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A pipe tobacco for burley lovers, Amphora's Burley Blend is an old-school mixture of burley and Virginia leaf, adding to that just a touch of dark-fired for increased sweetness and spice. It makes for a well-balanced blend that's sure to pique the interest of those fond of burley blends.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByPer Jensen
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (115)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Pouch smell has a semi-sweet whole grain with dark cocoa, some wood tones and perhaps a tad of molasses. This is similar to HH Burley Flake with a similar but lesser woody notes to the smoke and the addition of the casing makes it a smoother smoke with absolutely no bite. Despite being a burley blend and supposedly some dark-fired leaf added I really didn't notice the nicotine. It's so reminiscent of HH Burley Flake I wish Mac Baren had developed it into something a little more unique. More sweetness would have been to my liking. One could think of this blend as sort of a hybrid between HH and Golden Extra with a bit more sweetness to round out the character more though it is not a sweet tobacco. A straight forward classic style ready-rubbed burley tobacco that should be appreciated by burley aficionados.

Similar Blends: Mac Baren HH Burley Flake.

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2592)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The very woody, earthy, nutty, toasty, cocoa-ish burleys also sport some rugged savoriness. The savory aspect reminds me of aged burley. A small amount of woody, earthy, lightly spicy and sour, floral, vegetative, herbal, dry and nutty, smoky dark fired Kentucky boosts up the blend in an important condimental role. It also has a hint of barbecue. The grassy, lightly tart and tangy citrusy, slightly floral Virginia is far in the background. There are no toppings as per Per Jensen (I always wanted to write that.). The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste level almost reaches medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite even when pushed, though it does have a rough edge at times. It’s not overly sweet, but the sweetness present is natural. A ready rubbed cut mixture that burns cool, clean and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor from start to finish that also translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a little more than an average number of relights. The room note is a little stronger than the after taste. Even though it has a bit of depth and body, it can an all day smoke if you wish.


7 people found this review helpful.

Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (64)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am not a regular Burley smoker, but this is a blend that even I can enjoy. The Kentucky is lightly applied and the Virginia adds smoothness. The added flavorings, cocoa, licorice etc., add additional flavors, but do not sublimate the excellent tobacco flavor. Chunky cut, I rub it out. Amphora Burley smokes cool and dry from beginning to end. This is tin quality in a pouch. It's not a sweet smoke, but there is enough natural sweetness to satisfy my tastes. This is a quality Burley blend that's medium in strength and very delicious. I expect this exceptional blend to become a favorite of Burley lovers worldwide. This blend is so delicious and lacks the sharpness I used to associate with burley blends. I will definitely be buying more. It requires a few relights, but well worth the effort. Burns to ash and leaves a very pleasant taste on the tongue.

Pipe Used: Lorenzetti Constantine 9mm Filter

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

4 people found this review helpful.

Chili guy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chili guy (12)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Just got my first pouch today. Out of the box, out of the pouch, into a well known Savinelli billiard. Moisture level is good, it’s a broken up flake that might benefit from further rubbing out. I was happy with it as is as it loaded easily. Took a small extra effort to get lit but once lit it had a steady burn. Good Burley flavor and strength as well as taste and aroma. Enjoyable from the first and uniform through the bowl. Interestingly, my favorite Mac Baren tobacco to date. I’m a hardcore Burley fan and this is most satisfactory. No bite evident at all. I’ll add more as I progress through the three pouches purchased, but so far, I sense a winner. It’s a very straightforward uncomplicated smoke and if you like Burley you should like this one. There’s a bit of Virginia sweetness in it but not too much. Updates later.

Pipe Used: Savinelli billiard 815KS, Comoy 1/2 bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: Freshly opened pouch

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: A better Burley and unique in my opinion. PA or Granger with added strength, flavor and finesse. No dominate additives to my taste buds..

4 people found this review helpful.

Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (17)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend confirms to me that the continental European tobacco houses develop their blends based on performance with 9mm filters (which is by far the preference of European pipe smokers). I tried this blend in two 9mm briars that I have available for Burley-based blends, in both cases a solid 4-star experience. I also tried in a cob with a 6mm filter, a meer, a Savinelli with balsa filter, and another briar without a filter. On my own rating scale those smokes ranged from 3.2 to 3.5 stars - good, but not quite the "wow" as with the 9mm filters.

With American blends, like many from C&D, I almost always prefer the smoke without any kind of filter because I find the filters somehow mute too many overtones. With Amphora Burley the differences are that without any kind of filter I get some cigar notes from the dfk, and a more hardcore intensity on the back of the throat. With the 9mm filters I get a big, expansive, foundation of flavor: hazelnut, toasted marshmallow, home-baked pumpkin seed, and some slightly sweet malt ball notes, along with baking spices that are entirely subsumed by the cigar notes when no filter is used. If I had to summarize the 9mm experience I'd call this a "Gentle Giant" - lots of flavor but smooth. Sort of a big brother to Sutliff Match Ready Rubbed (Edgeworth).

Using a 9mm filter should produce a smoke that will appeal to both Codger and Connoisseur and could very well warrant repeat smokes during the day. Without filter, it is still good but will probably appeal to the smoker who enjoys more of the dark-fired character, and one bowl will likely be enough to satisfy.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1955)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Mac Baren - Amphora Burley.

I've enjoyed some of the Burley offerings from Mac Baren this year, with their HH Burley Flake being one of my favourites of this genre yet. Amphora Burley is equally as tasty!

I never read the cut before I opened it, so wrongly expected a ribbon. But the appearance is a dark brown, chunky, broken flake; brilliant! The flakes have been reduced to EXACTLY the consistency I like to rub a flake to! My pouch had perfect hydration, and a rustic smell with a drop of sweetness.

The smoke is lovely! Similarly to HH Burley Flake the flavour's lead by the Burley, the others lightly season the smoke; the Kentucky more so. The Burley has more of an inured flavour than a sweet one; there is some sweetness, but this is understudy. I note some hardy Kentucky, fiery and punchy, but the Virginias are about in need of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to seek them out! The burn causes no problems, generating a mid-temperature smoke. I spent a morning smoking this without any bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not too bad.

Amphora Burley? A definite four star smoke:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson St. Patrick's Day 2017

Age When Smoked: 1 month

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3 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (124)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another home run for Mac Baren, or possibly a solid double.

This comes as a broken medium dark flake, like classic MB blends--Burley London, Symphony (except this is darker).

But this has no excess heat and no bite. It's a smooth customer, smooth as butter.

Every now and then I can taste a wisp of dark fired, or a brief tang of VA (very brief). Although it is not complex, or very deep. Mainly, very smooth, earthy (but not nutty) burley goodness.

It has two problems 1) It only comes in a pouch and 2) It is not ODF, and doesn't try to be.

Similar Blends: HH Burley Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (79)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

To avoid that proverbial "nutty-woody-earthy" mantra you read in each and every burley blend review (my past reviews are no exception) I better compare Amphora Burley to the blends most similar to it.

It's better than Solani Aged Burley Flake. Yes, it's better. One would laugh at me (especially taking into account the difference in price) but it is better. It possesses all the virtues of ABF - plus flavour, aroma and reasonable strength, all of which ABF sorely lacks in my opinion.

All in all, it's on par with C&D Burley Flake #1. Well, flavourwise, C&D is better. But #1 is packed with such a respectable dose of Nicotine, it demands a degree of dedication when you smoke it. You can't just be doing something AND ocassionally smoking #1. You need to dedicate your time and efforts specifically to The Thorough And Enjoyable Act Of Smoking The Respected Cornell And Diehl Burley Flake Number One, and then, if you are lucky and/or experienced enough, you may try to do some extra things along.

With Amphora Burley Blend, you just smoke a good Burley without concentrating much on its' lacks or excesses.

I wonder why TobaccoReviews ought to have two entries for this blend. Unltil they are merged, I post this review in both.

Also I wonder why this blend costs so little (please don't tell McBaren I said that). Its quality far exceeds its price tag.

1 person found this review helpful.