Juice Factory Black & Mild Tobacco

Tobacco and Alcohol DIY

Black and Mild is a popular cigar brand created by the John Middleton Company in Pennsylvania, USA. It was the product of a blending experimentation back in the 1980’s, and is unique in that they are classified as pipe tobacco cigars. Thankfully, Juice factory offer us this flavour and it’s an excellent representation.

The basic tobaccos that made up Black and Mild were traditionally Virginia, Burley and Cavendish.


  • Steeped for 2 weeks
  • Mixed at 2, 3 & 5%
  • Recommended percentages-
  • Solo Vape: 3-6% 
  • Mixed: 1-3%
  • SNV-No steep required

No safety data sheet available, although I suspect there is nothing out of the norm here. I do detect something along the lines of Benzyl Alcohol, various Damascone’s and others..


This is a versatile flavour and although it’s based on a cigar pipe blend, it’s relatively mild, hence the name. More time than not I find myself blending this with other offerings from Juice Factory such as French Pipe, Cigar and Tobacco Absolute, as all share some similar properties.

Flavour Notes - Description

There’s a lot more than the colonel’s secret 11 herbs and spices going on here, and one of the things that makes this flavour a good choice for milder tobacco lovers, is how well the ingredients are blended. 

What do you get when you cross a field of tobaccos, shake the theobroma cacao tree, milk a cow, add in some spice, vanillin, fruit, alcohol and various compounds – Then place it all in a cigar wrapper? Black and Mild, that’s what.

Apart from the obvious chocolate, vanilla and bakery compounds, what else could be going on ? Jamaican Rum comes to mind, and since it was traditionally made using sugar cane, becoming molasses, an ester known as Ethyl Formate may be used here. It’s an alcohol, plus it imparts a subtle flavour of raspberries. 

Subtle spice such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon

The spice mix is well blended here, rather subtle yet, I get more clove and nutmeg notes than others, although I know there’s more there. It doesn’t dominate and blends nicely with the more prominent notes of rum, chocolate and tobaccos.

I also suspect some Maltol and perhaps even a compound imparting caramel or butterscotch; this could be naturally occurring levels of diacetyl or other custard notes-diketones.

Tips for testing flavours

Pairings - Uses

Here are some suggestions, and although one can put on their mad scientist hat and go a little nuts, (yes, nuts are a good pairing) be careful not to upset the apple cart, nor the balance of spice and alcohol.

  • Tobaccos – Juice Factory French Pipe & Cigar are perfect here, but so are many others
  • Bakery and Dessert mixes (Go easy if using FA Cookie – INW Biscuit especially. keep low)
  • Booze mixes- I’d stay clear of adding booze as it’s balanced well already
  • Vanillas and Creams – Keep low if wishing to maintain the flavours inherent vanilla notes
  • Acetyl Pyrazine – Be careful here as the bakery elements are already quite prominent
  • Nicotine – If using nicotine add it last, after you’ve steeped the bottle. Unless you want a harsher mix

 I plan on adding a Tobacco page to our Flavour Category Section with more details including pairings.

Mixers around the world


Taste is generally subjective, so here’s some thoughts from other DIYers about this flavour. Including flavour notes, pairings, preferred percentages and basic reviews.
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Common Pairings Used

  • Tobaccos including French pipe
  • DNB – INW Dirty Neutral Base
  • Acetyl Pyrazine ( go easy-below 0.5%)
  •  FLV Red Burley
  •  Caramels – Butterscotch

Average mixing percentages

  • Solo Vape:  4%
  • Mixed Percentage: 2%

Availability in Australia

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Our Flavour Category Section

An in-depth look at various flavours such as dairy, bakery, fruits, tobaccos and beverage. We cover flavour profiles, uses, pairing ideas, tips, resources and more.

How I Test Flavours 

Flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine and generally steeped for 2 weeks. Three vape devices are used including an RDA.

Testing flavours with e-cig
RDA for testing flavours
RDA for testing flavours

How I Test Flavours

Flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine and generally steeped for 2 weeks. Three vape devices are used including an RDA.

Charles Yates

Ex-smoker and current vaper. Started The Vapers Table in 2011. Interests are - Advocacy and helping smokers quit with vaping. Food-cooking, music, recording technology, travel & country road trips.

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