Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation Freja & Loki

From a deep, rich foundation of dark Burley, Black Cavendish, and genuine St. James Perique ascend tangy, matured Old Belt Reds, zesty Canadian Brights, and small-leaf Katerini from Greece. Further elevated by notes of mulled wine and stone fruits, the result is a balanced mixture that holds both the light - and the dark - in perfect harmony.


Brand Erik Stokkebye
Blended By  
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 2 oz tin weight
Country United States
Production -- Unknown --


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 12, 2024 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
This is my third tobacco review. It’s a little bit long so here’s the headline: this is very good stuff and I highly recommend it.

Because they share so many ingredients—and because a friend asked for a comparison—I smoked Freja and Loki back-to-back with Cornell & Diehl’s Dreams of Kadath. They end up being quite different, though both were terrific.

First, the obvious differences:
(1) F&L is a broken flake, DoK is a plug (not rock solid, but definitely a plug);
(2) while most of the basic leaf categories overlap—Black Cav, Burley, Oriental (including Katerini), Perique, Virginia—there is Dark-Fired Kentucky in DoK, but not in F&L; and
(3) my DoK was aged in a mason jar for 6 months, so my notes about differences in toppings likely are affected by that.

Within the five broad leaf categories these blends share in common, I think the percentages and specific varietals are quite different. I’m not expert enough to tell you which Virginias, Burleys, and Oriental types provide which flavor and mouthfeel, but they—along with the differing toppings—yield greatly different flavors that go beyond the presence or absence of DFK.

Overall, I’d describe F&L as brighter, sweeter, tangier, and more consistent throughout the bowl. DoK is a bit deeper, hits more “low notes,” and deepens over the course of a 40 minute smoke (roughly what I get with my “tasting” meerschaum pipes).

Regarding the toppings, F&L is described as having a flavor of mulled wine, and that fits well. DoK’s topping is less sweet, maybe more like a dry red wine.

Bottom line: I like them both, a lot. I’ve been a big fan of DoK, the first plug I tried when starting off on my pipe adventure, but I think F&L may be even better—especially when it has an equivalent amount of age on it.

Maybe it’s the warmer, sunnier spring weather, but F&L just delivers what I’m looking for right now. It’s tasty, bright, friendly, and kind of playful.

Terrific job by Reeves and Stokkebye. I hope this is just one of many collaborations.

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Clay, Meerschaum, Cob, Briar
PurchasedFrom: SmokingPipes
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 06, 2024 Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
I don’t really have time to go into details on the leaf, subtleties etc., but I agree with the reviews so far. I really like this blend. It is one of those blends that fits a spot when you aren’t feeling like your typical genres. I smoke all except full aromatics and when nothing sounds just right, I come to this blend.

Then, after a week or so, I started smoking this more and more. I went back and ordered a few more tins and I’m going to get yet a few more just to be safe. It has a sweetness to it but not overpowering. The Katerini comes through at the right amount and it’s a very nice smoke.

The tin comes in a nice box and a story to go with it, which also seems to have upped the price a good bit. Is it overpriced? Yeah, probably. Worth it? For me, oh yeah, but I’d rather pay $14 without the box and story. 🙂 - Peter
Pipe Used: Luigi Viprati, Dunhill, Savinelli, Leo Borgart
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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