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hawke

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Feb 1, 2014
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Thanks to fitzy and our trades, Ive been able to sample Stonehaven. I'm smoking my first bowl as I type. I liked the tin note right off but not all that impressed. It does have a unique smell which did attract me. THEN... I lit it up. SURPRISE! I'm very pleased with Stonehaven! Its quite tasty. For a Va/Bur it was surprisingly tasty and has nice sweetness. There's a smokey flavor that reminiscent of some latakia blends but without any tongue irritation at all, even smoked slightly wet as I just crumbled the flake and packed it up. I like it better than Esoterica's Penzance.
Thank you Fitzy! :clap:

 

iamn8

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Sep 8, 2014
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Moody, AL
Great review! I've yet to sample fine vintage Stonehaven. I LOVE it fresh, but am curious how it ages. I have a bunch stockpiled, but I find it ages at a rate similar to that by which I age. This is dissapointing. Such a good tobacco should experience time at an accelerated rate relative to myself. I'd shove my lot on a string into a black hole had I the chance, but earthbound black holes are harder to come by than Stonehaven and Penzance... and so I search onwards. Always love reading what others think about the blends I hold near n dear.
Thank you Fitzy.

 

kola

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Apr 1, 2014
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I'm glad you like it...and I'm glad I dislike it. I find it a bitter and harsh tobacco for me personally and I'm pleased that I don't have to hunt the stuff down or pay outrageous fees for it. I'll stick with GLP, SG and Russ O's blends.

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Interesting review. I've not noticed any smokiness in the blend,just raisins and chocolate with a bit of hay and grassiness. Tends to be a dud unless smoked at just the right moisture content. But when the stars align it's a very pleasant smoke.

 

deathmetal

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Jul 21, 2015
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I tend to agree. Very pleasant, with a great deal of internal variation. Short on Nicotine or I'd miss it tragically.

 

cigrmaster

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May 26, 2012
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I have been smoking through a pound of 2007 Stonehaven and it ages incredibly well. The Virginia's really do come out and the sweetness takes on that stewed fruit characterstic of raisins and figs, the the burley smooths out nicely, and they compliment each other very well.

 

cynicismandsugar

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Nov 17, 2015
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Springfield, Mo
I enjoy Stonehaven! I find the love it/hate it mentality of Esoterica blends rather baffling. Now that I've been fortunate enough to try these unicorns, I would say the flavor is like strip steak vs. filet mignon: In a the world full of big, meaty beef flavor, sometimes you want something a bit more mild, subtle, and complex.
Personally, I love strip! but I wouldn't turn down a filet o' treat, especially at a reasonable cost. Life's too short for repetition! ... or arguing over subjective trivials.
So, grab your strip, filet, or/and heaping hunk of tofu, and enjoy!
Hawke, I'm happy you got your hands on such a delicacy!

 

peckinpahhombre

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Dec 24, 2012
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Definitely overrated. I much prefer the grass clippings infused with aromatic propylene glycol I find at the drugstore.

 

deathmetal

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Jul 21, 2015
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I find the love it/hate it mentality of Esoterica blends rather baffling.
It's a side effect of the unicorn phenomenon.
I much prefer the grass clippings infused with aromatic propylene glycol I find at the drugstore.
O come now! A false dichotomy, this early in the day?

 

iamn8

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Sep 8, 2014
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Moody, AL
I'm with you Jeff! How can such terrific tobaccos be so off the charts divisive? Only these two tobaccos and no others present such divisiveness. It's mystifying to me. That said, it makes for some wonderful threads! Just when you think that there couldn't possibly be anything new to say... no, nevermind. There isn't anything new to say ;)

 

deathmetal

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Jul 21, 2015
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Only these two tobaccos and no others present such divisiveness.
Is this a good time to mention Royal Yacht, which some adore and others refer to pejoratively as "Royal Yuck"?

 

cobguy

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Oct 18, 2013
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Glad you finally got to try some, Hawke! :puffy:
I agree with Cigrmaster that it ages very well ... much smoother and refined.

 

iamn8

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Sep 8, 2014
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You're correct, but I've never seen a royal yacht thread get heated so fast. Yacht you hate it or not, but people take issue with Esoterica and VERY passionate about it, not like RY.

 

zitotczito

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Aug 12, 2014
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I'm new so to speak so what do I know. I have tried Stonehaven 3 separate times now and I still could care less about it, must be the Burley/VA thing going on and just not to my liking. Passionate about it, not this piper. I have two bags in the cellar, one of which I got by pure accident, but it is a Unicorn so I took it. Maybe my taste will change in the future and I will wish I had more, but I don't even look for it.
Now the other one is a different story. I love Lat and English blends so that one I look for, but not really putting in any excessive effort and I have gotten more than I need. But it is a Unicorn so I must have more, much more, I am addicted (TAD) after all.
But again passionate about either, nah. Guess it's to my advantage to be new and uninformed about how I should be falling over myself to get more of this stuff. If it falls into my hands then I will probably buy more. Killing myself to get it, nah.

 

hawke

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Feb 1, 2014
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Augusta, Ga
I just smoked the other half of the 1st flake. I still like it. Minimal tongue bite but actually what I like most is the nicotine effect. Which makes me wonder why there are differences in the effect we all get.

 

scrooge

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Apr 24, 2015
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Well I don't see any body arguing . Just a bunch of pipe junkies chit chatting. Nice one peck! The stonehaven an penzance I have tried were fairly new, just didn't like it. Not enough kick ass in it. I have a few jars pushing about 5 years maybe I'll give them a try some day. Oh an Hawke I haven't tried yours yet gonna give it a little aging.