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Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 100g - Ready Rub Cut

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Virginia No. 1 is Mac Baren's classic straight Virginia option. The Virginias are all golden from three different continents and 12 different varietals. Expect mostly a sweet flavor with a mild body and natural room note. The ready rub cut should burn a little longer and smoother as well as being ready to pack out of the tin.

I confess this is one of my go-to Virginias. I taste plenty of the natural sweetness with just a hint of the citrus from the Golden Virginias. The body is light enough to make this an all-day smoke, and the room note rarely offends. I will add that the tobacco can be temperamental, so smoke it low and slow.

3 Stars
A good Virginia, but...
I think it’s interesting that the description here says that it doesn’t bite your tongue. I’ve come to prefer to smoke Virginias in a small diameter but tall chamber shapes to focus the taste and stove the tobacco as I smoke, but when I smoke Va #1 in one of these sized bowls, it bites me like a mouthful of rattlesnakes. I had started calling this blend Bitey Mac Bite Bite. I had about given up on #1, but then I decided to try something crazy, like smoking a huge bowl full of this, and for some strange defiance of logic, it really mellowed out the bite and changed the whole flavor profile. In a small diameter bowl, it starts off with an obnoxious taste of a honey casing, which may have been contributing to the bite, but in a larger bowl, it starts off with a candy-like honey taste with notes of freshly harvested hay. It never really reaches a tea-like herbal taste for me, but it does maintain sweetness down to the dottle. It is an interesting blend, with the whole large bowl, sweet issue, but it's rather one-dimensional. I may buy more at some point, but if you prefer a more herbal, thought provoking blend, I recommend Astley’s 109.
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Reviewed by:  from Helena, AL. on 1/15/2014

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