Burley is a very versatile tobacco and is found all over the smoking world. Like Virginia it can be used in Cigarettes, Pipe/Rolling Tobaccos and Cigars. It shares much with Cuban tobacco, in the way it is cured and the low sugar content. The tobacco is grown all over the world, but originates from America in and around Kentucky, Louisiana and Maryland. The tobacco is grown in the open and come harvest time the entire plant is up rooted and the leaves dry still attached hung up dark, but open barns. The moist air blows through the barns and this allows for a slow and gradual drying process. The tobacco turns from green to a tantalizing golden brown. From here the raw burley can either be left as it is (White Burley) or fire cured (Kentucky or Dark Fired).
Not all Burley is the same, over the centuries various straisn have been cross bread to produce a plethera of variations. Some are light and mellow, these are common in Aromatics thanks to Burleys abailty to absorb any aromas. Or they can be storng, dry, with a nutty almost cocoa flavour, Burley really has many uses. It is often the unsung hero of the tobacco world, it is used in so many blends and often has no obvious purpoe. It is often seen a leaf to add if the blend is too hot, or to give an aromatic some umpth. Even though it does a lot more than that, it has the ability to meld and become others leafs and you hardly notice. From Perique and Latakia to sweet Lakeland floral, Burley hides and absorbs these flavours.
Our blending Burley is the strong variety and worked well to add a little more umph to mellow blends. Also works well at cooling down gold Virginia blends, you get a great contrasting taste too. It is not recommended to smoke this pure, milder ones are very nice, this drys out the mouth and really packs a punch. So like Virginia it is one of the most important tobaccos in the blender arsanel, even though most smokers couldnt pick it out in the smoke.
Blend - Burley
Casings - None
Cut - Ribbon
Origin - Kendal, England
Packing - Loose
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