Tobacco FAQ

Tobacco Terms


Because burley contains no sugar, it has the effect of slowing down the burn rate, so small quantities of burley are frequently used in blending. Burley-Virginia blends are especially good for breaking in a new pipe.


A smoke-cured tobacco, Cavendish is also pressed free of moisture. Some Cavendish blends additionally have flavors added to them, such as Navy Cavendish, which has been sprayed or soaked with rum. Black Cavendish has sugar added, then it is steamed and toasted.


Latakia is smoke-cured, usually with aromatic herbs.


There are varieties of Virginia tobaccos ranging from yellowish to reddish. Generally, the darker the color, the milder the taste. (This is generally true of many tobaccos, because darker tobaccos contain more sugar.)

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