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Oriental tobacco cultivation began in the 1600s around the villages of Yenidje and Kirdzhali after Venetian and Genoese traders introduced tobacco smoking to the area in the 1500s. The classic Basma seed introduced there over 300 years ago is believed to derive from an ancient Venezuelan variety of Nicotiana Tobacum named Barinas.The very finest Xanthi still comes from the original Yenidje (Genesaia) area of Western Thrace, just north of the modern town of Xanthi. It is the Xanthi-Yaka-Basma and the Xanthi-Djebel-Basma that comprise the legendary Yenidje leaf which is thin, full-bodied, flexible with fine veins. Full of oils, the best leaves are quite small, yellow to brown in color, with a pleasant, delicate aroma, and sweet, mild, fresh flavor.
Taste this blend with Latakia and discover why this particular classic Xanthi (the Yenidje of old) with its refreshing sweetness is known as "The Queen of Tobaccos." Yenidje Highlander is a classic mixture utilizing both Cyprian and Syrian Latakia, and just enough Matured Red Virginia and mellow Maryland. This is a smooth cool-smoking Oriental Mixture of outstanding character. The inspiration for this blend was a vintage tin of Original Balkan Sobranie White.
Iwan Ries & Co.
- 19 S. Wabash Avenue
- Chicago, IL 60603
or (312) 372-1306