Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream 3.5oz
Vanilla all around
With some aromatics you sometimes get 1 or maybe 2 out of the 3 characteristics (strength - room note - taste). To me, this one gets high marks for all 3. I have at least a half a dozen other vanilla aromatics and this one is by far the best in all 3 categories. The strength isn't too powerful nor too weak. The room note of vanilla is very distinct ( I don't know why the review only gives it a 1 dot ). And the taste is great as well. Vanilla all the way. So, to me anyway, MacBarrens Vanilla Cream is the best tasting, best smelling vanilla flavored tobacco that's not too under or over powering to smoke that I've tried so far.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
A little levity
I agree with Olmstead's Nov. 2017 opinion about the packaging: "The only criticism I have is that S.P.C. should wrap up their cakes in paper like other blenders. Seems a shame to let these beautiful cakes bang around inside the tin". I too have a passion for fine tobacco. From it's humble beginning as a lonesome seed-through it's nurturing-it's cultivating-it's drying-it's cutting and processing, it just seems ashamed that it's final "resting place" should be in an unlined " tin coffin" before it is finally "cremated" in the "briar oven" and it's ashes are spread in the backyard garden. I mean, this is a well made fine quality product that deserves better. Don't you think? With some tobaccos, I'll take out the cob and have a quick bowl. But with this fine product, I'll "reserve" the time to smoke it slowly in only my finest briars. It deserves better. It deserves the best as an "end means" for entering it's afterlife. A little levity, but seriously, I too think it should be shipped in a more confined lined container to "reserve" it's structure & aroma.
Sutliff - 19 Coconut Almond
My "go to" summertime tobacco
I'm a "seasonal" pipe smoker. Where as, I have certain tobaccos I smoke for all 4 seasons. Aromatics/tropical flavored for summer, Burley & English in autumn & winter, and virginia tobacco in springtime. Even though it's a Burley/Virginia based tobacco, it's the coconut flavor that really comes through. I don't recognize much with the almond, but the taste and room scent of coconut is the main characteristic component in this blend. Coconut always reminds me of summer and that's why I usually "go to" this one in the summer season.
Savinelli - Brunello Flake 100g
Sometimes your sense of smell will give you a correct indication of what the tobacco might taste like before you even smoke it...and sometimes not. This one does. Upon opening the tin, I smell Virginia and a citrus aroma. When smoking it, I taste Virginia and citrus. And the room note is also one of Virginia and citrus. To me, it's a very refreshing taste and aroma. Also, when I walk pass my jars of tobacco I sometimes grab one and open it just for the aroma of it. It's practically always the Brunello I open up. It just has that somewhat different stronger scent to it that I really enjoy. This one I like the smell before and after I light it up...with a great smoking flavor as well. For me, this one really hits my senses in a good way.
Dunhill - My Mixture 965 50g
Good quality burn
I'm not a big fan of Latakia, but there are times when I do enjoy the taste of it a little. That's one of the reasons why I like 965. The Latakia is there for sure, but it's not too strong, not overpowering. To me, it's like Latakia "lite". Put in order in strength with Dunhill latakia's it would be Nightcap (strongest), then Morning Pipe, then 965(mildest). But the main reason why I like 965 is because of how it burns. This tobacco burned to a fine white ash all the way to the bottom of the bowl with no moisture, no residue, and no leftover tobacco. I's a good quality tobacco blend that smokes quite well. I really enjoy smoking this one.
McClelland - Club Blends: CPCC Scottish Woods 50g
In the English tobacco line, I was looking for one that wasn't too overpowering with latakia. This is one of them. The latakia is there but it is not the main characteristic flavor in this blend. That's what I was looking for. Scottish Woods is blended just right for what I was seeking in an English blend.
Drew Estate - Toasted Black Cavendish 50g
I've tried many types of tobacco & brands and only came across a few that I have on my favorite list. This is one of them. As a matter of fact, as of now, this one is currently on the top of my list. I "bulked up" on this one. To me, this is one of those tobaccos that when you smoke it you say to yourself "now this is what tobacco is supposed to taste like".
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black 3.5oz
Mixed review about this one
I've tried several MacBaren tobaccos and was always satisfied with their products. Mac Baren 7 Seas Regular is one of my all time favorites. But, when I received a tin of the Black version, I was surprised at the condition the tobacco was in. It was very soppy, sticky wet. Even the paper liner was saturated on the bottom. I dumped it out on to a paper towel and put another one on top of it and pressed on it. I did this a few times before it stopped absorbing the goop. I tried smoking it, but couldn't keep it lit. What taste I did achieve from keeping a flame on it was half decent, but I really couldn't smoke it. I don't know if this tin was an isolated incident or not, or if the Black version has overkill with what it's flavored with. Like I said, what flavor I did get wasn't bad, but I couldn't smoke it enough to give it a fair review. That's why I gave it at least 2 stars. No complaints about Mac Baren tobacco at all.....just this one tin.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular 3.5oz
Good all around tobacco
There are only a few tobaccos that I have in bulk because I like the flavor so much. Mac Baren 7 Seas Regular is one of them (Mac Baren Modern Virginia & Peterson Nutty Cut the other ones). Again, this is another one of those good, anywhere, anytime, all around tobaccos. Tin note, room note, taste, etc.....it has it all without being too overpowering with any one of it's characteristics. A "Grab n' Go"...or an "R & R" tobacco. Either way, you can't go wrong with this tobacco. Or, in other words, it's "the cats meow".
Peterson - Nutty Cut 50g
When I sample a tobacco for the first time, I keep the remainder in small airtight jar. If I really like it, i'll buy several tins(or bulk bags) of it and store it in a large airtight glass container. I only have a few bulk containers that I bought for my favorite tobaccos. Peterson Nutty Cut is in one of them. It is one of only a few that are on the top of my list. Because of it's tasty, very notable nutty rum flavor, I made it my favorite after dinner smoke. Red wine with spaghetti, white wine with fish, and Peterson Nutty Cut as an after dinner cordial. To me, it's a nice touch after a good dinner meal.
Mac Baren - Modern Virginia Loose Cut 100g
Very good tobacco blend
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 Mac 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.