A mild and lightly aromatic Scottish Blend, manufactured from ready rubbed, matured Virginia tobaccos, golden brown burley, cavendish and loose, ripe Virginia. Mac Baren blender Per Jensen states there is no honey added to this blend. Having smoked 10,000 or so bowls of Mixture thus far in my lifetime, I've finally been able to narrow down why I like it so much.Mixture is one of the most popular pipe tobaccos in the world, and is the leading brand tax free, a position which Mixture has been able to maintain through decades. Because it's a complex medium blend aromatic with a variety of flavors, I had to smoke a lot of it before gauging how to describe this one. Basically, it's the complexity of the flavor and aroma combined with perfect balance. For me, the foundation of Mixture is the Virginia, which gives it a fresh mellow character and mouth-filling flavor.The burley is a little nutty with a mild earthy and molasses touch as a supporting player. When I say my cupboards contain over a hundred different pipe tobaccos, I'm not bragging. Two quick lights bring it to a slow, steady, fragrant smolder. The room note is heavenly when it burns slowly and coolly.The Virginia is mildly citrusy, grassy and woodsy, and creates a solid base for the other flavors. Per Jensen summed it up perfectly: pipe smoking is all about temperature.
A “typical” assemblage of 40 fragments of glass had its earliest origins in the early 18th century, which analyst Robin Mudoch called “by no means unusual.”“The rapid spread of the use of glass wine and beer bottles in the 18th century was usually the first time that such containers became part of the general social fabric,” he pointed out.“From the beginning of the second quarter of the 19th century, a whole range of glass containers for all sorts of uses began to be made – many preferred to use ceramics because of the ability to view the contents.“There are several examples in the assemblage and also some later 20th century material.”Archaeozoologist Catherine Smith reported “at least” three lower cheek teeth from horses, as well as sheep bones left in a cut-through pit among the fields.This is the only cavendish blend that he likes, and now I know why.In short, this is one of the most complex and interesting blends I have ever had the pleasure of smoking!In the background is the matured Virginia, which adds a little fermented dark fruit and earth. Often, one bowlful will taste a little different from another and vary during a smoke -especially in a big bowl - but that's due to how you pack it, and whether or not one component is more present in your pipe than other times. It took me decades to fully appreciate this bit of wisdom, but no truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to the enjoyment of pipe tobacco.Needs to smoked at a slow pace as fast puffing may result in some tongue bite. Requires few relights, and leaves very little moisture in the bowl as it easily burns to ash. Pipe Used: All Age When Smoked: Fresh Purchased From: Everywhere =Note: I have already reviewed this blend, but when the changes were made here at tobaccoreviews, my name somehow was removed from my review below (is there a conspiracy going on? ) Anyway, this is simply a cut/paste job.= Mac Baren's Scottish Blend is totally different than what one might expect -- unless of course, you are familiar with Danish tobacco blenders.