A ready rubbed blend of matured Burley tobaccos, mixed with just a touch of golden Virginia, gives Mac Baren's Golden Blend a mellow and pleasant aroma which has made it popular with pipe smokers all over the world.
My favourite burley blend is Solani ABF but it never seems to be in stock so I thought I'd try my luck with Golden Extra. I'm glad I did!
Though not as sophisticated as ABF, Golden Extra hits all the right Burley notes for me - smooth enough to be ... Read Morea daily smoke, sufficiently full-flavoured without harsh spots, and leaves a nice room note that just says PIPE.
I could detect no topping; this is a straight Burley, not an Aromatic. I'm told MacBaren Symphony is similar to GE but sweeter, so if you're looking for a bit more sugar, perhaps look there.
Cut is a broken flake, so you've got options for packing (rubbed out, stuffed in, or somewhere in between). Mine was the perfect moisture level right from the tin, burns slowly and doesn't bite.
I'll be stocking the cellar with more of this classic blend from Mac Baren. Highly recommended for Burley lovers everywhere. I'm rating at 4 stars as GE falls short of ABF for me, but at half the price of the Solani, it's a great smoke! Read Less
One thing with Mac Baren blends, you have to smoke them slow. If you can control your cadence you will be rewarded with a tasty , satisfying treat. Golden Extra is just that. Light sweet flavor of natural cocoa and honey not goopy syrup ! An old tim... Read Moree burley blend going back tp 1951 and its probably Mac Barens second biggest seller next to Mixture. Smooth burley with a little oomph but mild and mellow. An old school, tasty burley/ va blend with a mildly sweet aroma. Try it ! Read Less
In my country it is one of these cheap, drugstore and fuel station pipe tobaccos, which does not imply that it is bad. After all GOLDEN BLEND is on the market since 1952. I categorize this as a Danish Mixture, not as an Aromatic. Artificial flavourin... Read Moreg is very obvious. It does not produce a specific obtrusive flavour, it’s just too much in total for my palate. I am generally scared away by (obvious) artificial flavourings and can always identify these chemicals immediately. On top of this, I find it often difficult to identify their intended aromas. Here it might be some citrus or fruit, and occasionally I think I get some sparkles of honey or tonka bean, among several other flavours that I am not able to name.
Besides the mentioned flavouring, Burley is the leading tobacco in this mixture, donating a pleasant tobacco flavour. I guess Virginia plays a technical role only. It might help to cool down and tame the Burley, but the typical aromas of Virginia just don’t make their way through. GOLDEN BLEND comes as a Ready Rubbed in acceptable moisture, burns well and provokes no tongue-burns. Over all it is a simplistic, mellow, everyday/anytime mixture that may please a lot of smokers, especially beginners. Not me, though. I prefer more natural tobaccos with less or no flavourings and toppings. Unfortunately this mixture did ghost my pipes used. Read Less
But this is a really wonderful blend, I bought it just because I wanted a change of pace in my English mixtures rotation and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it! Not so sweet as I thought, slow burn and very enjoyable also the retrohale. One of... Read More the few aromatics that I can really appreciate. Read Less
I love it and it’s my daily smoke so you don’t want to read my opinions because I’m so biased in favor of this... But hell, I’ll say my opinions. It’s like enjoying a piece of dark chocolate but all of a sudden you drop it and it get’s tiny bits of d... Read Moreust and soil on it... If you are the type who says “hell I’m eating you baby!” Then go buy a pound of this! Read Less
There’s nothing really fine or distinct about this BurVa blend. There’s a good pouch note to be found in Golden Extra—I’ll give it that. Otherwise I encountered a smoke more akin to cigarettes than good pipe tobacco, primarily in the feeble room note... Read More. The blend also does lack taste and flavor, though at times, usually commencing mid bowl, you can taste nutty burley that strengthens into a slight cocoa flavor. But I find I almost have to hunt for its virtues—as I try to capture or fathom this blend, to gauge its taste and room note. But in the end I’m likely hunting for something that isn’t there, at least to my beak and mouth.
This blend doesn’t approach Mac Baren’s HH line, where you’ll find its elite soldiers: Old Dark Fired, Bold Kentucky, and Rustica. Still, Golden Extra isn’t a bad blend, just not a very good one. 3.5 stars. Read Less
First impression: Classic Burley flavor, nutty and earthy. The Virginia is way in the back but its sweetening impact, enhanced by the chocolate flavoring, greatly mutes the burley's more tangy sour notes. Coffee and espresso notes develope midbowl. A... Read More few minor harsh spots here and there. In general though very smooth and simple in its burley earthiness. Just sweet enough to be an all day smoke. A little monochromatic in its simple flavor profile. Would blend well. Doesn't seem prone to bite. Read Less
Tried this after Symphony. A bit more burley forward and less sweet. Very mild tin note of cocoa, not to wet but still gave it 20 min drying time. No bite, nice solid burley taste. Don't really get the virginia taste, but I'm not complaining. Decent ... Read Moreblend, might keep some in stock. Read Less
Mac Baren Golden Extra is another natural ready-rubbed broken flake blend that is very VERY similar to Symphony, nearly identical but for a little bit more of my beloved burley flavors. For me this one step above Symphony in flavor.
The taste of this blend was overall fine, with the typical burley nuttiness topped with some lightly sweet vanilla flavor. It was pleasant, but something in this blend did NOT like me. It bit my tongue like nothing else, and the bite started almost... Read More immediately. Didn't matter how slowly it was smoked, it bit me quickly and hard. Your experience may be very different since bite varies so much between every person, but mine was not good. Read Less
This is a nice solid blend of Virginias and Burley. Didn't blow my mind but i am certainly not complaining either. This can burn hot and give a tiny bit of bite if rushed but either way you will be rewarded with a smoke that is sweet on the tongue an... Read Mored on the nose. Read Less
Smoked this over 40 years ago. Burns,taste, and has a pleasant aroma. Only wish they didn't have to remove the cumarin from the blend. Guess it made it too addictive. Back then, I couldn't put the pipe down,but non the less, it's my favorite burley.
This was a nice surprise! I was concerned it might be a little too heavy with the Vitamin N, but it was satisfying without being overpoweringly strong. Just enough nicotine to please. It started mellow, with a nutty, spicy note, changing to more pron... Read Moreounced burley flavor down into the bowl. A little more smoother spice as it finished. The moisture was a little high right out of the new tin; drying it for a half hour would probably fix this. This is going to be one of my go-to blends for a relaxing hour on the porch in the evenings. Overall, a great find. Can't wait to try more Mac Baren offerings. Read Less
I'm a burley - holic . I like full on burley and OTC burley .. all of it . This is my go to smoke because it's got a toasty burley flavor at the light and finishes a bit fuller but not heavy or bitter . It's medium all the way . It has a super light... Read More sweetness [ not aromatic ] to it that just sings . It's an all day smoke if ever there was . The room note screams .. Pipe ! .. Read Less
This is a grand Burley blend in that it is beyond most Burley blends in regard to bitterness , which it never has . It's a toasty nutty Burley flavor on a brighter side . The darker burley flavors don't make them selves known until near the end , and... Read More only a little bit . I'm a Burley smoker since 1979 and I like many Burley blends . I like the darker Burley flavors also ... but Golden Extra is unique in it's toasty flavor which works toward wood as it nears the end . An easy go to blend for me , as I have smoked more of this than anything else over the years . This is not the woody Edgeworth flavor nor SWR or Wessex [ I love them all ! ] . There's a reason it's called Golden Extra , in my mind .... If Burley was a brown color ... this stuff would be Gold colored [ Don't know if that makes sense but it does to me :) ] They say it's blended with some Virginia and maybe thats what makes it great for an all day smoke and a bit brighter at the light . A simply super wonderful blend ! Read Less
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