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Tobacco Blends

 

Our cigarettes often contain different types of tobacco leaf from different countries, blended for aroma, taste and character to meet smokers' taste preferences.

Three main types of tobacco are used in cigarettes:Virginia, Burley and Oriental.


Virginia or Flue-cured tobacco is named after the US state where it was first cultivated. It is also called ‘bright tobacco’ because of the yellow to orange colour it achieves during curing. It grows particularly well in subtropical regions with light rainfall, such as Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas in the USA, Southern Brazil and Zimbabwe. Cigarette brands like Power use exclusively Virginia tobacco. Virginia blends contain only flue-cured Virginia tobaccos.

Burley is a slightly lighter green than Virginia. It requires heavier soils and more fertilizer than Virginia. Some of the best Burley is grown in US states such as Maryland and Kentucky, in Central America, Malawi, Uganda and Indonesia. After being air-cured, it turns brown with virtually no sugar, giving it an almost cigar-like taste. Along with Virginia and Oriental tobacco, it makes up an American Blend for cigarettes, as used in brands like Vivier or Viva. Typically, air-cured tobacco is treated with sugars such as molasses or liquorice, and the blend may also contain added flavours.

Oriental is the smallest and hardiest of all tobacco types, grown in the hot summer of the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. These conditions and a high planting density create an aromatic flavour, enhanced by sun-curing, as in a traditional Turkish cigarette. An Oriental blend can contain up to 100% sun cured tobaccos.
Several factors can influence the smoking characteristics, including the variety of plant, how it is harvested and influences such as soil, climate and weather. All these can affect the tobacco’s taste and aroma.

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