Hi I’m Russ Ouellette from PipesandCigars.com and today I’d like to talk to you about Oriental and Turkish tobaccos. Oriental tobaccos are small leaf varietals unlike burley which is high in oil and low in sugar and virginia which is high in sugar and low in oil, Oriental varietals tend to be somewhere in the middle. They are small leaf and they are grown in a very specific area of the world. There are a lot of different types of Oriental and Turkish tobaccos and they have some really interesting sounding names like smyrna Izmir, bosma, ynigi, there are dozens upon dozens of different varietals Unfortunately today, a lot of them are not being grown any more. All though these tobaccos are grown in a number of regions the primary area that they are grown in ranges through Greece to Turkey and up into Bulgaria. These tobaccos are cured differently than any other type of tobacco in that they take the leaves and lay them out into direct sunlight to dry and cure. Their flavor profiles are very unique among tobacco types. They’ll range anywhere from very earthy and spicy al the way through floral and even herbal. Orientals are best know in use in Latakia blends. Because they will either amplify the smokiness or they will add an incense like quality to the blend. It can also be used in combination with virginias, in virginia perique blends and it’s been used in a lot of well-known aromatic blends. And that’s a little bit about Oriental and Turkish tobaccos I’m Russ Ouellette from PipesandCigars.com, thanks for watching.