For the true connoisseur
Years ago I enjoyed smoking a pipe. As is so often the case when exploring adult pleasures (wine, whiskey, tobacco, etc.), a serious pipe smoker eventually graduates from artificial flavors and sickeningly sweet artificial concoctions to quality ingredients and pure flavors. For the pipe smoker, this means English blends. What distinguishes the fine English pipe tobaccos is the addition of Latakia, a powerful jet black tobacco that is unmistakable in its aroma and flavor.
I have not smoked a pipe in several years (it is simply too inconvenient these days), but I’ve never forgotten the deep, rich flavor of Latakia tobacco. When I saw that Blacknote had introduced a Latakia flavor, I immediately ordered a bottle. I wondered just how closely an e-liquid could be to the real thing, but my first sniff when I opened the bottle brought all those memories back. It is the real thing.
It vapes like the real thing, too. Deep, smoky and rich, unlike any other tobacco flavor. I am truly impressed.
It is indeed a potent taste. It is not for everyone. It might even be a bit overwhelming for all-day use. My plan is to mix it perhaps 1:3 with a lighter Blacknote flavor (Credenza is my preference) for daytime and casual vaping; I will still get the distinctive Latakia flavor, just in lighter amounts. After a good dinner, perhaps with a cocktail or glass of wine in the evening, I will take it straight.
If you favor light beer, chardonnay and sugary mixed drinks, Quartet may not be to your liking. If, though, a smoky, peaty single malt scotch straight up, a pint of stout or ale, or a big Malbec are more to your taste, you are going to enjoy Quartet.
The only problem? Why did I have to fall for Blacknote’s most expensive creation?
(Posted on 3/28/2016)