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Encore an Isfahani Blend

Encore: An Isfahani Blend You’ll Want to Experience Again and Again

When something is truly amazing, you want to experience it again and again. That’s the exact reason we chose the name Encore for our Isfahani blend of naturally extracted tobacco (N.E.T.) vaping liquid. Once you experience Encore’s uniquely robust yet slightly sweet flavor distinctive to the Ajami Tombac featured in this vaping liquid, there’s a good bet you’ll be coming back for more.

What’s with all the Terms?

You’ll notice we used three different terms when referring to our Encore vaping liquid. We called it an Isfahani blend and later referred to it as Ajami Tombac. All three terms are correct, with each associated with different aspects of this flavorful, honey-like tobacco.

Isfahani: This term refers to the Iranian city of Isfahan (Persian: اصفهان) the region where the tobacco is grown. The city is located on the north bank of the Zayandeh River, approximately 5,200 feet above sea level. The oriental climate produces tobacco rich in ethereal oils, resins – and taste.

Ajami Tombac: The terms Ajami and Tombac can be used separately or together, and they always refer to the same thing: the specific type of tobacco used in Encore.

  • Ajami: In Arabic, Ajam (عجم) refers to “Persian“. The term Ajami means “From Persia” and is used to describe the type of tombac, or tobacco from the land of Persia/Iran.
  • Tombac: Tombac is the name of a tobacco variety indigenous to Iran. The word “Tombac” is thought to be of Turkish origin, likely mimicking the European word “tobacco.”

Ajami + Tombac + Isfahani

Put the three terms together and there is no mistaking the specific type of tobacco to which you’re referring. If you want to get technical about it, the Isfahani blend of Ajami Tombac is tobacco of the Nicotiana alata Persian species, which is a subgenus of the cultivated tobacco technically known as Nicotiana tabacum Petunioides.

Now onto the History

While Ajami Tombac may not be the most well-known tobacco here in the U.S., it’s one that’s been coveted and enjoyed for centuries in other parts of the world.

Sir Henry Willock, who served as a lieutenant-colonel as well as the British envoy to Persia in the 1800s, brought tobacco from the court of Isfahan to England. The British horticultural society originally cataloged the tobacco as Nicotiani Persica.

Another variety of tobacco was growing in Persia at that time, a Virginia variety known as Nicotiana tabacum. The Virginia variety was then crossed with a wild tobacco variety to produce a plant with higher nicotine levels that was more resistant to drought and disease.

Additional wild crossbreeding, followed by careful selection of the finest plants, resulted in the final variety of tobacco that was eventually stabilized in Isfahan and called Tombac.

While India is currently the main producer of this variety, and you can also find Tombac grown in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, Isfahan gets credit for producing the highest-quality Tombac in the world.

Curing and Fermenting

Tombac leaves are incredibly thick, with a shape that resembles American Virginia tobacco. Sun-curing using natural heat is the only way to properly dry the medium-sized leaves, and it needs to be done in an extremely hot and dry climate.

Leaves aren’t harvested for curing until they are fully ripe, with reddish brown spots that indicate the sugars within the leaves have begun to caramelize. Although the leaves dry in about 12 days, they are left hanging in the sun for up to an additional four days to ensure all they’re devoid of all moisture.

The dried, brittle leaves are not handled and packed until cooler weather sets in, making them softer and easier to handle. In regions where the weather refuses to cool down, tobacco farmers often store the leaves in underground shelters so the tobacco can adequately moisten for handling.

Farmers carefully arrange the leaves by size, color and plant position, manually iron each leaf so it lies flat, and then bundle them into packs. The packs then head to tobacco dealers, where they are stored in lofts to age and naturally ferment. The fermentation process requires constant vigilance to ensure the leaves don’t become too dry or too wet, with the packs adjusted accordingly to ensure just the right moisture levels. 

Flavor and Vaping

Tombac provides a strong, subtly sweet, and dense flavor that requires absolutely no additives. While Tombac is high in nicotine when smoked as a tobacco, the extract used to produce our vaping liquid retains all the aromatic properties of the tobacco without the high dose of nicotine.

Nicotine can be added to the vaping liquid if you wish, and it will add a bit of kick to the overall blend. But even without the nicotine, Tombac provides a rich, powerful experience with just the right undertone of sweetness. Its memorable and distinctive flair is a festival for the senses, something you’ll want to enjoy again and again.

Get your 30 ml bottle of Encore this Monday June 6th, 2016.  




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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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