Latakia, sun-cured Orientals, mature Virginias, and full-bodied Kentucky leaf are blended together to produce this old-fashioned English smoke by Erik Stokkebye.

Notes: The 1882 Founder's Blend is Erik Stokkebye's tribute to the year in which the legendary Stokkebye tobacco business was started.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsKentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The Cyprian Latakia is smoky, woody, earthy, sweet and is the most obvious tobacco, though it’s just past being moderate in force. The ever present Orientals are smoky, woody with a little dryness, mild sour, floral, herbal notes, and some spice in a secondary role. The Kentucky is a little nutty sweet, spicy, woody, herbal, floral and earthy as it adds some force to the blend. It's just above being a secondary player. The mature Virginias have a fermented tangy dark fruit and tart citrus sweetness with some earth, wood and a light grassiness. They form the base of the product. The spice continually tingles your tongue, but there’s no chance of bite even if you puff fast. No dull or harsh spots to be found. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. Well balanced, you notice every component in every puff. Burns at moderate pace with cool, clean, spicy sweet, mostly smooth, campfire flavor that translates the slightly lingering, pleasant after taste. Requires an average number of relights. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Has a tolerable campfire room note. It’s medium strength, but is close to being an all day smoke if you choose.


23 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a very enjoyable blend, one that I could easily smoke any time. My sample was a touch on the dry side but it was not too far off the mark from what I prefer. When first lit, the flavor is somewhat sweet, a bit smoky, and relatively herbal tasting. As the pipe gets going the herbal flavors build and the smoke delivers a cool minty sensation on the palate. Overall this tobacco is very mellow and even by the mid-bowl point it remains incredibly smooth, flavorful, and similar to what one might expect from a mixture with a lot more age on it. Furthermore, I found it to be almost entirely devoid of the typical spiciness found in similar blends. The Latakia flavor is still fairly forward but it’s nicely balanced by the sweetness of the other tobaccos. Mild mannered? Check. Medium flavor and body? Check. Founder’s Blend is also well behaved, tasty and it burns nicely. Overall this is a well crafted blend.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

20 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (125)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Don't overlook this excellent, well-mannered English, because I'd put it in the top 2 percent of all English mixtures available, which is saying something.

Although it may seem like just another English made in Denmark, it rises above the pack in terms of quality of leaf and unique blending.

The Kentucky combines with well aged VAs to form a silky, slightly sweet, chewy backdrop for the moderate amount of Latakia and orientals, which skillfully play off the base , keeping things interesting, but always very civilized. One always tastes all the ingredients, carefully melded together.

The Virginias are of the slightly sweet variety, the Kentucky is noticed from the beginning and even more at the bottom of the bowl, but it never becomes "strong". A buttery smooth smoke which has an "aged quality" from the beginning.

Can't recommend this one enough. It obviously has flown below the radar for many.

18 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I recently purchased and smoked the full line-up of Eric's new blends and have been impressed by all of them. They were well thought out as was this one. It is an English blend but with a twist. The Kentucky adds some power to the full tasting Latakia to provide what I call a sledgehammer English!


17 people found this review helpful.

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

1882 is one of the best medium Englishes that I have smoked recently. The whole field of medium strength English blends is a very crowded one and it takes a blend like 1882 to get noticed. I agree with reviewers Drums & Beer 2014-02-13 and Ducksbreath 2015-10-13 that this blend looked and smoked as if it had about fifteen years of tin aging on it. It also had an aged English aroma about it. It smokes soft and never comes close to biting. The mixture of aged Virginias ES uses give an interesting background note to the latakia while the Kentucky gives it a little punch. Really enjoyable - 4 stars.

Pipe Used: LX Ashton Old Church Canadian

Age When Smoked: about 2 yrs old

Purchased From: ebay seller

Similar Blends: Drucquer & Sons Blend 805 (if you can find it).

8 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This sublime blend really stands out in a very crowded field. There isn't much I can add to DrumsAndBeer's (customarily) spot-on review (and Ducksbreath's as well), other than that I think this stellar, uniquely sweet English deserves a solid 4 stars. Outstanding. I can see this quickly becoming my go-to English. This is my first Erik Stokkebye; I will be trying others.

6 people found this review helpful.

TJ March Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TJ March (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I stumbled upon Erik Stokkebye’s 4th Generation 1882 blend about six months into my pipe smoking, and could not be more pleased as it was first my introduction to an English blend tobacco.

Opening the tin revealed a uniformly blended coarse ribbon cut that smelled sweet and smoky. Everything about this tobacco proved to be pleasant. It packed nicely, was easy to light, and rarely required relights. The smoke was thick and creamy, smelled faintly of campfire and had an incense quality about it. It burned evenly all the way to the bottom of the bowl every smoke. Of the two pipes in which I smoked this blend, I found it was most enjoyable in a Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman, which has a generous and fairly wide sized bowl. I suspect it is best enjoyed in pipes with similarly wide sized bowls. The only criticism I have to offer is that I found the occasional rough stem of lightly colored tobacco in the mix - these were easily removed and discarded.

Immediately after finishing my tin of Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 1882, I opened a tin of Peterson’s Old Dublin. I found them to be similar, but my preference goes to the 1882 as it is slight more mellow and without the occasional sharpness I find with the Old Dublin.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Briarworks Bullmoose

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin to one year in jar

Purchased From: Local brick and mortar store

Similar Blends: Peterson’s Old Dublin.

3 people found this review helpful.

SiriusAmory Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiriusAmory (25)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This blend is incredible. The unlit tobacco has a nice aroma of stewed fruit and a touch of peat smoke. With the meerschaum, a slight hint of the fruit remains but the dominant flavor is pepper with some cinnamon and cedar. However, with the Danish briar, the fruitiness is dominant with noticeable creaminess and the pepper note is much lighter. Straight from the tin, the tobacco was a bit on the wet side requiring several relights. This is a world class blend that I’m interested to see how it does with some age on it.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum and Ben Wade freehand briar

Age When Smoked: 1 month

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is my fifth review. I have been smoking pipes for a few months, and cigars for a few years. This is also my first taste of a blend with a serious latakia component. Thus, this review would be of interest mainly to novice pipe smokers wanting to try a "serious English" blend.

Cut is pretty coarse. Tin note: My spouse calls it "like gasoline," but doesn't mean this in a bad way. Compare to tea tree oil, plus campfire, plus a bit of something scary like motor oil. It's not too scary, though.

The tobacco was a bit damp or even oily in the tin on first opening. I had to relight more often than usual. Part of that could be my lack of expertise, but it feels like a bit of drying could help out.

UPDATE: on second smoke, it's still a bit harder to relight than other blends. Don't pack it too tight. I'm having better luck in a pipe with a better draw.

I found 1882 to be a pleasant smoke, smooth and cool and well blended. It got a little bit sweet about a third of the way through the bowl, and stayed that way. The flavor is full, but not overwhelming, and the nicotine level is mild to medium (at least at the rate that it entered me, given the number of relights). The finish stuck around; I was still tasting it (not unpleasantly) through another bowl of a mild Virginia flake (Erik Stokkebye's 1931) a couple hours later. That was a mistake; the flake should have come first. 1882 will overpower it.

My first taste was in a room full of cigar smokers, so it's hard to say much about the room note. Those around me could detect the latakia, but didn't find it unpleasant. I will need more experimentation :-) .

UPDATE: After smoking it in an empty room, I understand now what my cigar-smoking friend meant when he said it "smells like a church." Both the room note and the "blow it out your mouth up your nose" note remind me (pleasantly) of church incense, more copal than frankincense. I am updating the "Room Note" rating from "Tolerable" to "Pleasant to Tolerable."

I would agree with other reviews that this is a great English blend. It's serious, but not punishing.

Pipe Used: Bent billiard briar, straight poker briar

Age When Smoked: Nearly new

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

3 people found this review helpful.

Christoph Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christoph (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Well balanced English mixture, strong in latakia, balanced, interresting and complex , virginia is not dominating. Try this one if you like Latakia! One of my favorits. A little bit stronger but definitly more complex and deeper than Comoy's English Mixture but clearly less strong than Dunhills Night Cap. An not too strong all day tabacco for Latakia Lovers.

PS: Try the "3000" blend of Besson in Lausanne, Switzerland, it's less "burning" on the tongue, less acid. See also my review about Dunhill's Nightcap for more informations.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum and Bruyere

Purchased From: Switzerland

Similar Blends: Comoy's English mix (is less strong), Dunhills Night Cap (is much more stronger), Samuel Gawiths Latakia mixes are less complex becaurse only Latakia-Virginia blends without orientals or perique, they are too wet and have to be dryed before smoking. Besson Lausanne Switzerland "3000".These ones are also a good quality and are worth to be tryed.

3 people found this review helpful.

the_dalai_lama_himself Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_dalai_lama_himself (43)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The tin aroma is intoxicating, all the components are quality, and come at a perfect RH ready to pack.. the coarse cut packs nicely though may need a couple of relights. The beginning of the bowl was surprisingly sweet and had me licking the sensation off my teeth, perhaps the only downfall of the blend but also one of its charms. The woodsy exotic spicyness of the blend is a nice counterbalance and it has a good amount of body right at medium. Finish has a slight red grape/dates kind of quality to it along with the earth and smokiness of the Latakia/Kentucky. Could be an all day smoke and is definitely a repeatable one. 3 stars because of the distinct sweetness that I can't compare to anything- but i could see it being 4 stars for others.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (153)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After the screw-up with "1855," I was cautious about the manufacturer's description. What if the Danish have their own understanding of the "English blend"? The description read, "Latakia, sun-dried Orientals, mature Virginia and full-bodied Kentucky leaf are blended together to create this old-fashioned English tobacco."

The 8 digits on the round 50-gram tin referred to June 2020. I opened the tin. The tobacco was cut in fine ribbons, well mixed, different varieties easily distinguishable, from dark lemon Virginia to almost black CYPRIAN Latakia. The latter turned out to be quite a lot, which gave some hope of meeting the expectations. There was a small amount of light colored Virginia, mostly ripe, milk chocolate varieties.

The flavor of the tobacco was fully consistent with the understanding of "English blend". The smoky, woody Cypress latakia provided the main note, enhanced by the Kentucky smoke and complemented by the subtle herbal sweetness of Virginia with a slight citrus sourness. The Orientals in the whole bouquet gave a hint of tan leather and an almost subtle aroma of incense. I did not detect any flavorings. The tobacco is quite dry despite its freshness, puffs easily, but does not crumble or dust. Naturally, you can light and smoke it very easily.

The taste of the tobacco did not let me down either. It has considerably less sweetness than, say, the Boutique Blend that I have reviewed before, but the bread note is more noticeable. Plus there is a slightly astringent nuttiness, a bit of woody flavor, a smokiness of the latakia and some white pepper. The flavor is harmonious, but a little dry. It changes in the process, taking on a slightly more defined sweetness. The tobacco does not bite, burns warmly, but does not burn the pipe. The strength is medium, unchanged through the smoking process. No nicotine hit. The smoke is warm, but does not burn the tongue and does not bite. The ash is gray and loose, the tobacco leaves almost no moisture, there is no need for a filter.

The smoke has a woody, toasty note with a light scent of incense. It does not irritate people around you, it is easily dispersed.

Bottom line: despite the presence of Kentucky, the tobacco is a great English blend for every day. I hope it stays on our shelves long enough.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999

Age When Smoked: 2020

Purchased From: Online

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 1882.

Over the past few years I've bought and cellared a few of the Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation blends. Because most of them are aromatics or flavoured blends I'd grouped them all together. So this one wasn't as I expected; not a false tasting aro', but a stalwart smoke.

This tin's dated 06/16 so a few years have gone into the aging. Sadly, the aging has also included a spot of dehydrating, I wouldn't reject a bowl for being too dry but nor would I like to lengthen its cellar stay. It's badged coarse cut but it's no coarser than a lot of ribbon cut blends.

The smoke: the Latakia's the most potent of the tobaccos, having an obvious smoky, woody, flavour. The Orientals compliment this character nicely, with a similar style. The Virginia takes more of a 'back seat', and the Kentucky ruins it; for me, that is. It just makes the smoke 'too much' for my palate, and causes an acridity which I find quite unpleasant. Because of the hydration being a touch too low it can be brisk with the burn. However, it requires hardly any relights!

Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: not nice.

1882? I don't like the smoke, it's too much for this sissy from England(!), and I wasn't too pleased with the hydration. That said, I feel two stars is justified. Many pipers will disagree, though.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Carey's Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: June 2016

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (112)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I was hesitant considering it's Orlik made, there's not many English blends I've enjoyed from them especially the Dunhill blends. This one is very tasty: gently sweet, a bit of tanginess, some herbal notes, well behaved Latakia, a touch nutty at times, with a buttery mouth-feel. And rather temperate in the bowl: flavours intact all the way down no sick-spots, cool and dry, has a moderate combustion rate, decent smoke production too.

All in all one of the better all-rounder's I've enjoyed, mellow, round and rich. It works well anytime of day or night with enough chutzpah to follow an evening of Scotch and cigars. Highly recommended and cellar worthy.

2 people found this review helpful.

SmileyOrb17 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmileyOrb17 (7)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's been a while since I smoked a Latakia blend. The Latakia is finely balanced with the virginian leaf and the fruity depth of Cavendish is also present. It's the first time I have ever smoked the "4th Generation" brand. I am very pleased with it. I'm not a full on Latakia person, but this is just the right amount here, and provides that characteristic European Church incense aroma, slightly of Frankincense, but only slightly! It's a meditative cool and slow burner, and does not run too hot. The quality of the vacuum tin has enabled me to smoke straight away, the tobacco just the right side of not being too dry but not too moist either. I immediately placed in a good glass jar though and two twigs were removed! However the rest of the tobacco is a ribbon and flake composition and finely presented.

As you continue to smoke the taste gets into a slightly deeper woody taste, but it is not overpowering, the virginian leaf keeps the tobacco from becoming too deep in taste I think. This would ideally suit a good coffee! I am not sure if any flavouring has been added but something else is in the mix which is either a very small plum like after taste, its is not off putting at all - it could be down to the oriental added and the kentucy sweetness. A slight peppery spicy floral taste emerges mid bowl, slightly Perique like. I can understand why many say it's an English like blend, akin to say Dunhill mix but milder in taste perhaps to the Dunhill's I have in rotation. It is a lovely tasting smoke, and the vapour is a white light blue and is quite smokey in taste too.

This is a grand tobacco then and mixed very well. Would recommend to any experienced pipe smoker for the taste. Delightful.

Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Squire

Age When Smoked: Our of tin

Purchased From: Canterbury, Kent tobacconist

Similar Blends: Dunhill blends..

1 person found this review helpful.

PaulMcCoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PaulMcCoy (78)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The Kentucky is a nice change of pace. Burns well. Doesn’t bite. I thought the original tin design was classy, but they changed it for some reason. If you’re looking for an English with a punch, try this out.

UPDATED: Jan/6/2022 I guess the tins are now Grey, and say “Now with Full-bodied Burley.” Haven’t tried the new version.

Pipe Used: Pipe By Lee Limited Edition two star

Age When Smoked: Oldest- 2 years

1 person found this review helpful.

James C. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
James C. (17)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Very well composed smoke. Fresh you get more oriental spice, less sweetness, and maybe a couple more relights. Smoking some from 2013 and its very smooth and creamy with a dry mouthfeel. The Latakia is definitely leading the Kentucky and Virginia while the Orientals seem to make the Kentucky presence more pronounced. Notes of sweet dry camphor, leather, wood, and smoked nuts over sweet dates that loose discernability as the Kentucky builds strength. Burns easily to a fine grey ash. Well done, highest recommendation.

Pipe Used: Ashton Bent Billard

Age When Smoked: New & 7 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Rufus T. Firefly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rufus T. Firefly (24)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is an excellent tobacco if you love English pipe tobacco. Which I do. It's great right out of the tin. It smoke's cool and tastes great. My normal pipe tobacco guy ran out because I smoked it all. He never restocked but his other location has plenty. Well worth the drive.

Pipe Used: BBB, Ashton, Ferndown, GBD, Dunhill

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Emerson's cigars

Similar Blends: The original nightcap.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fluff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fluff (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Since I've only had a few bowls so far I'll come back and update this review later. First impressions: Very nice ribbon cut. Tin scent is amazing - lots of sweet smoke, and crisp fermented fruit. Takes to fire fairly well right from the tin but then again this is a tin that's been sealed since 2016. Initial tastes are spearmint, smokey peat, bright virginia tobacco sugars with citrus notes, dark fruit, earth and a slight vanilla bean note. This is one of those rare combinations of a tobacco that you want to stock up on and just so happens to be readily available. Highly recommend.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: tin was from 2016 opened in 2019

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

Similar Blends: Peterson Old Dublin, Dunhill EMP (faintly in the room note and sweet perfume components).

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (563)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Tin note of sour fruit, sweet hay and smoky. Tobacco is a coarse cut of brown, black and tan. Moisture content is great. Burns moderate with a few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and moderately consistent, with notes of smoky, spices, incense, sour peaty vegetation, orange peel, leather, nuts, herbal floral, tangy citrus, toast, spicy, dark dry fruit, wood, earth, molasses, cocoa, a mildly sweet lemon grassy background note, and a peppery retro. Latakia is leading with Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish and Virginia supporting. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: James Upshall Smooth Acorn (4) (P) (FH)

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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