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PostSubject: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:59 pm

Great news for Stokkebye fans..... Cool




You may remember earlier this year when we reported on the Stokkebye, Lane, STG Shake-Up, which left Erik Stokkebye out of the business he had been in his entire life. Well, now heís back, and he spoke exclusively to Pipes Magazine. Erik remains in his home state of North Carolina, but he is working with California-based Phillips & King, the largest importer / wholesaler of tobacco products in the U.S. Together, they are marketing Stokkebyeís new line of premium pipe tobaccos aptly named: 4th Generation.



4th Generation consists of 4 blends: 1957, 1931, 1855 and 1897; named after the birth years of Erik, his father Peter, grandfather Erik Paul and great grandfather Erik Peter, respectively. Each of these four generations had a great impact on the family heritage in the tobacco business. The blends consist of 2 mild and aromatic mixtures, one outstanding navy flake and an all mature Virginia blend. According to Erik, "The selection was carefully analyzed and selected based on my familyís passion for exquisite and unique pipe tobaccos."These high quality, premium tobaccos will strictly come in large 100 gram tins with a suggested retail price (before state excise tax) of $15 - $18. They are being produced in Denmark at an undisclosed location.

The tin art and blend descriptions are shown below. Following that is a brief interview with Erik Stokkebye with some additional information about the tobaccos.

1855


Erik Peter, my Great Grandfather, founded our familyís tobacco business in Denmark and was known for his deep passion for natural tobacco flavors. Truly for the experienced pipe smoker, 1855 is a ready-rubbed blend of exceptional golden, mature Virginia tobaccos that demonstrates the natural sweet Virginia taste and its pleasant aroma.






1897


Erik Paul, my 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 Burleys and a touch of Black Cavendish. The base of rich vanilla combines with notes of mild, sweet honey for a gentle aromatic sweetness.

1931


Erik Peter, my Father, was a larger than life person, full of energy and passion for his craft. His favorite tobacco was navy flake, and this full-bodied smoke is a perfect example of his passion. It strikes a natural balance in the distinct characteristics of superior Burleys and mature Virginias by using a small measure of Black Cavendish to please true flake lovers.

1957


My personal favorite! Bright Virginias, light brown Burleys and a touch of Black Cavendish combined to create perfect harmony in this blend. A naturally sweet tasting blend, the soft, creamy vanilla adds to the elegant room notes. Perfect for a relaxing moment any time of the day.

We spoke with Erik via telephone as he prepared to travel to Orlando Florida for the IPCPR show, which is the largest trade-only tobacco show in the world.

Pipes Magazine: Youíve been in the tobacco business your entire life, and for decades you were the steward of your fatherís popular blends. After all these years in the business, how does it feel to finally introduce blends that you have created yourself?

Stokkebye: I actually did have input for my fatherís blends at the time, but now the 4th Generation tobaccos are the first with the Stokkebye name that I have solely created. It is of course, very exciting for me to have the opportunity to do something on my own. I have been working on them for quite awhile. The quality of the tobaccos is top-notch, and I think theyíll do well in the market.

Pipes Magazine: Can you tell us more about the recipes for each blend, such as country of origin of the different tobaccos, and any other special processes, such as aging, and also the Cavendish tobaccos base tobacco?

Stokkebye: Iíve worked with our tobacco suppliers very closely in developing this. The 1931 flake, which is a tribute to my father, is primarily U.S. Burleys, Mature Virginias, also from the U.S. and a little bit of Black Cavendish. Itís a dry smoke, natural smoke, in the tradition of what my father liked best: Navy Flake.

Pipes Magazine: The 1931 Navy Flake, aside from the tobaccos and the pressing, is there something more added to produce the navy flake flavor, such as rum for example?

Stokkebye: No. Itís an all-natural blend. There are no additives in terms of flavoring.

Pipes Magazine: The 1855 blend that is all natural Virginias, part of the description reads; "Truly for the experienced pipe smoker" - what does that mean?

Stokkebye: Itís an all-Virginia blend with very mature flue-cured tobaccos. There are a lot of natural sugars, and it is relatively a bit higher in nicotine. Itís a little bit stronger, but also has the natural sweetness of the mature Virginias. Itís not for someone just starting out smoking pipe tobacco. Itís for somebody that likes a nice full Virginia smoke.

Pipes Magazine: The two aromatics, 1897 and 1957 - both have Virginia, Burley and Black Cavendish, and a vanilla taste as similarities - how are they different from each other?

Stokkebye: The 1897 has more Black Cavendish in it. It has more sweetness in terms of the vanilla flavors, and it is a little bit milder. The 1957 has more Virginia tobaccos, and is a little more creamy.

Pipes Magazine: Is the Black Cavendish a Virginia or Burley base?

Stokkebye: Itís a mature Virginia tobacco processed through steaming.

Pipes Magazine: Whatís the difference in smoking experience between a Virginia Cavendish and a Burley Cavendish?

Stokkebye: A Burley Cavendish is going to be drier, lower in sugars, and stronger in nicotine. A Virginia Cavendish has more natural sugars, and depending on which grades of leaves are used, it can be milder, but it would be a little stronger if a mature Virginia is used.

Pipes Magazine: The press release says the blends will be available late fall. Can you give us a more specific availability date?

Stokkebye: Weíre hoping for late-October. Weíre still working out some slight details in terms of the labeling, but we should be pretty close to that.

Pipes Magazine: The 4th Generation blends are in 100 gram tins, which is a larger tin Ė what will be the suggested retail price, and will you also have bulk versions available at some point?

Stokkebye: The suggested retail, before local and state taxes is $15 - $16 per tin, and the navy flake will be a little bit higher because the process of producing it is more expensive. It will be in the $18 - $19 range. As far as bulk, not at this time. What I would rather do is work on some new blends for introduction next year. So for now these will just be in the tins.

Pipes Magazine: The 4 initial blends in the line include two aromatics, a navy flake, and a blend of natural Virginias. Each one is based on what each of the family patriarchs liked to smoke themselves. How soon can we expect blends in the styles of English, Oriental, Balkan and Virginia / Perique to be added to the line?

Stokkebye: We will probably have one or two more blends next year. One will most likely be an English-type blend, perhaps with some Perique, but thatís not decided yet.

Pipes Magazine: With the importer / distributor Phillips & King backing the product line, I imagine distribution will be broad and the tobaccos easy to come by for consumers?

Stokkebye: It will be a broad distribution, but they are premium tobaccos with premium pricing, so not every tobacco store will have the clientele for this product. We will certainly have it in every tobacconist that does have a clientele for this type of product.

Iím excited about this project, itís a lot of fun, and Iím looking forward to hearing what pipe smokers think of the tobacco blends. Hopefully theyíll like it.




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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:19 pm

Good article Dutch, thanks for the heads up. I may have to give a couple of those a try when I get my finances in order. I have to say though, that's one man who's acutely aware he's having his picture taken.
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:23 pm

Greyson wrote:
Good article Dutch, thanks for the heads up. I may have to give a couple of those a try when I get my finances in order. I have to say though, that's one man who's acutely aware he's having his picture taken.

In a photo shoot for a promotional piece, it comes with the territory. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:30 pm

Great article, and I'll be eager to try out the 1855 VA and 1931 Navy. The PS Luxury Twist and Bullseye are staples at chez Brewdude.

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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:47 pm

Cool read, and I'm very glad Erik will be doing what he does best once again.

1855 and 1931 sound like my first choices. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:54 pm

This is indeed good news. Will keep an eye out for the Navy. Thanks Dutch.
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:30 am

kieveryuu wrote:
This is indeed good news. Will keep an eye out for the Navy. Thanks Dutch.

Ditto
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:02 pm

Oooh! Thanks for the heads up.
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:06 pm

Great news! Thanks Dutch. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:05 am

Is it weird that the first thing I noticed about his picture was that he wears his wedding ring on the right hand like me? I love little cultural differences like that!

I didn't have a chance to try his tobaccos before, but I did notice on pipesandcigars.com that they were announcing the navy flake.
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:04 am

Rikeshar wrote:
Is it weird that the first thing I noticed about his picture was that he wears his wedding ring on the right hand like me? I love little cultural differences like that!

I didn't have a chance to try his tobaccos before, but I did notice on pipesandcigars.com that they were announcing the navy flake.

It is also customary to wear the band on the right hand if you are a widow or widower out of respect for the lost loved one. I don't know his history, just a possibility.

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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:23 pm

Rikeshar wrote:
Is it weird that the first thing I noticed about his picture was that he wears his wedding ring on the right hand like me? I love little cultural differences like that!

I didn't have a chance to try his tobaccos before, but I did notice on pipesandcigars.com that they were announcing the navy flake.

Right hand wedding rings = Orthodox, usually.
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:39 pm

Aristokles wrote:
Rikeshar wrote:
Is it weird that the first thing I noticed about his picture was that he wears his wedding ring on the right hand like me? I love little cultural differences like that!

I didn't have a chance to try his tobaccos before, but I did notice on pipesandcigars.com that they were announcing the navy flake.

Right hand wedding rings = Orthodox, usually.

As well as being the norm in just some countries. I looked it up and in Denmark they wear it over there, and they're a majority Catholic country I think?
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PostSubject: Re: Eric Stokkebye is back in the tobacco business!   Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:11 pm

Rikeshar wrote:

I didn't have a chance to try his tobaccos before, but I did notice on pipesandcigars.com that they were announcing the navy flake.

I saw that too. And before I put in an order I want to know if it's currently in stock. Guess I'll call them tomorrow.


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