Friday, April 19, 2013

A new tobacco variety for 2013

Tobacco! Tobacco! Tobacco!

I'm growing it again, and it's looking good thus far. This year, however, instead of growing my "Havana" strain, I'm trying out one called "Florida Sumatra," which is on the tobacco page at

This variety is supposed to air-dry into a nice smokeable leaf. Some of my previous experiments with rolling cigars (okay, ALL of my previous experiments with rolling cigars) have been unsatisfactory. I'm hoping the larger leaves on this cultivar may prove more amenable to my limited rolling skills.

Even if not, it'll still be worth chewing or packing into a pipe. 

Awwwww yeah!

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At April 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM , Blogger dfr2010 said...

May the Force be with you! I recently moved to Putnam County, so I'll be very interested in hearing how this turns out for you.

At April 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

Ha! i have been trying to convince the male that we should grow tobacco for his cigars! the price of a box of imported cigars is ridiculous, and if they could historically grow great tobacco and dry it in ybor then we can too! he seems to rationalize some bs about the curing process every time i mention it. i think it would probably cure just fine hanging out on the back porch or in the shed. at the very least, i'm sure we know someone that would be willing to take it off our hands. plus it might have cool "local" flavors. or it might taste like rabbit poo. :)

At April 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yeah... imported cigars are expensive, for the most part. The best place to buy them is through That's my go-to place.

Your husband is right on the curing side of things, unfortunately for all of us. It's a time-eating, touchy process, much like making a good wine or scotch. My tobacco, even when dried and hung up for a year, usually has a weird sweetness mixed with burning oak leaf flavor. Not at all like a nice Punch or La Gloria Cubana cigar. One day I may learn to cure it properly. Life is a lot easier for cigarette smokers. Sun dry and puff away.


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