Name and Format: Modern Latakia (Blendfeel) – Concentrated flavour 10 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 4 mg/ml
Used Base: 50 PG / 45 VG / 5 H2O
Expiry date: 05/18/2021
Devices: Kizoku Kirin tube mod + Kizoku Limit MTL RTA single coil 0.90 ohm (Kanthal A1 27 AWG) with Cotton Bacon Prime.
Today I’m going to visit again the Blendfeel home, ready to taste a new organic tobacco extract from the rich line “Aroma di Tabacco” by the Lombard manufacturer. The aroma is Modern Latakia which, based on the official description of the manufacturer itself, promises to be somewhat unusual and particular:
Utilizzando un rivoluzionario procedimento di estrazione aromatica, il rinomato Latakia cipriota viene liberato nella sua forma più estrema, esaltando ai massimi livelli l’affumicatura e donandogli un dirompente effetto “dry”. Il risultato è tanto sbalorditivo da meritare un’unica conclusione: che il diavolo dei tabacchi vi accompagni in questo viaggio infernale.
Using a revolutionary aromatic extraction process, the renowned Cypriot Latakia is released in its most extreme form, enhancing smoking at the highest levels and giving it a disruptive “dry” effect. The result is so stunning that it deserves a single conclusion: that the devil of tobaccos will accompany you on this hellish journey.
Modern Latakia, like the whole “Aroma di Tabacco” line, is a concentrated 10 ml aroma to be mixed between 6% and 12% in a recommended base 40 PG/50 VG/10 H2O or in a 50/50 base. I have already spent several times in the past to talk about the quality and the packaging information completeness of these products, an example to follow for its precision and accuracy.
On the smell Modern Latakia releases an extraordinarily pungent and penetrating bitterish note that tends to mask the expected and classic scent of a Latakia tobacco extract. The smoky scents seem to be crossed by bitter insertions capable of significantly modifying the perception of this Latakia. The nasal test is perfectly in line with the official description of the product, Latakia tobacco is recognized but it is equally true that its smell appears unusual, different from what one might expect. I have the feeling of being in front of a strong tobacco but without the typical dark aura that usually distinguishes Latakia. Will this also be the case on the vape test?
For the vape test I decided to use the eclectic and versatile Limit MTL RTA by Kizoku for the occasion built with a 0.90 ohm coil of Kanthal A1 27 awg on a 2.5 mm tip.
From the first puff I have the confirmation that this Latakia is a profoundly a “different” product. Its flavor is so particular that it seems to me to be transported outside the canonical hints of the world of extracted tobaccos. On inspiration I am caught and surprised by a pungent bitter taste that tends to obscure any other type of perception. I have to get used to my taste buds with different puffs before I can make a more complete aroma analysis. The bitter sensation is so marked that it manages to put the dryness of the e-liquid in the background, among other things, far from negligible.
During inhalation, the aromatic nuances have similarities with the bitter and pungent taste of propolis. You know this right? Yet it is tobacco … It is Latakia but it would not be said …
The Blendfeel’s intent and experiment is to be able to extract a deeply dry and clean Latakia, cleansed from its sweet timbre. The experiment is certainly positive although perhaps the bitter trail that winds its way far and wide during the puff would have been more to be controlled.
Continuing with the vaporization test, I realize that after a few minutes and a few milliliters vaped, my taste buds are more run-in and able to more easily receive all the nuances offered by this extract. In the heart of the puff an important smoked note makes its way which gives body and structure to the aroma, facilitating the recognition of the characteristics of Latakia tobacco.
In this phase, the vaping regains the tobacco tones more suited to the king of tobaccos, even if in this Cypriot Latakia the incensed nuances, that usually make the tasting of this fire cured so precious, are hidden. I’m within a dark atmosphere, dry, woody and smoky.
The tail notes of Modern Latakia bring to light the swaggering bitter insertions of the beginning of the vape, in an almost surreal intersection with the dark and smoky tones of the central phases. Aromatically speaking, I am once again grappling with something totally new and never tried until now, with something not easy to understand. Now at the end of the puff I seem to notice something a little unnatural in the taste, perhaps only because it has never been tasted before.
Modern Latakia is a domineering and anomalous e-juice and, although I cannot hide from you that after the first 2-3 tanks, I literally fell in love with it, I must admit that the bitter note would have deserved greater containment in order to make it less cryptic and sectarian.
Blendfeel called it “Modern” but in my opinion more than modern this is a visionary Latakia …
Suggested dilution: 6-12%
Steeping time: ready to vape, recommended 7 days
Pro: A Blendfeel’s fine futuristic experiment on the king of extracted tobaccos
Cons: Difficult to “digest” because it’s massive the bitter note