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Which Mac Baren Blends should I try?

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  • Started 10 months ago by lasttango
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  1. lasttango

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    I have only tried the Navy and Virginia Flakes. They were quality, but not my favorite.

    My rotation now includes: Royal Yacht, Hyde Park, Cairo, Key Largo, Several McClellend Virginia Flakes, Watch City Slices, Uhle's Crushed White Burley.

    I was looking at Mac Baren's Club Blend, Old Dark Fired, Bold Kentucky and Burley Flake.

    I like stronger VA / Burley blends. Not a huge fan of grassy, fruity tastes.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you, G

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  2. bassbug

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    It might not be strong enough for you, but I find Golden Extra absolutely yummy.

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    I was looking at that one... I suppose I should have used the word "full" instead of strong... or robust.

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    Club blend is interesting. Comes in coins, has a nice kentucky-like taste with a bit of sweet topping. A bit on the mild side, but a nice smoke.

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    I enjoy their Scottish and plumcake.

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    Tango, I would say Old Dark Fired for sure. Also Doblone d'Oro is one of my all time favorite tobaccos and even though it is "Savinelli", it is made by MacBaren. And I'm digging the new HH Burley flake (get at least one tin of this if you like Burley). The new 3 Nuns Green/Yellow I'm still noodling around. I don't have a strong opinion yet, certainly not a love at first site, but time might change my impression.

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    HH Pure VA. It won’t replace the McC flakes but I think it’s one of the best readily available straight VA’s on the market. Also Savinelli Doblone D’Oro, which is made by Mac Baren.

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    Cool, thanks... I like Doblone d'Oro a lot... a forum member here kept raving about it, so I bought into it pretty deep.

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    HH Pure VA. It won’t replace the McC flakes but I think it’s one of the best readily available straight VA’s on the market.

    I just tried the HH Pure Virginia today and was quite taken to it. I have only smoked a couple of VAs before this and was thinking they might not be for me, until I tried this one.

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    I've found the whole HH line to be exceptional.

    Try some Acadian Perique if you get a chance. Contrary to the name, the perique is just one of many players. I get a little sweetness but not so much of the brighter stuff. The Old Dark Fired, Bold Kentucky and Burley Flake are all essentials for me.

    If all I had was HH to smoke, I'd get by ok.

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    [quote]I just tried the HH Pure Virginia today and was quite taken to it. I have only smoked a couple of VAs before this and was thinking they might not be for me, until I tried this one.

    I love it. Great now but huge aging potential as well.

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    I’ll offer very strong recommendation to both Club Blend and Old Dark Fired.

    Club Blend can be a little spicy fresh; it ages elegantly. Old Dark Fired is terrific right out of the box. (Busted ... I buy it by the big box!)

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    Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve tried a Mac Baren I didn’t like. Undiscriminating taste, or lots of good tobacco.

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    Definitely Old Dark Fired. I haven't tried the Bold Kentucky yet, but I will and you prabably should too. Maybe you should give their Navy Flake a try as well. It is burley based, but not dark fired. Has a topping of honey and probably rum, though I don't really get that. Very easy to smoke and a very simple, straightforward blend.

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    Mac Baren: HH Acadian Perique is a nice blend

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    Old Dark Fired is great. Vintage Syrian is a top 5 english currently available, very smooth yet full of flavour.

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    HH Burley Flake is definitely a winner. I have to give a nod to both Golden Extra and Mixture (Scottish Blend) as well.

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    I have bought quite a few tins of Bold Kentucky at P&C this past month and they are all dated from 2015. I assume you know of their HH sale currently.

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    Based on your listed 'likes', ODF and Bold Kentucky are must tries. I haven't yet tried Burley Flake but look forward to in the near future. With a lot of the MacB blends, you really have to sip the pipe. Wicked tongue burn otherwise. All the HH I've tried are exceptions to this phenomenon. Enjoy!

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  20. lasttango

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    Thanks. I ordered some ODF and Club for my first round. Next will be Kentucky and Acadian. I might even try the Golden Extra.

    I also ordered C+D Sunset Flake, Wessex Burly Slices and the Green Three Nuns.

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    Wessex Burley Slices shouldn't disappoint - one of my favourites. It's Made by K&K I believe.

    By the way, MacBaren experts:

    What is THE best traditional MacBaren blend?

    Not including new additions like the HH line - just all the old school blends that have been available for years?

    I've had my eye on the Virginia Flake but I've never been able to pull the trigger...

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    Allow me to second bouwser's recommendation of Plumcake. The link will take you to its page on tobaccoreviews.com.

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    I don't know which Mac Baren blend is the best, but old bestsellers are Scottish Blend, Navy Flake, Virginia Flake and Classic Flake (formerly known as vanilla flake). They have all been around since the 50's or 60's.

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    I recently had a go at Plumcake and really enjoyed it.

    It's technically an aromatic (which I don't normally enjoy that much), but I find the casing/topping is very light in this case. The smoke was very nice and without tongue-bite.

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    I really enjoy Old Dark Fired and Capstan Blue Flake. I am not a fan of their Virginia flake as it is kind of boring to my tastes.

    Harris
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