Pipe Tobacco Varieties


The best thing about tobacco pipes is the fact that they have been the one thing that stood between smoking aficionados and the pleasure of smoking tobacco. Pipes are traditional relics of a past that evoked leisure and style, and thus have always been revered by many. After all, what are pipes without the tobacco filling?

Basically, pipes are just a bridge toward the bliss acquired from smoking flavored tobacco, being tools that lets an enthusiast taste the heavenly sweetness and smell the amorous scent of a tobacco.

Also, tobacco pipes use tobacco unlike that of cigarettes and cigars. They are flavored tobaccos, refined to perfection for those who will remain dear to their tobacco pipes. There are three kinds of tobacco pipes: the Latakia, Burley and Perique tobaccos.

Latakia Tobaccos

This type of tobacco originated in Syria, deriving from a port city with the same name. Cured over oak wood fire or stone pine, it has a peppery smell and taste. It has a very strong taste especially if smoked straight. It WAS used to make a blend with other fundamental tobaccos as found in the English, American and Balkan blends.

However, its commonness decreased when a fire broke out in a tobacco manufacturing company named Cornell and Diehl. Today, Cyprus is now the main producer of this type of tobacco.

Burley Tobaccos

If you want quality tobaccos from the first steps of the curing process up to the time you light it in your pipe, look for Burley tobaccos. Light-air cured, most of this tobacco is manufactured in the United States, particularly in Kentucky and Tennessee. The care provided for curing the procedures are as advanced as the technology used to produce them.

From palletized seeds, this type of tobacco is seen with utmost attention, making sure it is free of certain bugs which manufacturers often battle with. The curing process takes eight weeks or so. But thanks to technology, it has been shortened to only one week. The curing allows it to change color, from pale green, to yellow, and finally, to brown.

The best thing about this is that it most Burley tobaccos undergo the process of Cavendish. This makes the tobacco havea milder and almost a sweetish taste.

Perique Tobaccos

If it’s the scent that you want from a tobacco-that is, aside from the taste-go for this type. It is very well-known due to its strong, fruity scent. It’s through a process called pressure-fermentation, discovered by a farmer named Pierre Chenet, that the Perique derives its unique flavor.

It is described as very dark brown in color, with a fruity and sharp aroma. Manufacturing Perique tobaccos begins with the leaves harvested usually late at night. Stored in whiskey barrels, the leaves, which are still moist, undergo pressure with the use of oak blocks pushed inside by screw jacks. Once a month, the pressure is loosened to make allow little air to seep in. After one year of repeating this procedure, this tobacco is ready for use.

Today, only a few Perique tobaccos are produced in the United States, primarily in Louisiana. Most of these are used in cigarettes blends. But, out of tradition, it still remains a pipe tobacco, particularly when it comes to specialists and enthusiasts alike.

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