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I looked for previous mention of this and didn't see anything. Apologies if it's redundant.

 

I found this interesting. They're getting around shipping restrictions by providing whole and threshed leaf. They even give you squirter bottles of toppings.

I'm not promoting this in any way. Just interesting. If nothing else there's some pretty pictures.

 

https://wholeleaftobacco.com/cat/american-turkish-tobaccos/traditional-pipe-tobaccos/

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Ted
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I’ve been buying leaf from them for some time, excellent quality. I don’t know if they are “getting around” shipping requirements, there just aren’t any for whole leaf in most cases. 

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Yes. Thanks Ted. I didn't mean to imply they were shady in any way. 

 

Given the logo, and the perique, I thought this might be a Mark Ryan thing. But they're in OH. 

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Joseph
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Hmm… homemade blends from raw leaf. Let us know how your adventures turn out. I’m curious, but will happily leave the blending to the pros for my daily smokes. 😋

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I DO have experience with home brewing, and know that fermentation requires precise and detailed handling to NOT contaminate your product from the ambient environment. How to do that for pressing and heat/steam-treating layered-leaf blends? I have not a clue.

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Brewing is primarily the process of culturing yeast. Culturing microorganisms can be a bit involved. Processing and blending tobacco is the process of cutting up and mixing vegetables. Very simple. Cooking processes are primarily only used for making cavendish and stoving, which represents a very small portion of tobacco used and requires as much skill as making plain rice. Making Perique involves fermenting tobacco with yeast and there are a number of people doing that, on par with very basic brewing techniques. 

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Good to know! Thanks! Makes home blending sound all the more interesting now. 🤔💭 hmm… the wheels are turning now ⚙️⚙️

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This is a whole leaf blend I make and smoke quite often, it’s a Virginia, Perique, Dark Air Cured, Oriental and a touch of Burley red tip blend and it’s fabulous. A regular smoke for me. No casings, just pressed and cut. The most time consuming and skill related part of blending it is weighing the components. 

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@Ted, Do you use a hand press like the noodle press you mentioned here , or a custom setup?

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A noodle press is more than sufficient, but I’m compelled to always be a little fancier with my projects. I bought some aluminum molds off of Amazon and a heavy duty clamp. 

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I like this, Ted. 

Sometimes we make tobacco and blending too intimidating, imo. 

 

I'm not Greg Pease but I can throw some VA in with some burley to sweeten it up. Or sprinkle in some perique for spice and strength. 

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I agree. There are many proven recipes available. The one I mentioned above that I make is recipe devised by Bob Goff. 

Greg Pease wasn’t a wonder master blender when he made his first blends. He was just a guy mixing some tobacco seeing what works. 

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This gives me lots of ideas. I think this will be a good project. Lets see if my wife agrees😉

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