Category Archives: Cigar Varieties

African Red

African Red is a bright leaf variety with light green colored leaves and white stemmed. A vigorous grower reaching 8 feet (200cm) in height at the first crows foot. Plant form is columnar. Average size of 10th leaf at maturity 28 inches (60cm). Leaf width 12″ (25cm) 28 leaves total on untopped plants, not including bed leaves. Matures in 80 days. Has a high nicotine content. Original seed is from Transvaal, South Africa.

Like the rustica varieties, this is very high in nicotine content and should only be used for blending. Used also for making insecticide.

Used for cigarettes, pipes and cigars.

Turkish Samsun

Black Sea Samsun originated in the Samsun region of Turkey on the Black Sea. Prized for rich flavor and aroma, but yet mild to smoke. It matures in 65-70 days and is often sun cured. An excellent tobacco for blending or smoking on its own

Used for cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

Mohawk Rustica

Mohawk Rustica is native to Central America as was widely cultivated by Native Americans and grown throughout the southern US. It grows to 3′ in height and is similar to Aztec, but with less branching.

The leaves are thick, dark green in color and are among the largest of any Rustica variety. The flowers are a bright yellow and are densely packed.

Mohawk, like other rustica varieties is very high in nicotine content and should be used for blending. So strong in fact is this variety that it can also be used for making insecticide.

Used for cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

Paris Wrapper

Paris Wrapper is an heirloom bright leaf variety that is a vigorous early season grower reaching a height of 6 feet. Its leaves grow to 30″ long and 20″ wide. The leaves are a very light green with white stems. Matures in 60 days and air cures to a light golden brown.

Used for cigarettes and cigars.

Golden Burley

Golden Burley is a medium flavored Burley with excellent curability. The leaves grow to over 30″ long by 12″ wide, and turn a bright lemon yellow when ripe. Plants grow to 4 1/2 feet in height with little to no suckering. Matures in 60-65 days after transplant. Air cures to a light buck skin brown color. Requires less aging time than most Burleys.

Used for cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

Catterton

Catterton Tobacco
Catterton Tobacco

A heirloom Maryland type tobacco. A very good producer with sharp pointed leaves growing to over 30 inches long and 16 inches wide. Air cures easily to a rich reddish brown color. A medium flavored smoke which is excellent for cigarettes, alone, or as a blend. Also used in cigars and pipe tobaccos. Matures in 60-65 days. Although some growers have reported heavy suckering with Catterton, ours have produced nearly none. This variety is one of our personal favorites.

Used for cigarettes and pipes.

Yellow Twist Bud

Yellow Twist Bud
Yellow Twist Bud

This is a white stemmed heirloom Burley that grows 5-6 feet in height. It produces few suckers and its pyramidal plant form with closely spaced leaves give it good wind resistance. The leaves are up to 30 inches long, turn a light yellow when ripe and are easy to cure. Matures in 60-65 days.

Silk Leaf

Silk Leaf Tobacco
Silk Leaf Tobacco

Silk Leaf is an old heirloom Virginian variety which has regained popularity among growers in recent years. It grows to 6 feet in height and is a good producer of leaves averaging 20″ inches long by 12″ wide.. Matures in 65-70 days. Used mainly as a cigarette tobacco for its mild flavor, or as a pipe blend.

Goose Creek Red

Goose Creek Red Tobacco
Goose Creek Red Tobacco

Goose Creek Red is named after a small river that runs into the Charleston Harbor. This dark Virginian type tobacco is air cures to a deep reddish brown color and makes an excellent pipe or full flavored cigarette blend. It has a silky feel, making it ideal as a wrapper for cigars. Grows to about 6 feet in height and matures in 65 days.

Black Mammoth – Small Stock

Black Mammoth Small Stock Tobacco
Black Mammoth Small Stock Tobacco

A deep dark tobacco that gives good weight and supports itself very well. This is a tobacco prized by growers because it provides a great wrapper tobacco or a premium snuff tobacco when ripe. A good tobacco for beginners learning to roll their own cigars or make snuff.