The 1931 flake is primarily U.S. burley, U.S. mature Virginias and a little bit of black cavendish. It’s an all-natural blend that offers a dry, natural smoke without additives in terms of flavoring.

Erik Peter, his father, was a larger than life person, full of energy and passion for his craft. His favorite tobacco was the navy flake, and this full-bodied smoke is a perfect example of his passion. It strikes a natural balance in the distinct characteristics of superior burleys and mature Virginias by using a small measure of black cavendish to please true flake lovers.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50g tin, 100g tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3025)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginias offer a little grass, some tart and tangy citrus and a small acidic note. The burleys are naturally sweet with a little wood, earth and some nuttiness, and stands out over the Virginias. The black cavendish is a very minor player, adding a small mild sugariness. The honey topping is sweet and pleasant; while always noticeable, it's smooth and mildly sublimates the tobaccos. The taste is very similar to Mac Baren Navy Flake, but this has a few minor flavor nuances to differentiate itself from NF. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild mark, while the taste is just past the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is just past the mild threshold. Won't bite or get harsh. The flake is easily rubbed out or folded and stuffed as you please. Burns cool, clean, and a tad slow with a very consistent flavor from top to bottom. Has a nice creamy subtext to the sweetness. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke.


30 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I love this blend! A very powerful and old fashioned style Burley/Vuirginia with flavor and kick. It has enough Burley to keep the nip-O-Meter at a minimum level even with fast puffing. Just wonderful!


21 people found this review helpful.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (52)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

4th Generation tobaccos are made by Mac Baren and many of their blends have Mac Baren counterparts, yet they are across the board of higher grade and quality. The counterpart to this one is Mac Baren's Navy Flake. And 1931 is much better. I'm normally a straight VA smoker but I can't get enough of this stuff. The Burley and Cavendish in the flake at depth and dimension that I absolutely love. The top note is of sweet floral honey and comes across in the room note as well. This is in my top rotation and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good Danish flake :)

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani Filtro, MM Cob

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Beehive Cigars, Salt Lake City, UT

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake.

17 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (73)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Apparently my resistance to the latest new tobacco is non-existent so here are my thoughts on 4th Gen. 1931.

Over the years most Navy Flakes have left me disappointed but I keep trying them. Upon opening this tin you will be greeted with two stacks of light to medium colored flakes perfectly sliced.There is absolutely a clover honey aroma somewhat stronger than MacB's Navy Flake, this is not off putting as the smell is quite pleasing. Fold, stuff and twist and it takes to the match easily. The honey (or whatever it is) does not interfere with the taste and provides only a faint sweetness throughout the bowl. Unlike other Navy Flakes where I find myself puffing too hard just to get some taste, 1931 consistently provides flavor even with a gentle puff.

This tobacco has surprised me and if the entire 100grams continues to hold my attention I will cellar a few tins and probably give it another star.

14 people found this review helpful.

Jamey S Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jamey S (9)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is, Hands down, one of the best tobaccos, for my opinion. I smoked it with several different pipes, and except for the Peterson System, in all of them it was nearly perfect. This is a strong and flavorful blend, with an almost-bite, which I particularly like. The Burley inside is very dominant and gives it a nutty-fermented aroma and taste. There is no added flavor to this – just a complex taste of a well-treated tobacco. Nicotine count is medium-high in this one, so (for my taste) it’s more suited for an evening smoke, although I enjoy it all day long. I smoke this flake (as all flakes) folded, not broken. Just let it dry for a while inside the pipe!

Pipe Used: Mr. Brog #124

Age When Smoked: 1 year

12 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This was a very good vabur. Perhaps a little light to my tastes, but still an enjoyable smoke nonetheless. I know that a lot of people compare this one to Mac Baren Navy Flake, and I can see why; they are very similar tobaccos. They are both mild vaburs that seem to be led with the Virginia leaf.

To my tastes both this and NF are kind of average smokes, but I would put this one above NF as it just seems to taste a little better to me; there is more depth of flavor in 1931. What I don't know is what is causing this. It is either a fuller, sweeter burley/Kentucky or it is a topping of some sort.

At present, the contents above list no topping, but If memory serves me right, I thought this one did have a slight topping. Perhaps it is something that is in the Cavendish, of which I assume to be processed from Virginia in a customary European way. Whatever it is, it has a nice sweetness that seems as though it would be tough to get from tobacco alone. But the sweetness is not something that I can directly identify to a popular topping. In some ways, this blend reminds me of Peterson's University Flake, but the topping in that one is far more obvious.

The bottom line is that this is a three star tobacco to my tastes as I would have no problem recommending it.

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake, Peterson University Flake.

12 people found this review helpful.

hilbertastronaut Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hilbertastronaut (7)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my third review. I have been smoking pipes for a few months, and cigars for a few years.

Tin note is hay, honey, and some baked goods. Nevertheless, it doesn't smell sugared or artificial. In fact, it smells fantastic and easily fills a room on first opening. I would recommend sealing the product carefully to avoid lost aroma or mixing with other products; I could detect its aroma straight through a plastic bag enclosing the closed (but opened once) tin.

Flakes are dark brown with lighter and darker streaks. They are a bit fragile. I was new to flakes when I started smoking this; I tried rolling and stuffing, but found just loosely crumbling it up and shoving it into the pipe more effective. Don't pack it; flakes expand on heating.

Moisture was right straight out of the tin. If you smoke it in a tall and narrow pipe, it's pretty easy to light and keep lit. I've found that I could even keep it going with a single light, but it usually benefits from a second light. Smoking it in a wider, smaller pot was a bit more of a challenge, but still possible.

It's hard to describe the taste other than "natural." It's full and a bit sweet, but like the natural sweetness of grains, not like added sugar. Relights can be a bit smoky and cigarette-like, but a few puffs later, the good taste comes back. Nicotine is "mild plus." Room note is not bad, except for the aforementioned relights.

I shared this among friends at a pipe-smoking session recently. Two of them, who are heavy cigar smokers, kept reaching for this flake. I was surprised, because one of them prefers light aromatics with his pipe. (He has been smoking Dunhill A21000 for over 30 years.) They had even brought new tins of something aromatic from Denmark, but still opted for 1931.

This was a great introduction to flake for me, and it makes me want to try more.

Pipe Used: Various (see review)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Monte's Tobacco Shop, Albuquerque, NM, USA

10 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

I got a 100g tin of this in a Secret Santa. My stipulation was no latakia and preferably a VaBur. I was pleasantly surprised.

Beautiful flakes that are at an excellent moisture level. Mostly golden strips with some specks of dark leaf. The smell at first kind of reminds me of a biscotti.

Easily packed, and lights just as easily. I got a lot of VA and sweet honey towards the first half of the bowl. The Burley comes through towards the latter half of the bowl and thickens up in the final stanza. It burns very evenly and with little to no bite. I could usually get no leftover dottle at the end of the bowl.

I will say that when fresh out of the tin the topping they used is in the way a bit. That biscotti flavor comes out in the smoke when fresh. Taking the tobacco out of the tin and leaving it in a jar for a week or two will help remove that flavor.

A great tobacco for smoking around others as the room note is grandpa in a tweed jacket. I like this more than MacBaren's Navy Flake as I think it's less sweet and has more of a natural tobacco flavor (after that biscotti flavor goes away) A must try for any VaBur/Burley fans.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Navy Flake.

7 people found this review helpful.

ValleyPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ValleyPiper (2)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When you open the tin and take a deep smell you get that classic and quintessential raisiny tobacco smell, one that makes its way to your palette and reminds you of the old tobacco barns of the Carolinas.

This is definitely a burley forward tobacco, which I happen to appreciate, with the Virginia's making known their presence all throughout the bowl, and with the Cavendish helping to smooth things out just a bit. The combination here creates a true tobacco smoke that is honest and flavorful. I was not overwhelmed by the honey topping/flavoring (something slight is there), but rather found it to give the smoke a slight sweetness and creaminess in similar fashion to the ways that a touch of honey affects a cup of tea. A wonderful, satisfying, robust all day kind of tobacco.

Pipe Used: Bones (Morgan Pipes) Anse

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

6 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

1931’s good looking flakes are mainly Burley forward. The mature Virginia’s add some, grassy sweetness and the small amount of Cavendish is noticeable. I find it hard to believe the claim that there are no added flavors as for me, there is a sweet topping, although it adds to the sweetness without taking over. I can’t say that it tastes of honey to me, rather just lightly sweet. The Burley is nutty and it didn’t offer any bitterness. It burns cool without a bite even and when I pushed it a bit it didn’t burn hot either. 1931 has been compared to Mac Baren’s Navy Flake, but for me this offers deeper flavor and more body. I found that a light pack, comprised of smaller pieces really allowed 1931 to best show off its flavor. I put off tasting this blend for quite a while and now wonder why? I am going to add some of this to my cellar as I am sure it will age very well with the Virginia's adding additional sweetness.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

I anxiously awaited the arrival of this new offering and chose it above the other three offered in this series as I am a flake fancier. First let's start with appearances - from the outside in. The 100gm tin is identical in construction to Mac Baren's 100gm Navy Flake, Mixture Flake, etc., minus the lid labeling. The underside sticker on label is printed in similar type to those of Mac Baren's as well. Upon opening the lid, the flakes are arranged in two neat rows and wrapped in the familiar Mac Baren gold wrapping (minus the Mac Baren embossed logo). You can see where I'm going with this. The initial tin aroma revealed a very, very slight sweetness of what I would say was honey and with deep sniffing I noticed an evanescent note of chocolate - ever so slight. I read where Eric Stokkebye says there are no additive flavoring to this flake, but to me, it does not have the smell of pure tobacco only.

The flakes were of the consistency of Mac's Navy Flake/Mixture Flake in thickness and its ease in breaking apart on folding; very unlike the rubberiness of Peterson's Irish Flake for comparison. My inaugural smoke was in a Dunhill Cumberland bent billiard. I didn't dry the flake out at all as I was anxious to smoke it right after popping the lid. It took to the match quite easily and required perhaps two or three relights throughout. As with Navy Flake I did perceive a honey/sweet taste but more so than with NF. There was no tongue bite per se. Nothing more than the occasional nip I experience with Navy or Mixture when smoked fresh. Since I find similarities to the two referenced Mac Flakes, I would have to say that strength wise, 1931 is equal to NF in terms of body, but the flavor of honey is stronger than with NF, and may be a bit too much for some. Like the other flakes, it smoked clean and dry leaving a light gray ash when all was said and done. The entire smoke was a nice mix of honey and tobacco, albeit the honey presence slightly ahead. The honey flavor seemed to be more flowery than what Mac Baren uses in their Navy Flake/Mixture Flake. 1931 seems to be more Virginia forward and Mac's NF more Burley forward. I suspect that with some time drying in the tin the rich tobacco flavors will become even more pronounced as I find with Navy and Mixture. There is enough nicotine presence to satisfy those who want that in a smoke as well.

I would be very surprised if this was NOT produced by Mac Baren since it has all of the fine smoking characteristics of many of their products. I have no problem with that as Mac is one of my favorite blending houses. However, at $4-$5 more per tin than Mac's Navy Flake and Mixture Flake, NF and MF are better bargains, and of the three I prefer NF overall. Where MF lacks in the taste department and 1931 is over the top with honey, NF seems to have the right balance. All in all, my hat is off to Eric Stokkebye and I wish him every success with his new line of tobaccos. 4 stars.

UPDATE 7-19-17: Recently purchased a tin and have found the price point to be below that of Mac Baren Navy Flake and now a better bargain for a flake with similarity to NF. Between the two, I prefer 1931.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin.

Purchased From: 4noggins.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake.

6 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

The presentation is nice, has the Mac Baren-style gold foil paper. The sticker on the back of the tin with the tin date also makes me think Mac Baren produces this blend, rather than STG. The flakes are uniform and golden with flecks of brown. The tin note is grassy, oaty, and floral honey.

I smoked this rubbed out as well as folded and twisted. I preferred the taste of the smoke when rubbed out, but not fully, then bunched up, and stuffed into the pipe.

The smoke can sometimes starts out sharp, sour, and bitey, to some extent. You have to be careful lighting it. There are grassy notes, and some floral honey notes, which is very much like Mac Baren Navy Flake. Further down the bowl lots of wood and cocoa notes come up, and some bready sweetness makes occasional appearances. Some cereal and marshmallow-like notes come up. About halfway through the bowl, the smoke gets more dense. It becomes a little cigar-like. More cocoa and wood notes, some nutty notes. However, if this is rubbed out you may lose the sweetness towards the end of the bowl.

The flakes burn well, but can sometimes burn hot, depending on how you choose to pack the pipe. Burned to white ash. I advise just letting it go out rather than trying to keep this lit. It gets hot easily.

I did not try this in a pot shape or any pipe with a relatively wide bowl, but it worked well for me in pipes with narrow diameters and straight sides in the chamber.

The nicotine level is medium, to me. I notice it but it doesn't overwhelm. I would say the same for the taste as well.

The downside of this blend is that it can be bitey. It's just bright Virginias in the blend, so you get lots of sharp but lemon sweetness. You can reduce the acidity by letting it sit out before packing your pipe. It's not as good as Mac Baren's Navy Flake, to which it is often compared. Navy Flake, to me, is a better blend, because there are some additional notes I get. This does age well, because of the Virginia content. My first tin of this blend had over two years of age on it. It still burned warmer than I'd like, but there wasn't much sharpness and acidity to the smoke. The Virginias really calm down with age.

I do like the flavor of this blend. I would recommend this to the navy flake fan, or the Virginia Burley fan. I don't think it has a wow factor, but has comfortable flavors. It's a nice and sweet navy flake with some woody notes. For me it's an all-day smoke. Somewhat recommended, depending on whether you want to be careful, do a little work, and be patient with this blend.

Pipe Used: Bent apple,Canadian,billiard,bent egg

Age When Smoked: 3 years, 7 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake..

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 1931.

One of the best things about this blend is it seems to have been tailor made so that one flake fills my Davorin Denovic to perfection! Joking aside though there are many good things regarding #1931.

The tin contains only two rows of fairly wide flakes that are medium brown with a few light and dark specks over them. The moisture's good and the flakes are very easily crumbled. The main aroma from the tin is a citrus one: it smells almost as if it has a casing to it.

1931 is simple to ignite and gives a good burn. One of the few negatives with it is it can give a bit of a nip to my tongue if I'm not careful, other than that it's a good smoke though. Like the tins aroma it appears to contain some form of topping. It has just the same lemon quality, only more of an added sweetness rather than citrus alone; I'm guessing that the Black Cavendish would be responsible for the sweet touch. The Burley forms a large part of the taste, but it doesn't seem to be a particularly special kind of Burley flavour; not great, not bad, but quite steadfast and usual.

The nicotine's about medium to strong, and the room-note's enjoyable.

I like 4th Generation 1931 but I don't love it. I have no quibble with the fact it's a very good blend but it falls a little short of 4 stars for me. I'll stick with just a recommendation.

Pipe Used: Davorin Denovic Morta

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (50)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

wow. who knew? just bought a couple of meerschaums and they are great smokers for all tobaccos and one after the other. no ghosting at all. soooo......this superb flake was consumed quite happily in both of them (even the carved faces of the pipes were smiling!). the honey is as good as a rum for that "navy feeling" and the cavendish is a gorgeous add-on to the virginia and burley. beautifully manufactured and presented in perfect flakes, both in moisture and size. great great smoke. not really an aromatic at all. just great tobacco that's mellowed by whatever topping there is.

Pipe Used: meerschaums

Age When Smoked: tin dated 2015

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: macb's mixture flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (186)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Im not sure who makes this blend, because Ive heard Macbaren is really the producer. But in any event, it is remarkably like Macbaren's Navy Flake...and thats not a bad thing. The 1931 flake is philosophically the same as Navy Flake, a mildly cased burley based soft flake. It burns cool and if one is to compare it to Navy Flake, the Stokkebye is less sweet by quite a margin and the flavors are different. This is cookie dough and burley nuttiness, but all this is very mild so dont think you are getting a full on aromatic. Its a burley flake with slightly more nic hit than Navy Flake and less of the mouth coating that comes from smoking too much of the macbaren. Its not really a complex smoke but its not really meant to be. I like it as a tobacco to smoke when driving. It burns easy and doesnt bite at all. Its also a tad boring at a certain point. I suggest not smoking it in any magnum size bowl because it plays itself out after a while. That all said, I give it a solid three stars. Its high quality tobacco and certainly a blend I keep a supply of if possible.

Purchased From: 4noggins

4 people found this review helpful.

Liam Tyr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liam Tyr (22)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A wonderful flake with a nice tin aroma of honey and some nuttiness. I prefer to prep my flake by rolling it loosely in my hands with the grain to get long strips that I coil in the bowl loosely as I pack. I find it brings up a much richer flavor of the burleys and every now and then you get a slight peek at the cavendish sweetness. Its a nice relaxing smoke that doesn't require your constant attention at the discovery of flavors, nor does it reach out and slap you when you aren't paying attention to it. Burns quite cool and dry, and is ready for consumption right out of the tin with no need for additional drying. Give it a try, I don't think you will be disappointed. The after taste is nice coating of honey sweetness on the tongue.

Pipe Used: Comoy's Tradition Woodstock

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

Purchased From: Mission Pipe, San Jose, Ca, USA. http://www.missionpipe.com

4 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The perfectly crafted slices of this mottled brown flake, which are neatly packed into two stacks in the tin and wraped in golden foil, effuse a delicious scent reminicent of honey, nuts and freshly cut hay.

Even though the tobacco is reportedly made by Mac Baren in Denmark, it's not exactly the same blend as their famous Navy Flake, one difference being that it's markedly brighter in color.

The moisture level is just perfect, so you can easily fold and stuff the flakes into your bowl. It takes a thorough charring light, some leveling out the ashes and an equally thorough true light in order to get it going. After that it usually burns down evenly seldom requiring a relight.

The taste starts out in a mild fashion, getting much bolder in the course of the bowl. It has a dense, creamy smoke delivering notes of caramelized walnuts and a natural honeylike sweetness. Especially during the second half of the bowl, this is complemented by hints of cinamon, vanilla and prunes like spiced rum. Don't draw too eagerly on your pipe or it'll bite your tongue. In the end, this is a full-boddied, complex smoke leaving some almost white ash peppered with dark spots.

The room note is rich and sweetish.

Pipe Used: Poul Winsløw Bent

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: www.smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (89)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Popping the tin the smell of the VA's and honey is quite inviting. I fold mine into a large bowl and put a little loose leaf on top for lighting. A smooth and satisfying smoke that shows what a gifted tobacconist can do with really good burley and VA. This is one that I like to stop and pay attention to. No heavy topping to get in the way. I think most burley smokers would find something here to like. It could easily be an all day smoke. Mine smokes dry, without the burley bitters. I'm down to just a very few tobaccos and this makes the short list.

4 people found this review helpful.

speaknott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speaknott (4)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant


I was gifted a new tin of this by the rep for the company. I have to say, the other tobacco I smoked must have been overly dry or something, because this stuff was fantastic. Smooth, full bodied, a faint fruitiness with a deep spice and sweetness. I'd buy this again.

Pipe Used: Fe.Ro Bent Prince

4 people found this review helpful.

Mosessupposes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mosessupposes (11)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not much to add to what has been said. I'm reviewing primarily so it gets another recommendation. Smells great, packs easily, burns well, consistent taste. Highly recommended. An easy four stars. Could be a good crossover for aro smokers.

Pipe Used: Stanwell, etc.

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased

Similar Blends: MacB Navy Flake..

3 people found this review helpful.

StogieBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StogieBear (20)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This tobacco has such a striking tin note of honey, I have to question the descriptions out there that claim it is not flavored - I'm assuming it has a honey topping, which works. Right out of the tin, folded and stuffed, it lights well and stays lit. The flavor is rich, warm and sweet. The honey comes through but in a subtle way. There's a wonderful nutty flavor, dark fruits and a bit of spice.

This is a wonderful tobacco. I could smoke it every day.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 606ks

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: JR Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

rsvp2rip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rsvp2rip (27)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I did not find this to be so different from Mac Barren Navy Flake to justify the extra $4. It is good but I would not seek it out over MB's offering.

Similar Blends: Mac Barren Navy Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (178)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Here we have a nice looking Virginia-Burley flake. Gently rubs, packs, and burns easy. No Va tang to me but solid, natural flavor IMO.

I had tried about an ounce sample in a thin plastic pouch given out earlier in October, 2012. However, the flavor seemed to dry out quickly. The tin preserves the freshness better.

Smells like a slight top note in the tin but I personally don't taste any added flavors while puffing. (Could there be some residual from Navy Flake or Mixture Flake processing? Don't know.) At most it tastes to me like a traditional English flake, or biscuit like. Not sweet like the other two. Whatever essence may be there in the toasted cavendish is in a word, slight.

Mild and cool enough to me, yet tasty. Someone who is not use to or fond of burley may rank it stronger.

Tastes kinda like a lighter version of Aged Burley Flake, so if you cotton to that one but find it too strong, this may be a substitute. ABF has all burley, including Kentucky. This one has much less burley. But it has more burley and some darker Virginia than Long Golden Flake. I'm sure this one is not by the same blender as those two, and is neither as strong as ABF nor as sweet as LGF. Maybe in-between, and good.

Sure, give it a try. Mostly on the natural flake side of the house.

3 people found this review helpful.

Caligator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Caligator (4)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

TLDR; This is a delicious, burley-forward blend of quality tobacco.

The tin note is gentle and not room-filling. The fragrant notes of "honey", “nutty” and “earthy” from the burley are present and inviting. The moisture of the flakes upon opening was nearly perfect. The tobacco readily accepted flame with only a few minutes out of the tin. This blend lends itself very well to “fold-and-stuff” packing. The flakes are not very robust, and will maintain their shape only with delicate handling.

The tin I opened had just over two years of age, which proved to be enough time for the component tobaccos to adequately meld together and provide a mature, complete experience. Among the components, the burley is center-stage and fairly clean considering the addition of honey/flavoring . The US Virginias deliver a sweetness without forcing “hay” or “grassy” flavors to the forefront. The black cavendish is subtle, contributing less to the blend’s flavor, and more to the smoothness and texture of the smoke. And the casing/toppings used are well measured and never cloying.

I sometimes struggle with fold-and-stuff packing, often choosing to rub out flakes instead. But the flakes of this blend are forgiving enough that a few of the bowls I folded and packed from this tin burned to the bottom with only a single relight. It seemed that the flavor became deeper and richer as I approached the half-way point. I find with certain stronger blends my palate is fatigued by the end of the bowl, and flavors diminish. Such was not the case with this blend. I feel that this is a blend that can be smoked in back-to-back sessions and still be flavorful and enjoyable.

There is a nose tingle on retrohale; the sensation is pleasant and repeatable. I found this blend to be most flavorful when I clench the pipe while shallow breathing. Gentle but deliberate is the way to sip this tobacco, and in doing so, tongue bite is never a concern.

I enjoyed this blend in a variety of pipes, including briars, a cob and even a meer. But I kept coming back to a burley-dedicated cob and a side of coffee.

4 out of 4.

Pipe Used: Briars, Cobbs and a Meer

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (192)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Smoking now:

The sample bag smells of honey. Very sweet, hay and wood. It’s quite nice. The sweet smell does NOT translate over to the smoke. The flakes broke apart effortlessly packing and lighting just fine.

The initial light and smoke gave me a sharp mouth feel that I associate with burley. I’m rather negatively biased towards burley because of the ph level. Thankfully that went away as the bowl progressed.

Again the sweet smell does not translate over as much to the smoke. There’s a decent amount of sweetness from the Virginia don’t get me wrong but this is not as sweet as it smells. Grassy, a little hay, some honey, on top of a dry woody burley that gives it some body. The cavendish I suspect is what makes this as mellow and pleasant for me. The retrohale is grassy and floral. A rather easy smoking mild to medium bodied natural tobacco flavored smoke. The nic level is definitely a medium maybe surpassing it. With morning coffee after breakfast I felt it. Enough going on to make it interesting.

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Lager Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lager (53)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

There are few blends that reach the pinnacle of perfection,but this one does. My tin is dated November 2020 and the moisture level was perfect to be smoked right away. The Burley and Virginia are high quality and matured. The light honey topping enhances the flavor making this a smooth,sweet smoke, but not in an artificial way. I could smoke this all day if I had the time. It burns clean and cool. No bite or harsh spots. Room note seems ok of course my wife loves pipes ( I'm a lucky man ). This smokes the same all the way to the bottom. Top notch flake! Highly recommended.


Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cigars International

Similar Blends: Most navy.flakes.

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I'd never smoked ths Eric Stokkebye blend until the well-stuffed and well preserved pint mason jars came along at our recent show. I liked the looks of the blend through the wide mouth Mason jar; all brown and gold brown intermixed in flake form. The jar aroma was heavenly with intermixed Burley and Virginia odors that begged me to light up. Right from the first light I knew it was going to be good. The higher register Virgnia notes mixed well with the lower Burley notes and produced a wonderful VaBur smoking experience that I saw as a four star performance. This high level enjoyment only subsided slightly as we crossed over to the middle third; a common trait of many pipe blends. Things remained pretty good until we reached the midpoint of the smoke. Here the blend began a decline in aroma, taste and smoking enjoyment until, in the bottom third, it became almost tasteless and gray and ashy. I was taken aback at how quickly this blend just gave up the ghost. Still, that top half more than made up for the decline and I am recommending it to the reader at three stars.

Pipe Used: Becker 1/4 bent yatch-2003 NASPC yearpipe

Age When Smoked: unknown but not recent

Purchased From: a former pipe smoker

Similar Blends: It looks like Orlik Golden Sliced in the jar and the last blend I smoked that looked like this was Solani 660-Silver Flake. 1931 Flake smokes much better than both of them (until it fades)..

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (217)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

In the small tin of 1931 I bought were 2 rows of moist, perfectly made, striated flakes ranging from blonde to medium and dark brown. Tin note is refined dates, citrus, honey, and flowers melded with the slightly bready VA and Burley tobaccos. I fold, spindle and loosely stuff most of one flake into a suitable group 5 pipe, straight from the tin. It’s worth noting, I think, that 1931 expands considerably when it’s lit. The tobacco lights OK and it burns quite slowly and well, yielding huge, thick clouds of smoke. In fact, 1931 is exceptional in this regard. Initial aromas and tastes echo the tin notes, then the tobacco flavors increase gradually and substantially. Burley predominates. It’s deep, rich, earthy, nutty, buttery, and fairly tannic, and I would not be surprised if there’s some DFK. There seems to be a range of robust, complimentary VA varietals and cures, from grassy lemons to sweet, rich, air-cured browns, to earthy, stoved reds. The Cav is hardly needed for body, but it may well contribute to all the smoke, and it binds the blend with the toppings. Like Solani’s 660 Silver Flake, 1931 increases significantly in intensity over the long course of a bowl, and I prefer to moderate my cadence rather than brook some roughness that occurs if I let it get hot. Taken slowly, 1931 is a long, leisurely, and satisfying smoke. Strength builds slowly to just over medium. Tastes deepen to past medium. Room note is tolerable. Aftertaste is best-of-the-smoke, and it lingers long.

IMO, 4th Generation 1931 is a top quality blend that works best with a measure of attention. A few years ago I would have given it 4 stars, but now there is stiff competition in this genre. 3 + stars.

Pipe Used: various briars; 4 - 5 preferred

Age When Smoked: right from a new, undated tin

Purchased From: Cup O' Joe's

Similar Blends: Compare.contrast to Solani 660 Silver Flake.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

Right up front, you should know that burley is not my thing. I find it's often kind of harsh and cigarette-like to my taste buds. Normally I wouldn't have bothered trying this, but Smokingpipes.com sent a sample with my last order so I figured, why not? You know what? It's actually pretty good! If you like burley, you'd probably say it's great. I smoked it in a corncob pipe because a lot of people seem to think burley sings in a cob and I wanted to give it a chance. I rubbed the flakes out. The first half of the bowl is pretty enjoyable. Simple, plain tobacco flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Not complex but not boring either. Then that bitter burley-ness starts building stronger and harsher, and I can't smoke the last third. Again, if you like burley you'll probably love this. I generally don't like burley, and I still got some enjoyment out of it. I feel a little bad about giving it 2 stars because it's obviously quality tobacco.


I'm rounding this up to 3 stars because every time I smoke it, I like it a little bit more. Smoked slowly and in a smaller pipe, that bitterness I mentioned doesn't build up to an intolerable level. I've only got about a pipeful left now and, even though I probably won't go out of my way to get more, I think I'll be a little disappointed when it's gone.

Pipe Used: cob

2 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (305)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nicely prepared flakes typical of Stokkebye with an ideal moisture content from the tin that permits easy packing just by folding. Smoked dry and cool without any bite. Burned evenly without the need for relights. However, as compared to Stokkebye's available bulk flakes, I don't see the comparative value of this tinned blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (50)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am a "flake" person so when I spotted this tin I had to give it a whirl. This is a bolder navy flake than I have ever tried. Trying to place it in the floral strength panel. I would say it is between GH's Ennerdale and Rum Flakes. It is fuller than both but the notes that you taste and smell are similar. The pretty little flakes twist easily into presentable pieces to go in my small flake pipes. This is a pleasant tobacco for morning or afternoon.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

The 4th Generation line release has a variety of blends. I received the 1931 Eric Peter's Blend, some of the others seemed more appealing to me, but a gift is a gift. This also lets me see what's new out the gates. Well they are perfect cut flake, with a marbling of tans cross in waves. I cut it into small cubes to get a tin note, as it came in a plastic sample bag. The aromatic stood out, other than some hay from the burley the Virginia was absent. A dry flake it just needed a few minutes to be ready for the bowl.

Char lite let go some aromatic fruitiness maybe even some honey it's hard to tell as the Cavendish quickly burned. The true lite had the VA stands up right away, the burley providing a bit of hay back ground. This burns hot so sipping is a must. By the half bowl the burley had taken over and it stays there. It smokes slowly and you get a hint of sweetness appear every once in a while from a basic good tasting classic burly. The bowl remained consistent through to the end with no relights to a salt and pepper ash.

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokeQuest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeQuest (20)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco looks and smells great in the tin but the taste is mostly of fermented burly, it is pungent like perique, no Virginia sweetness or tang.


The smell of this tobacco in the tin is identical to Mac Baren navy flake, the taste and the quality of the smoke however, is much better.

2 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (60)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

One of my personal favorites. This flake reminds me Beorn's Woodland Hall. This must surely be the blend that Gandalf smoked within this pillared hall and blew such lovely colorful magic smoke rings with. The Southern Star burley leads the way with a nutty woodsy taste and the Longbottom Virginia providing mellow notes of grassy meadows. The ever present Old Toby Cavendish ties the two together perfectly like cream and honey. These wonderful tobaccoes are pressed into flakes that are caused in honey made by Beorn's fantastic bees whose nectar comes from the magical bee gardens that surround his woodland hall. A must try for anyone who enjoys the hobbit's leaf. Another plus is the price. You want need any dragon golf to purchase this magical blend. Happy Puffing

Pipe Used: Various Churchwardens

Age When Smoked: New to one year

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: G&H BlackForest.

1 person found this review helpful.

Richard Jhonson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Richard Jhonson (13)
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

Of all the Navy flakes I have smoked, this one hits the spot.

High quality tobacco, no bite, lots of flavor, it's a deep and rich yet mild-mannered and friendly flake that, unlike other flakes in this style (MB for example), I never get sick of smoking.

1 person found this review helpful.

initials SG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
initials SG (29)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Of all the Navy flakes I have smoked, this one hits the spot.

High quality tobacco, no bite, lots of flavor, it's a deep and rich yet mild-mannered and friendly flake that, unlike other flakes in this style (MB for example), I never get sick of smoking.

All day, any day, gimme that 1931.... puff puff...

1 person found this review helpful.

Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (76)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Unnoticeable

Another run of the mill virginia without any redeeming features.

It's not quite a Eurotobak. It's not that bad.

And my review must be a minimum of 25 words. Even though there's nothing more to write.

But you don't always want top of the range. Sometimes you want something that does the job.

So I'm going off now to order a kilo of the stuff.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop.

Purchased From: Online.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pikey Mick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pikey Mick (48)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I bought this in a small tobacconist in a local town where I'd popped in to purchase some cigars. The gentleman in the shop popped the tin for me to smell and I thought it was a VaPer from the tin aroma. Beautifully presented flakes which are quite light with a few darker streaks and the aroma of grass, a little wood and summer fruits. Goldilocks straight from the tin, I lightly rubbed it out and filled my quarter bent limited edition Balandis briar. Lighting up was easy and straight away I knew it was a VaBur and quite similar to MacBarens NF but this one is IMHO a more refined and more nuanced blend. First half of the bowl is sweet Virginia with an interplay of the best Burley I've had so far giving a sweet nuttiness akin to fresh almonds. The honey is there too and it's a floral honey taste similar to Heather honey. As I progress down the bowl the burley is coming through more but doesn't detract from the overall experience. I prefer this to MacBarens as it contains less moisture and therefore little to no tongue bite. I would recommend this to anyone who smokes a pipe,and quite easily a tobacco you could happily revisit throughout the day. Room note is light and pleasant and leaves a sweet, grassy taste in your mouth. This would pair spectacularly with Dragon's Blood Mead!

Pipe Used: Balandis limited edition quarter bent

Purchased From: Leaf and Bean Trading Company

Similar Blends: Macbaren NF.

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