|Room Note||2 - Mellow|
Rattray’s Mac Beth is a hard blend to nail down in terms of identifying everything that’s going on here. It’s a very smooth Virginia/Burley mixture that has a noticeable fruitiness to the tin note, yet Rattray’s says that there’s no top-dressing, so it must come from the combination of matured, superior tobaccos, and whatever they used as a casing. That fruit note comes through lightly in the pleasant room note, and even more subtly in the flavor. The Virginias definitely take center stage in this blends, bringing forth a softly sweet, citrusy character with a toasty, nutty undertone supplied by the Burley. The strength is very apparent even though the flavor is smooth and enjoyable.
This is one of Rattray’s newer blends, but it has the potential to be a strong part of the classic pantheon of Rattray’s blends, as it is the one that comes closest to the concept of an “all-day” tobacco – mellow, but satisfying, pleasant in aroma and taste, and remarkably well balanced. Mac Beth works as well with a steaming mug of coffee in the morning as it does with a bracing adult beverage in the evening. If you haven’t tried this recent entry, and you like blends without a strong top note or condimental leaf, then this one’s for you.