This is the strongest pipe tobacco among the blends in the Mac Baren range and is not recommended for inexperienced pipe smokers. HH Bold Kentucky contains a high amount of the finest Dark Fired Kentucky from the USA and Africa and is combined with bright Virginias to soften the taste just a bit. Still the taste is of earthiness with just a slight nuance of sweetness as the underlying taste, which comes from the leaf itself and the hot press, which marries the different tobaccos together. Like all the other HH blends this blend has only an absolute minimum of casing and no top flavor at all.
Blend - Virginia, Burley & Kentucky
Casings - None
Cut - Flake
Origin - Germany
Packaging - Tin
Strength - Strong
Added Flavours - None
Taste - Full
Overall - 3.8/4
Posted by Mycroft on 15th May 2016
I misheard the chap serving me in the newsagent and I had thought he said, "Balkan Flake". I had been trying to obtain some "Squadron Leader", but thought OK I will try some "Balkan", anywat queue building behind me, so gets me change and shoves tin in me pocket. Only back in the car did i see it was "Bold Flake", always one for the serendipitous experience I thought OK, lets put aside my bad experience with "McB Navy Flake" and I found myself enjoying a very fine strong flake baccy. Check Tobacco Reviews - it says it all. The McB team has done it! Mind you make sure you stand up slowly - this is a strong, excellent tobacco.
Posted by Alan on 29th Feb 2016
This is strong but delicious, the flavour is devine, it is to be smoked slowly when your fully relaxed and just savour the experience, I love this, Mac Baren have pulled out all the stops with this one, smokes cool no bite, the old nic hit is in the last quarter of the bowl, but it's not to bad, a really good smoke.