Balkan sasieni - what's in a name?

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dmkerr

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Arkie's review of Balkan Sasieni reminded me of a question I've had at the back of my mind since I first noticed it but never asked about.

Does anyone know anything about the origin of the name? I realize Sasieni is close to Sobranie and it was put out to (a little more obvious than subliminally) cash in on the Sobranie name. However, I'm curious where the Sasieni comes from. Joseph Sasieni created a pipe company that made pipes like 2-dots, 4-dots, Coventrys, and such. I'm not sure if it's still around. But it seems an odd choice for a tobacco name unless Stokkebye bought the rights to it.

Anyone know the origins of this tobacco name?
 

Lestrade

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I thought Balkan Sasieni was blended and tinned by Stokkebye and Stokkebye Balkan Supreme is the bulk verison of Sasieni....?
 

dmkerr

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I thought Balkan Sasieni was blended and tinned by Stokkebye and Stokkebye Balkan Supreme is the bulk verison of Sasieni....?
It is and it is. But that doesn't explain the Sasieni name. Sasieni was a pipemaker and Stokkebye is a tobacco blender. I'm wondering how the two names came to be combined.
 

HCraven

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That does make sense. I've heard from several people that Balkan Sobranie's formula was altered at least once, and one reviewer on tobaccoreviews.com notes a pronounced difference between what he remembered smoking in the Sixties and the version sold from the Seventies forward, if memory serves. Given the information in the above article, I assume that the new Germain version is based on Gallaher's formula, which is probably what most people remember smoking despite the fact that it isn't the true original.
 
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