Reviews of realistic and not-so-realistic UK tobacco e liquids. If you’re a tobacco-lover and just can’t live without the flavour of tobacco, don’t give up and return to smoking – there is still hope in the world of vaping! Detailed reviews and flavour tests of tobacco flavoured e liquids – the good and the bad – it’s all here!
Still miss smoking too much to enjoy vaping? Keep going back on the fags? Fear not! Jacvapour UK have just released a new line of eliquids for smokers, just for you! Their brand new UK-made Smoking range promises to deliver the same smoking pleasure (or as close as you can get) in an e liquid that combines real tobacco flavours in a nicotine salt base, for a smoother throat hit and a satisfying head rush. As a non-reforming tobacco fiend myself, I decided to give these a go…
The first one (of two) in the Jacvapour SMOKING range I tried was the UK tobacco. Thick, dark and very pungent-looking, the UK Tobacco was the one I was looking forward to the most as the tobacco aroma seemed quite realistic right out of the bottle (I always sniff before I vape). Once in my tank, it seemed to flow very well thanks to the heavy PG ratio and this also made for a stronger flavour in the mouth.
Slightly less vapour with this one (again due to the high PG, I guess) though flavour was very strong and satisfying.
Just like tobacco? Well there’s none of the “smoke” flavour in the UK Tobacco (or indeed the menthol version), so not really smoky as such, but definitely a very satisfying and heavy tobacco “roll-up” aroma and flavour, which certainly hits the spot.
Thanks to the nicotine salt content, the UK Tobacco also goes down very smoothly, giving a very mellow throat hit with tiny puffs at 18mg. However, I personally found the strength to be a bit much (I usually vape at 10mg max with an MTL set-up and no more than 6mg if I’m lung vaping), so I ended up adding a few drops of VG to my tank, which smoothed the throat hit out further still.
The UK Tobacco Smoking is a rich brew that is made with real tobacco that really does the job. However, even for hardened ex-smokers (or current smokers), and especially if you’re new to vaping, I would recommend starting with the 12mg version and working your way up – or else just dilute the 18mg, like I did. I would also recommend vaping at around 20 watts for maximum flavour and smoothness – any more power than this will ruin the tobacco experience. UK Tobacco smoking satisfaction score: 9 /10
Smoking “Tobacco Menthol” E liquid 18mg
The Tobacco Menthol was the second up and I liked this one, though no way near as much as the UK Tobacco. The menthol flavour is strong and refreshing, but in my opinion a little out-of-balance with the underlying tobacco flavour. The tobacco is certainly there somewhere, but the minty, almost clinical flavour of the menthol really steals the show in my opinion. for me, this would have been a much tastier brew with a milder, more peppermint-like top-note, which would have allowed the tobacco flavours to shine through.
Smoothness and throat hit are just as good in the Tobacco Menthol as with the UK Tobacco, though head rush is where the Menthol really comes into its own. The combination of the nic salt base and the menthol combine to really knock you out, if you’re not ready for it, and this is why I’d again recommend going for the lower nicotine variety if you feel like giving this one a go. In short, the Tobacco Menthol is satisfying in terms of head rush, though in my opinion, a bit lacking in the tobacco flavour department. Tobacco Menthol smoking satisfaction score: 6 /10
SMOKING e liquids are available from Jac Vapour UK at £4.99, or with a 15% discount with code: ECF (valid through 2019)
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.
JAC Vapour have amassed an impressive range of realistic tobacco e liquids that most suppliers don’t come near to in terms of their realism and similarity to the taste of real tobacco. Here’s my latest review of these new JAC Vapour e liquids.
JAC Tobacco Eliquids: Review
All of these UK-made tobacco eliquids were tested using both cartomiser and clearomiser devices. All liquids were the same strength (1.8mg nicotine) and all are a PG/VG Mix (30/70). In general, all of these eliquids performed well in both cartomiser and tank devices. Thick, soft and dense vapour thanks to high VG blend, clean though mellow throat hit at 18mg, and all three liquids were soft on mouth and throat with no acidity or irritation noted. JAC tobacco eliquids are available as PG/VG mix, PG or VG only blends, though the VG-only versions may not work so effectively in some tank devices.
Tobacco E Liquids for smokers: nicotine salts
If you’re after a satisfying tobacco flavour and smooth throat hit, Jac Vapour’s new “Smoking” range of nicotine salt e liquids will probably tick all the boxes. These are UK-made and contain real tobacco extracts, but also use nicotine salts as a base for a smoother, heavier throat hit at higher strengths. Available in 12mg and 18mg 10ml bottles. You can see my review of Jacvapour’s Smoking E Liquid range here.
Real Tobacco Silver Eliquid
I tried this naively thinking it would be just a milder version of the Real Tobacco flavour, though in fact these are two different animals. As usual, Real Tobacco Silver isn’t too overpowering this time, and the predominant flavour is warm, sweet and buttery, almost biscuit-like. Very soft, rich and alkaline tones of real tobacco, and an extremely heavy and satisfying vapour. Soft on the pallet, the throat hit with Real Tobacco Silver at 18mg is powerful though very, very smooth. If you like a sweetish, though not overpowering familiar tobacco flavour, this one’s for you. ECig Find Score: 9/10
Real Tobacco Eliquid
Only distantly related to the Lite version, Real Tobacco Gold is a flavour all on its own. For cowboys only, this eliquid is what it says it is – a real tobacco flavour, but in an eliquid, and very close it comes, too. Predominant tones are of a very smoky flue-cured dark tobacco, though this goes beyond the “Turkish” flavours I’ve tried before, and more closely captures the actual roll-up experience with its fullness of dark, rich flavours and smoky bitterness. A very carefully-crafted and realistic flavour, and the best eliquid from JAC to date, in my opinion. Stunning! ECig Find Score 10/10
Real-tasting tobacco e liquids? Really?
If you’re a tobacco realism freak like me, you’ll have most likely spent rather too much time and money searching for e liquids that get you as close as possible to the realistic flavour of real, lit cigarettes. Or perhaps you’ve tried to make your own DIY NET tobacco eliquids but have found it all too much hassle.
You’ll also know that the vast majority of “realistic tobacco” e liquids don’t even get close, but from time to time you eventually find one or two that seem to tick almost all the right boxes.
N.E.T. Tobacco E Liquids
If you can afford them (£17.99 for 30ml!), a couple of Black Note’s new range of N.E.T tobacco e liquids are worth checking out as these are not only realistic tobacco e liquids but a couple of them are also reassuringly smoky.
In particular, their Legato flavour is an amazingly realistic rendering of a dark Virginia/Turkish blend and is about as close as you can get to tobacco realism. A little less smoky, but no less pleasurable is their Cadenza flavour, which is also a very realistic tobacco e liquid and worth it if you have the spare cash.