An Oliver Twist tobacco bit begins its life as a microscopic seed. Tobacco seeds are sown in beds, and set out manually. The tobacco is harvested just before it is fully matured. The tobacco is hung up for drying. The air makes the leaves change colour from green to light brown. The dried leaves are graded by size and quality and subsequently bundled. Tobacco is sold on auctions.
We only buy selected American tobacco, i.e. complete, large leaves. The processing begins after a thorough receipt control in our production. First thing to do is remove the centre stem of each tobacco leaf. Then the bisected leaves are rolled into long strands by hand. This process takes place in the spinning room by a so-called “spinner”.
After further processing, the tobacco strand is cut into 1 cm long pieces and provided with a flavour in the saucery. Casing is the proper technical term for the liquid that provides the tobacco bits with their flavour. Previously, it was called sauce. Being the sauce master is a position of trust. It is the sauce master’s responsibility to guard the utmost production secret. Different flavours and English liquorice help give the different variants their character.
Every tobacco bit consists of a few square centimetres of a tobacco leaf. When you have finished using a tobacco bit, you can unfold it and see that it consists of just one piece of leaf neatly spun by hand.
The finished Oliver Twist tobacco bits are vacuum packed in bags with 30 pieces each, all weighing 7 g, and placed in a small box.
For the production of Oliver Twist tobacco bits, we use only meticulously selected tobacco and we carefully select our suppliers. Every single tobacco leaf used in our production has been picked manually and evaluated carefully to ensure homogenous quality that lives up to our high standards.
All production stages are monitored and analysed. Except for the tobacco itself, all ingredients in the tobacco bits – and the film we use for vacuum wrapping the product – have been approved for the production of food.
We have deliberately chosen to retain the old craft traditions. As a consequence, all our products are made by hand. Among our staff are people who can spin (i.e. roll tobacco leaves into a strand), tobacco strippers (who strip out the centre stem of the leaves) and even sauce masters (who add the flavour to the tobacco bits).
The trial pack contains 2-3 tobacco bits of each variety.Read more