Navy and tobacco link

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  1. David Emond

    David Emond Active Member

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    Hi everyone.

    I would like to know the link between the term "Navy" and some tobaccos? Why do some blends have navy in the title.
     


  2. Goat

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    So I'll buy em.
    (I'm retired Navy)
    Other than that, no clue :msty:
     
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  3. OldSouled65

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    I feel like it should be cased with some kind of rum or something :D
     
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    It goes back to the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. The lower deck received a daily ration of rum and a weekly ration of tobacco.
     
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    Sailors also had better use for things like ropes and plugs...storage wise. A plug of tobacco will dry out much more slowly than a tobacco that has all ready been rubbed out. When your out at see for months at a time, you want your tobacco to stay fresh. Also, sailors were the first people to have dibs on tobacco...after they picked it up, and were sailing back to Europe...
     
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    great topic David! Ive wondered that as well...very interested to see what the old timers have to say :popc:
     
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  7. RTOdhner

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    "Navy" tobacco was originally in plug or rope form. Sailors don't have a lot of personal space on a ship, and plug or rope tobacco takes up less space. In the old days, water easily putrified on a ship, so it was often laced with rum since alcohol is very resistant to putrification. Water laced with rum is called grog, and for obvious reasons it was rationed. Tobacco (even plug or rope) will dry out, so it periodically needs to be humidified and grog is what they would have had available for this purpose. Tobacco would have been a precious commodity, so a smoker would not have been reluctant to use a little of his grog ration to keep his tobacco fresh.

    This practice would have been common among all sailors, not just those in Naval service. However, from a marketing angle "Navy Blend" has a better ring to it than "Sailor's Blend." Over the years "Navy Blend" has become a pretty loose term, but originally it strictly applied to a rum laced plug or rope tobacco.
     
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  8. David Emond

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    Thanks everyone for the great information.
     
  9. Goat

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    Your like a walking encyclopdia.
    Makes sense though.
     
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