Characteristics of Flue Cured Tobacco

by | May 28, 2021

Often referred to as Virginia tobacco or “bright tobacco”, flue-cured tobacco is a light-colored leaf that produces a mild and somewhat crisp taste. Historically, it was dried in dark barns hung from the rafters (initially in Virginia, USA) and required hot conditions to dry fully. Characteristics of flue cured tobacco include a lower nicotine content with a high concentration of sugar, so it’s a great option for those who want to mix their own strains and are seeking a smoother tasting blend.

How It’s Cured

After harvesting the leaves they are kept alive throughout the yellowing period. This is essential in order for them to result in the correct color. The temperature starts at ambient and is raised up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in increments of 2 degrees per hour. Once the yellowing process has been achieved, the leaves are thoroughly wilted and the temperature is raised to 130 degrees to prevent any further coloring or chemical changes – if it isn’t done correctly, the leaves won’t turn to their desired lemon-orange color.

Unique Characteristics of Flue Cured Tobacco

Many characteristics of flue cured tobacco are different from other common strains. The unique drying process gives the leaves a different appearance and texture, and the flavor is unlike many of the typical strains you’ll come across. Compared with other types of tobacco, flue-cured tobacco isn’t as susceptible to molding, either.

Try our Organic Virginia Flue Cured Lemon Leaf (BL) for a phenomenal flue cured leaf!

Why Choose Total Leaf Supply?

We’re committed to bringing you the best products available on the market, and we make it our business to source unique and interesting tobacco leaves that you can add to your collection. We only sell whole leaf tobacco because we believe that there is a big difference in the flavor and aroma when compared to other products, and our goal is to show you the difference that unaltered whole leaf tobacco can make. If you’re intrigued by the characteristics of flue cured tobacco, purchase whole leaves from Total Leaf Supply today.

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