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Finest Virginia combined with dark fired cavendish.

Notes: According to the John Aylesbury catalouge 2019/20: "Choice tobacco leaves are cut into stripes and are then rolled into a strang and are then kept smooth by olive-oil. Only when the strang is finished it is cut into curly coins. This tobacco inherits a natural Virginia-sweetness."

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByMac Baren
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsCavendish, Virginia
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Very Mild, Medium, Medium to Full, Full
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (310)
Mild to Medium Mild Full Pleasant

Cheapo brand John Aylesbury puts out a Curly? A must-try for me as a stout curly cut fan. The tin also looked somewhat familiar. My trusty tobacconist confirmed my suspicion even before opening the tin: this blend is made by Mac Baren. Now, while I know that many other reviewers here talk about "the famous MacBite," I have never experienced that--possibly because I am a filter smoker, or maybe because I puff slowly. Also, since most Mac Baren blends are heavy in VA, having a pipe cleaner handy to clear out the inevitable condensation before it makes its way into the mouth might be a good idea. But back to the subject matter.

The presentation of the tobacco in the tin is the final proof; 100 % MacB. The tin note hints at a honey topping; not a bad one and rather more cautiously applied than in Mac Baren Mixture. The individual slices have a dark core of Cavendish spun in what looks like mostly VA.

Stuffing is the same as with all other MacB curlies, as are the caveats (stuff loosely, puff gently). Rather mild, but fully sweet in taste.

Not what I would be smoking every day; too similar to more affordable products, but by no means bad. For curly fans and aromatics smokers, I would recommend to at least try. If you like Mac Baren Mixture and would like to expand your experience in the direction of something with less of a sauce, this would be the correct direction.

Addition, 2012-07-20: The room note left behind by this blend is very gentle and seems to be acceptable to many non-smokers; sort of a malty-sweetish perfume. So, good notes for crowd compatibility, but not enough for me to up my rating.

6 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2849)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, earth, wood, bread, some grass/hay, sugar, a light tangy dark fruitiness, honey and acidity, mild floralness, and a couple pinches of spice as the lead components. The dark fired cavendish offers some sugar, bread, smokiness, wood, and a moderate amount of tingly spice. I detect a very mild essences of rum and honey, though they don’t sublimate the tobaccos much. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, mainly because of the dark fired center. The taste is medium. Won’t bite, but the spice may light up the tongue of a desperately fast puffer. Won’t get harsh, but it does sport a few small rough edges. Burns clean and a tad warm at a reasonable rate with a mostly consistent sweet, spicy, and lightly floral flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced. Obviously a Mac Baren product. Three stars.


4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Extremely remindful of Mac Baren blends of this sort (particularly Roll Cake), with the unflavored and heavily fermented Black Cavendish spun in the center of the Virgina heavy discs. Not a strong flavor and certainly an added agent of some sort (very light), to complete the presentation. Easy to lock and load and a nice, gentle smoke. A little too wispy to keep me interested enough for more though.

3 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This Curly Cut is indeed another extension of MB’s curly line. In difference to the originals, this contains Dark Fired Cavendish resulting in a subtle but very nice, more spicy than sweet campfire experience, warm and comforting. Yet, no Latakia was used (as claimed to be in Stockton e.g.). I regularly taste pleasant earthy tones in the second half of each bowl. The Topping is as subtle as in Dark Twist or Stockton and I recommend you to try the Sir John version if you like either one of the Mac Barens and you are looking for another subtle tweak. I prefer this one over DT at present.

As with all MB Roll Cakes I personally prefer this with a charcoal filter, trading 10% taste for an un-fried tongue. In addition, sipping is key as so often described.

I put this one next to a tin of Dark Twist and Club Blend. They look the same and are siblings, not twins though, in both scent and taste. The CC has just a different kind of spiciness to it. I wonder how many variations are yet to come and when the first VaPer Roll Cake with 5% Perique will appear?!

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 2 yrs

Similar Blends: other Mac Baren Roll Cakes.

3 people found this review helpful.