Name and Format: 759 Balkan Blend (Tabacchificio 3.0) – Concentrated flavour 20 ml
Used Base: 50 PG / 47 VG / 3 H2O
Expiry date: 03/2021
In pipe smoke a Balkan Mixture is a blend of Latakia, Oriental and Virginia tobaccos with a clear prevalence of Latakia tobacco. To tell the truth, the term “Balkan mixture” does not identify a real product category of tobaccos but is more than anything else a commercial term created to identify a whole series of pipe mixtures that want to emulate the legendary and no longer produced The Balkan Sobranie n. 759 Mixture.
Even the electronic cigarette sector, within the niche of organic tobacco flavors, soon adopted this legendary blend, and so in recent years many extracted tobacco manufacturers have create their Balkan Blend e-juices. For today’s review I will examine just one of these, the aroma 759 Balkan Blend made by the Emilian company Tabacchificio 3.0.
Of this company, founded and managed by Massimiliano Caliendo, we have already had the pleasure and the good fortune to review five aromas: Eclissi, Halfzware Shag, Kentucky Tennessee, Nova Roma and Balkan Six Leaves. If you are a lover of this kind of e-liquids and have never tried a Tabacchificio 3.0 extract, I recommend reading them, you may find some product to fall in love with.
The concentrated flavor 759 Balkan Blend is marketed like all the products of the brand in a 20 ml glass bottle to be diluted, according to the manufacturer’s indications, between 10% and 20%. A final composition as close as possible to VPG 50/50 is also recommended. Tabacchificio 3.0 aromas do not require maturation, although a few days of steeping undoubtedly improve the aromatic result.
Tabacchificio 3.0 describes its 759 Balkan Blend as follows:
Ricco e robusto, potente e schietto, ma allo stesso tempo, fine ed elegante. Sapori scuri di legno e cuoio si mescolano a delicati sottofondi di dolcezza e profonde note di terra.
Rich and robust, powerful and straightforward, but at the same time fine and elegant. Dark flavors of wood and leather blend with delicate undertones of sweetness and deep earthy notes.
The presence of a robust and smoky Latakia immediately characterizes the smell test of 759 Balkan Blend and I can only be pleased with it, as the dark blends are the ones I prefer most within the category of tobacco extracts. A Latakia definitely at the forefront is flanked by rich spicy scents that rest on a bed of soft vegetal notes, more timid but still present. The olfactory analysis allows us to see all the elements, and each with its weight, which one would expect to identify in a Balkan blend; the aromatic plant is essential and the three tobaccos tidy and ready to perform their function (I hope) even in the vape test.
Devices: ExVape Expromizer V3 Fire RTA single coil 1.10 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) + Flash e-Vapor 4.5s RTA single coil 0.85 ohm (Kanthal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.
For the review of 759 Balkan Blend I decided to use again the pair of German atomizers that has become at home in my vaping tests: the ExVape Expromizer V3 Fire the 4.5 S version of the Flash e-Vapor.
On vape the 759 Balkan Blend appears immediately strong but never over the top. Latakia is in the foreground in inspiration, but does not violate the taste buds making it very difficult to perceive the subtlest nuances of the whole blend. Let’s not forget that we are not in the presence of a pure Latakia and therefore it would be a big mistake to judge this aroma only by the percentage and strength of the Syrian tobacco in the blend. In this sense, this Tabacchificio 3.0 aroma plays the perfect role of a balkan mixture without playing on the clever and all too obvious expedient of “more latakia = better”.
The manufacturer in creating this tobacco extract, concentrated and focused on the whole blend structure, taking care that Latakia, however the protagonist, did not obscure Oriental tobaccos and Virginia. This is why during the puff it is easy and equally valuable to be able to perceive after the dark, woody and smoky impact of Latakia, an aromatic richness and a slight spiciness that characterizes precisely the central phases of the vape, with oriental tobaccos that emerge generous throughout their sophisticated spiciness.
When I am about to finish the puff, I realize that the bouquet is also enriched with a sweeter and more harmonious background, and I identify in this the contribution of virginia tobacco that provides an undoubted roundness to the mix, making it with full merit lovable and enveloping. Finally, pleasant but not too marked is the aromatic persistence after vape, which leaves a slight accent of smoked wood on the palate.
759 BALKAN BLEND FINAL VERDICT
I conclude this review of the 759 Balkan Blend aroma with a reflection that more generally embraces all the products by Tabacchificio 3.0 brand tested so far. The company from Reggio Emilia produces high quality tobacco aromas, like many other Italian companies; in my opinion, however, it stands out a bit from the others because Massimiliano Caliendo (Tabacchificio 3.0 creator), while keeping in mind what the market asks and desires, never renounces to add creativity and personality to his creations, in some cases even giving up a more immediate commercial success.
Just 759 Balkan Blend is a shining example of this because, although it is a classic recipe for the category of tobacco extracts, this blend proved to be orderly, at times austere and damn elegant, so much so that it probably winks only to a small circle of vapers, in short, to those who appreciate tasting tobaccos slowly and rhythmically. A meditation tobacco, a perfect balkan blend.
Suggested dilution: 15-20%
Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 10-15 days