White Burley is like Burley tobacco and it represents the best component in chewing tobacco, American-style cigarettes and American blend pipe tobacco.
In the year of 1865, George Webb of Brown County, Ohio planted Red Burley seeds he had purchased, and found that a few of the seedlings had a whitish, sickly look. He transplanted them to the fields anyway, where they grew into mature plants but maintained their light color.
The cured leaves had an impressive fine texture and were brought as a curiosity to the tobacco market in Cincinnati.
The next year he planted ten acres (40,000 m²) from seeds from those tobacco plants, which have brought a premium at auction.
The air-cured leaf is considered to be mild tasting and more absorbent than other type of tobacco. White Burley, this type was called later and became the main and best component in American-style cigarettes, chewing tobacco and American blend pipe tobacco. The white part of the name is often used today, because red burley, a variety of the mid-1800s, doesn’t exist any more