This is the only cavendish blend that he likes, and now I know why.
I don't know what kind of liquor topping it has, but it's pleasant and compliments the mild sweetness of the blend with fruit and sugar toppings. Every once in a while I go on a Mac Baren Mixture binge. For a solid month or two I smoke nothing but Mixture Scottish Blend. Finally the dark-fired Kentucky, which wafts in and out over time, punctuates everything with an intriguing, mysterious spice. Day after day I simply work my way from one end of the pipe rack to the other.And the cavendish hints of a mild sweet honey taste that works well with the topping. Each time taking a single clump of tobacco from the tin and loosely twisting it into the bowl. Mixture is made from more than 35 different tobacco leaves from different parts of the world.Sometimes, the spicy, woody, lightly nutty Kentucky in the blend is more evident than other times, but no matter how present it is or isn't, it relays that very tasty spice note that contrasts nicely with creamy flavors. But one of them--and only one--holds a special place. No attribute of Mixture is either too little or too much. The Burley adds depth, with all the roasted nut, cocoa, and chocolate notes you read about.You won't be the person billowing clouds of dense white fog into the room, with Mixture in your pipe. The quality is very high in presentation, appearance, feel, and taste. I keep reading these reviewers who have marched out and purchased a tin of Mixture, tried to smoke the hell out of it, hated it, and then marched back here to rate it poorly, usually with some pointless jab at "Aromatics" and Danish-style tobacco in general, and explain with delight about how they have dumped it into the garbage, as if to exact some backwards revenge on Mac Baren. If you want fuming, blatant flavor intensity, Mixture is not your answer.
These things are the basis of the Danish tobacco style. If you have no idea how to smoke Danish tobacco, even though you've smoked everything else and consider yourself quite well versed, but you do not hold any interest in learning a new cadence, then Mixture is not your answer. Mixture IS a great and rewarding blend that deserves much respect and delivers a ton of enjoyment.
At different times throughout a single bowl I've tasted flavors verging on: citrus, chocolate, caramel, licorice, ice cream sandwich, snickers bar, and I swear I tasted Latakia, but that was probably the dark fired Kentucky.
This is a must have blend for me and will have a permanent spot in my rotation from now on.
It smells sweet and earthy from the tin with the top dressing showing itself a bit.
The cut is a combination of ready rubbed Virginia and ribbon cut burley and Cavendish.
There are a few chunks of mostly rubbed out flake, but most of it is ribbon. My tin was 12 months old according to the date on the back of the tin.