GUIDELINES & TIPS
ADVICE 1): We suggest to use neutral bases with double-distilled water, as this component makes mixtures more fluid and less sweet. Water lowers the evaporation temperature, hindering encrustations on the coils. In our opinion, the best neutral base composition for MTL (mouth-to-lung) vaping is 50PG 40VG 10H2O, or alternative compositions, but still containing water. For Cloud/Flavour Chasing, every possible neutral base is alright, and also in this case, a share of double-distilled water will be beneficial. In case you decide to go for Cloud/Flavour, it is useful to know that, the higher the share of glycerine (VG) you want to work with, the more concentrated aroma you need to use, as glycerine tends to “blear” aromas: for example, if you use a 5% Latakia dilution when using a 50PG 40VG 10H2O base, to obtain a comparable aromatisation with a 80VG/20PG neutral base, you should use a 10% Latakia dilution.
You might be asking yourselves, is it possible to vape tobaccos in Cloud Chasing? Yes indeed, many people love to vape them this way. Some are more, some less suitable for this purpose: for example Latakia, pipe mixtures, Orientals and Bezuki are outstanding, in our opinion, when vaped in Flavour/Cloud chasing.
ADVICE 2): It is fundamental to understand that these products are 4 times as concentrated as the market average, so a 10% aromatisation is not always the best way to go. Following the aromatisation tables is important to correctly use and fully enjoy every concentrated extract or mixture. Please refer to the undermentioned “Dilution” topic for the dilution tables, specific for each one of our products.
ADVICE 3): It is primary to know that a product of vegetable origins, like an extract or a macerated aroma, is made up of molecules which, evaporating, leave residues on the coil, commonly referred to as “encrustations”. Thus, encrustations do not result from a wrong filtration process (we perform a step-by-step filtration up to 0.45 microns, to remove all bacteria), they are rather due to the product concentration. A macerated product, having a solid-liquid ratio of 1 : 5, is obviously much less concentrated than our extracts, which have a solid-liquid ratio of 1 : 1 (i.e., we use 10 grams of unmanufactured tobacco to obtain 10 millilitres of one of our extracted aromas; whereas, to produce a macerated aroma, usually 2 grams of tobacco are employed to produce 10 millilitres of it). Consequently, if we would use a 10% dilution with a macerated product, when using one of our extracts, a 5% dilution will ensure to obtain at least a comparable taste, or even more intense, unless the macerated aroma contains additives or other concentrated aromas, like natural, nature-identical or artificial flavourings that might enhance its taste.
Therefore, depending on the solid-liquid ratio (indicating the concentration) of a product, the higher dilution percentages you use, the more often you will need to rebuild your coils. Our products are 4 times as concentrated as the industry average, so it is easy to understand that, using the same dilution percentage as with a macerated product, one of our extracts will contain more aromatic molecules, will have a more intense taste, thus potentially leaving more residues on the coils. It is hence easy to realise how much you can save, knowing that if you are used to a 10% dilution with a macerated aroma, when using one of our extracts such as a Latakia, a 3% dilution will lead to the same result. SUMMARISING, WE SUGGEST YOU TO TRY USING LOW DILUTIONS. TRUST US, WE ARE SAYING THIS AGAINST OUR OWN INTERESTS!
ADVICE 4): both temperature and setup are very important parameters to consider to fully enjoy a vaping session; this is even more true during the day, when we don’t have time to rebuild our coils. In this case, it can be helpful to use the Temperature Control (TC) mode, which some of the most recent box mods possess: our advice is to set a reasonably low temperature, as described below. When it is not possible to use Temperature Control, we suggest not to set your Watts too high. A practical example, a way for you to get easily through the day is: 5% dilution of Latakia with a 50PG 40VG 10H2O Neutral Base, build for a tank atomizer, SS316L, 26ga wire, 7 distanced wraps on a 3mm rod, and using this build with a maximum of 18 Watts. This will allow us to use this coil for at least 15ml. Obviously, everyone has their preferred setups and builds, but we want to emphasise that it is indeed important to keep the working temperatures quite low, up until 230°C (446°F), to optimise the lifespan of your coils.
ADVICE 5): When using a Bottom-Feeder (BF) setup, with vegetable origins concentrates, like extracted and macerated products, you might notice that the coils tend to last less than in tank atomizers. Ever wondered why? BF systems are outstanding in many ways, but you have to learn to pay your very best attention not to “flood” your coil, as maintaining a constant flux of E-liquid is absolutely fundamental. Conversely, if we oversquonk and flood the whole deck and coil, all of this excessive quantity of E-liquid will be exposed to the high temperatures of the coil and, not completely evaporating, will lead to an increased amount of encrustations. This piece of advice is really primary when using BF systems, in order to avoid to rebuild your coils too often.
ADVICE 6): Our products do not need any maturation or steeping, they are Shake and Vape! A true revolution in the market of tobacco products for E-cigs, which has finally been accepted as an entrenched truth, after two years of arduous information wars. These products are Shake and Vape because of their extraordinary stability, as their aromatic bouquet does not modify at all over time, remaining identical to the day when you first diluted them. Conversely, a macerated product does need a maturation time, as its components, specifically the sugars contained in it, need weeks or even months to stabilise their structure. Our products, at most, might become somewhat “rounder” in taste while amalgamating, but are not going to change in any way. This is the truth, and it is based on technical grounds; someone might have a different opinion, but what we are describing is based on scientific evidence so it is not open to debate.
OUR TOBACCO EXTRACTS DO NOT REQUIRE ANY MATURATION, IN FACT WE CALL THEM “SHAKE AND VAPE”
The maturation process and its final result strongly depend on the production technique; Often “Macerated” and “Extracted” products are mixed up, whereas some very important differences set them apart.
Macerated tobacco is less processed in terms of production, resulting in a sweeter aroma, less concentrated, which requires a very long maturation to be best appreciated.
Our Extract, conversely, is more processed in terms of production phases, leading to a drier aroma, more faithful to the extracted matrix, more concentrated, and it does not need any maturation to be enjoyed to the fullest.
THE DILUTION OF OUR EXTRACTS VARIES ACCORDING TO PERSONAL TASTES
We can provide general instructions, allowing every customer to determine the right dilution based on their personal needs.
The recommended average dilution falls into a range between 5% (for an all-day vaping) and 15% (to get a stronger flavour of the original tobacco).
However, it is necessary to make some preliminary remarks about the “Organic” aromas or tobacco extracts (by “Organic”, we mean of vegetable origins, without the addition of any artificial aroma); also, a distinction between “ALL DAY” and “TASTING” vaping must be made.
PRELIMINARY REMARK: “Organic” aromas or tobacco extracts are the most faithful products to the original tobacco flavour. In fact, it is impossible for an artificial aroma to be as faithful to the tobacco flavour as the natural, “Organic”, ones for a simple reason: not all of the terpenes and the molecules making up the bouquet of a tobacco leaf are available on the market. Therefore, recreating or venturing the artificial reproduction of a molecular combination is an extremely complicated task.
Having said that, it should be noted that the organic tobacco concentrates possess a specific feature: the molecules they are made of (extracted directly from the leaf), evaporating, leave residues on the coil, commonly referred to as “encrustations”. Such residues are responsible for a change in taste, which sooner or later occurs also depending on the dilution, the hardware used and the operating temperature.
Note well that this is not the result of a wrong product filtration or purification as one may think. We perform a step-by-step filtration up to 0.45 microns to remove all bacteria. The encrustations left on the coil are a peculiarity of these products, their hallmark, and a synonym for quality typical of a natural, non-artificial, product. The higher the concentration and quality of these products, the greater the presence of aromatic substances and molecules showing this feature. It would not make sense to further filter, above that specific measure expressed in micron, as we would only obtain a less concentrated product.
Therefore, choosing the right dilution percentage of a concentrated Tobacco Extract like ours is important and should be made according to the personal needs, finding the right balance between the desired flavour and the coil rebuilding time or replacement of the ready-made coil, according to the atomizer used, rebuildable or not.
ALL- DAY vaping: less demanding, there are fewer deposits, making it more suitable for non-rebuildable atomizers.
TASTING vaping: very complex and satisfactory, a meditative and relaxing vaping, closer to the natural matrix used; obviously it entails a more frequent coil replacement. Ideal for rebuildable atomizers.
For a daily vaping, we recommend to dilute our concentrates in lower percentages.
“ALL DAY” Flavouring Table –Tobacco Extracts Line / Barrique Blends / Elite Line / Hell’s Mixtures Concentrates
Starter Point (base dilution)
Virginia 7%, Burley 7%, Oriental 6%, Kentucky 5%, Latakia 3-5%, Perique 5%, Black Cavendish 6%.
American Blend 7%, English Mixture 5%, Balkan Mixture 5%, La Tabaccheria N.1 Mixture 6%.
Bezuki 6%, Piloto Cubano 6%, Mata Fina 6%, Maryland 7%, Kentucky USA 5%, Basma 5%.
Baffometto 6%, N.759 Mixture 6%.
“TASTING” Flavouring Table –Tobacco Extracts Line / Barrique Blends / Elite Line / Hell’s Mixtures Concentrates
Starter Point – Max
Virginia 10-15%, Burley 10-15%, Oriental 10-12%, Kentucky 10%, Latakia 8-10%, Perique 10%, Black Cavendish 10-12%.
American Blend 10-15%, English Mixture 10%, Balkan Mixture 10%, La Tabaccheria N.1 Mixture 10-12%.
Bezuki 10-12%, Piloto Cubano 10-12%, Mata Fina 10-12%, Maryland 10-15%, Kentucky USA 10%, Basma 10%.
Baffometto 10-12%, N.759 Mixture 10-12%.
The Recommended Base to dilute Our Extracts is 50pg : 40vg : 10H2O (Double-distilled water), the presence of water is important, since it makes the base less sweet, hence making the tobacco flavour drier; the result is a more fluid E-Liquid, with a lower evaporation temperature. This limits the caramelisation of sugars and, consequently, the formation of encrustations on the coils.
OUR TOBACCO EXTRACTS NOT ONLY STAND OUT FOR THEIR EXCELLENT QUALITY AND RELIABILITY
Our Cold Extraction Technique yields a Very High Product Concentration, Higher than the industry Average.
The aromatic bouquet of an E-Liquid prepared with Our Tobacco Extracts is immediately well defined, as well as ensuring the best fidelity to the Authentic Taste of that specific Tobacco.
In fact, we invested on Research activities as well as on Innovative Machines with a clear goal: the production of a tobacco extract that was meant to be:
1) Revolutionary, allowing for the creation of ready-to-use final products without long delays (Maturation).
2) Robust, in terms of concentration, but also user-friendly, finding the best balance between concentration and ease of use for our customers.
3) 100% fidelity to the real flavour of that tobacco.
Nicotine is naturally found in tobacco, therefore some traces of nicotine can be found in the tobacco extracts according to the type of extraction.
It should be stressed that this amount of nicotine has NOT been intentionally added to our extracts, but it is an inevitable result of the extraction process itself.
It is really difficult to totally eliminate the traces of nicotine, unless factitious chemical processes are used, which, in our opinion, are not suitable for our hand-made and natural products.
It is often said that nicotine does not remain in the extract, while in some cases it shows up in different forms and sometimes a simple HPLC analysis is not enough to detect it.
Regardless of the applicable legal provisions, with the purpose of providing our customers with accurate descriptions and warnings, we expressly wanted to warn those who want to enjoy zero-nicotine vaping against the presence of nicotine; moreover, our products are equipped with an adequate Childproof Cap.
In any case, we want to pinpoint that, if we dilute at 15% an extract containing 0.15% of nicotine, the presence of nicotine in the final E-Liquid will be at least 6 times lower than 0.15% and equal to approximately 0.025%. This percentage is totally negligible, but it is not zero!
With reference to our “organic” extracts, it should be pointed out that we are referring to products resulting from the extraction of plant matrices (umanufactured tobacco), without any additional artificial flavour.
This does not mean that we use “organic tobacco” (which is actually cultivated without any fertilizers), since this approach is not feasible for tobacco.
Unmanufactured tobacco is raw tobacco which has not been processed by the manufacturing companies. The latter, in fact, tend to add various additives and flavourings to tobacco and subject it to some processes, such as cutting.
Anyway, unmanufactured tobacco undergoes a “CURING” process, which determines its aromatic properties and class (air-cured Burley, flue-cured Bright Virginia, sun-cured Oriental tobacco and fire-cured Kentucky and Latakia.)
Unmanufactured tobacco has the same characteristics of the manufactured one, however, the latter is often subjected to special manufacturing techniques together with the addition of additives and flavourings, something that we wanted to avoid.
Therefore, manufacturing and cure are two very different processes.
According to the European and Italian legislation, Unmanufactured or Raw tobacco is meant to be sold in leaves or strips (destalked leaves cut into pieces of few centimeters), it is not cut and / or ready to be smoked, therefore it is not subjected to any excise duties due to the monopoly.
We want to specify that our extracts do not contain any substance able to damage the atomizers or tanks, therefore they can be comfortably and safely used with the great majority of the materials the atomisers or tanks are made of, not exclusively with those made of steel and pyrex.
There are many suggestions and types of tobacco to be discovered within the world of cigars; in fact, just like pipe blends, each variety features specific aromas and scents.
In line with our Company’s Mission, we want to raise our customers’ awareness of the cultivation and cure of tobacco, as well as of the creation of the blends resulting from a mix of the various types.
It is important to be familiar with the main characteristics of a cigar, as well as with the various types of tobacco it is composed of, in order to correctly recreate its blend, although the blends of tobacco extracts do not faithfully follow the composition of the blends intended for traditional smoking. Therefore, if not aiming at recreating a specific blend, once you have become familiar with the characteristics of each tobacco extract, you will be able to create your own mix based on your tastes.
Those cigars whose components all come from the same cultivation area are called “Puros.” Cigars consist of 3 main components: Filler, Binder, Wrapper.
- Filler or Tripa: the filling of a cigar made of a single, folded leaf (in the best cigars) or fine-cut tobacco.
- Binder or Capote: it is the sub-layer of the cigar, i.e. the leaf that contains the filler and shapes the cigar.
- Wrapper or Capa: it is the outermost leaf of the cigar and the most expensive component, since it must be free from any imperfections like holes or cracks, which would prevent the cigar from being used.
Cigar tobaccos generally belong to the Dark Air-Cured class, which means that they are cured with air and fermented. This cure technique enhances the aromatic qualities of the tobacco and helps obtain dark-coloured leaves, typical of cigar tobaccos.
These tobaccos are divided into Sun-Grown or Shade-Grown, where the former are grown in the sun and the latter in the shade, as happens with Connecticut Shade; the main difference is that the Sun-Grown ones feature stronger flavours, while the Shade-Grown ones are softer and more neutral.
Based on the leaf section, 3 further distinctions can be made to better define the taste of the tobacco:
- Ligero: the highest leaves of the plant, with greater nicotine content, which give a stronger character to the mixture.
- Seco: the intermediate leaves of the plant, with greater aromatic qualities.
- Volado: the lower leaves of the plant, with feebler flavours but extremely important for the creation of the mixture, thanks to their good combustibility properties.
This is very important information to better understand the tobacco names and types with the purpose of creating one’s own blends as happens with one’s preferred cigar blends; however, it is also fundamental to consider that, when vaping, results may be quite different and, to a certain extent, “everything is possible” within one’s tastes.
To produce a good extract, the quality of the selected leaves is crucial: they are further divided according to many other factors which we will not dwell on; anyway, it should be noted that, for our production, we only use top-quality leaves with the highest aromatic content, as can be read in the description above.
Last but not least, as for the aromatic content of a cigar tobacco extract compared to a traditionally smoked cigar, the extraction and vaping result is more pleasant and aromatic, contrary to what one might think.