- Created: 18 July 2011
For review today is another juice from Bombay Vaping, Coumarin Pipe Tobacco. I'm a pipe smoker and I have no idea what Coumarin means. Never heard it before, so give me a minute to go Google it.
Ok, coumarin is a chemical compound sourced from botanicals, specifically tonquin bean or Deer Tongue (the herb not the lengua). That I have heard of. Samuel Gawith uses it as a topping on some of their tobaccos, and tonquin approximately tastes like vanilla. So, today I am going to expect a vape version of vanilla pipe tobacco.
One last word on pipe tobacco before we start. For anyone interested, my pipe and pipe tobacco blog is Cake and Dottle, and I'm pretty passionate about the subject. Vaping is about nicotine, but smoking my pipes is about love. For all of you who associate pipe smoking with sweet, musky, wonderful scents that evoke nostalgia, real pipe tobacco is a different animal. If grandpa smoked something in his pipe that made the room smell like vanilla or fruit, then grandpa probably bought his pouches at the gas station and didn't know much about tobacco. Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein constantly tells me I make the Castle smell acrid and smoky. Some of my tobaccos she doesn't mind or even likes, but some of my Latakia blends draw comments like "smells like ass", "are you burning tires in there?", or "why the hell would someone buy a $300 pipe to smoke that nasty sh*t?". The aromatic tobaccos smell good in the room, but that artifical flavoring is usually masking some pretty bad tobacco. I know, I am a tobacco snob. What can I say, I love tobacco. The good stuff has the same kind of complexity that makes people love good cheese, wine and single malt scotch.
With this week's rant aside, let's take this pipe vape into The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is a slightly chalky, perfumey tobacco vape.
The flavor on inhale is subtly sweet and dry, almost a little milky. This transitions right into a very respectable throat hit. Good, satisfying impact here.
The flavor on exhale is lightly sweet and milky with subtle vanilla throughout. No real sense of tobacco, but a good job of conveying tobacco vape to your brain. Vapor production is average for a PG blend.
Ok, forget about pipe tobacco. This isn't it. However, almost no one who vapes this, or any pipe vape, ever smoked a pipe in their lives. The vape version of pipe is not a recreation, it's trying to capture the idea of a pipe tobacco someone smelled once in a vape. With the exception of my London, they're all like that, and that's fine. I can't shoot any of them down given what the target consumer for this product is.
So, in the balance, what is Bombay Vaping Coumarin Pipe Tobacco? It's actually a very satisfying, creamy and slightly sweet tobacco vape. There is nothing off-putting about the flavor and the performance is good. This and their Stag Leaf juice are both solid vapes with good flavor. The ginger element in Stag Leaf is to date the best use of ginger in a vape that has been in The Lab. As artificially flavored tobacco vapes go, they're both way above average. This is definitely one for people who like sweet tobacco vapes, but the flavoring is subtle so it's not like vaping candy. This would be even better if you got a sense of Virginia tobacco to go with the tonquin and great throat hit, but it is much better than most of the competing juices in the genre. If you like your tobacco vapes with good performance, a little sweetness but not so much on the tobacco, you could do far worse than this. Recommended.