Times are tough, and tobacco prices are going up, so again people turn to the idea of making homebrews because depending on what you need, these can be mostly as good as the commercial versions for often half of the cost.
Some years ago, my blending habits commanded a personal blend that hybridized the classic American Burley blends with the UK plugs. The result was Massacra, a tasty Burley blend for those who like Haunted Bookshop and Old Joe Krantz, but it was not quite there yet.
The secret of its successor, “Massacra 2.0,” can be shared easily: it uses the percentages of dark fired Kentucky Burley from the UK plugs, but instead of mixing that with straight Virginia, uses a mix of red, orange, and bright Virginia with white Burley and dark Burley with a slight touch of Orientals.
Broken down by weight, this one is roughly:
- 50% dark fired Kentucky Burley
- 10% bright Virginia
- 10% red Virginia
- 10% white Burley
- 10% dark Burley
- 5% orange Virginia
- 5% Izmir
This then goes into one of those pasta presses for a week, and the result is sliced from the top of the plug to the bottom, and then those cake-flakes are sliced horizontally from bottom to top, resulting in a cube cut blend that burns like a flake but is soft like a regular cube cut Burley blend.
Will this set the smoking world on fire? Unlikely, but it has proven to be a good hedge against price increases as the world economy staggers to a slowdown, getting ready for 2024 when it is going to recapture the over-valuation of tech stocks and the full effect of COVID-19 payouts ending.