campfire as the cyprian Latakia. The Burly adds a l... Read Moreittle body and if I use my imagination maybe a Nutty hint. Nicotine's medium. If you put 5 to 9 years of age on this blend it is a spectacular thing a lot of key of Fades quite a bit more Virginia's become very nice and sweet and mellow and losses that slight Edge Read Less
My only regret with this tobacco was waiting so long to try it. The tobaccos used complement each other perfectly. One of the very few latakia blends I can enjoy in the summer. The tin aroma is really nice. The Syrian latakia is very tasty with a win... Read Moreelike smoky flavor that has just a hint of herbal and floral incense like note. I like to let it dry out before smoking to really get the best flavor. I have quite a few pounds of this in my cellar for future enjoyment. My favorite Balkan style blend Read Less
I ordered this at the suggestion of my brother, when he tired of my lamentations about FM Across the Pond being discontinued. It is NOT Across the Pond. It IS very, very good. The almost-half Latakia is not reflected in the taste. It is mellow but fu... Read Morell-bodied, delightfully balanced and subtly nuanced with a variety of delicious and harmonious flavors. A definite coup for Mac Baren. Read Less
I absolutely love the delicate and complex flavour of the supremely aged Syrian Latakias for 1974 & 1983's bumper crops...these have a different flavour than in years where there weren't bumper crops, because they had to improvise to cure the lea... Read Moref, to the point of hanging leaf from the rafters of their homes....If it is too subtle for people, fine, but they miss out on so much. In the aged subtlety of the vintage Latakia, there are so many flavours and so much nuance, that you can find new things, even after smoking it for years. i am more than glad to buy all of this that those who are disappointed are going to leave on the shelf. Read Less
I don't know what the other reviewers are used to smoking if they can't taste Latakia in this blend. It's almost half Latakia!
The Syrian Latakia is different for sure in this blend, not what most are going to be used to since there's precious littl... Read Moree of it left in the world. Most blends use the stronger (fresh) and smokier Cyprian versions now. What is left in Mac Baren's warehouse has many years of age on it, so it has probably mellowed out quite a bit. It has a beautifully smokey and tangy red wine flavor to it.
If you want to taste this type of tobacco before it disappears, I highly recommend this blend. It's delicious and complex, probably one of the more sophisticated blends produced by Mac Baren (and I'm a fan of their tobacco in general).
I'm cellaring 2 lbs of this stuff, which is a LOT for my smoking pace. It's one of my all-time favorites.
If you just want the biggest, loudest Lat-bomb fireworks smoking explosion, sure, there are certainly more potent Latakia blends. This one is special and more subtle. Read Less
This blend has a lot of Latakia and you can taste it as you smoke. What impressed me while I worked by way through my first bowl was how smooth the tobacco smoked. If you like Latakia dominated blends, give this one a try.
This is a very fine tobacco, full of flavor yet smooth as silk. Subtle sweetness underneath the smoky/leathery flavor of the Syrian Latakia, with a bit of spice from the Orientals. Got a tin last week and just ordered another pound in bulk.
To be honest It's not my favorite. I'm getting more smokiness than flavor in this, it's hard to distinguish the Latakia from Turkish Oriental and Dark Fired Kentuky since they all have smokey undertones. it doesn't taste bad it's just that it doesn... Read More't have a lot of different flavor to it. It's definitely robust, but maybe just a little bit different than what I'm used to. Read Less
The name of this blend suggests that I may expect a heavy, old style English blend with a high dose of lush Syrian Latakia in the lead. Unfortunately it does not meet my expectations. It does not get near a traditional, old style English blend. Maybe... Read More the word “vintage” rather refers to the type of Latakia (old style Syrian Latakia), not to the mixture as such. Anyway. Moisture in tin is perfect. Tin nose is promising. Stuffing and lighting is easy. It burns hot. Leaves back an almost white ash. No aftertaste.
The tasty Orientals donate some body, but it does not dig deep at all. This blend is too mild in taste. Although all ingredient tobaccos can be singled out, the lack of power does not leave enough for all flavours to develop entirely. Sweetness is about ok, I would not like more. A soft carpet of scrumptious Latakia and scrumptious Kentucky provides a decent woody smokiness and accompanies you throughout the bowl. Kentucky is more prominent than Latakia. For my personal satisfaction I would appreciate to have all Kentucky replaced by additional Syrian Latakia. Never mind, regarding many laudatory reviews it remains a light English-style mixture with its own merits. I am disappointed, mainly because it’s too faint, not because I don’t like the taste of it. Read Less
I ordered some tins of this based on good reviews. Smoked some straight from a new tin and found it steamy, airy and lacking in any flavor. I then fluffed up the tobacco and left the tin to breathe for several days. When I then smoked it, the stea... Read Moreminess had gone and I found a rather complex smoke with a sweet background, rather like Squadron Leader but with a little more sweetness and depth. So, like most MacBaren tobaccos, this one needs time to breathe and dry to allow the toppings to evaporate a little, then it becomes a most admirable and repeatable smoke. Read Less
I bought 2 tins back June, open one right away. Not to moist so I thought this would be enjoyable, wrong. It was hot full of tongue bite, so I save the other tin until today.
What a difference 8-9 months can make on a tobacco blend, no bite taste i... Read Mores like nothing I had smoke before just a hint of fruit .. not from casing natural flavor If you purchase stow it away for least a year. When I order more and I will it sit for a least a year if I can resist. Enjoy Read Less
The smokey spice of this blend is divine. It offers a sweet note in the char, which carries to mid bowl. The Kentucky offers some body, supporting the incense and vino characteristics of the syrian. The sweetness is certainly mediated by the oriental... Read More creamy spicy feel. It is one of my top three tobaccos. The smokey character is carried all the way to the end, the last third of the bowl builds in oomph but never gets harsh. Medium nic hit, and easily one of the best packing blends. A billiard promotes the sweetness and a wider bowl seems to promote the spicy side. A very worthy blend. Read Less
I received my shipment of HH Vintage Syrian on 26 January 2012 and tried it and originally I couldn't get much flavor. After I stored it for 1 year and 9 months, I couldn't wait any longer and tried it again. I definitely got the flavor this time aro... Read Moreund. I do agree with a lot of people that there is some tongue bite, but not enough to take away from the great taste that comes out after aging a bit. I'll compare this to McClelland 3 Oaks Syrian and see how they do against each other. Read Less
I like to dry it overnight.The bacci will be crisp the next day.
Then i put it in a jar.I fill my pipe loose with tis tobacco and i will get a nice sweet latakia mixture at its best!
Try it out,experiment with the moisture level and it will turn int... Read Moreo one of the greatest tobaccos from Mac Baren.
Also there isnt much bite to it after drying time.
i will stock up! Read Less
Have tried Mac Baren's Latakia Blend, as well as Balkan Sasieni, and have to say the Vintage Syrian is my favorite. As far as the infamous "Mac-bite", never experienced it with any of their blends I have tried. As far as I am concerned, Vin... Read Moretage Syrian is my favorite tobacco, only being second to their HH Old Dark Fired. Mac tobaccos have to be sipped to be enjoyed so maybe the bite comes excessive puffing. Read Less
I wanted to get into Latakias and decided to give this one a try. Everyone's taste is different, however, I hated it the first time I opened the tin and smoked a bowl of this tobacco. In my experience, if you want to get into latakias, Bob's Chocolat... Read Moree Flake is the way to go. This one, however, has a very strong Latakia smell and taste. Definitely not my kind of tobacco, no matter how much I want to love it. Read Less
I can say this is probably the best Syrian Latakia blend I've ever tried (even though I haven't tried many yet). A very interesting mixture. But I have to agree with David - when it comes to tongue bite, it's just impossible to avoid it.
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