Scandinavian Tobacco Group Assens – a world supplier

Our factory in Assens, Denmark, produces pipe tobacco for 75 countries around the world. STG Assens is a world leading manufacturer of pipe tobacco.

Passion in pipe tobacco

Working with fine, fragrant pipe tobacco is a passion. The blending requires knowledge and tobacco insight.

Brands are what we do

Our company is built on strong global brands that enjoy category leadership in their markets.

Pipe tobacco production in Denmark

Our pipe tobacco is produced on the small island of Funen in the middle of Denmark – an island with a rich tobacco history.

Meet our Artisans

Lasse Berg

joined Scandinavian Tobacco Group in 2007

“I find my inspiration in nature, walking in the woods – or on a quiet Sunday morning with time for reflection. As a tobacco blender I draw on my knowledge of the history of tobacco, current trends and, not least, what comes next?”

I find my inspiration in nature, walking in the woods – or on a quiet Sunday morning with time for reflection. As a tobacco blender I draw on my knowledge of the history of tobacco, current trends and, not least, what comes next?

THE FOUR PIPE TOBACCO TRADITIONS

THE FOUR PIPE TOBACCO TRADITIONS

Taste preferences can vary in different regions of the world, but blends and tobaccos are in no way restricted to one region in the sense that a particular region or country only smokes one kind of blend.

Four blends

Dutch blend
The blend has a very pure tobacco flavour. It is dry and harsh and comes from dark-fired and Virginia tobacco.
Sometimes the blend includes a minor amount of spice tobaccos - Flavour characteristics: Genuine, spicy. 

English blend
The blend is full-bodied, moist and contains spice tobaccos.
Sometimes it has fruit and/or flower flavouring - Flavour characteristics: Spicy.

Scandinavian blend
The blend is mellow to medium-bodied. It is flavoured with liqueur, fruits, vanilla and/or many other flavours.
Occasionally, spice tobaccos are added - Flavour characteristics: Spicy, sweet, fruity, liqueur.

American blend
This blend is mellow and very moist. It is heavily flavoured with vanilla, nougat, cherry and/or occasionally other flavours - Flavour characteristics: Sweet, fruity, liqueur.

From seed to pipe tobacco

1. Planting & Harvesting

It starts with a seed; germinating after careful monitoring in controlled environments. Tobacco plants are affected by the microclimate and soil in which they grow. Leaves ripen at various stages. The vast majority of all pipe tobacco is harvested by hand from the bottom up, as each leaf ripens over a period of four to five weeks.​

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2. Variants

Our leaf buyers travel across the globe to purchase many varieties of tobaccos for the hundreds of pipe tobacco blends we create: Virginia, Burley and Oriental have become the standard.

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3. Curing

Once harvested, tobacco leaves are dried in carefully controlled environments to lower moisture levels, enhance the colour and ensure full development of natural tobacco aromas. There are four main curing methods: Sun, Air, Flue and Fire.

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4. Blending & Flavouring

Most of our pipe tobacco blends are made in Assens, Denmark. Before the casing process begins, leaves are moisturized and stripped of their stems. Aromatic pipe tobacco blends are finalised with a top flavour. All blends, aromatic or not, are tested for optimum moisture levels and smoking properties.

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5. Cuts & Packaging

Pipe tobacco blends can be obtained in various formats. Common cuts include flake, loose cut and ready rubbed. To preserve the freshness and moisture of pipe tobacco cuts, pouches and tins are used.

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6. The pipe

Pipes are predominantly made from the roots of mature briar trees growing in the Mediterranean. Once the wood is dried over several years, the briar can be manipulated into different shapes, sizes and designs.

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Pipe tobacco types and origins

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VIRGINIA

Virginia is the most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length. Leaf colours ranges from golden, lemon, orange and mahogany. Virginia has a high content of natural sugar and a sweet taste. Virginia is harvested leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the plant. The leaves are dried with hot air (flue cured). The tobacco is grown all over the world.

PERIQUE

Basically, Perique is Burley tobacco, however it is additionally processed. The whole plant is harvested and cut off at the bottom. Leaves are air cured for a shorter time than Burley and is kept under pressure for at least one year in oak barrels. The leaf colour is black and the tobacco has the strongest taste of them all. It is grown in US in St. James Parish, Louisiana just outside New Orleans.


 

 

BURLEY

Burley is the second most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length, and their colours range from light brown to very dark brown. The taste is full-bodied with notes of chocolate and nuts. The whole plant is harvested and cut off at the bottom. Leaves are dried with natural ventilation and not by the sun (air cured) for four to eight weeks. It is grown all over the world but particularly in the US, Malawi, Mozambique and Mexico.


VIRGINIA

Virginia is the most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length. Leaf colours ranges from golden, lemon, orange and mahogany. Virginia has a high content of natural sugar and a sweet taste. Virginia is harvested leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the plant. The leaves are dried with hot air (flue cured). The tobacco is grown all over the world.

DARK AIR-CURED

Dark air-cured tobacco can be produced from various seed types. Leaves can be up to 80 cm long, heavy bodied and with high content of natural oil. The plant is topped at 10 - 14 leaves and stalk cut. Leaves are brown to dark brown and have a good cutting quality. The tobacco is air cured under cover with natural ventilation. This variety is grown in most parts of the tobacco-producing world – the US, Canada, South America, Africa and the Far East.

 

BURLEY

Burley is the second most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length, and their colours range from light brown to very dark brown. The taste is full-bodied with notes of chocolate and nuts. The whole plant is harvested and cut off at the bottom. Leaves are dried with natural ventilation and not by the sun (air cured) for four to eight weeks. It is grown all over the world but particularly in the US, Malawi, Mozambique and Mexico.


BLACK CAVENDISH

Basically, Black Cavendish is Virginia and Burley tobacco, however it is additionally processed. It is harvested and processed like Burley and Virginia Tobacco. Leaves are steamed, heated and sprinkled with sugar and water where flavours are usually added. Leaf colour is black, and the tobacco has a mild and sweet taste. The tobacco used in Black Cavendish can be grown all over the world, but particularly in the US, East Africa, Brazil and India.


VIRGINIA

Virginia is the most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length. Leaf colours ranges from golden, lemon, orange and mahogany. Virginia has a high content of natural sugar and a sweet taste. Virginia is harvested leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the plant. The leaves are dried with hot air (flue cured). The tobacco is grown all over the world.

LATAKIA

Basically, Latakia is Oriental tobacco. However, a step is added to the curing process in which the leaves are fire-cured over a fire of aromatic herbs. The leaf colour is black and the tobacco has a very strong aromatic and smoked taste. It is grown in the Mediterranean.

 


ORIENTAL

Oriental leaves are 2 – 15 cm long and light golden to dark orange in colour. Oriental tobacco leaves have a light sweet, strong/spicy aroma. The plant is grown in nutrient-deficient soil in a hot and dry climate, producing leaves containing a high level of aromatic oils. The leaves are harvested leaf-by-leaf and dried on a string in the sun (sun cured). This tobacco is grown in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.


VIRGINIA

Virginia is the most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length. Leaf colours ranges from golden, lemon, orange and mahogany. Virginia has a high content of natural sugar and a sweet taste. Virginia is harvested leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the plant. The leaves are dried with hot air (flue cured). The tobacco is grown all over the world.

DARK FIRE-CURED

Dark-fired tobacco leaves are up to 80 cm long, full-bodied and have a high content of natural oil. Dark-fired leaves are cured with smoke from smouldering wood. The type of wood used plays a big part in determining the taste of the tobacco. The cured leaves obtain a very dark colour and have a distinct smoky aroma. The plants are topped very low, to just 12 - 14 leaves, and stalk cut. The most significant producers are to be found in the US, Asia and South East Africa.

BURLEY

Burley is the second most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length, and their colours range from light brown to very dark brown. The taste is full-bodied with notes of chocolate and nuts. The whole plant is harvested and cut off at the bottom. Leaves are dried with natural ventilation and not by the sun (air cured) for four to eight weeks. It is grown all over the world but particularly in the US, Malawi, Mozambique and Mexico.


BLACK CAVENDISH

Basically, Black Cavendish is Virginia and Burley tobacco, however it is additionally processed. It is harvested and processed like Burley and Virginia Tobacco. Leaves are steamed, heated and sprinkled with sugar and water where flavours are usually added. Leaf colour is black, and the tobacco has a mild and sweet taste. The tobacco used in Black Cavendish can be grown all over the world, but particularly in the US, East Africa, Brazil and India.


VIRGINIA

Virginia is the most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length. Leaf colours ranges from golden, lemon, orange and mahogany. Virginia has a high content of natural sugar and a sweet taste. Virginia is harvested leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the plant. The leaves are dried with hot air (flue cured). The tobacco is grown all over the world.

DARK AIR-CURED

Dark air-cured tobacco can be produced from various seed types. Leaves can be up to 80 cm long, heavy bodied and with high content of natural oil. The plant is topped at 10 - 14 leaves and stalk cut. Leaves are brown to dark brown and have a good cutting quality. The tobacco is air cured under cover with natural ventilation. This variety is grown in most parts of the tobacco-producing world – the US, Canada, South America, Africa and the Far East.

 

BLACK CAVENDISH

Basically, Black Cavendish is Virginia and Burley tobacco, however it is additionally processed. It is harvested and processed like Burley and Virginia Tobacco. Leaves are steamed, heated and sprinkled with sugar and water where flavours are usually added. Leaf colour is black, and the tobacco has a mild and sweet taste. The tobacco used in Black Cavendish can be grown all over the world, but particularly in the US, East Africa, Brazil and India.


BURLEY

Burley is the second most widely used leaf tobacco. Its leaves are 20 – 50 cm in length, and their colours range from light brown to very dark brown. The taste is full-bodied with notes of chocolate and nuts. The whole plant is harvested and cut off at the bottom. Leaves are dried with natural ventilation and not by the sun (air cured) for four to eight weeks. It is grown all over the world but particularly in the US, Malawi, Mozambique and Mexico.


DARK FIRE-CURED

Dark-fired tobacco leaves are up to 80 cm long, full-bodied and have a high content of natural oil. Dark-fired leaves are cured with smoke from smouldering wood. The type of wood used plays a big part in determining the taste of the tobacco. The cured leaves obtain a very dark colour and have a distinct smoky aroma. The plants are topped very low, to just 12 - 14 leaves, and stalk cut. The most significant producers are to be found in the US, Asia and South East Africa.

Pipe tobacco formats

Pipe tobacco comes in many shapes and sizes. It comes in different cuts and is sometimes flavoured. 

The major pipe tobacco cuts are:

  • Loose cut

    Smaller pieces or strips of tobacco. It burns easy, but can burn hot, especially if the tobacco is a dry blend. It is best smoked slowly.

  • Mixture

    A mix of different cuts. The cuts are assembled together with flavours and tobaccos in order to create a preferred smoking experience.

  • Flake

    Flake needs to be rubbed up and packed into the pipe. It requires a bit more effort to pack and smoke. Flake gives a slower and cooler burn, and the flake cut preserves flavour and moistness well.

  • Ready rubbed

    Ready rubbed is less demanding than flake cut. It is slightly easier to pack and smoke the pipe. It gives a slower and cooler burn and preserves flavour and moistness well.

Pipe Tobacco facts

Sir Walter Raleigh – a well-known pipe smoker – popularised tobacco in the 16th century.

The process of creating Black Cavendish tobacco takes place at the Scandinavian Tobacco Group Assens operation in Denmark.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group produces 5,000 tons of smoking tobacco a year.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Assens produces pipe tobacco and fine-cut tobacco in the two Danish towns: Assens and Holstebro.

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