"This time we take a look at three
lot of great tobacco comes from this part of the world. Beautifully blended fine long cut
shags with mild yet exotic flavors. Danish Export # 91 is one of my all
time favorites. A superior blend of top quality Virginias from around the world, this
Scandinavian is a light yet robust fine long cut shag, reminiscent of Canada's Players and
Export A cigarettes. It is milder and less earthy than most of the tobaccos from
this region, with nearly all of the spice of the more robust Scans' reviewed below.
Consequently, it readily adapts to the taste of both the roll your own enthusiast or the
manufactured cigarette smoker looking to make a change and could easily become one's
everyday smoke. A much smoother smoke when compared to the pre-manufactured
"Brand" name cigarettes while being far more satisfying, you will likely find
yourself requiring fewer daily doses. The long fine shag cut is especially easy to roll
using traditional rolling methods and is ideally suited to rolling using a tube injection
machine. While it is a bit pricey (only when compared to other fine cigarette tobaccos -
certainly not pre-manufactured cigarettes) at between $18 to as much as $25 street price
(obviously, depending on where you shop) - for a 10.5 ounce round tobacco tin (actually
cardboard with metal tops and bottom - like Bugler 0r Top), it is well worth the smoker's
investment. It is surprisingly long-lasting due to the fine shag cut. In other words, you
actually get more cigarettes per ounce out of this mixture than heavier shag and bulk cuts
(like Bugler and Top). This style cut also helps to maintain the integrity of the tobacco
in the cigarette tube, that is, much less tobacco will fall out as the finished cigarettes
are handled and transported in a cigarette case for instance. In every can we've tried,
the moisture content is perfect with no special treatment or maintenance required. We rate
this tobacco very high and if you are going to smoke, you ought to give this a try.
Stokkebye's #92 Norwegian Shag is a kick-in-the-pants Scandinavian delight. It is a top quality flue cured (as opposed to fire cured) Virginian cut in "bird's eye shag" style for hand rolling. It would be hard to find a higher quality cigarette tobacco than this blend but it is a robust Scandinavian style tobacco somewhere in between the Amsterdam shag below and Danish Export in strength and body with a most distinctive flavor. With very sophisticated and complex tastes this selection should be dried sufficiently to facilitate easy injection machine rolling. Hand rolling can be accomplished as is. You will find this an irresistibly flavorful experience but we repeat that some find this tobacco a refreshing change rather than an every day favorite. A well rolled (injected) one of these will last 3-4 times as long as a manufactured cigarette, hence a long pleasurable smoke. Priced the same, usually at least, as the other Stokkebye offerings, it is a great tobacco for blending with milder, or even less expensive tobaccos so that you get the great taste, not quite so much of the buzz, and you will find your supply lasts a lot longer. It is fair to say that some folks smoke this exclusively and disagree with our strength assessment. No matter, if you smoke, it is well worth a try.
Our third Peter Stokkebye selection is his Amsterdam Shag # 93. A spicy blend of top fire cured Kentucky (burley) tobaccos & full bodied, rich flue cured Virginias, it is a full Zware (half Kentucky/half Virginia) Dutch type roll your own cigarette tobacco. Touted as full flavor, medium strength we find it stronger than the Norwegian above, however, many do not. (Never confuse strong with harsh - this tobacco isn't harsh. It simply makes its presence known for a while after you smoke it for the first few times, whoa boy!) If you have ever smoked Drum tobacco (a high quality - if there be such a thing - grocery store "Dutch" rolling tobacco - that is no longer available), you may have some idea as to the "spicy" appellation attributed to this blend. However this is the big leagues. Many of the fine cuts from this region have a characteristic earthiness unlike any other blends and this one certainly has a very distinctive taste, smooth and satisfying. I smoke one or two Scandinavian "style" sticks out of every eight or ten cigarettes - about a day's worth for me, by the way - and I can tell you that this one is well worth the price (same as the others above). I prefer to mix it with other styles such as Turkish (hard to find nowadays but there are sources) or pure American style Virginia or Kentucky bulk or shag cut. With coffee or cocoa you can't get much better than this. Peter Stokkebye blends are available at most fine tobacconists.
EDITOR'S NOTE: These reviews are solely for the convenience of people of legal age who already smoke, are trying to cut down on smoking, wish to spend less money on their smoking, want to roll their own cigarettes from high quality tobacco, and, in general, wish to have a far more satisfying, and economical smoking experience when compared with smoking pre-manufactured cigarettes. We, in no way, encourage people to smoke. Further, we prescribe to a sane, more logical approach to smoking that involves common sense as to quantity coupled with a strong desire to manage the habit until it becomes an occasional, freely chosen, diversion, that can be fully enjoyed with minimal health risks. Finally, we strongly encourage those who do smoke to take it outdoors, or to appropriate environments where tobacco can be enjoyed away from those who do not smoke, most especially children. We do not sell tobacco or related products from this site; We distribute information about our perceptions of the quality of what is available and where it can be obtained. If you are under 18, it is illegal to buy tobacco and you should immediately exit this site. If you do not smoke, it would seem illogical to start.
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