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A spicy blend of excellent fire cured Kentucky and full bodied, rich Virginia tobaccos.

Notes: This comes in two cuts: a fine ribbon (in bulk) for pipes, and a fine shag (in pouch) for RYO.

BrandPeter Stokkebye
Blended ByPeter Stokkebye
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very fine ribbon cut tobacco, and it is a good smoke. It is a combination of Virginia and dark fired Kentucky tobaccos. The flavor was slightly sweet/nutty tobacco with a little spice from the Kentucky. This sounds like it would be fairly mild from my description, but it delivered a medium strength and flavor when combined. I found this to be a satisfying smoke. I liked this, and it is a serious bargain.

Edit: Now that I have read some of the other reviews, I think I should mention that I am smoking this in a pipe and not a paper tube. I find that hydrating it a little brings out the flavors. I have smoked over two pounds of this, and it is a 3.5 on the four-star scale for me.

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Villiger - Newminster Superior Round Slices in flavor and strength.

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2163)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Virginias are grassy with a little earth, some citrus, and a very light fruitiness. They form the base of this blend. The dark fired Kentucky is mildly sweet, fairly smokey, woody, earthy, and very nutty with a fair amount of spice, and is very obvious in every puff. Obvious enough that it often takes attention away from the Virginias. The nic-hit is medium. A thin ribbon cut that needs hydration to bring out more flavor and reduce the burn rate. A moderate puffing cadence to avoid a cigarette note or two is recommended. Burns well even with added moisture. Has a very consistent flavor, though can tingle your tongue. May bite if puffed hard. Requires very few relights as it easily burns to ash. Leaves no moisture in the bowl. Has a spicy after taste, though the room note might not please everybody. Some may use this for RYO, but it works well in a pipe as an occasional during the day smoke. I do suggest having a drink handy when you smoke it as it can dry your throat a little, especially if you use a pipe with a big bowl.

9 people found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a good plain unflavored tobacco for new pipe smokers who want to quit cigarettes, the flavor is spicy and nutty, very close to cigarette flavor but much better, also this can be used as RYO smoke

5 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (121)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Summary: a pipe adaptation of the popular rolling tobacco, this delivers a piquant medium strength smoke.

Go to a park. Watch the ducks play in the lake. Nod at the lovers under a tree. Walk a few miles among the flowers and grass. What do you smoke for this venture? "Amsterdam" adapts the "Halfzware" style of mixed Virginias and dark-fired Kentucky that shows up in rolling blends like Drum "Gold," but makes it fit for a pipe smoke. Compared to recent pipe smokes of Drum "Gold," this blend is not as sweet or as strong in flavor as one might need with the hotter-burning cigarettes, but instead a mellow mix of bready and sweet Virginias with the spicy smoke of the dark-fired. For slow smokers, this is a great blend that works well outdoors.

4 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Reviewing as a RYO/MYO cigarette tobacco. Semi rich sweetness balanced by bold natural smokey tobacco flavors. Real overall flavor sensation that I find irresistable. "High test", best served in moderation. I think fantastic for short, thin diameter nonfilter roll type cigarettes. Great value. For me, best served fresh, maximum moisture as provided. Outstanding, I think sets the standard by which others are judged.

Edited 5/23/12: Half way thru second lb. This bag seems darker with more Kentucky in the mix, but conversely the taste is milder with less Kentucky influence. Regardless, still fantastic RYO/MYO smoke. Four stars!

Edited 7/5/12: Third lb as good/consistant with the second. Four Stars.

PS - When not inhaled, get mostly mild plain tobacco taste with slight hint of Kentucky. Out of the "pipe tobacco" / RYO Peter Stokkebye group of blends, this has the most N and is closes to any appeal for the pipe smoker. Others in this category not so much appeal for the pipe smoker, at best as mild value blenders for toning down other tobaccos.

3 people found this review helpful.

CnS Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CnS Pipes (40)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I wanna give the most honest review I can with this tobacco blend so first off over the packing of a pipe this is far better for a RYO tobacco. If smoked in a pipe it will be smooth and is a all and all good smoke but for the best taste it really must be inhaled otherwise you'll miss out on its design. Its nicotine level is on the medium side but being a natural nicotine has a tendency to relax but by all means can absolutely be smoked in a pipe of course. Having a nice smokey tone to it and a smooth Virginia note this is a very fine tobacco blend and is highly enjoyable. It is not for the new comer but more so for a seasoned smoker although a person is always free to go for it. I find it very enjoyable and I'm not a cig smoker anymore but it is very enjoyable in that form being twisted in a zig zag or JoB paper will get the job done and you don't want a filter taking away from the taste. A velvety smoke that's alittle sweet and no bite whether in a pipe or paper. When smoked in a pipe a slow draw and slight inhale will give the best results but understanding that it does have some nicotine I do not want to down play that. I would recommend this because its high quality tobacco and is very good, its not processed and has no chemicals, its how tobacco used to be when smoked in cig form. It is what it is and suits both cigarette smoker and pipe smoker. I would also suggest it being smoked in a corn cob for the reason that it could add to your pipe cake a taste you would not really want not that its bad and is like a ash tray because its not, just that it is a stand alone tobacco with its own character robust but mellow and smooth. Pleasing in every way PS Amsterdam is a fine choice for all the reasons above, happy smoking my friends!!!

Pipe Used: Corn Cob and Zig Zag Papers

Age When Smoked: 39

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Similar Blends: Drum, Bali Shag etc..

1 person found this review helpful.

Uncle Al Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uncle Al (8)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Peter Stokkebye Amsterdam is an exceptional bulk tobacco for an exceptionally low price. Virginia forward, like cigarette tobacco for the pipe – but much deeper and nuanced. Medium strength, middle of the road, all day blend. Could be added to with condiment mixing tobaccos or sealed up and stored with a splash of dark spirit. I prefer using a larger bowl for Amsterdam, as it relights well. A serious bargain – seriously overlooked!

Pipe Used: Oom Paul & smaller

Age When Smoked: N/A

Purchased From: 4Noggins

Similar Blends: Cigarette tobacco but so much better..

1 person found this review helpful.

martnfox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
martnfox (2)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

I always inhale this stuff, whether it be from a small corncob or cigarette tubes.

Smell is fantastic. Creates voluminous smoke. Taste is mediocre- drying it out (almost to the point of bone-dryness) helps a bit. Strength is a hair over medium, in my opinion.

Bland and disappointing compared to the genuine Amsterdam Shag rolling tobacco, which was much much tastier. But this dual-purpose incarnation is about a quarter of the price... a so-so tobacco for a wonderful price.

Stokkebye's Turkish is incomparably better for cigarettes.

Pipe Used: nosewarmer cob; cigarette tubes

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

A fine ribbon cut tobacco that has a natural smell in the pouch with perfect burning qualities. An old school, straight forward baccy that is inexpensive and available. There's a good amount of nicotine and a small bowl, slowly smoked is required.

The nutty slightly dry and very spicy taste reminds me of a good cigar that is better enjoyed, for me, after a meal. Those who smoke European style Kentucky cigars or pipe tobacco, will have an honest and pleasant encounter with this offering.

1 person found this review helpful.

CharlotteGuitar1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CharlotteGuitar1 (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

As a new RYO / MYO cigarette smoker coming from Camel No. 9 Regular, this blend (ribbon strand for pipe) and filter were recommended to me by a friend as a substitute for "store bought." Not only is this blend a wonderful flavor and strength, it provides greater satisfaction than 'production' cigarettes. As I am new to RYO / MYO, even with very basic 'starter' equipment (Zen Classic Shooter - $6.99), one can learn in a short amount of time (about 3 weeks in my case) to make a better smoke than you can by at a fraction of the cost. I have tried other blends specifically for RYO / MYO cigarettes to be more expensive and less satisfying.

Pipe Used: RMO - w/ Gizeh Silver Tip Air Plus Tubes

Age When Smoked: Less than 2 days from bulk purchase

Purchased From: Infinity's End

1 person found this review helpful.

chimney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chimney (2)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

2 star if push hard in a larg bowl.

3 star if puff slowly slowly in a small bowl.

Almost 4 star in corncobs, don't know why.

A friendly blend with a natural flavor. Needs no preparations. Dry enough to enjoy directly from the package.

If other blends are wine, whisky, gin...(or some are carbonated beverages), this one is beer. Cheers :)

1 person found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The pipe tobacco version of PS Amsterdam hand-rolling tobacco, this blend comes noticeably damper, suggesting a conscious effort by the manufacturer to differentiate this from the RYO version in deference to pipe smokers. So what did I do? I smoked it rolled as a cigarette to test that hypothesis. Burns well, despite higher moisture content than RYO version. Significantly more tang than the RYO version. Overall an enjoyable smoke, though I must respectfully disagree with a previous reviewer: this is nothing like Bali Shag in cut, aroma, or flavor. If you want an excellent rolling tobacco, skip this and get some Bali Shag (or even some PS rolling tobacco).

In a pipe this blend becomes more alive. A nice KY/VA tang on the palate. Burns well, if a bit hot when over-puffed (probably a function of the cut). A good vaue as an all-day smoke for frequent pipe smokers. Lacking in the depth or complexity required by special occasions, or by occasional pipe smokers. Those who smoke Prince Albert, Half and Half, etc, should really try this one for a step up in flavor and an inexpensive introduction to Virginias.

Recommended as a step up for those currently smoking OTCs. Outstanding value in quantities over two ounces.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Recommended for value-Li'l Brown has it for $20 a pound! An unremarkable but solid recut/rebrand (?) of what was originally a RYO tobacco to get around the higher taxes. I couldn't resist it, or the Norwegian, at that price, but it is more something I will just keep in a (really big) jar to have around, smoke occasionally, roll a cig out of, emergency reserve for the apocalypse, etc.

I won't be smoking a lot of it, because I have so much that is better. That said, it isn't bad. Nothing sublime, but no rough stuff either. It packs a tolerable pipe, and rolls (rubbed out a bit) a decent cigarette. I've tried it both ways. My brother is a RYO smoker, and he liked it enough to take an ounce from me to mix with his usual roll, American Spirit US Grown.

The most interesting element is the addition of Kentucky, but it isn't really the knockout kind of Kentucky. One can tell it's there, and it adds a pleasant smokiness.

1 person found this review helpful.

Weebs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weebs (2)
Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I smoked Amsterdam shag for almost 10 years (RYO) and then something changed within he last year or two. The mix of tobaccos has become quite different and lots of times, I end up purchasing a can only to find it moldy! Bleh.

Pipe Used: 0

Purchased From: Knight's Tobacco, Phoenix, AZ

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1661)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Peter Stokkebye - Amsterdam.

Quite a 'to the point' smoke, with nothing pretentious about it. At the risk of sounding sexist, it conjures up the term Manly!

The only low thing about Amsterdam, from an objective point of view, is the cut; as it's fine and shag-like this can cause a rapid burn that's too hot. Take it easy with a bowl! The smoke has a higher proportion of fired Kentucky flavour compared to Virginia: smoky and nutty. To my taste the Kentucky takes on more nuts from its Burley roots as the bowl progresses, and the fired note abates. Subjectively speaking, it bites hard; this, obviously, I don't like!

I find the room-note a little unfriendly, and the nicotine strong.

Not my cup of tea, so two stars it its result!

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Two weeks

Purchased From: 4noggins

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Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Peter Stokkebye Amsterdam: The appearance is predominantly reddish brown with some tan pieces in the mix. Mine is the ribbon cut for pipe smoking and it packs and lights easily. The initial flavor is a balance of Virginia and Kentucky, with the Virginia taking the lead somewhat. When puffed vigorously, the Kentucky flavor steps up and overshadows the Virginia. Overall, it is a pretty good balance between the two types of tobaccos. The rest of the bowl is like the first part of the bowl, just good, unadulterated tobacco flavor with a pleasant tang. I smoked it in a Comoy's Guildhall billiard with a healthy cake. The smoke is of medium intensity in terms of body and flavor. There is little depth or complexity; this is a straightforward tobacco lover's dream. The nicotine strength is medium as a pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: Comoy's Guildhall billiard

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: a friend

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Nathaniel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nathaniel (10)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I love these ribbon cuts. Loading is a cinch, although it is possible to overpack this stuff, and that, as we shall see, may have consequences.

Lights as quickly and easily as expected, though the crown was quite unruly and wanted a good firm tamp to settle it back down. Didn't really need a true light; this stuff burns quite readily, though not, surprisingly, all that quickly.

The taste off the first light is cinnamon and wood smoke, and that's what you get for the remainder of the bowl. The cinnamon is the only flavor on the retrohale. Spicy and simple, simply spicy, in a way that feels like perique but doesn't taste like perique. That's the Kentucky, I suppose, and though I'm not a fan of perique, I like this even less. Less character. Sipping gives you wood smoke, tugging gives you cinnamon.

And then, yes, there it is... ladies and gentlemen, Nathan has been bitten for the first time in his short but enthusiastic pipe-smoking career. Unpleasant. I had to "reset the pack" with the poker on the Czech tool and slow way the flip down.

Back to the dominant flavors of wood and spice. Because I smoked too hard to begin with, I got a little bitterness, but that fixed itself as I corrected my cadence.

Good nicotine level, though my rating on this particular smoke is probably skewed by an empty stomach. This is an uncomplicated, quality blend that doesn't ask much, except for a light pack and an open-drawed pipe. It's an oatmeal sort of pipe tobacco. Nobody loses sleep waiting for a breakfast of oatmeal, but when you haven't the time to fuss about with complicated preparations or the inclination to sit and ponder nuances of flavor, a bowl of this honest, uncomplicated leaf will suit quite nicely.

Pipe Used: 1940s Peterson

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inthewoodspiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
inthewoodspiper (5)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I'm reviewing this selection as a dual purpose tobacco. Picked up some pipe cut and some shag to compare as a rollie. Taste and aroma are nearly indiscernible, the only difference in is the cut- the shag is much easier to roll. The pipe cut can be rolled though, without issue, and smokes just fine. In a pipe it's not at the top of my list, but not bad in any way. For the price, Amsterdam pipe cut is highly recommended for the folks who enjoy pipes, RYO, and spliffs.

Pipe Used: cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh from bulk

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This essentially Bali Shag the RYO tobacco only in pipe tobacco form. It's good if you're a fan of Bali Shag! Very nutty and spicy!

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (28246)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a good tobacco, good flavor. That being said, its a little to zesty for me. After being cut with some milder blends, it's real tasty

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Medium Mild Full Pleasant

Is a mixture based or cigarrete tobacco. Virginia with little Dark Kentuck. The flavour is mild,but taste is full, tastes smoke with little cinammon and cloves. In the room note, rassembles chocolate and coccoa. Interesting tobacco, different of all other mixtures that i tried. Ideal for all day smoke, however, smoke slowly and in small bowls. Large Nicotine ammount. Good. Recommended.

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