One of Mac Baren's most gentle aromatics, Original Choice is a blend of extra-sweet North Carolina Virginias and mellow Burley from Tennessee with just enough black Cavendish to add a touch of spice. The smooth, subtle topping adds a sweet taste and great room note.
I bought a tin and had forgotten about it, opened it today and the tin nose was great. Sat down for morning coffee and a smoke and the taste with the coffee was fantastic. Usually I smoke half of the bowl and return later to finish, not this one smok... Read Moreed to ash no bite or bad aftertaste. I am looking forward to my new routine coffee and a bowl of Original Choice a great combo. Read Less
Not sure why people describe a tobacco as "good for beginners" is this a euphemism for "Low Nicotine"? I have been smoking for years and recently discovered Mac Baren's Modern Mixture which is a decent Aro while not being overly ... Read Moresweet. I thought I would give this a try and absolutely love it. It's similar to Modern Mixture, but milder and an excellent all day smoke. Great room note and easy going. This is going to be a regular for me, it's a really decent tobacco. Smells and tastes wonderful. Read Less
Having just resumed pipe smoking, I've been pleasantly rewarded by this blend. Its mild flavor lasts through the bowl, while its steady burn minimizes the temptation to burn the tongue by over-drawing.
I will recommend this tobacco for beginners, it has a nice taste through almost all the bowl. Is sweet but not to much, like other aromatics. The thing I don't like about this blend is that at the end it lose almost all its flavor. When you smoke it ... Read Moreyou can have a better result in flavor with a sweet beverage, I usually use lime flavor. This is a blend I will have in my cellar, even if I don't smoke it regularly. Read Less
My all time favorite!! Extremely mild but maintains loads of flavor ALL the way into the dottle. There's sauce for sure but it never obscures a rich blend of cavendish, Virginias and burley. Consistent day in and day out. It's the one l can always co... Read Moreunt on after some of the ' complex' blends have washed out . What it lacks in nicotine is more than made up for in strength of character!! Read Less
I don't smoke a lot of aromatics, but this is one I like. To me, the secret sauce tastes like a combination of blackberry and maple, but it's not overwhelming, and neither is the sweetness. Both diminish a bit as the bowl goes on revealing the tast... Read Moree of some good virginias and burleys carrying the sauce so you know you are smoking tobacco, and not eating dessert. Burns clean with no goop or bite - a good solid aromatic blend. It also goes well blended with Mac Baren's newer Modern Virginia, which has less added flavoring and more Virginia flavor. If you like fruity aromatics, this is definitely worth trying. Read Less
Of the thirty or so varieties of pipe tobacco I've tried, this is by far my favourite. Cool burning, pleasant note, and an overall very satisfying smoke.
And while it might have some "fruity undertones" it definitely doesn't suffer from th... Read Moreat soap-like aftertaste that some of the more recent popular brands do. Read Less
Awesome, just awesome blend. Excellent full bodied flavor, great tin note, room note is superb, burns well, good moisture level from tin opening, and all around great smoke. The fruitiness is subtle, but there. Not overly sweet. This is what I loo... Read Morek for in an aromatic blend. My hat is tipped to Mac Baren, as I have never been disappointed in any of their products. Read Less
I've been a pipe smoker since 1966 and this absolutely is one of my favorite smokes, second perhaps only to Dunhill's 965. I know they're two different styles, as Original Choice contains no Latakia, but I like what I like. The naturally fruity and s... Read Moreweet aroma from an open tin (initial moisture level usually is fine) of this Mac Baren blend, especially in the mornings, makes me want to fire up a big bowlfull in one of favorite bulldogs and savor it as I sip a cup of strong black coffee. The room note and flavor of this blend are exactly what I expect from the tin aroma....full, a little sweet and very pleasant. This is a blend that produces fragrant clouds of considerable smoke and, when puffed in a temperate manner and with a little tamping, burns to a gray-white ash with very little, if any, dottle left in the bottom of the bowl. To me, the flavor and aroma produced by this natural blend represent some of the qualities desired from an aromatic blend but without the syrupiness and tongue bite experienced with many of those aromatics. I do feel compelled to state that Mac Baren's Original Choice is not at all a mild blend but if you like a full-flavor smoke, or are feeling perhaps a little adventurous, give it a try. Enjoy!
Len Barrett Read Less
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