[AhmadOthman] Mac Baren Dark Twist Roll Cake Review

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ahmadothman

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Hi Friends, It's been a while since I got the chance to be here, and I missed you all. But I am back and with a review of a quite complex blend IMO

This blend is quite tricky. And it has a learning curve, which is a lot to say about a tobacco blend, so I will divide my review to two parts, one for the blend itself and the other for the mechanics part. As for the blend itself, it is excellent. Dark, ripe virginias are the star here, with burley supplementing them with nuttiness and richness. The taste is quite good, consistent and pleasurable. And though it is labelled as maple, I had more hints of molasses in it. And even tried maple and molasses to check once more, and it still strikes me as molasses rather than maple. The dark, rich taste is complemented with a good, nice aroma and makes it a good candidate for a morning smoke with a cup of coffee. Now to the tricky part, mechanically this blend is a bit challenging.. It is a roll cake, but it is a mess at that. not all coins have the same components, so there are two things you need to do. First, you need to identify the components of each. Mostly if a coin contains cavendish or not. The other is you need to try and balance the coins in the bowl to get the full flavour out of it, or to do a flavour profile you prefer. This was a daunting exercise and required nearly half a tin to do. But when I struck that balance I wanted, it was extremely rewarding. A definitely recommended blend.

 

cosmicfolklore

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Your review sounds great, but my experience was a lot bitier. I just think that MacBarens uses something that attacks my tongue like the beaches of Normandy.

 

mso489

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Ahmad, it sounds like you went above and beyond the call of duty to give this blend a chance and were duly rewarded. This sounds like an adventure for the experienced smoker and maybe better left alone by the less experienced. We don't hear much about coin in general, and it is a bit different than other cuts, and this one in particular sounds challenging. However, I'd certainly give it go when I next go looking for something out-of-the-way. Right now, I have quite a backlog of goodies. Thank you for the good review.

 

ericusrex

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I too really like this blend. But I have to sip it very easily to avoid bite. I have to do this with all Mac B/Newminster products. I have quite a few favorites from this blender which I enjoy if I remember this rule.

 

jabo

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Jan 26, 2016
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This review is biased from Egypt !!! Just kidding ! A great review from a great smoker and mate ! ;-)

 

ahmadothman

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Apr 26, 2016
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Egypt
Thanks, all for the kind words.. I do my best to be of use
@cosmic: some folk say so, I never had an issue with Mac Baren blends.. I have tried my fair share of them. But I'll give you that, they need to be smoked slowly.. nearly sipping them
@mso: Thanks, old chap.. I am delighted I can amuse you :)
@jabo: Oh well! I am flattered.. Biased or not :P

 

gmjabsky

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Apr 3, 2015
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Thanks for the review,Mitch made me think! I recognize the different coin components, but have mostly just allowed the surprise to emerge as I load. I enjoy any combination, but have not risen to the challenge of repeatability of the ideal mix.

 

chasingembers

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Great review. I like this one too, and also like to ignore the components to get a surprise smoke. Haven't been disappointed yet! And guys, don't knock the Egyptian, went there on a senior trip in highschool, and the prettiest women on the planet are in Egypt. :wink:

 

paulie66scandinavian

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this Mc Baren is pretty widely available in Germany, nevertheless,still I'm afraid of Mc Barens bright virginia leaf tobacco offerings , I guess you all know why,if I recall correct I had this Dark twist twice in past and found it quite pleasant both in taste and strenght.

 

ahmadothman

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Apr 26, 2016
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Great review. I like this one too, and also like to ignore the components to get a surprise smoke. Haven't been disappointed yet! And guys, don't knock the Egyptian, went there on a senior trip in highschool, and the prettiest women on the planet are in Egypt. :wink:
Haha.. Oh well.. I won't disagree ;)

 

ahmadothman

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@gmjabsky I prefer the consistency honestly.. Nothing against your approach as well
@deniz maybe Old Dark Fired or Bold Kentucky are your answer ;)
@paulie666 Well, I have had a few Mac Baren blends, Amphora - which is by Mac Baren - and Dunhills that are produced by them.. And they were all on point
@deathmetal I try, mate.. I try my best

 

paulie66scandinavian

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Dear Mister Ahmad: One way or another,I bet You shall have this Orlik GS,since its widely available in parts of central and northern Europe and U.S as well,I will keep this in mind when ordering something next time.Greets, Paul

 
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