Mac Baren: Dark Twist 3.5oz Pipe Tobacco

Product Number: 003-039-0005

One of Mac Baren's oldest blends, Dark Twist is made in roll cake style. Sweet, mature Virginias and Dark-Fired Kentucky are cased with maple sugar to enhance the natural flavors making for a robust blend with a soft, subtle note.

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  • Components: Black Cavendish, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia
  • Cut: Coins
  • Family: Virginia
Customer Reviews (43 Total)
Overall Rating:
3.78 out of 5 stars
Truly wonderful
July 24, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 16oz
This is truly not for the novice or beginning pipe smoker. It's got a learning curve and I have had to get used too this tobacco. The easiest way to pack the bowl is to get a few of the coins of the tobacco and fold them in half and place it in your ... Read More
More trouble than it's worth for me
August 26, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
It would be a great tobacco if it didn't have the tendency to bite my tongue. I have been smoking pipes about 20 years and smoke a wide variety of non aromatic tobacco and this is one that just doesn't work for me. I tried drying it out, different pi... Read More
Good !
June 05, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This has a nice, natural maple and brown sugar taste to it and pleasing aroma. Smokes better rubbed out but should still be sipped or it will bite you.
The tricky one
April 20, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This blend is quite tricky. And it has a learning curve, which is a lot to say about a tobacco blend, so I will divide my review to two parts, one for the blend itself and the other for the mechanics part. As for the blend itself, it is excellent. Da... Read More
Bought by accident
March 14, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I purchased this tin after the cashier poped the seal because they wanted to smell it after I read the description. Didnt want to leave it to dry out sitting on the counter so I grabbed it and have enjoyed it ever since. It does have a bite but I hav... Read More
Fantastic blend !
October 02, 2013
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Serious tobacco satisfaction with a unique and tangy flavor.
Superb roll cake
March 15, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This stuff is just fantastic, and I enjoyed the entire can. It's only equalled by the fantastic Vanilla Roll Cake. The bright Virginia spice/bite is expertly blended with rich cavendish. It's chocolaty and sweet, and burns and smokes really well. I w... Read More
Desert Island Blend
June 18, 2020
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 16oz
Like Per Jensen says, if you wake up on a Monday Morning and you are feeling a bit off, just smoke the ones with with the dark center, and you will feel alright again. There are two full Virginia coins to every Dark-fired center coin in each package.... Read More
Roll Cut
December 07, 2019
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Good tobacco flavor. The small coins are easy to fold and stuff, lights well, and is a satisfying smoke that burns clean all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
Flavorful and satisfying!
December 02, 2017
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I purchased this because I like the coin type tobaccos and I'm also a fan of dark fired leaf. I found the best way to smoke it is to choose 4 to 5 coins and rub them out. I usually let them dry for 10 - 15 minutes and then pack my pipe. Some coins ha... Read More
Try it !!
November 26, 2013
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
One of my best ! Very good and strong .
one of the best tobaccos of this manufacturer!
August 13, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Although Mac Baren is so not good, Dark Twist has retained its taste and recipe over the past 60 years. And as it seems to me, one of the best tobaccos of this manufacturer! This is an aromatic, but a deep, dark and tasty one that employs plenty of ... Read More
Spicy, spicy, spicy.
May 29, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This is the spiciest and hottest burning mix I've ever tried. Overwhelming brown sugar and cinnamon flavor yet in a good way and some how the tobacco still shines. I'm still on the fence about this one in some ways. The flavor is intense yet yummy. W... Read More
Wowed!!
April 20, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
So good on so many leaves!! Try not to rub out !! Good nose great flavors it’s not letting me down will be in my rotation from now on delicious!! Thank you for this blend 🙃👌
Worth the teouble
June 19, 2018
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I overcame the bite with smoking in meer and puffing slowly. Semi sweet complex taste and lots of fun playing with the coins.
Been looking for
March 29, 2018
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This is the Virginia I’ve been looking for. Very rich and thick smoke!
Rather strong and quite complex.
December 26, 2016
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This mixture is usually categorized as an Aromatic and I am generally scared away by any artificial flavouring and sweetening. After carefully reading the description of this mixture on Mac Baren’s homepage (www.mac-baren.com) I concluded that this i... Read More
Why?
November 07, 2016
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I received my parcel today..was very excited to taste what was written in the tin description...I faced a horrbile hit in the head immediately after I lit it..tones of tongue bites ..harsh..full of rude nicotine ... I feel really guilty that I bought... Read More
Does not smoke....
August 07, 2016
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Like a natural. How can you tell with so much topping!!! Will let age and try again in 3 years. Way too sticky to smoke now!!! It bites!
Smooth but Pronounced Flavor
May 21, 2014
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
The aroma from the open tin initially takes me back to my cigarette-smoking days and a pack of freshly opened unfiltered Camels (40 years ago I really liked that smell). Ahhh, but then the sweet smells of raisin/prune step gently forward with a promi... Read More
Sweet coins
April 20, 2022
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Trying this one out on my coin series. MB makes really nice coin cuts and these are no exception. The flavor isn't my cup of tea as much as some others but I think it's still a good, high quality blend. On the sweeter side of the spectrum, so if that... Read More
Stoved 200°/300 minutes
April 09, 2022
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
It's awesome. Tin notes are a deeelicious rasin oatmeal. After the stoving, opened can after 20 minutes of cooling, to let it breath. Gave it 30 minutes, and loaded a bowl. Taste is worth the effort. Jarred the rest. It isn't a substitute for aging... Read More
A Bad Tin?
January 02, 2022
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
50 years ago, this was my favorite tobacco, but this latest tin is nothing like it. There is almost no Cavendish in the stuff. If I pick through it and pack a bowl with something like the old proportions, it's good - just like the old stuff. Bu... Read More
Wonderful
November 12, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
As I've said in another review, I love DFK. Not all DFKs are created equal however. This one is more mellow than the HH Old Dark Fired and a little sweeter. The casing is not overpowering or intrusive, it simply adds a little sweet to the mix. It is ... Read More
A balanced, campfire delight
August 13, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Balanced well with bright/ red virginas and kentucky, this blend is a delight when sipped. The maple addition doesnt take away from the natural flavors but adds to the natural sweetness. https://youtu.be/uhekgdKhoQM
Not what expected
July 18, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I bought 2 tins hoping for a great time after reading reviews, and the stuff I got was bone dry and had no topping. The tin was sealed perfectly, but I might as well have been smoking hot air. I occasionally could taste some cavendish and some Kentuc... Read More
Unsealed Tin
March 11, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This tin had apparently become unsealed somehow, or at least had leaked, because the rolls are all very dry, resulting in a hot burn and flavorless smoke. This is incredibly disappointing, given the great reviews I see here and the quality I have com... Read More
Natural tobacco flavor
February 15, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Complex and natural flavored coins. Mildly sweet from the maple and cavendish, a little dark spice from the Kentucky, lots of Virginia. A wonderful rich Danish tobacco. Highly recommend.
All time favorite
January 21, 2021
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I like to say this one is like the tobacco equivalent of candied bacon: it's too sweet for some, too savory for others, but when you're in the mood for it nothing else will do. The dark fired is used with a just subtle enough hand that it really lets... Read More
This one just isn't for me
December 06, 2020
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Less sweeter, and has a different flavor profile. The spicy, woody, earthy, mildly floral, nutty, dryly sour.
Full Body Burley
May 24, 2020
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This is not my daily smoke. I do love it from time to time. It is a heavier Burley flavor. It needs to be rubbed out and packed properly in your pipe. It burns well and needs to be smoked slowly. If you smoke too fast it will bite. I enjoy smoki... Read More
Best Enjoyed Slowly
October 24, 2019
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Delicious and robust tobacco. Lots of earthy sweet natural sugars. Some nice notes of stewed fruit with the topping being just perceivable by me. However, I taste molasses more than actual maple flavouring. I packed straight from a two year old t... Read More
question
May 24, 2019
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I'm not rating this tobacco as I have not smoked it yet, my question I want to ask is would this be a tobacco better to mix with another? I love spicy tobacco's but reading these reviews it sounds amazing and quite spicy, hence why I ask if it's bett... Read More
A nun by any other name...
August 30, 2018
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
In my time trying all manner of coin cut tobaccos and mixtures containing Dark-fired Kentucky, I came across three blends that were near clones of each other, with perhaps subtle differences that I could barely detect: Mac Baren's Dark Twist, Mac Bar... Read More
Love it
August 03, 2018
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This tobacco taste great to me. I get a almost tea like flavor from it.
Sweet sugarness
April 07, 2018
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I get no bite at all from it unlike most people, but for me this tobacco is most pleasant when smoked in a cob, even if you overheat your cob the flavour will get more toasty and will cause no bitterness. Worth a try.
Virginia and aro hybrid
July 16, 2016
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
May be an excellent introduction into virginias. Medium to mild strength tobacco with subtle notes of sugar cane or maple syrup, vague note of prunes in the background and a bit of rum or other liquor. Not too much nico fix. An hybrid of straight vir... Read More
Very Good
October 18, 2015
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I like to rub out the tobacco and dry it for a few hours to overnight.Great flavor.
Solid coin
September 28, 2015
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Straight forward tobacco. Tin smells of silage and stewed tomatoes, and a noted sweet/savoury flare. Lovely coins and an excellent level of dry-to-moist ratio was perfect in a pipe out of the tin. The trick is to use a smaller pipe, with a layere... Read More
Pleasant
February 21, 2015
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
This blend is a pleasant enough smoke. I do not like the top dressing/casing/whatever you want to call it on this blend. It is a rum flavored topping which adds to the moisture. It lites and burns easy enough, but tends to taste dirty to me. It is wo... Read More
Forward into the past
January 03, 2015
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I used to smoke this about 15 years ago and have been meaning to get another tin. This was not possible because my local smoke shop stopped carrying it. I saw it on this site and put it on my wish list for the holiday season. My wife got it for me a... Read More
I can't do it
March 29, 2013
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
I have tried, unsuccessfully, to smoke this blend for 10 years. The presentation it great, The value is great. But I just cant get this tobacco to not destroy my tongue. Every couple years I'll buy another tin just to remind myself what an idiot I am... Read More
New companion/old friend....
August 15, 2012
Product: Mac Baren Dark Twist 3.5oz
Decades ago, a then college buddy of mine suggested that Dark Twist has a tin bouquet similar to that of quality leather. That is true now, as well as when we first discovered it. The rich taste goes on from there, and hasn't varied over the years. T... Read More
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