|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.