Mac Baren Navy Flake Pipe Tobacco Review

If you haven’t smoked a flake tobacco before then Mac Baren Navy Flake might be a good one to start with. It’s a fine smooth smoke that will definitely have you coming back for more. I’d classify this as a high-quality slightly aromatic blend. This is far from a "drug store" tobacco. It is actually quite pleasant in many ways …

Upon opening the tin, the aroma is a cross between light rum, honey and even some plum wine. It’s a little sweet, but not too sweet.

The Mac Baren Navy Flakes are quite large, half the height of the tin, but they crumble easily when rubbed out between your palms, as you should do before loading your pipe.

Lighting it isn’t difficult either and once lit it tends to stay that way without any great amount of puffing or numerous re-lights

The Burley is certainly the predominant tobacco in this blend and you can taste a fine nutty flavor in it thanks to the Burley, but it’s certainly not overpowering. In fact I wouldn’t rate its taste and strength to be any more than on the mild side of medium.

Like many other "Navy blends" there is a hint of rum to the taste, which I guess goes with that old practice of British sailors getting some rum as part of their regular rations. I like it! Ahoy matey!

I am finding out that I really enjoy flake tobaccos as you can see from my last review of Peterson’s University Flake and the Samuel Gawith Navy Flake Pipe Tobacco Review.

I read other reviews and from time-to-time come upon the reference to "Mac Baren Bite", but you can’t prove that by me. Relax and smoke slowly and you won’t have a problem.

Mac Baren Navy Flake smells good, tastes excellent and burns well. It has become one of my favorites and is in my regular rotation of pipe tobaccos.

Brand: Mac Baren
Tin Description: Carefully selected Burley, Virginia and the original Mac Baren Cavendish have been pressed and stored for weeks before cutting into slices. The pressing process secures a slow and cool burning, which gives the ultimate smoking pleasure.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 100g Tin
Blend Notes: Introduced in 1965

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12 Responses

  • I would say that its my favorite of the MacBarens currently, but I have also gone off MacBarens
    I would give MacBarens this, compared to the following flakes I have recently tried
    Samuel Gawith Navy Flake
    Samuel Gawith balkan Flake
    Orlic Golden Slices
    The MacBaren is the easiest to rub out and to keep burning.
    As much as I like the taste of SG Flake, I feel like I need a blowtorch to keep them going, and they get very tight and hard towards the middle of the bowl

  • If you liked Commonwealth, I think you will like SG Balkan Flake
    I rather too wet than dust
    I recently tried this a few times with great results
    Pack a bowl of wet tobacco, emptied the packed bowl into small bowl (non plastic, some type of glazed clay)
    microwaved for 10 – 15 sec
    Was fantastic, didn’t seem to affect flavor
    On another note, one of the few pipe smokers in T&T, keeps his baccy in ziplock bags in fridge.
    Now that ghastly. Almost as bad as waking up after a night out and seeing Hillary next to you………

  • Its Independence Day here and a Public Holiday
    Unfortunately the wife is preparing for 1st day of School Year tomorrow (she teaches Maths and Computer Science) so she wont go out
    So Im stuck at home, enjoying pipes on u-Tube, getting stoned on Dunhill 956 Match with added Latakia, I got so Boredddddd, I just had to order 3 Neerup Pipes at The Briary
    But some of you lucky people are having fun at work, want to swap

  • How ‘strong’ (nicotine content) is Navy Flake? Or are different brands offering different strengths?
    I’ve been enjoying (an unknown brand name) from my local tobacco shop but would like to order a quantity of STRONG flake somewhere…

  • Navy Flake does not seem to have a high nicotine content.
    The strongest flake I have ever smoked is Peterson Irish Flake. It makes my head spin.

  • I’m looking for a ‘fairly’ strong’ (nicotine content) tobacco but the ‘Irish flake’ sound a bit much. Anyone know of something between navy flafe and Irish?