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Bright cross-cut Virginias, brown, earthy burleys, rich black cavendish, and a dose of broken flake are here combined into a hand-blended smoking mixture, before finally being topped with a flavorful aromatic to produce a balanced, complex blend that is utterly unique to Mac Baren's Halberg series.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Other / Misc
CutBroken Flake
Packaging3.5 ounce cellophane bag in a rectangular box.
ProductionNo longer in production
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2970)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias have a some citrus and dark fruit, and some earth and grass notes as the base of the blend. The toasted, nutty burley plays in the background. The black cavendish chips in with an very mild sugary vanilla that compliments the fruity sweet toppings, which sublimates the tobaccos to a fair extent. Has little nicotine. Moist, it's a ribbon cut with broken flake that burns smooth and creamy, cool, clean, and a little slow with a very creamy, consistent flavor. Won't bite or get harsh even if pushed. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Needs a few relights. Not one hint of a chemical taste exists here. Presented within one of the classiest boxes ever designed for a tobacco product, it's almost an all day smoke that doesn't wear out your tongue or senses with a full flavor that never quits. Has a great after taste and room note.


14 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (88)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

I got a brick of this at the Chicago show. It's a very luxurious presentation, and the tobacco is very good quality.

In the bag, it smells terrific, the red is a lot more mellow smelling than the others, less fruity.

In the pipe, it packs fine and lights easily, but I can't get either a tobacco taste or the aromatic flavor out of the burn. So it leaves me a little flat. Smoke-able stuff, no bite, no kick. But if you want an outright aromatic, there are certainly better choices. In fact I prefer Black Ambrosia from the same blender.

EDIT: bump this up to 3. I think I was expecting too much, but smoking this head to head with other aros leads me to think that it's pretty good within the category.

7 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was given a samples of each of the Halberg Color themed blends a few years back. The samples came at a time when I was overflowing with samples, so I tried a bowl of each before jarring them. As I recall, none of them stood out as noteworthy. In fact, I really didn't like them at all, except one stuck out as decent. It must have been this one.

Fast forward to now when I finally finished this sample and I must reassess what I had earlier thought was decent. I find this blend to be fantastic. As with most aros, it is mostly about the topping and this one just suits my tastes perfectly.

I really don't know how to describe the topping, but I will start with a fruitiness, that may be cherry. Although this assessment may be coming from the name red which is so often associated with cherry in other blends. In any case, the fruitiness does not clobber you over the head like so many of those other blends. There is also, what I will describe as a cinnamon taste, kind of like big red gum that I get from this. There are other times where I tend to pick up a little nuttiness, but this could be the play between the Virginia and burley base leaf mixture.

It is odd for an aro in that it actually does shift in flavors throughout the bowl. The topping does hold through to the end of the bowl, but never overwhelms. It is also a cool smoking blend that will not bite. Just a well done aromatic that could easily be enjoyed all day long. I took this sample with me during one of those workdays that require a lot of driving. I probably had 3 bowls that day and it never got old to me. The last bowl was just as enjoyable as the first.

In addition to everything above, I will add that the sidestream off the bowl was sublime. Many a time while smoking this I would just take a whiff of the smoke curling from the bowl. This blend was a pleasure to smoke. I will definitely add this to the TAD list.

Pipe Used: Mastercraft Pot

4 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This tobacco is a fine aromatic with natural flavour and hight quality tobacco.the package is luxurius and prepares you for a unique smoking eexperience.when you open it you get citrus dark dryed fruits and nytty vanilla.comes out a bit dry with a lot broken flakes.beware not to pack the flakes in the top the lighting becomes tricky.burns cool and slow with right moist.the flavours are mixed in a nice way.the citrus and dark fruits come out most with a nice backround with nutty vanilla.leaves proper moist at the end of the bowl.this blend is a must try for all day smoking as the nicotine level is from low to medium.

Similar Blends: Davidoff red mixture , W.O.Larsen signatre.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2064)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Mac Baren - Halberg Red.

As others have mentioned, the packaging is unique and superb! Once I have opened the sealed inner tinfoil pouch I see a blend that meets with the often ambiguous description 'Broken Flake'. I'm not too sure as to what description would best suit it? There's some massive leaf like pieces, some tiny flakes, some medium flakes, ribbons of all sizes and some shag: mixture maybe?

There isn't much of a scent emanating from the bag, there might be a very slight citrus touch but there's not really anything 'aromatic'.

The hydration's perfect, so on with the smoke:

This lights brilliantly, and for the initial few puffs I get a very buttery taste; creamy and satisfying. This butter note seems to calm down after quite a short while; it's still notable, yet it's not AS creamy; more of an extra taste as opposed to the being main one.

Once the burn has settled it becomes quite a relaxing smoke; the tobacco flavours work great together: the smoke has a very full burley nuttiness to it and the vanilla-esc quality of the Black Cavendish gives the smoke a delicious sweetness. The Virginia is more like the foundation for these two ingredients, it's present but nowhere near the front of house.

One of the few low points with this, for me, is the heat of it. This, sadly, is a bit of an antithesis to the relaxing flavour; for full enjoyment sip it gently! It also causes a fast burn, again, spoiling the relaxing qualities.

There are some wonderful features of Halberg Red: the packaging, the flavour, the nicotine, and the room note but for me the heat spoils the blend.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Rattray's The Cave

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

richard f. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
richard f. (6)
Mild Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

I asked my pipe store proprietor for a mild tobacco that can be smoked in the morning and halberg red was his recommendation. i was not diasppointed. i have reached the age where i need a lighter tobacco and have had to forgo the latakia blends that i smoked. i find the tobacco enjoyable to the end of the bowl and mild enough to smoke in a large pipe. i surely would recommend this blend to the elder smoker who needs a lighter less nicotine smoke.

please add a new catagory to "room note" smoked only out of doors. the program demands that i choose something so i wrote unnoticeable . . because out of doors it is unnoticeable : > {

Pipe Used: aldo morelli 300

Age When Smoked: new form the tin

Purchased From: Hagit Pipes, Tel Aviv

Similar Blends: heinrich 116.

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Nice solid cross-over in my opinion. I don't find the topping on this one as strong as in the green and yellow. It has a lot of tobacco taste. It took me a while to warm up to it but I was sad when the bag was finished.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Halberg Red is in the same spirit as the Cube line. The tobacco is undoubtedly of very high quality; and it's not sticky despite the fact that it's very aromatic. The aroma is of dried fruits with some sweetness that seems to be vanilla. It's not chemical smelly like most of the OTCs. Halberg Red contains various cuts - flakes, broken flakes, ready - rubbed and Loose Cut. As my sealed pouch is 2 years old, it's ready to smoke right out out of the pouch. It lights up easily, burns even, does not bite (when I appropriately pace myself) and tastes like the aroma, which is never intrusive, but like tobacco as well. This is what makes me like this type of tobacco so much. The nicotine is not very high - more mild than medium - but, like the Cube line, the marvelous casing mixed with tobacco flavour is fully worth the experience. My pipe is left dry afterwards and it does not produce moistness while i am smoking. If you're looking for a high quality cased tobacco that tastes like tobacco and is light on the nicotine, then try this one. Happy smoking! JD.

Pipe Used: Various Stanwell

Age When Smoked: 2Y 2M

Similar Blends: Mac Baren's Cube line, but with a different casing (well, not that different from the Silver)..

1 person found this review helpful.

Ramin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ramin (4)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Actually it reminds me 3 tobaccos: peterson st patrick day 2015 , macbaren scottish blend and mcbaren orginal choice . but better than all of them. it contains high quality tobaccos. burns hot but i couldn't find any tounge bite. aroma is nice. and a combination of dark fruit and honey. medium level of nicotine. you can feel tobacco in that. aroma is not overwhelming . good one as an aromatic tobacco.

Pipe Used: meerschaum pipe

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: local shop, iran

Similar Blends: petreso st patrick 2015, mcbaren mixture scottish blend , MB orginal choice..

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pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I wanted to like MB Halberg Red, especially with the incredible smell in the pouch, but alas I ultimately don't like this very much. Not an aromatic hater either, I've become generally equal opportunity: a good blend has a place in my rotation whether sweet, smoky, or pure.

Presentation is a bit unique, and about as nice a packaging job as you're gonna find for a pipe tobacco. The thick cardboard box with pseudo-leather covering and magnetic snap-close lid imply something extremely special resides inside. I'm going to enjoy repurposing the box once this is all gone. Opening the sealed pouch inside the nice box, I was floored with how great this smells. Lots of wonderful scents, fruity citrus being the most noticeable to me. Moisture level was fairly damp. Mix of colors and cuts, with some of the baby flakes I've seen in a few other MacBaren mixes.

I've tried it at lots of moisture levels (drier is better), and it's similar all around: sweet, hot, bitey, and pretty heavily aromatic. It's an interesting aromatic, doesn't so much leave a sticky mess behind like a cheap aromatic but the effect overwhelms the tobacco. What I can taste of the leaf it's rather good. Flavor is generally tart cherry, to my palate.

If I mix this with something mild that doesn't impart much of it's own flavor, it's more enjoyable and less bitey. But the tart cherry thing still dominates.

I probably won't replace this once I've smoked it all, but will probably try the other Halberg aromatics just to see if this particular blend wasn't my speed. There's quality ingredients used here, if I find a topping profile more to my liking this line might be something good.

Pipe Used: briars

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Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A very pleasant tobacco blend with a Iight citrus casing which does not overwhem the the tobacco. Burns well to the bottom with only a small amount of degregation in taste. The moisture in he tobacco was just right for smoking , no goop. Not quite as good as the Halberg Green, but definately worth a try

Age When Smoked: new

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