I had very high hopes when I cracked the lid on this tin. The tin note was overwhelmingly powerful. A nice delicious vanilla creamy cupcake smell that even Boswell would have trouble competing with. Those hopes faded a bit when I lit a bowl up. Altho... Read Moreugh not as much sweet or vanilla taste as I had hoped for, if you sip it slowly and slightly breathe through your nose you will get a little sweet vanilla fairly often. Drying for about 30 minutes prior to smoking and packing it a bit lighter than normal helps as well. Pack too tight it gets wet and hot. The room note is fantastic. My wife, who hates all my tobacco except for a couple Boswell brands like raspberry cream or berry cobbler says this one actually smells terrific and I'll have to give it that. It makes your house smell like a cake shop. Absolutely amazing.
The tobacco quality in this is excellent. Far and above any overcased drug store brand you will ever smoke, just not as sweet or cakey as you expect from the tin note. I’m hoping this will satisfy my sweet craving when I want to smoke something other than Nightcap or Sqaudron Leader. This will likely become a tobacco that I stock up 5-8 tins of as it does make for a nice smoke. Read Less
This is a really beautiful tobacco. One that's very foretelling of Mac Baren brand of blends. The note is quite elegant and regal with a light colour and the crest of HH in the top. Upon opening the tin, you're welcomed with a sunshine of light virgi... Read Morenias, and a seeded earth black of Cavendish. The tin aroma is reminiscent of fresh bakery at a local patisserie. It is in excellent moisture content out of the tin and I recommend you smoke it as so without drying as it will take away a bit of the flavour and aroma. The tobacco cut is excellent, it's a mix of long ribbons and broken flakes, it backs well and can pack tightly without hindering the draw and it leaves a little bit of nice aroma on your finger tips. Also a dry draw test reveal the flavour profile in a teasing way. Upon first light the ribbons catch a nice kindle, but the flakes require a bit of attention.. But once lit, it stays so, and burns well to a perfect, white ashy bottom with a few to none relights. The body of it is quite medium and the aroma makes me inhale the smoke with my nose to get more of it. And the taste is pretty nice and never overpowering. It gives me hints of Vanilla and some creamy, pastry flavour as if it is a freshly made croissant baked with honey. I thoroughly enjoy it, despite my lesser tendency towards aromatics and I see this making my rotation.
Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula 999, Falcon Extra Bent
Age When Smoked: One year Read Less
Mac Baren is such a great tobacco company. Not only do they have such a great lineup of there own, plus the HH line, and now Sutliff, but they also distribute so many other lines to the States that I call favorites. I love them so much, so it pains m... Read Moree to say, “I don't know what went wrong with Vanilla Cream”? So many reviewers that I thought I trusted led me to this one and I have struggled with it ever since (nah, I still trust those reviewers). There is just something about Vanilla Cream that seems so harsh on my palate. I get the vanilla in the tin note and occasionally the flavor too, but most of the time I feel like I'm having to fight it all the way. In the end, it's just not worth the hassle. I don't need another vanilla tobacco, I have plenty of go-to blends in that genre, some of which are probably also by Mac Baren, lol. So, if you like Mac Baren's Vanilla Cream, great. I think that's great, but after struggling to enjoy nearly 100 grams for over a year, I'm cellaring what I have in hopes that age will do it justice. The Virginia will only mellow and sweeten. Maybe some of the flavoring will be lost, but maybe that's what it needs. I'll pull it out in a year or two and give it another try. Until then I'm keeping my fingers crossed and moving on. Hope this helps. Read Less
The tobacco just arrived and I packed my pipe for an after dinner sweet smoke. To be honest I expected a lot more vanilla and sweet cream taste which this tobacco did not produce. It is an ok tobacco but definitely not what I expected.
This isn't a overcased tobacco. In fact it is done superbly. It smokes cool if you don't rush it, the aroma is to die for, and the taste is smooth, creamy and sweet without being over bearing or cloying. You get tastes of vanilla, cream, cinnamon and... Read More nutmeg. I usually smoke Mixture Scottish but I like this as a switch off in between. Read Less
I'm a beginner pipe smoker, so take what I say with a grain of salt, although I have smoked cigars for some time. When I first opened the bag I got a smell of pure tobacco, no vanilla or cream. Smoking it brought out a hint of vanilla, but still no c... Read Moreream. Not as flavorful as I would've hoped, but still a good tobacco flavor. Room note is of slight cherry, so I'm not sure where that came from. Burns really nice with a moderate amount of moisture. Overall a good smoke, just not very "aromatic". Read Less
I picked up some of this a couple of months ago. I cracked the tin open to have a look and smell. Very strong, sweet vanilla tin note like a vanilla cupcake with buttercream. Similar chunky cut to Mac Baren's Scottish Mixture, like nice little twigs.... Read More I jarred it up and left it alone until this afternoon when I was craving a sweet afternoon smoke. I'm thoroughly pleased with this tobacco. Packs and lights easily, requiring very little tamping and only one relight at the bottom 1/3 of the bowl. Medium body to the smoke. I don't usually expect tons of flavor from aromatics, but this one delivers (like other Mac Baren aromatics I've had). Mild vanilla notes and sweet, bready notes from the virginias. Room note is like a cake baking. Mild nic hit. This is definitely one I'll revisit when I have that sweet craving, or want to smoke around others who would appreciate the heavenly smell. Read Less
This tobacco was a very big disappointment for me. I expected Vanilla flavour but I felt nothing. The room note is not terrible but it is quite bad it is just disappointing.if you would like to try a good alternative try Stanwell Vanilla.
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 ... Read More3 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. Read Less
When u open the tin you just know your into somthing good. Wonderful sweet vanilla with a hint of tobacco sneaking through. Its a nice ribbon cut with beautiful pieces of broken flake mixed in. Almost unheard of for areo tobacco. Packs and burns as a... Read More fine aromatic should. Wonderful vanilla flavors and aroma that you or anyone around will enjoy. Leaves just a little moisture in the bottom of the bowl. Just a fantastic tobacco at a grest price. If u want to kick up the flavor a notch i suggest adding a pinch or two of sutliff vanilla custard mixed in. Sure to please Read Less
Delicious aromatic. Light on the tongue, without that sticky sweetness some people don't like about the family. Excellent room note, and a flavor that reminds me of sweet bread pudding or baked bars, and a nice complimenting hint of vanilla. Would re... Read Morecommend. Quality product. Read Less
While I agree that this is a quality tobacco blend, it is not what I was looking for. I found it to be a little harsh, not very vanilla flavored and not a tobacco I enjoyed. I would not reorder this particular blend looking for something a little m... Read Moreilder with a more pleasant aroma. Read Less
I had bought a tin of this 5 years ago and smoked a few bowls. It was ok, but it wasn't great. I put it on the shelf and forgot about it. Well, I rediscovered the tin this week and decided to give it a go. Not real moist for sure, but not all dri... Read Moreed out either. I packed a half a bowl and lit it up. Well the vanilla has mostly disappeared but the sweetness was all there. Really really sweet smoke. Best for smoking slowly, very tasty. Read Less
As a new pipe smoker I read about a lot of Tobaccos. This is one of the first I tried. I found it not overpowering and no tongue bite. Took a bowl or two to get the packing right, but I plan on keeping this around!
Started smoking a pipe a little more than a month ago and started with the Dunhill English blends. Thought that aromatics were going to be my thing but I was wrong found a couple other aromatics I don't mind and would order again but this one didn't... Read More smoke well. I didn't get any of the vanilla flavor and the tobacco wasn't good. Seen lots of good reviews on this stuff so not sure if I just got a bad tin or im just inexperienced but I've Jared it and am going to come back to it in a couple of months. Read Less
This baccy has lots of flavour, but I’ve noticed the aged virginia’s really pop. The vanilla topping is a nice compliment without being overwhelming and is a little fruity in the background. The nice creamy smoke smells wonderful and is one of the fe... Read Morew aromatics left in my rotation. Read Less
Por el nombre me esperaba un sabor a vainilla dominante, pero lo cierto es que si bien tiene algo de dulzor, en este tabaco no vas a encontrar un aromático potente. Durante toda la fumada los virginias son los protagonistas.
The aroma from the bag is really nice fairly strong vanilla, does have good flavor when lit nice smooth flavor, smoked fast it is gonna bite, slow your cadence and vigor and its a sweet smoke. A reorder for me.
This is an excellent example of a European style aromatic. The vanilla is mild, and almost a liqour vanilla. You get a nice vanilla and tobacco tin note. The smoke is mild vanilla, and a nice very very mild sweetness from the Cavendish with a Virgini... Read Morea body. If you want a goopy sweet American desert blend try Sutliff Vanilla Custard, it will make your teeth hurt with the sweetness is has. If you want an aromatic that doesn't completely mask the tobacco this might be one for you to try. Read Less
This was my first ever pipe tobacco and had a very amazing tin note as well as room note. Vanilla flavor did not disappoint. I have bought a couple tins over time. Definately worth buying for a creamy smooth smoke.
First Mac Baren I try ans first tobacco I'm thinking of throwing away. The one star is for the tin note, it is pleasant and room note is excelent, but I had to relight it 7 times before finally giving up (yes I've tryed different pipes, different pac... Read Moreking methods, etc...), strong tongue bite even from the first light to me. I got nothing but a poor harsh cigaretty taste, and no vanilla taste at all. And the worst thing is an extrange itchy sensation on the back of the throat that lasted me about two hours, this never happened to me before. Not to mention a bad aftertaste... May be so good for some but for me... I will stay away from that. Big disappointment with this one :( Read Less
This is a darn good tobacco ! Its not the syrupy, overcased, goop that many vanilla tobaccos in which are scourged. This is a good quality Danish vanilla cream with actual tobacco taste. Sweet, creamy, flavorful, and occasionally nutty.Better when si... Read Morepped, stays cool and dry. Room note is pleasant and not cloying. If your looking for all vanilla and no tobacco flavor look elsewhere this isnt for you. If you want a nice, sweet but balanced vanilla and still want to taste tobacco this is the ticket. Read Less
It burns well and it taste like fresh baked bread.I was a little disappointed that I really didn't taste the Vanilla all that much,but a very good smoke.It has great room notes,my wife said it smell like Vanilla.Must be my taste buds.I did have 4 bow... Read Morels of different Tobacco last night at Pipe club,.So I will try it again before I smoke anything else.I'll try rolling it out maybe I'll get the taste I was hoping for. Read Less
The flake was very sweet upon opening. Packed well and burned nicely. While I was sipping though the only thing I could think of was a black and mild! Sure it was smoother and over all the tobacco was of fine quality. But the experience for me was j... Read Moreust not there. I think for me it was just too much vanilla. I will admit I'm partial to the English and oriental blends but if you like a lot of vanilla flavor give this one a try! Read Less
My wife bought me a few oz's for Christmas. It has been great. Mild and cool with just the right dose of vanilla. I have to say the 2 tobaccos I have had from Mac Baren have both been superb, the other being Cherry Ambrosia.
I would say that the room note is more noticeable and present that indicating this page. It is a velvety snuff. Smoke not very creamy. It is very soft, ideal to smoke in the company of others without disturbing them.
I'm not a "vanilla connoiseur" like Carl F. but I I trusted his review below and decided to try this one out. Nice cool smoke with a natural spicy vanilla flavor, not overly sweet or artificial. Coke is mentioned in his review but also goes... Read More well with a Dr. Pepper! Read Less
I really enjoyed this overall. The Vanilla flavor is not as strong as others I have had... That being said it burns very well and the room note is definitely noticed.
I have had no bite from smoking this though I did smoke it a bit slower than some ... Read Moreothers because of the stickiness. Definitely one you want to smoke slow
I plan on making this one of my weekly blends.
Overall 4.3 out of 5 Read Less
Not overly impressed by this blend but wasn't disappointed either I mean anything from Mac Baren's is good. The tin note is awesome a little more candied than expected. Packing is easy even with the cut plugs. Unfortunately the vanilla sort of disapp... Read Moreears once smoking is underway but as said before it's Mac Baren so it isn't a bad smoke. There is a little bite so it needs to be smoked slow. I don't think I'll buy in bulk but I will definitely keep a tin or two on hand. 👍 Read Less
First a note: I am a vanilla connoiseur. It is my favorite culinary flavor and I have four different types of extracts that I put in basically everything from popcorn (with cayenne!) to coffee. When I drink coke, I add Adams extract (not vanilla s... Read Moreyrup!) for a nice, dry flavor. I buy madagascar bean pods wholesale and flavor sugar with them. All of this is to say, I'm a nut for vanilla. I find it to be anything but "plain."
I also probably bring this up because this blend (the burning smell in the pipe) reminds me of the smell of madagascar beans. Vanilla is ubiquitous with pipe tobacco. As a condiment in casing or top note, it's hard to get away from. There are plenty of blends out there which are enhanced with a sweet vanilla flavor- The two most popular blends by lane and sutliff respectively are "vanilla" flavored blends. One of those is even decent..
But this is a far cry from that. I've tried just about every vanilla blend I can get my hands on but this is really the quintessential flavor I was looking for. Spicy, yet mellow, cooler than other macbaren blends, probably due to the ingenious inclusion of the cut plugs and cavendish.. Lots of nice, clean virginian flavor going on. The tobacco, as with other macbaren blends, comes through quite nicely. I'm really a fan. I don't drink a lot of soda, but this one goes great with an ice cold vanilla coke (made the way i described above) on a hot day. It's a similar flavor really.. That dry spicy sorta thing going on.. There are blends with far more complex flavors (I'm thinking of Dan tobacco) and there are certainly no shortage of blends that are sweeter, many of which are quite nice, but I can't think of a strictly vanilla flavored blend more satisfying than this one. Read Less
I keep a few pinches of this in its tin to remind me of how delightful the vanilla aroma is. Although I can't detect any vanilla flavor while smoking it in my pipe, I'm still giving this a solid 5 stars!
Not too good, no matter how slow you smoke it, or what pipe you use, it is very harsh tasting , and the only vanilla cream, is in the scent, other than that it makes a good air freshener, I would recommend this to hand roll cigarettes only, as that ... Read Moreabout the only smoking it's good for. Read Less
After four months sitting in a mason jar, this tobacco has definitely improved. The heavy fruit casing has softened considerably, and a mellow toasty aroma has come through.
I still struggle to find the vanilla I was hoping for, (so I cannot grant mo... Read Morere stars) but the flavour and aroma it does have is fine. It is a simple mild aromatic that does the trick when you aren't looking for an intense smoke. Rather it is like a less cloying 1Q that doesn't leave you mouth feeling like it was chewing on burned werthers. Read Less
This little devil taunted me with a sweet whisper, a tickle of the nose with fragrant wanting. Boy was I in for a surprise. While a sweet smell wafted out of the tin, it was far more of fruit and cherry, and not even a hint of vanilla. (Disappointed)... Read More It was a bit on the dry side, as I expected something more akin to 7 Seas regular, yet undaunted I loaded up my larger billiard, a trust old briar from the '50s. Packed well, lit very well, and need only two matches for the whole bowl. A nice white ash, but not much in the way of flavour, no bite at all, light billowy fumes, but what really struck me was how this little bastard sent me straight to the thunder bucket and proceeded to beat the hell out of me from top to bottom, nine different ways from Sunday. Normally a nic-kick will show its ugly head over a period of time, but this fellow Sucker-Punched me in the worst way imaginable. Smoke in, dinner up, breakfast down, and a helluva mess to boot. Word of warning, do not under estimate this "mild" leaf from those swarthy Danes. Read Less
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