Pipe Tobacco Leaves - Craft Your Own Custom Pipe Blends
Smoking pipes, much like cigars, is really all about relaxation. Since tobacco was discovered it has been a favorite pastime of people around the world, including many celebrities and historical figures.
Many experienced pipe smokers agree - smoking a pipe is both a science, and an art form. The first thing to learn is packing your pipe. Once it is packed with the tobacco of choice, lighting it evenly is the next challenge. Learning to actually smoke your pipe will take some time, but don’t be afraid! Learning these skills is not particularly difficult, it just takes some understanding and patience. The rewards of properly smoking a pipe are a wonderful aroma, a great taste, and an overall enjoyable experience.
Historically speaking, a number of Native American cultures had pipe-smoking traditions long before the arrival of Europeans. Tobacco was often smoked, generally for ceremonial purposes, though other mixtures of sacred herbs were also common. The narrow calumet (called a "peace pipe" by Europeans), was smoked in ceremony to seal covenants and treaties. Tobacco was introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century and spread around the world rapidly.
Blending and Smoking Whole Leaf Pipe Tobacco
Step 1: Start by sampling each type of tobacco you plan on blending individually to get a thorough idea of what they taste and burn like. Recommended beginner tobaccos are Virginia flue cured, burley, and oriental.
Step 2: After you learn the qualities of individual tobacco varieties, start making blends that you think you will enjoy the most. Take careful notes of your blending ratios.
Step 3: After discovering what blend(s) are most enjoyable to you, consider flavoring and/or toasting to further modify and combine your blends.
Step 4: Don't be afraid to mix your whole leaf tobaccos and blends with conventional blends that you already enjoy! You may discover a unique blend that is both more affordable, AND enjoyable than anything commercially available on its own.
To get started, browse our catalog of leaves below and start experimenting! Use the categories sidebar to narrow your results.
Exceptionally rare, 100% genuine whole leaf Saint James perique tobacco. Grown and cured by a small farm in rural Saint James Parish that has been producing high quality barrel-cured perique tobacco for generations.
This Organic American Virginia Flue Cured leaf has a darker, more reddish/orange color, and packs a bit more of a full flavor that most American tobacco blends are famous for. This leaf carries a more robust yet still unmistakably fresh smell.
This Organic Canadian Virginia Flue Cured leaf typically has a yellow color, but can look very similar in color to the Organic American. It arrives with a heavenly fresh, unmistakable aroma - bringing back memories of the tobacco leaf before the mainstream commercial usage of today.
This Organic Burley leaf has an even darker, more red/brown color, and packs a more of a robust flavor that many American tobacco blends are famous for. This leaf carries an incredibly distinct scent, unique to American grown Burley leaves.
Our 2017 USA Virginia Flue Cured Tobacco is a full flavored tobacco leaf. The (B) stands for Bright, as it is brighter in color and flavor than the (R) version. This leaf arrives with your standard cigarette tobacco smell and produces a smoke similar to a Marlboro.
Our Smooth Brightleaf Virginia Flue Cured Tobacco is a easy smoking, mild tasting leaf. The Brightleaf Flue Cured are some of the best Virginia tobaccos we've tried and they come carrying a wonderful flue cured aroma.
Our Sweet Brightleaf Virginia Flue Cured Tobacco is a mild, slightly sweet tobacco leaf. The Brightleaf Flue Cured leaves are some of the best Virginia tobaccos we've tried and they come carrying a wonderful flue cured aroma.
This tobacco, very similar to Basma, is a golden yellow / brown Oriental type tobacco leaf that is grown in Bulgaria, a country with a tradition in production of high quality tobacco. This is a quick growing, shorter and smaller leafed tobacco that provides a sweet, pleasant flavor and smooth burn that Oriental tobacco is known for.
This delicate golden brown tobacco is grown in Turkey, along the Black Sea and is named after the province in this region. This specific variety of Samsun is known for its taste and aroma, as it is conisidered by many to one of the top quality pipe tobaccos in the world.
Our Dark Fire Cured Tobacco Leaf is one of the darkest tobacco leaves offered at Leaf Only. It has a very pungent, smoke-like smell and flavor due to the "Fire Curing Process", which uses large, gentle fires to cure the tobacco. Although this leaf is traditionally used to make chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, and in pipe blends; some of our customers have enjoyed this leaf in a hookah blend, or as a roll-your-own fronto leaf, comparable to our Dark Air Cured Tobacco Leaf, despite it's strong smell and flavor.
The Aged Dark Air Cured is a dark, thick air cured tobacco leaf. This leaf, grown in 2013, has a chocolate brown color on top, with a somewhat lighter color on the underside. This leaf is very similar to the Dark Air Cured (O), in the sense that it also comes tied in hands. Due to this time given to age, you might find that this leaf has a slightly more mellow taste, although this does mean there may be slightly more damages than other D.A.C. leaf.
The MacArthur Classic Natural Corn Cob Pipe from Missouri Meerschaum is a large pipe similar to the iconic pipe smoked by General Douglas MacArthur himself. Based on an old design from the late 1800s, this pipe has a very deep bowl and a long stem for an extended, cool smoking experience.
The MacArthur Classic Polished Corn Cob Pipe from Missouri Meerschaum is a large pipe similar to the iconic pipe smoked by General Douglas MacArthur himself. Based on an old design from the late 1800s, this pipe has a very deep bowl and a long stem for an extended, cool smoking experience.
The MacArthur 5-Star Polished Bent Corn Cob Pipe from Missouri Meerschaum has a more finished appearance version of the 5-Star Natural. Consequently, it is not historically accurate (but we like it anyway). Its shortened tobacco chamber and extended shank lend itself to an easy smoke, and the bowl extension makes for a great grip! Perfect for armchairs and leisurely afternoons. It comes unfiltered with a bent black bit only.
The Fronto / Dark Air Cured (O) is a higher quality, sorted version of the Dark Air Cured (ALO). Grown in-between Tennessee and Kentucky, this dark, thick leaf is the (ALO), but this leaf comes tied in bundles called ‘Hands’, and is sorted to have a more consistent medium-dark chocolate brown color throughout. This leaf will only continue to darken with age.
Being a longtime fan of our Corn Cob Pipes, General MacArthur sent schematics to Missouri Meerschaum for a custom pipe. Of course we obliged! The MacArthur 5-Star Corn Cob Pipe features a shortened tobacco chamber allowed for an easy smoke, the extended bowl made the pipe easy for the General to use as a pointer, and the long shank provides a cool smoking experience. When we sent him his creation, he was delighted and would rarely be seen in a photograph without it.
The Maple Hardwood Great Dane Pipe is a large, filtered, hardwood pipe. The spool-shaped bowl fits comfortably in the hand. Large and durable, yet lightweight, this pipe is a bargain for the price. It holds enough tobacco for a long, enjoyable smoke, whether relaxing or working at a favorite hobby. The straight version includes an amber bit, while the bent version includes a black bit.
The Fronto / Dark Air Cured (ALO) is a dark, thick air cured tobacco leaf. The ALO Grade name signifies that it was grown in-between Tennessee and Kentucky, USA. This leaf is large, and carries a medium-dark chocolate brown color, only to continue to darken with age.
The Maple Hardwood Country Gentleman is made out of Maple, a durable, yet lightweight wood. This classicly shaped pipe is ergonomic, and durable, for long, continued use with your favorite whole leaf tobacco blend.
The Ozark Mountain hardwood pipe has been a very popular option in our series of mid-sized pipes. It comes in 2 colors and shapes: Maple Oval straight and Cherry Rob Roy bent. Both pipes come with a black bit. The Ozark Mountain is a super value for a genuine, hardwood pipe!
The non-filtered Huck Finn Corn Cob Pipe sports a short stem and a long black or amber bit. The barrel-shaped bowl has a light coat of soft yellow varnish. Ideal for taking a break for a 10-minute smoke.
Our Dark Air Cured Tobacco Leaf (LL) is a 2LS grade, which means it is a binder leaf. For wraps and grabba, there is still plenty of leaf to use; but, overall most leaves will have at least one hole making it a binder grade.
The Tom Sawyer Corn Cob Pipe is a nose warmer style pipe featuring a short stem and a short black bit. It is non-filtered and has a slim, barrel-shaped bowl with a light coating of soft yellow varnish. It's ideal for taking a break for a 10-minute smoke.
Nicotiana Rustica, someitmes known as Wild Tobacco, thuoc lao, mapacho and other regional names, is an incredibly strong variety of whole leaf tobacco with up to 9x more nicotine then other varietys of whole leaf tobacco.
This purpose built tobacco shredding machine is built out of solid steel, and cuts to a 0.8mm strand thickness. Built with brass bushings designed to have increased resistance to wear, as well as adjustable stainless steel combs. This machine can operated manually, or automatically with the use of a 6mm socket.
Extremely Potent half hardy annual that grows to about 3 ft. and is cultivated worldwide for smoking and nicotine production, but also works great for pesticides. This plant has many green to yellow flowers that remain open during the day and be can raised as far north as Maine. It is a fast grower and is so potent that it has been used as an arrow poison in Mexico!
A fine commercial strain that is used for its hardiness and smooth flavor. A must for cigarette making. This plant grows fast and is a high yield producer. It is recommended to leave 14 leaves on the plant while pruning.
A very light gold leaf when curing, it makes an excellent smoking tobacco. It grows to a height of 6-7 feet tall. The light green leaves are from 14" to 18" wide and 24" to 30" long, and turn a light yellow when ripe. The plants produce an average of 18 leaves per plant, with yields averaging 3 oz of dried leaf per plant. Matures in 55 days.
A very mild tobacco leaf for cigarettes and pipes. It averages 6' in height with 18-20 leaves per plant. It reaches maturity when blooms appear at 55 days. The light green leaves average 12" wide by 24" long and become a light yellow/green when ripe. Leaves began to ripen as the plant reaches bloom. Air cures easily to a light golden brown with yields averaging 3 oz of dried leaf per plant.
The QB-52 Fronto Leaf Wrapper is yet another extremely popular variety of fronto leaf that is primarily sold by the leaf at city convenience stores and specialty shops. This variety of fronto leaf is of high, wrapper leaf quality, with a slightly lighter color and thickness compared to our Fronto / Dark Air Cured Tobacco Leaf.This leaf has been aged longer than the regular QB-52 Fronto Wrapper, to make it darker. This is something special we have been doing at Leaf Only to give our customers even more options.
Fronto tobacco leaf, sometimes known as grabba leaf, or fanta leaf, is a tobacco wrapper leaf sold by the individual leaf or by the pound. The leaf should be in good condition, and enjoyed by its users.
Mainly used to make cigarette tobacco leaf blends a bit stronger, the Burley Whole Leaf Tobacco is also used for cigar filler, pipe blends, and chewing tobacco leaf. These tobacco leaves arrive with an amazingly fresh, but chocolatey aroma.
Medium, smooth leaf that cures to a dark brown. Can be used as a chew, binder, filler or wrapper or even in cigarette/pipe blends. It grows 5' to 6' tall with blooming occurring at 55-65 days. It produces 16-18 harvestable leaves averaging 14"-16" wide and 24" long which ripen 2-3 weeks after booming begins. Can be fire cured or air cured depending on application.
This is a deep dark tobacco that gives good weight and supports itself very well. This is a tobacco prized by specialty growers because it provides a great wrapper tobacco or a premium snuff tobacco when ripe. A good tobacco for beginners learning to roll their own cigars or for first time snuff makers.
This Turkish tobacco is among the best money can buy. Originating in the Samsun region of Turkey, along the Black Sea, this tobacco is renowned for its unique rich flavor. This plant has smaller leaves than other strains, but a very distinctive aroma. An excellent Turkish blend or unique by itself.
Rare and famous Louisiana tobacco known for its dark, black color and unique flavor when cured. Perique is a spice tobacco, usually used in Virginia blends. It has a dark, oily appearance, when cured and a taste of pepper and figs. Its flavor is a little strong, so it is usually found mostly in blends. It can be smoked straight, but isn't intended to be. Being acidic, it tends to alleviate alkaline tongue bite, which is so often a problem with Virginia tobacco, so it is recommend to blend this with your cigarette blends.
Cuban Criollo 98 is one of the most valued strains for Cuban cigars. It originated from a crossing between the varieties ' Havana 92' and `Habana P.R'. Cultivated in the sun it produces from 14 to 16 useful leaves per plant and makes an excellent binder. It reaches an average height of 6 feet. Leaves average 24 inches in length and 12 inches wide.
Habano 2000 is derived from a crossing between the variety Corojo and a non commercial variety of Cuban dark tobacco, the Habano 2.1.1. Grown in direct sun it reaches an average height of 6 feet with 14-16 leaves per plant. In very rich soils it can develop up to 18 leaves per plant. Sun grown plants are often used as a binder or filler. Grown under a shade cloths, Habano 2000 makes an excellent wrapper.
Basma tobacco originated in Greece. It is known for its sweet and aromatic taste. Leaves have a sugar content of 10-12%. It is a tall columnar plant reaching 6" in height. Leaves are sharply pointed averaging 9" to 10" in width and up to 20" in length. Plants produce an average of 20 leaves per plant with a nicotine content of 1%. Matures in 60 days
This heirloom is an all around good tobacco. Makes a somewhat sweet chew, and is also good for making cigarette and pipe tobacco blends. Large plants with heavy crops, should be staked or tied off to something for support, or it will blow over in heavy storms.
This dark Virginian type tobacco air cures to a deep reddish brown color and makes an excellent pipe or full flavored cigarette blend. It has a silky feel, which means that your highest quality leaf could even be used as a wrapper for cigars. Grows to about 6 feet in height and matures in 65 days.