- Feb 21, 2013
As with wine, it's fun to think in terms of blends, especially non-aromatic blends, as just getting better and better, and some folks have a great time unsealing blends that are thirty years old and finding them smokeable, sometimes ecstatically good. But just in terms of a rotation of tobacco where you aren't going for the thirty or fifty year mark with this or that tin, what's the general average age for best results. I'm guessing about five years from sealing the tin or jar, not counting any aging done by the blender before that. I think a lot of Forums members might go more toward the ten-to-fifteen mark. I do know that aromatic flavorings fade over time, and for a while, that may be a good thing, making a blend more tobacco forward. I've had Latakia fade almost completely in a famous premium blend, though others have reported Lat holding up for a decade or more. I surmise that if you open a tin after five years, you can feel, in good conscience, that it might get better, but that would just be luck, and it might decline. Others know a good deal more about this than I do. What do you think?