Stonehaven is a fickle bitch. Moisture has to be just right. Sometimes I smoke it and it's fantastic, other times it's just hot air. I find close to 1 hour is where it hits the sweet spot for me. But sometimes even then it gets wonky. I think it has moon dust in it or something. But, it CAN be great. It's just finnicky.Welp, I guess some love it and consequently the lack of it...however after trying it many times, I can honestly say that I get nothing from it...almost anything else seems better...not a unicorn for me.
Reminds me too much of that treacle cough syrup from the '70s.Welp, I guess some love it and consequently the lack of it...however after trying it many times, I can honestly say that I get nothing from it...almost anything else seems better...not a unicorn for me.
Basically, you get in the queue and everyone ahead of you goes first. It may be a couple of years before your number comes up. And even then, SP doesn't hold a bag for you, so you can wait and still wind up empty handed.SP will never email you. Ever. Even if they did you likely wouldn't get the email in time to beat the raving hordes of slobbering berserkers clamoring over each other to sink their jagged rotting teeth into every single last bag of the juice.
True, but unlike SP, IR holds a bag for you. I got a notice for Penzance that must have been a couple of years old. I was given several days to exercise my option to buy the bag. I clicked through using the link provided in the notice I was given, otherwise the blend would have shown up as out of stock. While I was connected I decided to look to see if anything else was available and lo and behold, Stonehaven was available at a two bag limit, so I bought two bags in addition to the Penzance. Easy peasy.Some people have told me if you wait long enough Iwan Ries will eventually email you when it comes in there if you sign up, but lt's basically like being on a waiting list. A very long one.
I did get an email about Penzance back in 2015. No idea why but bought a bag for $27. Same bag I recently traded for the Three Year Matured Virginia with Steve.Yeah I meant with Stonehaven (and Penzance) specifically, didn’t mean they wouldn’t with other more available blends.
There is an exception to every rule, I’m sure the lucky few have nabbed it at retail price online on occasion, was really just making the point that it is very very very unlikely and that B&Ms are the best bet.I will have to slightly disagree with Alaskanpiper here. Stonehaven CAN be found online, because people DO buy it online, but it is RARE. Basically, a store might get one or two bags in, and once it hits the online store it is likely gone in less than a minute, but someone was able to buy it.
I have been able to buy Stonehaven a few times, but in person. Esoterica blends are not exactly rare in pipe stores, but they only get a few shipments a year. I prefer Rich Dark Flake over Stonehaven. Similar, but there was something different about it. I recently bought some Rich Dark Flake from 2007 and that should be a treat. Sometimes I smoke Stonehaven and think, “Why did I just waste my time?“
Side note: I tried Sutliff Match Victorian for the first time last night, and oh boy, it is good. Much cheaper than chasing Esoterica blends.