Concentrated flavour review: Isfahani Tombac (Vaporificio) 20 ml – received by the manufacturer

Batch: AP290617

Expiry date: 06/2019

Base: 50 PG – 50 VG

Nico: 0 mg/ml

Devices: VpBox XVI + Origen Little 1,12 ohm (Kantal A1 0,32 mm) with organic cotton.

Let’s go back to tobacco flavor today and more specifically about the result of cold extraction by means of maceration. We do this by reviewing one of the most interesting products made by Il Vaporeificio. Isfahani Tombac. We do not therefore speak of aromas made through a recipe of molecules (or artificial aromas) that try to simulare a taste of tobacco rather than a drying process (in this case tobacco). A practice that sees il Vaporificio (together with other Italian brands) at the top of world rankings for quality of aromatic yield, research and refinement of the mining method (each has its own).

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Isfahani Tombac:

Tabacco Iraniano della regione Isfahani con clima caldo secco e terreni fertili abbondantemente irrigati. Dalle foglie essicate color giallo oro si estrae un aroma tipico estremamente deciso e appagante senza particolari sfumature aromatiche.

Iranian Tobacco from the Isfahan region with warm dry climate and abundant irrigated fertile soil. From the dried yellow leaves, a typical aroma is extracted from an extremely decided and satisfying taste without any particular aromatic nuances.

The smell test of Isfahani Tombac shows slight plant notes and nuances in accord with leather and hazel shells. The impact is robust and vaguely Oriental. A very fragile, very delicate scent, typical of tobaccos that, for their simplicity, did not undergo any particular care. Overall, as expected, the result of the olfactory test offers no further reflection.

The mouth is sweet and tastes, as well as the subtle scents of the Isfahan variety (or Asfahani or Asfahini) are largely reminiscent. We talk about blond tobacco notes typical of today’s review of blond tobacco. Although this variety may appear (in spelling bibliographical notations), in truth, it has read but distinctive peculiarities that make it particularly appreciable to the nostalgics of classic smoking. The raw taste of tobacco is always pleasant and somehow succeeds in awakening the memories sadly wrecked due to the cigarette suffocation.

The vaping, and therefore the richness of Isfahani Tombac’s flavors, is damp, vegetable as said and particularly sweet. The assonances we are forced to resort to give a proper description range from leather to cork and hazelnut shells. Remember that these are just assonances! Just as you would to describe the aromatic nuances of certain wines. The aromatic frame of Isfahani Tombac is undoubtedly “oriental”, but not stodgy. Personally, I only agree with the description of Il Vaporificio. Nothing serious, but the final passage “without particular aromatic nuances”, thinking about the aroma they extracted, and not the Isfahan variety consumed in hookahs, does not deserve their work. Harmonious balance in the extraction of a variety of tough tobacco, though often evaluated as “boring” for us Westerners. Unfortunately, it is often presumed to compare these types of tobacco to more sophisticated, structured (and therefore complex) pipe tobaccos. 

The sweet corners of this aroma make the raw aspect of Isfahan’s tobacco look great and exalt its particular flavor. Elegant, moderate and free of sharp edges or aromatic contrasts. A particular taste, but graceful and seductive … albeit not as penetrating as you could imagine.

From the minute mining work of Il Vaporificio, there is great refinement and sensibility in preserving the notes (thinking of the Isfahani variety) of a thin tobacco, the use of which is largely limited to the consumption of hookahs. Thanks to The Vaporificio, Isfahani appears to be a versatile and generous tobacco (instead). The orthodox rule that … an atom in bottom feeder, single coil, low power … is the highway for an effective tasting of maceration of tobacco not mind. Yet … my experience suggests that, by this rule, just in the case of Isfahani Tombac, it would be controversial. Feel – in this case – free to dare. A double vaporization (a dual coil setting) and the use of a dripper (22mm) with a top air ventilation system would exaggerate tail notes of a “subtle” aroma, enabling us to adapt the air streams that can stretch the extract of the extracted Isfahan extract. I can not deny that we have already tried.

Isfahani is a tobacco of high content of nicotine (originally), usually packed in leaves not completely dried. This panetto is exfoliated and rehydrated with water shortly before being rolled in the form of a cigar or crushed coarse. The cigar or the chopped are placed on the hook of the narghilè. Igniting and slow burning is favored by the use of a burning charcoal lying on top of cigar or chopped. There is nothing more than smoking, meditating, pasting or drinking in company. In modern times, the consumption of tobacco in narghilè has become a widespread social phenomenon all over the world.

In my point of view, the world of vaping (especially today) has many attachments to the ancient way of consuming tobacco with narghilè. For us Westerners, the attachments with the pipe are certainly more felt. Yet, to put it all, in the case of Isfahani Tombac by Il Vaporificio, this bushy variety of tobacco is not particularly pungent. The difference we often talk about between “Vaping” and “Analog smoke” in all its forms feels. Isfahani Tombac enjoys this prestige and for this reason we can call it an “unexpected all day” … of the tobacco extracted. Apart from the peculiarities of Isfahan, the perceived aromatic base is rather basic by its very nature. In fact, Isfahani is not a tobacco that originally enjoys a particular “cure” for drying its leaves. Its aromatic base, isolating it from the eastern context, is very similar to Kentucky, although it is a very different variety. Different leaves morphology (including color), used parts, origin (cultivation regions), cultivation method, care and drying method, as well as storage and storage, use and consumption. So do not be fooled by its name and its origins in Iran (it is actually produced in India and Turkey) and approach Isfahani Tombac in view of an engaging and aromatic cultural journey across the border, offered by Il Vaporificio.

Recommended dilution: 20%

Steeping time: as you like

Pro: Interesting variety. Interesting the extractor of the manufacturer.

Cons: the manufacturer’s recommended dilution (20%) is undoubtedly correct for a good tasting, but … a more concentrated extract would have been personally more appreciated.