Erik Paul, his Grandfather, was an entrepreneur and collector who loved to travel and experience many things. The 1897 blend is a colorful combination of light, golden Virginias, bronze Burley and a touch of black cavendish. The base of rich vanilla combines with notes of mild, sweet honey for a gentle aromatic sweetness. The 1897 has more black cavendish in it and has more sweetness in terms of the vanilla flavors, and it is a little bit milder.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured BySt-Group Assens
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringHoney, Vanilla
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Got this as a free sample from smokingpipes.com.

Somewhat sweet with the mild flavor of bright Virginias and the added flavors of honey and vanilla. Didn't expect to like this, but it's actually pretty good. No bite, but will burn hot if you push it. Smoked at a moderate pace it maintains flavor and stays relatively cool.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: free sample from smokingpipes.com

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I liked this aromatic blend. I never tasted honey but sure got the fragrance and taste of the Vanilla bean. I also liked the little bit of strength that comes through with each puff. A very top-shelf aromatic for those who like Vanilla casing - which I do from time to time.


11 people found this review helpful.

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

The gold Virginias are lightly grass with some tart and tangy citrus, and form the base of the blend. The bronze burleys are lightly nutty, earthy and woody as a supporting player. The black cavendish is also a supporting player with some smoothing sugar. The light vanilla topping is more prominent than the honey, but I do notice the latter. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh even if pushed. Burns clean at a moderate rate with a very cool, gentle and silky, lightly creamy sweet consistent flavor to the finish. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke that may be too mild for those who prefer stronger aromatic flavorings, but this is easily repeatable no matter what you are doing during the day. More of a two and a half star blend due to a little thinness of flavor.


10 people found this review helpful.

Falcon Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falcon Fan (22)
Very Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this tobacco intriguing!

First off, it comes in a 1.4oz circular tin, which is fairly rare. The packaging was dated and suggested the tin was around 6 months old and on opening, was reasonably moist - but the paper packaging exhibited dried "wet tobacco" stains and so it must have been a lot more moist at some point.

The smell of the tobacco is not really typical of vanilla aromatics. To my nose, this had the smell of something unique, but more at the pungent end of the virginia spectrum rather than the mild end of the aromatic spectrum.

It is a nice tobacco to handle, is not greasy and does not leave any residue on your hands and packs well. On first lighting, the taste and smell is really absent and it takes quiet a few draws before any type of character becomes apparent, but what emerges is a very agreeable mild, bite free experience that is much closer, at least in my mind, to dark virginia blends, than the sort of cavendish vanilla bomb that I had expected from a very cursory check on the composition of the blend pre- purchase. So the smoking experience matches the unlit aroma perfectly, but is perhaps not as strong as the aroma is pungent.

This is one to savour - the character develops and improves dramatically from the first couple of draws which are a non-experience to the the bottom of the bowl, by which time, it is "really smokin'" as they say!!!

The downside is the $26+tax purchase price here in Ontario for such a small ammount of Tobacco but it is much cheaper to mail order in from south of the border.

google you tube "cigars international 1897" for an interview with Peter Stokkebye talking a bit more about the inspiration for this tobacco (peters grandfather, born in 1897, a cigar smoker who liked the ocassional aromatic pipe). I think Peters' grandfather would have been very happy with this in his pipe, as am I!!

Pipe Used: Vesz Briar, MM corncob, Falcon

Age When Smoked: 6 months.

Purchased From: Celebrity gifts, Oakville.

7 people found this review helpful.

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

Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 1897.

Lately I've been enjoying a rich aromatic for my fist smoke on a Friday morning, and today 1897 filled that spot.

It's a mid size ribbon, containing only about 20% Black Cavendish, is a bit too moist, and smells sweet. It packs and lights easily.

The smoke: although it has a similar make-up to Wild Hare that I posted yesterday, I much prefer it. I find the honey offers more flavour than the vanilla, causing the smoke to be pleasantly sweet. The vanilla can be tasted, but it takes a more work to pick it out. Of the tobaccos the Virginia occupies the most of the flavour, the Burley and Cav' give a lot less. 1897 burns at a medium pace, giving a cool, bite-free, smoke.

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


Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef; Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Read the reviews and the local gas station had it for sale right next to the cheap cigars. So I bought the tin popped it open and the aroma was sweetest thing I've smelled honeys vanilla floral sents. I went to put it in my pipe and it was goopy sticky. Thinking this was a waste of money. Loaded my pipe. Then to my amazement it tasted great I could taste the vanilla and a huge hint of honey and nutty taste. This was like smoking desert. And the dottle was not goopy it stayed lit with zero bite. Very pleased with this.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum cobbit dwarf

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin

Purchased From: Q-mart Quinault tribal store.

Similar Blends: Nothing i have ever tried.

2 people found this review helpful.

unfound Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
unfound (3)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend isn't bad, but its not great. The taste is okay if you like aromatics. The room note is great, very sweet and the vanilla is strong.

I didn't enjoy it in either pipe, it was too light in the church warden. The aftertaste isn't very good but it is light.

Wouldn't recommend for most.

Pipe Used: Churchwarden & Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: PipesandCigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (134)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one damp tobacco! Drying it helps, and it is really necessary in my opinion. The tin aroma is quite nice; a vanilla cream. But it doesn't fully deliver the taste and aroma once lit. It does not bite, and the quality of leaf seems good. If I could, I would give it two and a half stars. But it fell just a little short of my expectations, especially given the tin note and the cost.

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Meh. Pretty much sums up this blend in one word. It is just kind of a run of the mill boring aromatic to my tastes. I agree with all of the other reviewers who point out that the Vanilla seems to stand out the most of the toppings used.

As to the pros I would say the blend is not goopy despite being very moist in the tin. It does not require any drying out and performs fantastic in the bowl. The topping is not overwhelming either and allows for some tobacco flavor to shine through.

The cons are it has a bit of an after taste, at least, I seem to detect one that is not all too pleasant. Although there were moments when I tasted that nutty sweetness you only get by mixing Virginia and Burley, it was too light and too shallow. I would have preferred more depth to the Burley, or in the alternative, more sweetness from the Virginias. The blend just lacked body, which may not be a problem for some users. Overall, it is not aromatic enough to please the aro faithful and the underlying leaf is not assertive enough to catch the occasional aro user.

Somewhat recommended and only to someone who likes a lightly topped blend on the light side.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Carolus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carolus (24)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

In short: a Danish blend that makes a quality aromatic tobacco - and as such a treat for lover of aromatics, but not for those who prefer non-aromatics. I rate it 2/4 with some sense of dissatisfaction, as it neither accurately displays my lack of appreciation of the blend, nor how someone into aromatics would enjoy it.

The smell from the tin is great. It is soft, not mellow but also not overwhelmingly sweet. The burleys, virginias and the clearly presents black cavendish make for a nice brown and black palette.

The smoke is soft, steady, burning fast but not too hot given that it is not rushed. There is silky sugar, vanilla and some honey. Not high on strenght but that is probably not what you want when you smoke this. Will leave the mouth dry more than usual when smoked all day,

The room note will actually be enjoyed by non-smokers.

Pipe Used: Corncob

Age When Smoked: A couple of years

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Maduro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maduro (19)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

The tin note reminds me of very buttery Danish cookies with an added floral touch from the vanilla. The black Cavendish, Burleys and Virginias are all there. They ribbons feel a tad on the humid end but that's readily fixed with a few minutes of open air. The bits are pliable and the cuts consistent in size, all making it easy to sort and pack.

The pre-draw mirrors the tin note. The initial char may challenge you by requiring a few attempts but the bowl will burn nicely thru with proper attention. There's a touch of spiciness from the Burleys over the roof the mouth and upon retrohale. The black cavendish ensures a gratifying weight on the palate. The honey is there as you stoke it but, surprisingly, rather understated. The room note mixes the Burleys and vanilla with a hint of honey, giving of a muffin-like aroma. The overall mouth taste remains slightly sweet with the burleys' oakiness mixing in with the buttery and even fruity flavors. The bouquet from the tin note mixes nicely over the tongue. It's balanced in its flavors, remaining dense in umami through the bowl.

I really enjoy this blend. It gets better the slower you pace yourself. It's an aromatic that I could smoke all day: pleasing, rich and uncomplicated.

Pipe Used: Venini diplomat (2000), medium bowl

Age When Smoked: 2.5 years

Purchased From: Tobacco Depot, Lawrenceville, GA

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ParamedicGentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ParamedicGentleman (4)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Of the aromatics I have had, which honestly is a quite extensive list of varying price ranges, this is by far the best. Tin note rivals W.O. Larsen, which always have heavenly notes out of the tin. It is very moist, and I thought about drying it, but I am glad I did not. It still lit and smoked well, and the flavor was wonderful. Heavy vanilla, slight honey at first, but lost the honey the deeper I got into the bowl. Overall wonderful smoke.

Pipe Used: Roma Straight

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Wabash Cigar Shop

Similar Blends: W.O. Larsen 1864.

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (76)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I put 4 stars for their 1957 mixture which is fascinating. Their 1897 is less inspiring. Small honey flavour (which might be a bonus compared to the brands people who do not smoke think about when speaking about pipe tobacco...) in the tin and not really noticeable when smoking. That said it is worth a try.

Purchased From: La Civette, Brest, Brittany, France

Nobody has rated this review yet.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (182)
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Got this one a couple of years in a tobacco club selection. Being a curious smoker I popped the tin open, dumped in in my bacco plate and gave it a good mix up to let it breath. Tin note of Vanilla bean with faint honey essence, very pleasing to the nose. A bit wet but I loaded an old clean briar up and gave it a go. Found it to be weak and monotone but I pushed through none the less. Upon finishing the bowl I put the remainder of the tin in a mason jar, labeled it up and screwed the lid tight. No other contact with it besides the usual monthly shake up and moisture check of my cellar. A few days ago I decide that 2 plus of quite time was enough penal time for this lad so I loaded up a pipe and let the fire roll. Reading my previous notes I felt this blend had changed, it had become a good balanced smoke with both tobacco and dressing coming through in harmony. With that being said, it is not my favorite aro but it is a blend that merits a good word. If one likes vanilla Aros this tobacco is worth a try, aging may or may not be required. This blend as others I have rated stand on their own with no comparison to others. They are what they are, attempts to blend something that has taste appeal.

Pipe Used: Cobs and various briars

Age When Smoked: New And 2+ yrs

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Gresh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gresh (9)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is my kind of aromatic. it burns very well after drying for 1.5-2 hours and actually tastes-and doesnt just smell-like vanilla. has a nic-kick that other aros ive tried completely lacked. Tin note smells strongly of vanilla and a bit of honey. can burn hot, so take your time.

Pipe Used: MM legend. Rossi Rubino

Age When Smoked: 4.5 years

Purchased From: Smoker Friendly. Wilkins Twp, PA

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Liam Tyr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Liam Tyr (22)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Like a few others, I quite liked this tobacco. There is a medium amount of vanilla and fruit flavors. It almost tastes a bit like fruit cake without all the spices. Its a nice quality tobacco and a great everyday sweet smoke that doesn't overpower you. I can't speak to people having wet tins, all of the tins I bought were as moist as they were supposed to be and all around it has been a good experience. I recommend this tobacco to anyone who enjoys lightly fruity aromatics.

Pipe Used: Poul Winslow Freehand and Tom Eltang Pot

Age When Smoked: fresh and 1 yr old tin

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

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LightMyBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LightMyBriar (17)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is by far my favorite aromatic tobacco. All of the components are top quality, and are perfectly complimented by the sweet vanilla flavor. It burns without a problem, and the room note is sure to please even the most discriminating noses. No bite, no burn, just a great relaxing smoke. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and it is well worth it.

Pipe Used: Chacom Maya zulu

Age When Smoked: One year

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

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