Brian D.

Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
A very fine tobacco
I bought this for the rum flavour. It was interesting in opening the tin yes there was a pleasing smell of rum, and oddly ripe bananas. The tobacco is a ribbon cut. I dried the tobacco for a time. It maintained the smell of rum but lost the ripe banana smell. I smoked it in my filter Vauen, and it was and it was an easy to light tobacco. The rum flavour was pronounced, with no tongue bite. Altogether just what I wanted. There was also a more subtle plum flavour.

Arango - Balkan Supreme
Full and spicy
I smoked this in a Stanwell filtered military bent briar. It was a truly lovely smoke. The smoke was creamy and lots of it. It was a cool fall day, and no tongue bite. The taste was a bit peppery at times, but mostly citrus and I thought a distinct milk chocolate flavour. Good to the last puff; highly recommended for a fall tobacco. Consumed with a nice cup of coffee a real pleasure. And in bulk a bargain.

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
Chocolate and Raisins
Well that’s mostly the bag note and smoking flavour. Perhaps a touch of vanilla. I smoked this in a Peterson shamrock bent and had a touch of pipe gurgle - it may have been slightly damp. It’s an aromatic and an occasional tobacco for me. A very danish blend?

Mac Baren - Mixture Scottish Blend
A pleasant interlude
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 Virginia 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.

Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Fascinating flake
I smoked this in a p-lip Peterson 106. Nice and dry. A bit of citrus flavour, walnuts and rum. It’s best smoked slow. Yes very enjoyable. I did suffer some tongue bite; not sure why. Perhaps the number of relights I did. After 70 minutes of smoking there was still a fair amount of unburnt tobacco. I used 2 pieces, fold and stuff. Perhaps my loading technique was less than perfect.

Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Dark, rich, and slow take care
Out of the bag the moisture level could be a bit drier perhaps. It smells a bit smoky and hints of vinegar? Packing the pipe is fine. Lighting it a bit fussy. It smokes slow, no tongue bite, but sipping seems best. It does have a vitamin N hit so pace yourself. The flavour is full cocoa, almond, and smoke, but it is smooth. It takes a bit of time to enjoy, not a quick pipe. Keep a bit of sugar water handy if your nicotine sensitivity is high, like me. A special occasion smoke for me.

Lane Limited - HGL
Mild and Charming
I found this easy to keep lit. In the bag it smells of dark? Chocolate and vanilla. It burns dry and leaves little tar and goop in the pipe. I detected notes of brown sugar, baked bread, and vanilla. Occasionally hints of pepper but oh so mild. Surprise to me how long a small pipe full lasts. So as a mild smoke I’d recommend it. Perhaps not for smokers looking for heavy flavours and big hits of vitamin N.

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