Whole Leaf Tobacco: A Curious Consumer's Guide

Perhaps you have always taken interest in a good cigar or you have a collection of pipes, tobacco blends, and tobacciana. Either way, you are bound to come across a curious product that piques your interests as someone who uses tobacco, and that product is whole tobacco leaves. You can actually get whole tobacco leaves from many tobacco retailers, and you can even find them individually wrapped, in an array of flavors, and from various parts of the world. Take a look at some of the common questions you probably have about whole tobacco leaves and the facts you will want to know. 

What do you use whole tobacco leaves for anyway?

There are several different ways that whole tobacco leaves can be used, so it is a good idea to do a little research before you buy them to figure out if there is a purpose for you. Some of the more common uses of whole leaf tobacco include:

  • They can be used to roll cigars and smaller cigarillos
  • They can be shredded or chopped and used as pipe tobacco or to roll your own cigarettes
  • They can be burned whole for use as an incense of sorts
  • They can be ground to mix with other forms of tobacco

How should whole tobacco leaves be stored?

In most cases, whole tobacco leaves will be shipped to you in small bundles tied off at the end and sealed in a bag for freshness. It is important that you keep the leaves in the sealed package until they are ready to be used. Once the leaves dry out, they can be hard to work with because they will get crumbly, which means shredding or rolling the leaves becomes almost impossible. Keep the leaves stored in a cool, dark area out of direct sunlight as well. 

What are some of the most popular whole tobacco leaf flavors?

You may be surprised to find out that you can find whole leaves in almost as many flavors as you can pipe tobacco or tobacco used for rolling cigars and cigarettes. There are many popular varieties, but there are definitely a few that are more common than others. For example, honey-infused whole tobacco leaves have a telltale sweetness that blends well with other tobacco types, so this is a popular choice. Likewise, leaves that are infused with fruit aromatics have a certain allure because they each offer specific flavor traits when smoked.