While we remain hopeful that it will fail to pass at the last minute, a ban on flavored vape juice is right around the corner, so now is as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with tobacco flavored juice. Most vapers haven't even tried a tobacco eliquid, so it's easy to see why some are viewing the flavor ban as something akin to a vape apocalypse. To people who don't normally vape them, tobacco flavored eliquid probably sounds like a boring category of juice. After all, how different could they taste, right?
Though you wouldn't be entirely wrong in that assumption, since they do all contain the same handful of tobacco flavorings, there's actually a surprisingly large amount of variation among tobacco flavored ejuice. A sweeter tobacco, like VCT from Ripe Vapes, is going to taste entirely different from a more straight-forward medium tobacco flavor, like American Patriots from Naked 100, and a more robust pipe tobacco flavor, like our Arabian Nights, is going to taste completely different from either of those two.
A lot of the similarities that you'll find among tobacco eliquids arise because of the fact that tobacco, much like coffee, is divided into a handful of broad types, each with its own flavor profile. The differences – and similarities – in flavor between these types of tobacco are brought about by a variety of things, but mainly by the region the tobacco leaf is grown in and the process by which the tobacco is cured after it's been harvested.
Naturally, most manufacturers creating tobacco ejuices are attempting to emulate one of these 'types' of tobacco, so it's inevitable for similarities to arise.
Some of the more common types of tobacco you'll see referred to while you're shopping around for tobacco flavored eLiquids are: Virginia tobacco, Burley (or air-cured) tobacco, and fire-cured tobacco. Beyond that, there are some vape specific categories of tobacco flavors, like RY4s.
Virginia tobacco, at least in the world of vaping, is the catch-all term for a traditional, medium bodied tobacco, with a touch of sweetness to it. Tobacco flavors in this vein are a good starting point for those trying out a tobacco for the first time, as they're a good middle of the road experience. You'll be able to decide where to go from here and whether you're looking for something that tastes more bold or looking for something lighter with a bit more sweetness to it. Virginia tobacco is easily the most common tobacco flavor that you'll run into.
Burley, or air-cured tobacco, is used primarily for cigarette production and is a lighter and more aromatic tobacco that Virginia tobacco is. While Virginia tobacco is flue-cured by being hung in a barn with heated air, Burley is air-cured in a well-ventilated area over a longer amount of time. This curing process leads to a tobacco flavor that is much more mild than Virginia tobacco flavors are, so if you find yourself disliking some of the more bold tobacco ejuice, this will probably be the route that you'll want to take.
Pipe tobacco, when used in a description for ejuice, usually refers to a rich and bold tobacco flavor, with a hint of spice and earthiness to it. This is the type of tobacco that you probably imagine Native Americans and gruff cowboys smoking out of a pipe two hundred years ago. It's most likely going to be a bad starting point for people just getting into tobacco flavors, but for the tried and true who find themselves craving a more bold flavor, these will be the eliquids you'll want to seek out.
Another term that you'll run into frequently is RY4. The RY4 was one of the very first tobacco flavors created when vaping began to rise in popularity and has since become it's own sub-type of tobacco ejuice. Nearly every company that creates tobacco flavored eliquid has it's own version of the RY4. A traditional RY4 juice is a medium bodied tobacco blended with sweet caramel and vanilla. There are some more adventurous takes on the RY4 on the market, featuring different flavors, but most of the RY4s that you'll come across tend to follow the tested formula of tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. The biggest differences that you'll find amongst these flavors are the varying amounts of each ingredient in the juice and the varying levels of sweetness. Some RY4s contain barely any caramel or vanilla, while others will contain so much that you wouldn't be able to tell that it's supposed to be a tobacco flavor.
Cavendish tobacco deserves an honorable mention on this list, as well. Cavendish tobacco, traditionally, uses robust fire-cured tobacco, which is then fermented for several weeks, resulting in dark and sweet tobacco, with a touch of smokiness. While Cavendish could just be lumped in with pipe tobaccos, the term is used somewhat regularly in the world of ejuice to describe a robust yet sweet pipe tobacco flavor, so it's worth at least knowing what Cavendish is before diving in.
There are roughly twenty types of tobacco on the market, of varying degrees of popularity, so unfortunately we can't cover them all, but the ones that we've touched on above are the most common. There are a lot of tobacco flavors out there and all of them taste better than cigarettes ever did, so there should be something for every vaper. The hardest part is coming to grips with all of the terms used to describe them and figuring out what you're looking for in a tobacco ejuice. Hopefully we've been able to help with that and you'll be able to feel a bit more comfortable and prepared if the worst comes to pass and tobacco flavors are all we're left with.