A Good Morning Smoke (Mac Baren Virginia No. 1 Ready Rubbed in a Savinelli Alligator 114KS)


When I first sat down to do this review I was going to call it “Classic?  I Guess So?!”  Then I smoked a little more of it and changed my mind and was going to call the review “It Grows On You”.  Then I woke up this morning, too early as usual, and being alone settled down to write a review and drink my morning cup of coffee.

Until this point I wasn’t really impressed with Mac Baren’s Virginia No.  1, I mean, it wasn’t bad, but hardly exciting.  When I first open the can and tried it, I was impressed by the note of the can.  The smell was fresh, bright, and sweet, which is probably why I was disappointed by the tobacco.

The tobacco on the other hand was nothing to write home about, uncomplicated, and sort of boring.  It smoked hot, and really did not have much body.  As I said, not bad, but nothing I would pay for again.

So I found myself, in the morning, with a cup of black coffee, and my Savinelli Alligator 114 KS loaded with the bowl that I had packed last night when I realized I was too tired to do this review then.

Overnight, the tobacco had dried out considerably in the chamber, but that made it light readily and easily, and also allowed the pipe to burn much more coolly than before.

With this being the first pipe of the morning, the subtle flavour virtually exploded in my mouth, nothing uncomplicated or boring about this tobacco.

I smoked the bowl for good 25 minutes and finished off my cup of coffee when I realized that I was simply overtired, and the stimulants had made me sleepy, so I retired back to my pillow intent on writing this review when I got up.

Turns out that was a great idea!  Like pressing the reset button, I was able to enjoy a yet another bowl of this tobacco with another cup of coffee when I got up for the second time.  It took a little longer to smoke, about 35 to 40 minutes, as the tobacco was more moist, and gave off a bit more tongue bite, but nothing that was even uncomfortable, just tingly.

While I smoked the bowl, I read the back of the tin;

In 1955 Virginia No. 1 was introduced to the world’s pipe smokers and today Virginia No. 1 is one of the Mac Baren Classics.  The natural sweetness from the carefully selected Virginia Tobaccos, are to be enjoyed every time you light up this magnificent blend.  In addition to a slow, cool smoke this ready rubbed blend gives you the slightly sweet smoke.  Try the Virginia No. 1 and find out for yourself why Virginia No. 1 is reckoned as a Mac Baren Classic blend.

It should read; “try the Virginia No. 1 with your morning cup of coffee and find out for yourself why Virginia No. 1 is reckoned as a Mac Baren Classic blend.”

Excited by my discovery I waited for my hubby to get up to share it with him and he pointed out that it is much like a morning cigarette, not in taste, but in effect.  Let’s face it folks, cigarettes taste awful, but when you smoke them you get a “rush” of nicotine that keeps you coming back for another one.  This is especially true of your morning cigarette.  So, this tobacco, in addition to tasting great on fresh taste buds also gives you that morning kick of nicotine.

So, while I wouldn’t smoke this tobacco all day, every day, as a morning smoke it is incredible.  In the few days since I started this review I’ve added Mac Baren Virginia No. 1 to my morning rotation and I have to say, this will definitely not be the last tin of this I buy.

If you would care to buy some yourself, you can get it pipesandcigars.com, or smokingpipes.com for about $8.95 USD for 100 gram (3.5 ounce) tin, or in bulk at both places for approximately $1.50 to $2.95 per ounce depending on quantity ordered.  You can get it for as low as $1.44 an ounce if you want to buy 5 pounds.  I don’t think I’ll smoke 5 pounds, but I’ll definitely smoke some, maybe even more than some.


Also, check out Mac Baren’s web site for information on all their tobacco products.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!


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