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Red Vs. Dark Pipe Tobacco Samplers
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Red Vs. Dark

The Battles continue with Red vs. Dark. In this ring we have two great circle tin tobaccos that will surely have a great debate on who is the best. Here we have Mac Baren Dark Twist and Hearth & Home Marquee Red Eye. This bout truly lives up to it's name.  Now we call on our P&C Faithful to help determine which is the Red Vs. Dark battle leader. At this time you can purchase both tobaccos at a low price and be able to smoke them side by side. Once you have tried them, come back and leave your review and tell us who the clear winner should be.

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1.75 Ounce TinOut Of Stock$14.50
save $8.5159% off
Dark Twist Shipping Constraints
3.5 Ounce TinIn Stock$24.49
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Overall Rating4.61 out of 5 Based on 38 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Red Vs. Dark”

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5 out of 5
This is a nice virgina
This is a nice virgina blend not over complicated and will do even better with a little age on it.
5 out of 5
Quite tasty.
Quite tasty.
4 out of 5
Dark Twist is a balanced
Dark Twist is a balanced blend. The burn was consistent to the bottom of the bowl. Truly an enjoyable smoke.
4 out of 5
Welcome VaPer Offering
I've been experimenting lately with "coins", so I figured Red Eye would be worth a try... especially on sale. (Actually, I'm smoking my first bowl now.) First off, it's harmoniously blended, although not overly complex. It produces a goodly volume of smoke, soft character, and no bite. Possibly a bit sweeter than I like though. Nicotine level is stronger than you might think, a little past medium.
5 out of 5
Surprisingly good
I didn’t expect this tobacco to be as good as it was (I used up what I’d bought already) but I will definately be buying more. Very smooth and I didnt think it would be strong enough for me but it is.
5 out of 5
Very pleasurable smoke indeed!
5 out of 5
Mac Baren Dark Twist
Full bodied , good latika blend !
5 out of 5
Two winners in this battle
Just returning to pipe smoking after nearly 40 years away. Dark Twist was one of my favorites in the old days, and I still like it even though I get a bit of tongue bite if I smoke it too fast (a common characteristic of MacBaren tobaccos if I recall correctly). But the big surprise was Red Eye, which I have really been enjoying from the first time I tried a bowl. Great aroma in the tin, packs well, smokes cool, stays lit well, no need to dry before smoking, and no trace of bite. One odd thing is that the coins are much darker in color than they show up in the photo on the Red Eye single-product page (the photo on the battle of the blends page is much more accurate). Also, in all of the Hearth and Home blends I've tried, the pleated paper lining is just sort of mashed down on top of the tobacco, which puts me off a bit. In Mac Baren and Peterson tins, the pleats are nearly perfect.
3 out of 5
Strong and earthy
Reminds me of a mellow Three Nuns. Earthy tin note. It's okay,but not great. It's also a little stronger than described.
4 out of 5
Pretty good
Pretty good. The description should be a little more accurate though. It is a medium smoke, not real mellow, as described. I can't really taste the maple.
5 out of 5
Very flavorful
This is one that I always have in my rotation and smoke multiple times per week. It's got an interesting flavor, I assume due to the mix of dark and light, and the type of cut. I dont rub it out too thoroughly and it tends to burn great, and allows for the best flavors to come through.
5 out of 5
Dark Twist
Great tobacco. I've been smoking it for 40 years.
5 out of 5
One of my new favorites!
One of my new favorites! Three round slices in my cob and this tobacco is a pleasure any time of day. Good flavor, smooth burning, and not too strong.
5 out of 5
Loved it!
Best new va/per I've had in over a decade. Sweet, rich Virginias and spicy perique. Beautiful coin cut, no raggedy edges here. Smokes cool and long. Rubs out easy, folds and stuffs easy too. Just re-ordered more for aging as it should be a long term winner. Literally cannot say enough good things about this blend. Cheers!
5 out of 5
My daily smoke
I have been smoking a pipe for over 55 years. I love all of the MacBaren blends, but Dark Twist is my choice for my everyday tobacco. Then, at night, I have a pipeful of Kentucky Bold. Life doesn't get any better!
3 out of 5
Red eye
Smooth flavorful smoke
4 out of 5
will buy again!!
4 out of 5
Good Intro to Perique
During the naïveté of my youth, in the early eighties, I smoked straight Perique and became violently ill. As a change from my aromatics, in the one hand, and a full Latakia, on the other, I recently tried this blend. It smoked ever so smoother than straight Perique but without the horrible side effects. I like Marquis Red Eye. Yet, I won’t buy it again: why pay for the expensive packaging, that is, the can? That’s why I gave this product only four stars. I’ve started blending tobaccos. I plan to buy bulk Perique and mix it with my favorite smoke, Russ’s exquisite Match Troost Aromatic. Possibly I’ll throw a few punches of Latakia into the mixture.
5 out of 5
Roll Cut
Good tobacco flavor. The small coins are easy to fold and stuff, lights well, and is a satisfying smoke that burns clean all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
5 out of 5
Hearth and home marquee red eye.....quite exceptional!!
I was a lil skeptical at first while opening my first tim,...i didnt get much info on the brand from its description and mostly people only hinted that it was "smokeable"....but i love the coin design,...and i love cutting down on the tobacco intake without cutting out any of the excellance and enjoyment of a highest quality tobacco...this one is by far the best of both worlds AND its not only got just the right amount of peppery modes, but a fascinatingly sweet cigar wrapper style sweetness to an avidly awesome desireable smoking experiance..!!-- its quite a stocker!!
3 out of 5
No surprise
this is similar to Peter Stokkebye bull's-eye flake ...not new, not different ,no surprise.It is good..not more than this
5 out of 5
MacBarens Dark Twist
The only tobacco I buy.
5 out of 5
Amazing Blend!
I am so glad I ordered this amazing blend. All of the details came together for me; smooth, soft and rich flavor, burn rate, no bite, and amazing aroma. Just wow. I didn't think I could find a competitor to Dark Twist (one of my favorites), but I might just prefer Red Eye. 5 stars for me.
5 out of 5
Mellow AND Tasty
An enjoyable combination of Black Cavendish and Virginias. This this gives the tobacco its mellow characteristics, but they added spicy Perique to augment the flavors. I was not disappointed with the flavors at all. It burns well and needs no drying time. It’s a superior blend.
5 out of 5
MacBaren's Dark Twist
MacBaren's tobacco was my first pipe tobacco. It was recommended by a wholesale tobacconist as a very high quality product. He suggested Symphony blend as a start. To me it was toasty. Later I went to the Scottish Blend. It's my favorite. The Dark Twist is more subtle but with a depth of flavor. The MacBaren's blends are always the ones I go back to after trying the rest. You owe it to yourself to try one. They taste real.
5 out of 5
Excellent change of pace from the typical VaPer
Smoking this blend as I write this. Have to say, Red Eye is impressively good! A nice change of pace from an ordinary VaPer blend. There's some notes of hay, pastry dough, and citrus from the Virginias, and peppery spice from the Perique, as you'd expect from a quality VaPer, but there's a darker, earthier base note here, that I suppose comes from the Cavendish in the mix. All in all a delicious, well-rounded smoke.
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Red Eye is very similar to Bulls Eye Flake, just a little sweeter. Don't buy just one tin.
5 out of 5
Excellent Dark Twist
After many years, this is my favorite pipe tobacco. And through Pipes & Cigars, it is less expensive than buying at a store, and I know now that I can get it wherever I may live.
4 out of 5
Dark twist
Pretty good. Might need some age on it for optimum performance
5 out of 5
Marquee Red Eye review
The Red Eye is a very good smoke. It has a very pleasing aroma and taste with no bite.
5 out of 5
H & H hit a home run with their first spun-cut
Smoked the blend in a briar, corncob, and a meerschaum and it was great in all three pipes. Moisture was perfect. Tin note sweet cut hay. After char light and relight the spicy, black pepper from the perique took center stage. Than it was gradually replaced by the sweet Virgina blend. Not hot. Smoked it first thing in AM with coffee afternoon with a beer and evening with some wine. Most of the time drank water with the blend. It was excellent every time. Nice white ash to the bottom of the bowel and never bitter. I think the Black Cavendish made the Virginia blend sweeter. Hope everyone enjoys this blend like I do. Sending for some more.
5 out of 5
I've been smoking Mac Baron's
I've been smoking Mac Baron's Dark Twist for many, many years. It's probably not a good choice for a beginning smoker, but it is loaded with flavor, sweet and nutty. A very complex blend. I have had trouble finding it of late, at least until I found you guys.
5 out of 5
Great Flavor.
I have had this tin for a few months now and after letting it sit it smokes so much better. The Flavors are just right to me but will burn hot in my briar pipes but is enjoyable in my cob. Looking forward to getting a few more tins and cellar.
5 out of 5
Tastes Great
Tastes Great
5 out of 5
Excellent New Blend
I have to say, this is one of the best VaPer blends I have tried in a while. If it comes back in stock, I will buy as much as I can! Please get it back!
4 out of 5
Who stole the Coins
I would have given it 5 stars had the coins been detectable in the tin. It was a mess inside,broken coins,rubbed out tobacco and very hard to find the coins with the dark fired blend. On the positive side an excellent smoke. Great flavor,aroma,and an easy burn. I've had Escudo and other coin blends,which are easy to fold and stuff,but this tin was practically pre-rubbed. I'll buy again hoping that I just had some bad luck with that one tin.
5 out of 5
Mac Baren Pipe Tobacco Dark Twist
Always my preference.
3 out of 5
I am really trying to like this. I haven't smoked a Mac Baren yet that doesn't bite! It tastes great, and I really enjoy the smoke, but I can only get through about 1/3 of a bowl. The bite is just too intense for me.
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