Mac Baren's Modern Virginia Loose Cut consists of bright and darker Virginias from two continents, combined with Virginia-based Cavendish and a touch of Burley for a soft, smooth smoke. The result is a natural, sweet tasting, loose cut tobacco with a topping of ripe fruit (noticeably richer and more present here compared to the flake version) to captivate the modern pipe smoker.
...but, damn, it can bite! Take it slowly and you'll get a perfectly pleasant virginia flavour, though nothing complex or special. A notable casing can be tasted, but it doesn't get in the way. Really though, this blend can bite like heck if you don'... Read Moret watch it closely, and that takes away the experience of a contemplative, natural, smoking time. Read Less
Nice smoke. Very natural virginia with a defined medium strength and very subtle notes of fruit that varies between pineapple and honey in the backstage.
Very fragrant in the tin, sweet virginia with a tangy scent of fruit that may be referencing s... Read Moreummer.
I would say virginias dominate most of the time with only short apparitions from the burley, grassy notes here and there but not as robust as to define the smoke, probably because of the cavendish which must tranquilize the whole plot. As mentioned before there is also a natural "aromatic" like quality in taste while the room notes prevails with natural and sweet tobacco.
Relaxing smoke and suitable for the summer time,very refreshing and easy going. Read Less
I received this as a free sample. The first time I smoked it I thought “Well it is not bad but I am not sure I would actually buy it”. I put it in my humidor and decided to come back to it later. Needing to take a break from the Latakia blends and he... Read Moreavy aromatics I normally smoke, I've starting smoking it again. I found it a nice smooth smoke although I do not smoke Virginias much. The Virginia dominates the taste and is only slightly offset by the Burly and Cavendish. Overall, it is not bad and I may wind up getting some for times when I want a change in taste. Read Less
PLEASED WITH THE FACT I've A GIFT, HOWEVER I GOT IT AS (A GIFT) WITH A LATAKIA BASED FROG MORTON CELLAR-OF WHICH- TELLS YA FOLKS I'm A STRAIGHT TOBAC MAN. WHEN I SMOKED FLAVORED TOBACS THIS WOULD HAVE FIT IN VERY VERY WELL WITH THE ALLBORGS & MO... Read MoreST OTHER AROMATICS, NICE BLEND, NO BITE WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF APRICOTS. ALL IN ALL A WELL THOUGHT OUT AROMATIC, QUITE MANAGEABLE FLAVOR/BITE WITH A GOOD ROOM SMELL. THX AGAIN SMOKING PIPES.COM Read Less
Taste buds vary, I guess. The initial scent upon opening is a pleasant apricot. Apparently, I'm not a fan of Virginias, as the taste was on the acrid hammer side, and its propensities for bite were quickly apparent. Over time, I got more used to the ... Read Moretaste but simply didn't care for it at all. Probably better appreciated when taken at a slow, procrastinating pace where frequent interruptions are the norm. Read Less
The tin note is a light blend of apricot and sweet Virginia. From the looks of it, it would appear that there would be a lot more Burley flavor than there is. Very little of the Burley and the Cavendish come through on their own. Periodically, eleme... Read Morents of the tin note come through, but for the most part, this smokes like a light Virginia. The room note is also light and pleasing. This is probably most agreeable in the warmer months. Read Less
I am impressed. I received a small pouch of this with my last order. I threw it in my cellar and almost forgot about it. Pulled it out tonight and gave it a smoke. This is some fine baccy! Visually it looks like cheap cigarette tobacco. As soon you l... Read Moreight up that similarity disappears. A very cool, smooth, pure Virginia flavor. I love Virginias, but don't smoke them often due to the bite. Not with this one. It has definitely earned a place in the rotation. Read Less
This tobacco is a really smooth smoke. it has a subtle enjoyable flavour and i wasn't expecting it to be near as good as it was. I found the first half of the bowl tasted better but it got a little bit more just smokey closer to the end and lost the ... Read Moreflavour. Still a great tobacco Read Less
Thanks for the free sample pouch Smokingpipes.com! MacBaren is really expanding its lineup, moving away from its signature "honey on toast" (which I happen to enjoy) fare. As a rule I'm not a Virginia smoker and never quite enjoyed the gras... Read Moresy taste typical with much of the variety. I favor Burleys and smokey Kentucky. When I do reach for a Virginia it's usually Capstan Blue or Wessex Brown Slice and not too often lately. A very nice loose cut ribbon of medium browns and black. The immediate pouch aroma was that of sweet wine and spices. On deeper inhaling a very lovely aroma of what seemed to be apricots and another fruity essence was apparent. Loading and lightly were a breeze. This stayed lit for the entire bowl , smoked clean and dry, never got hot, nor was there any bite. An expertly produced blend that made me want for more. This is not your typical aromatic as I detected very little of what I smelled from the pouch other than a sweet presence throughout the smoke. This will definitely become a regular for me and as I fancy flakes, will pick up the flake version of this. Another winner from MacBaren. Highly recommended for both Virginia lovers and aromatic fans. Read Less
Got this as a free sample when I ordered three tins of the HH Series. Loved the smell - definitely citrus, almost lemon to me. Matched it with a new Missouri Meerschum to ensure a fair evaluation. No issues with moisture right out of the pouch. Pack... Read Mores great; lights easily but, don't pack too tightly. Mostly the sweet Virginas initially and then about a third of the way in I picked up the faint, but certain flavor of dried apricot. Paired nicely with a glass of Larceny bourbon. Probably a great all-day smoke that won't offend you're tongue or those around. Put into my cellar to enjoy with a little more age. Read Less
I received this in a sample and enjoyed it so much that it is now part of my permanent rotation. The smell in the tin is light and fruity (to me it smells like dried apricots), the room note is inoffensive and there's no bite to it.
I received my sample and reserved it for later. Opened it three days aways and its dry as the Acatama desert. Bites on tongue. And the taste is really more like a cigarette with a too subtle fruits flavor... mango and citrus maybe?
So, I rolled it ... Read Morein a cigarette tube, taste really better like that and don't bite on the tongue that way.
I don't think I will buy that thing again. There is plenty of better aromatic on the market. Read Less
I received a free promotion sample while purchasing other items. After trying it I ordered a 100g tin with my next order. I've tried many tobacco blends and flavors from several different manufacturers. Modern Virginia is not only one of my favorite ... Read MoreMac Baren tobaccos, but also one of my all time favorite tobaccos of any brand. I think it has a very smooth no-nonsense flavor that isn't overwhelming with any one particular characteristic. A nice cut that is blended very well. A good all around, any time smoke. Read Less
Light taste and wonderful aroma from the sample pouches; not my preferred smoke but I might buy a tin in the future. Availability in a 16 oz bag would be a nice option as I prefer a long period of unique blend smoking before reaching a conclusive opi... Read Morenion on leaf preference. 4 stars, for its interestingness and olfactory/visual pleasing blend. Read Less
I'm a big fan of Mac Baren offerings and Modern Virginia is right up there. I get a mild, sweet virginia tobacco taste that builds gently down the bowl. I don't get the ripe fruit but still find this blend quite good.
Received this fine Virginia as a sample recently and was rather taken by how enjoyable it was. I'm a big (big) fan of Orlik Golden Slice but as much as I love that flake, I find it takes its' time to round out (usually about a quarter down the bowl ... Read Moreand it keeps getting better). Modern Virginia has been fantastic right from start to finish. A very easy and, might I add, cool smoke that was about as consistent all the way through as any tobacco in my regular rotation. THIS WILL MOST CERTAINLY GO ON MY FAVOURITES LIST. Read Less
This latest offering from Mac Baren is one great smoke. I'm not generally a dedicated Mac Baren smoker, but this blend reminds me that I probably should be. Just about everything they produce is of the highest quality, and Modern Virginia is no exc... Read Moreeption. Not being an aromatic fan in general, I was a little hesitant to try a blend described as having a top flavor of ripe fruit. I want my tobacco to taste like "tobacco", not Blueberry Pancakes. But this is a predominately Virginia with a very subtle extra sweetness that is not cloying, and very enjoyable. The aromatic component slowly disipates as you work your way down the bowl, but the overall taste profile is just very easy to enjoy. It's hard to say which version I like better, the rubbed out 100g tin or the flake. Maybe the loose cut is a little brighter, but both are great. This is exactly the kind of tobacco that I find myself appreciating more and more. A relatively mild yet flavorful blend that doesn't challenge, but simply pleases. A top choice as an all-day smoke! Highly recommended!! Read Less
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