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Amphora Special Reserve No. 8 is a composition of three types of tobacco: Virginia, burley and modern cavendish. Mild tobacco aroma of exotic fruit.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams Pouch
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2434)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The base of the blend is the grassy, citrusy Virginia, which is processed in the cavendish style, and also offers a few drops of honey. The nutty, earthy, woody, molasses sweet burley plays a support role. The unsweetened black cavendish provides some brown sugar. The exotic fruit toppings are hard to define, but I notice mango, strawberries, blackberries, pineapple, and kiwi along with something sour. I also detect a pervasive mild floral note. The toppings mostly sublimate the tobaccos. The taste level is just shy of medium while the strength level in mild to medium. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a rather smooth, lightly tart and sour/sweetness, though the topping does lose just a tad of its potency in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke, mainly due to the floral quality of one of the toppings, though it’s certainly a repeatable one.

-JimInks

6 people found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (146)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Fairly palatable aromatic from the Amphora range. Not as sickly as some I have had the misfortune to try, but not the best either.

The pouch aroma offers a fruity, yet not overly floral scent, and is giving me the fragrance of apples or pears. The seems to be the predominant theme here and I would liken it to Larson's more fruity blends like or Stanwell's Green and Indigo. I have to say this is rather pleasant and best taken in a larger bowl and dipped into occasionally ; this doesn't strike me as an all day aromatic.

The flavours persist throughout the smoke, with the occasional nod from the virginias. It doesn't seem to leave a nasty aftertaste although I wouldn't use this is your briars unless you want the inevitable ghost, but then that is so for most aromatics.

I didn't buy this, it was part of a Spanish lot gifted to me by my son, who knew I liked aromatics. If I saw it in a British tobacconist I wouldn't pick it out of choice.

There was also a 'No 2 Reserve' in the packs he gave me, which I have yet to sample ; it will be interesting to compare the two.

Pipe Used: Meerschaums and Meerschaum-lined only

Age When Smoked: New (but slightly aged)

Purchased From: Gifted from Spain

Similar Blends: Stanwells Green & Indigo. Larson's fruitier blends/.

3 people found this review helpful.

Aleksander Szyszkowski Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aleksander Szyszkowski (3)
★★★★
Mild Strong Full Very Pleasant

It's definitely my favourite aromatic at this point and I doubt I will ever ditch it.

Special Reserve no.8 has an outstanding smell both out of the pack and when being smoked. It's sweet, full of different fruity aromas, as well as honey, nuts, that all come together nicely. The taste reminds me of raisins and grapes, althought there is an interesting, seductive soury note towards the end, which only adds to the amazing experience. The moisture level has never disappointed me with Special Reserve and the tobacco packs nicely and snugly. It also burns well.

Fully recommended, no doubt about it.

Pipe Used: B&B 212

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke; Wroclaw, Poland

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (535)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a pretty good aromatic. The topping is well applied and perhaps, overshadows the underlying leaf a little too much, but does not overwhelm the palate. It smokes pretty dry and cool leaving no biting or tongue issues. The flavor of the topping is instantly recognizable as fruit and there is maybe a touch of vanilla.

An odd thing about this one was the tin note, or bag note since I received a sample, did not smell good at all to my nose before lighting. In fact, I thought it kind of smelled rank. But when I lit it up, I really enjoyed it and found that that was when the fruitiness really came out. As for room note, I don't think I was in the company of anyone when I smoked this sample, so I have no unbiased opinion on this. I like to think it was divine as that was how the sidestream smelled to me.

It is a good aro, but probably won't rise to the level of one of my favorites. Three aromatic stars.

2 people found this review helpful.