Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake
I've really been looking forward to trying this. I love Escudo and I've seen many reviews that compare it to Escudo. It is a much less expensive bulk so it would be great if it was similar and I could buy a lot of this and stretch my stock of Escudo a bit. I love Black Cavendish and the BC center seemed like an interesting addition to a VAPer. I finally ordered some and bought 8oz of the stuff. I had some really high hopes for this tobacco.
Well, it is nothing like Escudo, and I'm not sure if it was quite what I expected. However, it was absolutely incredible. I have had a few bowls so far today, as of now it is definitely going on my favorites list. Even at 2 or 3 times the price I would be keeping this stuff in stock, it is every bit as good as $10-15 a tin tobaccos, and it is only $2-4/oz (depending upon where you buy it and in what quantity). At those prices I think I'll be stocking this stuff by the pound. So, on to the review...
When I got the bag I had one disappointment. In every picture I've seen of it online they are nice solid, well defined coins. Most of the coins are broken, the Black Cavendish center is intact, but much of the VA and perique surrounding it is not. No big deal, just a minor issue, especially when that is my only complaint about this tobacco.
Open the bag, and the olfactory senses are awakened. Wow, this stuff smells good! Some characteristic Virginia hay smells, some citrus, some spice, and even a nice herbal or tea-like smell. It smells "bright".
For my first, and subsequent bowls, I packed it in the bowl of my new Peterson Harp 107 rolling it up using the musketball/cannonball method. I used 2-2 1/2 flakes filling about 2/3 of the bowl. As seen in the visual presentation, they aren't the most solid flake, so you do have to be careful if you don't want them to break up too loosely.
Light the pipe and, Nirvana. It is hard to describe the tobacco. It is definitely a VAPer so it has a nice natural sweetness, a little citrus, and some spice to it, but the Black Cavendish adds another layer. I'd almost describe it as creamy, it is definitely sweet and very aromatic (though it is not an aromatic tobacco- I do not think it has any heavy casings or toppings). The three tobaccos blended very well, none really seemed to overpower the others. The smell is divine (I smoked it in the car so I got a good sense of the smell). It is a nice medium flavored and bodied tobacco, with a very mellow character. I could smoke it all day. As a fan of both aromatics and non-aros, I think it really could please an aromatic fan or a hard core non-aromatic smoker equally.
Is it my favorite? It is one of my favorites. Depending upon my mood I might pick Escudo or MacBaren Vanilla Flake. It is definitely in a totally different category than SL, Penzance, Frog Morton, or Perfection. However, I have no problem mentioning it up there with those tobaccos. I can tell I will be going through a lot of this stuff. I may want to buy an entire box (24oz) soon.