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