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Latakia production at home

GIL

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A few days ago I started the fumigation of some leaves with the aim of obtaining Latakia, the leaves are Prilep and Djebel 174, from past years' crops.
Compared to the failed attempts of the past years, this one looks promising, why?, this is what the Turks in the Karpaz region are doing, something confirmed by a person from Cyprus.
Another thing that makes me optimistic is the smell of smoke, it's Latakia.
By chance, I met someone from the mastic "black market" - yes, there is such a thing - so I can buy one or two bunches of twigs weekly.
So I'm busy for the next few weeks.
 

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After 10 days of smoking the leaves have acquired a darker color with a visible deposit (brown, for now) in the areas where the leaf has a horizontal position. I think that's pretty good progress. There is no smell of Latakia when opening the enclosure, only a slight smell of smoke.
 

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Saturday marks 30 days of smoke, so I'll report back then. so far there is no "Latakia" smell, just a general smell of smoke. In my searches about the manufacture of this tobacco, I even found a video clip of the smoking of the tobacco, I contacted a person from Cyprus (after much hesitation), who had some posts on social networks about "incense ovens" (that's what the tobacco fumigating factories are called locally). Very kindly, he explained to me how this tobacco is produced.
Regarding the emergence of the desired smell and taste, it is still early, the process lasts 90-100 days.
If you have access to unlimited mastic branches, then you're in luck. I buy a bunch of twigs from the.....florist, I barely have enough to smoke for a week and it costs 20 USD, (80 Lei in my currency). It is quite expensive and I seriously doubt that I will go through the whole process. For now I have a target of reaching 60 days, then we will see.
 

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Very cool, thank you for sharing. It’s interesting, the mastic around here never had a super unique aroma to the green branches. I had heard it was supposed to be very aromatic. However, when I crushed some green twigs between my fingers it smelled very vegetal and kinda peppery to me. I’ve never smelled it burning though.
 

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Today is 30 days of smoke. I can definitely detect a faint Latakia-like smell, like more "sharp" and somewhat pungent to the nose. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before the leaves were rearranged, so the actual smoking progress is can see in the second picture.
 

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Very cool, thank you for sharing. It’s interesting, the mastic around here never had a super unique aroma to the green branches. I had heard it was supposed to be very aromatic. However, when I crushed some green twigs between my fingers it smelled very vegetal and kinda peppery to me. I’ve never smelled it burning though.
There is no aromatic smell, it smells like any other greens.
 
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