Used in 10 recipes at an average of 2.0%.
A simple Oriental blending/RYO that is light on flavor and I was really trying to capture the feel of smoke. I’ve been searching for a good ADV to alternate with my Brigade 2506 just to have a little more variety. In the last year or so I’ve experimented with more complex and flavorful recipes, but they always end up overwhelming my senses after about 30 ml, and I have to put them away for a few weeks. I thought I’d try to go a different route- nothing too robust or complex, and as smoky as I can make it so it doesn’t get old, and it doesn’t stop satisfying.
INW Oriental- it’s a light and slightly sweet oriental tobacco. Nothing flashy going on. Simple and straight forward.
FA Ozone- it’s taken me a while to get this in a mix and enjoy it. I really liked the single flavor test I did, but it is just so strong that it overwhelms things easily. I think .25% is probably the max you’ll get away with without turning it in to an Ozone recipe. Helps with the texture of “smoky” here, and also gives a little bit of boost to the leafy taste of the Absolute and Oriental.
DNB- it’s ashy. You know that already. I always think of it like sweetener or cooling agents. If what I have in the recipe is too much for you, adjust to your own taste and it won’t change the recipe much.
Garuda- Always gotta have me a Tobacco Absolute on board, and for this one I went with Garuda. It’s light and leafy, and really helps complete the tobacco taste that the Oriental lacks.
INW Turkish- it’s taken me a while to get past this just tasting like cream soda. I did a flavor review for it on reddit, and someone commented saying that they got something like a musty, old cigarette, so I tried to taste that when I tested it again. I think I can just maaaaybe get that. I don’t think I get it enough to ever use it as a base tobacco, but I tried to get clever with it here. Before I added this, it just felt like something was missing. I needed a tickle in the nose and some volume in the throat on the exhale. A little splash of INW Turkish seems to be helping a bit with that without making the whole thing taste like cream soda (which could totally be some weird thing that only I pick up on, so don’t let me scare you away from trying it.)
A golden Turkish tobacco, with undertones of classic Eurasian spice and subtle dried fruits
INW Gold For Pipe - Using this as the primary base, nice light blend of tobaccos with slight sweetness. Some notes from ELR mentioned citrus notes but it's pretty indiscernible for me personally, just adds to the slight fruity undertones here.
INW Gold Ducat (reformulated version) - Mellower than the old one IMO, but still a moderately dense body that adds some dimension to the vape, brings some smokiness and spice with nondescript fruit notes.
INW Tobacco Oriental & TA Oriental - Looking at these two as one unit. Using them pretty conservatively, but they bring some legit turkish tobacco flavor into the fold and really round out the sweet & spicy tobacco I'm aiming for.
Dry with a pretty hefty throat hit off the shake, but if you really like spice they're strongest the first week after mixing. Really mellows out after a week and becomes much more enjoyable, but give it a few more days to really mature.
Oriental tobacco cured in the smoke houses of Cyprus.
This came about because I have been disappointed with every flavor concentrate called “Latakia.” I get zero hints of anything remotely smoky in any of them. FA Black Fire on it’s own is, in my opinion, closer to Latakia than anything that claims to be Latakia.
I’ve got some Peter Stokkebye Black Latakia in a jar that was left over from making an NET, and I used the smell of that for the inspiration here. I’d take a big ol’ sniff of that stuff, then taste this, and I was very surprised at just how close it was.
Latakia is typically used for blending Pipe tobaccos, but I wanted to create something that would be true to taste, but also not so overwhelming that it couldn’t be enjoyed on its own. But I also wanted to keep everything low enough that something could be built around this without getting some crazy high percentages. So this could either be a stand alone recipe, or you could make a Latakia stone from it and throw it in with some Virginias, Cavendish, or some more Turkish Orientals to create your own English Blend. On its own, it’s not really an ADV for me, but it’s a nice way to end the day with some strong, smoky tobacco.
If you’ve got INW Tobacco Absolute Oriental, you can sub that for the regular INW Oriental, but bring it down to .8-1%.