Letting the tobacco breathe

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  1. Hunter Smith

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    What's the rule of thumb on this? how long should I leave my tin open a crack to truly enjoy the flavor? I'm sure this is subjective to the type of tobacco, but I couldn't really find much after a forums search. The type of tobacco in question is Burley, Virginia, Black Cavendish and Cyprian Latakia mixture.
     
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    .....'til it's at or close to the dryness you most prefer.
     
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    Many people like to dry their tobacco out first (I don't particularly), but actually letting it breathe as you would a wine? Not necessary.

    If you want to let it dry out, just dry out enough for the current bowl. Don't leave your tin open and exposed to the air.
     
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    Thanks good sirs
     
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    Results speak for themselves.......letting it breath will increase the flavor.

    Not Necessary???? Well no, but it does work.
     
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    So is this something you do when you first open a tin or every time you go to it?
     
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    First opened.
     
  8. yinyang

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    Certain blenders' tins...SG and McClelland immediately come to mind, really benefit from popping the lid and exposing the whole lot to air. SG's tend to be soup sandwich in the tin, and many McC's offerings are overtly vinegary. To each his own on how best to equalize the proper moisture level they like, but it is quite common to hear of piper's 'getting back' to those tins...hours, days, or even weeks after the fact.
     
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    Try a "drying tobacco" search. Some air time really benefits certain tobacco's. I always lay out what I'm gonna smoke for at least 15-20 minutes, you'll usually get enhanced flavor!
     
  10. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Tobacco that has been cooped up for long periods of time usually needs to breathe, in my experience. The longer it has sat unopened in the tin or jar, the more breathing time. Tobacco seems to "dumb down" over time. When I crack a mason jar full of aged tobacco, it never tastes like I think it should until it has at least a half hour of exposure to air. I've found the average tin needs less time.

    I would guess there is some science to this but I have no idea what it is. It just works. Latakia mixtures in particular need this breathing time.
     
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    My thought is that tobacco has been crammed in that tin for too long, the last thing it wants to do is stay in there with no friends. I get it out of there quick and introduce it to some nice fellows named Bowl and Fire.
     
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    What Mr. Kerr said. After I break the seal on a tin of McC #14, I replace the plastic cover and leave it alone for upwards of a month, then dump all of the tobacco on a sheet of paper for a few minutes just to let it get some air before returning it to the tin.
    I don't do that with all tobaccos, but as a rule I'll wait a week after cracking the seal on anything.
     
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  13. Ol Brokedik

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    jpberg turned me on to this. And it DOES work!

    Ol Brokedik.
     
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