Are These Two Different Tobaccos Really the Same?

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Lifer
Nov 26, 2018
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Interesting. This is what I have always thought. Even if the mix is the same, there are differences in age of components, how the components were left to dry, where in the bale the tobacco is when aging, even what section of the field the plant was growing. So many things can make minuscule changes to the taste, it’s surprising blenders keep blends as close, batch to batch, as they do. Fortunately, my taste buds are not as refined as Jim’s or I would forever be wishing for something I had a few years back. 🤣
 

AJL67

Lifer
May 26, 2022
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My man wrote a whole article about comparing two blends and couldn't even tell us what they were.

Cool.
I think that was kind of the point, keep people guessing and reduce drama and god knows with some people in this community attacks on him personally and professionally, people get funny about their loves and opinions.
After reading i did have to laugh, it was almost a click bait read, keep waiting for the grand reveal and his opinion, well just keep on waiting... lol
 

Sig

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jul 18, 2023
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Interesting. This is what I have always thought. Even if the mix is the same, there are differences in age of components, how the components were left to dry, where in the bale the tobacco is when aging, even what section of the field the plant was growing. So many things can make minuscule changes to the taste, it’s surprising blenders keep blends as close, batch to batch, as they do. Fortunately, my taste buds are not as refined as Jim’s or I would forever be wishing for something I had a few years back. 🤣
I believe the added casing has a lot to do with keeping a blend the same batch to batch. At least that is what several blenders have said over the years.....including Greg I believe. :)
 

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Lifer
Nov 26, 2018
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I believe the added casing has a lot to do with keeping a blend the same batch to batch. At least that is what several blenders have said over the years.....including Greg I believe. :)
Good point. I smoke mostly English and I don’t think of heavy casing as a general rule but your point is well taken.
 
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Skippy B. Coyote

Can't Leave
Jun 19, 2023
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Good read! It reminded me that I still need to do my own comparison of Straus Sleepy Hollow and Sutliff Pumpkin Spice to make my determination as to whether or not they're the same blend with a different label slapped on them, which may be impossible to determine for sure since my Pumpkin Spice is a brand new batch and my Sleepy Hollow has been in a jar for a couple years, but I'll give it my best. Either way I really like them both and get a great deal of enjoyment from smoking them, and maybe that's all that matters.