Best Black Note Flavour
In case you hadn’t heard, Black Note E Liquid is the latest US-made N.E.T. (Naturally extracted) tobacco e liquid to hit the UK. Black Note e liquids are made from natural tobacco essences, claim to contain no artificial additives or flavourings, and are quickly gaining ground among serious gourmet tobacco-lovers thanks to their realistic tobacco flavours and carefully-designed composition. But which Black Note flavour is the best?
All Black Note e liquids have a 50% VG/50% PG composition; available nicotine strengths (five in total) range from 3mg through to 24mg. Please note that Black Note e liquid bottles and caps are not pet/child safe, so make sure to keep bottles well away from both.
Black Note E liquid: Best flavours
Cadenza is a full-flavoured, complex, rich tobacco concoction, and is my absolute favourite Black Note flavour of all. Warm and sweet on the inhale, drier, richer and slightly spicy on the exhale, Cadenza is complex and full of character. In my opinion, this slightly smoky, fruity and full-bodied e liquid is the best flavour to go for if you want to see what Black Note is all about. Lighter sweet strawy/hempy overtones really shine at lower, cooler wattages (7.0-9.0 Watts), while top tobacco notes are brighter with a hotter coil (10 watts+). Highly distinctive flavour and a real experience. 10/10
Bravura is my second favourite Black Note flavour. Clean, warm, soft and sweet – subtle creamy low notes of nougat, honey and nutmeg, with a confident, rich and distinctive tobacco key note. Very smooth throat hit and an extremely mellow session vape. Again, flavours are fullest and most complex at lower wattages. Minimal smokiness detected. 8/10
Prelude has a dry, tobacco flavour that is subtle though distinctive, but nothing really overpowering. To me this was the one that took longest to really “get” in terms of overall character. Unlike Cadenza and Bravura, Prelude is slightly smoky, though this doesn’t seem to interfere or obscure the main tobacco essence flavours. No sweetness on the tongue noticed during review at all, even at high wattages, this is probably the most grown-up and elusive Black Note flavour of the pack. 8/10
Legato is in a different league from other members of the Black Note family in terms of heavy smokiness. Unlike Cadenza, Legato’s key note is wood smoke, though this is still light enough for strong dark, Kentucky tobacco notes to shine through. Very well-balanced on the whole, and a real campfire vape, though probably best to save this one for special occasions – I would also recommend reserving a separate tank for Legato as the smokiness is strong enough to otherwise overpower flavours of any subsequent e liquid you put in your tank. Legato is the darkest, most distinctive Black Note flavour by far and probably the closest you’ll ever get to smoking an actual Gauloise, though its very obvious smokiness may not be for everyone. 9/10
Solo is the only menthol member of the Black Note family, though don’t expect the usual antiseptic menthol-eucalyptus flavour of generic off-the-shelf menthol eliquids that freeze your tongue like mouthwash. Solo offers a warm, soft, well-rounded pepperminty flavour that tastes like it’s meant to be there. Most importantly, the menthol flavour is distinctive enough to be refreshing, though gentle enough to allow underlying rich tobacco tones to hum along in the background. A very well-balanced and extremely satisfying menthol e liquid, Solo is the most realistic tobacco menthol I have tried to date. 10/10
Adagio is one of the more subtle Black Note e liquids, and may be a good one to start with if you just ordered the Notebook box kit. Very mellow, bright, smooth and light with no determinable “dark” flavours, though the tobacco flavour is definitely there in the background. I actually found that Adagio grew on me after half an hour or so – there is a little smokiness, and vapour is smooth as always, though I felt this one lacked the distinctiveness of some of the others. Probably the lightest and cleanest of all the flavours I tried, and a great everyday vape, but a bit too subtle for me, to be honest. 7/10
Sonata is a sweetish, woody flavour that tastes a little sharper and slightly more acidic than other flavours. For me, this is the vaguely citrus morning vape I’ve been looking for, and is the brightest of all the Black Note e liquid flavours I reviewed. Quite fresh and again, the usual subtle tobacco flavour with no real smokiness detected, though not as distinctive as Bravura, Cadenza or Legato. 7/10
Forte is “Burley” blend of tobacco essences and the tobacco flavour is certainly rich enough to satisfy. Again, another great all-day vape and a really smooth, full flavoured e liquid. Probably the closest in terms of flavour to Bravura, Forte is another fairly realistic tobacco e liquid. Warm, woody and resiny, Forte is best vaped at low wattages. Give this one time to show its true colours. 8/10
Note: all eliquids were tested with a 3ml subtank and rebuildable Kanthal wire coil, which was cleaned and rewicked with pure cotton between refills to avoid cross-contamination of flavours.
So which is the best Black Note e liquid flavour?
For me, the real winner in the Black note pack is Cadenza, made from extractions of Greek Basma tobacco. The balance of flavours is really first rate and vapour is rich, warm, thick and very, very satisfying. Bravura and soft menthol Solo come a close second and third, and the dark, mysterious and super-smoky Legato would certainly be on my list too, but only as an occasional vape.
Remember to give Black Note e liquids time to soak through any apparatus you’re using, and test on a clean wick / new build on your first taste to avoid subtle flavours becoming contaminated by whatever liquids you’ve been vaping on beforehand.