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How to make strong tobacco more mild and smooth

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Gdaddy, I do trust your personal experience with the brew that Mr. Bentley describes. And I agree that the green coffee is simply providing a means to alter the pH.

Beyond that, most of what his 32 page pamphlet contains is of dubious validity when specific, but mostly so vague and devoid of objective description that it is meaningless. As a purveyor of flavoring oils, Mr. Bentley's entire goal of the pamphlet is to sell flavorings (a tiny portion of the text), and is padded with the usual "tobacco knowledge" nonsense seen in many publications of that vintage--seeming authority, based on hearsay, by an author who is utterly unfamiliar with what he is describing. (Even Alfred Dunhill, nearly a century later, employs much of the same fluffy ignorance in his widely sold book, The Gentle Art of Smoking.)

Thanks for teasing out useful info from all the rest.

Bob
 

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Of course! A cupful of sherry for every 5 pounds of tobacco.

That is the sole reference I've seen to Yara tobacco, that differs from the "unique aroma of Yara tobacco grown in eastern Cuba," that is supposed to be similar to the aroma of Little Dutch, quoted by so many 19th century tobacco "authorities". And there is Billings' "illustration" of Yara Cigars:



which appear, to me, to be cigar store Indian cigars.

Bob
 

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waikikigun's post spurred me to search through my 1854 US Dispensatory (a massive, 1500 page, leather-bound tome of early 19th century pharmacy). It contains one paragraph on "Oleum Tabaci U. S." It is derived by heating a pound of powdered tobacco in a retort, until the vessel glows a dull red. The condensed oil is apparently a combustion product containing concentrated nicotine. This is sparingly mixed into an ointment base to be used only externally, for "indolent tumours, buboes [those are huge, weeping lymph nodes typical of bubonic plague!], ulcers, and obstinate cutaneous eruptions.... ...employed with reserve, and carefully watched."

I'll bet! So I guess the Oil of Havana isn't so bad.

Bob
 

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@Gdaddy I might have stumbled onto a clue to what Oil of Havana was.

The Pharmaceutical Era, Vol 21, page 252 (1899).

Thanks for the info.

I had a feeling it was possibly a mixture or brew of stems (they collect them for some reason) and tobacco concocted into a strong, high in nicotine mixture then sprayed on the leaf prior to fermentation. This is all a guess on my part.

I remember the one video on the history of the Cuban cigar where they show a guy spraying down the leaves with a "tobacco spray". The only evidence I could find.
 
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Several acids are used in processing several forms of tobacco. Maleic Acid is commonly used instead of Citric. It is very commonly used in chewing tobacco, and some pipe tobaccos. It is like most acids, naturally occurring in most fruits. Apples contain the most Maleic acid on average, especially bittersweet apples that are picked rather green and sour. Maleic acid derives its name from the apple scientific name Malus. Apple cider and Juice boiled down to a syrupy consistency is commonly used in chewing tobaccos, as is some apple jellies, as it contains pectin and some other acids such as fumaric which are also smoothing.
For a list of additives, and a description of what they do to tobacco, look at RJ Reynolds book Tobacco flavoring for smoking products by john leffingwell. It is very exhaustive on the subject. Most acids are described as smoothing.
 
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For those who don't want to use citric acid would lemon juice do the same thing without adding anything chemical
 

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Acidity reduces nicotine absorption. So distilled vinegar (acetic acid), cream of tartar (tartaric acid), and any other acidic ingredient would have a similar effect. The question is whether or not it also adds an undesirable taste. Lemon, in addition to citric acid, contains lemonene, which is the distinctive aroma of lemon. Give it a try.

Bob
 
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