This is a great read but my understanding (and I may be wrong) is that Ernie makes a distraction between commercial blends and blending tobacco.I've been recently trying my hand at blending as well.
Thus far using Sutliff 515s, red ribbon, Turkish mix and perique.
I stumbled across a thread on another pipe forum that was started by Ernie Q from Watch City, that provided some really good tips for novice blenders.
One of the bigger take aways I gleaned was to not re case already cased tobacco (don't add additional sugars). As simple as that sounds, for a beginner blender (me) that was an important tip.
I'd like to also hear what Virginias others are using to blend...
There were a few tobacco types he specified not to recase. Perique being one of them..This is a great read but my understanding (and I may be wrong) is that Ernie makes a distraction between commercial blends and blending tobacco.
“ I said earlier that blending tobacco is cased. The thing is that in my opinion it isn’t cased enough. They sort of give you a start, but they only case enough to bring the ph down a bit and maybe take the edge off the raw leaf.”
On blending? That would be where opportunity lies…. there just aren’t any specifically about blending. Some have sections that briefly talk about it, but nothing really “useful.” But, I think it would make a nice niche book. The problem is that things like casing and toppings are mostly commercial concepts. Getting the commercial blenders to give recipes probably isn’t going to happen. But, I’d buy someone’s experiments and recipes…. Like a Home Tobacco Gourmet Recipe Book thing.Would you be willing to share a listing of some of the books on this subject you found most useful/interesting? I would love to acquire and read them.
No, thank god!
That reminds me I need to send you some semois grown in the whenua of Aotearoa. As a ‘single origin’ type blend, you can notice the impact of terrior. To be fair I don’t toast my leaf after air curing eitherNo, thank god!
Edit: well, semois. And maybe C&D comes close. But, I do not try to copy commercial stuff. I try to just make good tasting stuff for my taste buds.
I’d love that. But, does New Zealand allow you ship tobaccos?That reminds me I need to send you some semois grown in the whenua of Aotearoa. As a ‘single origin’ type blend, you can notice the impact of terrior. To be fair I don’t toast my leaf after air curing either