E-liquid review: Quartet (Black Note) 10 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 3 mg/ml
Declared base: 50 PG / 50 VG
Expiry date: 02/2019
Devices: Hcigar VTinbox 75w + Cyclone RDA single coil 0,8 ohm (Kanthal A1 28 awg 0.32 mm) with cotone Cotton Bacon V 2.0.
Under the moon of the fallen leaves, the tasting of e-liquids naturally extracted from dried leaves of true tobacco, acquires a precious and unparalleled charm. A must to which no vaper should give up. That’s why today I decided to dedicate myself to the tasting of an e-liquid signed Black Note, without doubt the most famous tobacco e-liquid manufacturer in the world.
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The blend object of today’s review is Quartet, a Latakia extract made in Italy and subsequently bottled by Black Note in California. In this circumstance we will surpass th packaging aspects of the product; we have already had, in previous reviews of the brand, to outline our thinking about it; we therefore refer you to the manufacturer’s page here on our site.
Here is the Quartet official description:
A rare blend with a remarkable flavor, Syrian Latakia tobacco is sun-cured and then smoke-cured using aromatic herbs and fragrant woodsy plants in controlled fires. The result is a peppery, smoky taste that’s as robust as it is delicious.
The smell test provides significant perceptive ideas. Latakia is a tobacco that is “felt” and at the opening of the Quartet bottle it does not spare its unmistakable and intense aromatic notes. A discreet smoked background makes for a pleasing and incisive scent with Oriental tones. A precious spice that leaves me with good feelings before the vape test.
I opted for a bottom feeder solution with the tiny 14 mm Cyclone RDA; it may seem an obsolete choice, but it’s a choice of culture and tradition. In Italy, until a couple of years ago, this was the better choice to vape tobacco e-liquids, and believe me, despite the many novelties that have invested in the market, effectively supplanting the use of 14 mm atomizers, it remains a valid system of vaping the tabacco extracts. A reassuring choice for an excellent aromatic yield.
From the first puff, the quality of this Latakia extract stands out without delay confirming the smell expectations and premises. Slowly and with deep puffs, Quartet immediately appears to be a well-constructed and unexpectedly very stylish and soft blend.
Black Note makes us know the Latakia in a new light, highlighting its spicy and smoky features. Ever since symbol of strong tobacco and with a lot of “smoky” elements that facilitate its perceived analogue, the manufacturer with Quartet prefers to emphasize aromatic notes and typically Oriental tobacco fragrances.
The inspiration phase is inspired by a dry and woody tendency, seasoned with a touch of acidity that, together with a slight smoky background, immediately gives e-liquid a stamp of refined pleasingness. The aromatic notes emerge crisp but never particularly intense, the blend does not profound intensity and vigor, it shows instead of moderate strength coupled with a clear feeling of balance. A gentle made Latakia.
The heart of the puff and the exhalation phase present the most aromatic and precious qualities of the bouquet. The palate is filled with aromas of aromatic herbs, a scent of woody fragrances and spicy veils that raise Quartet to a deserved noble title. The Latakia fire cure is not a simple and banal “smoking action”. The shrubs used to release the flames and fumes that will enter each leaf’s ribs are essential to characterize uniquely this tobacco.
The excellent extraction of this Latakia allows us to appreciate, for example, unmistakable shades of pine and juniper that, graceful and slightly spicy, enhance the spice of the blend.
It is the resinous aspect of Latakia that Black Note exalts with extreme sophistication in Quartet, preferring the kindness to the smoked strength, perhaps too. A greater burden of “smoky” nuances would have made it less appealing to the vapers, but it certainly would have enhanced all its features more fully, as the prince of tobaccos deserves.
More incense than smoke.
Pro: Elegant Latakia with gentle notes for a vast audience.
Cons: Perhaps a blend distracted and private a bit too much of his typical smoked notes.