Introducing V Line E Liquid
This is my review of Black Note V-Line, a new range of tobacco e-liquids made from naturally-extracted tobacco.
What’s different about V Line?
Blended tobacco vs single leaf
According to the US manufacturers, tobacco leaf used in Black Note V Line is a blend of several different tobacco varieties. Conversely, only single leaf tobacco is used in the Classic range recipes. So, a bit like the difference between blended scotch and single malt whisky then, I guess. But will I notice the difference, I wonder?
The Black Note people mature their V Line e liquid by steeping in wine oak barrels, and this is what gives some of the flavours a “fruity” characteristic. The entire production process takes 2-3 years in total. So not your average vape juice, then.
Blended leaves aside and steeping aside, the rest of the V Line production process is apparently very similar to that of the Classic Black Note e-liquid range. In other words, they age the tobacco, steep it through cold-maceration for six weeks, then filter and bottle it as usual.
E liquid for smokers
Unlike the Classic range, new V Line e liquid aims to make Black Note more appealing to smokers. Or in other words, the designers have created these liquids with recent ex-smokers and new vapers in mind.
This is evident from the lower UK price of £4.75 per 10ml. What’s more, V Line flavours are apparently brighter, presumably to appeal to quitters craving flavour hits.
Earlier Black Note versions developed a reputation for damaging coils due to a tendency to gather gunk. Black Note V e liquid now comes with a new “coil friendly” formulation, which means this is now less of a problem.
I should probably point out in this review that one of Black Note V Line’s key selling points is product purity. This means they don’t add any nasty stuff, like diacetyl, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings.
Here’s a quick list of the V Line specs taken from the Vapour UK website, if you want the nitty gritty,
Black Note V Line – Flavours
Are you Pop or Jazz?
There are five flavours in the V Line range in total, and all are themed around musical genres. Well, this is a nice touch, isn’t it? However, it also sends out a clear message to the customer.
This message is that V Line liquid is intended only for the most discerning and cultured lovers of art and music (and tobacco). In fact, I’m a bit miffed that they missed out funk, folk-rock, prog and 80’s synth, but I guess those ones might not have worked so well.
The Five Flavours!
Anyway, the five new Black Note V Line flavours are:
Best Black Note V Line flavour?
For me, Rock is easily the best flavour in the Black Note V Line e liquid range. Why? Because compared to the others, Rock has the richest, strongest and most satisfying real tobacco flavour of all.
It’s a proper cowboy vape, with everything anyone could want in a tobacco e liquid. Depth, richness and an aftertaste to die for. You won’t be disappointed!
However, it’s a lot milder, and in my opinion, just doesn’t have the same depth of character as the others.
Which V-Line strength?
Given that V-Line e liquids don’t contain nic salts, it’s best to keep strength fairly low for the sake of smoothness.
For most MTL users including heavy ex-smokers, I’d recommend buying the 6mg version (not the 9mg). You can then top up to your desired strength with a good salt liquid.
This way, flavours will be slightly diluted, but you’ll at least get a smoother vape.
Black Note V – which device for best flavour?
Black Note V Line e liquids taste better from MTL (mouth-to-lung) devices than they do from DL (Direct-to-Lung) ones.
As I discovered during this review, V Line is all about flavour – not – vapour. If you only care about blowing clouds, these liquids are probably not for you.
As with the Classic e liquid range, you can get great flavours with Black Note V Line with a thin coil (1.0ohms) and low power (12 watts should do it).
Like the Black Note classic range, V Line tobacco e liquid also requires the right coil device or set up to really get flavours popping out. But this doesn’t mean you need an expensive device to get the most out of them.
For this review, I tested my batch of Black Note V e liquid in several different devices to see if flavours still performed well. These ranged from the mid-range Hastur MTL Mulan tank, the Vandy Vape Pulse 24 RDA (drip tank) through to the budget ePuffer Xpod.
Naturally, flavours tasted richest out of the Mulan MTL and drip tank, though I still got quite good results from the cheaper pod vape device.