How to smooth out harshness

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  1. Johnny

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    I am working on a blend of White Burley and Red Virginia and it's really harsh on the back of my throat. I'm wondering if stoving it in a glass baking dish or putting it in the crock pot will help smooth it out or what else I can do for it. It's pretty cigarish tasting at this point too, I kinda like that.
     


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    Just put some stoved VA in it to tone it down. It'll also add some "dark tang".

    Where'd you get the burley?
     
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    The burley is from C&D along with the Virginia. I just have the two bags to work with so maybe I'll have to stove the VA myself.
     
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    You can, or McClellands sells straight stoved VA.

    C&D does the cigar burley really well. Is it simple white burley or is it Kelly's Coin or Dark Burley? I blend with those two a lot. Very strong, so they need a firm hand, but no matter how much you beat on them, their flavor still comes through. But yes, they can be harsh.
     
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    It's the #169 White Burley. I like the flavor of the burley for sure, just gotta tone the harshness down by quite a bit. I'm going to try stoving some of the VA to add to it. It's just a simple 50/50 mix of the two tobaccos at this point and I wish I made a smaller batch. This is 4oz. Do you think that stoving the blend as a whole will help it or better to stove the VA by itself and add some to the mix?

    Also, how do I stove? 200 degrees for a while in the glass baking dish?
     
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    Try them both. I actually stove Granger before I smoke it and it's pure burley. Should help. 200 degrees should work. Check it every so often, and yes, use a glass container of some kind.
     
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    You could also try putting it in a jar and waiting six months :)
     
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    Well, I added enough water to make it a little more moist than a fresh tinned tobacco would be and it's in the oven at 200 for just over an hour now. Stirring every fifteen minutes or so. Going to give it another hour or two and let it cool before trying again
     
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    Stoved the whole batch for four hours and no improvement. Going to try stoving the Virginia by itself and adding 4oz to it
     
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