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Deep brown burleys, broad cut Virginias, black cavendish, and matured navy flake with top notes of prune, marzipan, and vanilla.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging3.5 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Liam Tyr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liam Tyr (17)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another extraordinary achievement from 4th Gen Tobacco.

I think it should be understood from the start that I do like most of the blends from this company. I smoke 1957 and 1897 daily. I love Virginias, burley, aromatics and flakes.

Tin Notes - When I opened it I got a faceful of wonderful scents, there was vanilla, fruit, Christmas candy, maybe marzipan, and a bit of spice (nutmeg or light cinnamon). It was wonderful, i just took a few moments to really enjoy it. It was not overpowering or jarring, just a gentle pleasant aroma. It comes in a fairly attractive and large rectangular tin, wherein it is bagged up. This is similar to W.O. Larsen 1864 only wider. The tin is hinged on the side and will make a nice box for something later. Bonus! The presentation is excellent.

Handling the tobacco (Loading the pipe) - The Virginias were the first thing I saw when I dug into the bag, they are cut very broadly and have a silky texture. Just your eyes could tell you this is high-quality tobacco blended from the best ingredients. It loaded very nicely and the bits of Navy Flake and cavendish were pliable and perfectly moist. Not too wet, and not too dry, there was no gooey, dripping sauce on top, even though this is an aromatic blend with a topping. There was no greasy feel to it, and my fingers were clean even when i rubbed the tobacco together gently on my palm. It loaded easily into my pipe and expanded only slightly. There was no issue with packing or crumbly mess.

Smoking - Charring light expanded the tobacco slightly but a quick tamp brought it under control, and the flavor was slightly sweet with a nice tobacco taste. The next light was heaven, I was rewarded with a large plume of tasty smoke laced with marzipan, spices, and some Virginia tang. I burned very quietly and didn't seem to ever overheat and cause tongue burn. Of course, you wouldn't really expect that from a quality Virginia without really trying. What I found a quarter of the way through the bowl was a complicated, well thought out, Danish aromatic. Very special in its own right, and different from pretty much everything else. There were pockets of chestnut flavored burley and navy flake that popped up and the cavendish added that sweet flavor around the middle of the bowl. That's when things got more interesting. Midway through the bowl, I must have stoved the lower tobaccos nicely and I was rewarded with what reminded me a bit of McClellands Holiday spirit. There was spice and vanilla and heaps sweet Virginias. It was incredibly tasty. As I got to the bottom of the bowl, everything seemed to slow down to a gentle tobacco flavor with mild vanilla sweetness before going down to a nice fine ash. It was a great experience.

Conclusion: The 4th Generation Family Reserve is incredible. A wonderful and flavorful experience. A very high quality, well behaved tobacco with a lot of character. To date, I have enjoyed about 50 grams of it and it is slightly different every time. I am going to order more of it to enjoy and keep some to mellow in my cellar. They are expensive, and to my knowledge are not sold in anything other than tins. Is it a good deal, compared to other tobaccos? I have no idea, and I don't care to speculate. It's a tin of tobacco, not a mortgage rate or a car comparison. Go grab a tin from your local tobacconist and I am sure you will enjoy it.


Pipe Used: Tom Eltang Bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Mission Pipe, San Jose, Ca, USA.

Similar Blends: Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 1897.

10 people found this review helpful.

Tabak Trak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tabak Trak (78)
Medium Medium Very Full Pleasant

This has the most alluring tin aroma & is the best tasting aromatic tobacco I've ever had the pleasure of smoking and the reason being: First of all, I'm not really a smoker of aromatics although I've tried a dozen or so but I'm having trouble staying away from Erik Stokkebye's Family Rreserve due to its exotic, almost intoxicating flavor with an abundant amount of nicotiana tabacum which is unusual in a quality, flavorful aromatic. I consistently feel the desire to reach for it on a daily basis & smoke subsequent bowls.

This is not a goopy aromatic & has just the right moisture content, possesses an excellent burning rate & doesn't bite. It offers up a normal non-cased character with a flavored topping that is extremely enticing. The best way to start off with this is to set your pipe down for at least five minutes after a good burning rate, otherwise it'll take a little longer to pick up on the good flavor this has to offer. If I have a blend that doesn't taste so good or I just want to improve the taste of any blend, I just fill the bottom forth to one third of my bowl with Erik Stokkebye's Family Reserve.

I must have purchased all the tins on the planet as I can find no others available on any of the mainstream, online pipe tobacco dealers. OK... this mixture can be smoked right out of the bag & one might obtain the best flavor by doing so. The preparation requires rubbing out due to the smaller pieces of Navy flake mixed with brown Burley, broad cut Virginia & black Cavendish. There's nothing else like this in our world. It only comes in 100g, unsealed tins with a folded & taped plastic bag within. Some might say it is relatively expensive but then again, so is a good wine... and "Romulan Ale" is no longer available unless you're able to hitch a ride on the Enterprise & Scotty's hand is on the throttle instead of the last bottle.

The tobacco flavor still comes through & the well balanced topping ingredients of prunes, marzipan & vanilla combined with the fig & raisin flavor from a very slight Perique infusion from their navy flake will knock your socks off & leave a pleasant aftertaste in your pie hole. Every characteristic of a superb, quality aromatic & top shelf leaf is contained within this nostalgic tin. They say that all good things must come to an end & this may never be available again after this initial run but I hope that's not the case. I "prey" nobody labels me as "hoggish" since I took the opportunity to buy the remaining tins from various venders which appears to have dwindled the supply.

I've purchased six of these tins & all but one are sealed within zip-lock freezer bags inside an airtight, 50 Cal. military, ammunition container. They're perfect for keeping your open tins/pouches fresh indefinitely. I have a ten year old open tin of Haddo's Delight & it's still moist & reeks of vinegar & cocoa. I keep one tin of Family Reserve at the ready for smoking on a daily basis & simply love this stuff for its strength, aroma, flavor, smoking & excellent burning characteristics.

Trust me! This is the Beacon of Bagged Tobaccos... The Magnificent Mixture of Aromatics, The Exotic Leaf Beyond Belief & connoisseurs will thank me for this recommendation. Something tells me I shouldn't have said that... I'll probably receive some condemnation. Anyway, it's not a grab bag of chance & should make your taste buds dance. If you don't like it, call me @ BR 549 & we'll make a deal, you'll get a steal & we also take trade-ins... no matter what shape your tin is in as long as the bag is still fresh within. This rating is based solely on the basis of an aromatic blend. I think Stokkebye deserves a head start as this rates above four stars & off the chart.

Pipe Used: Cavicchi, 312 Sterling Pete & Huber Bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: Recently obtained

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes & Cup O' Joes

Similar Blends: A little like Erik's other aromatics - 1897 & 1957 but with more flavoring ingredients & a tastier topping...

3 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (126)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

Though the nice metal box and the clear plastic bag inside it are both sent out unsealed, yet the 4th Generation Family Reserve tobacco in the bag is moist and perfect for smoking, right from the tin. The mixture is quite chunky, including some broken flake, with colors ranging from light to medium and dark browns, also some black chunks. The scent from a fresh tin is like a deluxe, fruity, golden cake, with the fragrant tobaccos scents rising along with restrained prunes, almond extract, vanilla, citrus, and faint cocoa and sweet spirits, all of it, appearance and scents, redolent with smooth, silky, luxury. The tobacco handles, loads, lights and smokes with minimal effort. I like to gravity load it, tamp it gently, and smoke it slowly in a large pipe and just cruise and let the impression of luxury continue. The VAs are cool burning and mostly meadow grassy, and they somehow conjoin with the golden cake aspect of this blend. There also seems to be some sweet, air-cured brown VA that adds some musky, lower notes. The Burleys are rich, mildly earthy, and nutty/buttery, along with some bitterness that I find refreshing. The Cav thickens the smoke, and it does a good job of melding the mixture and delivering the toppings, along with its own sweet/sour effect. Something I really like about this blend is the way the smoke is at once sweet, sour, dry and “creamy”, also bracing, with a nice mouth feel, if it’s kept cool. The topping holds true to the tin note, top to bottom, though the tobaccos are forward, once the contents have rested a while. Strength is mild. Tastes are medium. Room note is nice. Aftertaste is a lingering best-of-the-smoke.

The key with aromatics is how well the “aromatic” components play with the tobaccos while they’re smoked, also how little one notices their residues. Erik Stokkebye’s 4th Generation Family Reserve is well balanced and understated, top quality, top to bottom, a satisfying, exemplary aromatic. 4GFR reminds me a lot of Peterson’s Special Reserve, Limited Edition 2015, though FR has less dark fruit. I plan to keep some 4GFR on hand (in jars!) from here on out, if possible. Four Stars.

Pipe Used: large briars preferred

Age When Smoked: fresh from an undated tin

Purchased From: Cup o' Joe's

Similar Blends: Peterson Special Reserve, Limited Edition 2015.

3 people found this review helpful.

BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (55)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

A very nice, high quality tobacco to enjoy. However it is very strong to me compared to some other blends.. it's all in what you're used to. I went to my folks' house after smoking a pipe of this and my mom said I reeked terribly of smoke. Haven't had others say that about other aros I smoke. It has a good tobacco flavor but a little strong for me and I wouldn't call it an all day smoke. The toppings are nice and present but when smoking I get tobacco the most.

Pipe Used: Calabresi Sandblast, Missouri Meerschaums

Age When Smoked: right out of tin

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

aztobaccosavant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aztobaccosavant (11)
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Interesting cut. Many combined textures and colors. Nose is more homogeneous then other reviewers note. But upon lighting the bowl explodes with many soft subtle flavors. Nice creamy smoke that stays cool. Easily candidate for daily rotation.


Pipe Used: Bjarne, cob, meer, Horst Fleaglehoff

Age When Smoked: New in tin

Purchased From: P&C

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1 person found this review helpful.

Bud_Harold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bud_Harold (23)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm usually not a fan of aromatics this stuff is really really good. Prunes raisins vanilla Spice and nuttiness from the Burley tobacco sets this apart from any aromatic I've ever puffed up on. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Ropp jawhanger

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking

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