Choosing Your Seeds

Tobacco seeds are tiny

With so many varieties to choose from, it can be confusing which seeds to buy.

There are so many to choose from here, each with its’ own particular characteristic, smell, taste, ancestry etc.

And what  tobacco seed does one use to make a good cigarette? That all depends on the type of cigarette you like to smoke! There’s no correct answer to the question.

Neither do we have recipes for the major cigarette brands, as these are closely guarded commercial secrets.

What would happen to the taste of a Turkish tobacco plant, which was grown in say Texas or England? Would it taste like the ones grown in Turkey? What if one cured and dried the leaves differently to the sun cured method, most commonly used for this type of tobacco?

What if one air-cured a flue-cured tobacco variety, like Virginian Gold, would that not affect its smell or flavor also?

In truth, the seed variety, the place grown, how well grown, how cured and dried, all affect the taste of the final smoke.

Blending together two or more types of tobacco leaf can also have a profound affect on the smell and taste of the tobacco.

Virtually all commercial tobacco sold in stores, comprises of a mix of different types blended together (in secret proportions), some alleging as many as over 20 types and over 3 years old. But it’s all old wives tales, aka BS.

In short and if you’re new to growing tobacco, you best grow one or more of these; Virginian Gold, Burley and Oriental.

Virtually all cigarette and pipe tobacco comprises of these three basic varieties with Burley being the most used.

Hope this helps you a little!