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Having been a smoker for some time ( hint : check my review for Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke DVD ) I have, understandably, made it my mission to find the perfect rolling paper. Needless to say, I haven't found it yet - there are a myriad different brands and types for different purposes! Hemp papers for health (!), RIPs/OCBs for ambitiously long smoking creations, and many novelty papers. Most well-known, however, is the famous Rizla brand. I will elaborate on the Rizla range here so you can compare them - but there are none so widely used and trusted as ol' faithful - the venerable Rizla Green. Today, I will be reviewing the big brother of the Rizla Green camp - King Size. The Rizla Range ------------------- Rizla are the most common brand in the UK, having been making rolling papers since 1796. The brand name rizla was created from the a combination of the french family name, Lacroix (the cross/la+), and Riz, the french for rice of which the papers were originally made. The most common range is as follows (yes, I am aware of new Rizla Silver etc) : - Red the most popular medium weight paper available in standard and king size. - Green (similar to red, standard and kingsizes, though with cut corners) - Blue, a lightweight paper preferred by those who don't want to taste burnt paper in their smoke, also available in standard and king size. - Liquorice in orange packs, these papers offer a more 'refined' taste with a hint of liquirice. However, I would stay away from these if I were you, unless you consider turd a refined taste... <(O.o)> Appearance -------------- Contrary to what you might expect, Rizla Green papers aren't green - they are white. This paper colour is uniform amongst the different Rizla 'colours' - although Rizla Blue appear off-white as they are thin enough to be more translucent. The Rizla packet design, the rich g reen coloured one in particular, is well known to pretty much everyone. Even if you don't smoke roll-ups (or at all), then chances are someone you know has brandished a packet of these at some stage, or you have seen them in one of the many newsagents or pubs that this great country has to offer :D The papers themselves that I am looking at today are of the kingsize variety, and as such are a good couple of inches longer than their standard-sized siblings - the ladies in da house will no doubt nod in agreement that this makes all the difference ;) I apologise now that I can't give you exact measurements - I don't have a spare packet here to measure and the Rizla site is playing up. However, if you are curious, ask to see some in any good tobacconists, or check out www.rizla.co.uk! The most noticeable thing about the green variety, in comparison to the other colours, is that they have cut corners. This is to make them easier to 'tuck in' when rolling - especially as they were originally designed for use in rolling machines. This, however, is also adaptable to use in low light levels, to increase the chances of finding out which side of the paper the glue is on! For those of you who enjoy covert stealth-smoking, it is a godsend :) NB : Hiding in bushes and rolling with kingsize papers is likely to attract police. Availability ------------- Pretty much everyone in this country, unless you have been living in a small smelly cave on the Isle of Man, will no doubt have encountered a Rizla packet at some point. Try a pub - and if you're too young, or look too young, to be al lowed entry - try a newsagents or the tobacco kiosk at your local supermarket. Of all the Rizla brands, Rizla greens are the most commonplace... The average packet of Rizlas is about 25p. Kingsize tend to be about 50p. HOWEVER : Rizla kingsize can be a little more difficult to trace. Nowadays - most (if not all) newsagents se em to stock them - but the colour seems to be a little random. You may encounter greens - or maybe blue or red. If you can get greens and are looking for an all-round paper, then buy them. If you crap at rolling and like nasty smoke then get a thicker paper like Rizla red kingsize. If you are a rolling artiste (like me, naturally) then you may wish to brave Blue Kingsize. If you're feeling posh, then go for the new Rizla Silver slim Kingsize (oooooooh.....) Ease of Use -------------- As already stated, the cut corners on these papers, while not to everyone's taste, make rolling easier, especially the 'tuck-in' or when using a rolling machine. This aside, the standard weight of these papers gives a good balance between nasty smoke and ease of rolling. In comparison, Rizla Blues are thinner and give a nicer smoke, but are more difficult to roll. As for hand rolling itself - I can't help you with that. Get someone to show you first-hand the basics - afterwards, you're on your own. All I can recommend is practise, practise and more practise. Offer to roll for your friends as well (using their tobacco of course) and you will eventually perfect the fine art of hand-rolling. Its like origami, but more useful, and without the japanese-ness. Needless to say, the longer the 'cigarette' the harder to roll - so the kingsize variety will be a little trickier. Greens are the easiest to roll though - red are too wide and blu e are thin. NB : Rizla have just updated, after much request, the width of Rizla Reds - they are now narrower, at 44mm (instead of 55mm). In addition, the card flap that covers the packet can be torn off to use as 'roach'. This serves as a filter to save getting tobacco in your mouth. Alternatively, if you smoke cigarettes and want to be 'healthy' about it (!), then buy some slimline filters separately. Overall --------- As with many things in life (like smoking itself I spose), smoking papers are a matter of personal preferance. Try them all (any excuse) and see which you like best. However, given their abundant availability, and their good balance of smoking quality and ease of rolling, I would always recommend Rizla Greens as a good place to start. In addition, this kingsize variety makes it ideal if you are: a) too lazy to roll yourself two cigarettes or b) aren't rolling a cigarette ;) Have fun! Highly Recommended! Dave. PS. I am not encouraging any of you to smoke. It is bad. Very, bad in fact. It will make your breath smell like a tramp, it will cost you lots of money, and it will kill you! (Kinda sux doesnt it).