Peter Stokkebye Norwegian Blend (No.80)

A quality blend consisting of milder Virginia tobaccos, some air cured burley and fine Oriental tobaccos.
Notes: This comes in 2 cuts - a fine ribbon (in bulk) for the pipe, and a fine shag (in pouch) for RYO.


Brand Peter Stokkebye
Blended By Peter Stokkebye
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Shag
Packaging Bulk
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.96 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 12, 2024 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable
In all sincerity, I am a celebrated enthusiast of the Peter Stokkebye brand, which is most certain. Subsequently, there are more than a few splendid blends from their collection that stand as regulars within my preferred rotation as a result. So needless to say, simple curiosity about this one in particular had me optimistic about the notion of an exploratory trial. Much to my chagrin however, the process of discovery that ultimately unfolded, did reveal this one to be somewhat obscure, or better yet, “confused and dimly non-committed” I guess one could say.

As an explicitly mild combination of mixed Virginian, Burley, and Oriental strains, Norwegian Blend presents itself as a finely coiffured ribbon-cut assemblage of varying tans and browns. On the top it appears to be fairly even keeled in the individual letdown ratios of the recipe’s respective tobaccos. Given its more delicate bodily state, this bulk mixture proves to be easily amendable on packing uniformity. The pouch nose is more than common, in that the standard endowment portrays a reduced sweeter blushing of dominant grassiness, guarded earthen/herbal spices, minor tart/sourness, and a general woody disposition.

I must state that when the assessment dust had finally settled, Norwegian Blend proved to accrue merits that were essentially a tad better than average at best. In specific, its usual performance relating to the appreciable tiering of a flavorsome profile, individual leaf properties, and genre tributes is middling in nature. Fundamentally, what you have here is a relatively light, mild-medium bodied Virginia-Burley that vaguely entertains a bit of passive Oriental coloring. Not to be harsh with my terms here, it is intensely mundane in the general presentation.

Moreover, just when I had resolved that the blend really had natural constraints by way of an engaging personality, the flavor took an impressively bolder and more determined stride forward but only for a few steps. And with that, clearly this specific Stokkebye mixture standardly tenders with a degree of inconsistency in its taste rendering. Infrequent and random flashes of brilliance yes, but natively limited in complexity and reliably developed character.

In summarizing the experience, the forward profile features a sprightlier tangy voice from the constituent Bright Virginian strain, which is largely grounded by the overarching woody quality of the three remaining components. The trueness of a perfectly regular, well-balanced VA/Bur seems to occupy the bottom and lower middle band of taste. Primarily you encounter a bigger note of combined woodiness that is rather monochromatic in appeal. Although at times, a lively run of related native leaf spice and zestfulness uproars a most interesting push, thereby serving to redeem the slighted ordinariness of flavor. Still, for the most part this tobacco bestows an all but complacent representation of the vital top-level band of flavoring and stimulated accenting.

I would be remiss not to acknowledge that a flash of nuanced movement does in fact come to call but that is exceptionally minimal and definitely short-lived. Do not get me wrong, Norwegian Blend brings a nice mellow even-tempered experience, it is nonetheless, challenged in the promotion of charisma and memorable savor. And I did note a subtle sweetener hiding in the woodpile that resembled the diluted caramel sugariness of what acclaims to be most likely a dark corn syrup influence.

The substance of the tobacco’s consumed essence approaches insignificance in that it is remarkably light in girth, which could be a plus in some sectors. What emits from the thicker clouds of smoke is a gentle sweet air that endows an undeclared aroma of general citrus, indistinct herbal seasoning, and diluted whiffs of neutral wood.

Mechanically Norwegian Blend can feel a little rough with respect to texture while surfacing an occasional stint of front tongue sting. Yet it does seem to manifest admirable qualities in relation to burn characteristics, smokiness, and manageable temperatures. The resulting nicotine element is most probably medium by popular estimation.

Key points of the assessment:

Mild-Medium strength/intensity: Tends to lean more to the milder side and frequently lacks distinguishable weight.

Baseline: Red Virginia/Burley. The meld of the assorted streams are generally well stewed and tightly fused. In practice, the Red leaf and White Burley tend to fluctuate on their notes of importance whereas the Dark Burley steadily forms the established and perceivable depth of the registration.

With the Red strain, the waving remarking shows an inclination for greener sapling-like wood and a tinge of a tart dilled floral. The white Burley lends minimal toasty impressions of a blanched pecan nuttiness bundled within the bolder stream of the Dark. For the Dark, it personifies in a loosely sweetened herbaceous woodiness and an earthy almost cigar-like garland of progressed spice. What is more, reasonable notations of rich molasses and deeper tannins earmark its more discernable nuances.

Forward mid-band taste: Bright Virginia leaf leads the primary notation on every drawl of the pipe. Its magnitude is characteristically more relaxed in tone as opposed to being outwardly assertive. With that you do record a lighter tang spooled with some lemony citrine hay/grass projections. This strain is perhaps the strongest and most constant factor in the meagered registration overall.

Accenting: The reduced capacity of a mixed mesh of Orientals provides a registerable trace of highlighting on the extreme top peripherals but again is kept well in check by the blender’s intention. I do suspect possibly Samsun or Izmir given the non-invasive character that was transferring through. Mainly a modest spicey almond nutty-wood appeal seems to fit the essential embellishment. The undertone of the profile brings a decided sweet-sour vegetal feel like the terpenes of fallen pine trimmings, earthy tendencies, with amusing bits of minor tea and softer pungency.

• A simpler tobacco with minimal complexity, given the associated recipe.
• Makes for a basic, uniform indulgence for day-long enjoyment
• Might be a reasonable introduction to VA/BURs or possibly the influence of Orientals
• Definitely more entertaining through a simple cob pipe
• Cost is nicely affordable and is readily available in bulk

Scoring: Objective scoring 2.62 WAVG at 143/188 in total. As to the three categorical leaf varieties within the blending, the Virginian seemed to be the most compelling trait earning 87% at standard, where both the Burley and Oriental leaves were dead-center median. I judged it perhaps more sternly on the category of Flavor at only 65% simply because the blend was lacking or at least shy to commit on flavor presence, fullness/depth, and tiering development. What is more I find the achieved blending quality completely average, sorry Peter. And as I previously alluded, the actual feel of the experience is marked by some degree of discomfort on the palate. Although it may genuinely appeal to others who prefer a conventional eased smoking encounter, as to my personal sentiments, I awarded this precise Stokkebye entry with 2.7 Pipes. But as always, light the fire yourself to determine if this Norwegian wood does grant you the warmth of smoking pleasure.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2013 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a thin ribbon that comes fairly dry. I found it to be a mellow Virginia with just enough orientals to keep it interesting and enough burley to give it some body. This is a very impressive smoke - especially at the price. This is a solid three that may be a four by the time I am done with this 8 oz bag. If you want to try a mild VaBur with some oriental spice, you owe it to yourself to try this. I smoked this in a pipe BTW, although some of the other reviewers are treating this as a cigarette tobacco.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 02, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The Virginias are very tart and mildly tangy, citrusy sweet, grassy and hay-like as the lead components. The burley is mildly nutty, earthy, woody, toasty sweet, adding a little substance in a support role. The Orientals are smoky, woody, herbal, floral, rather sour and spicy, and are evident in every puff, but do not dominate. While the Virginias act as a base for the other components, they tend to take the lead more than the burley does. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the mild mark, while the taste is in the center of mild to medium. Burns at a more than moderate rate - being a shag cut - and should not be puffed at a fast pace, or you risk the presence of it burning hot as well as getting a cigarette taste. May come close, but doesn't bite. The flavor is very consistent to the finish. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and the lightly lingering after taste is pleasant. The woody room note is a tad stronger. Requires few relights. An all day smoke if you're so inclined. More of a two and a half star blend than a three.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2016 Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Summary: a light Virginia-based mixture stabilized with Burleys and flavored with Orientals, this makes a good gentle smoke.

Like the Dutch "Halfzware," this blend is used in both cigarettes and pipes. A mild blend, it exudes a honey-hay-citrus flavor from the Virginias with a light woodsy taste from the Burley, underneath a spicy addition from the Orientals. This version came in a loose dry ribbon cut and burned evenly for a long smoke of pleasing flavor and easy sipping with little bite.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 07, 2012 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable
Sold as pipe tobacco, reviewing as RYO/MYO cigarettte tobacco. Bag aroma is impressive, dominated by topping, makes me want to eat it. Flavor bomb with near perfect balance. Almost no aftertaste, extremley well done. Flavor best decribed as plain old homemade brownies with walnuts. For me, best served fresh with maximum moisture as supplied. If left to dry out, the flavor fades, starts to become coarse/woody/veggie like. Good value. Much credit to the mfg, my favorite combination of forward topping flavor and extremely well balanced virginia/burley/oriental blending.

Edited 5/23/12: Smoking my third lb from two sources. Consistancy has been very good. I only stuff/roll/smoke one at a time. Stuffs poorly because of the moisture level. Worth the effort! Will not smoke if cigs sit around or tobacco drys out, flavor always fades and always developes the woody/veggie taste. Volatile flavorings? Served fresh as possible, still fantastic/favorite RYO/MYO smoke. Four stars!

PS - When not inhaled, almost no flavor. Can see why not the greatest pipe smoke.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 30, 2018 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Norwegian Blend is a true sleeper, as it's got all the qualities of one; a wonderful smoking experience, almost never mentioned on pipe forums, and inexpensive. Smokers who enjoy Turkish tobacco will love this one. There's a pleasant balance of flavor from its components, and none are lost in the fray. An even mix of the hallmark flavors are here in a fairly mild presence. I get the "bready" taste from the Virginia(s), a mild spiciness from the Turkish, and the fairly standard Burley flavor that's not too cigarette-like. The Turkish Oriental component is the star of this show, and it's what keeps me coming back to this blend again and again. It imparts a kind of old world flavor to the blend that's just wonderful. Nicotine-wise, it falls into the category of a morning blend; not strong but there's something there to satisfy. Additionally, if you've ever had C&D's Sunday Picnic, you'll find this similar but with a bit more Burley flavor in the mix.

The tin/bag note is exactly like marble rye bread. I have some Norwegian Blend here with me alongside half a loaf of marbled rye (I'm at breakfast), and the resemblance is absolutely uncanny; that fresh bread smell of Virigina tobacco mixed with a certain twang of Turkish is delightful. Norwegian's thin ribbon cut--bordering on shag--is perfect for this blend as it burns evenly and takes to a light with ease. With such a light casing and no discernable topping, it also dries out very easily. It usually arrives dry enough to smoke straight from its bag. The room note will be pleasant for the everyday piper, but definitely less so for non-smokers.

This is that kind of blend that's great to keep in the car or smoke whilst doing your daily activities, because you'll never have to worry about any preparation. Sometimes it's convenient to be able to simply grab a pinch or swipe your pipe into the bag and light it. Although Norwegian Blend has the "smokability" of a cheap blend, it tastes just as good as anything on the top shelf. Like the majority of Peter Stokkebye's offerings, Norwegian Blend is an excellent choice for the natural tobacco enthusiast with a price tag that cannot be beat.
Pipe Used: several different briars; various MM cobs
PurchasedFrom: SmokingPipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh, or at least direct from the shop.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 20, 2017 Extremely Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
Continuing my Peter Stokkebye's journey! I'm surprised by its simpleness, only three ingredients, but ends up a great smoke. The key is the Virginia, offering the natural sweetness with the help of the Burley, a nice touch, cooling down the temperature, and of course, the Orientals gave it a very nice seasoning, you can almost taste it in every puff! Best to sip it and pack it a little tight, it is indeed quite soothing, even during the winter time!

3.5 out of 4
Pipe Used: Lillehammer Billiard
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes dot com
Age When Smoked: Only a few weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Being of Norwegian ancestry, I was eager to try this blend. It comes dry and ready to smoke. A nice, smooth smoke, but a little boring to me. (No wonder the Norwegians hibernate in the winter.) I want to see some Latakia in there to flavor it up. But, then that makes it an English, and you'd have to change the name.
Pipe Used: Dunhill Billiard
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: 3 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 21, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
PS Norwegian blend is a good news, not so good news story.

First, the good news: the aroma of this blend is outstanding. It smells rich and sweet, not in a aromatic casing sense but in a "great tobacco" sense. If it tasted like is smells, it would be a four star tobacco.

Now, the not so good news: the taste is rather thin and there is a decided bitterness to it when smoked in a pipe. It also has an ashy cigarette flavor.

So, as a pipe tobacco, I would give it one and a half stars.

I also roll an occasional cigarette and, used as a RYO tobacco, PSNB is a pretty good smoke. For that, I give it two and a half stars.

So, overall, it's a two star tobacco. If you roll your own and occasionally pack a pipe, you might find it to your liking.

Pipe Used: Clay and varous briars
Age When Smoked: 1 year old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 03, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Peter Stokkebye - Norwegian Blend (No.80).

Quite a delicate shag, medium brown in colour, with a natural and slightly woody aroma. Loading a bowl couldn't be easier.

The backbone of the smoke's the Virginia, having a sprightly flavour. The Burley adds some raw/unpolished character, and if it were just these two I'd like it more. The Orientals, to me, tend to muddy the waters. Although they aren't strong, there's just enough 'murky' flavour from them to reduce the rating; it tastes clumsy. Something which isn't subjective is the heat. Due to the fine build it can burn far too warm. It bites me as well.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: tolerable.

Not a fan. One star:

Not recommended.
Pipe Used: Chacom
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 19, 2016 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
Mostly mid brown shag tobacco. The bag note is hay and grass like with some mild honey type notes, which I think is a topping. I don't get much from the claimed Orientals.

Obviously a dual use tobacco, it does work ok as a pipe tobacco, so I don't think it is just an attempt to circumvent tobacco laws in some places. There is more depth here than you would get from a 'straight' RYO tobacco. Not as much depth and complexity (or smoothness) as one would expect from a well rated pipe tobacco tho. It tends towards being thin and top end, flavour-wise. Can also be a little harsh, so definitely a take it easy baccy.

Seems to be mostly Red Va with a fair amount of air cured Burley. I can't separate the spice or acidity here from the Va to be able to say how much Oriental is in the mix. Probably not much.

It's cheap, it burns without relights the whole pipe, and it has nothing that stands out as objectionable. Would be a good baccy as a 'thinner', either for rich tobaccos or for the budget.
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