Our Reserva collection is an exquisite range of Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid (NET). At Red Vape we pride ourselves on being tobacco specialists and each liquid in this collection has been lovingly crafted around some of the world’s very finest tobaccos.
Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid (NET)
As with all our E-Liquids, the Reserva range uses only naturally produced flavours and extracts. We add nothing artificial to any of our products and all Nicotine used is of pharmaceutical grade. Our manufacturing processes ensure that the flavour profile of each tobacco used is perfectly captured in our liquids.
Our Reserva range of Naturally Extracted Tobacco (NET) E-Liquids is available in nicotine strengths 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg. They are presented in 10ml child and tamperproof bottles and are all available for next day delivery if your order is placed with us by 3 pm. All e-liquids in our Reserva collection are fully TPD compliant, and we are happy to provide more details should you require them.
A Guide to Naturally Extracted Tobacco (N.E.T) E-Liquids
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 result is an extremely flavourful extract.
The extracted flavours are very close to the botanical tobacco leaf taste. 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 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 e-liquid.
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 e-liquids.
Perique tobacco – A strong and powerful taste widely used as pipe tobacco. This tobacco is so good we named an e-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. Our Shade e-liquid is one of our most popular flavours.
Criollo Tobacco – A lighter, milder tobacco with peppery undertones and a pleasant sweetness. It is used in our Havano Dark e-liquid.
Mapacho Tobacco – Also known as Nicotiana Rustica, Mapacho is a very potent and powerful tobacco that has been used in medicine for nearly 3000 years. Mapacho e-liquid is a new addition to the reserve range and already regarded as one of the very finest.
Dokha Tobacco – A middle-eastern tobacco variety known for its spicy undertones. Traditionally, Dokha tobacco leaves are finely chopped and shredded and mixed with a blend of herbs. The mixture is then smoked using a pipe known as a Medwakh. Our Medwakh e-liquid is a stunning new flavour in the Reserva range.
The Tobacco Plant – An In-Depth Guide
With over 70 varieties and 8000 years of cultivation, there are very few plants that can match tobacco in terms of how interwoven it has become into human society. The Latin name for tobacco is Nicotiana tabacum. It is part of the Solanaceae plant family and is therefore botanically linked to potatoes and Aubergines.
Tobacco is native to the Americas, and it is thought that cultivation of the plant started as far back as 6000BC. When Columbus landed in the America’s, he noted how the natives smoked dried and rolled leaves. These were essentially primitive cigars. In 1560 the French ambassador to Portugal brought tobacco to Europe for the first time, making a fortune selling the plant to wealthy European’s.
The Anatomy of the Tobacco Plant
The tobacco plant typically grows between one to two feet high. The flower is made up of five petals which are contained within the Corolla, and these are coloured either white, yellow, pink or red. The tobacco plant produces a small fruit measuring just 1.5 – 2 mm and this contains two seeds.
The tobacco leaf, the part which we are most interested in, can grow very large when compared to the size of the plant. Leaf length can be as long as 20 inches with a width of 10 inches. The leaves are shaped one of three ways. Ovate, which is egg-shaped. Obcordate which is heart-shaped or elliptic which oval with a small point at the tip. The underside of the tobacco leaf tends to be fuzzy, and they grow towards the base of the stem.
In the tobacco plant, it’s the leaves that contain the nicotine. Although it is actually produced in the plant roots and transported to the leaves, each tobacco plant variant will contain a different amount of nicotine. At the top end, Nicotiana Rustica leaves can be up to 18% nicotine.
How Is The Tobacco Plant Grown
Tobacco plants are perennials. However, when grown commercially, they are done so as annuals. Seeds are sown in beds, and just one ounce of seeds can produce up to four acres of tobacco. Some plants are grown to produce seeds. Where this is the case, the plants grow for between 6-10 weeks before the seedlings are removed and sewn into fields. Where plants are not used for seeds the heads are cut off (topped), so all the plant's energy goes into the plant leaves rather than producing seeds. This helps the leaves to become larger and thicker.
When flowering stalks and branches begin to grow, they are removed so only the large leaves on the plant stem remain.
Tobacco plants grow for between three to five months at which point they are harvested and the leaves removed and wilted in drying barns.
Types of Tobacco
There is a wide range of tobacco varieties grown around the world. Different types are used for various purposes with some favoured for pipe tobacco, others for cigars and some for cigarettes. In our range of naturally extracted tobacco e-liquids, we use some of the most renowned tobaccos available around the globe.
Aromatic Fire Cured
Fire-cured dark leaf tobacco is cured by smoking over a gentle fire. It is a predominately US variety that is used as chewing tobacco, cigarettes and some pipe tobaccos. It is a rich and dark blend that offers a slightly floral taste.
Latakia Fire Cured
Latakia is fire-cured tobacco produced from oriental varieties of cultivated tobacco. Produced mainly in Syria and Cyprus it is smoked over gentle fires that use local hardwoods and aromatic shrubs. It is used in pipe tobacco blends and adds a distinctive smokey aroma.
Brightleaf (Flue-Cured Tobacco)
Originating from the USA Brightleaf is a mild, lighter tobacco developed in the 1800s. It is grown in what is generally regarded as poor soil that is not suitable for other types of crop.
Typically used in cigarette production, Burley is a light, aromatic tobacco that is air-cured. Primarily grown in the USA, the state of Kentucky accounts for 70% of the countries production.
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 E-liquids.
One of the very first Cuban tobaccos that would have been used when Columbus landed in the Americas. Criollo is lighter, milder tobacco with peppery undertones and a pleasant sweetness. It is most commonly used in cigar production. This tobacco is the basis for Red Vapes Havano Dark E-liquid.
Originating in the middle east and the Gulf states, it is widely used in the UAE, Iran and neighbouring countries. Authentic Dokha has very little processing to prepare it for us. It is simply dried and then finely shredded.
One of the better-known tobacco varieties. Habano is grown from Cuban seeds in several areas of Nicaragua. It is now used primarily as a cigar wrapper and has a dark colour and spicy flavour.
Also known as Turkish Tobacco as the regions it was historically grown in was part of the Ottoman Empire. Oriental Tobacco is sun-cured and aromatic. It is used extensively in cigarettes where it is often blended with Burley and Bright Virginia tobaccos.
Perique is a tobacco that packs a punch. Considered to be the variety that has the strongest flavour it is blended with other tobaccos and used in pipe blends. This tobacco is so good we named an E-liquid after it.
Grown under tents to prevent direct sunlight from reaching the leaves. Shade tobacco is light in colour with a delicate structure. It is used as a cigar wrapper predominantly by many of the worlds finest brands. The distinctive shade tobacco flavour can be found in our ever-popular Shade E-liquid.
Thuoc Lao is Vietnamese tobacco that has an extremely high nicotine content. It is often smoked after meals by farmworkers in Vietnam. For those not used to the tobacco, it often causes extreme dizziness, sickness, vomiting, and some people have been known to pass out.
White Burley is essentially a naturally occurring mutation of Burley (or Red Burley). It was cultivated by a US farmer in 1865 who noticed some of the standard Burley seeds he had purchased had a white appearance. The seeds grew into a lighter, more delicate plant and the leaves, once cured, had a milder taste.
The History of Tobacco
Here at Red Vape, we consider ourselves to be specialists when it comes to tobacco e-liquid. We use naturally extracted tobacco (NET’s) in all our tobacco e-liquids as it gives the most authentic taste and satisfying vape. We, however, are very new to the party when it comes to using tobacco and so we thought we delve into the history books to see how tobacco has been used in the past.
The Origins of Tobacco
Tobacco is native to the Americas and comes from the same family as the potato plant, pepper and nightshade (a poisonous plant you definitely don’t want to smoke). It is believed that it began growing in around 6000 B.C. although very little is known about its earliest origins and usage.
By 1 B.C. American Indians began to use the tobacco plant as a medicine and in some religious rituals. It’s highly likely that they were smoking and chewing tobacco and in some cases using it as a halogenic enema.
The first pictorial evidence of tobacco usage was found in Guatemala on pottery which dates back to the 11th century or before. On the pottery, a Maya is shown smoking tobacco which is held together by string.
Europe Discovers Tobacco
Christopher Columbus and his crew were offered tobacco as a gift by the first tribe they met when they reached the new world. They did not understand what it was at this point and it was recorded merely as “dried leaves which gave off a distinct fragrance”.
The first known smoker not from the Americas was Rodrigo de Jerez, he and his colleague Luis de Torres while looking for the Khan of Cathay in Cuba witnessed the natives wrapping tobacco leaves in maize or palm then lighting one end. Jerez quickly took up the idea and became a smoker. Upon returning to Spain and his hometown, the residents were so scared of the smoke coming from Jerez’s mouth and nose that he was locked up for seven years. By the time he was released smoking had swept across the nation thanks to all the returning sailors bringing the habit back.
Over the next century, the growing use of tobacco spreads around Europe, fuelled in part, by the belief that it had powerful healing properties. In 1571 a Spanish doctor wrote a book detailing the medicinal properties of new world plants and in it claimed tobacco could cure 36 ailments.
Sir John Hawkins first brought tobacco to England in around 1564 with Sir Walter Raleigh given credit for introducing Virginia tobacco to England and Europe in 1574.
Due the scarcity of precious materials such as Gold and Silver colonists turned to Tobacco as means of trading with the Native Americans. Colonists would use tobacco to pay for essential natural resources, and in some areas, it was also used to pay taxes, fines and for the occasional marriage licence.
The early history of tobacco cultivation is closely linked to the slave trade. With the demand for tobacco rising across Europe coupled with the tobacco plants ability to prepare the very rich American soil for European crops such as barley and cereals a great deal of cheap labour was required.
Tobacco takes a lot of work and time to cultivate, and large numbers of workers were needed. Early agreements whereby workers would receive a portion of land in exchange for labour were not sustainable, and so farmers turned to slavery as the answer.
Tobacco in the Modern Day
In 1847 Phillip Morris opened his first shop selling hand-rolled Turkish Cigarettes. By 1881 the first machine capable of rolling cigarettes is granted a patent, the Bonsack Machine is capable of rolling cigarettes 13 times faster than it could be done by human hand. This, plus the introduction of matches a few years earlier, made cigarettes accessible, convenient and cheap and their popularity boomed. Big brand names that we know today started to emerge. Benson and Hedges open their first shop in the 1880s in London. In 1890 the American Tobacco Company was formed. RJ Reynolds incorporated in 1899 and the Marlboro brand is first noted in documents when Philip Morris sets up a corporation in New York.
Despite concerns for many years by a small number of doctors and other groups regarding the health impacts of smoking, it took until 1948, when a major study by British physiologist Richard Doll was published, for these concerns to reach the mainstream. In 1950 he wrote an article for the British Medical Journal showing the close links between smoking and lung cancer. Further studies supported this view both from the UK and US.
Tobacco use in E liquids
E-cigarettes, as we know them today, were introduced by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003 after he watched his father die of cancer. You can read all about the history of e-cigarettes on one of our older blog posts by clicking here.
Tobacco is used to flavour e-liquids, and both artificial and natural techniques for achieving this are used. Red Vape tobacco e-liquid is produced through a process known as cold maceration. By using this process, we achieve flavours in our tobacco liquids that are untainted and capture the true essence of the tobacco variety used.