I Don't Get "MacBite"

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dhizzy

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I really enjoy MacBaren blends. I enjoy others just as much but MacBaren is locally available and if they were all I had to choose from, I could be satisfied. That being said, I was just reading reviews on tobaccoreviews.com and I see quite a few people refer to what is known as "MacBite", "MacBlowTorch", etc. I guess I am lucky. I can smoke Va no 1 like a madman and I don't get bit. There are two blends in the MacBaren line that bite me; Dark Twist and Club Blend. I have tried several of MacBaren's blends and I must say, they are some of the best IMO. Is anyone the opposite? The same?
I tend to believe that a couple of years ago I had no idea what I was doing and that was why I experienced tongue bite or tongue burn most of the time. I have improved on my technique and rarely do I experience it minus a couple of blends that just flat out disagree with me.

 

tjameson

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Honestly I have the exact same experience as you. I enjoy MacBaren blends very much, but I do find that Dark Twist will bite me if I'm not extremely careful, like right on the edge of the bowl going out careful. I love Old Dark Fired and Burley London and could probably smoke just those two and be very content. I think some people may have a bad reaction to red VA which could very well be present in many of their blends. I think everyone should give them a chance as they are a powerhouse when it comes to blending. I also think McClellend is another blender everyone should try even if they have a ba experience with one or two blends.

 

matchstickman

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Ive noticed a strange phenomenon with MacBaren blends in that their HH line of blends (Highland, Mature Virginia, and Acadian Perique are the only ones I have tried), cause me FAR less bite than some of their regular line of blends, but even those blends are a mixed bag for me. I can smoke Golden Extra and Navy Flake with little problem unless Im careless, but I have tried Plumcake and Dark Twist and smoking both of those was akin to licking a flaming porcupine.

 

easterntraveler

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I have recentlty started smoking HH Old Dark Fire and have yet to get the "MacBite" very smooth and flavorful smoke with a little kick. However I to suffer from the "MacBite" with Dark Twist. I have 16 oz of it. Not sure when I will try to smoke it again.

 

gwtwdbss

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I have smoked Plumcake, HH Dark Fired, and Va# . Neither have bit me.

 

dhizzy

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Yeah it seems that Dark Twist is the worst. I love the flavor but just can't stand to smoke it because of the bite.
I love Old Dark Fired and Burley London and could probably smoke just those two and be very content
Same here man. I am smoking BLB as we speak and had ODF before bed last night. They are both awesome.

 

lordofthepiperings

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I love Mac Baren. I have all of the 7 Seas line bulked up in mason jars and I like Honey & Chocolate, Black Ambrosia, Golden of Denmark, and Original Choice. I've never had the MacBite.

 

dhizzy

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Lordofthepiperings, the Seven Seas Line is IMO, some of the most high quality aro's out there. I love the royal and gold. I'm currently out of both so I need to restock

 

wilson

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So far, neither have I. I suppose it is like spicy food -- some are more tolerant than others. Coupled, of course, with other variables such as how fast one puffs.
And, MacBaren lends itself to such name changes in a way that, say, Dunhill does not. if you make a quip about MacBite in a post, everyone knows that you mean MacBaren. Make a post on Blowtorchhill and see if anyone gets it.

 

bobby46

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Feb 11, 2012
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I solved my "macbite" issues by smoking them in a churchwarden. There are also longer stems (seven inchers)available for cobs that also do the trick for me. Pre-drying your tobacco seems to also be a factor. Worth a try?

 

tarak

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I'm a lover of HH ODF (ordering 1 lb today) and unless I smoke it like a chimney, I do fine without tongue bite. I can get anything to bite if I go hard enough. I get far more tongue bite from a bulk aromatic than the ODF. Its the only Mac I've tried though (not counting Capstan which is technically now made by them).

 

cavendish

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Jan 22, 2013
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I don't seem to get it either. Now Captain Crap or Barf-em Riff, just looking at those makes my tongue burn like I ate a Jolokia Pepper! Some people are sensitive to certain ingredients due to the make up of our chemistry. What bites one may not bite another. Whenever I'm thinking of trying a new blend I ask around and read reviews and if possible I get a little sample in my order to see what it's like so I'm not wasting my money.

 

cigrmaster

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I get no bite from ODF or their Navy Flake. I get bite real bad from Rattray and McClelland VA's because of the red virginia's in them.

 

tennsmoker

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Bought some McB Roll Cake the other day at my B&M, since I had never tried it. And, hey, I'm trying to spread out my reach for different tastes these days.
First bowl of the pretty coins was in a meer. Whanga! After a bowl, I thought my tongue had been attacked by fire ants. I'm not sure what to do with the rest of the tin. Don't think I'm gonna do that again, though.

 

tbradsim1

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First Mc Baren a couple days ago, Plumcake, had 4 bowls no bite, damn fine tobbaco.

 

pipebow88

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Jun 12, 2013
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The only Mac Baren I have smoked is the "Roll Cake". My dad found an old tin of my grandfathers and it was roll cake. I bought a tin and have been smoking it quite a lot with no bite whatsoever. I love this stuff, some fine tobacco.

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flyguy

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Nov 20, 2012
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Ditto on the Dark Twist roll cake which bites like a crocodile. It is a tasty blend that I will continue to smoke hoping to learn that magical cadence. Never had a problem with the other blends. Most of the negative monikers such as "Macbite" (MacBaren) are seldom true for an entire line of tobacco.

 

cavendish

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Jan 22, 2013
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First Mc Baren a couple days ago, Plumcake, had 4 bowls no bite, damn fine tobbaco.
Plumcake is a great blend. I have some on hand but I really don't favor the latakia blends when it's hot out.