- Created: 04 August 2015
I vaped a small bottle of Charlie Noble Tripoli while I was still using 306 attys and loved it. I cloned it from memory, which I don't recommend. So I'm on batch #7 of my from memory Tripoli clone and I ordered another small bottle of the real thing a couple weeks back. I'm kind of shocked at how close I've gotten with none of the real thing to go by since January. One more tweak and I'm satisfied to call batch #8 a Tripoli Clone and share it.
Is it perfect? No. It's the same color and tint, but if you hold it to the light mine is just a hair lighter, but you have to squint to notice the difference. It smells the same. The fig is probably just a shade less forward. I use TFA Toasted Almond, and I'm going to try TFA Almond to see if that is a better match. The tobacco is most definitely not what Charlie Noble is using, but it's what I had on hand that worked and didn't make a new flavor profile. Originally I was using a combination of two tobaccos, but it made the tobacco too forward so I cut it down to one. For me, I vape the real thing and then I vape my clone and I can see subtle differences, but I feel that my clone recipe will pass for a dead ringer for most, so I'm comfortable sharing it in this state. If I end up making any little tweaks that I feel make this clone absolutely perfect, they'll be reflected here, where I keep the DIY recipes that I'm serious about.
I like Charlie Noble. I like their juice and I like them as a company. I feel no moral dilemma in posting my clone of one of their juices, because the average Charlie Noble customer is not going to jump ship for DIY. This is for those of you who make your own juice, which is a relatively small percentage of overall vapers. I hope that Charlie Noble, if they ever see this, will take it as a compliment instead of taking offense.
The target juice is a blend of Turkish tobacco, fig, almond and exotic spices. It's a very pleasant vape, way different than any fruit vape, and a nice change of pace for a guy like me who vapes a lot of custards. Let's take this clone into The Lab and see how it stacks up to the original.
I will be vaping this juice on a dual 26ga 0.33 ohm build in one of my Cthulhus on my BMI at 40w. Here's the recipe:
The nose of this juice is a round, nutty almond infused with a fruity sweetness that is not too subtle or too forward. It's a perfect harmony between the two.
The flavor on inhale is a little more pronounced than average, and I get both the almond and the fig in pretty good balance. Core satisfaction is slightly above average.
The flavor on exhale is a nice balance of the round nut body with the sweetness from the fig. The mixture is really compelling. It starts with the almond note, transitions to sweet fig, and on the finish the almond blossoms and becomes toasty and smooth. They aren't fighting for dominance but work together beautifully. It's a credit to Charlie Noble that they came up with this combo. It's very different and very original. The nut body of this vape is not peanut-y and does not resemble other nut vapes. Vapor is dense.
On my scale this one still need a slight tweak to reach perfection, but it's very close. It made me happy that I got so close to this finished recipe using nothing but memory. It's a great vape and I heartily recommend the original to everyone, and if you DIY give my recipe a try. I hope you like it as much as I do.