You've probably come across a lot of blends when selecting your preferred tobacco. Perhaps you've seen the term "Halfzware" before and wondered what it means.
A good question, and to answer it, we need to back up a bit. The Dutch word is easy enough to translate – and essentially means "medium-strong". But what makes up this tobacco blend is a far more complex matter. Discover what different tobacco blends there are, what characterises them and what tobacco varieties are used for Halfzware.
Incidentally, blending also serves to even out variations in quality. Because the quality of tobacco varies from year to year.
This tobacco is also referred to as rolling tobacco, fine-cut, fine-cut tobacco, roll-your-own (RYO), shag or shag tobacco. The term "shag" also comes from Dutch and actually just means "finely cut tobacco". Since this tobacco is so finely cut, it burns relatively quickly – so this property is also the reason it's often used for cigarettes. Shag is used by smokers who roll their own cigarettes and is often sold in a pouch.
During the manufacture of rolling tobacco, the tobacco leaves remain whole throughout the entire process. They are then cut to a width of 0.2 to 0.3 mm. This results in long, thin strands of tobacco. A moisture content of 20 percent means they are easy to roll.
RYO is broken down into different tobacco strengths – there are three flavour intensity levels: Zware (strong), Halfzware (medium-strong) and Lichte (light). As you already know, Zware refers to a dark, intensely flavoured tobacco. Halfzware is a medium-strong tobacco, which has a somewhat milder flavour. Lichte is particularly light and the least intensely flavoured tobacco. It's also the lightest-coloured of the rolling tobaccos. All of the tobaccos mentioned are Dutch blends. Halfzware is especially popular in Europe, and is often used for hand-rolled cigarettes. So, now you know the (important) role Halfzware can play in rolling tobacco.
Now you know what's behind the Dutch term: a tobacco blend that incorporates many other blends. It's primarily used for hand-rolling or roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco. If you're interested in one of the most popular blends in Europe, don't forget to check out our RYO range.