Peter Stokkebye Blakan Supreme is a bulk pipe tobacco which can be purchase at many places. It is made in Denmark and is reporting to have many similarities to the fabled Balkan Sobranie.
I picked up an ounce of this from P&C’s a while back because of its popularity.
Fun Fact: Depending on where you look some sources quote this blend has having Burley while some quote it has having Black Cavendish.
Company: Peter Stokkebye
How Packaged: Bulk
Tobacco Used: Virginia, Black Cavendish, Latakia, and Oriental
Bowls Smoked: Five
Date Purchased/Obtained: 1/27/2015
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Saronno Apple
Price Point: $4.45 per ounce
Purchased: Purchased from P&C’s
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Tin/Jar Note: Rich musk with some sweetness. The Latakia is very light in the jar.
Visual: Golden brown Virginias with the accent of black from the Latakia and Black Cavendish.
Flavors: This blend was odd for a Balkan. I would have expected some sweetness from the Virginia and floral notes from the Orientals, but didn’t get any. I got a very one-dimensional peppery/smoky flavor from the Latakia. There was really no balance to the Latakia in terms of flavors. There is also an acidic like quality to the flavors which wasn’t really my jam.
Smoking Experience: Beautiful. Right from the bag the moisture content was great, bowls packaged easily, burned like a champ, and overall the experience was simple.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Body: Medium Plus
Room Note: Decent. It is something that only a pipe smoker would enjoy.
Conclusion: I have seen a lot of people really like the Balkan Supreme, but I can’t say the same. There was a complete lack of balance in the blend which was off-putting. The smoke definitely bit my tongue a bit, which was strange because I have only had this problem with aromatics. The price is excellent for the Balkan Supreme. If you buy just four ounces the price drops from $4.45 to $2.45.
The Balkan Supreme was a letdown for me considering there are many Balkan blends out there that I enjoy like Frog Morton on the Bayou and H&H BlackHouse. I do plan on cellaring what Balkan Supreme I have left away for about a year and revisiting it.
Rating: 2/5 AKA “When it is Free”