production from leaf to store shelf question

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  1. David Emond

    David Emond Active Member

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    How fast does a tobacco go from leaf to a tin and then to the store shelf? do some companys age the tobacco for a few months ?

    could it be just a few days from leaf to the store and then home?
     
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    Some tobacco's are aged years before being used in a blend. take McClelland's Christmas Cheer 2011 for instance. They state that the VA in it is from a 2007 crop that has been aging up to the production date which I would assume would have been early 2011. I've seen some blends mention VA's that have 20 years of aging/curing before processing.
     
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    wow 20 years ? thats crazy, man i would love to go visite a place that produced pipe tobacco.
     
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    I don't know how long it takes, but I suspect that some manufacturers use their leaf sooner than others. If I buy it from my B&M, it doesn't matter as many of the tins have already been "aging" for a year or two. I even bought a ten-year-old tin of Robert Lewis' Tree Mixture from them once. I know it was that old because I'd seen it on the shelf every time I went in there for the last ten years. It was a mercy purchase. Still very good, though.
     
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    yeah some tobaccos have a quick shelf life like Squadron leader or the frogs but some just arent popular and may stay at the store for a long time. Too bad most tins dont have a packing date
     
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    I suspect MacBaren stockpiles their various types of raw leaf for years and mixes it for uniformity and consistency. Their blends taste exactly like they did 40 years ago.
     
  7. daveinlax

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    The tobacco from field to to production varies widely, from tin to store shelf is as fast as they can ship it. I am aware of only one, the McClelland/PCCA mixtures that would age the tins before they would ship it. Dealers.shops do a pretty good job of shelf aging I got some 7 and 10 year old tins of GLP's Abingdon mixed in a mail order shipment last year.
    A bit off topic but if you haven't seen these videos from pipesm agazine.com will give you a pretty good idea what goes into pipe tobacco production. Look around you tube for other information. :confused:

    http://pipesm agazine.com/blog/pipe-manufacturer-retailer-spotlight/cornell-diehl-good-ol-american-tobacco/
    http://pipesm agazine.com/blog/pipe-manufacturer-retailer-spotlight/mac-baren-tobacco-factory-tour/
    http://pipesm agazine.com/blog/pipe-manufacturer-retailer-spotlight/orlik-tobacco-company-video-tour-part-i/
    http://pipesm agazine.com/blog/pipe-manufacturer-retailer-spotlight/orlik-tobacco-company-video-tour-part-ii/
    sorry the paranoid filter has made this work. :shead: cut and paste the link then remove the space between m and a in pipesm agazine.com
     
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    I was told by a NC commercial tobacco grower, that all tobacco was aged for a least 1 year... even cig. tobacco.. The longer it ages.. the better. Tobacco unaged and uncased, flavoring,etc:, is not very tasty........
     
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  9. JescoWhite

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    Cool videos, thanks for sharing.

    What are the spun coins in segment 2, Roll Cake?
     
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    Totally awesome vids... thanks for posting the links!
    Im pretty sure those coins were PS LBF... She looked like she was rolling the main blend and then inserting a rod of the cavendish... VERY COOL!
     
  11. David Emond

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    wow thank you very much for the links, these are so informative, im watching the macB`s factory tour at the moment.
     
  12. OrganizdMadman

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    Awesome, I've always wondered about that. Thanx for the vids davinlax!
     
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