- Created: 29 August 2011
Goodejuice started brewing up their own in-house tobacco extracts, so it's time to sample their wares. Three things make me especially qualified to evaluate natural tobacco extract e liquid: I love natural tobacco juice; I love tobacco and am an ardent pipe smoker and hoarder of tobacco; and I am involved in the production of juices that currently set the bar for what natural tobacco extract juice can be. That is not ego talking, it's simply the truth. Sooner or later someone else will be able to duplicate what we do, but until then Donley Wilson and myself are the world's foremost experts on creating natural tobacco extracts for use in e liquid.
There are many pitfalls in making your own tobacco extracts, and unfortunately I can't be too specific without giving away solutions that we've developed in overcoming some of them. Suffice it to say, you can't just chop up some tobacco and soak it in PG and hope for good results. If anyone could do it, anyone would do it. Making a natural tobacco extract that contains a genuine resemblance to the target tobacco is tough, and this is compounded by the fact that we aren't burning the stuff, so the flavor is not quite the same as the flavor of the tobacco when smoked. Then you have to think about performance. Maybe your extract doesn't have that throat hit and core satisfaction that tobacco lovers crave. The creation of a good tobacco extract must satisfy many variables for people who are really going to be offended if you get it wrong.
Let's get this 18mg 50/50 blend into The Lab and see how Goodejuice did. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
The nose of this juice is similar to the grassy, hay-like extracts that exist in the community, but deeper and richer.
The flavor on inhale is kind of nondescript. You know you're vaping a tobacco extract, but the flavor doesn't really suggest anything more specific. I do not get cigar, which is what the item description states. Maybe, if I overthink it and let my predisposition from having been told this is cigar, then maybe I get just a whiff of something cigar-like. I don't get Virginia or Burley either. Just a generic impression of tobacco. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It makes this juice more appealing to a wider audience, since it doesn't have strong elements of a specific tobacco. This one lets your brain fill in the gaps. The throat hit of this juice is decent. Not in Halo territory, but it's probably a little better than most of the natural tobacco vapes out there.
The flavor on exhale is a little fuller than on inhale, and I get more a sense of the tobacco here. It still seems a little murky and undefined, but there is a note in there that is almost pepper-y. There is also a little sweetness. I would like this juice better if it had a strong flavor cue that undeniably exclaims what kind of tobacco it is, but again, this is probably going to have a wider appeal due to the fact that it doesn't. Vapor production is slightly above average as PG blends go, owing to the 50% VG ratio.
In all honesty this is a good natural tobacco juice. It's easy to get along with and I think a lot of people would like this. On the other hand, this is exactly the sort of juice that made me want to pursue making my own tobacco vapes. I always felt let down that none of the natural tobacco vapes made me feel like I was enjoying the real thing. They always seemed like pale shadows of the tobacco I love. That's the same beef I have with this one, but I am also probably the toughest customer in the entire vaping community when it comes to natural tobacco. My criteria are almost impossible to meet.
So, putting my personal preferences aside, Black Jack Tobacco from Goodejuice is a good effort that stands proud with the other natural tobacco vapes that exist in our community. Not bad at all for a vendor that hadn't even been on my radar. This one will feel familiar to those who enjoy Tasty Vapor Tobacco and the tobacco vapes from Vaperite.