Mac Baren – Acadian Perique

side_A_Can_HH_Acadian_New_small“This blend includes Virginia, Burley, original Cavendish, dark fired Kentucky, Oriental and of course a fair amount of Perique. The HH Acadian Perique has no top flavor at all which means that you will only enjoy the tobacco taste. When smoked you will experience no tongue bite and this blend will smoke to the bottom, leaving only dry ashes. it is a rich, flavorful and very satisfying smoke.”Mac Baren

Once again, we return to the splendid and decedent world of Mac Baren tobacco.  One of my all-time favorite tobacco lines is the Mac Baren HH series.  Without a doubt Acadian Perique has been crafted and blended with so much responsibility and intensive care that it is one of the best Va/Bu/Per blends to ever come out.

WIth a company as prolific and demanding as Mac Baren, it is a chore to create a tobacco blend that stands out and amasses its own attenion built on flavor alone.  Henrik Halberg (the inspiration for the HH series) has stepped up to the plate and found a way to bring even more life to Mac Baren without compromising any of their high standards; raising them in fact, if you ask me.

Acadian Perique entices the smoker into a bowl, much like a baker draws in his crowd through the pleasantly sweet aroma filling the air.  Once the bowl is lit, Acadian Perique emerges from its shy stage and unleashes a heavenly helping of taste and satisfaction that is sure to please every smoker who takes it.

First Impression

Acadian Perique is without a doubt one of the more complex blends out there.  Blending together Burley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Orientals, Virginia, and of course Acadian Perique, this tobacco has been pieced together like a 10,000 count puzzle.

The tin note of this blend was incredibly pleasant to me.  I could really pick up the presence of the Kentucky Dark Fired Tobacco, for it was a little smokey, I found the Perique second, offering that traditionally spicy note, and all this was covered by a thin sheet of sweetness, brought by the Burley, Cavendish, and Virginia.

I really liked the moisture level of this blend, partially because I found that it burns real fine into a gray ash.  So some of you may want to let it dry out for a little while before smoking, but personally I believe it is fine just the way it came.

I would also like to point out that there is an incredible price point on this blend.  A 100g tin is only $21 from TobaccoPipes.com.  That really is a bargain for any high quality tobacco, let alone a delicious one.

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The first you notice when drawing on a freshly lit bowl of Acadian Perique is that the tin note was misleading: this tobacco has a ton of flavor!  The tin note made me believe this was a subtle and intricate blend, but in reality it is a full intricate blend.

The flavor profile of this blend is quite complex so let’s see if we can get through it: The Acadian Perique comes out much more in flavor than in scent, unleashing a soft complexity of spices that compliment the theme of the blend well.  Kentucky Dark Fired tobacco adds the pungent smokey flavor that reminds me of a cedar fueled campfire.  The Orientals add strength and nicotine to the blend, allowing it to be loud and forthcoming.  Virginia tobacco adds the richness and depth of flavors, perfectly complementing this dense body of pillowing smoke.  And finally, the Burley and Cavendish act as a last minute sweetener that brings the bowl from proficient to distinguished.

For me, there was no glaring unique flavor components making up the tobacco.  Rather there was a beautiful harmony between all six tobaccos, and each one stood on its own while adding to the flavor of the group.  Truly wonderful.

Typically, and I know this is weird, full-flavored Perique blends give me the hiccups.  It makes smoking Perique really unpleasant to be honest.  What I authentically loved about Acadian Perique is that through 50g of it (I cellared the rest) I never once got the hiccups.  I was able to enjoy Perique in a manner I usually cannot.

Room Note

The room note can be perfectly described in one word: tolerable.

On their own Perique and Kentucky tobaccos have generally unpleasant notes.  But in this case, when combined with sweeter tobaccos and each other, there is a soft spice and smoke note.  Not too strong, but definitely present.  In this case I must say that other pipe smokers will probably enjoy the aroma when they are around you, but I cannot guarantee non-smokers will.

Pairing

This is a difficult call.  Since the identity of this tobacco lies in unity and peace in different tobaccos, and not a peculiar flavor profile, it is difficult to suggest a pairing.

However, I believe I can do so, or at least attempt to.  I really enjoyed smoking Acadian Perique well after dark while sipping on an ice cold glass of Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon.  This bourbon is a very smooth infused spirit and has a natural taste, which is so often replaced with a fake syrup flavor in many other spirits.

Since I like sweet things, the American Honey and its loud sweetness really drew out the subtleties of the Burley and Cavendish of the Acadian Perique.  And I also noticed that the flavor of the Perique was not at al diminished.  I would call it a successful pairing.

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As I said above, the tin note of this blend is misleading.

In actuality, Acadian Perique is a Medium/Full bodied blend.  There are intense flavors and decent nicotine present.  This is no simple tobacco.  The strength of flavor compliments the principle of synergy present in the blend.

Overall Score

I have got to say, I personally loved Acadian Perique.  There was a certain mastery behind the way it was blended.  There was no top case used in production, which I always appreciate.  And it was delicious.  What  more could I ask for?

I give Acadian Perique a score of 8 out of 10.

I believe if I aged a tin about 5 years, I may raise my score to a nine, or maybe even a 10.  But it will be a little while before I have a chance to do that.

Pick up a tin of Acadian Perique at your local smokehouse, or order online from a great site such as TobaccoPipes.com.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Tobacco provided by the Sutliff Tobacco Company for the purpose of an honest review.

Pictures provided by Mac Baren.

 

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