Smoky tobacco with dark berries.
The original idea was to use ingredients with “black” in the name (hence the name), and to try to boost the dark berry notes in Black for Pipe. I think I succeeded with the latter, but the former didn’t quite work out.
The first problem with the “Black” idea was TFA Blackberry. Too floral. Same problem with INW Blackcurrant. Wasn’t really feeling it with Black Cherry for Pipe or INW Black Jack either. So to get the main idea to work, I had to pretty much scrap the Blacks.
For the tobacco base I ended up going with my Brigade 2506 recipe because that pretty much makes Black for Pipe perfect to me. The berries and Connecticut Shade came together kind of by accident. I asked for some ideas on diy_ejuice and @ID10-T suggested FLV Açaí, and mentioned some cocoa notes. I thought that might be interesting with some FLV Connecticut Shade. I must have read a flavor review for Boysenberry before I went to BCF, because I ended up buying FLV Boysenberry instead of the Açaí. I didn’t realize my mistake until I mixed it up and it tasted pretty good, so I went to thank Dave for the suggestion. Then I saw that he said Açaí. I figured I’d better get that one to see if it’s even better, and it was pretty good too. I knew then that I had to at least try it with both, and by golly it was perfect.
I have been really digging it in a MTL tank. Those berries are up front on the inhale and then the smoky perfection of Black for Pipe comes in on the back end.
HC Mango is actually HC Malaysia Mango!
As you can see, it ended up not really resembling that recipe all that much.
The real star here is HC Malaysia Mango. It’s got a really subtle cooling sensation with a sort of mango nectarine type of juiciness. Earlier versions I played around with SC Island Tobacco and INW Cocopilada to get the pina colada stuff in there, but in the end decided to do more of a “build your own” pina colada-esque thing with INW Coconut and Pineapple.
The Malaysia Mango on the coolness scale I would say is around FA Polar Blast at .5-.8%. Hard to say for sure because I don’t like that cooling sensation all that much, so I don’t use those additives. But it’s not distracting here. If you really, really don’t like it, replace the Malaysia Mango with FE Mango at 2-3% and cross your fingers that the FLV Cream will help it keep from fading too much.
I don’t do a lot of fruit stuff, so my description is probably lacking a bit. Just try it. Or don’t. I like it.
A Virginia Perique Blend with Burley and a hint of oak.
Recipe created for /r/mixersclub. Become a member today :)
Whenever I’m setting out to do a plain tobacco recipe, I’ll usually have the general idea in my mind, and search through tobacco reviews to kind of fill in all the blanks. For this month’s submission, I googled “Irish Tobacco” and hit up this page for Peterson Irish Oak. Tobaccoreviews.com is a really great source for inspiration because people that take the time to write reviews for Pipe tobaccos usually use some great descriptions for what they’re tasting, and the reviews are sorted by “most helpful.” So you usually get some ConcreteRiver level reviews at the top.
I’ll read the top three or four reviews and start thinking of flavors that fit the description.
A freshly opened tin reveals tangy woody and dry grass aromas with an upfront sweetness and background pepper note.
So right off the bat I’m thinking FA Oak Wood (woody), INW TA Virginia (grass), INW TA Garuda (sweetness), and INW Black for Pipe and FA Black Pepper (pepper.)
The flavour builds down the bowl, and mid-bowl the smoke transforms into more nutty and wood-like flavours. Overall the flavour is dominated by Virignia and Burley, but it is very much a unique blend (and I wouldn't say this is a classic Va-Per). The perique is detectable and adds spice but the taste overall is dry-nuttier...
Alright, so we are going to need a nutty Burley and probably give that Virginia a little boost. I’ve been messing around lately with mixing HS No. 5 with FLV Red Burley to create a toasted, nutty Burley. So that’ll get added to the list. FLV Virginia is a nice sweet Virginia that will give a bit more depth to the TA Virginia (in my submission to mixersclub I used INW Sunset Virginia, which I’m really liking, but my first version that used FLV Virginia is really good, and it’s a more common flavor.) I’m also thinking the Black for Pipe/Pepper should be quite low, so it doesn’t overpower the Virginia and burley.
All this is from the first review, and I’ve mostly got it figured out. The reviews after I will start playing around with the ratios and maybe seeing if someone got something completely different that I maybe should consider adding.
If there is burley present, it's blended harmoniously as I don't pick it up as a dominant or distinct flavor.
Uh oh, is there a strong Burley note or not?! Should I drop it? Better read more. Scroll through and see “nutty” mentioned a couple more times and feel safe to keep it in there. There’s really only so much you can get from a few reviews, and eventually you’ll have to start making decisions based on how you want the mix to taste. I’ve been in a Burley mood lately, so my Irish Oak is gonna have some gosh darn nutty Burley.
Anyways, figured I’d throw out a little bit of my mixing technique when it comes to trying to create a real tobacco profile. In case anyone ever wants to give it a whirl.
HS Virginia and INW Virginia are both fairly similar to FLV Virginia. INW I would keep the 1.5%, HS I would go 2-2.5%. INW Sunset Virginia at 2% is also pretty nice, and has a bit of a nutty flavor to it that compliments the Burley.
If you don’t have FA Black Pepper, you can try FA Perique Black at .15-.2%. Or bump the Black for Pipe up to .8% and add .15% FLV Heat.
If you don’t have HS No. 5, get it. In the meantime, turn that Red Burley up to 1.3%.
One of my DIY goals was to create a decent Camel recipe, and I think this one is pretty damn good.
I was inspired by Astur’s recipe El Camello. It looked really good so I mixed it up, and it made me really appreciate INW S’Camel (which is also sold as Dromedary and Pyramid.)
I started reading a bunch of reviews for Camel Unfiltereds, and decided to up the nuttiness and earthiness of the S’Camel with some HS No 5 and FLV Red Burley. The No 5 gives it a toasted nutty flavor like a good Burley Blend aught to have. The Red Burley brings a bit of that dark, earthy tobacco. No 5 and Red Burley make a real nice couple in my opinion.
Then I had to get that sweet, spicy Turkish tobacco to make it a Camel. Tobacco Absolute Oriental (also from the El Camello recipe) was an obvious first choice. Brings some authentic tobacco taste with it. HS Desert Ship was in some earlier versions, but I tried to take it somewhere else for a little bit, but eventually came back around to it. It’s kind of a hard flavor to describe, but it’s good. It’s sort of dry and has some spice to it, but someone with a more refined palette and larger vocabulary would have to expand further than that. Definitely way better than FA Desert Ship. So if the FA version has scared you away from trying it, fear not. They are different.
DNB just doin’ DNB things.
It’s quite good after just a few days, but is ideal after 2 weeks. I’ll meet that half way and say 10 days.
After three months of tinkering with more iterations than I care to count, I’m sending this off to the world.
My Three Cities recipe was made without ever trying the real deal, and after I received a sample from ID10-T, I became slightly obsessed with trying to clone this juice. There is just something about it that makes it pretty obvious to me why it’s a popular juice.
Two things really jumped out at me. One was the satisfyingly dense mouth feel. I started out with RY4 Double and FE Cigar from the get-go, but it wasn’t dense enough. I eventually tried tasting a few drops of the juice to try to find a clue as to what could be in it, and I pretty much only tasted vanilla. Skipping all the vanilla trials, I ended up admitting defeat and used CAP Vanilla Custard. Using enough of that to get the mouth feel right made the taste way too vanilla heavy, so I lowered that down a bit and used some CAP Sugar Cookie. These two ingredients make this absolutely not a 1:1 clone since they contain them diketones, but god damn it they are good.
The other thing that really jumped out at me every time I tasted the real thing was this sweet little tickle on the tip of the tongue. It almost feels like a cooling sensation, but not. Hard to explain. But there’s a few things that I think are coming together here to give that feeling. TFA Toasted Almond, FW Fig, and TFA Turkish. I had to go a lot lower with all three of those than I thought I would have to, but each one lends a little something to that sweet little tickly top note.
I’m not going to say this is the perfect Tripoli recipe, but it’s the best one I can do.
Shit. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you didn’t mix anything up for that special someone. You swore that after last year and the year before that you’d be prepared. You’d have something steeping by mid-January at the latest. Fear not, Dr. Chemical Love has got your back!
A pretty delicious (so far) shake and vape recipe inspired by this week’s Flavor of the Week on /r/diy_ejuice. It has not been steep tested, but I’m giving it the shake and vape approval.
I really had to convince myself not to throw some INW Black for Pipe in here.
This is mostly a sweet, creamy vanilla with just a hint of some cucumber melon.
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%.
A sweet, earthy tobacco that reminds me of country air. Hints of cedar, sweet Honeysuckle, and a bright tobacco leaf. FE Angelica is probably one that not a lot of people have tried, and I’ve had it for a while and never really used it. But it’s pretty tasty here. It adds a bit of a sweet herbal taste to the mix. It’s just a tad dry, but I don’t think too dry. Vanilla Tahiti I used not so much for the vanilla, but to try to mellow out some of the higher notes I get with FLV Native. You won’t really be able to taste any vanilla- or at least I don’t.
I created this for /r/mixersclub, and maybe it’s just placebo because I was thinking a lot about when I lived in the country and used to take long walks in the middle of nowhere, but to me the taste of this is very reminiscent of the smell of fresh country air. Minus the smell of farms.
I wasn’t planning on releasing this recipe, but there’s just something strangely addicting about it, and I just can’t not like it.
This all started with the idea of doing an all INW Strap On. Mostly because Shisha Strawberry is my only Strawberry and Wera Garden Watermelon (btw, it’s Wera Garden Watermelon, not just regular ol’ INW Watermelon!) is the only Watermelon I have.
The trouble came with the Bahraini Apple Gold. It’s a sweet apple flavor, but the sweetness comes from anise. I don’t much care for anise, so I wanted to find a way to tame it a bit. That’s when I figured I’d give FLV Wood Spice a go. It’s a strange combo, but it works really well in my opinion. Once a non INW flavor was introduced, I figured what the hell and added some FA Fuji just to give the Apple a bit more of a tart top note.