Muhabbet Tombeki Tobacco
Even though the use of tömbeki tobacco has a relative long history in the chronicles of Turkish tobacco and is considered inseparable from the coffee house culture, it has gradually begun to be part of history; however in spite of this we are dedicated to revive it and continue its production as one of the last examples of hand-packing techniques.
The Ottoman Empire imported tombeki tobacco from Iran, as the local production was limited and this in turn caused the Iranian merchants to dominate the market. Consequently the Ottoman Empire monopolized the tombeki tobacco commerce, in order to increase its income, and granted this right in 1891 to "Societe du Tombac” which later became known as the Tombeki Regie.
The tobacco we produce under the name Tabac Turc is precisely the same type of tombeki tobacco produced in 1891.
Our tobacco is 100% natural and aged for 5 years before being processed by qualified former Tekel experts.
During the era of the Ottoman Empire, tombeki tobacco was an indispensable element of the coffee house culture together with lively conversations. People who are passionate on tombeki tobacco define water pipe smoking, as a combination of air, water, fire, and soil elements, which resembles more a culture than a tradition. Today, the tombeki coffee houses, which are slowly on the decline still maintain this ritual. However in the Aegean region of Turkey, people still keep up this tradition of the coffee house culture, talking, drinking coffee, and listening to folk music while smoking their water pipes.
Today, after more than 122 years, tombeki tobacco remains the oldest surviving brand of Turkish tobacco on the market.
“TabacTurc”, will continue to keep producing this tobacco, regardless the costs and sales figures because it symbolizes the Turkish coffee house culture and its valuable history
Flavored Muhabbet Tombeki Tobaccos
Due to the decrease in the consumption of tombeki tobacco on the market, and the increased demand for water pipes, we are now about to present to the Turkish market ,our superb quality, natural, and rich in taste: "Flavored Muhabbet Tombeki". As with our classical Tombeki tobacco it will be made completely by hand.
Other flavours available are:- Strawberry, Cappuccino, Red Apple, Green Apple, Two Apples, Mint and Melon.