Thanks for the link Allan; interesting, although I'd have to imagine that there would almost certainly still be PVA residue remaining in the tobacco itself...which is completely unappealing to me.
I'd have to say that unless FSCs are repealed, and unless commercial cigarette manufacturers dramatically improve the quality of their products - neither of which seems even remotely likely to me - I'm absolutely done with commercially produced cigarettes.
There are a number of mentholated RYO tobaccos and mentholated filter tubes available, but no clove flavored bulk tobacco at present to my knowledge. I've tried only a couple of menthol tobacco blends thus far, but didn't care for them, and I don't care for the mentholated filter tubes I've tried thus far either.
The gist of what I've read in the MYO/RYO community is that tobacco and paper/tube manufacturers are shying away from any pronounced flavoring in their products except for a few menthol options, due to concerns over impending FDA regulations.
One option that I've yet to try is home top dressing - which is basically dissolving menthol crystals in Everclear (basically a 90% ethanol solvent) and misting it on a batch of tobacco, which I've read is very effective. I'd have to believe that one could do the same thing with clove oil dissolved in Everclear.
But home menthol top dressing is something that I'm going to wait to experiment with until I find just the right blend of non-menthol tobaccos as an everyday smoke. I actually used to smoke both regular and menthol when I was smoking commercially produced cigarettes, and while I've missed menthols over these last two months, I've actually been enjoying exploring the subtleties of non-mentholated tobacco.
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