Black Note E-liquid Review | Made with Real Tobacco

Black Note: introduction

Black Note is well known for its naturally extracted tobacco (NET) e-liquids. Rather than artificial tobacco flavorings, Black Note extracts the flavor directly from real tobacco leaves. This is one of the oldest styles of e-liquid, but few makers of NET e-liquids have been as popular as Black Note.

Natural tobacco extracts are often described as tasting like tobacco smoke, but what they really taste like is tobacco without combustion. Think of the smell of a tin of fresh pipe tobacco, then translate that into a flavor. That’s what NETs are like!

We’ve combined two reviews in this look at Black Note. The first — and most recent — by Dave Kriegel, is a look at the company’s newest V Line of e-liquids. The second, older review — by Alex Kendell — is of Black Note’s original line of NET e-juice flavors.

Black Note V Line: $23 per 30 mL
Black Note regular line: $29 per 30 mL

V Line collection (new)

Black-Note-V-Line

Pop (English blend)

Flavor description: A fruity background works behind the scenes in this English blend, producing a fully aromatic experience reminiscent of pipe tobacco. This rich and relaxing blend is both pleasant and impressive, with a vivid flavor that stirs up the senses.

Thoughts: Ask any pipe smoker and they will tell you that fruit flavors and tobacco pair together quite nicely. The fruit taste in Pop is subtle and although it gives a sweet note, it doesn’t stand out as any particular type of fruit. I wish it did. In general, it tastes more like a sweet and mellow tobacco flavor. Pop is good, but I would’ve liked more “oomph.”

Jazz (American blend)

Flavor description: This American blend gets its special flair from aged and fermented tobaccos in oak barrels, which adds a woody tone to its overall essence. The extremely pleasant and satisfying taste features just a hint of natural sweetness that further enhances the complex blend.

Thoughts: A woody and complex tobacco blend. There’s a tiny bit of sweetness, but not as much as Pop. They chose the perfect name for this juice. Much like jazz, it’s an acquired taste, unlike “Pop” music which is easier to digest the first time. If you love robust tobacco, it will probably satisfy your craving.

Reggae (Menthol blend)

Flavor description: Reggae starts with a bright base of blended flue-cured bright Virginia tobacco grown in the French plains. The blend is then enhanced with an overlay of natural mint, extracted from fresh peppermint and spearmint leaves, for an invigorating fresh menthol taste.

Thoughts: As soon as I vaped Reggae, I was met with a blast of icy coolness. One of the first cigarettes I’ve ever tried was Newport. This flavor reminds me of that feeling I would get when puffing on them. It has a refreshing mint taste. It uses real peppermint and spearmint oils to create that “Kool” experience. Bottom line: menthol smokers should try this one if you try any one Black Note’s V Line.

Black Note e-liquid (original)

Sonata (Cavendish blend)

Flavor Description: Dark ripe Virginia tobacco is treated to a centuries-old curing process, producing a robustly rich and intense blend. Virginia tobacco leaves are precisely primed, oak barrel-cured, and steamed to brilliant intensity.

Thoughts: Sonata has a subtly sweet touch to it — but it’s a Cavendish type of sweetness from the curing process, not anything like fruit sweetness. It’s a mild tobacco flavor, suitable for those that want the taste without the hard edge of tobacco. If you’re looking for a complex and mild tobacco juice, this is for you. If you want something unrelenting, go for any Black Note juices with a fire-cured tobacco (like Quartet!).

Legato (Kentucky blend)

Flavor Description: Enjoy the earthy and nutty flavor of Italian Kentucky tobacco, fire-cured to release the plant’s natural resins. This American tobacco cultivar is grown in Tuscany and features an undeniably earthy flair.

Thoughts: Legato really stands out in terms of flavor complexity. It has a woody flavor on the inhale with a legit smokiness on the exhale. Consistent throughout the vape is a nutty taste which reminds me of State Express cigarettes (or 555-style ejuice — like Halo Prime 15). This is probably best suited for those that want more than a straight tobacco taste because of the multi-layered flavor profile.

Prelude (Virginia blend)

Flavor description: Virginia tobacco sets the stage for the light, bright and naturally sweet taste of Prelude. Grown in the sandy plains surrounding the Italian Alps, Virginia tobacco leaves are flue-cured to perfection.

Thoughts: Prelude has a lovely sweet buttery Virginia tobacco flavor, which was absolutely to die for. Despite me not normally liking tobacco flavors that much, I would vape this e-liquid as my all day vape for sure! This for those that want a tobacco juice with a smooth and mellow profile.

Solo (Menthol blend)

Flavor description: Turkish small leaf tobacco is sun-cured then overlaid with a menthol extract derived from genuine peppermint leaves. The result is a fresh, crisp, mellow and ultra-smooth experience.

Thoughts: This is perhaps the nicest most refreshing mint/menthol flavor that I’ve tried (and I’ve tested many). 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!

Forte (Burley tobacco)

Flavor Description: Burley tobacco provides a rich, smooth experience in this crowd favorite. Cultivated on the foothills of Italian volcano Vesuvius, the tobacco is sun-ripened, shade-cooled and bursting with full-bodied flavor.

Our Thoughts: The tobacco flavor and overall taste is very clean and smooth. There’s not much complexity to it, or any other frills and extras. This is more of a pure tobacco leaf taste. Of all the flavors from Black Note’s regular line, this one is easily the most straightforward.

Quartet (Latakia blend)

Flavor description: Quartet is rich, intense smoky-peppery tobacco. The blend embraces the Syrian Latakia process of sun-curing the tobacco, then smoke-curing over controlled fires of Valonia oak, Aleppo pine, Lebanon cedar, Greek juniper and indigenous aromatic herbs. The result is a powerfully distinct symphonic delight for the senses.

Thoughts: The most complex and and true tobacco taste from Black Note. This is for the hardcore among us! For anyone familiar with Latakia, this is an uncompromising smokey flavor from a fire-cured tobacco. It’s an intense flavor for those not accustomed to tobacco, but it should impress smokers or ex-smokers. Out of all Black Note liquids, this one tastes the closest to smoking… but much better.

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 process as their tobacco.

Their e-liquid does not contain any diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, acrolein or acetoin. Black Note backed up its claims of being completely chemical-free by providing a lab report of their e-liquids. The testing was done in an independent U.S. laboratory.

Black Note e-liquids cause far less “gunk” build up on your coils than most NETs, meaning they will last longer and vape better without needing a dry burn and re-wick (or coil replacement). This was very noticeable when using our RDA with the Black Note e-juices. Stock coils will also last noticeably longer with this e-liquid, way more than juices from Want2Vape (one of the original NET vendors)

Black Note e-liquids are available only in a 50/50 PG/VG ratio.

Black-Note-brand

The Black Note packaging and branding was the best branding we have come across on any e-liquid. Everything was stunning down to the finest details. The e-liquid bottles and cylindrical tubes (as well as the prices) are reminiscent of Five Pawns, and the leaflets that come with the boxes are very informative and look great.

Black Note has 10 different flavors — six in the regular line and four in the V Line — with names all based on musical terms. They compare their e-liquids to the sounds produced by a saxophone, which cannot be replicated by electric instruments. The same can be said for the majority of tobacco e-liquids which fail to mimic the true tobacco flavor. See what they did there?

Black Note e-liquids are not cheap at all though. One of their 30 mL e-liquid bottles costs $29, but this does include free expedited shipping. If you are unsure which flavor to try, you can get the Ensemble that comes with the full regular line all in 10 mL bottles. The Ensemble is a great choice for those who want to try all the regular line without breaking the bank. But if you want their less expensive juices, currently you’d have to pony up full price for the 30 mL bottles since the V Line doesn’t come in samplers.

Shipping to the U.S. should take around 1-3 business days and if it doesn’t arrive in that time to the U.S., Black Note will give you a full refund and let you keep the e-liquids as a gift. Yes, you read that correctly. Black Note also delivers around the world. International orders are sent via USPS priority international mail. Ours arrived in Germany in around 4 business days.

Verdict

Black Note e-liquids really surprised us with their quality and flavor. None of the flavors were really harsh, sour or bitter like you can get from a traditional tobacco juice. We really loved that if there was sweetness to the e-liquid it was a very subtle, smooth, and very natural tasting. They’re easily some of the best-tasting natural tobacco e-juices we’ve ever tried, and even those who aren’t the biggest fans of tobacco flavors may love these — particularly for those currently trying to make the switch.

We can’t say that you will love them all, but if you are looking for authentic tobacco flavor, it’s almost impossible to not find one that will satisfy you. The fact that they are transparent in their manufacturing, and don’t add any synthetic flavors, dyes, or chemical additives to their e-juices makes them a bonafide natural tobacco vendor with no funny business. We highly recommend Black Note to anyone searching for true tobacco flavor in ejuice. Make sure to save 10% below on Black Note using our exclusive coupon code: vaping360.

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I’ve tried a number of Black Note’s offerings – Prelude, Sonata, Forte, Legato, Quartet, and recently, Jazz. They make a quality product – no doubt. I really liked Sonata and Forte. Prelude and Legato were also quite good, but to my taste, no so much as Sonata and Forte. Quartet….. you’d better really love Latakia tobacco. I found I didn’t. To me it tasted like wet, dirty socks. Perhaps blended in small amounts with one or more of the others to create your own English style pipe tobacco it might be good – but on its own, no thanks. As for the Jazz….. the quality of the originals was just not there in my estimation (even though I hated the Quartet, I could tell it was a really good quality Latakia). For me, though, despite the quality, good customer service, and fast free shipping, it wasn’t really worth the price. For high VG/low ohm vaping, I’ll take Trabuco’s NETs. They are flavored, but the tobacco rings true. But overall, in first place for the real true tobacco enthusiast (which is Black Note’s target market), you just aren’t going to find anything that compares to Naturally-Extracted-Tobacco LLC. They are absolutely phenomenal! Nothing close to it that I’ve tried so far (and I’ve tried a bunch).

Jeremy Mann
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I used to love TraBuCo! Portola was my favorite.

And of course, N-E-T. com is still one of the best! Shout out to Clay. 🙂

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Yeah – Clay is the man! Before trying their stuff, I sent an email with some questions about the product and process. Clay replied with very detailed answers to my questions, and some great recommendations. I’ve now tried perhaps 30 of his offerings (cigarette, cigar, pipe, custom, and limited edition), and not a single one was anything less than exceptional! Great products, and great folks to do business with!

As for Trabuco, my favorites are Sycamore and Coppercrest. And Robert is absolutely great to do business with as well (and we have a common interest in Irish Whiskey) . Fantastic guy, fantastic company!

Dave Kriegel
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Haha! That’s an interesting comparison for Latakia tobacco. It’s definitely not for everyone, I personally wasn’t a fan of it either. It had a smoky taste that reminded me more of bacon or smoked ham.

I feel like Black Note works out better for higher-ohm MTL vaping, especially since it comes in a 50/50 blend. Thank you for the reccomendations, I’ll have to give those other brands a shot! Do you only vape NETs or are there other flavor profiles you enjoy?

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Hi Dave – Actually, I think Black Note works fine for higher ohm vaping as well. I started out with them when I first started vaping, and primarily used them at 14W on a 1.65 ohm coil. And I’m glad I started vaping with Black Note, as it was the key to quitting a 40+ year smoking habit. I had also ordered some “wild” (non-tobacco) flavors with my first kit, but was unimpressed. Black Note allowed me to kick the habit because they are of such high quality. Three days after my last cigarette I knew I’d never smoke again – so great credit goes to Black Note for that. I’ve since tried a number of other tobacco vapes – some NET, and some not. Most – including some very highly regarded ones (e.g. Halo) – I just didn’t like. The tobacco flavor always seemed contrived.

I do vape some non-tobacco e-liquids (mainly dessert and fruit), and keep searching for the ones that’ll be keepers, but most come up short (I’m really picky). I recently tried Kai’s Virgin Vapors Honeydew, and was impressed by that – though may not come back to it til summertime. Right now, the only non-tobacco e-liquid I’ve found that I just have to keep in my vape cabinet at all times is Dead Man’s Hand Elixir (esp #13 and #77). It is some of the best flavor I’ve ever experienced in any form – food, beverage, or vape! If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favor and get some! I can’t imagine you could be disappointed by it. If all I could have for the rest of my life was Naturally-Extracted-Tobacco LLC’s offerings and Dead Man’s Hand Elixir, I’d be quite happy. They are very different, but both are extraordinary.

Dave Kriegel
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Wow thanks for sharing Philip! I am going to have to try some of that Dead Man’s Hand Elixir, despite the odd name. Vape on!

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vline same pg/vg ratio? curious why it’s cheaper

Jeremy Mann
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Thanks for reading and commenting.

I used to be a huge NET vaper, and my best guess is that the specific tobacco used is less expensive or just more common blends. A couple of vendors I used to use had similar deals where differernt juices costed differerntly because of the starting materials.

Have you already tried Blacknote?

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Can these liquids be vaped using an eGo AIO with 0.5 Ohm coil?

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Would I be able to enjoy the flavours using the new nautilus x

Alex Kendell
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Yes, the Nautilus X is perfect for Black Note Eliquid.

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Hey guys i ordered the black note sample pack but some flavors taste so bad in my evod tank do they need seeping? i also tired them in my sub tanks and still taste weird. However straight out of the box Legato: Italian Kentucky tobacco tastes amazing like a honey tobacco. Could you please advise as many starters are buying flavors to get off smoking and might get put off if they taste bad or need seeping

Alex Kendell
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They do not need steeping, be sure to use a fresh coil whilst trying black note. Old coils can have residue from other liquids and thus alter the flavor. Be sure to shake the liquid before use.

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I recently ordered the Notebook, and the Solo in 6mg and so far? AMSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I’ve only quit cigarettes fully since 2 weeks ago, and experimenting with vape or e cigs since I first found them in 2008. It took 8 years of experimenting to decide to vape for my own health. I’ve tried countless liquids in our local shop but there is no comparison to Black Note.

As a owner of a music teaching school in my hometown and doing some random googling – I happened to stumble on Black Note. I was instantly drawn by the labeling and had to hear more about what people thought! After reading through hundreds of reviews (99% 5/5 ratings) it became quite clear to me that this was something I wanted to invest in.

I ordered the Notebook, and have enjoyed tasting all of the natural flavors – but my biggest interest by far was the Solo. It is by far the most natural and amazing taste, so close to my normal Marlboro Smooths. I don’t have the slightest craving for a cigarette after food or drinks (after only 2 weeks!) and use the Solo as my all day vape.

Patrons ask at the bar that I work at where they can buy a vape and those liquid because they love just the way it smells!!!!

I highly suggest purchasing at least the Notebook to see which flavor fits your palate, but for a menthol smoker – this (so far!) can’t be beat.

Alex Kendell
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Very glad to hear that you also enjoy Black Note. We here at Vaping360 love it. There is a new flavor coming out very soon! I can tell you, if you like Solo you will love this new one!! Congrats on quitting!!

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Andrew M. Sheppard

Oh man, oh man; I’m salivating! What spec’s were you firing @? I may have to consider a new TC mod for these beauties! What RBA, cotton, wire, wraps, ohms, VV/VW, etc. were used? Details, man, details! X-D

Chris Kendell
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Hi Andrew. These are delicious. We were using our Vector VLS RDA, with a 0.3ohm dual coil macro build with 28 gauge kanthal wire and cotton bacon cotton.

http://vaping360.com/cotton-bacon-review/
http://vaping360.com/vector-rda-review/

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Excellent customer service, fast delivery, and very open arms folks. The juice is intended and created for the likeness of real tobacco taste with a piece of mind. Though not cheap, but authentic. The authenticity is pure as well as the price is worth it. Every vape I take you notice purity and not the fluff other vendors sell. I vapped on Bravura and it has a strong throat hit for only being a 6mg. Strong texture of barley with subtle notes of fruit that I cannot pinpoint what it is. Very enjoyable as I’ve never been a tobacco fan of vapping, but never have I found one to be enjoyable as Black Note.

Icey Ecf-

Alex Kendell
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Thanks for taking the time to write Icey!

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