- Created: 26 October 2011
I like my tobacco unadorned. The tobacco that I smoke in my pipes has no added flavorings, at least no overt added flavorings since all tobacco has been treated to some extent or other. I just don't want any apple or maple fogging up what I came there for in the first place, which is the tobacco.
E liquid is another matter. If you think this stuff tastes just like tobacco then it's been a really long time since you've smoked any. Since none of our juice really tastes like the real thing, or at the least does not capture what smoking tobacco is like, some added flavoring helps make it more enjoyable. I love the Vapor Station tobaccos, and every single one of them has a strong nut presence. There's even some nut buried in Torque 56, which no one describes as mystery nut with throat hit.
Todd at Vaperite was one of my biggest inspirations in wanting to make my own juice. His natural tobacco extracts were a light in the darkness when no one else was trying to make a quality tobacco vape. They tend to be a little mild in body, but that probably appeals to more people, and there is no doubting the quality of flavor he captures from the leaf. I'm a fan, it's no secret.
Today I will be vaping one of his classics, Vaperite Rou's Hazelnut Tobacco. I will be vaping this 16mg 50PG/50VG juice at 3.7v with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 atty.
The nose of this juice is sweet and has a very delicate nut to it. So different from the nut I am used to in a vape. It's a very appetizing scent, and it's not overdone.
The flavor on inhale does give an impression of tobacco, and there is a remarkably natural nut there as well. I wouldn't peg it as hazelnut on inhale, just a general, non-specific but very natural nut. That could be my atty since I didn't pull a fresh atty for this review. Throat hit is average for a tobacco vape, which is better than most 50/50 blends achieve.
The flavor on exhale is where this is definitely identifiable as hazelnut. The flavor cues are spot-on. It's presented mildly, and there is a toasted quality to the flavor, which is probably a contribution from the tobacco base. The overall presentation here is of a lightly hazelnut infused tobacco vape. It's mild on the palate, but the flavor is quite good. Vapor production is better than most PG blends owing to the 50/50 ratio. Not as dense as some at this ratio.
This is a solid recipe and about as nice a presentation of nut as you're likely to find in the vaping world. It wasn't a total bell ringer for me, but that doesn't dim my appreciation for the balance that is offered here. Another solid entry in the Vaperite tobacco stable, and I wouldn't expect anything less from Todd. Recommended.