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Jim's Mac Baren Burley Flake Review.

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  1. jiminks

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    Here's my review of the Mac Baren's latest product, which will be on sale in the near future.

    The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet, mildly chocolatey burleys take the lead over the other components. They also sport a touch of spice and light dryness. The tangy, ripe dark fruity, earthy, very lightly grassy dark Virginias play an important condimental role. There’s also a strand or two of red Virginia in the mix. The lightly spicy, woody, earthy, mildly sweet dark fired Kentucky is a background player. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste level falls just short of medium. The nic-hit is a step or so past the mild threshold. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. The flakes are a little moist, but I saw no need to dry them. They easily break apart to suit your preference. Burns a little slow, cool and clean with a fairly rich, mostly consistent, woody sweet predominate burley flavor from start to finish. I recommend a wide bowl to enhance the range of nuances this blend has to offer. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and does require some relights. The after taste is very pleasant, and lightly lingering. Can easily be an all day smoke.

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  2. morgansteele

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    Nicely done, Jim. I'm looking forward to trying this blend.

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    Sounds good....sure looked good sitting in the jar today in Chicago!

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    Excellent review, Jim. This sounds like a must try for me. How many stars, Jim?

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    Sounds great. How near the future?

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    Thomas: I gave it four stars. it's kind of mild, but I love the flavor and in the category of mild-to-medium burley blends, it's four stars.

    Upnorth: they didn't give me a release date, but it'll be soon.

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    Thanks Jim, sounds like an excellent blend,hope they'll introduce this on the European market,the sooner the better, how would you compare this with their another Burley forward blend,The Golden Extra?Best Greets, Paul

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    Paul: no comparison. They are totally different blends as you can tell by the different components. Golden Extra is sweeter and more one dimensional, which is not a put down, but an observation.

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    Thank You Jim, This Burley Flake's description is sure very appealing ,like being more nuance rich yet a bit bolder taste wise

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    Paulie: actually, the HH Burley Flake is a mild to medium blend, and not much stronger than Golden extra, but it is a more complicated, nuanced smoke. I greatly enjoy the flavor, and it can be an all day smoke with little trouble.

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    Thanks Jim. I am eager to try this one out. Great review!

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    Thank you, Mikefu.

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    Sounds right up my cellar. Thanks for the review, I can't wait until this is released.

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    Thanks JimInks for adding this information,now I will look forward to a day when this very HH Burley gets introduced here in the EU.

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    It ain't out yet? Come on Macbaren push it out, push it out already.

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    One can get a look at HH Burley Flake when Per opens a tin in this video:>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReTp8DdxLgc

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    Iwan Reis has it for sale: $20.10 per 3.5 ounce tin.

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    Very nice, can't wait to try this blend...

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    Great review. This seems to have complexity and dimensions, and captures many of burley's best traits. I nearly always like burley blends, and I have come to enjoy milder blends in rotation, so this one sounds appetizing to me. Flake usually keeps fresh longer than other cuts once opened.

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    I received 3 tins from Iwan Ries today. Popped one this afternoon to let it air out a bit. Put a flake and a half in the microwave for 7 seconds to dry it out a but. Bent the pieces in half and stuffed them into a Moretti Morta medium sized pot. Lit quite readily and smoked with a couple of relights. Burnt slow and very cool. I could really taste the Burley and Kentucky but not much of the Virginia, had a very pleasant nutty and molasses sweet flavor. I'd give it 3.5 stars fresh out of the tin with a high degree of confidence some aging will move it to 4 stars. I will definitely be cellaring a reasonable amount of this blend.

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    Never good enough for me to pay that much for a tin, but if they get a pound box out for around $60 like their other flakes, I'm in.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    Good review looking forward to trying this blend.

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    SPC has it available now. $57.46 for a pound, $18.49 for the 3.5oz tin and $10.22 for the 50g tin. Prices lower if you buy more but they put a limit of 10 tins per order. But, you can buy 10 of the 50g and 10 of the 3.5oz if you would like. No limit showing for the pound packages.

    Thanks for the review, Jim. I ordered some based off that.

    Michael
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    Thanks for the heads up Michael!

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    1lb en route for me! Thanks Michael!

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    2 pounds headed this way. Thanks for the tip Michael!

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    Thanks from me as well. I got the email from SP, but coming here convinced me to pull the trigger.

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    2 lbs ordered for me.

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    Damn, that's 7 pounds of Mac Baren I ordered this week. My wallet may need therapy.

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    Just ordered five tins, it’s like Christmas time waiting now!

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Wow, the pound boxes are sold out!

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    Very wise purchases, gentlemen.

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    if they get a pound box out for around $60 like their other flakes, I'm in.
    Yep now the wait...

    "the weez"...
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    No wait, they have a pound for sale at SPC for less than $60.

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    No wait, they have a pound for sale at SPC for less than $60.

    They did. Sold out hours ago. Man that was fast.

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    MMMMM.....gimme gimme gimme

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    I got the smoking pipes email, too.
    So I got one tin to smoke now and another to smoke in 2023.

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    I wonder how many pounds SPC had in stock? Did anyone check before they were sold out?

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    My budget's blown for now, but I've been enjoying the sample I got, and will order a pound bag soon enough.

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    So I got one tin to smoke now and another to smoke in 2023.

    Burleys really don't change much with aging, but are nearly as good as new after time.

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    Just now having my second bowl. I'm finding it very true to your review and Shane Ireland's. It's a very hearty Burley blend. Growing up in the early 90s a few friends grandpas were pipe smokers and the initial light up smell/taste reminds me a lot of them. I hadn't ever had a blend yet that had the salted meat tin aroma or flavor profile, but this one definitely has it. It's definitely the hearty earthy nutty Burleys with just a bit of cocoa notes. Retrohale really brings out the nutty flavors in this blend. The Vriginias seem to be of they hay, citrus, fruit notes and when coupled with the Burleys it lends itself close to a dark cherry flavor. Shane noted the peppercorn flavor from the Dark Fired Kentucky and I find that just a bit as well. Never knew that Dark Fired and Perique could pinch hit for one another like that. I also agree the nic hit is definitely on the border of mild to medium. Me personally it's closer to mild than medium but your mileage may vary. What I'm really interested in seeing is how things go as I progress through the tin. Does it stay consistently the same or does it change a bit at all? Thanks for the review Jim, it's part of the reason I ordered five tins and I'm very glad I did.

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  42. jiminks

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    Glad to help out, man!

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    A fellow pipe club member made the Chicago show and gave me 2 flakes of this Thursday.

    I'm finally burning it up and really enjoying it!

    The nutty/cocoa thing is front and center, almost graham cracker like at times.

    2/3 of a flake folded and stufffed fits the BriarWorks Poker perfectly.

    Another Grand Slam for the HH line. If MacBaren HH tobaccos were all I had, I'd consider myself lucky.

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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