- Created: 05 December 2011
I smoke quite a lot of Perique, so it's a subject near and dear to my heart. Real Perique is only grown in St. James parish Louisiana. There isn't a whole lot of it. A lot of Kentucky Burley is processed as Perique and passed off as Perique, but there is a difference.
The Indians taught us how to make Perique. In a nutshell, it's Burley that has been pressed and allowed to ferment in its own juices. It has a high nicotine content, and it adds either a fermented fruit tang to the tobacco its blended with, or it can have a peppery taste. The peppery taste is more often than not from Perique that isn't the real thing, but the real thing can display that element too. The blends I smoke that contain Perique have a magical smell when you open the tin. Tangy, raisin-y, mouth watering; it smells like Christmas in a can. Perique adds a nice element to blends as long as you use a judicious hand with it.
Goodejuice just sent me a package of a bunch of their house tobacco blends. I thank them and will share my thoughts with you. The first to enter The Lab is their Natural Perique Tobacco, which they extract from the genuine article. I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new SLB 1.7 ohm 510 atty.
The nose of this juice is interesting. It had a little bit of a burnt smell to it at first, but once it took over the atty that changed. There is a sweet element here, but it isn't perfumey. There is also something that is almost bread-like and yeasty. Exhaling through the nose it is peppery. There isn't anything bad going on, and it does have a natural aroma. Interesting.
The flavor on inhale is again slightly sweet and there is that bread-like quality. I am not doing justice to it, but it is definitely a flavor that screams food. About five minutes later I narrowed it down to a taste that reminds me of mushrooms, which is actually one of the comparisons that comes up from time to time when people are talking about the tin aroma of Perique pipe tobacco blends. This transitions into what may be the best throat hit I've ever had from a natural tobacco extract eliquid. It's really good and they should be commended for the performance this juice has.
The flavor on exhale is where I do get a strong sense of that pepper note that Perique can display. I don't get the mouth wateringly delicious fermented fruit tang I love so much, but I do recognize this as being Perique tobacco. There is a creamy mouth feel to this as well. Sitting here vaping this after I'm done thinking about the analytical aspect of trying a new juice, this vapes really well. Incredibly well for a natural tobacco extract. It remains to be seen how hard on attys this stuff is, and it probably is, but my impressions of this vape are very positive. Vapor production is average for a PG blend, a little under average for a 50/50 blend in my opinion.
I went into this review wondering how I was going to politely avoid quoting my Apocalyptic Tobacco Vape Manifesto. Instead I'm prepared to say that this is the best natural tobacco vape I've ever dripped on an atty that wasn't made by Donley Wilson. The flavor may not be for you, and it may not be a dead ringer for Perique tobacco, but Goodejuice has managed to make a very nice extract from Perique. It doesn't recreate the magic a pipe smoker experiences when they smoke a Perique blend, but it does provide an accurate partial picture of raw Perique, and the performance is really top notch for a natural extract. I have to give this one top honors. Very nicely done guys, good work.