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Esoterica Stonehaven

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    Leading Puffer Fish Jeff10236's Avatar


     

    Esoterica Stonehaven

    So I finally gave the fabled Stonehaven a try.

    Tin (bag) note: First I was hit by a pleasing Earthy smell, followed by chocolate, with a little grassy smell to it as well. It has a sweet smell which is hard to place- almost but not quite berry or fruity, almost but not quite alcohol like. Definitely a heavy, full fragrance that fills your senses. It is a beautiful, medium to large sized, dark brown/dark chocolate colored flake.

    I did the fold and stuff method and loaded it into my Savinelli 114EX. It took a little while to get lit initially, but it stayed lit fine once I got it going. It did not cause any tongue bite whatsoever.

    Smoking it and it was definitely primarily a Virginia. A little sweetness, but a pretty pure tobacco flavor. A bit of chocolate and grassiness as well. It is definitely one of the better Virginias out there. It was a nice smoke, it is a fairly large flake, and I stuffed about a flake and a half into the very large bowl of my 114EX. Despite easily lasting over an hour I never got tired of it. Good, fairly strong, yet mellow smoke that was easy to keep puffing on.

    I'm not a huge Virginia smoker so it won't be an everyday smoke (though it easily could be), but it will be worth keeping on hand when available. For Virginia lovers I can see why this is so in demand. It is a great tobacco.

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    I'm glad you were able to get your hands on some Jeff. I felt a little bad that I didn't send you any when I sent over the SG's. But now you got a big ol bag and all is well in the world. Thanks for the review, I find the fruity/alcohol smell entrancing.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes italiansmoker's Avatar


     

    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Probably the best Va-Bur ever... despite it is so difficult to find...

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff10236 View Post
    It has a sweet smell which is hard to place- almost but not quite berry or fruity, almost but not quite alcohol like.
    When I first smelled it I thought it reminded me of Red Man chewing tobacco. I have since learned that it is flavored with treacle, the UK cousin to molasses, which makes sense because Red Man is flavored with molasses.

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    Ask me why I dinged Black Mister Moo's Avatar


     

    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Nice review of one of the all time greats.

    A flake smells like something between dark chocolate and brandy to me. It smokes like nothing else - rich, smooth and totally original - and it ages brilliantly. One of them that meets or exceeds the hype.
    "But with a little bit of luck You'll run amok!"

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    The VA tobaccos have been growing on me of late, or at least the VA flakes have. It started with the Dunhill which I liked as much as many non-VA tobaccos. SG FVF is almost as good to my palate now as the St. James Flake. And now, I have gone from liking Stonehaven to I love this stuff. It is odd how it has creeped up on me, but I am becoming a VA fan.

    So, now, I love SH. I am noticing some bread like taste and body to the better VAs, including SH. I am now looking out for releases of SH with the rest of you, and with the recent releases I've been one step behind and keep missing them (I've been on the sites when there was Penzance available, and I didn't buy any since I still have plenty, but I'm down about 50% on my stock of SH and I'm getting a little nervous since I am really picking up the pace of smoking my SH).

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff10236 View Post
    It is odd how it has creeped up on me, but I am becoming a VA fan.

    So, now, I love SH.
    Lotta burley there.
    "But with a little bit of luck You'll run amok!"

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Moo View Post
    Lotta burley there.
    Agreed. I'm a big VA fan. But an even bigger Burley fan.

    To my palate, SH is mainly a Burley, with a light, almost plum-like casing. I don't get the grassy VA notes. But, then, I'm not expert. Very well could be that this is a VA/Bur and I'm just focusing on those tasty, deep Burley notes.

    I've stashed a bunch to age. . .I think this stuff will be outstanding in a couple years. If there's VA in the mix, then it should age even better than I imagine!

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainEnormous View Post
    Agreed. I'm a big VA fan. But an even bigger Burley fan.

    To my palate, SH is mainly a Burley, with a light, almost plum-like casing. I don't get the grassy VA notes. But, then, I'm not expert. Very well could be that this is a VA/Bur and I'm just focusing on those tasty, deep Burley notes.

    I've stashed a bunch to age. . .I think this stuff will be outstanding in a couple years. If there's VA in the mix, then it should age even better than I imagine!
    I managed to stretch out some from 2004. It is plumey and to die for.
    "But with a little bit of luck You'll run amok!"

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Moo View Post
    I managed to stretch out some from 2004. It is plumey and to die for.
    Got some '04 jarred as well. So sugar coated, the stuff smells like candy.

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    Re: Esoterica Stonehaven

    Well I finally managed to buy a 8 ounce bag of Stonehaven. when I opened the bag I got a strong wine smell, and the flakes are paper thin, easy to rub out to smoke.
    It's all bottled up and I won't touch it for yrs and yrs....well maybe I will open one of the small jars after a year
    troy


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