Keeping Me Company (Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky)

pt-mrk0050Welcome to another wonderful night of no sleep.  I mean, I went to bed at a reasonable hour, and fell asleep almost immediately, but then, in the middle of the night, I was, inexplicably, awake.

Unless this has ever happened to you, then you have no idea how frustrating it is.  And all you can generally do is stare blankly into space for hours on end.

So, I was looking for something pretty strong when I woke up at 3:30 AM, and fortunately my newest shipment had just arrived containing my tins of Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky.

Flipping over the tin, I met with this description;

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 and smoke plays the major part with just a slight nuance of sweetness as the underlying taste.  The origin of the taste is in the leaf itself and thanks to the hot press the different tastes merry into one unique taste.  Like all the other HH blends this blend has only an absolute minimum of casing and no top flavour at all.

Well, typos and bad punctuation aside, this sounds like absolutely perfect blend for my needs, so I immediately open up the tin and unwrap the tobacco from its gold-foil wrapping.

Dark fired is right!  This tobacco is so dark as to be almost black, and feels very moist to the touch, but the aroma emanating from the can is amazing, rich, earthy, and sweet.  It is the kind of smell that reminds me of old leather, and cowboys.

Looking for a longer smoke I fold and stuff and two of the flakes, which are about half the size of a normal flake into my brand new (for me) Rinaldo bulldog, and they fit perfectly.

And, amazingly, for flakes that feels so moist they light with relative ease.

In the first few draws, I am veritably assaulted by the rich, nutty, for lack of better word bold, Kentucky Burley.

I hate that; when the only word that’ll come to you is the obvious one.  Bold; the Bold Kentucky is Bold.

Thesaurus to the rescue!  Bold; also brave, daring, courageous, intrepid, audacious, gallant, valiant, unflinching.  Also brash, confident, gutsy, forward, brassy, insolent, nervy, sassy, saucy.  And then there is clear, colorful, eye-catching, flashy, spirited, strong, vivid, conspicuous, pronounced.

Nope!  Bold it is!

Anyway; rich, nutty, BOLD Kentucky Burley gives away almost immediately to the natural sweetness of the Virginia tobaccos and leaves you with an explosion of flavour and smoke that presses you for another draw.

003-039-00924 hours later, and I’m still slowly slipping on this pipe.  No, I’m not exaggerating, the tobacco is simply so strong that I have to put the pipe down often and smoke only intermittently.

I also found, that if I scraped the burnt char and ash off the top of the tobacco when it went out, it did not get a harsh bite to it.

In the end, I think this tobacco is too strong for me to enjoy on a daily basis, but as a companion to insomnia, I can think of none better.

This tobacco is new on the market, so you can get it at, though it is back ordered a lot, and, readily, for little less than $8.00 USD, and it is also available at, when you can get it, for a few cents more than $8.00.

Also, visit and they will help you find a retailer in the USA that can serve you directly.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

3 thoughts on “Keeping Me Company (Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky)

  1. there’s almost no Virginia in this at all, so where exactly are you finding the sweetness? really, a deficient review lacking in any explanation description, or understanding of what tobaccos are in this sweated, pressed cake. Do you even know what Kentucky leaf is?

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