What is flue-cured tobacco?
Flue-cured tobacco is also called Virginia tobacco or "light tobacco". It is a tobacco variety that was traditionally hung from poles or rafters in darkened barns. This tobacco variety takes its nickname from the US state of Virginia, where it was first grown many years ago.
Burley tobacco tends to get darker during the air-drying process, but Virginia tobacco is actually quite light in color. This lightness is reflected in its flavor, which is much milder and crisper than Burley tobacco. Also, while burley tobacco dries in cold, fresh air, flue-cured tobacco requires hot, dark rooms to dry.
Virginia tobacco has been grown in the US longer than Burley tobacco. It was such a great export crop for the early colonists that they planted hundreds of acres with the stuff. This led to severe soil depletion and resulting deforestation.
While this is not good news, it shows how popular flue-cured Virginian tobacco was more than a hundred years ago.
Flue-cured tobacco tends to have less mold than other tobaccos. It has a low nicotine content and a high sugar content, which makes it an ideal choice for smooth cigarette blends. It is one of the most popular options for those who want to create their own blend of varieties.