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Flavor  rated 4/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Room Note  rated 3/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
Brand: The Mac Baren Tobacco Company
Tin Description: A bold flake of dark-fired Burleys in a well balanced unity with Flue-cured Virginias. This flake is Hot Pressed, meaning that during the pressing, heat is added by steam to the tobaccos which causes to the tobacco to intensify the marrying process giving us a bolder tobacco. The robust, earthy flavour of the dark-fired Burleys shine through in the taste, and you will experience a deeply satisfying smoke indeed.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Dark fired Kentucky, Flue cured Virginia
Contents: Burley, Virginia
Cut: Hot (steam) pressed flake
Packaging: 100g Tin

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# 22/8/2012 User rated 4/5
Review by Mr English

Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired

It is pretty robust. Mac Baren has the strength at a 3 on their scale, but I would put it at a solid 4 or close 5. There is a very earthy flavor that stays consistent throughout the bowl. It does need a bit a drying of time, but not too much and burns very well to a fine ash. Very smooth overall, I did not get any bite from it regardless of how hard I puffed, but if you did not let it dry for a bit, it would probably bite you.

The tin presentation is interesting. The thin flakes are about 2.5" long and maybe an inch wide. They are stacked in three rows across, inside a nice gold foil wrapper. The flakes are dark brown with lighter brown streaks running down the flake. They rub out easily so you can prepare it however you like. I prefer a nice shag, so rub them out that way. I did fold up a flake and stuffed it into my Peterson and it smoked well with that method.

It looks like it should age well, which is nice. Overall, I am happy with Old Dark Fired and glad I ordered it. I did not find the flavor very complex, just a solid earthy smoke with maybe some hints of chocolate. No Lakeland essence that others have mentioned. Old Dark Fired did not ghost the pipes it was smoked in. All in all a good solid smoke.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
Room Note -  rated 4/5
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# 22/8/2012 User rated 3/5
Review by romanza10

Old Dark Fired is wonderful

This is a flake style tobacco. The flakes have got a rich earthy very tobacco smell to them. The flake are a very dark brown, almost like the color of very dark soil or wet coffee grinds.

The way I smoke flakes is to rub them out. I do not do the fold and stuff method like some smokers of flake do. Once Iíve rubbed them out, I let them set out to dry. These are very moist flakes, and I like my tobacco almost bone dry. The flakes even after having been rubbed out and dried still retain that wonderful smell I mentioned earlier.

I have only smoked this tobacco in one pipe, my straight billiard meerschaum. Itís a smaller pipe, and with this particular tobacco itís probably a good thing (at least when starting with this). I personally donít think itís very hard to light, after the first char and true light Iíve found that some puffing and light tamping can get it going and keep it lit. The smoke it self is not harsh, itís rather smooth actually. I get a variety of flavors from this tobacco, and they are all very forward yet donít seem to crowd each other out. Itís very smoky tasting, but not in the way latakia is. I also find that there is a very true tobacco flavor, almost cigar like (I donít know enough about cigars to compare it to one). When smoking this, depending on ones cadence there is even a sweet floral taste at the very back of the pallet. The smoke if exhaled through the nose can feel very tingly, and smells very much of tobacco. Speaking of smell or the room note, this is one of those rare tobaccos (in my humble experience) that one can actually smell as they are smoking it. In fact, the smell of this tobacco as it burns plays just as much a roll as the taste. In fact I would go so far as to say the two are dependent on each other for this tobacco to work. Do note, that if this tobacco is pushed by too much puffing it can become bitter, but will once subside when a more measured pace is applied.

Also, this is a very strong tobacco. If one is unaccustomed to nicotine it may be uncomfortable to some. If some one is an ex-cigarette smoker or already smokes strong tobaccos/cigars on a regular basis they will probably find it very satisfying. A thing Iíve noticed in my smoking experience and I donít read much about it, is how the strength of nicotine affects the taste. If this tobacco was low in nicotine the flavors it has I feel would be diminished by itís absence. Its as if the nicotine itself is part of the flavor.

All in all, I am very much enjoying this tobacco. I would recommend this to any one who like burley or virginias . Iíll be honest with you Iím still trying to figure out that burley taste, and itís there I just donít know how to describe it yet (maybe itís the smoky taste thatís not like latakia). The virginias are definitely there, and I suspect that is where that sweet floral taste is coming from.

I gave "Recommend It" 3 stars because it's so strong. I'm not saying a new pipe smoker should avoid it but it may be something to work up to. Also, the "Room Note" I gave 2 stars simply because its a very bold room note. It might be a bit strong smelling to others who aren't so into this type of tobacco (the wife).

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 3/5
Room Note -  rated 2/5
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# 23/9/2013 User rated 4/5
Review by Cortezattic

Mac Baren ODF: rich, and sweetly woody.

I agree pretty closely with the two previous reviews of ODF, so Iíll spare you the repetitious comments. This blend has great body, mouth feel, and smoke volume. It has a dark, woody character that is slightly smoky Ė probably from the nut-like Burley; and nicely complemented by a restrained sweetness Ė probably from a generous portion of what I think is red Virginia. It is very satisfying; and despite its excellent balance and inherent smoothness, it will probably fatigue the palate if a large pipe is filled to capacity.

If ODF doesnít experience the supply problems common to Gawithís Full Virginia Flake, or Esotericaís Stonehaven, it will prove to be a perfectly satisfactory, if not exact, substitute for either of those blends. I personally feel it is closer to Gawithís Best Brown Flake (despite the presence of Burley), but in any event it can stand on its own merits without suffering by comparison. I personally think it will capture a good share of the market for steam-pressed flakes.

Top notch stuff!

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Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 4/5
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# 24/3/2015 User rated 3/5
Review by Jose Ruiz

NOt bad but can use some age

Spring has sprung finally ,ok well as far as the calendar is concerned and warmer weather's is a coming .We can start to actually go outside out of hibernation and enjoy our pipes and relax more outdoors. Todays review will be on Mac Barens' HH Old Dark Fired:

Pipe Used: Eric Berk Freehand, briar slight bent

Tin Size: 100g.

Tin Note: Peppery spicy notes, slight aroma of black licorice

Cut: Hot cured pressed flake

Tobacco: Virginia, Burley

Taste: Peppery, full body with a nice natural sweetness from the Virginia

Strength: Medium/Full

Aroma : Very strong full bodied pillowing smoke, peppery aroma

Notes: This tobacco had very nice uniformed cuts, rich dark chocolate brown flakes, out of the tin it was a bit moist and it can use some dry time before packing for a way better smoke. The room note is a very rich strong complex aroma. I don't recommend smoking it inside unless you enjoy a very strong smell. It's not a bad smell by any means but it is as full bodied as you would come to expect just by looking at it. Therefore, other people may not like it. I packed it using the bend and fold method and rubbing it out. I find it had more complexity with bend and fold as compared to rubbing the tobacco out. The pipe didn't need many relights after the false light. I noticed a nice nuttiness from the burley which added a nice dimension to it as well as the natural sweetness and herbal grassy notes from the Virginia. While doing this review I also paired it with a nice cup of hot coffee/cream/sugar and it went very well together. I suggest you smoke this blend nice and slow for the best results and pack it lightly, tamp it as you need to. I recommend this one. I am confident it will get way better with some age on it. So go get yourself a tin already.

Keep on puffin !!!!!!

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Recommend It? -  rated 3/5
Flavor -  rated 3/5
Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 1/5
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