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Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation's 2012 Anniversary Blend commemorates 130 years since the family-owned business first introduced their mixtures to pipe smokers. Comprised entirely of mature Virginias that are pressed and cut into flakes, it features a subtle pear flavouring for a hint of sweetness and a satisfyingly rich smoking experience. It's a remarkable blend from the esteemed tobacconist, continuing their historic legacy and passion for producing quality pipe tobaccos.

BrandErik Stokkebye
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
CutFlake
Packaging100 grams tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.0
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Erik Stokkebye - 4th Generation 2012 Anniversary Blend.

A nice accompaniment for today's afternoon walk, albeit, this would be better suited to a warm summer's day in the garden!

Two rows of flakes that are medium brown with a light flecks. There's a very delicate touch of pear to the aroma but nothing too suggestive. They break apart with just a gentle touch.

Igniting a bowl goes without a hitch, just a quick touch of the flame sets up a decent smoke. The Virginias are both ripe and sharp; there's a fruitiness yet also plenty of fresh hay/grass. The topping seems more like pear cider, Perry, than just pears; quite sharp, making it a good partner to the lively portion of the Virginias. It burns nicely, from start to finish, giving a smoke which only bites when put under strain.

Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: not great; a little sour.

2012 Anniversary? A nice blend, but I'll refrain from giving it a full house as the topping becomes 'bitter' after a while. Three stars:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

Elk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elk (8)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I had high hopes for this one when I read the description and I think it exceeded my expectations. I don't really pick up much pear in the tin more of a sweet smell somewhat typical of virginia flakes from Europe. However once lit everything changed. To me it's like Dunhill flake with the most natural essence of pear. I taste somewhat typical, but excellent mature virginia flavors with dark fruit and bread and a little spice but what I love is how the natural pear essence creeps into my nose so I'm smelling it more than tasting it. Just great stuff. I find it pretty much medium all the way around and very pleasant in the morning. I found smoking this very slowly and letting the smoke drift upwards brought out all of the flavors. Curious what happens to it over time, not that I feel it needs any. Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: A few weeks in a jar

Purchased From: Various online shops

5 people found this review helpful.

boluotou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boluotou (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I didn't got the reason why we must buy this limited edition pipe tobacco. It is a good blend, but there is no typical image for me. The beginning is more like Capstan Gold, but the later period is familiar with Peterson White Flake.

Pipe Used: Charatan Pot Shape

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Peterson White Flake, Capstan Gold.

4 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (146)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Smoking now:

Aroma of hay, fermented citrus smells, typical Virginia flake smell. Well formed flakes that are light in color and broke apart easily.

Mellow, with a light and easy Virginia flake body. Some sharpness that’s associated with Virginias. The sharpness dissipates as the bowl progressed. A more bready, yeasty, fermented Virginia with a lighter grassy hay flavor. The topping might add some bright citrus fruit notes but they are not overt. Natural sweetness but not what I would call a sweet flake. Probably just right for a natural straight Virginia flake. Left no after taste in my mouth or mouth tingle or tongue bite. Burned slow but hot. A welcome Virginia on a warm summer day.

2 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2901)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias offer plenty of tart and tangy citrus, grass/hay, sour lemon, bread, sugar, vegetation, floralness, light dark fruit, earth, wood, a couple pinches of spice, and a touch of acidity. The pear topping mildly tones down the tobaccos, and works well to create a harmonious, very consistent sweet and moderately sour Virginia flavor. The strength and nic-hit are just past the center of mild to medium. The taste is notch past that mark. No chance of bite or harshness, and has few rough edges. The flakes easily break apart to suit your preference. Burns cool and clean, and a tad slow. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste, and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.

-JimInks

2 people found this review helpful.

CubishPatriot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CubishPatriot (13)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I will start by saying I smoked this fresh and after sitting in the jar for roughly a year. Although I'd love to see this in bulk form since it doesn't seem like rarified tobaccos, it is definitely worth what I paid for it. I'd agree with another user that compared this to Capstan Gold as to the bright and airy Virginia citrus notes. After a year the topping has only enhanced the bright lemony flavors of the Virginia. Burning qualities are perfect out of the tin. Slow sipping yields tasty results. My wife and I are both pipe and cigar smokers, so we like the room notes of natural tobaccos. Not alot of nicotine, not alot of nuance. Just tasty bright Virginia flavors.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh and 1 year

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

ArturiusKN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArturiusKN (6)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

As much as I wanted to love this blend, I’d liken every experience I’ve had with it to a bad romantic encounter. While there is definitely a palatable flavor under the hood with quality components (“she’s a nice girl with some quirks”), the 2012 flake has consistently been wet, hot, and uncomfortable and extremely prone to bite me at every humidity and in every pipe I’ve smoked it in. This is strange for a Virginia flake, I usually smoke Capstan, MB Navy Flake, & 4th Gen evening flake and have never been bitten this badly.

If you’re going to smoke this stuff, let it dry down for an extended amount of time, and don’t pack it very tightly at all. Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.

Pipe Used: Several briars, clay

Age When Smoked: 2y

Purchased From: OVTC

1 person found this review helpful.