I do it because in my opinion it smooths it more, plus there is still a grass taste. I want tobacco that taste like it did 50 years ago when I started smoking it. I smoke straight bright leaf mostly sometimes I add some dark air to change up.Amax, I have a question that I've been thinking about a lot. In your latest video you are kilning Bright Leaf that has been flue cured and baled for two years. What does it taste like before kilning? I'm wondering because, I never liked the fact that Virginia types get a lot darker when kilned. The taste also changes and to me it tastes less like commercial flue cured.
So I guess what I'm asking is why kiln it if it is already flue cured and aged. I've kilned Virginia types more out of impatience. But I've been experimenting with kilning it for less than four weeks to prevent it from turning too dark and losing that "bright" taste.
Bottom line in my book it makes it better. After the kiln I put it in an air tight bag and let it sit around 8 to 12 weeks the leaves are damp when I bag it. If smelling it through the bag after 8 weeks you can notice a sort of fruity smell, but when taken out of the bag it just smells like good tobacco, and is a little to damp to shred with out risk of gumming up the shredder. So I remove the stems and let it sit on a rack in piles of 3 to 6 leaves for a few hours (indoors) then they go to the shredder. Oh I have no mold problems at all.