Tobacco question #2: What is latakia?

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by dmkerr, Dec 25, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    16,948
    As with question #1, the commonly held belief is that latakia is produced by a special curing process of Turkish leaf and that it is not in and of itself a tobacco "type". Anyone know what Turkish leaf latakia is most commonly made from? Basma? Smyrna? Bashi-Bagli? Any or all of them? Is it a secret?
     
  2. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Messages:
    8,133
    Smyrna......better camel dung.:rolleyes:

    I think it would be more what's 'local' that's used in the curring process that's the main factor......:sh:
     
  3. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    16,948
    Could be. As far as I've ever seen, "Turkish" tobacco consists of tobacco from Turkey and Greece, the general Macedonian area. However, I don't think that area covers Syria or Cyprus. So perhaps it is not actual Turkish tobacco, or perhaps it's a different strain.
     
  4. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    8,891
    I have some stuff on my work computer on this, I'll post it when I'm back.
     
  5. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Messages:
    8,133
    No C&P please, info would be great!
     
  6. MacNutz

    MacNutz Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,571
    Being a Latakia devotee, I'm most interested in this.
     
  7. Lestrade

    Lestrade Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2011
    Messages:
    3,904
    Very interested myself!
     
  8. Sawbones

    Sawbones Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Messages:
    186
    Me too!
     
  9. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    16,948
    Looks like the pressure is on Big Bad Jon!!!!
     
  10. Puff The Magic

    Puff The Magic Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Messages:
    4,086
    C&D bulk Turk is Izmir.

    PS bulk is Samsun.

    I guess it depends on what you mean by Turkish leaf. Actually from Turkey or regional extending way beyond Turkey.

    Ed
    Puff
     
  11. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    8,891
  12. kleidophoros

    kleidophoros Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Messages:
    97
    As far as I understand from TabacTurk website Turkish latakia is from Yayladağ, Altınözü and Antakya in Turkey.
     
  13. Rewster66

    Rewster66 Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,946
    Don't know what it is, where it comes from, how they grow, or how they process it: But I do know this -

    The tobacco world would stop turning without it.:eek: And that is basically all we need to know.;)
     
    RTOdhner, zirrow, Ol Brokedik and 4 others like this.
  14. shadow

    shadow Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,123
    +1:bing:
     
  15. kleidophoros

    kleidophoros Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Messages:
    97
    Turkish tobacco covers almost all of the tobaccos from the region formerly under Ottoman rule. Latakia is of Syrian origin but also from Cyprus and Turkey. Most latakia in those blends are not Syrian latakia either, they are Cyprus latakia.

    If by Turkish leaf you mean tobacco produced in Turkey there are many different ones;
    1. around Izmir; akhisar, manisa, tire tobaccos.
    2. around Bursa-balıkesir
    3. from north, Karadeniz; samsun-bafra tobaccos, tokat tobaccos, trabzon tobaccos, also a bit of tobacco in and around Gümüşhacıköy.
    4. east; adıyaman, yayladağ and bitlis tobaccos.
    Also some tumbak, virginia and cigar type tobacco. These 3 are the least of the production.
     
    RTOdhner, jpberg and SmokeyJoe like this.
  16. Dondi

    Dondi Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Messages:
    2,589
    "a day without latakia is a day wasted"... an old PSF proverb :bing:
     
    HCraven, Rewster66 and NoRm like this.
  17. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2011
    Messages:
    4,055
    Well, since the last remaining supply of Syrian Latakia was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago,we can narrow it down some:doh:
     
    Rewster66 likes this.
  18. telltime

    telltime Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,069
    From my personal standpoint... it's a vile weed. The smell is very distinctive, like burning rubber to me.

    Some people love it... I don't.
     
  19. 50rayj

    50rayj Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2011
    Messages:
    760
    +1
     
  20. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2011
    Messages:
    4,055
    A full-bodied junkyard fire with a hint of bus exhaust, and a damp campfire finish. YUMMMM.:puffy:
     
    RTOdhner, telltime, Dondi and 2 others like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.