- May 17, 2011
- Freedom, Ohio, United States
This is one example of how Latakia is made.
Mac Baren said:Latakia is an Oriental tobacco, and it comes originally from Syria. The leaves grow close the ground, and when they are ripe, they are harvested individually, hung on rods and dried by the sun-curing method. Afterwards, Latakia is treated differently than Virginia types: it is also fire-cured (dried over an open fire). The leaves are exposed to smoke from the fire and thus absorb aromatics from the smoke.
This is the quality that makes Latakia special. Latakia tobacco's taste can vary depending on the type of wood used to make the fire. Latakia is also a tobacco we use only as seasoning, because it is strong in taste, spicy and unpleasant to smoke in a pure form.
Today Latakia is produced in Syria and Cyprus, and there is a difference in taste in the tobaccos from the two regions. The Latakia coming from Syria is considered to be more mild and smooth in taste than the Latakia coming from Cyprus.