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Many eLiquids use synthetic tobacco flavorings produced in a laboratory. These types of flavors have their place in the market and in eLiquids, but in our opinion, they fail to capture the true essence of tobacco flavors and the many available varieties. Getting the right tobacco eLiquid for you starts with understanding the difference between naturally extracted tobacco and synthetic tobacco.
Naturally extracted tobacco (NET) eLiquids are exactly as labeled. The tobacco flavor is taken from a real tobacco plant, which is chopped up and steeped in the eLiquid base (PG and VG) in a process called cold maceration.
Hot maceration involves adding heat to speed up the steeping, which makes the process faster. Cold maceration is simply letting it steep without any heat, which is much slower but draws out more nuance and complexity in flavor.
NET eLiquids provide the most amount of fresh tobacco flavor, even compared to traditional tobacco products. That’s because some of the flavor compounds in the tobacco are lost from combustion. You’ll be able to taste the specific character of the plant that tobacco came from.
Most tobacco-flavored eliquid brands use synthetic tobacco flavoring that’s made in a laboratory. Being able to synthesize that tobacco flavor can help with mass production, thus bringing tobacco eliquids to the market more easily and cheaper.
The disadvantage here is that synthetic tobacco flavors don't really provide true essence of tobacco. Synthetic tobacco eliquid simply has chemical compounds that closely resemble natural tobacco flavor compounds, thus mimicking the taste of tobacco, or at least the closest simulate of it. Synthetic tobacco flavors also tend to be harsh and have a chemical after taste and have a pretty well deserved bad rap.
Cafe Racer’s award-winning tobacco flavors, including Lucky 13, Lucky Bastard and Cool Bastard as well as our Nic Salts line of Salty Bastard Tobacco and Tobacco Ice stand out for their smooth and distinctive flavor profiles. One of the main reasons for this is that we use a proprietary extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste without the harshness, bitterness and often chemical flavor of most tobacco eLiquids on the market. We encourage you to try one of our NET tobacco flavors available at www.caferacervape.com