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What's the Difference Between Casings & Toppings?

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    Kevin

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    Sometimes people confuse casings and toppings when it comes to pipe tobacco. They are often mistakenly thought of as being the same thing, but they are not.

    Here's another past article from Russ on this topic -

    A Tale of Two Syrups - Casings and Top Dressings

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    Thanks for re-posting this -- good info & very interesting. This explains a lot about how the flavors get into our tobaccos.

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    Great info for any puffer interested in "what's in it?," "how is it made?," and "what does that do?" with regard to pipe tobacco blends.

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    Thanks for posting this Kevin. Yes, it does get a tad confusing sometimes and Russ' blog article cleared it up for me.

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    And the learning continues...

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    The easy way for me to remember it is to think of casings as a marinade and toppings as a condiment.

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    Good analogy.

    Sometimes, though, it is still hard to tell the difference when it comes down to discussing particular blends...

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    Russ's article describes in elegant detail the process and I applaud him for such a wonderful contribution. The whole "casing vs topping" debate should finally end with this article. The only point I will add is for the believers that their tobacco is "untreated" with any flavoring. To them, I suggest that they fill their bowl with raw tobacco. But, first, tie your pant legs shut and have a bowl of ice cubes at hand for thy tonque. As Craig Tarler put it, "I don't look forward to tonque-bite Thursdays". He was referring to the regular testing of newly arrived Virginia tobacco pallets to test the consistency of the harvest. So, as I have often said, in general terms, aromatic vs non-aromatic is simply a matter of "degree". Choose your "degree" and enjoy your smoke!
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