Mac Baren: Mixture Scottish Blend 3.5oz
Product Number: 003-039-0001
Mellow and slightly aromatic, Scottish Blend, combines ready rubbed, matured Virginia tobaccos with golden brown Burley, Cavendish and loose, ripe Virginia. Mac Baren's Mixture is one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in the world.
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The stuff is wonderfu, l love the mild sweetness that's left in your mouth after you're done smoking. To avoid that dreaded mcbite try using a pipe with nine millimeter filter or an EA Carey magic inch pipe .By using these two I'm able smoke any Mc... Read MoreBaren product. Read Less
Scottish Mixture is my "core" tobacco choice. It has a complex set of flavors with the medium spectrum of flavors. The tobacco flavor comes through, but it is the light aroma and room note that I enjoy so much. There is not Latakia for y... Read Moreou English blend advocates, but it is a very well balanced blend that I come back to as an old and faithful friend to relax with, smoke after smoke. When it dries out a bit, add a couple of drops of Scotch to your tin to freshen it up! And Enjoy! Read Less
This might just be one of my favourite blends. It smokes well and the cut is excellent, but where it really shines is in the flavour. Sweet and earthy, this tobacco just fills the air around you with a comfortable aroma and atmosphere.
It's not he... Read Moreavy on the nicotine, so if that's what you're after I might go for something else, but if what you want is a nice relaxing evening smoke then this is the blend for you. Would recommend highly. Read Less
I tried this tobacco on recommendation of Country Squire Radio and it has become a staple in my jars. Fantastic tobacco for most any occassion. I particularly enjoy it on fall afternoons. Great aroma, great smoke!
Ist impressions - my interest is always peaked when I hear of an aromatic that is a good crossover for English smokers and my interest is even more peaked when it is said by Tad Gage in the Trial by Fire reviews in P&T magazine. That being said, ... Read MoreI decided that this was one I had to try; but then before I received the tin I ordered I started reading reviews that spoke of tongue bite. I hate tongue bite! Fear set in. I finally received my package and decided to chance it. I opened the tin and the first thing that was evident to me was the honey smell. The tobacco was packed tight in the tin and had become somewhat caked together. Pulling it apart I found the strands to be very long and fine. I rubbed the strands out so that they were not stuck together and loosely loaded my smallish bowl Savinelli Virginia. The unlit draw was good and had a nice taste to it. I lit the tobacco and puffed light and easy for a few puffs, I then let the pipe sit for a short time. I relit the tobacco and started smoke with some unease in fear of scorching my tongue. The smoke lasted for approximately 45 minutes and I never had to relight a single time with only a single pass of a pipe cleaner for the slightest of moisture. All said and done, I did not experience tongue burn but did not find this to be a "bowl me over" flavor blend, it was pleasant and I hope to be able to unpack more flavor as the fear of scorching my tongue diminishes. As others have said, I would rate this as a "must try" for most all pipe smokers. Will update after several more bowls. Read Less
It falls somewhere in that middle ground. You can taste the tobacco, is fuller in flavor and depth than a straight aromatic yet is sweet and has some flavoring in there.
Smokes cool, dry, finishes to a nice ash. Leaves a pleasant room note.
Not b... Read Moread at all for a change of pace. I'd smoke it again. Read Less
This tobacco is a good solid favorite of mine that I began to smoke when I first started smoking, at the recommendation of a friend. It's quite strong and has a sweet taste and pleasant aroma. If smoked too quickly though, this guy can give you some ... Read Moretongue bite, though not nearly as bad as I've experienced with others. Read Less
This is a very pleasant aromatic blend. I will have to buy it again soon.
It starts out with tin notes of brown sugar, molasses, and, I think, maple. It is not cloyingly sweet either in its scent or in its taste.
Mechanically, it smoked nicely. I... Read Moret packed easily, lit quickly and burned down to a clean finish. It could burn hot, if a light breeze is blowing or if you puff at it. Otherwise, it behaves itself very well. The tin note does not disappoint: it translates well into the flavour palate, which remains fairly consistent. Again, the flavour is not overly sweet; it is not unlike an unglazed gingerbread cookie. It also leaves a pleasant room note. This was one of the first blends which caused my wife to say: "You smell good. What is that smell?"
I recommend this blend to aromatic smokers and even to English smokers (like myself). You may be pleasantly surprised as I was.
Cheers to all! Read Less
A warm and juicy blend reminiscent of the sweet honeyed taste of dried fruit, and I found, towards the end of the bowl, a rich wet brandy. Agree completely with Drew -- the tongue bit is some, but quite slight actually: this blend I find is nice to s... Read Moremoke at a slower pace, really savouring its mild and satisfying sweetness. And yea, a good solid aromatic tobacco. Read Less
I'm new to pipe smoking. I tried this blend and it wasn't what I was expecting. No typical pipe aroma and a fairly bland taste. It burns quite well and leaves a neat white ash. No liquid deposited in my pipe. It also doesn't give 'bite' even whe... Read Moren smoked hard. However after smoking a pipe full I'm left unsatisfied and really wanting something else. Read Less
As several reviewers have already stated, this is a complicated blend. I have smoked several bowels and still continue to pick up different tastes. The one thing that does stand out for me is the grassy / sour virginian, then the nutty burleys. Not s... Read Moreure what the topping(s) is, but I taste a sweetness I believe goes beyond the tobacco. All in all this is a pleasant mild smoke that could be an all-day smoke. I plan on including this in my normal rotation. Read Less
First the good: It smokes really well, and on the front has a complex and interest set of flavors. And again, smokes great. Burns perfectly.
The bad: The cigarette aftertaste makes me nauseous and is conspicuous.
I wouldn't consider this blend as aromatic but more a natural tobacco mixture. I taste the virginia and burley but the cavendish is barely visable. The taste is a light natural flavour. Nothing very original.
I am an English smoker by habit, btu i was pleasantly surprised by this blend. It was sweet, but not overpowering. It kept a good flavor and aroma throughout the bowl. An excellent alternative for someone who doesnt want the "shock" of s... Read Morewitching from an English to a ligter, more aromatic blend. Read Less
Yes, it can bite. Reframe your thinking - learn to smoke this without it biting, and you’ll unlock new flavors with all your blends. We’ll come back to that, but there’s just something comforting about the warm sweetness of this blend. A touch of hon... Read Moreey, maybe some maple? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s light enough to complement the tobacco, not overpower it. The room note is equally appealing, possibly my wife’s favorite (heavy aros actually give her a headache). There’s just something about this blend that keeps me coming back for more.
Back to my other point. When I first started pipe smoking, I think I was too worried about getting it lit well (like a cigar) and keeping it going. This blend killed my mouth. I eventually made my way to VA flakes which also bit, but not as bad. I finally got things figured out, and when I returned to this blend, it was a whole new experience. So learn to smoke this without biting, it’s cheaper than learning on VA flakes. Once you can do that, you’ll be able to smoke anything and you’ll unlock the full potential of each blend. Read Less
Honey, oak, grass and bread. There's an assertive honied sweetness to this that pairs with the grassy and bready VA. A woody and Oak-smoked nuance from dark-fired rises from the background every now again and projects a bit of acrid, woody, earthine... Read Moress that balances the sweetness. I detect cinnamon or nutmeg, and it's stronger at times. The room note is beautiful and one of a kind... VERY comforting and pleasant. It's akin to baked bread with a honey scent, and just a touch of woody oak. It's a unique and pleasant aroma which I and others adore. Those two qualities provide the stars, and it ends there. This will bite the crap outta your tongue, lips and gums. Even after aging for twelve years, this must be sipped and yet it still hurts and leaves the tongue raw. The additives are what's doing it, and MacBaren is known for adding a multitude during casing that plays havoc with my PH, apart from their HH line of course. If Per George Jensen would adjust the casing and bring the PH to neutral, I'd probably smoke this daily. Filters help a little, but not much. Besides, they remove intricate nuance that allows me to appreciate the flavors and so I don't use them. The nicotine is mild, but the last 1/4 of the bowl asserts more of it. Nicotine is 2.5 out of 5. Read Less
Wow, I'm actually enjoying this one much more than I thought I was going to. I was gifted it and had I not been I probably would have never come around to trying this one. The dressing has a very nice floral note in it not unlike what you would find ... Read Morein St. Bruno or Velvan Plug, it's very faint but it's there and very satisfying in my opinion. I love how florals go with tobacco so I am always looking for a blend that incorporates that into the mix and this one surprisingly does this very well. The one fault that I do find with this blend as I do with many Mac Baren blends is that it has the tendency to bite so you have to be very careful with it, it seems to be more in the topping than the actual tobaccos. The tobaccos used are obviously of high quality and the topping is not over the top so this is not one of those ridiculous goopy aromatic tobaccos, you can actually taste the tobaccos! I'll definitely be getting more of this once my gifted sample runs out.
The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 4 is the lack of nicotine. While this blend is absolutely delicious, unfortunately I'm still wanting more once I've smoked it all the way down. If Mac Baren would put this topping on a more stout tobacco like Walnut Flake or St. Bruno it would probably be my number 1 blend. As it stands I still love it and I'm happy to have a large stash of it on hand. I like to smoke several pipes in one session and this one almost always makes those sessions.
I'll say it's still essential, just wish it had more nicotine Read Less
I've been smoking this blend while out huntinf and it goes well with crisp fall and sharp winter weather. I'll agree with a previous reviewer that it's pretty much all natural tobacco flavor as I get very little of the Cavendish.
You get the tobacco AND the citrus, the most You can expect from this non-candy aromatic. I could never have aromatics in my everyday bowls, I'll admit it, I'm a balkan-ish smoker by hearth that's always trying something different, but couldn't be di... Read Moresappointed knowing what I was going to get.
In my top10 aromatic experiences for now.
New tin in briar. Read Less
The flavors gradually disappeared as I worked my way through the tin. As the tobacco dried so the flavors experienced at the beginning gradually disappeared. The last few smokes from the bottom of the tin were bland, uninteresting and disappointing... Read More. I won't be buying any more of this. Read Less
This IS another favorite that I have found that checks every box I look for from a tobacco. That taste is unique and just the strength I enjoy when I take the time to light a bowl and relax. From one of the fore- runners in the pipe tobacco families ... Read More!!! I recommend you ALL give it a try !! Read Less
When I first got back into pipes after a few years off, I tried a tin of this. I wasn't impressed at the time. But I decided to give it another go, this time in bulk. I have to say that it has become a staple for me, as a tobacco with a very nicely r... Read Moreounded flavour profile. The aroma over the bowl is intoxicating, with a complex yet balanced profile that to me smells like natural tobacco. It lights well, smokes well, and is just as good dry as fresh. Cavendish isn't overdone, and taste evolves very nicely over the course of a bowl. Nicotine is moderately high, and I find I do specifically crave this tobacco at times. I will certainly be keeping a can on hand. Read Less
The sweet spice simplicity of this mixture harbours some unexpected complexity. Although classed as an aro, it really smokes like a classic blend, with a spiced baked goods hint in the smoke, and the kentucky cavendish leaves a pleasant bready burned... Read More toast feel in the moustache. easy going, and under-appreciated Read Less
I smoked the Scottish Mixture in my Peterson 314 estate pipe, whilst doing some gardening. I noted a sweet flavour maple? Brown sugar? Vanilla and toasty notes. Hint of cinnamon. The bag note (bulk and perfect dryness) was of raisins, yeast and Virgi... Read Morenia tobacco. Molasses perhaps. Others note a tendency to bite, but if you take time, one is rewarded with a mild pleasant meditative smoke. Nicotine is very low. Make sure you have time for this sojourn. I am adding it to my rotation. Read Less
I first got a very similar tobacco from a pipe shop in N. Y. city. They called it Scotiish ribbon. I find thisomething identical to it, and still love it. Good aroma. Room pleaser, but smoke this slow it may bite
I can see why people like this. It has a lot of really good flavours, like dry fruit, nuts, plum and an earthy taste that neither one dominates. For me it’s not an aromatic but more of a natural smoke that is sweet. It also bit me too, if not smoked ... Read Morecarefully. It also left an ashy tobacco taste in my mouth after. I will cellar the tin and check it next year but won’t be buying anymore. Read Less
Mac Baren Scottish is a stately aromatic that uses quality leaf and a light hand on the casing. The solid body is of bread, oats, and anchoring earthiness from the burley. The sweetness is present but restrained, with toasty honey flavors. A small me... Read Moreasure of dark-fired adds hints of smokiness and vinegar often found with DFK. It can smoke hot and in my experience is very responsive to tamping. Before relighting, give it a puff or two and it might well spring back to life. Read Less
In my first attempt at smoking this, it ran pretty hot and I got a tiny bit of tongue bite. I therefore hesitated to try it again for a couple of weeks, but after seeing so many glowing reviews, I decided to give it another go. What I discovered is t... Read Morehat if you really take your time to smoke this slowly, sipping it gently, you will really experience SO much more of the flavors as well as spare yourself any chance at tongue bite. Because I'm used to puffing away steadily on most pipes (which is just fine for blends that are much heavier on the black Cavendish, which is sparse in this one), this involved some active self-control on my part, but was well rewarded. I originally did not expect this to be in my frequent rotation, but I'm finding myself going back to this again and again to the point where it is an almost daily thing, and find myself comparing so many other blends to this as a sort of "gold standard". Read Less
There is a lot going on with this one, cant quite tell what all the flavours are. I detect the nuttiness of the burley, and some of the grassy tones and citrus notes of the virginias, but there is also some sweetness to it, but cant figure out exactl... Read Morey what that flavour is, i keep thinking brown sugar, but then i take another puff and it's different.
It really keeps me interested. I dont know if i will ever figure it out, and I'm totally fine with that if it means that i can keep smoking. Read Less
This blend is a complex one,smells of honey in my jar.Has been jarred away for about four months,and now has a perfect humidity for enjoying.Once lit,I get lots of floral,light grass,brown Burley, VA sweet,a little d.f.K.,and at times it even seems t... Read Moreo want to give a very slight Lakeland essence,although I'm sure it comes in just from the high quality of the tobaccos used.This is not a blast for your sense of taste,and is absolutely a blend that demands a slower,easier cadence to truly appreciate the blend.Nic hit is low ,but toward the ends of my bowls it picks up a little more punch in taste and nic volume.There is no doubt to me why MacB says this is best enjoyed very slowly.I definitely taste what the blend is known for.Strongly recommended. Read Less
Great, high quality components. The Virginia seems the main thing, with burley and Cavendish merely complementing it. There's a mild sweetness, but it doesn't overtake the pleasantness of the natural flavors. This smokes fabulous when air dried some.... Read More Top tier. Read Less
I love this tobac. I have been smoking this for years. It has many reviews where others try to explain the “top” flavor. Very simple. It’s floral. There IS a pinch of Lakeland style flavor here no doubt about it
I rated it 4 stars because this one will bite if you are not careful. Outside of that it smell complex in the tin and the taste is complex as well plus it has the added bonus of smelling great in the room. I recommend everyone smoke this at least onc... Read Moree in their lives. Read Less
This blend has some layers. I hate to use the word “cherry” but that’s what it made me think of. It’s sort of fruity, nonetheless. I’m a relatively quick-paced pipe smoker and got little to no tongue bite, myself. All day smoke. It’ll be easy to go t... Read Morehrough 3.5 oz of this. Read Less
This is technically an aromatic. Smells of honey and maple and definitely smokes sweet with a bready, sweet room note. However, unlike most aromatics this one is all about the flavor. Tastes great from start to finish and with so many tobaccos in the... Read More blend, the flavor changes throughout the bowl. Great tobacco and mixes well with other blends to sweeten them up. Read Less
If your smoke this out of a short straight or unfiltered pipe and don’t take your time with it it burns hot and bites bad. I’ve learned that it smokes better in a radiator or bent pipe or something with a filter in it. I’ve been mixing it with Haunte... Read Mored Bookshop 50/50 and it takes most of the bite away, but I also loose half the flavor of this blend. Still haven’t figured out how I’m going to proceed with this 1lb bag. Read Less
I don’t like burley, but this is one of my favourite pipe tobacco’s and it pairs wonderfully with Drambuie. Honey, toast, hay, citrus and sometimes quite spicy, but not in a hot peppery way. I would say it has a decent burley/DFK and the aroma is won... Read Morederful. Read Less
This is a complicated blend. I have smoked several bowels and still continue to pick up different tastes. The one thing that does stand out for me is the grassy / sour virginian, then the nutty burleys. Not sure what the topping(s) is, but I taste a ... Read Moresweetness I believe goes beyond the tobacco. All in all this is a pleasant mild smoke that could be an all-day smoke. I plan on including this in my normal rotation. Read Less
Sehr guter und unkomplizierter Tabak.
Mittelkräftig, süß und rund im Geschmack.
Aus meiner Tabakbar ist er nicht mehr weg zu denken.
Dieser Tabak lässt sich fast immer rauchen und ist auch für unsere Mitmenschen sehr angenehm.
Der Schnitt und ... Read Moreauch die Feuchtigkeit sind sehr gut zu händeln. Read Less
They can take our lives, but they can't take our TOBACCO!!
All jokes aside, this is truly one of the best (semi) aromatic blends I've ever had aside from GH, SG, or JFG offerings. There's a wonderful mix of flavors here; hints of Scotch whiskey, brown sugar, and unsweetened black Cavendish on a bed of Virgin... Read Moreia and Burley. It improves markedly with just a little age too; I noticed a big difference in flavor (Virginias mellowed out) after just five months' time, and after two years, just amazing. Well behaved in the pipe, just a little tongue bite potential, and a fairly friendly room note. Certainly worth a try. Read Less
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