- Created: 12 December 2011
The target for today's cigar vape is an interesting one. Toscano cigars are a dry cured, hand rolled Italian OTC cigar. By OTC I mean they are an inexpensive cigar that fills a similar niche over there that Black and Milds and White Owls fill here in the States. Toscanos are a love it or hate it cigar, but they do have a fervent fan base, including celebrity Clint Eastwood. They have a reputation for strong flavor, or harshness, depending on who you ask. Sounds like good extract material to me.
I'm always up for a good cigar vape. Problem is, there are only a couple good cigar vapes in all of vaping. It's tough to capture all that robust body and flavor when you aren't striking a match, and most attempts are either incomplete recreations or laughable failures.
Well, if I have confidence in anyone to make me a cigar vape I can't do much better than Todd at Vaperite. Todd is one of vaping's pioneers in the area of natural tobacco extracts, and if vaping ever gets big enough to warrant more than a page or two on Wikipedia, Todd will be memorialized as such.
I will be vaping today's 16mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty. A note on natural tobacco extract eliquid: natural tobacco extracts are very high in suspended solids. Because of this they are hell on atomizers. You can help mitigate this problem by using a product like want2vape Atty Refresher or Vape the Rockies Purge Atty Cleanser. I use both, and I also have a habit of choosing a thin, clean burning eliquid and alternating when I vape natural tobaccos. They're hard on attys, and until we figure out a workaround for that, it's the price you pay for vaping genuine tobacco.
The nose of this juice is fantastic. There is a real earthy body to this and it's smoky to boot. I think what I like most about it is that it doesn't pull any punches. There are so many tobacco vapes that are too sweet or too subtle. It's like they're made for people who really don't like tobacco. Well I like tobacco and I don't want to have to suck on my drip tip like I'm drinking a too thick milkshake to get any satisfaction. The nose of this suggests to me that this may be a combination of natural tobacco and flavorings. It's a good start.
The flavor on inhale is where this one more closely resembles the status quo for natural tobacco vapes. I get a sense of tobacco, but I get a larger sense of what is missing than what is present. That is not a knock against Vaperite or this juice, it's just one of the problems associated with trying to make a good natural tobacco juice. I can't tell you how many tobaccos I've had high hopes for as extract candidates, only to be disappointed by not getting what I wanted out of them and having to go back to the drawing board. Here I am getting a sense of tobacco, but not necessarily a sense of the target. The flavor is relatively full, and it is good, and it transitions into a pretty decent throat hit. About average for a tobacco vape, which makes it better than average for a natural tobacco vape.
The flavor on exhale shows a little more of the picture. There is something here that stimulates a certain part of my tongue, just behind the tip on the top section. I like it. There is a quality to this after the impression of tobacco that is more like the smell of this cigar after unwrapping it then it is of smoking it. I would have to classify this as a medium body cigar, as cigar vapes go. I don't get dark, rich and pungent. The flavor cues here are a little brighter to me, and it showcases a different side of the cigar than you might think you're going to get. There are a lot of descriptors one might use when talking about your impressions of a cigar, and they're applicable to vaping one too. Here I get: leathery, no; smoky, yes; woody, no; fruity, yes. That fruit note is generally a natural note produced by the sugars in the tobacco that combines with the smoke and the earthy tobacco flavor and produces a specific hint of fruit. Here I would say that the closest impression I could detect would be of cinnamon and dried cherry, but only the faintest whisper. Vapor production is thick, as you would expect from a 50/50 blend.
In the case of Tuscany Tobacco, there is a good quality of flavor, and I definitely feel that this is a release quality juice that is worthy of a label. On the other hand, as a vaper looking for that definitive cigar vape, it falls short for me. I need one of two things in a cigar vape. One, it has to be BIG. I want that unapologetic, no holds barred cigar right in my face. Or two, I need it to perfectly recreate one aspect of cigar that makes something light up in my brain when I vape it. Vaperite Tuscany Tobacco is a very good vape, but it falls short of magic for me.
Don't let my review damn this juice with faint praise though. If you're making the rounds in search of that perfect tobacco vape, this is definitely a stop you want to make. For that matter, just order the Vaperite tobacco sampler. Todd is responsible for several hallmark tobacco vapes and should be required vaping for tobacco loving vapers on a quest to find their Holy Grail. Recommended.