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Flavor  rated 3/5   Recommend It?  rated 3/5   Tin Aroma  rated 5/5  
DESCRIPTION
Brand: Mac Baren
Tin Description: A mild flake blended from the finest Burley tobaccos with added ripe Virginias and Cavendish. Navy Flake is light burning, making the lighting of the pipe very easy.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 100 g tin
Blend Notes: Introduced in 1965

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# 26/5/2013 User rated 4/5
Review by oklansas

Plums and Rums

This was my first flake. Therefore I wanted to give it some time, and some more experiences with other flakes, before I reviewed it. Now, I believe I can better give my impressions.

-Tin Note-
Opening this tin was pure joy. The strong sent of sweet prunes with a spicy after-note of rum is immediately desirable. The smell from the tin was definitely the high-point of my experience.

-Moisture-
My tin was slightly wet. It showed in the first few bowls in that it would gurgle a bit. However, it seemed like the flakes dried out pretty quickly the longer the tin was open.

-Charring Light-
The taste of rum and plum is very forward - almost exactly as it smells in the tin note.

-Taste-
Besides the initial notes of plum and rum, it seems to me that the Va's in this blend are in the forefront. The Cavendish adds a bit of sweetness to the aftertaste, helping to round out the taste. As you get further down in the smoke, the initial sweetness is replaced by a rich spiciness reminiscent of a plumb pudding. However, I noticed as the flakes dried out, they lost these flavors quickly. The last bowl I smoked had lost most of these flavors and all I could really taste was the burleys.

-Other Notes-
At least to my experience, this flake likes to be a bit wet. It tastes better and burns cooler. The drier it is, the more flavor it looses and it definitely benefited from some rehydrating.

-Final Thoughts-
I really liked this flake the first few times I smoked it, but, as I mentioned above, my enjoyment faded quickly as it dried. This need to keep it wet, and therefore suffer some gurgle makes this tobacco slightly annoying. I probably will not buy it again for some time, mostly due to the sheer amount of flake I have yet to sample.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 5/5
Flavor -  rated 3/5
Recommend It? -  rated 3/5
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