Used in 110 recipes at an average of 3.442%.
Taking inspiration from an absolute wizard, Mr @alfredpudding, I decided to tackle a tobacco recipe that wasn't so much about capturing a specific flavor but instead about capturing a memory or a feeling. This boozy/smokey/chocolaty recipe is meant to capture the feeling, or foster some nostalgia for an evening sitting around a campfire sipping at a bottle of whiskey and maybe toasting a few s'mores.
Not quite so elegant a solution as the 3 piece masterwork that is Cabin, we've kind of got a lot of moving parts here so let's try to break them down.
SC Old Captain - Really the root of the recipe all started here, it's a tobacco alright, but really it's so incredibly chocolaty that I knew where I wanted to go with it the second I tasted it. It's still got a bit of tobacco behind it but pushed higher than the rest to really allow that chocolate to cut through into the final product
FA 7 Leaves Ultimate - It's dry and sorta spicy, almost bringing the smell of the forest or firewood with it.
FLV Red Burley & FLV Cured Tobacco - The tobacco base needed to be emboldened to keep up with the booze and chocolate so bringing in this combo was a suggestion courtesy of @NoWar, and it absolutely works without steamrolling everything else in the mix.
FA Irish Cream - Partially aiding Kentucky Bourbon and partially helping keep the recipe from drying out to the point of being more reminiscent of a desert than a campfire.
TFA Kentucky Bourbon - Booze, but with little focus on the burn and more on the flavor that lingers on your palate.
FA Vanilla Bourbon - Just a touch of vanilla to help the chocolate along.
TFA Toasted Marshmallow - Adding a bit of sweetness but, more importantly, just a hint of smoke to help really hammer the point home.
It’s a cigarette with a pinch of lime. Sounds weird, right? I thought so too when ID10-T told me I should try to make a Camel Twista Lime recipe for Mixers Club. Over the month of trying out various different versions of this, it kind of grew on me and started to make sense. Day drinking some beer in the summer is better with two things: cigarettes and a slice of lime. Why not put them together in a recipe?
Most of the recipe is focusing on the cigarette aspect, but I wanted it to be the kind of tobacco that would take on the lime without too much clashing. The 7 Leaves and Classic Cigarette are the big players for that. They are brighter Tobaccos that bridge the gap between the darker, spicier notes of the Desert Ship and Turkish. The Royal I am not really using for any tobacco taste, because it doesn’t really have any. It does, however, have a little hint of cooling with some fruity notes to it. Really helps keep this thing refreshing.
I picked up two different lime flavors to play with, and didn’t test any further than INW Shisha Lime. It just felt right, so it was the only one I bothered playing with.
I got 7 leaves trying to figure out how to get close to another mix I was trying to replicate. I got this and 2 things popped into my head:
1) This isn't the tobacco I was looking for
2) This is a tobacco I should have looked for
This is a tobacco blend that is very aromatic and a great base for an analog cig. Problem is, its pretty wet, more of a cigar consistency with a cig taste. So I decided to dry it out a little. Oak wood does this very well. It also pulls the sweetness that I get from 7Leaves back a some as well, but its still there slightly. The oak blends nicely with the earthiness of 7Leaves as well. Most people feel that oak wood is a low % additive, and I feel a little different. It is underutilized and used too low. Once I got the oak wood in there, I wanted a little bit more wood notes and wood spice fits in nicely. It subtly adds a little more wood notes to the mix. The red burley is added to actually pull the 7Leaves into the wood a little better, and to add even more earthiness to the mix.
This ended up being a great analog cig for those looking for it. Its pretty aromatic and has that ash at the end of the exhale as well. Its got great flavor, so give it a try.
Give it about a week for everything to come together. I feel around 4 days though is a good time to try it out and go from there. It seems to get drier as time goes by. I am finishing my 30mL of it right now, and it steeped for about 3 weeks.
Tobacco heads love it. Tobacco haters say "Wow, that's tasty!"
A delicate balance with just enough sweetness to keep you dripping until the bottle's gone.
All Flavour Art, no substitutes.
FA 7 Leaves Ultimate serves as the tobacco base with slightly dry woodsy tobacco notes and hints of licorice, molasses, and spice. I had to really push this percentage to bring out the sweeter spice notes.
FA Desert Ship provides a touch of sweetness and adds depth to the tobacco base, almost fooling you into thinking you're vaping fresh moist pipe tobacco.
FA Fuji we all know about the wonderful FA Fuji. At 1 %, it adds a nice apple back note to the tobacco without taking over the mix.
FA Blackcurrant compliments the FA Fuji, brightening up the apple taste by adding some darkness and a whole lot of depth. If this was a a commercial juice, I think this ingredient would be tough to figure out. It blends so nicely with the apple, you'd think I used a special 1-off type of ingredient.