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Latakia, sun-cured Orientals, mature Virginias, and full-bodied Kentucky leaf are blended together to produce this old-fashioned English smoke by Erik Stokkebye.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (143)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a very enjoyable blend, one that I could easily smoke any time. My sample was a touch on the dry side but it was not too far off the mark from what I prefer. When first lit, the flavor is somewhat sweet, a bit smoky, and relatively herbal tasting. As the pipe gets going the herbal flavors build and the smoke delivers a cool minty sensation on the palate. Overall this tobacco is very mellow and even by the mid-bowl point it remains incredibly smooth, flavorful, and similar to what one might expect from a mixture with a lot more age on it. Furthermore, I found it to be almost entirely devoid of the typical spiciness found in similar blends. The Latakia flavor is still fairly forward but it’s nicely balanced by the sweetness of the other tobaccos. Mild mannered? Check. Medium flavor and body? Check. Founder’s Blend is also well behaved, tasty and it burns nicely. Overall this is a nicely crafted blend.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1272)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I recently purchased and smoked the full line-up of Eric's new blends and have been impressed by all of them. They were well thought out as was this one. It is an English blend but with a twist. The Kentucky adds some power to the full tasting Latakia to provide what I call a sledgehammer English!


2 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (93)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Don't overlook this excellent, well-mannered English, because I'd put it in the top 2 percent of all English mixtures available, which is saying something.

Although it may seem like just another English made in Denmark, it rises above the pack in terms of quality of leaf and unique blending.

The Kentucky combines with well aged VAs to form a silky, slightly sweet, chewy backdrop for the moderate amount of Latakia and orientals, which skillfully play off the base , keeping things interesting, but always very civilized. One always tastes all the ingredients, carefully melded together.

The Virginias are of the slightly sweet variety, the Kentucky is noticed from the beginning and even more at the bottom of the bowl, but it never becomes "strong". A buttery smooth smoke which has an "aged quality" from the beginning.

Can't recommend this one enough. It obviously has flown below the radar for many.

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