Category Archives: Cigarette 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.

Cherry Red

Bright leaf variety growing to 7 feet in height. One of the heaviest producing bright leafs we have grown. Averaging 26 leaves to crows foot, not including bed leaves. Leaves grow to 24 inches in length and 15 wide. Moderate suckering. Matures in about 75 days after transplant. Leaves air cure to a light yellow / gold color.

Used for cigarettes and pipes.

Harrow Velvet

Harrow Velvet is a medium flavored Burley with excellent curability and a short aging time. Columnar plant form with tightly spaced leaves which are very uniform in size. Almost no suckering. Leaves average 24″ in length by 14″ wide and turn a golden yellow as they ripen. Mature in 65-70 days. Leaf cures to a medium brown. An excellent plant for priming or to cut and hang whole. Very good wind and frost resistance. One of our favorites.

Used for cigarettes and pipe.

Isleta Pueblo

Isleta Pueblo is a Rustica variety originating in New Mexico. It is a very fast grower and matures in under 40 days. Grows to 5 feet. It tolerates cool weather very well and can be planted earlier than many other nicotianas.

The leaves are dark green and have a thick rubbery texture. Air cures to a medium brown.

Like many other Rusticas, Isleta Pueblo is high in nicotine content and should not be smoked alone. Used also for making insecticide.

Used as a blender for cigarettes and pipes.

Kentucky 15

KY15, as it’s more commonly known, is a white stemmed high yielding Kentucky Burley. It has good resistance to most tobacco diseases. It is a columnar formed plant with large closely spaced leaves. Our grows have produced no suckers. Leaves turn yellow as it ripens, curling down around the edges. Maturity is 60-65 days. It has excellent curability and leaves dry an orange brown.

Used for cigarettes 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.

Orinoco

Classified as a primitive variety, this is the original Orinoco imported from Java, Indonesia in 1927. It grows to 6 feet in height and matures in 60 days after transplant. The leaves are long and narrow growing to over 24″ by 10″ wide and produce a flavorful smoke. It has a very high nicotine content of any tobacco, so use with caution and use for blending only. It makes a good blend to mix with low nicotine tobaccos like Virginia Gold or Turkish.

Used for pipes.

Oxford 207

Oxford 207 is a bright leaf variety that was developed in North Carolina. It has good resistance to bacterial wilts and blank shank disease. It grows to 5 feet and is a very good producer of high quality leaf. Matures in 60 days. Air cures to a golden yellow color.

Used for cigarettes 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.