Brian D.

Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Not sure at all
I bought this because it sounded altogether fascinating. It is that. I have had it for two years. My initial smoke after arrival (bulk blend) I found overwhelming. The nic content from smoking a medium size bowl in a pot GBD left me with a nic attack -woozy. The tobacco must be sipped it burns hot. Flavour bbq sauce, chocolate, Almonds, lime? I cellared it for two years. I smoked it in a small Comoy’s pipe today. The nic hit was tolerable. I found the tobacco drier and the bag smell reminiscent of Troost. Smoking taste Chocolate and Almond, the vinegar flavours have mellowed out. To me it still burns hot and is now rather monochromatic. I don’t really get the fuss.

Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
A slow pleasure treasure
This is something to be sipped. If not, it can smoke hot, and bite. The flavour is natural. A bit hay/grass and brown sugar. It produces variable amounts of smoke. Smell in the bag? Not quite sure, sharpish, bbq sauce and shoe leather. Moisture content perfect. I will age it and see what develops.

Peterson - University Flake 50g
Bliss
I smoked this in a Peterson 317 System Standard estate. I used some Nording keystones. I let the 1.5 flakes of tobacco dry, before folding and stuffing. The pipe pipe required many relights, but the flavour. It was stewed fruit, sugar, yeasty bread, walnuts, nutmeg, and a bit of citrus. The smoke was dry and creamy. I would recommend this flake, and it could be an all day pleasure. I am nicotine sensitive and it had a mild kick. Probably the burley. Still a great flake for slow puffing

Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Smokey Spicy Goodness
Do you like smoke teas? If so, I believe you will like this blend. The tin has a note of citrus and smoke blended with hay and something. It smokes like it’s tin note. I smoked it on a walk, in the wind - no tongue bite. I used a Stanwell 9 mm bent heavy briar pipe. Quite pleasant it is. I may wish to add more thoughts another time when I smoke this in less of a breeze. The tin presentation btw is very attractive. I returned to Presbyterian Mixture after leaving it cellared for about 8 months. Once again smoking the Stanwell bent 9mm. This is wonderful stuff. 0 bite unless you pull very hard. Slow burning, took me 1.5 hours to finish the pipe. To me it tasted of baked bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus, and maybe cloves. I could make this an all day smoke, if I were an all day smoker. Prime Minister Baldwin was on to something. Nic hit was mild. Great stuff this.

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. About a year later my PS Navy flake has aged. I smoked it in a Peterson bent filter to which I added some Nording filter stones. Between aging and the filter pipe, tongue bite was vanquished. The flavour is now hay, caramel/graham cracker, pepper, and a hint of rum raisin. This tobacco is a slow smoker, as 2 flakes stuffed and folded lasted nearly 2 hours, despite a few relights. No pipe gurgle. Great flake. A bargain.

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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