The little I know, from research and experience…
To blend or not to blend:
Dark Virginia Leaf – Fertile soil thriving, fire-cured, floral characteristic tobacco, the body and strength making a sound base for many potential blends
Light Virginia Leaf – Grown in the sandy, weaker, less nutrient enriched soils throughout the Appalachians; fire/flue-cured with a more aromatic attribute
Turkish Leaf – think Ottoman empire, from across the Middle East and parts of Africa, this leafy sun cured aromatic holds a very low nicotine level and mild flavor
Cyprian Latakia – produced in Cyprus and cured over a stone pine or oak wood fire, which gives it an intense smokey-peppery taste and smell normally too strong for the tastes of most people to smoke straight but like the above tobaccos, designed to mix for many “blenders”, my favorite being:
Clearly, my choice, an earned blend…
To the host, thanks for the opportunity to present my perspective. For this and my future posts here in Of Pipes and Patriots, enlightenment, contemplative attitude, and a mindfulness welcome.
As always,more to come!