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Flavor  rated 4/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 5/5  
DESCRIPTION
Brand: Mac Baren
Tin Description: Manufactured from choice, fully ripe and matured Virginia tobaccos - mainly American. An elegant flavour with a full and pleasant mild taste has been added.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 50g tin
Blend Notes: Introduced in 1979

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# 1/2/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by KevinG

One of the better Virginia Flakes

I like Mac Baren Virginia Flake. I wouldn't say I love it, but I like it a lot.

I have had some very good smokes with it, and a few not as good.

I left it in the tin after opening and found that the tin doesn't really seal back up.

This one is better when it is fresh and not too dried out. Then it has a nice natural sweet Virginia flavor, with maybe just tiny hints of vanilla sneaking in every once in a while.

You also need to smoke it slow.

I find this one is best smoked when I am relaxed. If I smoke it while being stressed or rushed doing some work, then I puff too hard and get a tongue bite.

Tobacco doesn't bite.

People puffing too hard on it cause it to bite.

I have one tin out of two left and I would definitely get more.

It's not really the same as Orlik Golden Sliced, but it's in a similar neighborhood.

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Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
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# 4/3/2012 User rated 4/5
Review by Cortezattic

Mac Baren Va. Flake: quintessential goodness, if somewhat ordinary.

I popped the tin and was delighted to find 16 elegantly packed slices of golden flake approximately 2¾” x ⅞” by about 1 mm. thick. They had a sweet grassy smell and a gentle pungency that reminded me of green olives. There was also another side to the sweet aroma -- one that was a bit darker in character, and perhaps a little vanilla-like, but hard to pin down.

I tried the fold and stuff method a couple of times and that worked ok; but those bowls required a lot of relights.  The flavor was excellent but the smoke stream felt too thin, and the mouth-feel didn’t seem to be there for me. I get much better results by rubbing-out a flake fully: it springs into a lacy, delicate shag that packs and smokes wonderfully – especially after a few seconds of drying with a low velocity hobby type hot air blower.

This is an excellent choice for one’s initial foray into the world of Va. flakes. It is a very straightforward, racy Va. flake. It possesses the complexity for which Va. flake is renowned, and it is not confounded by amendments. It may have a touch of Burley or Perique in vanishingly small quantities – I dunno; but there’s nothing in it contrived to produce a unique and distinctive product. It is merely a fine example of a good product.

I like to think of it as a quintessential Va. flake – the “plain Jane” of the genre. There’s actually something to be said for that: it makes an excellent benchmark smoke for comparison purposes; and you’re sure to enjoy this one every time you smoke it. I wouldn’t call this an all day / every day smoke; and you will find that it is best smoked in solitude, and when you have the luxury of focusing on the quality leaf in your bowl.

Details: medium strength, flavor and sweetness; good balance; good smoke volume; good mouth feel; very natural tasting (non-aromatic, or at least not an OTC type aromatic); excellent burn characteristics (if rubbed-out, at least), and no tendency to bite if smoked properly. This is something every Va. lover should try at least once.

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