The Tobacco Rabbit Hole

Alright, alright, alright.. tobaccos. They aren't for everybody and I, like many others, avoided the tobacco journey out of fear and disgust of cigarettes. We quit smoking; why go back to a less cool alternative and vape them? However, I find them to be the most robust, full, and satisfying profiles to vape- plus, they make me feel like a big boy. I usually grab a tobacco mix on the weekends, or just going out and about when I don't feel like smelling like a birthday cake, or a cluster fuck of fruits and vanilla. More importantly they scratch my "itch for the stinkies." So let's pull up our big boy pants together, and scratch our stinky itches...

DISCLAIMER. I DON'T KNOW SHIT. Glad we got that out of the way.

I'm not going to go into every tobacco, I'm just going to talk about my favorite tobaccos from Flavorah and what I consider to be some of the most useful, "staple" tobaccos. Why I consider Flavorah to have the best base tobaccos is because of how easy they are to work with and they happen to play nice with other flavors, whether they are other tobaccos, fruits, bakeries... whatever.

Let's just get it out of the way... Native. I love you, FLV Native. You do everything I ask of you and hardly ever fail to disappoint. If there is a time where things don't work out quite right, I promise it's not you, it's me. I have praised Native very highly, and most of you know me for my love affair with it. What you should know is you really have Cheeba Steeba to blame with the flawless recipe Klove( a 2 flavor Clove Cigarrete recipe using FLV native way higher than I thought I'd enjoy. I found this to be the tobacco backbone I needed in tobaccos I previously chased. The flavor itself is pretty bold, dark, dry and spicy. I usually use this flavor at 1% in a recipe. If you need a reason to be sold on this flavor, it's for its ability of drying out and its presence in a mix.

FLV Sweet and Smokey is my second go-to. The flavor tastes lighter in color, and yes, I taste colors. I love this concentrate solo at 3%. Again, some similar drying out of the entire mix, but in a sweet, and dare I say smoky way (probably why the named it so accurately). I get some kind of a paper note and a mild tobacco compared to some of the other tobaccos on the list. Sweet and Smokey is one of those, throw it in everything, cheat-code type tobaccos. If you want something that will bind to whatever crazy-ass dessert style tobacco you want, and get there fast, just go with Sweet and Smokey.

FLV Red Burley, the tobacco everyone loves even if they don't love tobacco. Rich, dark, damp, cocoa, nutty, maybe coffee? It's good shit, I usually use this in a mix around 1% but sometimes I go up to 1.5%. Above 1%, I get some more of those nutty, almost peanut skin type notes. I don't consider it to be a base tobacco so much, more of an accent. I really enjoy using this to add complexity and something different to RY4-type recipes.

Next up, I'd have to go with FLV Connecticut Shade. Somewhat unpopular opinion, but I dig it. This flavor is pretty unique when it comes to it's tobacco leaf. I get the often mentioned cigar leaf, the cocoa note, and up higher even a little bit of a syrupy quality, but what really sells this flavor for me is the coffee note. I have used this outside of tobacco recipes under .25% in place of WF Brazilian Coffee. If you smell the two side by side you can get that similar dark roast coffee ground, but I don't get the burnt nutty flavor that I get vaping the Brazilian Coffee. If there is any tobacco that provides separation, it's Connecticut Shade. If you enjoy cigars, this is a must have.

Lastly, FLV Virginia, a very versatile tobacco. What I love most about FLV Virginia is it's lightness, brightness, and slight spice note. I feel it's necessary to bring colors up again, because this reminds me of a yellow, hay-like tobacco. If I'm gonna go all Bob Ross on your ass, this is like painting happy trees in your tobacco recipe. I enjoy this in combination with Sweet and Smokey at 2.5% and Virginia around the 1% neighborhood. But then there are wacky recipes using FLV Virginia at 3% for an earthy, autumnal effect by that beautiful genius Alfred Pudding ( I will always consider that recipe "Fall in a bottle" and without being a tobacco recipe, a step in the direction to get into tobacco profiles.

I'm often asked about tobaccos, which ones to buy and stay away from. I find myself using these the most and is why I would consider these to be the first ones to play with. If you made it through this entire thing, I do hope you consult your local psychiatrist, mental health is important. Or just embrace the insanity and fall down the tobacco rabbit hole with me.



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