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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