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Aged Burley?

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  1. dhizzy

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    I seem to remember reading on PM that burley does not change much with age. If this is true (and I'm not trying to spread misinformation, maybe it does age?) what's the deal with Solani Aged Burley Flake 656? I really enjoy burley and just got a tin of MacBaren BLB and currently have some Symphony open that I'm working through. This Solani blend has me intrigued so, I'm wondering from those of you that have experience with it and other "aged" burleys, does it, in fact, change with age? Thanks!

    P.S. This may be a question for Ask GL Pease I suppose...

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    Sry cant really comment on aging but I have tried the solani and damn was it good ... really enjoyed it ... would love to hear your thoughts on it

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. dhizzy

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    I'll be picking some up sometime. I have depleted tobacco funds for now though, darnit!

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    Apparently R.L. Will developed a unique toasting process for ABF's three different burleys -- his intent was to sweeten the Aged Burley Flake.

    Some say the intensity of this sweetness increases somewhat as ABF ages. Which I suppose is possible.

    Some also swear ABF improves with age -- I personally think it's mostly bullsh!t. I'm thinking ABF will hold its own over a considerable period of time and may sweeten a bit, but that's about it. It's very good, but it is burley.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Burley does change over time, although there has been some confusion and misinformation spread about this fact for a few years now.
    It does NOT age as dramatically as virginias or some orientals, which can seem like entirely tobaccos after enough time has passed. Burley may lose some of its roughness and the flavor may deepen a little -- enough to be noticeable, but nothing dramatic. The good news is that burley also doesn't really go bad over time, so you can seal up a jar of Solani ABF and leave it for 50 years with little fear of it going over the hill (provided the seal isn't compromised). Of course, there are very few straight burley blends on the market. Most of them have at least some VAs added to them, which in turn will age as normal.

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    Burley doesn't change as much as a virginia does with age. It gets better, but isn't an entirely different smoke like a VA will be at 5 years. It'll mellow, with a distinct softening of the sharp edges and become milder, but is still completely recognizable as the same tobacco. I've smoked virginias that are almost nothing alike after aging. Aged burley is a great smoke, in my opinion.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Burley doesn't age, just gradually loses flavor if not stored properly, OTC uses chemical toppings for shelf life and last 100 years. Only VA leaf ages, but again only if stored properly.

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    So just the responses in this thread have given different answers as to whether or not, burley will change with age. I gather from Roth that it is the toasting process that changes the ABF. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to buy two tins of a burley and store the other and decide for myself. Sounds like fun. Thanks for the responses everyone. I think I'll still send this one over to Greg.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    It's not that it doesn't change, as I understand it; it's just that it doesn't change dramatically, like a Virginia will, as a couple of the guys mentioned.

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    Posted 6 years ago #

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