A cheroot? The preferred smoke in Myanmar. Inle Lake is famous for the ladies hand-rolling the cheroots, and rather quickly I might add. How about 500 a day per lady? Everyone plays a part in the process, starting with the dried and flattened “tha nat phet” leaf and then rolling up a blend of tobacco and fragrant wood chips before clipping both ends. This particular assembly line was probably more for us tourists, as most of the ladies are able to do this type of work in their home, allowing them to make a little money while tending to children, housekeeping, etc.
Even though I’m not a smoker…do as the locals, right? So yes, I tried it. A somewhat sweet taste, very mild and smooth. But, I do have my limits…no betel nut chew for me!
Cheroots are given at noviciation…one of the most fascinating ceremonies ever witnessed…but that’s a future post and one not to be missed!