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Soon to be selling whole leaf tobacco!

High Desert Heirloom is purchasing a small order of three varieties of whole leaf, straight from the farm, tobacco to sell. We’ll make an announcement here when the tobacco is ready for sale and we have an ordering system in place. Only persons over the age of 18 may order!!!

These tobaccos can be used to make your own blend of cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco. Heck, you could even use it to make up some interesting chew!


The three varieties will be:

Virginia Bright leaf:

A mild, flue cured, tobacco
A mild, flue cured, tobacco

This tobacco is a mild, flue cured tobacco. It’s nicotine content is not considered to be strong and it has a mild, pleasant taste when smoked. It is usually used by American tobacco companies as about 70% of the tobacco blend in cigarettes. The leaves are large and the center rib should be stripped out prior to shredding for use in either pipes or cigarettes. Those center ribs can be used for other things!

Tennessee Burley tobacco:

A strong, air cured tobacco
A strong, air cured tobacco

Tennessee Burley tobacco has a strong flavor and higher nicotine content. It usually makes up about 15% of American cigarette blends. Like the Virginia tobacco above, it has large leaves with a large center rib that should be stripped out prior to shredding for use.

Oriental (Turkish) Prilep tobacco:

A mild, lower nicotine, tobacco.
A mild, lower nicotine, tobacco.

Oriental (Turkish) tobacco is air cured and has a very mild flavor and lower nicotine levels. In regular American cigarettes, it usually makes up about 15% of the blend. This variety has smaller leaves and can be shredded whole without removing the center rib.

We are going to offer all three varieties at $17 per pound with free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 states. The minimum order will be 2 pounds.

Packaging will be in one pound, vacuum sealed, bags to preserve freshness and moisture content.


Why are we selling this and why are we only selling it in whole leaf form?

High Desert Heirloom farm is going to need more capital in order to get up and running. Tobacco is one of the cash crops we will be raising and selling so, it makes sense for us to use tobacco as our first effort at raising funds.

As for the whole leaf form, THAT is to keep costs down for EVERYONE involved! You see, tobacco that is still in the whole leaf form is not subject to the taxes imposed on shredded, or otherwise processed, tobacco meant for end use. It’s a simple agricultural product.

Why shouldn’t you simply go down to the store and buy pre-shredded tobacco if you want to roll your own cigarettes?

If you don’t mind paying upwards of $30 for only six ounces of tobacco and you don’t want the hassle of shredding your own and you are fine with the blends you’ll get, then buying the pre-shredded rolling tobacco makes sense! That will work out to about $30 for a carton of cigarettes.

However, If you want to lower your cost, have total, control over the blend of your tobacco, and don’t mind shredding your own, you can get the cost of your carton of cigarettes down to about $8.50! That’s much less than 1/3 the cost of rolling your own with pre-shredded and processed cigarette tobacco and less than 1/4 the cost of pre-made cigarettes!

Other advantages are mostly over manufactured cigarettes. It is semi-illegal for anyone to say that any tobacco is ‘healthier’ than any other tobacco so. we’ll just run through the differences between what we’re selling and what you get in that pack of manufactured smokes.

Manufactured cigarettes contain a whole host of chemicals that come from the process used. Cigarette manufacturers have found that they need a very uniform and consistent shredded tobacco in order for their machines to run in peak form. In order to ensure that consistency, they first blend the varieties of tobacco as pieces of leaf. After that, they pulp the entire mix into what is best described as ‘tobacco paper pulp’. Also during this process, the nicotine levels may, or may not, be ‘adjusted’ by the tobacco company.

Making the tobacco paper pulp and getting it ready to become a thin sheet of tobacco paper requires a bit of chemical help. those chemicals do not get washed out!

Once the sheets, rolls really, of this processed tobacco is ready, then it is run through the shredding machines and stuffed into cigarette tubes.

With whole leaf tobacco, YOU do the shredding and no chemicals are added! You also have the opportunity to flavor your tobacco is you wish to do so. It’s not difficult! You also have total control over the kind of blend you want… more flavor… less nicotine… less flavor… super strong… super light…

Check back often to see when we announce that sales are starting!