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Vape manufacturers promise bona fide flavors, so why are so many e-liquids full of artificial sweeteners, additives, and flavorings?
When searching for an authentic tobacco vape, very few vapers realize that their e-liquids contain 0% natural tobacco This is the reality for the majority of tobacco-flavored products on the market.
Natural tobacco vape e-liquids are much more flavorful than man-made flavorings. But what is the difference? And which is better?
Why Is It Called Naturally Extracted Tobacco?
Terms like “organic” and “natural” get a lot of air time, and for good reason. Natural can mean a lot of things, and sometimes it is just a smokescreen for marketing tactics. In 2022, the organic food and beverages market in the U.S. reached an estimated $208.19 billion, so it is no surprise that the vape industry is capitalizing on the public’s renewed interest in organic products.
In the case of N.E.T. e-liquid, the term is entirely accurate. “Natural” refers to both the tobacco plant (which is not modified in any way) and the extraction process.
Whereas other vape manufacturers use harsh chemicals like sulfuric acid or ethanol to extract tobacco from the plant, we exclusively use natural methods. Our nine-step process does not involve any additives, chemicals, or diacetyl.
Nine-Step N.E.T E-Liquid Process
Our nine-step process is inspired by the principles of the Slow Food Movement, a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of preparing food with care and appreciating each bite.
Each drop of our natural tobacco e-liquid contains extracts from tobacco leaves grown in near-perfect conditions. At the end of the process, we get the best tobacco e-liquid possible, complete with all the authentic tastes that come from organic tobacco leaves.
Here is how we do it.
At Black Note, we embrace the Italian Slow Food Movement’s philosophy of taking the time to craft something truly exceptional. We believe that good things come to those who are patient, and that’s why we’ve taken the slow and natural approach to creating our e-liquids.
— Black Note
Breed the Best Non-GMO Seeds
A full year before we plant our final tobacco crops, we source non-GMO tobacco seeds. We do not modify the seeds in any way, because we believe it is important for nature to take its course. However, we do work hard to steer it in the right direction.
Instead of genetically modifying the seeds in a lab, we crossbreed them to create the healthiest, strongest seeds possible. Once we are confident that we have the best organic tobacco varieties, we plant them.
Plant and Maintain
We don’t believe in the binary of nature vs. nurture. In our natural tobacco vape juice process, we work within the limits of nature to catapult our seeds to success. Instead of planting our seeds in any old soil, we search for the most fertile soil in the best locations.
Once the seeds have been planted, we nurture them to full ripeness.
Dry and Cure
For this stage, we constructed barns that meet our strict requirements for drying and curing.
Some vape manufacturers cut corners to dry their tobacco leaves faster, but we know that time unlocks the potential of each tobacco leaf.
There are four main methods, and each one creates a different outcome depending on the type of leaf.
- Sun-cured tobacco leaves contain little moisture, which allows herbal characteristics to come to the forefront.
- Air-cured tobacco leaves tend to be low in sugar, creating light, sweet flavors that appeal to sensitive tastebuds.
- Flue-cured tobacco leaves tend to have high sugar content, making the overall taste mild but sweet.
- Fire-cured tobacco leaves are extremely rich and full of depth, ideal for people who like sweet and smoky tastes.
All these processes remove moisture from the leaves, which solidifies the flavors.
Moisten and Strip
Once the curing process is complete, we moisten the leaves. At this stage, the leaves are extremely fragile, and can’t be manually handled. Instead, we put them in large moistening chambers that can get the job done without causing any breakages.
When the leaves are moist, we strip and assess each one by hand. Our experienced team members sort the leaves into grades based on color, size, and quality. After all the leaves are sorted into batches, 50% move on to the next stage of the process. The other 50% of the leaves do not meet our high standards, so we dispose of them.
Condition and Age
Conditioning and aging are key parts of evoking flavor in naturally extracted tobacco e-liquid.
To start the conditioning process, we allow the leaves to air dry. This forces the intricate flavors inside the leaves to develop even further.
Again, we add a uniform amount of moisture to the leaves. The leaves go into massive cylinders with steam that is increased and decreased at intervals.
Blend the Tobacco
Our experts select leaves from different climate zones, stalk positions, and curing processes to create unique blends. The actual blending process is a family secret, but we can confirm that it has remained the same for decades.
Each blend is slightly different but still embodies the same overall characteristics. This is one of the beauties of N.E.T. e-liquid. Not only are the flavorings natural and authentic, but every single bottle has its own unique take on the traditional tobacco taste.
Naturally Extract the Tobacco
We follow a maceration method that locks the flavors in. We steep our tobacco leaves in cold extraction, which is one of the most gentle maceration methods in the industry. It also solidifies the flavors within the leaves, ensuring that the signature notes of each blend make it to the finished product.
The leaves remain in the extraction at a low temperature for a while, then we remove them, dry them, and prepare them for the next stage.
Filtering and Purifying
To make the best tobacco e-liquid possible, we use an industrial-sized microfilter. By the end of the process, there is no debris or contaminants in any of the blends. Our experienced chemists oversee the task to ensure it meets our high standards.
At the end of it all, we have a bottle of authentic tobacco vape juice.
Our process takes much longer than producing artificial flavorings, but the two are not comparable. Each inhale of our e-liquid tastes like time, effort, and patience.
Natural Tobacco Vape Juice Pros and Cons
- Authentic flavors. Our flavorings come straight from organic tobacco leaves that we hand-pick for quality. You can’t get more authentic than that! Vapers love the rich, smoky, and intricate notes in each of our e-liquids.
- Each bottle is unique. The unique variations in nature lead to slight differences in every bottle, so you can enjoy new depths each time you purchase your favorite vape juice.
- Rigorous methods. Naturally extracted tobacco e-liquid can’t just be thrown together. To create this product, we have perfected a nine-step process. There are always eyes on the tobacco leaves, so the end product is as good as it can be.
- Long extraction process. There are no shortcuts on the path to great-tasting N.E.T. e-liquid. Our rigorous extraction process covers every base, so it is bound to take a little longer.
What Are Artificial Tobacco Flavors?
True to the name, artificial tobacco flavors are made from ingredients other than tobacco. Every manufacturer uses different ingredients, and none of them evoke the traditional taste of tobacco.
Here are some of the ingredients in artificial tobacco flavorings.
- Natural herbs
- Food flavorings
- Artificially engineered flavoring agents found in authentic tobacco
The process involved in creating natural tobacco vape juice is long and, if CEOs prefer profits over flavors, it is just not worth it. Vape manufacturers try all sorts of tricks to replicate the complicated notes inside tobacco leaves, but it is not possible.
Artificial Tobacco Flavoring Pros and Cons
- Quick production process. The biggest benefit of artificial tobacco flavorings is that they are much quicker to produce than the authentic alternative.
- Ashy taste. Anyone who has switched from smoking to vaping knows that fake tobacco flavorings have an ashy taste, not to mention an unpleasant aftertaste.
- Not authentic. Artificial tobacco is not tobacco in any sense of the word. It does not come from tobacco leaves, which eliminates the natural, intricate notes inside tobacco.
- Could contain anything. Vape manufacturers are always trying new ingredients, some of which have not been tested.
What makes naturally extracted tobacco (N.E.T) e-liquid different from artificial flavors?
N.E.T e-liquids are made from real tobacco leaves, ensuring an authentic tobacco flavor without artificial sweeteners or additives. This contrasts with artificial flavors, which are chemically created and lack the depth and richness of natural tobacco.
Why choose natural tobacco vape juice over artificial tobacco flavors?
Natural tobacco vape juice offers a more authentic and rich flavor profile compared to artificial flavors, which can taste ashy and lack the complexity of real tobacco. Plus, natural e-liquids avoid the use of untested ingredients and harsh chemicals.
Can I find a variety of flavors in natural tobacco e-liquids?
Yes, Black Note offers a range of natural tobacco e-liquid flavors, each undergoing the same rigorous nine-step process to ensure a diverse and authentic taste experience. From rich and smoky to light and sweet, there’s a flavor for every preference.
Are Black Note’s natural tobacco e-liquids suitable for all vapers?
Absolutely. Whether you’re a former smoker looking for an authentic tobacco taste or a vaping enthusiast seeking quality and natural ingredients, Black Note’s N.E.T e-liquids cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
Artificial vs. Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid Flavors
Despite the best attempts of the biggest e-cigarette brands in the industry, artificial tobacco will never compare to authentic tobacco vape liquid. The artificial alternative pales in comparison to the layered flavors and deep satisfaction you experience from inhaling traditional tobacco.
Because it’s all about keeping it natural, naturally extracted tobacco e-liquid is often free of added sweeteners, artificial flavours, and other questionable ingredients.
— Black Note
The only downside of authentic flavors is the long process. But that’s our problem, not yours. Luckily, our N.E.T. e-liquids are available to purchase today. There are nine flavors to choose from, and every one of them has undergone our nine-step process.
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