This blend from Mac Baren includes Virginias, Burleys, Original Cavendish, dark fired Kentucky, Orientals and, of course, a fair amount of Acadian Perique. HH Acadian Perique has no top flavor at all which means that you will only enjoy the tobacco taste. When smoked, you will experience no tongue bite and this blend will smoke to the bottom, leaving only grey ashes. It is a rich, flavorful and very satisfying smoke.
My last entry on this was two years ago,and it has improved a lot.This was a 2015 purchase.I am smoking this in a larg,seldom used Upshall billiard.I think that the peanut gallery members who complain of a cigarette taste should stop smoking cigarett... Read Morees. Read Less
If you like Royal Yacht, you will like this and vice-versa. I do not like either. To me both blends taste like concentrated cigarette smoke with a topping of rotting green tomato. ----- I hate the stuff, but gave it a 3 as I wanted my review to be ... Read Moreneutral. Just because I do not like this, does not mean it is not a quality product. Read Less
When I first started smoking a pipe about a year and a half ago, I bought so many blends I nearly forgot about this one. I popped the lid on a jar of this I'd cellared for about a year and I was delightfully surprised by how good it was. Unlike it's ... Read Morename, it's not a Perique powerhouse, but rather a very nice, typical VA-Per in flavor and behavior. It's got that bready and dark fruit tin note than any good VA-Per usually has, and the taste is equally pleasant. I'd recommend it to anyone who's enjoyed any of the HH blends, and to VA-Per fans who want to explore new territory. Also worth noting is the lack of the usual "Mac Bite" that Mac Baren is infamous for. Finally, its strength, which is mild to medium, both in flavor and nicotine content. Another solid smoke from Mac Baren, if not a bit different than their usual fare. Read Less
I love the HH series but this one is just different. It's not bad so don't get me wrong. It's something that you will have to try out yourself. I need to smoke more in different pipes I guess to figure out if it's for me or not.
I enjoy this one for what it is but I can think of a dozen other blends I would smoke before I reach for this one. It' a great middle of the road smoke and I enjoy it when I'm mowing the lawn or doing other outside chores around the house. It definit... Read Moreely ain't a thinker so you can just light up and go about your business and for that it is great. Once my tin runs out I doubt I will restock it. If you are looking for something that isn't too complex than this might be right for you. Just a basic ribbon cut VaPer. Read Less
I really like this blend. It does need to be thoroughly dried prior to smoking. The perique is detectable all the way through but never overpowering. As the bowl progresses I taste different tobaccos taking turns in the forefront with the perique enh... Read Moreancing the whole experience. I really enjoy the spicy orientals and the dark fired kentucky in this blend. I smoke this a lot and it's never exactly the same twice in a row but it's always great! Burns really well too and really doesn't need to be relit much at all if you are timely and skilled with a tamper. It may become a 5 star blend for me in the future. Read Less
A tasteful and a quite strong mixture for a Mac Baren. If you are looking for a deep blend with very complex tastes, there it is. It is not an easy mixture. The balanced mix of all added tobaccos causes a different experience in each draught. Each ty... Read Morepe of tobacco shows up and faints away every once in a while, making it a really interesting smoke throughout the bowl. And each bowl is somehow a new adventure. It is all about natural tobacco aromas. There is no detectable sweetness in this blend, neither from Virginia and Burley, nor from Cavendish or Perique. And I am glad there is no artificial sweetening and flavouring. All these points make this blend unique and therefore highly recommendable to explore. Give it a try. I am glad I did, although it has not become a favourite of mine.
I dare to say that in my taste and opinion the Perique in this mixture is not original St-James-Parish/Louisiana Perique. I think it is a GENERIC Perique. Unfortunately it is a taboo, but everybody knows, that more Perique is used in the tobacco industry than produced in St-James-Parish. Furthermore, Mac Baren carefully mentions nowhere, that there is genuine Louisiana Perique in this mixture. If there was, they would most certainly mention it explicitly. As long as I am not misled, I don’t mind. Personally I am not fond of the combination of Perique with Kentucky and Orientals. I prefer Perique in combination with Virginia exclusively. Read Less
I ordered this tin because I wanted to see how much perique taste it had. For over 10 dollars a ounce I can get a better blend -seems with Mac Baren all their tobacco is highly priced. But Hey you get to keep the tin.
I can not deney it's quality, sealed fresh. It burns without a hitch (even when the pipe is unclean). I find the taste to be a bit more hyped then what it really is. It was decent, as you could get a draw in well suscitation but not great. Because of... Read More the tins size, it dries out rather quickly. It is probably better if you remove the cake out and put it back in without the paper. Still the gain for lifespan is only minimal. I've found better in bulk for a fraction! The novelty of this product is worth merit. Read Less
I have been meaning to smoke a substantial amount of this blend (at least an entire tin), since I first tried a sample form a bulk bag months ago. Now that I have spent some time with this one, I can say that I'm still finding new nuances with each b... Read Moreowl. This blend is complex, and will keep your attention regardless of the size chamber you are loading. I would consider this a bit higher in strength than I initially found it to be. Overall, I can enjoy this blend all day long and I intend to lay down no small amount for future enjoyment. Read Less
I am getting into this one more and more
Has a slight sweetness that really comes out with my
I just can't get enough of this one, clean taste and very nice
update..after a yr of smoking other blends, I've come off not cari... Read Moreng for this so much any more..now it's way too sweet for me.
my standby now is 965 or London Blend Read Less
Although I really like English blends, this is a super nice smoke. I will definitely add this to my list of favorites. Tin note of dried fruit, smokes extremely smooth with no bite at all. Smoking impressions made me think of Autumn images, dry co... Read Morern silks, ripe grapes, and hickory nuts. Overall just a very nice tobacco. Read Less
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