This is the same question we asked ourselves ‘What is the most realistic tobacco e liquid in the UK?’ when we were considering our tobacco e-liquid range.
Following some research, we ordered a number of branded tobacco e liquids to try from various e liquid companies in the UK.
We were really disappointed, none of them tasted like tobacco. They all failed miserably when it came to reproducing an authentic tobacco taste.
After further research, we came across a website www.blacknote.com that promised a tobacco e liquid that was different. We ordered their Virginia tobacco e liquid.
And it certainly didn’t disappoint, the taste was amazing, we couldn’t get over how real it tasted, It tasted like real tobacco.
The difference in taste between the branded tobacco e liquids we tried initially and Blacknote was incredible, there was no comparison.
So why did they taste so different? Well, there is one key difference, the branded tobacco e-liquids are made with artificial flavours. And Blacknote natural tobacco e-liquid is made with naturally extracted tobacco (NET) which is naturally extracted from real tobacco leaves.
It is extremely difficult if not impossible to try and recreate the natural flavour of real tobacco with artificial flavours in a lab. For the simple reason, that nature’s complex combination of flavours for any given thing is extremely difficult to replicate.
There was no comparison between the taste of the Blacknote naturally extracted tobacco e liquid and the artificially flavoured tobacco e liquid. You might ask yourself why does everybody not use naturally extracted tobacco for their tobacco e liquids. The simple truth is the cost. Natural flavours and extracts are more expensive than artificial flavours. And unfortunately, this cost puts naturally extracted tobacco e liquids outside of many peoples price range.
Artificial flavours vs natural flavours
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the safety of artificial flavours in the food that we consume. For every negative study, there is a positive study, but as with all studies you have to consider their source and whether or not they have a vested interest one way or the other.
However, one thing for certain is that consumers are very strongly against the use of artificial flavours, preservatives, colours and sweeteners… and are very sceptical about the information they are being fed regarding their potentially harmful effects.
Given this big food brands including Kraft, Campbell Soup and many others along with many fast-food restaurants are now siding with the consumer and have publicly announced promises to remove artificial ingredients, preservatives and colours from most, if not all of their products by 2018, replacing them with natural alternatives. 11 food companies replacing artificial flavours and colours by 2018.
In early October 2018 consumer concerns regarding the safety of artificial flavours were realised.
On 5 October 2018, the FDA officially banned 7 artificial flavours previously considered safe. After extensive research that found carcinogenic effects in lab animals, most of which are commonly found as an artificial flavouring ingredient in packaged ice cream, chewing gum, baked goods and candy.
Six of the artificial ingredients; benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl, methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone and pyridine are currently commonly used as imitations of natural mint.
The most realistic tobacco e liquid
Flavourings are without a doubt the singular most important ingredient in an e liquid, they are what determines the quality of your vaping experience.
Given the findings above, it was absolutely clear that to provide the consumer with the highest quality tobacco e liquid we would need to use ‘naturally extracted tobacco’ in our tobacco e liquid range and that they would not contain any artificial flavours, preservatives, colours and sweeteners…
We now produce a range of 100% naturally extracted tobacco e liquids that are completely free artificial flavours, preservatives, colours and sweeteners, animal products and non-GMO at a great price. They include; Flue-cured Virginia tobacco, Sun-cured Oriental tobacco and a Flue-cured Virginia tobacco menthol which is made with a natural menthol extract.
All of our 100% naturally extracted tobacco e liquids do not contain any Tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs): NNN, NAT, NAB and NNK. Independent analysis shows after testing.
It is also worth noting the next time you take a look at the ingredients on your bottle label. Under current labelling regulations, e liquid manufacturers do not have to state on the label that they have used artificial flavours. Therefore if it does not specifically state on the label that the flavour ingredients are ‘natural flavours and/or extracts’ then they are ‘artificial flavours’.
Finally, naturally extracted tobacco e liquid in our opinion is, without doubt, the most realistic tobacco e liquid in the UK.
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