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Tobaccos improved by rehydration

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by johnhwatson, Sep 3, 2011.

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  1. johnhwatson

    johnhwatson Member

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    Today I rehydrated some Highland sliced tobacco which had been sitting in a draw inside a pouch for almost a year and was very dry. When first opened a year ago I didn't like it much but now after being rehydrated (placed in a bowl with a damp towel over the top for a few hours) the flavor I disliked has mellowed and it has turned into a very good tobacco.
     
  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Rehydration restores a lot of tobaccos, particularly virginias. I have less success with latakia blends.
     
  3. Beale

    Beale Active Member

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    Question? How do you know if a Tobacco is too dry?
     
  4. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    When it's in a little tin with 'snuff' written on it!
    sorry Beale!....really sorry!
     
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  5. johnhwatson

    johnhwatson Member

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    The method I use with flake tobacco is if you fold it in half and it breaks apart then it is too dry
     
  6. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    Last winter I smoked a couple of pounds of 'Virginia Squire', which arrives deliberately on the dry side, I liked it as it came - but increasing the moisture content really boosted the flavour IMO.
    OT
     
  7. Beale

    Beale Active Member

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    Ted I thought it was Funny as heck!

    Ok next question. With Cigar smoking I always used Distilled water. Do I need to do the same with Pipe Tobacco? The reason I am asking I have a 2Qt Mason Jar that I put some PS LNF in. It came to be IMO a bit dry.

    What would be the best method to rehydrate this whole jar? Thanks Beale.
     
  8. Glenn

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    I bought a tin of G&H Rum Flake awhile back. I thought it was ok but not much more. I smoked maybe 1/3 of the tin but it was too moist. So I left it sitting, lid on, and figured Id give it a month or so and try it again. It got misplaced and when I rediscovered it a couple months later it was crispy and dry. I rehydrated it and gave it a try. It is much, much better. At least to my taste.

    I use tap water to rehydrate (oh the horror...) and it works just fine. I open the tin and put it is a large ziplock bag. I fold up a wet paper towel and put it in there. Just in the bag, not over the tobacco. I seal it up and put it in a warm place like out in my sun room. It'll be perfectly rejuvenated in a day or so. Works great.
     
  9. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    I've got a humidor jar that is really airtight . I'll pop a dry blend in there for a day or two/three ... and it's back . I wonder if Tupperware would work the same ?
     
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