Bugler’s quality is the result of a meticulous search for the finest tobacco leaves across four continents. The exact blend is of course a closely guarded secret, but we can share the details of the three kinds of tobacco leaves that are used to create Bugler. One is cured by heat, another by air, and another by the sun. They come together in precise proportions to make the perfect cigarette.
This is the heart of the blend. Virginia refers to a type of tobacco leaf rather than the state (it was actually first harvested in North Carolina in the 1600’s). It is also referred to as Flue Cured (a method of curing tobacco by heat without exposing it to smoke) and Bright Leaf (because of the distinct color after the leaves are cured).
Virginia has naturally high sugar content, making it somewhat sweeter than the other tobacco types in the blend.
Burley is genetically related to Virginia, but it’s smaller than its ancestor. It also contains very little natural sugars. While Virginia is cured with heat, Burley is cured with air for 4-8 weeks, resulting in a dark brown leaf. It is richer than Virginia, bolder, and has a somewhat nutty taste.
Blended in just the right amounts, Burley and Virginia’s unique properties can be the perfect complement to each other.
Also referred to as Turkish, this tobacco is a key part of Bugler’s distinct flavor. Grown in places like Cyprus, Southern Europe, and, yes, Turkey, Oriental tobacco is highly aromatic. In its raw form it smells a bit like tea. The small leaves are strung individually on thread and left to cure in the sun.
It is a mellower smoke than Virginia or Burley, and this, in addition to its unique flavor, helps to balance the blend.