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 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
Packaging: 100g Tin
Blend Notes: Introduced in 1965