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Flavor  rated 4/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Room Note  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
DESCRIPTION
Brand: Mac Baren
Tin Description: A Scottish blend, made from ready rubbed, matured Virginia and golden brown Burleys, to which Cavendish and loose Virginia has been added. A mild and light aromatic blend.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
Cut: Ready Rubbed

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# 14/7/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by viscfab

Mac Baren staple tobacco

This tobacco is certainly the most known Mac Baren blend. It is a very good and satisfying puff. While opening the pouch or tin a whaft of something that reminds me of honey hits my nostrils. The tobacco is easy to pack, but  bit chunky sometimes so better rub it a bit just to make sure. Treat this gentlemen properly, giving it short and steady puffs, so you will get the most out of it and without heating up your pipe. Aroma is soft and mellow. Not overpowering...One of my fave pipe tobaccos to date. I do not give it all stars becuase these are left to a few English blends which are remarkable.

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# 21/11/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by teone

Classic Nutty One

This is what I call a tricky weed.


One of my first pouches as a pipe lover...it was a revelation, a straight, simple, easy and affordable smoke, nutty and creamy but sincere. This first pouch ended soon.

I bought a second pouch last summer and had it cellared till I opened it last month. Incredibly disastrous, my tongue is still suffering the bites. Barely reached half of the bowl.

Both of the times the tobacco was too dry to smoke it without some vapor rehidr.

Then I found my way thru this...I always had it rubbed out and I was completely wrong. I packed my last two bowls straight out of the pouch, pressing some broken flake one on another and topping with just a hint of debris. What i got now is a mellow, slow burning and sweet sweet blend. Cavendish and ripe Virginia finally lead the way. I didn't really expect it from a Mac baren pouch product but it's allright. Nutty and chocolatey.

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# 29/6/2012 User rated 5/5
Review by Cortezattic

Mac Baren Mixture Scottish: a mild aro that works with the natural leaf nicely

I’ve been smoking Mixture from a bulk purchase I packed into small Mason jars more than a year ago. The Mac-Baren website states that “Mixture is made from more than 35 different tobacco leaves from different parts of the world.” Where does one start to describe a blend so incredibly complex? They offer some help: “The loose cut tobacco in Mixture is light, sweet Virginia”, and “pressed Virginia and Burley tobacco has been added, which after a meticulous pressing process is carefully loosened up”, which accounts for the small bits of broken flake scattered throughout this olio. A loose cut Cavendish and carefully balanced aromatic top flavor completes the blend. There are two more statements from the website that I find especially true: “Mixture does not consist of one dominant taste, but a profusion of different nuances of flavor that keep changing,” and it is “a mild tobacco with good body without being strong.”

A bowl of Mixture starts out as a robust Burley-forward smoke that is truly nutty – creamy-nutty; but it quickly settles into a nice balance with the citrus and wine-like flavors of the Va. As if you didn’t already figure it out, this is a very complex blend, and one can smoke pounds of this stuff exploring all the different flavors it generates. At one point or another in your adventure with this blend you can find various types of sweet tastes, ranging from sugar to honey to cane to caramel to molasses. This all happens while your taste buds delight in various Virginia characteristics: from fruity to wine-like to grassy; from mildly sharp to zesty, piquant or tangy. And the nutty, creamy Burley is always in the background providing the body and support for this delicious blend.

Mac Baren’s signature Cavendish plays a big role in Mixture’s flavor matrix, and I can’t begin to speculate how it works with and against the other leaf. It is nothing less than amazing that such variety can integrate so well yet retain such clarity and brilliance, for each flavor nuance makes an appearance and then recedes like an actor on stage. The Cavendish is no doubt responsible for some of the sweet flavors and darker tones that appear in the blend; but I think that it also brings the flavor to the brink of a butterscotch taste without ever resolving it definitively.  That is what keeps me coming back puff after puff, trying to parse it out – teased, delighted, and always intrigued.

Mixture has great body and delivers a wonderful volume of smooth, chewy smoke. The nicotine level is moderate; it smokes cool, dry, and bite free; and has a pleasant room note. This is one mild aromatic that works with the taste of natural tobacco leaf quite nicely.

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# 17/6/2013 User rated 3/5
Review by redd

Not the Same Old Scott

I use to smoke this blend every once in a while and would pick it up from the local shop. But this was back in the 1980's.

I recently picked up a pound for the summer. It is not the same blend. It is still an Good mix but not all there. SB is now leaning much more toward the bland side. I am sure that years ago it didnt take 35 tobaccos to make up this blend. I pretty sure I remember it being Viriginia Burley with small amount of Latakia and a pinch of Oriental.

I found this blend always close to Ed Burack's Scottish Ribbon but Burack's Ribbon was bland and over priced. And Macbarens was always som much more full and enjoyable.

That having been stated I want to review it for how it is today. Needs to be rubbed out a bit. Best in a small bowl. This can bite so less puff more of enjoying the aroma which can be enjoyed by the smoker.Burns very Hot so take it easly. The Nicotine level Typically good as with all Macbarens leaning toward th higher side.

Virginia is up front and the other 34 tobaccos are there I guess somwhere. Still a good smoke and can be enjoyable.

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Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 4/5
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# 2/8/2013 User rated 5/5
Review by balcifer

Found a very good mixture

Had returned to smoking a pipe after for a long time smoking cigars after trying Sail brand which left me unstaticfied got pouch of Mac Baren Mixture Scottish Blend and found my self in smoking heaven.  For one thing did not get burn feeling I got with that other brand and second found a cool smoke and a very agreeable aroma.  from the smoke and from opening my pouch.  Have to say that I can't wait to try some of Mac Baren's other blends which I am already trying out and enjoying great product MacB will be suggesting this blend to any of my pipe smoking friends.

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