Tobacco flavors are often a smoker’s first introduction to vaping. While many vapers quickly distance themselves from tobacco and delve into other flavor profiles, everybody craves a great, meticulously crafted tobacco e-juice. Simply put, a good tobacco e-liquid is hard to pass by.
But with many different types of tobacco e-liquids and an abundance of options floating around, the market has become hard to navigate. Here’s our list of best tobacco e-juices currently available, followed by a guide to help you pick and choose the right one for you.
Black Note Prelude is crafted in small batches. Extracted from flue-cured tobacco grown in the Italian Alps using choice selections of leaves. It contains no diacetyl and comes in a 50/50 VG/PG blend. Prelude recreates the sweet and nutty flavor of the Virginia tobacco and smells like a fresh pack of smokes.
Quite possibly the best representation of an American tobacco blend, Naked 100’s American Patriots is a smooth freshly cut tobacco flavor with subtle nutty undertones. Unlike many other tobacco flavors, American Patriots is balanced in sweetness, making it a great all-day vape. Available both in nic salt and regular nicotine.
Black Note Solo is a tobacco menthol blend that combines a sun-cured Oriental tobacco natural extract with a cool menthol extract derived from genuine peppermint leaves. Black Note Solo is a must-buy for fans of mentholated tobacco e-liquids and those who want a blend that gets as close as possible to the real thing.
The Butterscotch Reserve is Glas Basix take on the popular RY4 profile. A smooth mix of sweet tobacco and creamy butterscotch, enriched by notes of caramel and vanilla, the Glas Basix Butterscotch Reserve is a rich, full-bodied tobacco flavor and a certified all-day vape. Available in 70 VG and three nic strengths.
Apple Tobacco by Pachamama Salts blends hand-picked green apples with freshly cut tobacco for a balanced, fruity tobacco mix. Made by popular e-juice company Charlie’s Chalk Dust, Apple Tobacco is available in 25 and 50 mg nicotine salt, and its 50/50 blend makes it ideal for every low-powered pod system or vape tank out there.
Most transitioning smokers enter vaping with an anticipation of a 1:1 experience to smoking their favorite cigarettes, but the truth is that no vape juice tastes like burning tobacco leaves, i.e. smoking tobacco. Some flavorings may offer your e-juice an “ashtray” taste, and certain cigar or pipe e-juices may fool your mind by approximating the flavorings of the wrappers or the fruity pipe additives. But a good tobacco e-juice aims at giving an authentic and realistic take on the tobacco leaf.
While this may seem like a disadvantage at first, it really isn’t. Vaping replaces the stench of smoke and ash with an endless variety of flavors and combinations. Tobacco with cookies may not sound that good, but that’s until you try it! And that’s not only noticeable by your taste buds; by removing combustion, tobacco vapes do not leave a lingering smell on your breath, your clothes, and your living room. Simply put, vaping tobacco is a much better experience overall!
This category includes single flavor or mixes of tobacco flavorings. Think Virginia, Burley, Perique, Habano etc. Due to menthol being added in many cigarette brands, most people also consider tobacco-menthol mixes to be a part of this category. A straight tobacco juice is the way most transitioning smokers are introduced to vaping, and there is a wide array of choices on the market. Not all of them are good though, so don’t get discouraged if your first Virginia juice was subpar.
Tobaccos mixed with other flavors
Tobacco flavorings are often used in conjunction with a wide array of pastry, nuts and/or fruit flavorings. One of the better-known combinations is tobacco, caramel and vanilla, a.k.a. RY4. Other mixes include dark fruits with tobacco for pipe, tobaccos with nuts, tobaccos with coffee… and the list goes on. These juices are usually the first step away from straight tobaccos, and an introduction to more complex flavor profiles. Again, the market is saturated by tobacco mixes, but there are many great options out there.
Naturally extracted tobaccos (N.E.T.)
N.E.T.s (or NETs as they are commonly referred to) are what their name suggests: e-juices made with natural tobacco extracts. If you are after a pure tobacco flavor, that’s as close to the real thing as it gets. NETs are not that popular with beginners due to their limited availability and the fact that they gunk up coils so quickly that they are better suited for rebuildable atomizers. But if you want to find out how your favorite tobacco leaf tastes like, NETs are what you are after.
Short answer: no, there isn’t. You can vape tobacco juice any way you like. But there are some things to consider.
Most people prefer to vape tobacco e-liquid the way they used to smoke tobacco. With some exceptions, tobacco is generally smoked in a two-step method; inhale to the mouth, and then breathe the vapor to the lungs. In vaping terms, this is called a mouth-to-lung inhale (MTL). Due to the smaller amount of vapor inhaled this way, MTL vaping allows for higher nicotine strength juices, and it is usually done through MTL vape tanks or small pod devices.
But many people, and especially experienced vapers, like to vape tobaccos with a direct-to-lung inhalation (DL). As the name suggests, vapor is inhaled directly to the lungs and then quickly exhaled. This method is better suited to sub ohm tanks, or even pod devices with a more open airflow. As a rule of thumb, sub ohm vaping requires lower nicotine juices due to the larger amount of vapor inhaled.
Depending on the flavor profile and the equipment you use, you may prefer vaping tobaccos in nicotine salt or in regular nicotine form and in varying nicotine strengths. To find out what’s the right nicotine strength for you, read our dedicated guide.