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Erik Paul, his Grandfather, was an entrepreneur and collector who loved to travel and experience many things. The 1897 blend is a colorful combination of light, golden Virginias, bronze Burley and a touch of Black Cavendish. The base of rich vanilla combines with notes of mild, sweet honey for a gentle aromatic sweetness. The 1897 has more Black Cavendish in it and has more sweetness in terms of the vanilla flavors, and it is a little bit milder.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured BySt-Group Assens
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringHoney, Vanilla
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100g tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Got this as a free sample from smokingpipes.com.

Somewhat sweet with the mild flavor of bright Virginias and the added flavors of honey and vanilla. Didn't expect to like this, but it's actually pretty good. No bite, but will burn hot if you push it. Smoked at a moderate pace it maintains flavor and stays relatively cool.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: free sample from smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Falcon Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falcon Fan (20)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this tobacco intriguing!

First off, it comes in a 1.4oz circular tin, which is fairly rare. The packaging was dated and suggested the tin was around 6 months old and on opening, was reasonably moist - but the paper packaging exhibited dried "wet tobacco" stains and so it must have been a lot more moist at some point.

The smell of the tobacco is not really typical of vanilla aromatics. To my nose, this had the smell of something unique, but more at the pungent end of the virginia spectrum rather than the mild end of the aromatic spectrum.

It is a nice tobacco to handle, is not greasy and does not leave any residue on your hands and packs well. On first lighting, the taste and smell is really absent and it takes quiet a few draws before any type of character becomes apparent, but what emerges is a very agreeable mild, bite free experience that is much closer, at least in my mind, to dark virginia blends, than the sort of cavendish vanilla bomb that I had expected from a very cursory check on the composition of the blend pre- purchase. So the smoking experience matches the unlit aroma perfectly, but is perhaps not as strong as the aroma is pungent.

This is one to savour - the character develops and improves dramatically from the first couple of draws which are a non-experience to the the bottom of the bowl, by which time, it is "really smokin'" as they say!!!

The downside is the $26+tax purchase price here in Ontario for such a small ammount of Tobacco but it is much cheaper to mail order in from south of the border.

google you tube "cigars international 1897" for an interview with Peter Stokkebye talking a bit more about the inspiration for this tobacco (peters grandfather, born in 1897, a cigar smoker who liked the ocassional aromatic pipe). I think Peters' grandfather would have been very happy with this in his pipe, as am I!!

Pipe Used: Vesz Briar, MM corncob, Falcon

Age When Smoked: 6 months.

Purchased From: Celebrity gifts, Oakville.

1 person found this review helpful.

unfound Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
unfound (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend isn't bad, but its not great. The taste is okay if you like aromatics. The room note is great, very sweet and the vanilla is strong.

I didn't enjoy it in either pipe, it was too light in the church warden. The aftertaste isn't very good but it is light.

Wouldn't recommend for most.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden & Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: PipesandCigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one damp tobacco! Drying it helps, and it is really necessary in my opinion. The tin aroma is quite nice; a vanilla cream. But it doesn't fully deliver the taste and aroma once lit. It does not bite, and the quality of leaf seems good. If I could, I would give it two and a half stars. But it fell just a little short of my expectations, especially given the tin note and the cost.

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

1 person found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (42)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Like the 1957 member of the 4th Generation series, the 1897 was a disappointment. It is too expensive for what it is.

The aroma is pleasant: again, fresh creamy vanilla, but this time with a slight undertone of tart fruit. Both the flavour and aroma are well balanced, and hold up during the entire smoke.

Being overly moist out of the tin, I dried it several hours before smoking. This had a very positive effect on the flavour and burn. I recommend doing likewise.

The tobacco appears identical to Mac Baren 7 Seas Royal, but the tin and room aroma are better in 1897. However, that doesn't warrant the outrageous price tag. Particularly considering how economical the 7 Seas tobaccos are.

In general I have a very high opinion of Stokkebye tobaccos: excellent quality and value, with a good range of cuts, flavours and aromas. My hope is that the 1855 and 1931 members of the 4th Generation series, as yet untried, warrant more favourable reviews.

1 person found this review helpful.

LightMyBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LightMyBriar (5)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is by far my favorite aromatic tobacco. All of the components are top quality, and are perfectly complimented by the sweet vanilla flavor. It burns without a problem, and the room note is sure to please even the most discriminating noses. No bite, no burn, just a great relaxing smoke. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and it is well worth it.

Pipe Used: Chacom Maya zulu

Age When Smoked: One year

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (42)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Like the 1957 member of the 4th Generation series, the 1897 was a disappointment. It is too expensive for what it is. But the good news is: you can enjoy virtually the same tobacco by purchasing Mac Baren 7 Seas Royal in bulk at less than half the price!

The aroma is pleasant: again, fresh creamy vanilla, but this time with a slight undertone of tart fruit. Both the flavour and aroma are well balanced, and hold up during the entire smoke.

Being overly moist out of the tin, I dried it several hours before smoking. This had a very positive effect on the flavour and burn. I recommend doing likewise.

The tobacco appears identical to Mac Baren 7 Seas Royal, but the tin and room aroma are better in 1897. However, that doesn't warrant the outrageous price tag. Particularly considering how economical the 7 Seas tobaccos are.

In general I have a very high opinion of Stokkebye tobaccos: excellent quality and value, with a good range of cuts, flavours and aromas. However the 4th Generation line is a bit of a let down, barring of course 1931 which is an absolutely top notch flake.

Pipe Used: Cavicchi Bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal Blend.

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