The first flavored rolling papers were introduced in 1906 by the RizLa+ company, the second-oldest rolling paper company ever formed. Their original flavors were menthol and strawberry. At the time the papers were a bit of a novelty, and to some extent they still are. From the original flavors of menthol and strawberry, the flavor selection has come to include nearly everything imaginable —
from fruit flavors like banana
and green apple
, to liquor flavors like rum
and tequila, to other food food flavors such as peaches-and-cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, and even bacon.
Flavored Vs. Non-Flavored
The appeal of flavored rolling papers is debatable. On the one hand, many purists maintain that flavored rolling papers get in the way of enjoying the taste of the tobacco or other other herb that is being smoked; some brands of flavored rolling papers burn less evenly, or catch less easily; some users of the papers find that whatever compound is used to produce the flavor also produces irritation of the throat. In general, the flavor of the rolling paper has little effect on the tobacco itself, though it can be tasted on the lips. On the other hand, some people feel that the flavor has a mellowing effect on what is being smoked.