Fun with Whole Leaf Tobacco

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cobguy

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So, I took the plunge and ordered several pounds of whole leaf tobacco:

It was a lot of fun prepping it for ropes / twists:

The Dark Fired leaves were my favorite and served as the wrapper for the twists:

After twisting up most of it, I saved the rest for future custom blends and smoking straight. It's a little bit of work but a lot of fun and very educational to smoke each leaf individually. I used no casing whatsoever on anything but the Dark Air Cured and Natural Burley which needed just a light spritz to combat the barnyard smell. Very fun and highly recommended! :puffy:

 

bonehed

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Very cool. What varieties other than the dark air cured, dark fired and burley did you get?

 

cobguy

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What varieties other than the dark air cured, dark fired and burley did you get?
I also got the Turkish/Izmir, Flue Cured Virginia Bright Leaf and Flue Cured Virginia Lemon.
Both Va's were delicious just plain and shredded into a cob ... really "clean".

 

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northernneil

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Natural Burley which needed just a light spritz to combat the barnyard smell.
I grew tobacco about 3 years ago now, and my burley had a very strong barnyard/musty/mushroomy aroma that was quite off putting. It took courage and close inspection (I was worried of mould) before I actually smoked some. Fortunately the aroma did not transfer through to the taste. I still have some, maybe I should try a casing and see if it helps the aroma.

 

bonehed

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I also got the Turkish/Izmir, Flue Cured Virginia Bright Leaf and Flue Cured Virginia Lemon.

Nice. And yep...I got a pound of ''bright Virginia'' from Smoker's Haven they had laying around cheap. Very tasty as is! Reminds me of Germain's Brown Flake a bit...

Enjoy!

 

deathmetal

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Looks delicious. Another option:
http://www.deathmetal.org/lifestyle/rolling-your-own-cigars/

 

cobguy

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I still have some, maybe I should try a casing and see if it helps the aroma.
It's got some age now too so that ammonia smell should be decreased.
I went with a cocoa liquor / sugar water mix ... very lightly dusting the leaves and then sitting overnight.
Deathmetal ... I picked up the cigar rolling package as well. Next week! :D

 

cobguy

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Looks like good stuff! Who did you get it from?
It came from Wholeleaftobacco.com and was the Sampler Pack ... darn good value:
http://wholeleaftobacco.com/SAMPLER-of-6-types-of-American-and-Turkish-tobaccos-Smplr5.htm

 

fitzy

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Did you strip out the middle stem? Also do you have pictures of the finished product after you twisted them?

 

cobguy

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Did you strip out the middle stem?
I did ... first day was spent re-hydrating and stripping. The 2nd pic down shows the stems in the back, scrap pile on the left and whole leaf for wrapping on the right. All the de-stemming and prep was the hardest part! LOL
So, you did it! Very cool!! Let's see those twists.
I knew there was a pic left out! I'll get that up here tomorrow. Also, thanks for the motivation in our blending thread!
Sounds like a good idea which I might steal for my VA project.
Feel free my friend! Citrus based is also nice for Va's.
Whole Leaf also has: http://wholeleaftobacco.com/Latakia-Tobacco-Lat97.htm
Yeah ... I may get some eventually but I have loads of English / Balkan blends at the time. Have you tried the Lat from WLT?
That looks great, and really tasty.
Thanks! It was a lot of fun ... great rainy day project!

 

cobguy

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A little update on the twists ...
Today, I took out the thinnest one and sliced off a few coins:

After a short dry time, I cubed it up nice and chunky:

This one was equal parts Va / Bur (two kinds each) with the DFK wrapper and produced a slightly sweet, nutty smoke.
While it could use some mason jar time, I'm quite pleased with the results so far. :puffy:

 

cobguy

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The journey continues ...
Here is a Red / Lemon FCV with Izmir pressed into a cake and cut into flakes:

A Lemon FCV with Criollo Ligero and Corojo Seco pressed into a plug:

Red / Lemon FCV with Ginger / Cinnamon casing:


 
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