This is the strongest pipe tobacco among the blends in the Mac Baren range and is not recommended for inexperienced pipe smokers. HH Bold Kentucky contains a high amount of the finest Dark Fired Kentucky from the USA and Africa and is combined with bright Virginias to soften the taste just a bit. Still the taste is of earthiness with just a slight nuance of sweetness as the underlying taste, which comes from the leaf itself and the hot press, which marries the different tobaccos together. Like all the other HH blends this blend has only an absolute minimum of casing and no top flavor at all.
The tobacco flavor from just opened tin came the dense, earthy, and slightly smoky. In the "high frequency" clearly noticeable sweetish floral notes. Tobacco flakes is dark, almost black. Fatty and wet to the touch. In compared to the other Virginia flakes by Mac Baren, this flakes cut in couple of centimeters wide that even at this stage as it warns us: be the careful.
But in spite of its "fatty", tobacco rubbing out to the ribbons any without effort, and I thought yet there is a sense it a bit to dry tobacco before pipe packing. Filled and lit rubbed flakes is easily and smokes evenly.
From the very first puff, I felt tight Burley, earthy base of blend with nicotine powerful support. After a few mouthfuls of smoke, Kentucky disclosed in its spicy, pepper flavor with notes slightly, but clearly campfire shades. Choose the Virginia playing in taste for me is to be difficult. But accustomed to tobacco, I began to celebrate the demonstration of grassy sweetness appearing in the background towards the middle of smoking. And with each new breath of tobacco smoke, nicotine is dip me deeper and deeper into the soft, bottomless pads.
The smoke flavor is pleasant - dense, earthy, presence with warm wood tones. The smoke is mild and even somewhere soothing. It's a bit confusing in compared with rich taste and tobacco strength.
Very interesting tobacco, fragrant and very strong. I would appreciate a strength in 8 points out of 10, and the strength itself there is not "a blow to the throat", and formed in smoker's chest, spreading as thick syrup all over the body. Cup with cool clean water has been my constant companion during all the smokings. Interesting taste effect appears when the smoking this blend with a cup of strong unsweetened coffee. It helps to reduce the effect of nicotine on the body, but gives additional load on the "support systems", to repeat the experience you should be approached with caution.
The Mac Baren Tobacco Company blenders again managed to surprise pipe smokers and release powerful natural blend with the own character. Not everyone may smoke this blend as everyday-smoking-blend but tastings when I smoked two or three pipes HH Bold Kentucky in a row, have shown that this is possible. Although not every pipe to smoked completely. Not because it did not like, but because the saturation "Vitamin N", as they say, filled me to the eyeballs.