Name and Format: Kentucky Sugar (Angolo della Guancia) – Propylene glycol aroma 20 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 3 mg/ml
VPG composition: 50 PG / 50 VG
Expiry date: 04/2022
Devices: Luca Creations Alpha RTA single coil 0,9 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 AWG) ; ExVape Expromizer V3 Fire single coil 0,85 ohm (Khantal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.
Today I am struggling with an aroma by the Italian manufacturer Angolo della Guancia, a company that we learned to know and appreciate here on our pages in the last half year. The subject of today’s test is the aroma Kentucky Sugar, a flavored and microfiltered tobacco, one of the most recent made by the Emilian brand. I therefore find myself, after the Garibaldi test, struggling with another Kentucky-based product, and I do not mind at all being, as a strong tobacco enthusiast, one of my absolute favorite tobaccos.
Angolo della Guancia, describes the Kentucky Sugar aroma on its official website:
Puro Kentucky aromatizzato allo zucchero.
Pure Kentucky tobacco flavored with sugar.
Before starting the Kentucky Sugar smell and vape test, I remind you that this product is marketed in the shot series format, 20 ml of propylene glycol concentrated aroma inside a 60 ml bottle. To obtain the 60 ml of liquid ready for vaping, it will be necessary to add a 30 ml base of vegetable glycerol and an additional 10 ml propylene glycol base.
On the smell, Kentucky Sugar has a characteristic and persuasive scent of cotton candy that comes out clearly and very pleasant from the bottle, immediately outlining the characteristics of this liquid: sweet and round. From the background comes the Kentucky tobacco note, which in this circumstance is expressed through rustic hints of treated leather. The other typical nuances of a good Kentucky are struggling to emerge, that is, its smoked component and the unmistakable notes of manure.
Starting from today’s review, the team of The Flavourist will officially test each liquid with two different atomisers, reporting within the article a summary of the different perceptions collected, and possibly highlighting some macroscopic differences in aromatic yield between the two atomizers. For the Kentucky Sugar test I used the new Alpha RTA by Luca Creations, and the penultimate commercial version of the Expromizer, the V3 Fire.
The sensations received from the smell test are not fully confirmed in the vape test as the liquid in vaporization appears less sweet and decidedly more tobacco oriented. On vape, in fact, the hints of Kentucky tobacco appear far from negligible and leave an important trace along the course of the puff. On inspiration I immediately catch the sweet imprint of sugar, even if compared to the nasal test, the sweetness appears more measured and less domineering. I do not know if it is tobacco that influences my reduced perception of the sense of sweetness, the fact is that within the sugar component I seem to be able to trace a minimum hint of toasted which puts me in front of an almost hamletic doubt: white sugar or cane sugar?
The sweet and round trail of the inhalation phase drags into the heart of the puff and goes to mix with great balance with the Kentucky tobacco, rich in leather hints but also of light smoky nuances. Sugar contaminates tobacco making it more sweet and enveloping, while Kentucky softens the sweetness of sugar by showing it more toasted and caramelized. The balancing work performed by the manufacturer is very good, although in my opinion the balance needle hangs slightly more towards the sugar. It is very likely that this judgment depends much on my nature as a lover of strong, structured and not very sweet tobaccos, and in this sense I find that Kentucky Sugar expresses itself better on the Expromizer V3 Fire, resulting less sweet than on the Alpha RTA, also if slightly more sharp.
In the tail notes the Kentucky, while remaining basically sweet, is enriched by its unmistakable trace of manure, a light but easily identifiable note during the exhalation along with a hinted smoky background. Even the aromatic persistence after vaping is somewhat light and I add, absolutely pleasant, a starting point that makes Kentucky Sugar a tobacco flavored very vapable for its delicacy as an all day e-juice.
Perhaps the fire cured purists will turn up their nose a bit in front of this creation, in fact there is no denying the fact that Kentucky tobacco comes out a little scaled down, but it remains equally indubitable that it is an unusual combination made with efficacy and more than tasty aromatic result.
Suggested dilution: 33%
Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 2-3 days
Pro: A particular aromatic combination and above all a very successful experiment
Cons: For lovers of fire cured tobaccos, the sugary note may tire a little in the long run