Our Reserva collection is an exquisite range of Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquids (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-Liquids (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.
All the e-liquids in our Reserva collection are steeped for at least one month. This process helps mature the liquid, developing the flavours and creating a richer, more intense, robust end product.
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 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 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.
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 different 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 a 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 were 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 farm workers 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.