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Mac Barens Cube is a very interesting tobacco to say the least. When I first received it I was surprised it actually didn't come in a tin. It came in a silver designer looking box. I opened it and the box was made out of wood with a spring loaded hinge and wood grain paper lined the inside. What was actually holding the tobacco was a golden 100 gram pouch. I opened the pouch and what came out was a very strong vanilla, caramel and brown sugar smell. According to the box it is 5 different tobaccos which consist of Burley, Kentucky, Cavendish, Black Cavendish and Virginia. This was very apparent when looking at the tobacco because there are all sorts of different cut of tobacco. The box says it contains both pressed and loose cut tobacco which was also true. There appeared to be broken flake, some cube cut, ribbon and so on. Getting ready to smoke, it came out of the pouch rather wet so I dried it out for around 30 min and that made it have about the perfect moisture content. When filling a pipe even with all the different cuts of tobacco it packs rather well, no problems fitting it into my pipe. Movie forward to lighting it. I did the charring light and then tamped it and did another light and that was all I needed. For flavor it definitely tastes like an aromatic with the flavors of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. Every once in a while fruit flavors would pop through at random times. There were the flavors of banana, coconut and the occasional citrus fruit the package speaks of. Towards the end there gets to be a little bit of a tobacco flavor but to taste it you have to look for it. I would consider this a very sweet tasting tobacco. It did burn great, I didnt need any relights, it didnt burn hot, there was no moisture buildup and I also ened with nothing but a fine gray ash in the bottom of the bowl. I think this would be a great tobacco to go with either coffee in the morning or an after dinner smoke providing you didnt have anything too sweet to eat.

I personally like this tobacco but to warn everyone it is on the sweet side. It does need drying time to smoke without any moisture buildup and I would recommend it to at least try. It would be a nice tobacco when you are looking for that little sweet treat of a smoke. Overall I would rate it about a 3.5 out of 5 I would buy it again but I dont crave the sweetness of this tobacco too often so it will take me a while to get through it.
 

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I only had one bowl (thanks Matt!) of it but I will second the sweetness. For me, its a dessert blend. When you've had a bowl of IF/RY/etc and you want a bit of candy to finish up with, this would be a blend for you. Its not into the "cloyingly sweet" category but its about as close as a blend can comfortably get without being overly sweet. If any of you have ever eaten Divinity, it reminds me of that. Sweet with a sort of brown sugar/praline hint in the background.

Great review Matt!
 

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Very nice review I have been looking at buying some of this in the New Year, Sounds like something I could relax with at night.

James
 

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Just wanted to say Thank you Matt for sending me a couple of bowls, It was very smooth and sweet. Will for sure have to order some. Again Thank you and Great Review..

James
 

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So the reason for the name is for the tin it comes in and not the tobacco? I'd think it would at least be a cube cut. The tobacco sounds interesting, though. Was there ever a tobacco flavor coming through the flavors, and did the flavors last the entire bowl?
 

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So the reason for the name is for the tin it comes in and not the tobacco? I'd think it would at least be a cube cut. The tobacco sounds interesting, though. Was there ever a tobacco flavor coming through the flavors, and did the flavors last the entire bowl?
It was consistently that caramel/brown sugar/vanilla flavor all the way through the only time that the tobacco could slightly be tasted was at the end when all the tar and ashes are all compacted together at the bottom.
 
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