Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky
This is the strongest pipe tobacco among the blends in the Mac Baren range and is not recommended for inexperienced pipe smokers. HH Bold Kentucky contains a high amount of the finest Dark Fired Kentucky from the USA and Africa and is combined with bright Virginias to soften the taste just a bit. Still the taste is of earthiness and smoke plays the major part with just a slight nuance of sweetness as the underlying taste. The origin of the taste is in the leaf itself and thanks to the hot press the different tastes merry into one unique taste. Like all the other HH blends this blend has only an absolute minimum of casing and no top flavor at all.
Room Note: Tolerable
The tin note was of the Dark Fired Kentucky a rich earthy tobacco aroma with touch of vinegar. The tobacco straight from the tin seemed a little damp and may need a little drying, but I could not wait for my first bowl. 30 minutes drying time made a difference in lighting the tobacco and the burn rate, but did not change the flavor profile. On the charring light the nuttiness of the Dark Fired Kentucky was the main flavor. On the true light the flavor of the Virginias came into the flavor profile. The sweetness of Virginias was subtle and it does enhance the flavor of this blend. In all this blend is a smooth and creamy full flavored smoke, but not over powering. Bold Kentucky burned well leaving a light gray ash with no dottle. Mac Baren has hit this one out of the park. If you smoke full flavored blends this is a must try.