Preparing and using additives for tobacco mixes

Preparing and using Additives for Tobacco Mixes

coffee in tobacco
acetyl-pyrazine for tobacco
Nuts for tobacco

Many additives and flavours need to be diluted

As I've mentioned before, tobacco and cigarette mixes often require some additional help in the form of additives and extra flavouring. Whilst many tobacco flavours offer a great starting point or base, adding these extras can offer your mixes that additional layer of depth and character.

Additives and additional flavours that are used in cigarettes can help make a tobacco mix a little more satisfying. Especially for those new to vaping.

Please read this introductory post first - Additives for Cigarette & Tobacco Mixes

Why do we need to dilute an additive or flavour?

A number of these ingredients & flavours are simply too strong to use in smaller 10 or even 20 ml mixes. If we were mixing all of our e liquids in larger batches, then we could use regular drops from the original concentrate bottles.

Obviously, personal preference comes into play, but generally, we're looking for some subtlety when using these ingredients. Cigarettes all have a touch of nuts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and bakery notes, just to name a few. Adding even a standard drop of some of these concentrates can overpower a tobacco mix.

Making bottles of diluted additives-flavours

After much experimenting, I've found that a 20 % diluted solution is about perfect for many of these ingredients. I use 10 ml bottles but only have 5 ml total in fluid. Use a graduated cylinder, syringe or pipette for measuring.

  1. Pour 4 mls of PG into the bottle
  2. Add 1 ml = 20 drops of Additive / Flavour
  3. Label the bottle

You now have a workable solution for those extra strong additives/flavours.

As I've said before, there are no set percentages that one should use, just experiment.  For a 10 ml mix, I suggest you start with a single drop, let it steep for a day or so (after a good minute shake) and see how it goes. Remember, longer steeps help.

My suggestions / Inventory of diluted mixes

FlavourArt Dark Bean (Coffee)
FlavourArt Fuji Apple
FlavourArt Oak Wood
FlavourArt Coconut
FlavourArt Marzipan
Inawera Milk Chocolate
Inawera DND (Dirty Neutral Base) Offers ash taste
Juice Factory Maple Syrup
Flavor West Black Licorice
TFA Kentucky Bourbon
TFA Jamaican Rum
TFA Sour
TFA Acetyl Pyrazine (bakery notes)

Nuts can be a very important ingredient for tobacco/cigarette mixes. My diluted mix uses half of each (10 drops)  of the following. FA's mixed Nuts on its own is more Hazelnut and Walnut, so I like to bring another nut in for overall balance.

FlavourArt Mixed Nuts
TFA Pistachio
FlavourArt's Marzipan can work nicely here too

Additional Additives / Flavours

I do use other ingredients, but there's enough here to get you experimenting. Some other common inclusions include -

Vanillin-Vanilla
Berry mixes
Hickory Smoke
Anise
Cinnamon

For those that wish to really get creative, here's a list of additional additives and flavours that are used in virtually every commercially made cigarette.

Allspice Extract 
Almond
Apricot 
Alcohols
Basil
Bay leaf
Beet Juice
Black Currant
Butter
Caramel
Cedar wood
Celery 
Chamomile  

Cherry
Chicory 
Citric Acid
Coconut
Cognac 
Ethyl Maltol
Eucalyptus
Fruits
Grape Juice
Honey
Lemon
Lime
Malt

Mandarin
Maple Syrup
Menthol
Molasses
Nutmeg
Orange
Peppermint
Pineapple
Plum
Spearmint
Sugars
Tea Leaf
Wine

Obviously, many of these ingredients can be used for other flavoured e liquids too. They're not just for tobacco or cigarette styled mixes. 

I hope you find this information useful, if you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Happy Mixing. Our next posting will provide some basic recipes and bases to build on.

From The Table,
Charles

It's all about the juice..

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