Well the Piper (Jose) and his Goodwife (Kat) are at it again, this time they bring you a sunny review of Erik Stokkebye’s 4th Generation 1897! Looks like this one’s a keeper, Good Job Erik, and thanks to Jose and Kat for this review!
Erik Stokkebye’s 4th Generation 1897
I’m so glad the day was a wonderfully nice sunny warm day. People are happier since it has been nicer over the last few days. A good friend of mine passed on the happiness by giving me some Erik Stokkebye’s 4th Generation 1897. I’d heard so many good things about this blend I was excited to give this a review. May you all have a great day, get a bowl of chips and dip, your favorite drink, sit back and relax and enjoy.
Pipe: Torino briar slight bent.
Tobacco: Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia.
Flavoring: Vanilla, Honey
Cut: Broken Flake
Tin Note: Sweet mild vanilla bean with nuances of raw honey.
Pack method: The Frank method
Taste: 1897 has a nice non-cloying, vanilla taste, with a honey sweetness that actually mirrors the tin aroma, rare for most aromatics I’ve reviewed. I found that towards the last half of the bowl there was a slight hint of nuttiness but the original flavors lasted the whole bowl. There was no tongue bite, no bitterness, no gurgling nor overheating and best of all it still maintained its balance.
Room Note: Stokkebye’s 4th Generation 1897 delivered a delightful mild aroma of fresh vanilla bean with nuances of raw honey with slight notes of nuttiness towards the end. It was nicely balanced throughout.
Notes: The tin bouquet is alluring. It delivers an aroma of a vanilla bean and honey, with some nuttiness, probably from the Burley. It does pack very well but can benefit from some dry time of about 30 minutes. This blend tends to smoke best if it’s done slowly which will give you no tongue bite or bitterness and stay will cool. It also stayed well-balanced and flavorful throughout the smoke. This by far is one of the rare blends that I have found the tin note matching the taste. This is what makes it a very good aromatic and will be in my rotation for sure. If you never tried this one yet, what you waiting for! Go get some already!!!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Keep on puffin
Good Wife’s Review:
A beautiful spring night needs a nice light aromatic and a gentle tone. 4th Generation 1897 fills this beautifully as it is light and easy, just like spring. This tobacco isn’t overly floral or strong but it is reminiscent of spring in its clean, crisp slightly sweet odor. I don’t get bashed about the head with vanilla or slammed to the ground with heavy woodsy smoke; instead I was floated on a cloud of fluffy vanilla cotton candy. I told my hubby this blend would probably be awesome after a heavy, hearty steak dinner with a full-bodied red wine. It would pair well as it’s light and airy like a cream puff or some other confection that won’t put you into a coma after a truly fine meal. While I love a rich decadent death by chocolate cake very much, I couldn’t eat that every day. However, a light airy touch of cotton candy or an after dinner aperitif is always something I have room for. As far as I am concerned, he can smoke this one any time he wants. It may be labeled as an aromatic but it is not an overly pungent blend. I like this one a lot and give it 2 thumbs up.