Review: Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian

Released in 2006, Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian is a multi-nation, Balkan style blend. At just under 50%, the base of this blend is a powerful Syrian Latakia. It is spiced up by some Turkish Oriental, sweetened with Virginia and given depth with some Kentucky. The smokey/sweet smell is amazing.

HH Vintage Syrian
Company: Mac Baren
How Packaged: 1.75oz tin
Style: Balkan
Tobacco Used: Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Casing/Topping: None
Cut: Coarse Cut
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 8/1/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe
Price Point: $13.85
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL

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Tin/Jar Note: Nice, strong notes of Worcestershire sauce, smoke and smokey dried fruit.
Visual: It’s a mix of dark brown and almost olive colored tobaccos, with a dry appearance. All in a nice crinkly ribbon cut.
Flavors: The Syrian Latakia is definitely in the forefront, but it isn’t too overpowering. The Turkish Oriental shows its spice just a little and the Virginias are really not noticeable.
Smoking Experience: It burned fully, but I had to relight quite often. So, I had to smoke a little quick causing a hot bowl, but it never gurgled or had any bite.
Tobacco Strength: Medium-
Body: Medium
Room Note: Pleasant-Tolerable
Comparable Tobacco:
Conclusion: I enjoyed the flavor profile and the finish of this tobacco, but the constant relighting was not high on my list. It wasn't a deal killer, I'd definitely pick this tobacco up again, but it won't be a go-to.

Rating: 3 Stars AKA "When it is on Sale" – Wouldn't pay full retail but would purchase it on sale

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Comment by Jeff M. on May 4, 2016 at 12:35pm

It is disappointing when you find something tasty but struggle to keep it lit.  Have you tried letting it dry out a little before smoking?  I tried that with Penzanze but it didn't seem to help much.

Comment by 007MI6 on May 13, 2016 at 3:24pm

This already seemed so dry, I am not sure it would have helped any.


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