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MacBaren Navy Flake

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by pottsy, Jul 20, 2010.

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  1. pottsy

    pottsy Member

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    I got the opportunity to try MacB Navy Flake last night. I have only tried a couple of other baccy's, so my review will be somewhat limited. Bottom line, I liked it. Being my first tin of flake, I was a little surprised when I opened the tin. Apparently, I didn't know what flake tobacco looked like. I am pretty certain I did not pack the bowl well, but the tobacco was very forgiving of my lack of ability making me relight only once. The tobacco smoked cool in my pipe, with a very nice flavor, and nice aroma. Hopefully my descriptive abilities will improve as I smoke more. If you have not tried it, I do suggest giving MacB Navy Flake a try.
     
  2. Sasquatch

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    Navy Flake is very forgiving, for sure, and that makes it almost an ideal tobacco for beginners, and surely an ideal first flake. Mac Baren really do a nice job of giving a guy a great cut (1.5mm) and perfect moisture content. This one actually does burn right out of the tin!

    To me, it's maybe not the greatest pipe tobacco ever, although, I do rank it as probably an all-time top ten, but it's such a benchmark - if you just absolutely hate Navy Flake, probably pipe smoking isn't for you!

    Mac Baren's method is perfect for this tobacco:

    MB Flake instructions
     
  3. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

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    Alright Sasquatch, I'm going to have to try this one. I've been looking for a Burley blend to try. Into the shopping cart it goes!
     
  4. Sasquatch

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    Classic, classic stuff. It's sneaky-strong though, so watch out.
     
  5. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

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    Sneaky-strong........like me...... :iiam: :P :wtf:
     
  6. pottsy

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    Again, my experiences are limited. But, I feel if I like the way something taste, it's good for me, and helps me expand my horizons. I did enjoy the smoke though.

    Those instructions would have been useful last night, haha. Thanks, I will use that information in the future.
     
  7. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    + 1 here .Like most MB stuff it's great upon opening and it's one of the classics no doubt .Keep smoking it pottsy . It'll keep gettin better :iiam:
     
  8. chambers11283

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    I have really been wanting to try a good flake and i have heard alof about navy flake, so it looks like my next tobacco order will be a couple tins bigger.
     
  9. pottsy

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    Tell you what, if you think you want to give it a try, but don't want to buy a whole tin, let me know. Maybe we can work out a half-tin trade or something?
     
  10. pottsy

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    I figure it will, now that I know how to properly put it in the pipe thanks to Sasquatch. haha
     
  11. Deckard

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    I'll come out and say it. I have never tried a MacBaren blend in the four years since I picked up the pipe. Whenever I make a TAD purchase I usually think about it, but there's just so many other blends I want it always gets left behind. I'll lean towards a Gawith, McClelland, or GL Pease blend I haven't tried yet rather than risk my already strained budget on MacBaren's oddball offerings.
     
  12. pottsy

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    "oddball offerings"?
     
  13. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    MacBarens (also nicknamed MacBurn'ems or MacBitten) must have a large and loyal following for their line of over 50-60 blends - the stuff is everywhere and there appears to be a flavor (or natural blend) for everyone.

    Then there are those who find the line tends to be tongue-bitey and they speak cruelly of it. Me? Not much I like in their line except the Navy Flake - it is a perfect flake to learn on, easy and forgiving, the packaging is superb, the quality is consistent and the taste never grows old (for me, anyhow). And it softens with age - five or six years smooths the edges. The blender lists burley as the first element but it seems more virginia-ie to many.
     
  14. pottsy

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    Gotcha, I thought he meant they had some actual oddball offerings, like onion ring flavored tobacco or something. Damn, now I want onion rings.
     
  15. Puff The Magic

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    Ahhhhhhh yes, MacB Navy Flake! That is one good toby! IMO. It was my first intro to flaked 'baccy a good 35-ish years ago. Still smoke it from time to time and it always delivers! You're on the right track Pots, enjoy!

    :velho:
    Ed Puff!
     
  16. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    The Navy flake's one of my regulars - makes a great easy to fill, easy to load, easy to light, fine all round medium strength all day smoke. Guess you could say I like it then!

    If travelling abroad and you can't get McB's try Players Medium Navy Cut - I'm pretty certain it's the same tobacco even down to the unusual texture,

    Happy smoking all,

    gerry
     
  17. Deckard

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    They have stuff like that. Just look at Navy Mixture...or Club Blend.
     
  18. Traderbob

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    I would also recommend MB Burley London Blend if you want to go with a burley. It has been my standard pipe tobacco for years - really love it! (I like Navy Flake as well and keep some in the cellar).

    Bob

     
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