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Straight Latakia

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  • Started 4 months ago by Panhandler
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  1. rdavid

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    Been following a few threads discussing the possibility of a latakia shortage looming on the horizon so I would like to squirrel away a few pounds.

    First, I’ve heard latakia can loose its flavor/aroma if cellared too long so that is a concern. I’m thinking 10 years or so.

    Second, I’m up for recommendations on which bulk brands to consider. C&D bulk latakia gets very good ratings and there is a decent sale right now.

    Thanks

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." Charles Lamb
    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. mso489

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    I had a highly reputable Lat blend in which the Lat lost almost all its flavor. I don't know if it was something about the batch, or if had aged more than I knew. I added condiments that made it smokeable, but I've never had Lat fade from view like that.

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  3. rdavid

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    Hey mso thanks.

    Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. I’m pretty much interested in a straight or blending type latakia and C&D seems to be the highest rated bulk.

    Really hoping I can put some away if the rumors are true but don’t want to invest if it’s going to fade on me after a few years.

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    I've had about 5 pounds of shredded Latakia stored in mason jars for about 5 years. I threw in an
    oxygen absorber in each one. Can't tell if its helped or not as I have not used any. If you have a supply of Nitrogen you could also flush your container with it. I've done that too but have not opened any containers. The way I look at it, most things age because of oxygen. Keep oxygen away and aging is greatly slowed down.

    You can buy Whole Leaf Latakia from Whole Leaf Tobacco

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  5. cosmicfolklore

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    Jitter, is the whole leaf latakia imported? Just curious because I know some have been experimenting with homegrown latakia.

    Michael
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    Yup..Imported. I think the owner buys it by the 250 pound bale!

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    Thanks! Only one 250lbs bale at a time? Sheesh, that really limits my opportunities.

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    I remember smoking McClelland PCCA Winter (1995-1996) and Levin Pipes Klenderwood (1993) in 2015. Both came with 20+ years of age and Latakia didn't lose its flavor/aroma in neither of them. Link to the original thread.

    Javan
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    I have never experienced a bad aged latakia blend. But, it has been recently that this has been a "thing" on the forum. I don't notice it "diminishing," but sometimes it is easier just to let people say stuff that goes 100% against my own experiences than to try to question someone else's taste buds. And, 99.9% of the time this is said by someone who doesn't even like latakia blends. Besides... that means less people setting back blends that I think are delicious.

    But, if people want to believe that latakia blends diminish in time, that burley doesn't age, and aromatics all suck after a few years... then it really doesn't bother me to have so many people misinformed. My own experiences say differently, and what?,,, like I want more people hoarding away more blends? Ha ha.

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    I bought more of these after trying all the straight & whole-leaf stuff, nothing else seemed as good to me.

    Posted 4 months ago #

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