Pipe tobacco is aged, cut, sized, flavoured where appropriate, dried and then packaged. Throughout the process it is checked for its appearance, size and moisture content. It is divided into two major groups:
• Aromatic pipe tobacco blends have rich aromas and are usually known as Mixture or Cavendish.
• Non-aromatic pipe tobacco is sometimes called Straight Blend. This is a blend of non-aromatic tobacco and has a natural smell of tobacco when smoked.
• Crimp cut is lightly pressed short cut tobacco varieties, curled by drying and heating.
• Curly cut is formed when dark and light tobacco leaves are rolled into a cord, usually enclosed by an extra light leaf.
• Navy cut is pressed tobacco, cut into thin slices and crumbled before use.