Monday, October 14, 2013

Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired

Tin Notes:
This blend is the 5th of the HH tobaccos. It is considered to be an English-style blend but, without Latakia. The meaning of “English-style” is because the techniques used in the production are very similar to how English factories used to produce tobacco in the past.
HH Old Dark Fired is 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 the tobacco to intensify the marrying process giving us a bolder tobacco. The robust, earthly flavor of the dark-fired burleys shines through in the taste, and you will experience a deeply satisfying smoke indeed.

     Strength: Medium to Strong
        Flavor: Mild to Medium
          Taste: Medium to Full
Room Note: Tolerable

The tin note is amazing it had the rich smell of smoked meat. On the charring light the sweetness of  Flu-cured Virginias came to the front. On the true light the nuttiness of the Dark-Fired Burleys joined in. It seemed that with every puff more flavors were apparent earthiness, smokiness, and tartness. They all joined in to create symphony of great flavor. The tobacco burned well with only a few re-lights. It smoked all the way to the bottom of the bowl with little dottle. After having a few bowls I let the tobacco rest a little over a week and when I open the canning jar the note had a definite tomato aroma mixed in with the smoked meat smell. My understanding is that this is cause by the Virginias maturing. This did not last once I put the tobacco into my pouch. I recommend HH Old Dark Fired to anyone who enjoys a full flavored blend. 

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