Trying to understand the different kinds of tobacco plants and their different cuts will leave you lost in a fog. It’s difficult to keep track of the different ways tobacco can be cut, and what each kind of cut is used for. Yet, you should always try to stay as informed as possible on different tobacco types and the people that grow them.

As a smoker, you should always know what you’re lighting up. By smoking something you’re not familiar with, you may be in for worse than some light coughing. You may embarrass yourself among other, more experienced, smokers who enjoy a good cigar with some good company.

And if you’re trying to start a business in the tobacco industry, you need as much information as possible just to keep a competitive edge. You need to be familiar with the crop and the ways it can be cut so that you can move with the market and meet its fluctuating demands — whatever they may be. Tobacco is a worldwide market, after all.

Keep reading below to learn more about different tobacco types, and to learn more about the tobacco industry.

1. Virginia Is For Lovers … And Tobacco

The most popular type of tobacco is Virginia tobacco. It’s the kind of tobacco that helped build the Appalachia’s economy, as people historically clamored for it. There’s more to Virginia tobacco than the fact that it’s grown in Virginia, and in the states surrounding it.

Virginia tobacco actually earned its name because the market for it was centralized in Virginia. It’s not an actual kind of tobacco crop, as much as it is a process for handling tobacco.

Virginia tobacco undergoes a curing process that helps bring out its natural flavors and makes it easier to cut. The tobacco is held over a light fire and the smoke from the fire is integrated into the leaves. This gives the tobacco a richer flavor.

It also changes the tobacco’s colors to something people are more familiar with. Tobacco grows like any other kind of crop; the plant is green when it’s harvested. The curing process for Virginia tobacco changes the colors to the brown shade people recognize. Since tobacco is essentially charred during the curing process, it also makes it easier to cut.

Burley Tobacco Takes Second Place For Popularity

The second kind of tobacco that people use the most is White Burley tobacco. In fact, Burley tobacco is one of the primary crops cigarette companies use in their products, along with Virginia tobacco.

While it’s similar as a crop to Virginia tobacco and is grown in the same region, Burley tobacco undergoes a different curing process. Instead of being cured over a light fire, Burley tobacco goes through an air-curing process. The process takes longer than fire curing but results in a different flavor.

Instead o hanging over a flame, air curing lets crops hang in a ventilated area to dry over four-to-six weeks. During this time, the crop becomes brittler and the crop loses a lot of its sugar content. This results in a lighter taste, and a higher nicotine content since it’s not burned away, unlike with Virginia tobacco.

2. Tobacco Types Vary By Cut

Tobacco differs between by the curing process and the species of crop, but that’s not all. People use tobacco differently, and so it needs to be cut differently to serve different needs. The way tobacco is cut for cigars is different than how it’s cut for cigarettes, for example.

Keep reading below to learn about the different ways tobacco is cut, and which may be best for you.

Rope Tobacco Is Meant For Traditional Smoking

Rope tobacco is closely related to the traditional way tobacco is cut. After being cured, tobacco may be shredded into small, packageable flakes that people can use to roll cigarettes or put into bowls. People simply grab the amount they want to put into a cigarette and put it on some paper.

Then, they can rub or cut it even more to achieve the texture they want.

Ribbon Cut Is As Delicate As a Ribbon

While rope tobacco can be cut by hand, ribbon cut is usually cut by a machine from bars of tobacco. It’s thin strands end up being around 1/16 an inch long, and if it isn’t packaged almost immediately, it stands to go bad. The thin length of this kind of cut makes it easy for tobacco to lose its potency.

Despite the fact that it can lose its potency so easily, ribbon cut doesn’t need any preparation to smoke. Just grab some and ignite it.

Switch Up Gold Bars For Tobacco Bars

Plug cuts are usually how tobacco is traded between companies. The cutting process for this involves mechanically compressing it to reduce air flow. The end result is a bar of tobacco that companies can take and recut when the company needs to produce cigarettes.

In essence, a plug cut is a bar of tobacco. For some, it could be worth more than a gold bar.

3. There’s More Than One Way To Smoke

No matter the kind of tobacco or cut you go with, you should know that there’s more than one way to smoke it. Some people prefer a rich flavor from a pipe, which would mean Virginia tobacco with a ribbon cut would be best for them. For people looking to avoid manufactured cigarettes and roll their own, a thicker rope cut may be better.

Different tobacco types and cuts are also more profitable than others. There’s no way to predict which type of tobacco will make you the most money if you plan on breaking into the industry, though. All you can do is rely on your intuition and trust that your work will pay off. 

Tobacco Types Are Varied And Complex

There’s a lot to the tobacco industry that most people don’t realize. Besides the regulations and health standards, the tobacco industry is also made up of different companies performing different services. Some transport tobacco, some harvest it, and others use tobacco to manufacture cigarettes or cigars.

Whatever your role in the industry, you should know about the different tobacco types that keep the industry going. The more informed you are, the less chance you have of getting lost in a fog different companies, crops, and types. The more knowledgeable you are, the easier it will be to find people you can trust in the tobacco industry.

And we’re one of those people. Our tobacco isn’t just some of the finest crops available — it’s also harvested and stored responsibly and ethically. Just contact us, and we’ll show you how our types of tobacco can help you and your business.