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Lightest most neutral flavored to grow?

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To me, trying to reproduce manufactured cigs is like trying to brew Budlight. Way to hard And for what? I can brew anything I want. Why would I spend time making an american light lager when I can make a saison? There are easier, better beers to make. If you are into bud then try making a bohemian pilsner or maybe a cream ale ( with rice and saaz hops). It will be a way better beer. (Sorry for the diatribe but this is pretty much my response when somebody finds out I make my own beer and asks if I can make budweiser.) Keep in mind we have different (and better) ingredients. I can't smoke manufactured cigs or drink american light lagers anymore (unless I have to). For marlboro reds I would try 75% red virginia and 25% maryland. Adjust the ratio to your taste. Maybe throw in some katerini or prilep or mix in some bright leaf to taste ( all available from WLT) . I never liked marlboro but my goto is around 60% bright leaf 25% burley, 15% Izmir. Don doesn't sell Burley or Izmir so I substitute in katerini and maryland or use my home grown..
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I mention in my introduction that i am wanting to create a light canadian style cigarette. In reality, that is what im familiar with but what im after is a super ultra light final product.

I am looking for suggestions of varieties to grow and if at all possible a Canadian supplier of the seeds.

i am currently growing Canadian Virginia, Virginia gold and monte calm brun.

I am going to start building a flue chamber asap but have currently been air curing then sort if flue/kiln hybrid from crockpot with a pid device raising from 95-150f ish over 3-5 days. i add water to bottom of crockpot, slowly reducing to none by about day 2-3

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I like that mild Canadian too. Try Del Gold. It is said to be one of the original VA flue cured types used in Canada. It is very mild
 

CT Tobaccoman

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Thank you. I just ordered a bunch of varieties and delgold was one of them.
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I have had good results with Del Gold. It seems less susceptible to brown spot and other pests. I also grow K326. All Virginia lower printings should be very mild. I use very mild VA as the base for my blend. Then I add Oriental (I have Izmur, Prilep, and Bursa, my favorite. Stretch it with MD609. Add Jaffna- mild with high nicotine content. For burley I prefer YTB rover stronger TN90 but I use both. Then upper VA leaves. If you are just blending Virginia and burly go easy on the burley and try it. I find YTB a softer burley that still delivers taste with less harshness. I spray the finished batch with 5% citric acid with a few drops of licorice flavor. Then let it get very dry in storage and re-condition tobacco as I need it. Have been growing 100-250 plants but my 2020 crop was a near total loss disaster for outside reasons.
 
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