Burley Black Line – La Tabaccheria

Burley Black Line – La Tabaccheria

Burley Black Line – Review

INTRODUCTION

La Tabaccheria, the most important company in Italy in manufacturing of natural tobacco extracts, in the last two years worked to the creation of lines of extracts intended not only for long-time vapers but also for all those who are beginners with the electronic cigarette and who approach the vape in the most user friendly way possible. Hence the Organic 4pod and Extreme 4pod lines and the consequent and more than deserved awards received by the roman company at the 2020 edition of the Vape Italian Tobacco Award established by The Flavourist.

At the end of last year, La Tabaccheria launched a third line of tobacco extracts designed especially for consumers who are used to buying ready-to-use e-liquids. The Black Line in fact, consists of 7 ready to vape e-liquids of 10 ml in different nicotine grades (from 0 to 16 mg / ml). As you can see from the image below, the e-liquids of the line are: Perique, Burley, Izmir, Latakia, Virginia, Kentucky and Cavendish.

La Tabaccheria Black Line liquidi pronti TPD

Here’s how La Tabaccheria presents its new Black line: “We have come full circle and crowned our most difficult objective: to support the sector with ready-made liquids that make it easier to abandon traditional cigarettes and that are truly suitable for entry level systems as much as for more advanced systems. An objective always sought with the utmost commitment, sacrifice and business ethics. After years of research and development, the sector will finally have another great support from his, the product that everyone would have liked to have available and available in stores at the first approach with the electronic cigarette.

The real taste of tobacco, over 50 ml of coil duration, ready liquid produced only with real tobacco extracts and without artificial flavors. The perfect balance between an Organic 4pod and an Extreme 4pod. The right charge, the right duration, the right taste. Now, quitting smoking will be even easier!”

BURLEY BLACK LINE DESCRIPTION

The Flavourist, after starting his personal journey to discover the flavors of this new line of e-liquids, talking to you about the Latakia Black Line e-liquid, continues today with the review of the Burley Black Line, a tobacco quite distant from Latakia, both for organoleptic characteristics and for aromatic scents; Burley is probably the least considered and most underestimated tobacco in the vaping and not only field, always labeled as a simple seasoning tobacco, useful only for achieving and maintaining the aromatic balance within very complex and structured tobacco blends. In short, a stopgap of little interest. But yet…

Here’s how the manufacturer describes its Burley Black line on the company’s official website:

Thanks to the combination of our selective and extreme purification techniques, we are pleased to present a further evolution of our Burley tobacco extract. All the flavor of Burley in 10ml TPD Ready liquid version. Coil life over 50 ml. The ideal product for the smoker who approaches the electronic cigarette.The ideal product for those who want a liquid that does not require dilution of the aroma.The ideal product for those who decide to quit smoking permanently.

La Tabaccheria Black Line Burley boccetta

SMELL TEST

The smell test, already in itself very often not very useful when speaking in general of natural tobacco extracts, with the appropriate exceptions referable to fire cured tobaccos and the so-called dark blends, in this case is totally unproductive, precisely because the characteristics aromatic herbs of Burley tobacco, and the selective purification process by La Tabaccheria, makes this e-liquid completely odorless on the nose. It is useless to look for scents that are not there, climbing up on extravagant hypotheses of perceptions of non-existent perfumes: on the smell Burley Black Line is a real ghost e-juice.

So I just have to put my hopes on the vape test, where I expect to find a tobacco that is still light but able to give significant aromatic perceptions in vaporization.

Burley bianco foglie stoccate

VAPE TEST

Devices: Innokin Sceptre Vogue coil 1.20 ohm + ExVape Expromizer V3 Fire single coil 1.15 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) with Fiber N’ Cotton.

    Innokin Sceptre Vogue colore Grey   Expromizer V3 Fire by ExVape

For the review of the Burley Black Line I decided to use the Innokin Sceptre pod mod with 1.2 ohm coil for MTL and the RTA Expromizer V3 Fire atomizer built with a 1.15 ohm coil.

On vape Burley Black Line finally reveals its cards, masterfully hidden during the smell test, and shows itself as an e-liquid without excesses and very linear, clean and essential. Although I have not yet tasted all the tobaccos ofthis line, I can tell you that, for my experience gained in almost 10 years of vaping and for my aptitude to vape extracted tobaccos, this Burley Black Line should undoubtedly be placed at the forefront as an e-liquid to start vaping.

Those who start vaping, unless they come from a long experience with cigars and pipes, do not know the world of tobaccos, and therefore are not inclined to approach electronic smoking with too aromatic or even very strong and smoked liquids. From this point of view, the Burley of La Tabaccheria is the perfect starting e-liquid for the first vape experience.

Tbacco Burley foglie essiccate

Burley Black Line is a slightly aromatic liquid, with notes of grassy tobacco that lie on a dry and slightly woody background; a vape not rich aromatically speaking, but on the contrary without frills, dry and penetrating enough to deliver a rather analogue vape experience on the palate of the vaper. For a user at the beginning of his adventure as a vaper, who will probably be led especially at the beginning to compulsively vape, looking not for a real aromatic satisfaction, but rather a valid and less harmful alternative to the traditional cigarette, this e-liquid is a my opinion is the ideal choice.

The Black Line line is able, according to what the manufacturer tells us, to reach 50 ml of vaped e-liquid, before having to replace the headcoil of your pod mod or having to rebuild your RTA. I am not absolutely sure but I would bet that the Burley Black Line can easily exceed the 70 milliliter threshold. In the same way, its non-aromatic complexity makes it a tireless all-day e-juice, which will never stun the palate and the taste buds of the vaper, leaving the mouth always free of intrusive and cloying aftertaste.

Burley Black Line, a clean e-liquid outside (on the coils) and clean inside (on the palate).

BURLEY BLACK LINE FINAL VERDICT

After the overwhelming Latakia Black Line, even the taste experience with this Burley from the same line is in my opinion absolutely winning and convincing. The score and the aromatic scene are diametrically opposed to that of Latakia, but the value of this product is absolutely flawless if used as a handyman e-liquid and for the whole day, or as a real substitute for the traditional cigarette for those who have decided to start vaping. The Flavourist approved.

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Pro: The perfect e-liquid to start vaping

Cons: It is a tobacco that, by its nature, gives few aromatic nuances

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Name and Format: Burley Black Line (La Tabaccheria) – E-liquid ready to vape 10 ml

Batch: 2226/0920

Expiry Date: 09/2022

Latakia Black Line – La Tabaccheria

Latakia Black Line – La Tabaccheria

Latakia Black Line – Review

INTRODUCTION

La Tabaccheria, for years an Italian and international reference point for lovers of extracted tobacco, began in autumn 2019 a process of real revolution in the concept of electronic smoking, aiming to play an increasingly important role within that range of vapers that use non-rebuildable systems to vape and represent over 90% of the e-cig users population.

In this sense, the Roman company has created two lines of organic tobaccos which, thanks to a particular procedure called “selective purification”, are able to restore the same aromatic perceptions of its extracted tobaccos, while avoiding rapidly compromising the coil life, head coil or pod; we refer to the Organic 4pod and Extreme 4pod lines and, the latter received the coveted The Flavourist prize as the 2020 best line of tobacco extracted for pod.

But there is more because the company managed and administered by the charismatic figure of Orlando d’Alessandro, accustomed to never rest on its laurels, has thought of a third line of extracted tobaccos even more oriented to the standard e-cig user who not only uses head coil systems, but is used to buying ready-to-vape e-liquids. The Black Line line, in fact, to which we refer, unlike the Organic 4 pod (line of 10 ml concentrated aromas) and the Extreme 4 pod (60 ml shot aroma line) consists of 7 different flavors of e-liquids ready to vape in 10 ml bottles and in different nicotine grades (0 to 16 mg/ml).

La Tabaccheria Black Line liquidi pronti TPD

Here’s how La Tabaccheria presents its new Black line: “We have come full circle and crowned our most difficult objective: to support the sector with ready-made liquids that make it easier to abandon traditional cigarettes and that are truly suitable for entry level systems as much as for more advanced systems. An objective always sought with the utmost commitment, sacrifice and business ethics. After years of research and development, the sector will finally have another great support from his, the product that everyone would have liked to have available and available in stores at the first approach with the electronic cigarette.

The real taste of tobacco, over 50 ml of coil duration, ready liquid produced only with real tobacco extracts and without artificial flavors. The perfect balance between an Organic 4pod and an Extreme 4pod. The right charge, the right duration, the right taste. Now, quitting smoking will be even easier!”

LATAKIA BLACK LINE DESCRIPTION

The Flavourist today begins its personal journey within the Black line of La Tabaccheria, starting from the review of the Latakia Black Line, the extract certainly with the strongest taste of the line, the one that probably more than any other is able to transfer to consumer a real vape experience with an analogue character.

Here’s how the manufacturer describes its Latakia Black line on the company’s official website:

Thanks to the combination of our selective and extreme purification techniques, we are pleased to present a further evolution of our Latakia tobacco extract. All the flavor of Latakia in 10ml TPD Ready liquid version. Coil life, over 50 ml. The ideal product for the smoker who approaches the electronic cigarette. The ideal product for those who want a liquid that does not require dilution of the aroma. The ideal product for those who decide to quit smoking permanently.

La Tabaccheria Black Line Latakia boccetta 10 ml

SMELL TEST

It is useless to hide, Latakia Black Line reveals all its temperament and strength from the first sniff, in full Latakia style by La Tabaccheria. I am sure that if I smelled at the same time and with my eyes closed a bottle of Latakia by the Extracts line and one of Latakia Black line, it would be very difficult to distinguish one from the other.

How is it possible that a practically transparent e-liquid is able to give such a convincing and exhilarating olfactory result? Beyond my, I hope understandable, incredulity, I can only certify the excellent work done in the La Tabaccheria laboratories, a work that has allowed to arrive at this absolutely impeccable formulation from an olfactory point of view.

On the smell Latakia Black Line is rude, violent, incredibly smoky with not indifferent incensed hints. What more could you ask for from a Latakia and above all, what else could I add?

Latakia tabacco sacco

VAPE TEST

Devices: Vaporesso Luxe PM40 GTX coil 1.20 ohm + ExVape Expromizer V3 Fire single coil 1.15 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) with Fiber N’ Cotton.

    vaporesso luxe pm40 pod mod   Expromizer V3 Fire by ExVape

For the review of the Latakia Black Line I decided to rely on two very different devices, the Luxe PM40 by Vaporesso and the Expromizer V3 Fire by ExVape, one of the best pod mods with head coils on the market and a rebuildable MTL atomizer more than never very good with dark tobaccos.

The puff of this Latakia is so penetrating and overbearing that from the first puff it can only arouse two possible reactions: hate or unconditional love. Lovers of light tobaccos or more generally of e-juices with delicate aromatic tones, certainly will not find it suitable for their expectations, but the fact remains that this is a high quality e-juice, more than ever indicated for those who try to find in the electronic cigarette the analogical experiences and perceptions of traditional smoking, and beyond a perfect way also for the purists of dark organic tobaccos and Latakia.

Latakia foglie essiccate

Latakia Black Line, presents itself with incredibly dry and woody top notes, worthy ferrymen of the vaper within a series of perceptions and sensory experiences from inferno-Dante.

“Before me there were no created things, Only eterne, and I eternal last. All hope abandon, ye who enter in!…” This is how Latakia speaks and sentences to those who are going to vape it…

So when the vaper approaches this new Latakia signed by La Tabaccheria, he will find himself enveloped by the turmoil and complexity of a tobacco that will not hesitate to show its crystalline class combined with its brute strength. And he will find himself in the heart of vape enveloped by the flames of this latakia hell, noticing it taking on fascinating and marked hints of incense, imbued with spicy veins and strong smoked wood flavors. Finally, at the end, the woody and smoky tones will persist on the palate with the right consistency and without ever completely numbing the taste buds, on the contrary ready to receive a new puff. An experience, an unprecedented journey … and perhaps without return …

LATAKIA BLACK LINE FINAL VERDICT

The taste experience lived with this first e-liquid from the new Black Line by La Tabaccheria, opens to unimaginable scenarios only a few years ago for the electronic cigarette sector, especially in Italy but not only. I say especially in Italy, because it is well known that in our country more than any other country in the world, the consumption and appreciation of tobacco e-liquids is so high and in any case above the world average.

The birth of this new line, at least judging by this first test, but I’m also ready to bet on future tests, allows an entry level user who starts vaping, to do it with a real tobacco e-liquid, which tastes like tobacco and which brings him bluntly in terms of perceptions to the analog smoke experience. Not to mention the absolute ability of these e-liquid to be truly coil friendly.

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Pro: To quit smoking and more … A Latakia tobacco as transparent as it is thrilling!

Cons:

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Name and Format: Latakia Black Line (La Tabaccheria) – E-liquid 10 ml

Batch: 2256/0920

Expiry date: 09/2022

Pensiero Stupendo (DKS)

Pensiero Stupendo (DKS)

DKS logo

Name and Format: Pensiero Stupendo (DKS) Con Garbo line – Propylene glycol aroma 20 ml – received by the manufacturer

Batch: D0054

Nico: 3 mg/ml

VPG composition: 50 PG / 50 VG

Expiry date: 10/2021

Devices: Flash e-Vapor 4.5 S RTA single coil 1.05 ohm (Kanthal A1 26 AWG) + Innokin Ares 2 RTA 24 mm single coil 0.9 ohm (Khantal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.


Today I’m back to tell you about a flavored tobacco manufactured by DKS in collaboration with my friend Filippo Garbo, creator and administrator of the youtube channel and facebook group “Svapo e Musica Club”. DKS and Filippo have created a line of flavored tobacco with a simple but very effective name: “Con Garbo”. So after having praised Bitter Fruit, today I will test for you Pensiero Stupendo, the second of the four tobacco extracts that make up the “Con Garbo” line, all with a common denominator of Kentucky tobacco and baptized, but it could not be otherwise (knowing Filippo’s passion for music) with names of musical songs.

DKS Pensiero stupendo boccetta

The four “Con Garbo” are offered in the popular shot format of 20 ml of propylene glycol flavoring inside a 60 ml chubby gorilla. To obtain a ready to vape e-liquid in VPG 50/50 concentration, you hate to add to the aroma, 30 ml of vegetable glycerol and a further 10 ml of propylene glycol .

Kentucky Dark Fire Cured Leaf

Here’s how Pensiero Stupendo is described on the manufacturer’s official website:

Come cercare di descrivere qualcosa che non si può spiegare? Cosa può donare di così speciale il Kentucky mixato alla meringa, alla vaniglia e al miele millefiori?  Come l’omonima canzone e la sua interprete, questo complesso blend si svela poco a poco visionario, psichedelico, aggressivo, soave… con un bouquet di aromi che vi lascerà bramosi di un’altra suggestiva svapata!

How to try to describe something that cannot be explained? What can Kentucky mixed with meringue, vanilla and wildflower honey give so special? Like the homonymous song and its interpreter, this complex blend is revealed little by little visionary, psychedelic, aggressive, sweet … with a bouquet of aromas that will leave you yearning for another suggestive vape!

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SMELL TEST

On the smell Pensiero Stupendo appears elegantly perfumed and very aromatic, and shows in the foreground an unmistakable and lively honeyed hint garnished with a soft vanilla trail. The general sensation is that of a sinuous, caressing and sophisticated e-liquid, although I cannot fail to remember that the aroma, declared as a flavored tobacco, does not allow its tobacco component to emerge in any way and moment. Pensiero Stupendo to the smell test it ultimately seems an elegant and sophisticated creamy aroma, able to leave pleasant sensations to the nose, and I must say that it could not be otherwise given that it bears the name of the famous 1978 song by the Italian artist Patty Pravo.

I quickly prepare for the vape test to understand if the flavoring component, so dominant in the smell test, will leave space during the vaporization with Kentucky tobacco, which is known by its nature to be a tobacco with rather striking characteristics.

For the vape test I decided to use the 4.5 S version of the famous German atom Flash e-Vapor and the eclectic and versatile Ares 2 by Innokin.

flash e vapor v45s innokin ares 2 mtl rta 24mm 4ml

VAPE TEST

On vape Pensiero Stupendo pleases and convinces from the first moment, although it does not radically modify the olfactory perceptions. A commendable honey is immediately protagonist in inspiration and faces the palate with great naturalness and refinement. The honey ingredient in vaping is a component as coveted by vapers as it is difficult to manage due to its innate tendency to cover and dominate, most of the time even excessively, the recipes in which it is inserted. In this formulation instead, honey dictates the rhythms of the vape, but it does so in an incredibly refined and balanced way; it lovingly embraces a subtle vanilla trail and other aromatic hints which, in fact, recall quite well, even if not immediately, the fine flavor of a meringue.

miele millefiori

In the heart of the puff, slight hints of wood peek out inside the bouquet, even if they essentially remain relegated to a secondary role. I alternate slow and deep puffs with others that are closer and compulsive, and I realize how changeable and at the same time hypnotic is Pensiero Stupendo. How many analogies with the eclectic Piper girl!

Latakia leaf

A more energetic vape further enhances the qualities of Kentucky which, however, cannot completely free itself from the rest of the bouquet, as it would have liked or as it would have deserved. The tobacco ambitions of Kentucky …

The mix, substantially stingy with Kentucky for almost the whole vape, however, has a brief gasp in exhalation, when a thin thread with a manure flavor joins the massive creamy aroma. It is absolutely not easy to grasp the tobacco cues (however minimal) of Pensiero Stupendo, but I discovered that the longer and in religious meditation you vape and taste it, than easier it will be to discover its variations and its more hidden aromatic insertions.

It is true I would have preferred an aromatic structure with a more present Kentucky but overall this Pensiero Stupendo by DKS and Filippo Garbo deserves a lot for its richness of taste associated with a sophisticated sense of elegance and high quality.

Suggested dilution: 33%

Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 7-10 days

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Pro: Recipe of great elegance and personality with a very high quality raw materials

Cons: The tobacco component is too much in the background, despite being Kentucky tobacco

Cigarette (Black Note)

Cigarette (Black Note)

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Name and Format: Cigarette (Black Note) – Longfill aroma 10 ml – received by the manufacturer

Batch: BNH10072020

Nico: 3 mg/ml

VPG composition: 50 PG / 50 VG

Expiry date: 07/2023

Devices: Kizoku Limit RTA single coil 0.95 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) + Innokin Ares 2 RTA 24 mm single coil 0.9 ohm (Khantal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.


If there is one thing I have learned in ten years of vaping, it is that vaping is the best and least harmful alternative to the traditional cigarette. However, the world of vape has always tried with a certain systematicity to emulate analogue smoke, periodically offering e-liquids on the market that promised to restore the “flavor” and sensations of a traditional cigarette. In all honesty, the numerous attempts in this direction by the various manufacturing companies have never completely succeeded in their intent. This is because, it should be clarified once and for all, it is not possible to reproduce what distinguishes an analog cigarette, and which is certainly not the taste of tobacco but the effect of the burning paper. If we start from this necessary premise, it is easier to face the tasting and the consequent evaluation of all e-liquids that want to simulate the effect of a traditional cigarette.

Today I am examining the latest addition to Black Note, a company that I believe can be defined in all respects by now Italian-American and which over the years has earned the scepter of the most famous brand in the world in terms of naturally extracted tobacco e-liquids.

Blacknote Cigarette packaging

The liquid that I am about to review is called “Cigarette” and is marketed in the longfill format, that is 10 ml of concentrated aroma inside an elegant 30 ml glass bottle, which is in turn kept inside a valuable cardboard tube. A base of 20 ml will be added to the aroma following the instructions on the dilution table included in the packaging. In this way you will get an e-juice ready to vape in a 50/50 ratio.

Tabacco virginia bright

Black Note describes its longfill Cigarette aroma as follows:

Il Cigarette Blend NON è per tutti. Mentre la maggior parte dei liquidi al tabacco Black Note sono famosi per il loro sapore morbido e raffinato, il nostro Cigarette Blend non lo è certamente. Questa miscela americana contiene un mix di Virginia, Burley e tabacco turco che è stato fermentato e invecchiato in botte. Il risultato è un sapore audace, affumicato e amaro, molto simile a una vera sigaretta. Ottimo per chi vuole smettere di fumare.

The Cigarette Blend is NOT for everyone. While most Black Note real tobacco blends are known for their smooth and refined flavor, our Cigarette Blend is certainly not. This American blend contains a mix of Virginia, burley and Turkish leaf tobacco that’s been fermented and aged in oak barrels. The result is a bold, smoky, bitter flavor that some have likened to smoked trout.

SMELL TEST

On the smell Cigarette manages very well to convey that sensation typical of a smoking cigarette resting on an ashtray, an ashy sensation that acts as an important background to more classic notes of tobacco leaf. The tobacco tone, rich in fruity-grassy nuances, is quite marked, but it certainly does not present those characteristics that in the environment of tobacco extracts are defined as dark and smoky and which are usually attributed to fire-cured tobaccos.

white burley

So how did the manufacturer manage to simulate the aromatic effect of an analog cigarette so well, using only light tobaccos? What kind of extraction, processing or treatment has been implemented to arrive, olfactively speaking, to such a commendable result? Will Cigarette be able to maintain even in the vaporization phase that ashy trail that accompanies the tobacco imprint of Virginia, Burley and Oriental?

I will find out with the vape test using two cheap atomizers but with top-level aromatic performances: the Limit by Kizoku and the Ares 2 by Innokin. Dear friends, always remember that to vape well and with satisfaction you do not need very expensive high-end devices and anyone who says the opposite I guarantee you that shamelessly lies and would also be easily unmasked.

limit mtl rta gunmetal innokin ares 2 mtl rta 24mm 4ml

VAPE TEST

I start the tasting of Cigarette and immediately discover a masculine aroma that rests firmly on the palate, presenting in inspiration toasted hints of blond dry tobacco that direct the vape towards analog-like sensations. Slight bitter hints are gradually added to the puff and combine to create a clear tobacco bouquet with a rather evident aromatic impact. In the central phases of the puff it is the floral delicacy of Virginia that emerges and accompanies the decisive notes of Burley, providing a more vegetal contribution to the entire aromatic structure. Virginia itself seems to advance with more shadowy and murky shades or perhaps in reality it only manages to highlight the smoking of Cigarette in the best possible way; I would almost like to label it without hesitation as a Virginia fire cured or Virginia smoked.

It is precisely in these situations, therefore, that Cigarette has good assonances with the effect of a burnt cigarette, revealing smoky notes that in effect smell of extinguished embers or ashtray, while from the back timid hints of spice complete the typical American blend of a cigarette pack.

Blacknote Cigarette featured

Cigarette is a very dry tobacco extract with a rough and decisive impact. It has the indisputable merit of having been created with criteria and has a perfect balance between the tobaccos that make up the blend. Although, as widely predictable, it is not able to reproduce the combustion effect of the analog cigarette at 100%, it still manages to remember the sensations of a traditional smoke with good fidelity. Great for new vapers who want to keep alive the memory of burnt smoke.

Suggested dilution: 33%

Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 2-3 days

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Pro: Tobacco blend with no frills and good analog sensations

Cons: Like many of its predecessors it can’t transfer at 100% the effect of cigarette paper burning

Bitter Fruit (DKS)

Bitter Fruit (DKS)

DKS logo

Name and Format: Bitter Fruit (DKS) Con Garbo line – Propylene glycol aroma 20 ml – received by the manufacturer

Batch: D0052

Nico: 3 mg/ml

VPG composition: 50 PG / 50 VG

Expiry date: 10/2021

Devices: Kizoku Limit RTA single coil 0.95 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) + Innokin Ares 2 RTA 24 mm single coil 0.9 ohm (Khantal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.


A few weeks ago my friend Filippo Garbo, the creator and the administrator of the youtube channel and facebook group “Svapo e Musica Club”, during a long and pleasant chat, told me about his collaboration with the historic e-liquid manufacturing company DKS, revealing the birth of a line of tobacco flavored aromas with a simple but very effective name: “Con Garbo”. Filippo is one of the most genuine and outspoken characters I know within the increasingly talked panorama of italian vaping, actually in my view, more and more stuffed with real official testimonials of production brands under lies spoils of vape youtubers and influencers expert and absolutely intact. I would like the Italian vape system to be richer in personalities like Filippo Garbo, a sincere vape enthusiast and a great lover of extracted tobaccos. And since among lovers of extracted tobaccos we understand each other with closed eyes, when Filippo asked me to taste its creations, I accepted with great pleasure, quite intrigued by its aromas.

DKS conGarbo BitterFruit boccetta

The “Con Garbo” line consists of four flavored tobacco extracts that all share a Kentucky tobacco base and have been baptized, but it could not be otherwise, with names of musical tracks: Bitter Fruit, Sweet Dreams, Pensiero stupendo and Romeo & Juliet. The four “Con Garbo” are offered in the popular shot format of 20 ml of propylene glycol flavoring inside a 60 ml chubby gorilla. To obtain a ready to vape e-liquid in VPG 50/50 concentration, you hate to add to the aroma, 30 ml of vegetable glycerol and a further 10 ml of propylene glycol .

Kentucky Dark Fire Cured Leaf

The first of the four flavors I have decided to try for you is Bitter Fruit, officially described as follows:

Scoprirete, con la maturazione, due aromi ben distinti. Dopo pochi minuti dalla miscelazione, sono i sentori erbosi e balsamici ad arricchire un Kentucky rafforzato dalla potenza del Latakya. Trascorse circa due settimane, invece, lo storico amaro fernét sarà il sottofondo dell’esplosione dei due tabacchi e l’aroma godrà di note di spezie, di legno e di cenere. Un blend che sarà il vostro miglior alleato dopo i pasti più goderecci!

You will discover, with the maturation, two very distinct aromas. A few minutes after mixing, it is the grassy and balsamic scents that enrich a Kentucky strengthened by the power of Latakya. After about two weeks, however, the historic amaro fernét will be the background of the explosion of the two tobaccos and the aroma will enjoy notes of spices, wood and ash. A blend that will be your best ally after the most enjoyable meals!

Fernet Branca marchio 1887

SMELL TEST

On the smell Bitter Fruit, with a truly unparalleled fidelity, indisputably smells of Fernet Branca; it is identical to Fernet, it is Fernet. I care about what has just been said, because I don’t want this total loyalty to the well-known Italian liqueur to take second place in the analysis and evaluation of this aroma. Perhaps many of you do not know that today the recipe of Fernet Branca (produced since 1845) is only partially revealed and not all the 27 herbs, spices and roots that compose it are known. So how is it possible that DKS and Garbo managed to return exactly the smell so intensely stimulating that characterizes the famous Italian digestive? Obviously I could not fail to ask this question to Filippo who, sly and with a more eloquent smile than ever said to me: “we will reveal it when Fratelli Branca Distillerie makes its recipe public”.

I continue with the smell analysis of Bitter Fruit (for curiosity lovers, the name is taken from the song of the same name by the artist Little Steven) and I realize that the intemperance of herbal smells attributable to Fernet, rightfully dominates the tobacco component mentioned in the description that in this test is practically absent.

I trust in the vape test to be able to perceive the tobacco elements inside the large bouquet and therefore for the vape test I decided to use two very good atomizer for this kind of e-juice: the Kizoku Limit RTA and the Ares 2 by Innokin.

limit mtl rta gunmetal innokin ares 2 mtl rta 24mm 4ml

VAPE TEST

Tell the truth, how many of you have counted DKS to date among the top tobacco extracts manufacturers? I honestly believe few and I certainly wasn’t among them, at least until I started vaping this Bitter Fruit… Bewitching and effervescent from the first puff, in inspiration Bitter Fruit presents in the foreground an infusion of spicy and medicinal herbs that capture the palate. Gentian, lime, cinnamon, chamomile, orange, rhubarb, cardamom, aloe, saffron and even myrrh are just some of the ingredients that contribute to forming what has been considered a real healing elixir for 175 years.

Fernet Branca Amaro

In the same way, Bitter Fruit has top notes that are very reminiscent of Fernet Branca and conquers me precisely for its decisive and bitter taste, deeply dark and spicy, with an almost scorched flavor that is combined with subtle licorice-based inserts. The sensation is that of vaping a decoction of medicinal herbs that seem to intersect under the common denominator of an overbearing aromatic charge. In the central phases of the puff, hints of wood and barrel appear inside the bouquet, and seem to support it making it even more robust. Leather glazes and a discreet smoky scent reveal the tobacco presence of Kentucky at first, and later of Latakia, whose incensed nuances are lost or rather blend with the herbal extracts of the liqueur.

Latakia leaf

The tobacco value of Bitter Fruit is directly proportional to the steeping period that will be granted to the aroma after being diluted: more Fernet Branca if vaped immediately, more tobacco if tasted after about ten days. Still great. To you the choice.

In the tail and precisely in exhalation, the score of the creation signed by DKS and Garbo returns to veer towards a more complex melody, re-proposing as protagonists the most herbaceous hints of the mix, which however are able to expertly drag that barrel wood flavor oak that has received all the ingredients, leaving them to rest and ferment. An aromatic gem to be appreciated with your eyes closed at the end of each puff.

Intense, decisive, deep and sophisticated, created with care, quality, mastery and above all with Garbo…

Suggested dilution: 33%

Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 7-10 days

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Pro: DKS gives us an aromatic pearl, an adamantine e-juice.

Cons:

Double Tobacco (Bandz)

Double Tobacco (Bandz)

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Name and Format: Double Tobacco – Prestige Riserva line (Bandz) – E-liquid 10 ml – received by the manufacturer

Batch: 250220/27

Nico: 4 mg/ml

VPG composition: 50 PG / 40 VG / 10 H2O

Expiry date: 02/25/2022

Devices: Kizoku Limit RTA single coil 1.05 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) + Innokin Ares 2 RTA 24 mm single coil 1.0 ohm (Khantal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.


Today I return to talk about the Italian company Bandz that I have already had the opportunity to welcome here on the blog, talking about some of its e-liquids and above all, which I was lucky enough to know thanks to a long visit to the company with an attached interview. Bandz is a company that does not target the niche segment of hardcore vaper, but that on the contrary focuses on products intended primarily for the general public of novice people with little knowledge of vaping. Addressing such a large audience, Bandz knows that contextually with the manufacturing activity, it is very important to make and spread the vape culture, keeping in mind that this is still a simple tool to quit smoking, the best to easily abandon analogue smoke and definitely the least harmful.

Bandz DoubleTobacco packaging watermark

Having established in exceptional circumstances that in this particular 2020, the blog would have focused only on reviews of tobacco products, the Bandz product I am about to present to you is obviously a tobacco e-juice. I’m going to tell you about the Double Tobacco by the Tuscan manufacturer’s Prestige Riserva line, a line of tobacco extracts extremely clean, so as to be easily usable by any type of user, especially by the less experienced .

In this sense, the manufacturer declares that the tobaccos of the Prestige Riserva line after being briefly macerated, are ultrasonic extracted and then treated with a sophisticated filtering and distillation technique that separates and eliminates all the insoluble parts and those considered potentially harmful.

The manufacturing company thus describes its Double Tobacco:

(Samson tobacco) Molto intenso, tabacco allo stato puro con nota di passito in coda

(Samson tobacco) Very intense, pure tobacco with a note of passito in the tail

Before focusing on the Double Tobacco tasting, I remember that this product is marketed in the 10 ml ready to vape e-liquid format (TPD notified).

SMELL TEST

On the smell Double Tobacco offers few points of evaluation as it is substantially odorless and is therefore unable to reveal, which is typical for the majority of extracted tobaccos, hints and aromatic notes sufficient to give it a specific address and connotation. Never as in this circumstance does the smell test refer me directly to the vape test to understand the peculiarities of the Bandz product.

Virginia Tobacco Barn

So here I am ready for the vape test that I decided to face with the Kizoku Limit RTA and with the new Ares 2 by Innokin.

VAPE TEST

The Samson tobacco indicated by the manufacturer in the description is notoriously a rolling tobacco which, in its different forms, has different degrees of intensity. Double Tobacco from the first puff shows an enviable body and above all is particularly dry and direct on the palate. The guidelines are drawn: a no-frills vape, very linear and never tiring.

limit mtl rta gunmetal innokin ares 2 mtl rta 24mm 4ml

In inspiration, the tobacco base is typical of a Burley tobacco without specific aromatic hints but deeply clean and dry. On this tobacco background, creep with good strength the dark notes of a Kentucky fire cured that gives structure and body to the blend, without showing the tipical manure notes of a strong Kentucky tobacco. The puff is light but well perceptible and leaves the field in the heart of the vape at the entrance of more amiable stamps even if only barely mentioned.

white burley

In this phase, the blend appears definitively complete and jointly presents all its characteristics: the dryness of Burley, the robustness of the Kentucky and the roundness of Virginia, very important to close a circle within which the balance between the three tobaccos is perfect. The vape of Double Tobacco closes with a slight nuance of vin santo in the tail with a pleasant hints of barrel wood, a peculiarity that unites all the extracts of the Bandz Prestige Riserva line.

Kentucky tobacco

The vape closes with a modest aromatic persistence which, precisely because it does so, gives Double Tobacco the label of perfect all day e-juice.

Double Tobacco is a blend that is almost subdued and silent when compared to more full-bodied and vigorous organic tobacco extracts, to be understood those designed and created for the small market share of tobacco e-liquids purists; in reality it is a blend that has the great advantage of allowing all users who use e-cig simply as a deterrent from traditional cigarettes to get in touch with the world of extracted tobacco. Do you think it is a few thousand people? I assure you that we are talking about over 90% of users in the sector and we would do well everyone (including me) to remind us more often.

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Pro: Very linear clean and intense all day tobacco. You forget to rebuild your atomizer or change the headcoil.

Cons: The extreme cleaning of the mixture inevitably removes tobacco cues and aromatic nuances.