If you’ve been vaping for a while or even if you’ve just quit smoking and taken it up you will probably have come across the term ‘Naturally Extracted Tobacco’ or the abbreviated versions NET or N.E.T.
Red Vape is one of the primary users of these terms as we are one of a handful of e-liquid manufacturers using Naturally Extracted Tobaccos in our products. Because of this, we thought it was high time we explained precisely what NET’s are and why we use them in our tobacco e-liquid.
What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco (NET)?
‘Naturally extracted tobacco’ refers to the process by which the tobacco flavour or essence is removed (extracted) from the tobacco leaf. There are various ways of achieving this, but at Red Vape we use a process called proprietary cold maceration as it is the best-known method of extracting the true essence of the tobacco flavour.
A similar process is used in the production of certain types of wine such as Burgundy as winemakers believe it produces a more vibrant and fuller flavour.
The tobacco leaves are essentially cold soaked at low temperatures for periods of several weeks to several months. The result is an extremely flavourful extract that has very little Nicotine which is why we add this at a later point in the e-liquid production process.
The extracted flavours are very close to the botanical tobacco leaf taste, and so we have to be very careful in selecting mature leaves from our chosen tobacco varieties, so we achieve the perfect authentic taste.
Alternative Methods for Tobacco Flavouring
Selecting the right leaves from the best tobacco varieties and then taking them through the cold maturation process is a time consuming and expensive method of producing tobacco liquids. There are of course alternatives that allow manufacturers to create tobacco e liquids far more quickly and more cheaply.
Another option for producing a naturally extracted tobacco (NET) is with the introduction of heat. This method uses tobacco leaves but importantly adds heat to quicken the extraction process significantly. The upside of this method is the speed at which the extracted flavours are produced which also helps reduce costs.
The downside is that the delicate tobacco flavour can become tainted by the introduction of heat creating an unpleasant bitterness when vaping.
Many e liquids use synthetic tobacco flavourings produced in a laboratory. This is no different to how many flavours are created in the food and drink we consume on a daily basis. This type of flavour has its place in the market, but they fail to capture the true essence of tobacco and the many available varieties.
Types of Tobacco Red Vape use
Brightleaf “Virginia” Tobacco– A lighter, milder tobacco grown in Suffolk, USA. Used in our Gran Reserva Imperious XV and Honeywood liquids.
Corojo Tobacco – Developed in Cuba and now grown in Honduras and the USA. Corojo has been Used extensively in Cigar wrappers and has a unique spicy taste. We use this variety in our Appleleaf and Havano Gold liquids.
Perique tobacco – A strong and powerful taste widely used as pipe tobacco. This tobacco is so good we named a liquid after it.
Shade Tobacco – Also known as Connecticut shade due to the fact it is only grown in the Connecticut River valley. Widely used in wrapping some of the world’s finest cigars.
Criollo Tobacco – A lighter, milder tobacco with peppery undertones and a pleasant sweetness. Used in our Havano Dark e-liquid.