- Created: 28 November 2011
Virginia tobacco has the highest sugar content of any tobacco. Because of this it ages marvelously, continuing to improve under proper storage conditions for four, maybe five decades. Like wine.
Virginia tobacco has an amazing natural sweetness due to all that sugar. There is nothing like it. I have been trying for months to make an extract that captures that magic, and so far I have been striking out, bad. I am tempted to do some gas chromatography on some Virginia tobacco smoke to see what's going on in there on the molecular level. I still hold hope for doing an extract without having to resort to sorcery though, so for the time being I will keep making test samples and see if a source tobacco can be found that translates into a vape with at least some of that magic intact.
Todd at Vaperite has one of the original Virginia flue cured vapes in Vaperite Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco. Not all of Todd's tobaccos are natural extracts though, and I think this one is achieved via flavorings. If I'm wrong he can let me know and I will change this review.
Let's get today's Test Subject into The Lab, where I will be vaping this 16mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 atty.
The nose of this juice is sweet, and at once assures me that this is indeed done using flavorings instead of a natural tobacco extract. It has an aroma that makes me think FlavourArt.
The flavor on inhale is that kind of FA artificial tobacco note. It's kind of like artificial cigar, but really there's nothing like it. If you've tasted FA tobacco, then you will instantly recognize the flavor. Discounting familiarity and preference, if I try to look at this vape like I've never tasted this stuff before, it's a fairly decent approximation of tobacco, as vaping goes. There is an element that is almost smoky, but not quite. It's dusty and earthy. Vague generalizations, but the bottom line is that you could fool yourself into thinking tobacco with this if you really wanted to. Throat hit is decent, just north of average for a tobacco vape I'd say.
The flavor on exhale is slightly creamy in the mouth. Dry and has that earthy FA pseudo-tobacco body to it. As a Virginia tobacco this doesn't do it for me, but as a tobacco vape you could do far worse. Vapor production is average for a PG blend.
There is nothing wrong with this one, it just doesn't excite my passion. I have impossibly high expectations to meet when it comes to tobacco vapes. I love tobacco. I smoke a pipe. I smoke a pipe every single evening, without fail. It is one of the things in this life that I am unwaveringly and utterly devoted to and passionate about. It's my single malt scotch.
So I realize that my criteria for Virginia tobacco and your criteria are likely wildly different. Judged as a tobacco vape against its contemporaries, Vaperite Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco is a solid vape and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those who are making the rounds, looking for the perfect tobacco vape. For myself, well, I still have a Grail to find. My quest continues.