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He's telling an old myth. It's a very tenacious myth. The myth says that the reason the Brits used naturally aromatic tobaccos like Orientals and Latakia is because they were forbidden from using flavourings. So he says:
He's actually mixing two different eras. Before 1986 additives were restricted ie subject to approval by the Gov authorities. After 1986 they adopted an approved additive list. I've talked about all this before on CPS and provided references...GL Pease wrote:The old English purity laws forbade blenders from using artificial flavorings and adulterants in tobaccos in large measure. There was a list of approved additives, which had to be dissolved in alcohol or water, and could only be applied at small percentages. This left the blenders, who relied primarily on Virginia-type tobaccos, Orientals and condiment leaf, like Latakia and Perique, with the exciting task of using the tobaccos themselves, along with different processing techniques, such as stoving, toasting, panning, steaming, pressing and so on, to create mixtures that would stand out from their peers....
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I think the actual history is more interesting than the myth. I'm a bit surprised that he too propagates this myth. I'm debating whether I should say anything. Maybe an email.