What Kind of Tobacco Should I Buy?


Air-cured tobacco. Courtesy of Da Dhug.

If someone were to ask what your favorite kind of tobacco was, what would you tell them? Do you prefer a smoke that is light and sweet or rich and heavy? Mild blends may be more to your liking, or perhaps you have a taste for the exotic. Whatever the case, some basic knowledge on a few different types of tobacco will help you communicate your preferences and help you find the best blends for you.

  1. Virginia

Also known as brightleaf tobacco, Virginia tobacco is the most common tobacco found in blends today. Most of the American crop is Virginia tobacco, regardless which state it is grown in. Its high level of natural dextrose is locked in by a process known as flue-curing (curing the tobacco by exposing it to artificial heat), giving Virginia a light-bodied and sweet taste. Virginia tends to burn fast and hot, causing the smoker to sometimes experience a “bite”.  It tends to be lower in nicotine and is considered the mildest tobacco. It is used in almost all blends.

  1. Burley

Burley tobacco loses much of its sugar through the air-curing process, resulting in a product that is more full-bodied and bitterer than Virginia. It has a higher nicotine content and burns slowly. It gives off earthy and musty flavors by itself, but tends to take on the characteristics of any tobaccos it’s blended with (it’s known as a chameleon tobacco). The main features of Barley make it a popular component of many blends, adding body, strength and longevity to other tobaccos. OHM Natural is a good example of a bold, full-flavored Burley and Virginia blend.

  1. Turkish

Otherwise known as Oriental tobacco, the term Turkish refers to a variety of tobaccos grown in Turkey, the Balkans and Russia, among other regions. Turkish tobacco is sun-cured and is characterized by its strong aroma, mildness and distinct flavor—often described as sweet and sour. Blends that are called Turkish still usually contain the other two types of tobacco, like OHM Turkish Red.


Virginia, Burley and Turkish are just a few types of tobacco, but they are certainly the most common.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

bob mone July 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

please set me up with a roller, tobacco and filters and papers for say 10-20 packs.


adıyaman tütünü September 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

nice writing … but we use turkish tobacco


TED November 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

We carry OHM Turkish Red and OHM Turkish Yellow.


Walker June 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm

The OHM Turkish red is a bit harsh for me. Is the silver lighter?


TED June 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

Yes, the silver variety is widely accepted as an ultra-light among most brands. Thanks for your interest.


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