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Mac Baren HH Rustica Pipe Tobacco
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Mac Baren HH Rustica

Nicotiana Tabacum is the species of plant that includes all of the tobaccos we're familiar with - Burleys, Virginias, and Orientals. But there another species - Nicotiana Rustica, which is a species native to the Americas. This is a robust and powerful leaf that is not often used in pipe tobacco. But in the skillful hands of Per Georg Jensen, Mac Baren's master blender, it becomes part of a complex and flavorful hot-pressed flake - Mac Baren HH Rustica.

Besides the Rustica leaf, this flake also is made of Virginia and Burley to create balance with a touch of sweetness, earthiness, and spice. This is the boldest blend in the HH Series and when you consider the strength of HH Bold Kentucky, that's saying a lot. If you like powerful pipe blends, you're going to want to try Mac Baren HH Rustica, but you have to hurry because they only produced 7100 tins, and when it sells out, there won't be any more.

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Overall Rating4.81 out of 5 Based on 16 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Mac Baren HH Rustica”

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4 out of 5
Either my senses are shot
Either my senses are shot or not developed enough, but I can't distinguish HH Rustica from HH Old Dark Fired. Both nice smokes.
5 out of 5
Strong and pungent aroma but
Strong and pungent aroma but in a good way, had to let it dry a bit before I packed in to smoke but other than that awesome all around.
5 out of 5
Long time cigar aficionado here.
Long time cigar aficionado here. I enjoy maduros and used to live where Cubans were legal and readily available. HH Rustica packs a flavorful punch that will leave me sorry I only grabbed a few tins.
5 out of 5
I thoroughly enjoyed this blend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this blend. I realize it will not be for everyone due to nicotine content. I enjoy the flaver and taste of this one. A real straight forward, no nonsense smoke. Hope Macbarren continues it.
5 out of 5
Hits the spot.
Very nice, strong smooth flavor.
5 out of 5
my all time favorite
my all time favorite
5 out of 5
Love it!
Very rich and complex taste. Room note is very nice.
5 out of 5
I love it!
I love it! Great taste and smoooth creamy thick smoke. Tastes like I think tobacco should taste. I am a burley smoker my favorites are bold Kentucky , Irish flake and old dark fired. So I was a little apprehensive about how it would taste. I rub it out and let it dry for 20 min. Yes, the nicotine hit is there but no worse than other blends I smoke.
5 out of 5
Rare find among 100’s of blends
It’s a one of a kind rustic Significant blend, like 10 year bourbon. It has an almost dusty like earthiness that’s exactly the right dryness. A rare once in a while treat best experienced on a cool quiet night where one can reflect. It’s in my top 3 of all time which says something as I have tried about 150 brands and blends. Cheers to MacBaren HH for taking the risk to craft this. Rustica is hard to find.
4 out of 5
Great end of summer/start of fall blend
Bought this on a whim and glad I did. Tin note was barbecue-esque like others have said, but the smoke to me bounced between C&D's Haunted Bookshop(which I thoroughly enjoy) and a cigar. I rubbed two flakes out lengthwise into semi-ribbons and let it air out for 15min or so, made for a 2hr smoke in my cob. The rustica, burley, and Virginia played off of each other to create a wonderful flavor, each one having a chance to be in the front seat. The cooler air this evening was the final piece that really set the stage for this blend to shine. Jarred up half the tin to give to a co-worker and plan on grabbing another tin if I'm lucky.
5 out of 5
I bought two tins of this in the beginning so that my friend Tom and me could try it as we didn’t get any tins of this in at the brick and mortar pipe and tobacco shop where we work. We both tried it and fell in love with the delicious BBQ tin note and the truly old school tobacco flavors of this flake. It reminds me of how home grown tobacco used to taste when I was a kid except much smoother and refined to the point that before you know you have a lot of nicotine flowing through the sensory system and palette. There’s an every so light natural sweetness that is just enough to notice with the amazing flavor of wood smoked meat and there’s not a chance of bite yet there’s clouds of strong dense complex and flavorful smoke that evokes the sensation of relaxation. I purchased four more tins, (one for Tom three for me) but that still wasn’t enough so I ordered four more tins (another one for Tom and three for me) because four tins amount to just over $79 which qualifies me for free shipping. If you like the true flavor of tobacco I suggest stocking up on this limited edition blend. I highly recommend it to any and all pipe smokers whether just to try or to cellar. Cheers
4 out of 5
Different in a good way. The point of piping is to try new blends and this does not disappoint in giving a unique experience. I recommend this blend as I do all of the H\H offerings. Will be purchasing more. Aging will be interesting.
5 out of 5
Like a fine cigar
I use a vaporizer, which makes my experience unusual, I’m sure. This is a great tobacco to use with a vaporizer due to its ingredients; with care, you can really enjoy it this way, but not if you haven’t vaped tobacco before. I have been mixing this in with my regular flake mix too to make it that bit more interesting. Overall the session with a lot of HH Rustica in the mix is like a fine cigar; this blend welcomes the onset of heat with a massive burst of nicotine-saturated steam owing to the phenomenal nicotine yield of the _n. rustica_. Sip gently or let the steam escape. Once desiccation is achieved, it vapes with dense clouds over 400° or so with a lot to give right up until it starts smoldering (about 10 minutes). This is probably the fanciest tobacco I’ve vaped so far, and I’m glad I was able to satisfy my curiosity about this other member of the nicotiniana family. A worthy homage.
5 out of 5
Amazing tobacco
Amazing tobacco
5 out of 5
A great treat for Latikia-Forward English lovers.
I have long searched for a "vacation" from my beloved Lat-forward English blends, and other than taking Sherlock Holmes advise (smoking Latakia straight) have found nothing that quite fits my objective. Until now. HH Rustica is spot one. Earthy and warm, it has both the robustness and vigor on the draw with the warm nose of earthiness of the nose of say Stokkebye 52 Proper English. There is one unique characteristic with Rustica, not sure why. Usually with slices, a good rubbing will create a fill that requires little relighting. Not so here. I've found the best results come with a slice or two cut into rough cubes and two or three slices cut in half cross-wise and rubbed out. Burn is evened out and enhances both the flavor and enjoyment. If you like a stronger blend. English or Non-aromatic, this is worth investigating. If you LIKE this blend after trying...keep in mind it is a limited run. This is on my HIGHLY Recommended chart
5 out of 5
Flavor bomb
Thick and rich. It'll put hair on your chest. The nic content isn't as high as they imply; it's definitely the highest of the Mac Barens, but not quite as high as, say, War Horse Bar or D&R Picayune (which was my favorite chest hair grower until now). It's about the same level of strength as Haunted Bookshop, but it'll sneak up on you and make you feel a little drunk without the warning of a throat lump because it's much smoother and more graceful than any of the others in its nic class. It has the taste of a more complex blend. It does need to be dried out considerably. I'm not the type who needs to dry all my tobacco either; I usually just smoke it, but this becomes a flavor bomb if you dry it to just north of being able to hear it when you fold a flake. And I rub it out completely. If this becomes regular production, I'll definitely buy a box.
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