Originally Posted by andyk
With ribbon cuts, it's fairly easy to tell when the tobacco is too dry. The tobacco will be crunchy and fall apart into dust when you "rub it out." Usually it will burn hotter as well. Anyone notice a taste difference?
My question relates to shag cuts, like Three Sails. With these, it's more difficult to tell when it's too dry due to the wispy nature of the strands and because I don't "rub them out."
Anyone notice a distinct taste difference with overly dry tobacco?
I once over dried Three Sails shag, it became difficult to inject, would only partially fill the tubes. Was worse than anything too moist, did not expect this.
I used to worry about having moist tobacco. Lately I have been partial to some very dry tobacco. Find some are just better that way. I let my taste buds tell me what's best. In general, if the tobacco is a natural type, the drier the better. If it is cased/topped/flavored, I tend to like it moist. Some topping are volatile, taste best when left alone. Exceptions to every rule, so I let the taste buds decide.
Heat and moisture gets complicated. Common wisdom is that the drier it is, the hotter and harsher it smokes. Fact is that moisture in the form of hot vapor or steam can transfer the heat to your mouth and tongue as well. Again, let what taste/works best decide.
Never tought that tobacco can be so complicted, for me it just makes RYO more interesting and fun.