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Toasted cavendish and mild Virginia tobaccos.

New pouch description: Skandinavik Regular is a blend of flue cured Virginia and air cured Burley tobaccos.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended ByPeter Stokkebye
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I really like it! It's perfect for beginners and gives satisfaction to seasoned smokers! Opening the bulk it's quiet clear the smell of a good virginia inside the stuff. I let it dry for ten minutes and the packed. Very easy to pack, very easy to light. I really love this smoke! No topping flavour, just tobacco taste. It's like...horizontal flavour. In the center you can feel the nutty tast of the virginia, with sweet wings aside. It's one of those tobacco you can feel during smoking the same smell not smokers smell around you! Doesn't bite at all and goes til the end with almost no relighting. It requires a cold and slow sipping, 'cause it can become hot. I must repeat: I really like it. Cheap and loyal. I suggest this tobacco as a all day tobacco for seasoned smokers like me or as a school tobacco for people who start smoking pipe now.

10 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3025)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tobaccos are processed in the cavendish style. The nutty, toasty, lightly earthy, woody burley has a mild molasses and cocoa sweetness, and takes a little lead over the grassy, tart and tangy citrusy, lightly bready Virginia. The Virginia also provides a minor honey note. There’s a very light spice that may come from the burley, or it may come from a very mild Danish-topping. The strength and nic-hit are mild. The taste is in the center of mild to medium. It will bite if pushed, and much anything past sipping may get you a warm tongue. The flavors are very consistent form start to finish, and few relights are required. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. An all day smoke.

Edit: 4-4-2018: The above review was based on the 1970s and ‘80s version of this blend. Smoking a pouch from 2015, I see the formula was changed. The later production was sweeter with a topping I can’t define. The cocoa is a lot less noticeable.


7 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Tolerable

I didn't have great expectations about this tobacco, and it kinda surprised qualitywise. A regular Virginia/Burley/Cavendish mixture with low casing, providing a fair tobacco taste. Nothing remarkable, but a solid morning smoke, when you need a good tobacco that won't saturate your taste buds nor require you to sit contemplatively in order to enjoy it.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Review based on a sampler I received from a friend - perhaps an ounce and perhaps too little to make an honest assessment. However....

This is a pretty decent rendition of the typical Danish-style burley-based cavendish aromatic. Nothing leaps out here but it has the typical subtle honey flavor and nice room note - mild but with a tendency to bite if puffed too rapidly. Much more tobacco flavor than an American-style aromatic. I loved the cut of this - sort of a mostly rubbed out but not completely rubbed out flake. Nice burning qualities. The flavor was a bit too mild to make this a reference blend. It came across as sort of a dumbed down Mac Baren Symphony, lacking that tobacco's immense complexity in favor of a simple mild all day tobacco.

I'm just getting into these "Danish OTC's" if you will so I can so far really only compare this to its sister blend, Full Aroma Cavendish, at this point.

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Different than the Full Aroma, I noticed a sweet and nutty aroma upon opening the tin.

It tickled the tip of my tongue as I was smoking.

Nice offering, a change of pace from more complex mixtures.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I was recently overpowered by the design of the pouch and instead of buying a more reliable blend I bought this one, being seduced by it's appellative Nordic wooden theme.

As I was driving home I thought - Well, thats bound not to be a great tobacco, it's cheap, they seam to have it everywhere it's likely to be something quite bad...

I later found myself corrected, as I and a fellow pipe smoker decided to try the Tobacco (and the brand, neither of us had ever smoked skandinavik). My first impression when I opened the pouch was the freshness of the tobacco, it was in imaculate state of conservation and moist, it didn't smell aromatic, yet it smelled rather sweet and woody. Packed it lighted it. It was tobacco.Very simple, tasty, yet mild, no pretense, just a respectable cool burning, lightly sweet blend. I was instantly impressed, it was exacly what the name 'Regular' makes you feel. As the bowl progresses it might get a little bit stronger, and it is not aromatic, I don't recommend it in public indoor places, though is very much tolerable in the sense that the smell doesn't propagate very far, (or so it seams).

I've since then purchased more of this blend, I find it a very good companion for when you don't know specifically what you want, and just want to enjoy the pipe, and a good smoke.

Well, I've been around some 'over the counter' pipe tobaccos, taking in consideration that it's a cheap, very available tobacco (at least around here), I cannot resist giving it top score (in it's class)

5 people found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Sk. Regular... Having this 50g pouch in my stash for a while, I decided to give it a go. Opening the pouch exposed some really colorful tobacco, yellow to dark brown strands, with everything in between, with a pleasing all tobacco, topping free aroma, The pouch indicated it was made by Orlik, so with very little risk, I grabbed my cob and this freshly opened pouch, and went about my business, with this as my day smoke. Worked out just great as a all day choice. Easy to manage, stays lit and best of all no soap mouth feel or bite. Even with my erratic outdoor puffing cadence. Well done Orlik. For its intended purpose in a cob, 3 stars. With my personal rating also in a cob, 4 out of 5

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (241)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I was anxious to try both Skandinavik Regular and Full Aroma, so much so that I basically smoked them right off the UPS truck when my order arrived.

I chose Regular for my first smoke. I love the new tin packaging; 4 1/2 ounces of very fresh tobacco. There was no aromatic tin aroma, just the mild scent of tobacco. Packing and lighting were both a breeze. The Regular was predominantly Burley forward. I thought after the first few puffs that it would be a milder version of Troost Special, but it never developed in the flavor department like Special as the Virginias maintained itself far in the background. There was no moisture to speak of, nor did it really bite - just the occasional tongue nip. A moderate nicotine presence as well. Slow puffing brings out a nice Burley presence - subtle and appealing, and with a faint taste of raisin and honey. There was also a mild, spicy character while smoking that was quite enjoyable. In taste, it reminds me of Mac Baren's Burley London Blend (one of my favorites), but without the tongue sharpness. The room note is naturally pleasant - very pipey .

Skandinavik Regular is the type of pipe tobacco that originally attracted me to pipe smoking some 35 years ago. It is a nice, simple, and comfortable smoke. Great for when all you want is "a pipe."

4 people found this review helpful.

Nikos Maistros Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nikos Maistros (9)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

There is a feeling of nostalgia associated to this tobacco, at least for myself. My two great uncles (captains) were both smoking a tobacco with this particular taste.

Living in a small town, this is the only tobacco readily available that a devoted non-aromatic pipe smoker can tolerate. So, when I mess up my internet orders of refined premium grade tobaccos, I know for a few days I can count on Skandinavic Regular.

The mechanics are quite good. The humidity is most of the times ok if not a bit on the dry side, but this is dependent in many factors. Burns slow, produces a bit of smoke and smokes nice till the bottom. It can burn a bit hot if you overdo it, but slowing the pace it 's easily corrected. This cannot be done with any of the drugstore brands I have tried up to now. And all this in unfiltered pipes. The one thing I don't like is slight aftertaste it leaves. Not a complicated smoke, holds the taste for the whole duration of the smoke. Overall I think this is the most honest drugstore pipe tobacco, Although I would never imagine myself craving for it.

Pipe Used: group3 briar

Age When Smoked: fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: local drugstore

3 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (321)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very nice, slightly sweet, but natural tasting mixture of Virginia, Burley and unsweetened Cavendish. This is somewhat mild yet rich and flavor and, if smoked slowly, it won't bite. It has a Danish-pastry undertone, but not in an obtrusive way. It's a simple, straight flavor, slow burning, with a very nice room note. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a good companion when traveling: uncomplicated, easy to light, and agreeable to most civilized people.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Roma, Parker Special Briar.

Age When Smoked: N/A

Purchased From: Tobacco shop in Bolognia, Italy

Similar Blends: Davidoff's Danish Mixture (but not so sweet and far less expensive)..

3 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I smoked Amphora Brown for years and thought since I can't get it in the US I would try this to see if it was a suitable replacement. It's not the same but it is a good replacement for it. I like it. If one is looking for the typical Danish VA based natural tobacco, this is not it, this one has burley front and center as it's main component and it is a great burley. It is nutty sweet with a very rich, creamy flavor and a very nice room note that is not heavy at all. It would play well around non smokers that find pipe smoke too heavy. It is a semi rubbed out pressed flake, and it arrived in a ready to smoke moisture content. It is deep brown in color and I don't like to rub it out more, I smoke in a large bowled pipe as I would a partial rubbed out flake. It takes a few tries to light, but once lit, it stays lit well. It burns nice and slow, and is a pleasure to sit and read with. It is a bit stout and would be a tongue biter if smoked to fast, but smoked in a relaxed sipping motion, it is just right. Not for a beginner but for an old burley lover like me, it is quite nice. It burns to the bottom of the pipe without moisture in the pipe and burns to a fine ash of dark grey. I find no or little dottle and a dry pipe after smoking this. I like it a lot and in reality would give it five stars if it was a match for Amphora which is the perfect blend for this type.

3 people found this review helpful.

modelmanmodels Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
modelmanmodels (12)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I'm halfway through this pouch of tobac. I'm still trying to decide if continuing is worth it. The packing, lighting and smoke generation is fine, the dryness, lack of denoted flavor and resulting burn if not careful, can spoil any pipe experience. With this blend you will have to take care in your draw and prepare yourself if you don't. On the principle of cost and budget, I will finish the pouch. But, won't revisit. Not for the novice. Even though noted as mild...

3 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (231)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Skandinavik Regular is a simple mixture, an unpretentious blend. Virginia, Burley and nothing else. Regular is the appropriate word. Yet it is one-dimensional, boring, without nuances. And it has an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. In my opinion this is a classic national – popular mixture, cheap, not at all sweet and it doesn’t cloy. But it is banal and common. Nothing special. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 6 and two stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a bit of an odd one to me. And odder still is that I actually preferred the Full Aromatic Skandinavik to this one. I will just echo what many other hit on in the review. It is extremely bitey!

I don't think I have the slowest cadence out there, but I am no locomotive and this one left the tongue a little sore after each bowl. There were moments of sweet nutty Virginia burley sweetness here and there, but it is hard to enjoy when your tongue is being shredded. This must be a blend made for the slowest of smokers out there. Those that like to relight. I haven't time for that.

There are just too many blends out there that offer this same flavor profile that don't require this amount of concentration to enjoy; Peter Stokkebye's Aromatic Dutch Slices is such an example. I can't think of any reason I would recommend this and for that reason I am leaving it with one star.

2 people found this review helpful.

Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (34)
Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

Skandinavik Regular quickly became a favorite for me. It's in a nice little brick in the pouch. Dark in color and has an earthy smell. After breaking it up and firing it up, I got the taste of delicious tobacco flavored tobacco. Only took one relight after the char and burned smooth all the way down to a fine white ash. The Burley and Virginia are balanced out perfectly. No tongue bite even when I puffed fast on this one. This is one I enjoy on a regular basis. Nice clean taste.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of pouch.

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Armac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Armac (10)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable

I've seen a couple comments comparing this to Amphora Brown. Amphora Regular (Brown) it ain't. Not even a wannabe. It's pretty obvious this tobacco is an attempt to duplicate the old and respected Amphora blend but it fails at every level. I bought Amphora Brown in 8 ounce tins till 1998-99 when import was discontinued. I bought a lot of it at that time and still have 2 unopened tins. Back then it was my daily smoke. Since then, I've nursed my limited supply along. The old Amphora was a broken flake - a smooth, creamy, cool, and delicious smoke that had a nutty aroma. Skandinavik Regular is primarily ribbon, basically tasteless, and a fireball to smoke in comparison.

I try hard to rate a tobacco on its own merits, as my few other reviews will show. In this case, it's hard to be objective because the intent to clone Amphora Regular Brown is so obvious. There is one interesting aside: The cut and blend of Skandinavik Full Aroma would come close to the old Amphora if it didn't have the casing. The casing is light but obvious. Full Aroma, though I'm not an regular aromatic smoker, is a better blend than Skandinavik Regular.

Pipe Used: Ashton 3X Pebblegrain Billiard

2 people found this review helpful.

Tasos23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tasos23 (3)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

One of the worst tobaccos I have ever try... it’s mild but with a very intense flavor that seems to be unnatural.... after a couple of days I use it my throat begins to feel dry and turn red... totally one of the worst..

1 person found this review helpful.

M.T.TIN. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.T.TIN. (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Upon opening the pouch the aroma of Bridgemix came to mind . This Cavendish looks dry but after the squeeze test appears to be perfect to pack an light , the taste of the tobacco through the unlit bowel is a pleasant preview of whats to come. I'm delaying the light-up to savor the moment. The char revealed a subtle sweetness mixed in with the natural tobacco taste. Some of the other reviews warned of tongue bite so I'm proceeding with the true light very cautiously holding the fire above the bowl an gently drawing to produce a cool light. The first thing I notice is the sweet mild Virginian in the forefront which is the only front but is being supported by the flavor of natural tobacco . Working my way down the bowl nothing has changed , still a flavorable no-bite experience taking place . Mid bowl now the smoke seems thicker you can almost feel it. It's quite evident when exhaling through the nose. I'm trying to keep my smoking technique slow and easy for now . The pipe I'm using is a no-name meerschaum with yellow stem and med to large Dublin bowl . Puffing more aggressively wanting to test for tongue bite. Time to return to slow an easy draws , it will bite you if that's what you want . After letting the bowl cool a little were into the lower half nearing the bottom . The Virginian sweetness is still noticeable as the natural tobacco taste becomes prominent. I'll be keeping a ample supply of this in my stash. I do like variety so I can't say this will be a rotation. I'll have it available when my whim calls for a mellow morning smoke. This blend satisfies my requirements , I encourage others to give it a try. I'll probably smoke this exclusively for the next few days until my taste buds are saturated. I'm packing another bowl ...........right now !

Pipe Used: no-name meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: pipes & cigars

Similar Blends: MacBaren VIR # 1 MacBaren Navy flake Dunhill FLAKE.

1 person found this review helpful.

A Scot in Argentina Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Scot in Argentina (19)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I have great difficulty finding non aromatic blends to buy here due to living in a small town out in the Pampas so I just have to buy what is available. The Argentine produced tobaccos are very low in quality so I have been desperate to find something non aromatic to smoke. I popped in to the shop and found this blend for sale so snapped up a 50g pouch to give it a try as it seemed to fit the bill of being non aromatic. On opening the pouch I was disappointed to find it had the smell of an aromatic blend....kind of chocolate and prune I thought. Anyway, after that initial shock I can tell you now it doesn't in any way smoke like an aromatic so that's a result in my book. Not a strong smoke but neither is it a weak one. I liken it to English blends especially those with a Virginia bias. On first light it might disappoint those who like an instant blast of nicotine. I know I was but as you smoke your way through the bowl it gets stronger and better in my opinion. A bit of tongue bite but I like that.

For a tobacco that is half the price of Samuel Gawith it certainly isn't half the quality. I shall be heading back to the shop asap to buy their remaining stock.

Pipe Used: Falcon bent.

Age When Smoked: Straight out the packet.

Purchased From: Casa Duran

Similar Blends: English non aromatic blends..

1 person found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

A while back, I had an opportunity (a missed one, regrettably) to acquire a tin of a long-lost friend, Amphora Regular. While some companies market a "match" for the aromatic variety, I grew nostalgic for my old standard, having long since moved on to contemporary offerings. On a whim, I ordered up a tin (not pouches) of this blend to rediscover good old cavendish.

As others have noted, it isn't Amphora "brown", but there are many similarities: the cut (RYO or "shag"- btw, do Brits chuckle at this?), the color (again, cigarette-like assortment of browns), strength (not) and smoke aroma. I miss the unique tin smell of Amphora because it surely had some type of casing, but this is likely as close as I'm likely to come to the old classic. The tin came surprisingly pressurized with the smell of dry hard cider. Once opened for a while, it settles to a familiar non-McClelland Virginia tobacco scent.

Many pine for the venerable and also extinct Balkan Sobranie, and I might too, had I ever tried it. If your tastes tend that way, move on, this is likely not for you unless you like a variety. I do, and that's where I find a niche for Skandanavik Regular. I find very few other non-aromatic cavendish options available. The smoke does have a bit of Virginia character, also burley. It's cavendish- this is what cavendish tobacco tastes like by itself, it tastes like mild tobacco. In a world of endless permutations of latakia, perique, burley, orientals, Virginias and more latakia, it's- different.

Because of its low nicotine and subtle flavor, I smoke it in my large bowl pipes where it shines: a mild tobacco flavor without artificial flavorings . It leaves little to no ghost residues to deal with, so I feel free to grab any pipe available. It suits a cob just fine, and feel free to thumb your nose and use that Medico filter that came with it. You rebel, you.

I can see where it could be a point of departure for those who like to use it as a blending base. I intend to do just that with some oriental leaf to create a cheap classed-up "drugstore blend" without fruity additives, but for now I just like it for what it is.

As others have mentioned, it does smoke hot, another reason for a large bowl and preferably one with thick wood. I have a love/hate relationship with the shag cut because of its hot burning characteristics, yet it takes few, if any relights. Shag cut requires a bit of experience to prevent overpacking (draw problems) and to regulate burning rate to prevent scorching your tongue and fingers. I agree with the reviewer who said this would make a good "training" tobacco, with the caveat that the beginning piper not be a former cigarette smoker who would puff hard for a nicotine rush.

The price is right: about $3 an ounce, without having to invest in a 14 ounce tub. I prefer the tins to the pouches for keeping qualities. Despite its alleged availability, my only source is online. I like this blend for my own fond memories of Amphora, smoked in my old $6.95 Grabow Omega, but it's worth a shot if you just need a change of pace.

Pipe Used: cob, large Savinelli, good ol' Grabow

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: J&R

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

not so bad but nothing special.5 or 6 hours after smoking this product, i feel something in my throat than it was normal. That was strange.

But i like its package. It is really attractive.

1 person found this review helpful.

TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (33)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This cavendish tastes exactly as I expected, plain, nutty Burley with some Virginia tangy-sweetness...simple and mono-taste all the way down.

It can burn a little hot and bite if you don't care to go very slow on it. There are a few better blends out there if you need this plain and nutty sensation.

I prefer smoking it adding some Latakia and/or Orientals to reduce the bites and even the burning qualities.

If I was to rate it considering the bites I'd give it just 1 star...but considering taste first, 2 stars are better

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I just tried this tobacco for the first time the other day. All in all, a pretty good smoke. Not too strong, a good burley-virginia flavor. An all day smoke, not complicated.


1 person found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (100)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

A simply Cavendish that smokes exactly like it smells: tobacco. It isn't bad and I can easily recommend a try, but for me it has a monolithic taste and burns a bit hot.

1 person found this review helpful.

Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (36)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

I'll make this review brief. I was disappointed. I thought of it as "Troost Lite". I enjoy Troost and I suppose that was my reference and with Troost being readily available, I've no reason to buy this one. It isn't a bad tobacco at all, it just isn't as good as a tobacco of similar type with equal availability.

It is definitely worth a try as you may well like it but if you do like it be sure to give Troost a try as well.

1 person found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (112)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

reading the reviews on this one can throw you off . Here's my spin .It's not Amphora brown but I can see why it's compaired to it often . It's not as dry as amphora and is'nt pressed as much . I don't taste an aromatic here though . This tastes like a nice burley ...woody , alittle nutty and very easy to smoke. It's nice .If ya like burley this is pretty damn good ...not as good as MacBaren golden extra but would do for sure . Again.... burley all the way and it funks up the pipe a bit .

1 person found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (203)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

UPDATE FEB06/2009:

just another way to "play" with SR: since it's often that Burley weed having earthy and chocolatey notes, a good way to improve both (and the strength as well), is to add a couple of Toscanello cigars "Aroma Fondente" (half cigars of italian Kentucky aromatized with bitter chocolate) which I cut in discs as we do with SG's BR#4 and rub-out.

Should I regret with the TR Community for my OT ?



Trip to Skandinavik # 2 ...

I like sometimes to pay a visit to some OTC aromatics (and regulars, first!).

I want to cut it extremely short: I completely stick to the synthetic review of Mr. SopwithCamel. And say SR is very enjoyable when you are looking for something easy not needing particular commitment, and non offensive for non-smokers who are around you. I also agree with others that the weed quality is very much better than Amphoras.

As I have already with the new entry Arabica, I'm just "playing" with SR and found that two flakes of Irish Flake by Peterson do improve body and strength the right bit, without changing the true nature of this Danish VaB.

In any case, for what SR is itself deserves three full stars; if we compare it to higher notch stuff, two are enough.

1 person found this review helpful.

Auroraboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Auroraboy (22)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I decided to try this after reading reviews on this site, and seeing it at one of my local discount cigarette/cigar/ stores. This place carries Prince Albert and Half and Half at good prices, Paladin Black Cherry (which I've not tried), the full complement of Captain Blacks, a couple of inexpensive bagged tobaccos, and now a couple of Skandinavik varieties. Mine came in a standard wrap-around pouch, with what looked like new graphics for this line. The tobacco came in a decent ribbon-cut, very firmly packed into the pouch, with "18 percent more" now included. Very inviting, honeyish pouch-note. I found that once I pulled a few pinches from the slightly sticky wad in the pouch, it helped to sort of rub it out, or pull it apart a little to prep it for the pipe. Once in, it burns very nicely, has a pleasant, mild flavor, mostly tobacco with a little honey sweetness, requires maybe one relight past the initial light/tamp/relight, and is a good value for the dough (about $4.95 here in SoCal). I'd recommend this to new pipe smokers as a transition away from gooey aromatics, or just as a pleasant change of pace for the long-timer that won't require a lot of thought. Nice stuff.

Update 4/29/09-- I'm about 2/3 of the way through this initial pouch, and I unfortunately have to downgrade this a little. The more I smoke it, the less pleasant the flavor and roomnote seemed to become-- more in line with the "burned soy-sauce" I've heard described. I tried using it as a mixer, but it just made other blends unpleasant. I will still try Skandinavik's other blends-- I have a pouch of the Full Aroma Cavendish waiting.

1 person found this review helpful.

Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (29)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This review is based on a new 4 1/2 oz can. I used to smoke the original blend years ago, when it was a deep brown rubbed out flake in a brown can or pouch. I always thought the original version had a nutty, sharp flavor. I am on a Burley kick as of late, and remembered the original blend with fond memories. I had planned on stocking the cellar with this, but decided to order only one can to try again before I pulled the trigger on a large order. I'm glad I did, as the new version is nothing at all like the original. The new version comes in a pale yellow can, and upon popping the lid and removing the foil seal, was shocked to see that this is now a ribbon cut, composed of light brown and yellow tobacco. There are a few pieces of rubbed out flake, but not many. The smell in the tin is mild, kind of malty, and smooth. I filled my trusty Burley pipe, and applied flame. The smoke is mild, not quite rich and creamy, but not thin or papery as some Burlies can be. The flavor is a bit malty, typical Burley, but again nothing like the original. The flavor does not really evolve throughout the smoke, remaining good I suppose, but I am so disappointed in the change from the original version that my review is bound to be tainted. This is a good enough tobacco blend, but I wish I had stocked up on the old version. It is certainly worth a try if one likes Burlies, don't let my review scare you off. Another old classic gone. Sigh......

Update 11/25/08 Okay, I am over my original disappointment. This is a good smoke, nothing like the original, but O.K. I am bumping this up to three stars, because standing on it's own merits I like it for what it is. I now smoke MacBaren's Symphony in place of the original Skandinavik, but this stuff is alright.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I believe (together with the Vanilla) this blend is the best of the Skandinavic series and one of the few worthy drugstore tobaccos out there. It has a pure tobacco/burley aroma with no casing and natural taste. I like this staff although I don't like Skandinavic blends in genera. It lacks the character of other BU/VA and it is rather mono-dimensional but it burns cool and nice..

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (41)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tastes like soy sauce, on fire, in your mouth. Not my thing, and I like the Sails and Troost and the other Danish Cavendishi. I liked the old Skandinaviks much better. The mildly aromatic blue package is (in my opinion) more like the old stuff than this.

Not my cup of tea...sorry Peter.

Update 2-13-10: So I picked up a package of this the other day at my local tobacco shop. I've been smoking through a pack of Sail Regular and Skan's Full Aroma offering (which has become a go-to wintertime smoke for me this season). I had tried and didn't like the Regular last time I tried it several years ago, but I noticed the pack and realized that I hadn't tried the Orlick version. Since the Full Aroma quality has increased (IMHO) in the past few years I decided to give it a whirl.

Yes, this is a better tobacco than it was a few years ago. As a test, a few bowls into the new pack, I loaded up a bowl from the old half pouch of the disgusting stuff and did a head to head. Yup, certainly an improvement in the "New Package". It seems that the quality of the leaf is higher and the amount of processing is lower. Mild, no bite that I could detect, a nice woodsy "tobbaco-y" scent and flavor. Similar to Sail Yellow but no anise notes, instead there's something there that reminds me of the "toased smell" that one gets from a newly-opened pack of Lucky Strike Cags (unfiltered, of course). Room note neutral to pleasant to my SO.

No soy sauce was detected.

So, I'm thrilled to have another good affordable natural type cavendish in my rotation. What a nice suprise to have a formerly mediocre tobacco redeem itself a few years later. Hats off to Orlick.

It's inexpensive too. A little more than $4 per 1 3/4 Oz when ordered through JR. Tins cheaper but for everyday smoking I prefer pouches 'cause they're handy.

Now I'll say that this is recommended, in fact, I'll wager that there'll be an order for a few five packs being sent out to JR in a few days once I finish this pack and the other one that I bought at another shop yesterday!

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Anchkema Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Anchkema (8)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Straight from the tin, this is basically a partially rubbed out burley with some Virginia, though the Va is waaaaay in the background, I'd say. The smell is tobacco-ey, which I count a good thing.

I'd put this in the broad group of pipeweed well suited to a break in lawn chores or for newbies (see below). It seems to be best matched with a nice cob.

A plus is that you can smoke it as is on a breezy day or rub it out a little when the breeze goes down or you go inside.

A minus, for me, is that I sometimes puff it too hard looking for a bit of taste and instead get a mouthful of flavor-free hot air. If I remember correctly, I have this experience when I try Skand Reg in a Meer, a combo which some may deride.

The problem is that the taste is uniform from the beginning to the end of the bowl, and it has no Wow! quality or (maybe better) no Yecch! quality, either.

I've recommended Skand Reg to new pipers to help them gain skill rubbing tobacco out, loading the pipe properly and getting a taste of straight burley to compare with other pipeweed. Since it's easy to keep lit, beginners don't get frustrated with relights, excessive puffing and the dreaded bite. There's not much to put them off. As others have said, Skand Reg is preferable in every way to drugstore aromatics.

I know skilled pipers who keep this on hand. Can't say I'm one of them, though.

4.22.06 I've started to mix McClelland 5100 with my bowlful of Skandinavik and like the combo. I do about 50/50, which amounts to a homemade Half and Half. The 5100 augments taste and the Skand seems to keep the fire burning.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This coarse-cut tobac has that "Danish" (honey?) taste and aroma I can only take in small doses. Otherwise for a tobacco found in many discount venues it is quite good.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Much like its predecessor Amphora, this is no longer readily available where I live. It was an excellent choice for a plain, reliable, smoke.

The quality is worlds away better than most drug store Burleys. The price is nice too. It has a mild, nutty flavor, and doesn't turn bitter as some of the other OTC burley blends do. It never bit me.

The Full Aroma version is a competent blend: raisiny and sweet to my palate. It's a little too sweet for me, so I prefer the brown pouch to the red. Alas, I can only find either one online...

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

Peter Stokkebye's knockoff of the old Douwe Egberts Amphora Regular (Brown pouch/tin)that is no longer available in the the USA since the Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC acquisition. Although they've done a good job, this blend matches the old Amphora that I always felt was rather flat and bland. Also with this blend comes a somewhat bitter aftertaste and < desirable room aroma. The partially broken but thick tobacco burns slowly and cool but I never did and still don't enjoy the flavor.

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Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (127)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Bag note is floral and sweet. The ribbon cut packs easily and the moisture level is fine. Needs no drying time. The floral flavors are not like Lakeland (not soapy) This blend is a bit on the harsh side and needs to be smoked with a very lite cadence. It's quite similar to Reiner professional but of a lower quality. Sweet floral flavors are the main players. I suspect this will not get any better with age. It has a mild nic hit could be an all day smoke for a lite smoke. Its not bad but really not good. its just a floral smoke so if you were only able to obtain this its smokable but not of much note. 2 stars

Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar

Age When Smoked: fresh from the bag

Purchased From: B and M in Iceland

Similar Blends: Reiner professional.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (250)
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

It's ok. I have a 4 1/2 ounce tin I got cheap on Ebay (when one could still sell sealed tins there) ten years ago or so, and recently opened it out of curiosity. If one reads the tin carefully, it is actually an Orlik blend, blended for Peter Stokkebye, branded as Skandinavik. Yes; a very convoluted genealogy! I have enjoyed Stokkebye flakes like Bullseye, Luxury Twist, and Navy, as well as Orlik Golden Slices and Dark Strong Kentucky, but this seems like tobacco they had which was not bad, but not good enough to be put in a tin by Orlik, or used in the Luxury Flake line by Stokkebye. It tastes bland, or if I get any taste, almost chemical, though I'm pretty sure it's just tobacco with perhaps a very mild topping. Burns hot even if sipped, and makes my pipe too hot to hold, even though I am a seasoned pipe smoker. I'm thinking what I might do is to visit the local liquor store and buy a mini-bottle of some quality liqueur such as Frangelico (hazelnuts!) and case it up, turn it into a true aromatic, and throw it in a Mason Jar for a few years, just to give it some flavor, and make it burn slower. Just an idea...

...on reflection, towards the bottom of the bowl it gets better. That hot bland slightly chemical taste goes away, and it actually burns well and is good when I sip the dregs. It is certainly better than most "drugstore" (Danish Drugstore?) tobaccos, and if I could give it 2 1/2 stars I would, but spend a little more and get some Stokkebye or Orlik flake.

11-2-2022 Tried an interesting experiment today, one I never tried in my 15 years of pipe smoking: watched a couple YouTube videos on stoving tobacco at home, and said, what the can do this easily just in the oven. Set temperature at 200 degrees (F). With a tin, if sealed, you might open it, and even if you don't, during the process, it might open itself! The lid might blow off; it wouldn't explode like a grenade. With this 4 1/2 ounce tin, already opened, I just left the lid on semi-loosely. With mason jars, take off the lid, cover with tinfoil, and replace only the ring, loosely. I stoved along with this a larger jar of McClelland Eastern Carolina Ribbon blender, and some old Nicotiana Rustica I had, after casing it with about a teaspoon and a half of honey dissolved in a small amount of water. Leave it in the oven on 200 for 3-4 hours.

With this blend in particular (I'll update my reviews of the other two), it turned from a very light brown to a fairly dark chocolate color, and developed a more aged scent. Smoking it now, and this simple process has turned it into a three-star for's like cheating on the natural aging process! Much mellower, and none of the slightly off-tastes I got with the version as it came in the tin.

Pipe Used: "Day & Night" Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 12

Purchased From: Internet

Similar Blends: Danish.

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Megalo Al Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Megalo Al (38)
Mild Extra Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Come tutti gli Skandinavik che ho provato (non molti, grazie a dio) questo tabacco è una vera fetecchia. Gli Skandinavik sono, per quanto mi riguarda, dei panettoni dolciastri brucia lingua per neofiti che molto presto cambieranno tabacco, scoprendo i veri tabacchi ed affinando così i loro gusti. Purtroppo molto reperibili, sono il classico errore da principiante.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Good smoke. Have a friend that realy likes this. He gave me some of his stash. I would buy it myself.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Have we been unfair with it??? I smoked it during vacation, almost obligatorily, and remembered that you can smoke it easily, it doesn?t have any flavor and almost no perfume, it doesn?t bother the curious non-smokers, who you meet in the summer, it doesn?t burn the tongue bite, it remains dry till the end of the bowl, but it burns and finishes fast.

As an alternative solution is ok.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Scandinavik regular is a large cut broken flake à la Amphora. Contrary to Amphora - which is half decent quality- this tobacco is better in terms of quality. It was told it's the equivalent of Amphora brown, but it's not.

As where Amphora Regular is barely cased, Scandinavik is heavily cased with a walnut, or similar flavor. The bakkie's moisture level is higher and the bakkie a bit sticky to the touch.

The bummer starts upon lighting; it's so heavily cased that it bites the tongue and takes a long time before settling down. And it doesn't really smokes dry, either.

Too bad, I wanted to like that one, I like the sail boat on the pouch...

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I really like this blend when I want to smoke a plain, predominant Burley tobacco for a change of pace from aromatic blends. The open tin imparted a strong nutty, almost chocolate aroma that I found pleasing. The tobacco appears to be high quality and is made up of dark brown strands. It smoked wonderfully in my pipe and kept its nutty aroma and taste throughout. If you are looking for a no-nonsense, mostly Burley (with some mild Virginia) blend then spend the few extra bucks on this rather then buy the drug store Burley brands. This is worth it.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

What can I say; I like the stuff. For a pouch tobacco it is very good grade. This tobacco should not be compared to the "drug store blends". Yes, it can be, at times, flat tasting and leave a "nutty" after taste. But one should not compare this toasted Burley blend with the good Virginias. They're totally different. I like smoking Skan Regular while working and fishing. Where alot of attention is not warranted. This might stem from my heavy cigarette consumption of years past.

Skandinavik Regular is not a candy smoke. There's no hint of vanilla, cherry or berry. Just an honest smoke; no thrills.

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