Mac Baren Vanilla Cream - Loose Cut - Review

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ahmadothman

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Apr 26, 2016
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This is a really beautiful tobacco. One that's very foretelling of Mac Baren brand of blends. The note is quite elegant and regal with a light colour and the crest of HH in the top. Upon opening the tin, you're welcomed with a sunshine of light virginias, and a seeded earth black of Cavendish. The tin aroma is reminiscent of fresh bakery at a local patisserie. It is in excellent moisture content out of the tin and I recommend you smoke it as so without drying as it will take away a bit of the flavour and aroma. The tobacco cut is excellent, it's a mix of long ribbons and broken flakes, it backs well and can pack tightly without hindering the draw and it leaves a little bit of nice aroma on your finger tips. Also a dry draw test reveal the flavour profile in a teasing way. Upon first light the ribbons catch a nice kindle, but the flakes require a bit of attention.. But once lit, it stays so, and burns well to a perfect, white ashy bottom with a few to none relights. The body of it is quite medium and the aroma makes me inhale the smoke with my nose to get more of it. And the taste is pretty nice and never overpowering. It gives me hints of Vanilla and some creamy, pastry flavour as if it is a freshly made croissant baked with honey. I thoroughly enjoy it, despite my lesser tendency towards aromatics and I see this making my rotation.
Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula 999, Falcon Extra Bent
Age When Smoked: One year

 

ahmadothman

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Very nice review, makes me want to retry this blend, it's been quite awhile since I've had any of the Vanilla Cream.
Yeah. It was a surprise to me as well.. Bought it a while ago and never opened it.. It's a really, good mild smoke.. And it works well while socialising

 

mayfair70

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it works well while socializing
Nice review. Thanks Ahmad! :)

This is one of the few blends my Girlfriend likes the smell of. The room note is excellent and even when I burn too hot, as I tend to, there is still enough flavor to do justice to its name. I've been smoking a tin of flake one year old and can see myself getting more.

 

bluegrassbrian

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As far as aromatics go, this one is an A+ for me. Not only is the flavor a joy, but the combination of ribbons and broken flake makes for a smonth and even smoke.

 

mortonbriar

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Smoke a straight virginia in the same pipe later, I found that to be my favourite way to enjoy this aromatic, as a sweet ghost aka a Casper (friendly ghost)
Isaac

 

ahmadothman

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Thanks, guys for the positive feedback..
And @mortonbriar Just did that ;) Mac Baren Vanilla Cream followed by Erinmore flake.. Excellent

 

ray47

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Great review. I smoke it about once a week and only when the wife is gone because she doesn't like the smell of this blend. Go figure.