Don’t let the name fool you. There is no Latakia in this "Scottish Blend", but that is ok with me even though I love Latakia. This is a ready rubbed air cured blend of Burley, Cavendish and Virginia which has a reputation of being one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in the world. Despite that reputation it seems that lately there have been a few pipe smokers who thought that this blend was no longer up to scratch so I thought I would try a tin of it to see what I thought … and I’m glad I did.
The tobacco from my tin was perhaps a little on the damp side and I did give it some time to dry before packing my pipe. Lighting the tobacco wasn’t too difficult and there wasn’t a lot of heat in it as I smoked it. I’ve been using a pipe with a wide bowl to smoke this blend but some who have tried smoking it in a smaller bowl have found that it can get quite hot. Or perhaps they were just inexperienced smokers? You’ll be ok if you don’t pack it too tight and just sip on it.
On the first couple of occasions that I smoked this blend I had gone off to the study because I wasn’t sure just how others in the house would find it but, once someone had stuck their head in to tell me something and discovered that it really was quite pleasant, I was soon invited to rejoin the family.
I must say that I was on the alert for some tongue biting from this blend … many others have reported that various Baren blends have been guilty of tongue bite … but I didn’t find anything like that with this one. Perhaps that had something to do with the size of the bowl I was using too, and that I was nice and relaxed slowly sipping while watching the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.
To me Mixture has a nice mellow flavor that is not too mild and just right to smoke at any time of day or all day long. The tin aroma reminds me of maple, chocolate, honey. The taste has a nice caramel and honey along with fine Virginia, Burley and Cavendish tobacco.
The caramel and honey are just slight nuances and the taste is more on the natural tobacco side then the aromatic. I think this is a fine tobacco that gives you aromatic and natural tobacco satisfaction in one blend.
The bottom line comes down to whether or not I would buy more of this tobacco and the unequivocal answer to that one is … yes I would. To my way of thinking it’s a fine blend and well deserves its place as one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in the world.
Here is a look at the fine tobacco inside the tin of Mac Baren Mixture Scottish Blend. The nice ready rubbed brown and medium brown flakes with loose cuts of golden and black leaves look delicious.
Brand: Mac Baren
Blender: Mac Baren
Tin Description: This unique blend is one of the leading blends in the world – and rightly so. Since the beginning in 1958 Mac Baren Mixture has become synonymous with smoking pleasure. Mixture is made from more than 35 different tobacco leaves from different parts of the world. Each leaf has it’s own special qualities and only by blending them in the right proportions does Mixture achieve it’s unique taste. Mixture does not consist of one dominant taste, but a profusion of different nuances of taste that keep changing – all from a single tamp of tobacco. Mixture is a unique, slightly aromatic blend which you can enjoy all day long.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
Packaging: 100g Tin
Blend Notes: Introduced in 1958
Taste: Mild to Medium
Room Note: Pleasant