Peter Stokkebye Optimum (No.31)

One of our most successful blends. Developed from the fields of the flue cured tobaccos of Zimbabwe, Malawi. Blended with sweet processed black cavendish and mild burley tobaccos. Medium to coarse loose cut.
Notes: Flavor/Aroma: Fanciful fruit and vanilla flavoring awakens this mild blend’s outstanding taste and evocative aroma.


Brand Peter Stokkebye
Blended By Peter Stokkebye
Manufactured By Peter Stokkebye
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus, Other / Misc, Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.40 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 26, 2003 Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant
"One of our most successfull blends". Huh? I guess that must be the same people that buy Corona beer and wash it down with Glenfiddich. (Present company excluded, of course). Optimum is "tobacco lite", designed for people that want to have something good-smelling in their pipe without having the tobacco experience.

Optimum was recommended to me by a local tobacconist who said it was half-way between his sticky home-blend black vanilla cavendish and McBaren Vanilla Cream. Now, I am not a real fan of vanilla aromatics (or ice cream) but I do like McB's VC. And the home-blend black vanilla cav. I can appreciate on its own merits as an intense, if all too gooey and hard-to-keep-lit, experience. But his recommendation was like saying that "3" comes between "a" and "d". Whatever little flavor Optimum has, "it sure don't seem like vaniller to me".

Optimum seems to be composed mainly of black cavendish, which probably explains the lack of tobacco taste. This stuff just tastes flat, like the jar had been sitting open for several years. Peter Stokkebye, the crafter of many fine aromatics, really fell short here.

My wife does not even like the way it smells. What is the point? Life is to short for PS Optimum.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 16, 2003 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I'll steal from the above.

Relatively clean burning, it is not harsh, and overall not bad. I am unable to distinguish the exact flavor of the casing, but it is sweet and still allows the taste of the tobacco to peak through at times. The strength of this tobacco is very mild, yet it's flavor is straightforward with hints of sweetness throughout the entire bowl. Good beginner smoke. I did not find it bland or flat for an aromatic.

I had no buzz.
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