What is the best tobacco for rolling cigarettes?

  • What is the best tobacco for rolling cigarettes?

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    For me, its Drum – Bright Blue, Amber Leaf and Golden Virginia – Classic. Drum bright blue is a bit on the dry side compared to the other two but it has a great flavor. Amber Leaf is the newest of the lot in terms of brands but the tobacco is great, has a slight sweetness on the inhale and a mildly herbal after taste, which might be a reason it is most popular amongst young smokers.

    Blends of tobaccos in each are Dark Kentucky, Bright Virginia and Burley & Oriental.

    Drum – Original (dark blue pack) is equally dry but has a richer flavor, but I tend to stray away from it as it gives me a bad cough.

    GV Gold is a flanker from Golden Virginia which is also great in flavor and doesn’t carry the vinegar smell that you’d come across with the Classic variant.

    Another good option would be Cutter’s Choice but I’ve personally never had the opportunity to try it out.

    A Lot goes into how you roll your cigarettes. It depends on the tobacco, how fine it has been crushed, paper, roach/filter and how you pack tobacco in it (by hand, machine, what technique etc). Each edit changes how the tobacco burns.

    Sameer Prabhu was pretty informative, but missed out one brand – American Spirit.

    In India, three major brands across the country are American Spirit, Golden Virginia (Original) and Drum (Bright Blue).

    It would be best to take up American Spirit to taste, Drum for it’s scent and feel, GV for it’s strength and pungent aroma and Amber Leaf for a mild flavor.

    It is, like most fine tastes (whiskey, Sushi etc), very subjective.

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    Without a doubt it is either Red Buck or Bacco. Both are VERY difficult to find. Made by a small company but uses some of the finest tobaccos in America. I would know….I’ve been involved in tobacco growing, sourcing, and manufacturing for more than 20 years! I’ve purchased tens of millions of pounds of raw tobacco that is used in all types of tobacco products. This is a shorter answer than others have provided, but it is the correct answer.


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    The best in terms of flavour are always, for me, flavoured tobaccos which you can purchase from your local head shop normally. Black Cherry is a popular flavour and the brand I got had far less additives because it was a trusted independant company who makes it. It was also fairly cheap at 37p per gram.

    Also, do not forget that buying good papers can enhance the flavour of your cigarette. When I was smoking my favourite choice were the RAW organic hemp papers. These I found on my high street market stall and they really improve the taste.

    It tastes a lot cleaner and slightly ‘hempy’ which definitely enhances the flavour – once I switched to hemp-based papers there was no going back. The difference is very noticeable.

    Of course in the end of the day, one could always switch to vaping or quit altogether.

    When I smoked, I used a Balkan mixture that I had made for me by a subsidiary of Morlands. They were quite strong. Think Gauloisse. Only much better tasting and not as harsh. Go to a tobacconist, not a drug store or convenience store to choose a tobacco for rolling your own cigarettes. Frankly, the brands you find at a tobacconist are far superior to any of the commercial blends found in other stores.


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    I like anything with a halfzware shag, or however its spelt. Such as Drum or Samson or BaliShag, can find them nationwide.

    Grind it up a little and its good consistency and generally high flavor.

    On the cheap, a big bag of mislabeled pipe tobacco is usually tasty enough. Usually these can be found in pound size bags and are under names like Gambler, four aces, red river, sparrow etc. It says pipe tobacco but its a a nice shag for cigarettes.

    If you wanna get cultured try rolling some burly real pipe tobacco like black cherry or whatever you dig its delicious, I used to twist those up, dip them in water and hang them on string and needles to dry them out a few days to get it a bit more dry and tighten the paper.

    Gauloises. Without a doubt Gauloises.

    Not to everyone’s taste, and it’s not sold in England anymore. I would say anyone who’s enjoyed French cigarettes, my first experience was when the filters resembled rolled up paper, and smoking was cool and sexy. It’s most fair to say it’s an acquired taste, and smoking it has the built in advantage that 97% of people who inadvertently forget, misplaced, ran out etc of their own cigarettes will only ask for one once.


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    find somthing you like – i have multiple favorites – JPS red, Winfield Red, white ox and long beach yellow (all in pouches)


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    Go with Drum rolling tobacco. Dark blue pouch. Beware of most tobacco manufacturing companies NOT including the rolling papers anymore though. Their reasons for this are ambiguous.


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    I used to hand-rolled my cigarettes for years. I found it best to find a blend that you enjoy rather than just finding one that is the easiest to roll. I entered a “Rolling Contest” once on South Padte Island that was sponsored by the Drum Tobacco Company. It was, by far, the easiest tobacco to roll I have ever seen. The problem was, I hated the way it tasted. I won the contest. My cigs looked like they were machine made. Enjoy!

    EDIT– Try to find a good Tobacco Shop in your area that will allow you to custom blend individual smokes until you find a mix you like. Every Shop I have ever gone to has been more than willing to help me.

    It’s inherently less dangerous because of the composition.

    Cigarette tobacco is essentially nothing but chemical coated plant matter. The leaves are coated in chemicals from the moment they sprout out of the ground and even beforehand since the soil is treated with chemicals. Once the plants have matured they are swiftly brought into the drying room and then sprayed down yet again to speed up the curing process to a matter of days instead of weeks, months, or years.

    After that has been completed the bottom of the leaves are cut away from the rest of the plant and shredded for use in cigarettes. From that point they are rolled in a paper possibly stuck to a filter and packed before being shipped out. Your end product looks like this

    That’s pretty gross looking tobacco.

    So is this.

    Pipe tobacco on the other hand is made from the top and middle portions of the tobacco leaves. The soil and plants are left to do their own thing as they grow and are allowed a full growing cycle. Once the leaves are fully matured, the plants are carefully cut and hung in the drying room. After months or years of curing these leaves come down and are sent to wherever they are to go for manufacturing into pipe tobacco.

    Once they are in the factory they may be cut, shredded, or any number of other things before they are packed in jars, tins, pouches, etc. for sale. Your end product looks something like this

    Notice the many different colors in the tobacco. This is because of the different types put in there. They are blended together to make a really well thought out flavor. The only time pipe tobacco is mixed with chemicals is to create an unnatural flavor. There are no preservatives or anything else like that because that is what cigarette tobacco has and this is of higher quality although it’s astronomically cheaper.

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