SPC University: How to Prepare Plug Tobacco

A while back, we talked about how to prepare rope tobacco using a cigar cutter. Recently I've translated this technique to plug tobaccos. Rather than using a knife to slice off flakes, simply take your cigar cutter and shave off tiny "microflakes" from the corners of the brick. Here's a video of what I call the "slice and dice" method.

Again, a very special thanks to our videographer Peter Kogler for another great video!

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    • Bruce P on March 5, 2015
    • I'll have to give this a try. I have been using a knife and I usually give the knife a few licks with a steel before I slice. You're right about a dull knife, it makes a mess.

    • Andrew W on March 5, 2015
    • @Bruce P, let me know how it works if you give it a try. I actually think doing it this way changes the flavor a lot -- particularly in G.L. Pease's Triple Play, for example.

    • hierophant on March 13, 2015
    • Excellent idea, wouldn't have thought of it. It seems not matter how sharp my knife is, it doesn't do a good job.

    • Taylor on March 16, 2015
    • I preffer cube cut plugs. Best ive heard is a deli slicer to make plug flakes. Not worth a major investment but if an old one happed by... well life would be easier.

    • Bruce P on May 2, 2015
    • I went through an entire can of C&D Pirate Kake using this method. I don't think it made any great change regarding the flavor. The one thing I noticed and liked is the fact that the cigar cutter allowed me to consistently make the same size "micro-flake". This made the draw a lot smoother. I will continue to prep the tobacco this way.

    • Mark on January 29, 2021
    • Good to know

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