Some Blending Advice Please - a couple of home blends

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  1. fogpipe

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    Blend 1
    1/3 CD red va cav
    1/3 CD cube cut burley
    1/3 dark burley

    This one turned out pretty good. Put it in a mason jar on the stove in a pan of water for about 3 hours and its sat on the radiator for a couple of days. Really crammed into the jar to get it to hopefully marry. I think of it as Mighty Joe Young, since it reminds me of OJK without the perique. Its a little bland tho, a little bit of smokey / sweet wouldnt hurt it. Any advice?

    Blend 2
    1/3 CD red vav
    1/3 CD cube cut burley
    1/3 CD white burley
    a little bit of dark burley (adjusting that)

    This one too is a little bland. Prepared it same as above. Needs sweetening up Any advice?


    I ordered the CD tobaccos from smokingpipes.com and the red va cav is good stuff imo. Good enough to smoke by itself. I actually started this because i like OJK, but thought it might taste better without perique I would also appreciate any advice anyone may have on flavoring. It occurred to me while smoking test bowls of both of the above that a little molasses flavor might go nicely. Whats the recommended way of getting molasses flavor into tobacco?

    Thanks :)
     


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    You could sweeten it up by using some stoved Va from McClelland, or even Red Cake from McClelland would work.

    If it needs a lot of sweetness, you could use McClelland 5120.
     
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    I do not smoke many burley blends, so it's hard to say what it would need unless I sampled a few bowls.
     
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    Update: I added some red va ( not cavendish) to blend 2. Both blends seem very smokable and i have been smoking a bowl or two of at least one of them daily. I also created a 3rd blend that is 3 parts red va and 2 parts white burley that also turned out pretty good. All three of my experiments seem to have improved over just a couple of weeks time merely from being tightly compressed in small mason jars for just a couple of weeks.
    My only conclusion is that if you start with tobaccos that arent highly flavored and are acceptable smokes on their own, you will likely get ok results. I have some C&D va flake coming that im looking forward to blending with some burley.
    Im liking the white burley especially as a blender, it seems to tone down the burn temp and the bite of virginias.
    For my next experiement i would like to try to add some flavoring to a blend, anyone know how to add bergamot flavoring to a tobacco?
     
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    Note to self and anyone else paying attention, my experience blending ryo tobacco suggests that blend 1 might benefit from a splash of turkish.
    Also, it seems to take about a month at least for the marrying process. Of course its only been a month, so more time might be better.
     
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