Mac Baren: HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz Pipe Tobacco

Product Number: 003-039-0112

A sister plant to Nicotiana tabacum, the Caribbean leaf from which all modern Virginias, Burleys, Orientals, and other varietals originate, Nicotiana rustica is a historic species of tobacco native to the Americas. English settlers observed the indigenous Powhatan population smoking N. rustica tobacco when they arrived in North America in 1607, and the leaf grew in popularity among the settlers as well. Given its high nicotine content, however, Nicotiana rustica quickly faded from the public's interest once the settlers secured N. tabacum seeds from the Caribbean and began growing them in Virginian soil.

HH Rustica celebrates this historic strain of tobacco, elevating the hearty leaf with choice N. tabacum varietals like naturally sweet Dark Virginias and cool-smoking Burley. Like all flakes in the HH line, it's heat-pressed and finely sliced, resulting in an elegant balance of the traditional and the modern. HH Rustica is the strongest tobacco in Mac Baren's portfolio, and is among the strongest pipe tobacco blends in the world. Despite its strength, however, it maintains a delicate complexity and nuanced flavor, offering deep, earthy base notes and a rounded finish, especially enjoyable after a full meal.

HH Rustica is a full, robust mixture that presents a scintillating vignette of the history of tobacco in the Americas. Only 5500 tins of this limited edition blend were produced worldwide.

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Customer Reviews (39 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.08 out of 5 stars
Strong, tasty, but not limited..
May 03, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
A strong & tasty smoke, bold flavors and a strong Nic hit. HH Rustica is certainly a strong tobacco, but not in the leagues of something like Tambalouka, infact its way off. Be aware the 3.5oz tin is 'limited' for the US market, but in Europe, the 5... Read More
As Advertised
May 04, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
If you served in Afghanistan you may be familiar with Naswar, the extremely strong, oral, jet black snuff. The oral snuff, containing exclusively Rustica and mysterious herbs and spices made the most experienced tobacco user get the spins. I have a ... Read More
Woody, Earthy, Bitter, Vegetative, Black Pepper
May 07, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
This has a ‘rustic’ ( no pun intended) tobacco quality. The maple sugar used in the binding allows this to open with a very, very slight sweetness, but it quickly dissipates to the full, rich flavor of earth, wood, vegetative/leaf litter, and a slig... Read More
Plain and simple delight
May 05, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Rustica is a wonderful smoke. It showcases a remarkably similar profile to G&H’s Dark Plug, however without any trace of the cloying Lakeland essence I never liked. At first, floral notes are prominent, but that initial phase does not last long. ... Read More
H. H. Rustica
May 06, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I found H. H. RUSTICA to be a full flavored slightly strong smoke. The flavor starts out like burnt toast with a touch of jalapeno jam. The mouth tingle stays throughout the bowl but the toast flavor fades as the bowl progresses. The burley leaf is v... Read More
A simple Strong Blend
May 06, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I'm not gonna go into too much detail, it's a simple blend that's strong as hell. Not very spicy, just a little sweet, and a uniform taste all the way through the bowl. If your looking for a simple high nic kick, look no further.
One for the Cellar
May 11, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Very unique blend, more than worth the money for a taste of history
Smooth and Very Sweet...
May 08, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
First let me thank MacBaren for producing a blend with Rustica. The flake is paper thin, really finely crafted and expertly presented. I've smoked my fair share of wild tobacco and Thuoc lao. The nicotine level in this blend is not that high, Rust... Read More
A revisit
September 15, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Funny that they just released this again, I just reached for an open tin 3 days prior to the 2021 release that I let sit for months (pretty crispy). I did the fold/stuff pack method and when I folded it, it was equivalent to folding crackers. I was c... Read More
Not a Fan (UPDATED)
July 31, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
After several bowls I decided there is a reason they quit using Rustica when better tobaccos were cultivated. Cellaring some to see if it makes a difference. (UPDATE! I’ve added a star to my original. Rating. After letting this age for about a ye... Read More
Authentic, Rustic and Bold
May 10, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
If Paul Bunyan had a pipe Blend custom made for him, it would be HH Rustica. This is the most authentic, down to earth tobacco I've tried to date. The flavor profile embodies all that pipe enthusiasts enjoy about tobacco. Upon first light, a spicy, a... Read More
Interesting smoke
May 05, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
This is definitely the strongest tobacco I have smoked. Has a unique flavor profile as well. I'm not the most experienced smoker so I cant say I've had many strong blends to compare the strength to but its definitely pungent. Reminds me of some of th... Read More
Rustica (2021 release)
August 27, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Rustica is one of my favorite of the Mac Barin HH special series that appear, majikly, ever so often. I suspect the blendmeisters hide the leaves somewhere for a while. Rightly so. And I have learned many lessons on how I need to prepare the slices p... Read More
Turdish
August 04, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Strong... Yes! Latakia Alternative... Yes! Earthy... Yes! Slightly Turdish... Yes!
تبغ قوي
October 20, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
انه تبغ قوي وانصح بتدخينه بعد وجبه دسمه وفي غليون متوسط الحجم التبغ له نكهة القرنفل والحمضات والفواكه المجففه و الزبيب بالاضافة الى نكهة ارضية وعشبية و العرق سوس التبغ المدخن واضح وله حلاوة ايضا له طعم حمضي قليل ولذعة خفيفه في طرف اللسان مع حلاوة ون... Read More
Excellent
October 02, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
It’s like the Burley Flake without the Dark Fired Kentucky to smooth it out. Strong smoke gives me that lump in my throat feeling of a good nicotine level that comes with strong Burley. Nutty, earthy sweetness, leathery. Tin note is BBQ with vinegar ... Read More
Ketchup Flavored Beef Jerky
June 21, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
TIN NOTE: Vinegary, Ketchupy, Beef Jerky - in a good way. APPEARANCE: Again, beef jerky comes to mind. These "flakes" are more like dense strips of leather. They look like strips of leather or jerky. And, they handle like a belt. It takes a good deal... Read More
Tastes like More!
May 25, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
New favorite. Opening the tin you are greeted with the smell of sweet BBQ similar to smoked ribs. Taste is bold, like a fine cigar. Smooth retrohale. Dark and earthy with a hint of sweet molasses and soft pepper. Very strong! After 1-2 flakes y... Read More
Rustica?
May 23, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I swear they packed my tin with bold Kentucky instead. Upon opening it I got a strong smell of bbq, not what I expected this “Rustica” flake to be. Maybe I’m wrong but I swear they packaged it wrong.
Speechless Review
June 19, 2024
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Boy I can’t wait for my order to come in! I was blown away with your review Shane. Not too often that you are at a loss for words but this one got you. Great review and again I am very anxious to be able to order this Rustica
sweet & strong
June 11, 2024
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
its sweeter & stronger than the bulk. tastes good but i dont like the room notes
Buy it and cellar it.
December 06, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
The flavors are bold and the high nicotine is a lovely enjoyable experience. But this is definitely a tin that you want to buy and sit on for the next 5 to 10 years. I would treat this as your graduation/wedding/job promotion/new baby/special occasio... Read More
I'll stick to the HH Bold Kentucky
October 07, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
This blend is not bad. But I don't prefer it more than say HH Bold Kentucky or Solani Silver. And I only want a really strong tobacco on the odd occasion. So I can hardly justify spending $24.99 and getting 3.5 oz when it'll probably take me 3 years ... Read More
Friendly Advice
October 05, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I do suppose the Rustica is on the strong side, but as long as one washes it down with plenty of strong black coffee or red wine…😂 Honestly a truly satisfying experience. Pipe dreamy…
Friendly Advice
October 05, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I do suppose the Rustica is on the strong side, but as long as one washes it down with plenty of strong black coffee or red wine…😂 Honestly a truly satisfying experience. Pipe dreamy…
different
September 10, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Very full flavors which remind me of steak with lots of fresh cracked peppercorn. I don't think it's knock your socks off strong in terms of nicotine in the slightest, though that's likely due to my own smoking habits. It's worth noting that I get ... Read More
Great presentation and tin note.
August 20, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Neat presentation of uniform flakes in gold foil, as Mac baren does. The Tim note is of sour apples. The taste is milder than expected, pleasant, not remarkable. The nic hit is overwhelming. Really, I couldn't finish one small bowl before my head wen... Read More
The exceptionally floral
August 18, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
The taste is just beyond the full threshold. It has a dominant strength level. The nicotine is a shade less so. Very unique indeed!
Good Blend
August 01, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
A strong blend with complex flavor if you want a rustic smoke with a huge punch you found it, worth trying but you have to be equipped with a good palette to really find the nuances. I find it a great weekday evening nightcap. The weekends my taster ... Read More
Interesting
July 27, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Tin note was delicious like peppery jerky. Rubbed out a flake rolled it into a ball and loaded it up. Bold flavor few bitter notes here and there. Nice nic hit. Definitely worth s try.
Good lord!
February 18, 2023
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Smoke cooler than I expected. Over all flavors are wonderful, but good lord, it the nicotine really hits. I have the, just smoked 3 back to back cigar feeling after a large bowl. Over all I would definitely recommend, aspshly after a bit of age.
When I want the Tobac equal of a Saleen Mustang
November 13, 2022
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
There are times when a Lat-forward English or a VAPer just isn't right. The other day, I was prowling through my current table: the Gawth Hoggarth Kendal Dark Vintage or Scotch Mix wasn't quite right. The C&D Folklore was okay...but-- By happen... Read More
Holy Smoke
April 22, 2022
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Friend turned me on to a tin from 2021. This one rocks. I like strong cigars too, so this one hits the spot. Please get more of this when available. Putting the rest of this in the special occasion humidor. Nic buzz is strong, but it is the mellow no... Read More
My goddess is Angelina Jolie.
January 11, 2022
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Angelina Jolie dressed in black silk and teased me in all kinds of ways. I felt it too much, but when I got close to her, I found that she had a little body odor. I had in-depth communication with her against that reluctance. Afterwards, I was a litt... Read More
BBQ Nicotine
December 07, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
The tin note smells strongly of ketchup and bbqed beef. Its strength is about a 12 on a 1-10 scale and the flavour promised with the tin note is present throughout the entire bowl. I've only smoked.it in a very small bowl (1g ish) due to its strengt... Read More
A blend with maybe some history
October 10, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
I first ordered this luscious, indeed sensuous, tobacco in the 2020 release--and when smoking the last of it, knew I had ordered too few tins. Why? The tobacco is pure enjoyment. It is the essence of history. The aroma and pungency evokes thoughts o... Read More
Strong and strong
October 05, 2021
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
It’s good, you know you are smoking something special but for me it did not hit the spot. Flavor was for sure heavy but maybe too heavy. There is better out there. Maybe use this in a blend and you will be happy
Raleigh Would Recognize This At First Puff
October 05, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
When Sir Walter Raleigh returned to the court of Queen Elizabeth I from his explorations of coastal North Carolina, he popularized the rustica tobacco leaf he brought back with him. But the very potent rustica blends he obtained from the natives were... Read More
Great one
June 05, 2020
Product: Mac Baren HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Wickedly good!!