2015 news from Mac Baren: Bold Kentucky!

bold kentucky

Description:

Virginia and Dark Fired Kentucky. Hot pressed tobacco cut into slices (Flakes). Due to the special process of adding steam during pressing the different tobaccos merry into a very unique taste which is smoky and full of the natual taste from the tobaccos.

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 flavour at all.

Tobacco: Dark Fired Kentucky (Africa & USA) and Virginia (Brazil & USA) Type: English Style Cut: Slices/Flakes Strength/flavour: Full-bodied tobacco with a natural, light smoky taste of Dark Fired Kentucky Characteristics: An absolute minimum of casing and no top flavour at all. A more natural tasting tobacco .

sweet smokes and happy Friday

IPSD 2015

Happy IPSD to all of our BOTL and SOTL this fine Friday. Here is hoping you are all lunting, lunching, relaxing, shoveling, driving, skiing etc. on this festive occasion. And do not forget the smoking.
sweet smokes

Holiday pondering

As I sit here in the early morning daze with coffee and a bowl of leprechauns liquor burning in a Missouri Meerschaum hardwood aptly named “old reliable” I begin to reminisce the last year and ponder the new one.

Great tobaccos came forward to be tested and reviewed. Some good some not so good. New pipes passed thru my mouth. Some passed while some were passed on.

What remains constant is the plethora of people that I have become acquainted with over the last year thanx to social media and my conserted effort to “get out” more and venture to the social gatherings that take place daily in my local lounges. Almost on a daily basis I am able to interact with these people who have accepted me in to their niche because of the affinity for the leaf. This is a hard world for the smoker to exist in. To share our love for each other and enjoy the comraderie the love of the leaf brings forth is a commendable as well as a traditional endeavor. Male bonding.

The masses do not like smokers. They shun us like lepers . Discard us as a pest or worse like a bag of garbage. Yet we persist. We grow stronger. Our influence grows deeper. The rise of young smokers finding their way into our arena is a hopeful sign of the future.
New pipe makers are amassing and bringing their wares to us daily. Some will succeed others will not. Their talent and the out of the ordinary designs I see are astounding. Their creativity hold no boundaries.

All because of the leaf.. God’s creation.

Others have taken the endeavor to small craft and hand blend new tabacs. Some of which I have tried. Another worthwhile effort . Bringing fresh minds to fresh palettes always willing to try something new and exciting. I commend these endeavors also. Carrying on the tradition of their forefathers .
All for the love of the leaf.

“of all the things in the garden shall ye partake” Tabac is there. Whether it be used to roll cigars , smoke in a pipe, smoke as a cigarette or just enjoy the fragrance of the plant itself . It is Gods plant for us to partake of.

Does it have health risks? Yes as has been said many times. But what doesn’t.? Too much of anything will cause health damage. This is a well understood concept. AS long as we accept those risks and continue to enjoy the friendships we make and brotherhood we share life becomes tolerable and a good smoke is palettable.

SO as we look ahead to 2015 let us also look forward to the new designs of the pipes that are coming out. The new tabacs which we shall partake of and enjoy or dislike. The ability of our immediate social groups and our not so immediate social groups on Instagram and Facebook will keep us aware of it all and let us all interact, debate, share a portion of our lives together. All because of one thing.
The love of the leaf.

Happy 2015
From pipes.org

Christmas and pipe smoking

I personally always enjoy smoking a pipe round this time of year, the days are short and nights long and most of us have to bare the cold weather. When I am outdoors in the cold I normally take a pipe with me with a good round bowl and abit bigger than I would normally carry in pocket. This gives me the chance to not only lightly puff away but acts as a hand warmer too . In the days of my Christmas past my house use to always smell of spices, drink , ripe meat cooking away slowly and nothing adds to these smells like a tin of seasonal pipe tobacco. After a long day working in the office leaving the house in the dark and coming home in the dark I like to pick up my churchwarden either my GBD or my Savinelli Hans Christian Anderson and puff away blowing smoke rings. With the lights dimmed and some candles on you can see the bowl light up and the swift of light smoke filling the room. For me it’s a pleasure. This is normally a time where the most people will smoke a cigar ( New Year ) or a pipe with family, it’s a time and moment to treasure. Don’t forget to buy a couple of tins of tobacco of a few extra cigars to pass around and savor the moment with those you love. Pipe smoking is something than builds memories many pipes I own in my own personal collection I would never sell or give away yet there also probably the least valuable but there the ones I can say I smoke that pipe with that person at that time and what a memory it was. Your children, your grandchildren will remember you as a pipe smoker, they may even remember the smell and type of tobacco you smoke so give them also good memories with you smoking a pipe.

Ped

new tabacs announced

Happy Friday.
Last night I was going thru Facebook posts and a couple of new tabacs are coming out. On a large scale a new G.L. Pease tabac called Sixpence is beginning to ship. According to Greg the new tabac is
A rich flake comprising a base of beautiful red virginias, a generous portion of perique, and just a bit of dark-fired leaf to add body and dimension. The tobaccos are delicately kissed with a special spirit, then pressed and aged in cakes before being sliced and tinned. The taste and aroma are deep, full and satisfying, reminiscent of traditional tobaccos from long ago.

On a smaller scale, Bluegrass Cigar Suite blenders Jason Brown and Jordan Kenner are releasing Homers Delight, The blend of black cavendishes was subjected to a ‘vertically distilled fermentation’ process, and left to age an extended period of time, allowing the subtle flavors of the tobaccos to fully develop. The tasting panel used during our sampling period noted flavors of ‘sweet chocolate’ and ‘glazed donut’. Room note is very sweet, dominated by the chocolate note described in the smoking experience. Due to the limited nature of the tobacco, it will be limited to 1oz purchases only.
Look for the new Sixpence at your favorite tobacconist and get a hold of Bluegrass Cigar Suite at www.bluegrasscigarsuite.com to try these out..
sweet smokes

Hobbits Weed Reserve

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For all the lovers of Hobbits Weed tabac that is blended in store by Tewksbury & Co., the date for the release of the new Hobbits Weed Reserve has just been announced. December 15 is the date. Available in limited quantities.. While an aromatic tabac usually does not age very well. This has. As a taste tester you will find a much richer flavorful smoke with subtleties that aging brings forth.
Dave and Patrick have been working on this since last Christmas when it was put in the aging room. And I do believe they have done a remarkable job.
Save the date and get your order in early.. It will be a tad more expensive than traditional Hobbits Weed but worth every penny

Sweet Smokes

Modern Virginia

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What is old is new again . Or in this case modern
Yesterday I posted a listing from the archive of pipes.org which had a large sampling of old Dunhill tabacs. What stood out for me was the non-aromatics with fruit essence that Dunhill blended for its shop.
This curiosity hit a nerve in my brain as I have been delving into this new Mac Baren tabac, Modern Virginia..
The tin states that this is a mixture of 2 virginias, one bright and one dark mixed with some Cavendish and burley topped with some sweet ripe fruit
At first I was hesitant of the combination of the grassy tastes of Virginias being mixed with fruit.
I am hesitant no longer as it growing on me. Available in both loose cut and a flake I am basing my review on the loose cut as I am going to give the flake a while to age and meld. Allowing me to reevaluate this at a later date.
Smoking this tabac requires sipping the smoke to avoid the tongue bite of traditional aromatics. I experienced that bite in the first few bowls because I wanted to smoke it like a traditional Virginia.. But it will attack you if you do.. Changing strategy and smoking it slow and methodical in a larger briar or cob will give you greater enjoyment. From my testing the cob is better, but alas. Packing it loosely also enhances the flavor meld.
I have smoked this as an all day smoke several times since I received and after readjustments were made to smoking technique, this truly is a tabac reminiscent of the old Dunhill non-aromatics..
Worthy of enjoyment.
As I said earlier what was old is new again….. or in this case modern. Modern Virginia
sweet smokes