No, I haven’t started testing yet. That’s three more weeks away.
Giolla sent me a sample of his vacuum-packed baccy with whisky. It does smell of whisky but it doesn’t get you drunk. Probably best not smoke it at work though.
The leaves looked perfect. No trace of mould at all. Hydration was ideal for shredding – long strands that fell from the rollers, no gunge on the rollers and no ‘bunching up’ underneath.
It smokes just fine too. I don’t know how long they’ve been in there and didn’t try this particular leaf before it was packed so can’t comment on any changes. That’ll have to wait until my own tests are due. That’s when I’ll find out whether the tobacco continues to age in the vacuum. If the reactions involve require oxygen then it won’t. The ones in the cardboard box (Rose’s suggestion) are likely to age although I doubt I’d notice much after the first month. Maybe at six months.
It does look promising though. Whisky flavoured baccy…next time I’ll have to try using different whiskies. An Ardbeg or Bruaichladdich, with their heavy peat-smoke smell, could produce tobacco that smells of smoke without even lighting it!
That would be funny.
‘I smell smoke!’
‘Calm down; I haven’t even lit it yet.’
Maybe it would convince the drones that the smell is all in their minds.