I still found this blend to be pretty one-dimensional, but at least now I won't have to ebay my remaining 3 ounces. I think they discontinued HH Mature Virginia because they were re-branding the HH line to be a pure tobacco line with very minimal casing and absolutely no top dressing. A man who serves his country is a patriot. The leaf is rather atypical for Mac Baren; a long ribbon cut, with some bright, lots of red and brown, and some black. It comes in the traditional, thin MacBaren flakes about half the size of an Orlik flake for comparison purposes and the presentation is top notch IMO. The sweet Virginias are very well rounded with the deep flavors of dark Virginias. Not as complex as many other Virginia's but sure enough, I appreciate this pipe tobacco and MacBaren's efforts.
MacBaren HH Mature Virginia
This is a blend of over twenty different Virginia tobaccos, which are then allowed to marry and mature together. If I had to break down the bowl from top to bottom here is how it goes for me. The Oriental component is noticeable and smoking it is a change of pace for me, a predominantly VA guy. I don't know why it was discontinued. It's ribbon cut, well blended and easy to pack to the Springiness" I prefer. To me there is a slight flavor additive that is hard to describe. I give HH Mature Virginia four stars.
Mac Baren HH Pure Virginia (oz Tin)
The tobacco was very moist in the tin so I had to allow it to dry for about an hour but after that it smoked like a dream. The finest grades of American and Brazilian red and bright Virginias are hot-pressed to mature and marry the flavors of the sweet brightleaf. If you like VA's, you really should try this. Very All-Day suitable due to it's rather digestible strenght, this truly is a gem within the countless straight VA offerings. I liked it, but I am not likely to buy any more. I stopped smoking a pipe for 2 years because of this rancid trash. I was introduced to it when I was bombed with it a couple of years ago.
A beautiful porcelain jet black jar with appealing MacBaren branding. Return to Tobacco Swap. I like that savory element to it, normally I just get citrus from a va heavy blend. The smell is sweet, earth, grass and citrus Virginia, and if it tastes anything like it smells, I expect I will like it. A Virginia blend providing several different distinct flavors. It drastically changes the taste if not done so.