If, for instance, you have tried Mc Cranie's Murdock's Pipe, which is touted as a Scottish blend, and then sampled this one expecting a similar taste sensation -- well, you are going to receive a surprise.
Murdock's Pipe has Latakia and Oriental tobaccos located within the blend. Scottish Blend is a typical Mac Baren in that it is sweet smelling when you open the tin, and sweet tasting upon lighting.
In the background is the matured Virginia, which adds a little fermented dark fruit and earth. Often, one bowlful will taste a little different from another and vary during a smoke -especially in a big bowl - but that's due to how you pack it, and whether or not one component is more present in your pipe than other times. It took me decades to fully appreciate this bit of wisdom, but no truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to the enjoyment of pipe tobacco.
Needs to smoked at a slow pace as fast puffing may result in some tongue bite. Requires few relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl as it easily burns to ash. Pipe Used: All Age When Smoked: Fresh Purchased From: Everywhere =Note: I have already reviewed this blend, but when the changes were made here at tobaccoreviews, my name somehow was removed from my review below (is there a conspiracy going on? ) Anyway, this is simply a cut/paste job.= Mac Baren's Scottish Blend is totally different than what one might expect -- unless of course, you are familiar with Danish tobacco blenders.
I like to break up the ready rubbed Virginia just a little to aid in packing.You won't be the person billowing clouds of dense white fog into the room, with Mixture in your pipe. The quality is very high in presentation, appearance, feel, and taste. I keep reading these reviewers who have marched out and purchased a tin of Mixture, tried to smoke the hell out of it, hated it, and then marched back here to rate it poorly, usually with some pointless jab at "Aromatics" and Danish-style tobacco in general, and explain with delight about how they have dumped it into the garbage, as if to exact some backwards revenge on Mac Baren. If you want fuming, blatant flavor intensity, Mixture is not your answer.These things are the basis of the Danish tobacco style. If you have no idea how to smoke Danish tobacco, even though you've smoked everything else and consider yourself quite well versed, but you do not hold any interest in learning a new cadence, then Mixture is not your answer. Mixture IS a great and rewarding blend that deserves much respect and delivers a ton of enjoyment.This is a must have blend for me and will have a permanent spot in my rotation from now on.If you're on the fence about whether to try it or not, get an ounce or two in bulk for a few bucks and give it a whirl.This is not an "in your face" blend, but more of a pleasant smoke that would be easy to have in the pipe all day. If you pack to tightly, the tobacco will burn hot and without taste. Learn how to moderate the temperature of your ember.It is described as an aromatic, but it is only mildly aromatic. I have never paid any attention to it before and am very glad I tried it. It needs a little space to expand and develop, so keep the draw slightly open. If you do not do these things, Mixture will bite, taste like rolling tobacco, and overheat your pipe.A mild and lightly aromatic Scottish Blend, manufactured from ready rubbed, matured Virginia tobaccos, golden brown burley, cavendish and loose, ripe Virginia. Mac Baren blender Per Jensen states there is no honey added to this blend. Having smoked 10,000 or so bowls of Mixture thus far in my lifetime, I've finally been able to narrow down why I like it so much.Mixture is one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in the world, and is the leading brand tax free, a position which Mixture has been able to maintain through decades. Because it's a complex medium blend aromatic with a variety of flavors, I had to smoke a lot of it before gauging how to describe this one. Basically, it's the complexity of the flavor and aroma combined with perfect balance. For me, the foundation of Mixture is the Virginia, which gives it a fresh mellow character and mouth-filling flavor.In short, this is one of the most complex and interesting blends I have ever had the pleasure of smoking!It smells sweet and earthy from the tin with the top dressing showing itself a bit.