From the tin opening I had a sensation that this will be a special tobacco. The cut is beautiful with a mix of ribbons and broken flakes. Components are well noticed and distinguished and the tin aroma is amazing. It packs quite easily and lights lik... Read Moree a charm. And with the first puff you get all the flavour at once. You're greeted by a distinctive plum flavour similar to that in Royal yacht, but with smokiness coming from Latakia. Then there is that taste that keeps teasing you and makes you ponder about it. If you're familiar with rum you will recongise it in about the middle if the bowl. But if not, you will have a beautiful complement to the plum without knowing what it is exactly. It burns evenly and well to the end. Requires very few relights over a large bowl 1.5hrs+ and leaves no dottle in the bowl. Read Less
The tobacco came in perfect smoking condition for me (although maybe a little too moist for some smokers, just let it dry for 30 min). Opening the tin your nose is meet by a very nice aroma of plums and a little bit of hay and fresh cut gras. When ... Read Morelit the tobacco unrolls a very nice balanced aroma of sweet fruits with the typical Latakia flavour. The Latakis is not too strong, so I recommend it for everyone who wants to try Latakia for the first time. Since I bought it, I smoke it nearly every day. This one is definetly a keeper for me. Read Less
I decided to try latakias again, I've taken a break for a while. Plumcake has just the right amount of latakia and a delicious plum flavor. Nothing about this blend is overpowering and it's just smooth as can be. It burns very cool and clean, has a w... Read Moreonderful room note and just tastes so good. I can't get enough of this blend. Now I'm going through my rotation and finding not much interest in the virginias and burleys. If this blend sticks around I'll be buying lots of it, and really messing up my rotation! Read Less
I have enjoyed my first tin of Plumcake. I like to sit some out in a dish in the morning before work. Then, in the evening after supper, I fill a bowl up and really enjoy this tobacco. I’ve purchased a few tins for my cellar.
Plumcake is excellent.
The mix is very attractive with its fine ribbons and uniformity. My tin was cellared for a year. It was the right moisture, but drying time could be beneficial. The tin aroma is prominent and smells like real rum. Most aromat... Read Moreics with "rum" flavor do not smell like rum to me -- this one does. I cannot pick out the individual notes, but it's very pleasant. The latakia is subdued, but still ads complexity to the tin-note.
The fine cut packs very well. I Frank-packed it with success. It lights and burns easily even with humid weather. There was slight gurgle, but that's expected with balmy weather and an aromatic. Straight stem and pipe cleaner, so no problem.
I do not have experience with older codger blends or OTC blends. But Plumcake tastes old school to me. Solid flavor throughout. The topping and rum is subtle. The burley and virginia's blend together for me. But the latakia and cavendish routinely surface though the bowl. It's frequent, yet unassuming. Consistent through the whole bowl, but never boring. Absolutely solid. No bite for me, even with some vigorous puffing. Aging may alleviate bite.
Great hybrid. I think there is something in this blend for everyone. Highly recommended. Read Less
Not for new pipe smokers. I tried this when I started out and it was HOT HOT HOT.
A year in and this is a wonderful smoke. It's one of the few aromatics that has a good taste while smoking for me too.
Took off a star because it doesn't seem to sui... Read Moret medium or bigger bowls as the taste will flatten out to hot air after for the last 1/4th in bigger bowls Read Less
I love Plumcake. I'm a big advocate. This tremendous tobacco saved a beloved meerschaum for me. Dang pipe, like many, decided it didn't like anything for a spell. Couldn't get it to smoke any tobacco well, not even old favorites. Plumcake saved ... Read Morethat pipe, and no other tobacco could do that. Plumcake opened that finicky pipe right up, and that pipe went back to smoking other tobaccos well again. Plumcake and this pipe went strangely hand in hand. It was seriously like two old friends reuniting - I swear that the previous owner must have smoked this very tobacco before me. It was such a perfect match. That is my story with Plumcake. Pipe saver. Smell out of the tin is greatness. I needed something sweetish, yet serious and Plumcake rocked my world; nice, mild desert mix. Again, smell out of the tin is one of the best. I never get that fabled bite from this company, so I would like to dispel that urban legend, please. Mac bite is an urban legend. You're smoking too fast! I, personally, have had nothing but tremendous luck from any Mac Baren's, and I find that they are probably my favorite maker aside from Dunhill. So I love Mac Baren a lot,and Plumcake is a pipe saver, which should be commended. Also, tasty as hell, and did I mention smells great out of the tin? This is not only a great Mac B., but also a Classic tobacco. This tobacco has been beloved since the '50's, and it's easy to see why. Delicious, yummy baccy with a good personality. I've never met a Mac Baren that I didn't like, and Plumcake is no exception. A delicious Classic. Love the stuff. Thank you. A+ Read Less
I tend to steer clear of just about any tobacco that talks about being "flavored with anything. However, a friend of mine had a tin of this stuff and the smell coming out of the tin was too tempting. I was not disappointed to say the least. this... Read More tobacco commands the attention of your taste buds. The smooth, sweet, mellow flavor is good to the last bit of dottle. I like it enough that I save it for more momentus days when things are going my way and i want to put a positive exclamation point on the end of it! Read Less
I like this blend so much, I stopped smoking basically everything else for quite some time when I first tried it. It really sort of owns a little of everything I love about pipe smoking. It's sweet, but that's the point really, it's spicy certainly... Read More but that's not it, It sort of has a raisiny taste that plays wonderfully with the latakia and for me.. eh, i don't notice the rum all that much but for every once and awhile. I am a lover of latakia and this has enough to at least keep my interest, but it is also certainly not driving the bus here. It's a big wide world in this little smoke. Truly cosmopolitan in spirit. One word of warning- There is a bit of a learning curve to smoking this tobacco in particular. The flavors can be even more mild and mellow at the start than other macbaren blends and the tendency is to really huff and puff to compensate - to "go chasing after the flavors" as it were, but the flavors, like the great cleveland symphony, are just playing pianissississmo for a bit. The fortissimo will knock you out of your seat. Translation: sip this one for sure - take it slow - if you catch yourself improperly sucking this one down, or if you are a puffer in general, you'll find yourself repeatedly victimized by rather obnoxious flavors and/or burn the hell out of your mouth. Read Less
I popped the lid and noticed that unmistakable aroma of Latakia & the heavy rum topping. I didn't notice the "good enough to eat" aroma that others have... just a flavored aromatic with a pleasant tin note and a smoky aroma that is not overwhelming. ... Read MoreI sampled this blend in my large, Peterson 9S pipe and it was quite mild with a sweet taste. The Latakia was... feint, or not too pronounced, but noticeable. I felt, more than tasted the rum topping...must have been the 151 proof. In that respect, this stuff could have been called Rumcake as it bit me regardless of the manner in which it was finessed. Plumcake has a really good taste & aroma but I never was able to cope with more than a few bowls due to the harshness & chemical burn (bite.) I suppose I could have been smoking it improperly for I see many had no problems with it. I tried it & failed but such is the way of tobacco blends & pipers having varying degrees of sensitivity with taste receptors & proclivity to tongue bite. Read Less
Plumcake is not a typical aromatic at all.
This is one of my favorite MacBaren blends. When you open up the tin, you are hit with that smell of plum, rum and then the smell of some spicy latakia underneath. Very interesting smell. The plum and rum fl... Read Moreavors don't overpower so much as compliment the virginia and burley combination. It's a completely different kind of tobacco than I've ever smoked, not quite aromatic, not quite an English blend.
The flavor when it is smoked its more latakia and less rum. The rum, to me, adds more to the room note and not to the overall taste. Mind you, there is a rum flavor. The first 1/3 to half of the bowl was like that, a good steady English. Slightly sweet Virginia and spicy Cavendish, however mellowed by the present Burley. The aromatic comes out about half way through the bowl.
Many people consider this an aromatic, but with the latakia, it taste more like an English with some rum added (which works well together) than an overly cased rum aromatic. Definitely worth trying if you love aromatics, rum, English or latakia.
Overall I'd have to say this is a great smoke for someone looking for a very light aromatic. Read Less
Right from the tin the nose can pick up a very nice aroma from many aspects of this blend.
It came in very moist out of the tin, but me being ematiant tried to smoke it any way, vey hot with little other than tobacco and smoke flavor, oh and did I s... Read Moreay hot, no sipping would keep it cool, (tried it in several pipes), so ime drying it to deferant stages to get an enjoyeble bowl, but as of now, not finding it to be pleasurable at all other then the nose bouquet. I'll check back with you later on. Read Less
As the title states, let it dry a little and it's not a bad blend. I get a lot of hay and some sweetness from the Virginia's and Cavendish and a little smokiness from the Latakia. Just let it dry, smoke it slow and enjoy!
This is sweeter than Navy Flake but a bit sharper and with a little spice from the pinch of latakia. If smoked slow its sweet and smooth. Good aroma from the tin and smoke. A staple in my tobacco drawer.
I bought this because of the great reviews. I don’t usually smoke Mac Baren tobaccos and have disliked most of the ones I’ve tried. Like all the ones I have tried it burns very hot even when smoked slow, bites, and seems like it’s missing something. ... Read MoreMild flavor and easy to light. Burns well but as far as English blends go this one lacks complexity. There are so many great English blends out there to chose from I would not limit myself to thinking this was a good one. Read Less
Plumcake is neither Plum nor Cake but an excellent mild English style blend with a small amount of Latakia. It is suitable for the beginner or experienced pipe smoker who desires an English tobacco that is not "heavy" Try it and see why it ... Read Moreis one of the best selling blends. Read Less
Tin note lives up to it's namesake, though I say it's more raisin than plums. Room note is enjoyable to me and tolerable to my wife (for what it's worth).Found it a bit dry coming out of the tin and requiring a bit more rubbing out to adequately stuf... Read Moref a smaller pipe. Read Less
This is probably one of the best quality tobaccos I have ever smoked.Easy to smoke.Tastes great,but not strong.Room note is wonderful.The tobacco strength seems mild,though rated average.I also blended plumcake with some very mild and boring tobacco ... Read Moreand the result was truly exciting! Read Less
Opening the tin was like opening a bottle of fine rum....a sweet caramel and spice fragrance greeted me.....as a lover of good rum straight up this tobacco blend hit all the right notes for me. Rum, Virginia and Latakia...worked hard it will bite a l... Read Moreittle. Slow down and it smooths out....another nice rotation when the rum bug bites. Read Less
Enough English flavour for sure. A (very) pleasant surprise. Like so many new pipe smokers, two years ago I started out with nothing but aromatics, lasted two (sometimes frustrating) months, then found some English blends (Artisan's Blend, JM Boswe... Read Morell's Northwoods and Countryside, Blue Mountain and 3 Oaks) and haven't really looked back. However, I sometimes do feel the urge to seek out something occasionally sweet. I just have no interest in casing / topping and an unbalanced amount of sugar. Plumcake does it for me. It is in the regular rotation and keeps me interested all the way from top of bowl to bottom. Dry it out for a bit, even age it. I leave the long term aging to the flake tobaccos. Aged a tin of Plumcake for a year and it worked out nicely. Read Less
Being a new pipe smoker, I was looking for something that was sort of a cross between an aromatic and an English blend. Based on reviews I read, Plumcake seemed to fit the bill. When I got it home, I opened the tin and was immediately struck by what ... Read MoreI recognized as a strong green olive smell!
I was a bit put off and disappointed. The first pipe full smoked slowly and the taste and room note still exibited that olive smell. I tried drying out some of the tobacco (it was very moist) and that improved all aspects of the Plumcake.
It is now remarkably better tasting, smelling and smokes evenly. Very enjoyable! This may seem like a no brainer to more experienced smokers, but as a beginner, it was a revelation. The only negative is that I purchased it at a B&M and paid $22 for the 100g tin. I'll definitely buy more and order it here, $8.96 is much easier to swallow. Read Less
I bought this after reading some reviews on it. Tin note was sweet, with the smoky Latakia in the background. Similar to the blueberry smell of MacB Navy Flake, but not as artificial. I dried some for about 30 minutes before I loaded into a cob. When... Read More I smoked it slowly and sipped it, the flavor was exactly like the tin note. It tasted great. I've never smoked an aromatic, and I don't know if this qualifies as one. But it's pretty inexpensive for 100grams, so it's worth trying IMO. Read Less
Aromatic, not cloyingly sweet. Definitely some plum flavor in there. For an aromatic smoker that wants a little more nicotine, or a little more bite, this would be a good choice. Pleasing room note. It does ghost badly, so if it's a one off "Jus... Read Moret gonna try it", use a cob pipe until you are sure.
Not something that I'd personally keep on hand, but it's a quality smoke and if offered a bowl, I'd smoke it again. There is some good Virginia in this blend, it just can't get by the top note - but then again, that's not it's purpose. Read Less
This is definitely one of the more "classic" tobacco's I have tried. The Latakia is there, but only in the way a wood fired oven imparts a flavour to good bread, (not the campfire/bbq flavour from more intense latakia blends)
A little swee... Read Moret, and gains spicy notes further into the bowl.
Pairs very well with a little Porto and a patio in the sunset. Read Less
I was first introduced to this blend by one of my college roommates in 1967 (thanks Craig) and I've always kept a tin handy since then. The nutty and slightly fruity room note produced when he smoked it was what first attracted me to Plumcake. My wif... Read Moree says, because of the aroma, this is one of her favorites for me to smoke. Latakia is listed as an ingredient but I can't taste or smell it either in the tin or in the room note. This is a blend that can get away from you if you smoke it too fast and will result in harshness, as well as a hot and gurgling pipe. However, if aired out a little before lighting and smoked in a leisurely manner, Plumcake will reward you with a tasty and all-around pleasant experience. It's not one of my every day smokes but I do enjoy it frequently.
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This tobacco has a tendency to burn a bit hot and wet. I'm a little over half way through the tin, and am finally getting a feel for how the prepare this for smoking. I haven't had it bite, but if you smoke it too quick, it looses almost all flavor... Read More. Its flavor, which is pretty good, reminds me of fire roasted chestnuts (I'm resisting saying 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire'). There isn't much spiciness here, just a smokey nuttiness (This does contain a very small amount of Latakia). I also have a very hard time finding the rum in this blend. This is definitely a high quality blend as it consistently burns to a fine white ash. I can't comment on the room note since I do nearly all my smoking outside. The tin note is very strong dried fruit and, no surprise here, plum. Don't let the initial tin note throw you off of it, it fades over time. One complaint I do have with it is there tends to not be a lot of smoke. I enjoy watching the wisps of smoke float away, and I don't get a lot of them with this tobacco. Overall, I enjoy it; its a good smoke, but it doesn't blow you away. Read Less
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