Hand rolling tobacco is a very fine cut tobacco the fine cut makes it easier to roll unlike cigarette tobacco which is made up of small irregular sizes of shredded tobacco leaf. Hand rolling tobacco is made from whole leaf tobacco leaving no stem however the Dutch still prefer a finely cut stem mixed within their tobacco known as shag tobacco.
We know that people in North America were rolling their own tobacco in corn or palm leaves thousands of years ago.
Even after the voyage of Columbus to the West Indies and the Americas in 1492, it was more than 350 years before the first factory-manufactured cigarettes were produced.
Roll-your-own tobacco became the choice of only the most cost-conscious smokers or people who actually enjoyed the ritual of making their own cigarettes.
In some countries manufactured cigarettes took over the market completely, but to this day in the Netherlands and Norway many smokers continue to favour Fine Cut cigarettes. It commands a significant market in other countries too, such as Belgium, Germany, France, New Zealand and the UK.
Many varieties of tobacco, including Burley, Virginia, sun-cured and fire-cured, are used to produce the blends in fine cut tobaccos.
Rolling your own by hand requires only cigarette papers, tobacco and a little skill. Most cigarette papers are made with folds, providing somewhere to place the tobacco, while the amount used is up to the individual.
Once the tobacco is evenly-distributed along the length of the paper, the cigarette is ready to be carefully rolled and sealed.