Black Note E-liquid Intro
In this article we review the stunning Black Note NET (naturally extracted tobacco) e-liquids. Black Note e-liquids feature 10 of the finest natural tobacco flavored e-juices. Black Note’s complex and unique tobacco extraction process ensures a very authentic tobacco flavor from their e-liquids, something a lot of other tobacco flavored e-liquids haven’t been able to master.
We take a look below, to see if Black Note e-liquids really live up to their claims and their premium price point.
I must say a big thank you to Ethan over at Black Note for sending us the e-liquids to review. We will also be giving away some Black Note e-liquids, so stay tuned for that!
About Black Note E-liquid
Black note provide a line of 10 premium tobacco only e-liquids that are all flavored using naturally extracted tobacco from around the world. The whole extraction process takes 6-8 weeks and involves a cold maceration process to extract the best flavor from the tobacco leaves. Ensuring no heat is involved in the extraction process, makes sure that the flavors do not turn out bitter and harsh. Instead the cold temperature ensures a softer more nuanced extract. You can read more about their tobacco extraction process on the Black Note website.
“For hundreds of years, the aging and extraction processes have been the essential components in helping tobacco achieve its rich, complex flavor notes. At Black Note, we use our own cold natural extraction process, allowing the tobacco’s natural flavors to develop slowly over a six to eight weeks period. Cold extraction ensures the flavors are never bitter, never harsh or sour and provides a smooth vape with no harsh “throat hit.” Once the extraction process is complete, all that’s left is the pure flavor of unadulterated, top-quality tobacco.” – Black Note Team
The Incredible Black Note Story
Check out this great infographic below on the intensive and lengthy process Black Note go through to make their outstanding e-juices. The entire process of the Black Note e-juice takes 2-3 years in conjunctions with lots of hardship. At the end Black Note is like an old wine going through a lengthy process but what remains is the unadulterated tobacco liquid.
Why do Black Note only have tobacco flavors?
Black Notes mission is to “help create a smoke free world by providing the most authentic and enjoyable alternative to smoking cigarettes”. Black Note have intentionally stayed away from ‘Characterizing Flavors’ as the FDA considers these flavors to be appealing to minors. Black Note wants to ensure that their e-liquids appeal only to adults. Perhaps they are pre-empting future e-liquid regulations which could see ‘Characterizing Flavors’ being banned. It is a very responsible and interesting approach by Black Note, in a time when the majority of e-liquid makers are focusing on creating fruity and overly sweet flavors.
No synthetic flavors, colors, dyes, or chemical additives
The Black Note e-liquids are completely free of chemical additives and synthetic flavors. Even their mint flavor is naturally extracted using the same cold maceration extraction process as the naturally extracted tobacco.
Their e-liquid does not contain any Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl, Ethylene Glycol, Diethylene Glycol, Acrolein or Acetoin, all of which have been found in some other e-liquids and have been shown to be harmful to our health. Lots of e-liquid firms have been claiming to be free of the harmful ingredient Diacetyl, but have in fact actually found to be containing it. It has caused a massive uproar recently within the vaping community! Black note provide a independent lab report showing their e-liquids are completely free of any additives at all.
Another benefit of being additive and chemical free is that the Black Note e-liquids cause far less “gunk” build up on your coils, meaning they will last longer and vape better for longer. This was very noticeable when using our RDA with the Black Note ejuices. Stock coils you may have will also last noticeably longer with this amazing e-liquid.
Independent Lab Report
Black Note backed up their claims of being completely chemical free by providing a completely transparent lab report of their e-liquids. The test was done in an independent US laboratory. You can find the report here.
This also means that the Black Note range is completely free of Diacetyl and Acetyl Propionyl the two harmful ingredients that have recently been found in some premium e-liquid brands!
Absolutely stunning branding!
The Black Note packaging and branding was on a whole new level when it comes to premium branding and the best branding we have come across on any e-liquid. Everything was stunning down to the finest details. We even got a really nice custom written label from Ethan on one of the e-liquids, thanking us for doing the review – a classy touch!
The e-liquid bottles and cylindrical tubes are stunning and the leaflets you get with your boxes are very informative and look great.
The Notebook sampler pack was awesome and features 8 x 7.5ml tester bottles. Even the sample bottles look amazing! The Notebook is a great choice for those who want to try all 8 flavors without breaking the bank!
Black Note e-liquid flavors, nicotine options and pricing
Black Note has 10 different flavors whose names are all based on musical terms. Black Note compare their e-liquids to the sounds produced by a Saxophone, which cannot be replicated by modern day electric instruments. The same can be said for the majority of tobacco e-liquids which fail to mimic the true tobacco flavor. Black Note thinks they have managed to finally mimic this taste and flavor and hence compare themselves to the Saxophone.
Black Note is also big on recycling and offers a simple recycling program. You can send back 5 empty tubes and they will send you a free 30ml bottle of their e-juice absolutely free! For more information you can head over to their recycling page. We really like the fact that Black Note offer a recycling program and are doing their part for the environment.
- Prelude: Italian Virginia tobacco
- Forte: Burley tobacco
- Cadenza: Mildly spicy Basma tobacco
- Bravura: Red Burley with hints of fruit
- Sonata: Sweet Virginia tobacco
- Adagio: Havana Tobacco
- Legato: Italian Kentucky tobacco
- Solo: Virginia tobacco with natural menthol oils
PG VG Ratio
The Black Note PG VG ratio is a 50/50 ratio.
Black Note e-liquids are not cheap at all and are priced as a premium e-liquid. One of their 30ml e-liquids costs $29, but this does include free expedited shipping. If you are unsure which flavor to try, you can get the Black Note Notebook. The Notebook is a taster pack including all eight of their flavors in 7.5ml bottles. This is a fantastic option for those making their first purchase!
As mentioned above all orders in the US get free expedited shipping, which is a nice touch. Shipping to the US should take around 1-3 business days and if it doesn’t arrive in that time, Black Note will give you a full refund and let you keep the e-liquids as a gift. Black Note also delivers around the world, but I am unsure as to how much this costs. International orders are sent via USPS priority international mail. Ours arrived in Germany in around 4 business days!
We are using an RDA (Vaporfi Bolt) for this review with a dual macro build using 26 gauge kanthal A1 wire, running at 0.17ohm on our Sigelei 150W at 40W. We are using a 0mg nicotine level. We also tried the Liquids using the Aspire Nautilus Mini and our thoughts on the liquids are based off the flavour from both tanks.
Our E-Liquid Review
Ultra smooth Virginia tobacco with natural menthol oils.
So my brother, Alex, likes this one, but I just don’t like menthol flavors, so this wasn’t for me. However, we both said this was perhaps the nicest most refreshing mint/menthol flavor out there. The natural mint extract is really flavorful and pronounced, but I find you can’t really taste the tobacco flavor underneath, as the mint flavor is quite overpowering. If you like menthol vapes then this is definitely a must try e-juice for you!
A Virginia tobacco grown in the Italian Alps.
This was me and my brothers’ favorite flavor. Prelude has a lovely sweet buttery Virginia tobacco flavor, which was absolutely to die for. Despite not even liking tobacco flavors that much, I would vape this e-liquid as my all day vape for sure! We will be purchasing more of this e-liquid and that says a lot, as we don’t usually purchase much e-liquid ourselves!
Italian grown Kentucky tobacco.
This Kentucky tobacco to me really stood out flavor wise, as I thought it was quite different to all the others. This one had a much stronger woody/smoky flavor to it, which I am sure the tobacco connoisseurs will like. This one wasn’t however for us, as it was slightly too strong for our liking.
Sweet mildly spicy Havana tobacco.
The Adagio had a slight tanginess to it alongside a sweet undertone. I wouldn’t quite say spicy, but a definite tanginess to it for sure.
Earthy red burley tobacco with hints of fruit.
The Bravura is similar to the Forte, but is slightly on the sweeter side. When I say sweet it is a very subtle sweetness and nothing in your face, as you would get from e-liquids with artificial flavorings. We couldn’t really pick up the fruitiness, but there was definitely a mild, sweet undertone, which for me tasted outstanding. The Bravura one was one of my favourites.
A sun cured and mildly spicy tasting Basma tobacco grown in Xanthi Greece.
We didn’t really get that spicy flavor from this one, but a different tobacco taste nonetheless. Another great flavor, but not quite as good as the Sonata we tried before this one.
Fire cured dark Virginia tobacco.
The Sonata had a slightly sweeter touch to it, compared with the Forte, but quite similar in taste and flavor. A really delicious Virginia tobacco flavor and I could definitely see this as an all-day vape.
A burley tobacco cultivated in the fertile volcanic soils around Naples.
So first up, the tobacco flavor and overall taste is very clean and smooth. The Forte has a lovely tobacco flavor with a nice woody and nutty/popcorny taste. As you know we usually aren’t the biggest tobacco e-liquid fans, but this one is really gorgeous and you can really tell that the tobacco flavor is a natural one. There is also no bitterness or sour taste which is great.
Out Top 3:
I must state that both my brother and I are not usually the biggest fans when it comes to tobacco flavored e-liquids. However, the Black Note e-liquids blew us away! The natural extracted tobacco flavorings on a dripper are just to die for. None of the flavors were really harsh, sour or bitter like you can get from a traditional tobacco juice. They were so good we will be going back to purchase more and use them as our all day vape. We really loved that if there was sweetness to the e-liquid it was a very subtle, smooth one and tasted very natural.
Black Note in my opinion has really justified their premium status with these outstanding NET e-juices. They are by far and away the best tasting tobacco e-juices and even those who aren’t the biggest fans of tobacco flavors will love these (believe me you will!). The fact that they are transparent and don’t add any synthetic flavors, colors, dyes, or chemical additives to their e-juices makes them an extremely good choice. I never know with some juices what exactly is going into their juices especially after many were found to contain diacetyl. I think it is worth investing a little bit more in some high end e-juice, like Black Note, as it does really make a difference and perhaps also will do on your health.
We hope you enjoyed our Black Note e-liquid review and if you have any questions, do let us know.