If you’re an experienced e-smoker who spends a bit of time reading up on new developments in the e-liquid industry, you are undoubtedly familiar with Naturally Extracted Tobacco or NET. These extracts, created from ground whole tobacco leaves, are used to create e-liquids with the taste and smell of unsmoked tobacco. NET extracts also eliminate the pleasant flavors — as well as the downsides — associated with combustion. As a result, not everyone loves them. For true tobacco lovers, though, NET e-liquids create a vaping experience more similar to smoking than anything else that has yet been invented.
Black Note E-Liquid Review
Price: $29.00 per 30 ml bottle
Nearly anyone can create a tobacco extract. It’s simply a matter of obtaining the leaves, breaking them down into small particles and placing them into a solvent. After a bit of time, the extract is filtered and mixed with other items to create an e-liquid. As a result, many companies now offer NET e-liquids and the quality varies greatly. Some of them taste, quite literally, like the way one would imagine an ashtray would taste. This generally happens because poor filtration leaves tobacco solids in the final product. Other e-liquids may use flavoring agents, enhancing the experience for some but detracting from the pure flavor of the original leaf.
About Black Note E-Liquid
Black Note is an e-liquid company devoted solely to creating pure NET e-liquids. Each of the company’s eight flavors — with the exception of Menthol — uses just one type of tobacco leaf as its only flavor agent. According to the Black Note website, the company extracts its own tobacco plants in Italy. This alone would make Black Note unique, but Black Note also has a lab certification to prove that its e-liquids contain no diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, acrolein, acetoin, artificial flavors, sweeteners, dyes or chemical additives. Black Note claims to have the world’s first lab certified NET e-liquid, and we have seen nothing to contradict that claim.
Black Note sells e-liquids in eight flavors: Virginia, Cavendish, Havana, Kentucky, Burley, Basma, Perique and Menthol. In keeping with the company’s musical theme, each flavor has a name inspired by the romanticism of jazz music such as Adagio, Bravura and Legato. The names are especially fitting considering that Black Note e-liquids are brewed in Italy, home of the language of music.
Each e-liquid is excellently packaged using recyclable materials. The bottles are glass — with custom labels if desired — and enclosed in cardboard tubes. The extra packing material isn’t just there to protect the bottles, either. Black Note’s shipping boxes comfortably hold five cardboard tubes. Mail five empty tubes back to Black Note, and they’ll give you a free 30 ml bottle of e-liquid in return. You pick the flavor and strength.
NET E-Liquid That’s Unique, But Not Cheap
Even among small batch craft e-liquids, Black Note isn’t cheap. Each 30 ml bottle costs $29.00. However, shipping is always free and Black Note’s recycling program can cut your costs significantly. In addition, if you live in the United States, Black Note promises delivery within three business days or your order is free. If you don’t like the e-liquid, you can send it back within 60 days for a refund — Black Note will even pay the shipping costs. In other words, Black Note essentially follows the Apple business model; they don’t pretend to be a discount vendor, but they guarantee you’ll love their products.
Because Black Note’s e-liquids are so costly, it might be difficult to select a flavor to try. For this reason, Black Note offers a deluxe gift package containing eight 7.5 ml bottles of each e-liquid flavor packed in a snappy box. That’s 60 ml of e-liquid in all for $58.00 — the same price and quantity as two full-sized bottles.
Our Black Note E-Liquid Review
Black Note’s e-liquids contain a 50/50 blend of VG and PG, and in our testing we found them all to produce truly impressive vapor clouds. We tested the e-liquids using a VaporFi VOX II outfitted with a sub-ohm tank. We also found Black Note’s throat hit far, far above average.
At first, we found it difficult to detect the subtle differences between all of Black Note’s different flavors. The tobacco extracts have a bit of a “perfume” overtone that covers the accompanying flavor notes a bit, to coin a musical phrase. Although we don’t normally advocate steeping e-liquid, this is a case where a bit of aging provides some very real benefits.
As we sampled the e-liquids over a period of several weeks, though, the perfume flavors began to evaporate and the uniqueness of each Black Note e-liquid became evident. The Prelude (Virginia) and Legato (Kentucky) flavors, for example, taste the closest to what one might recognize as a tobacco cigarette. Adagio (Havana), on the other hand, is rich and indulgent with a slightly buttery flavor. Cadenza (Basma) has a flavor closer to actual smoke than any e-liquid we’ve ever reviewed.
Black Note Review: The Bottom Line
As we mentioned near the beginning of this review, natural tobacco extracts are hardly rare in the e-liquid industry. You could make one for yourself rather easily if you had the time and desire. What Black Note offers is unique, though, in that the e-liquids are made from specific types of tobacco leaves, they have full lab certifications, they are expertly formulated and filtered and they come with a money-back guarantee. What Black Note e-liquid isn’t, though, is inexpensive. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the cost of this e-liquid is worth paying. In our experience, though, we have yet to try another e-liquid offering anything that compares to Black Note’s pure tobacco taste.
Black Note E-Liquid Review: The Last Word
- Purest tobacco flavor anywhere
- Tobacco extracts are made in-house and are lab certified
- Free shipping for all orders, money-back guarantee
- Recycling program reduces long-term costs
The Not So Good
- Not inexpensive
- May require steeping for best flavor