For many vapers, but particularly for smokers looking to transition away from combusted tobacco and onto vaping, finding the best tobacco e-juice flavor is a big priority.
The problem most just-switching smokers and vapers still looking for an authentic tobacco taste encounter is that many tobacco e-liquids fail miserably when it comes to replicating the taste.
Tobacco e-liquids can do a good job of producing something with the genuine flavor you’re looking for, and sweetened tobacco blends can be excellent, but all-too-often you’re left with something that tastes more like musty feet than your favorite brand of cigarettes or your preferred variety of tobacco.
So how do you find the best tobacco flavored e-liquid, with so many disappointing blends on the market?
We’ve put together a list of the top tobacco vape juice flavors based around the results to our best e-juice flavors poll, offering some solid recommendations for tobacco e-liquids you can find.
Best Tobacco Vape Juices
This list of the most popular tobacco e-juice flavors is largely based on the responses to our best e-juice flavors poll, but unlike the other lists based around it: we’ve had to exercise some judgment in constructing this list.
We got almost 5,000 responses in total, but fewer than 200 were for tobacco-based vape juice flavors (and the two most common had about half of these), and with so few votes, the order of the juices wouldn’t accurately reflect the top tobacco e-liquids on the market.
In short, this list is based on the most popular tobacco e-juice flavors from the voting, but some included flavors are influenced by the vendors poll, and their order is based more on user reviews than the specific number of votes they received in the poll.
So, with those limitations in mind, here are the top-rated tobacco vape juice flavors for an authentic tobacco experience.
9 – Apple Tobacco by Pachamama
Pachamama may be mainly known for their fruity e-liquids, but Apple Tobacco is up there with the top tobacco e-juice on the market thanks to its interesting take on the standard formula. The tobacco itself that forms part of the mix isn’t anything too special – it’s pretty much a standard tobacco e-juice flavor, not bad but nothing hugely impressive – but the combination with the apple works perfectly.
Each component complements the other perfectly: the tobacco brings some complexity to the apple elements and the apple puts an interesting twist on the otherwise fairly generic tobacco. We have a full review of Pachamama if you want more information.
Apple Tobacco is available as both a standard e-juice as part of Pachamama’s line-up, so you can pick it up in lower nicotine levels (0, 3 or 6 mg/ml) in 60 ml bottles or as part of the salt line up with more nicotine (25 or 50 mg/ml) and 30 ml bottles. The salt form is $13.99 per bottle and the standard is for sale for $14.99 per bottle.
8 – Candied Cavendish by the Plume Room
The Plume Room is a popular e-liquid mixer that offers several excellent tobacco eliquids, with them making naturally-extracted tobacco (NET) blends in-house. This generally leads to a much more realistic flavor, and among tobacco loving vapers, it’s widely seen as producing the best tobacco vape juice.
Candied Cavendish uses this process on a Cavendish tobacco, and with the addition of some fruity notes from banana, produces a deliciously sweet tobacco eliquid that takes the authentic tobacco flavor to the next level. This juice won a Spinfuel Choice Award in 2013, and was one of the few tobacco ejuices to pick up a vote in our poll.
The e-liquid is available in six nicotine strengths ranging from 0 to 24 mg/ml, and comes in either 70% or 85% VG. A 10 ml bottle costs $6.99, and a 30 ml bottle costs $16.99.
7 – Kemuri by Yami Vapor
Yami Vapor’s Kemuri is widely considered a top tobacco flavored e-juice thanks to its well-crafted flavor profile and the care that’s clearly gone into the mixing. For a start, the juice is based on an aromatic southern tobacco rather than just shooting for the generic flavor, but it also has barrel-aged Kentucky Bourbon and Madagascan vanilla to support the overall flavor.
This brings a different dimension to the flavor, balancing the authentic tobacco flavor with the oaky notes from the whisky and the sweetness of the vanilla. The juice is rich, full-bodied and delicious, and definitely one to try if you’re looking for something with an authentic tobacco flavor but with well-chosen supporting flavors.
Kemuri comes in 100 ml bottles and has a 70/30 VG/PG mix, making it a great choice for sub ohm tanks and rebuildable atomizers. You can pick it up in 0, 3 or 6 mg/ml of nicotine, so while it isn’t ideal if you’re just switching from smoking, the 6 mg/ml could still be enough in a capable tank. The bottles cost $24.99.
6 – Butterscotch Reserve by Glas Basix
Glas Vapor might be best known for their exorbitantly expensive and exquisitely made series of mods, but they’ve since branched out into the world of e-juice, and have put out one of the top tobacco vape juice blends in the process.
Butterscotch Reserve is a unique take on the RY4 format, backed by a robust tobacco and with the expected caramel, RY4-style sweetness layered on top of it. The creamy butterscotch component is what separates this juice from the pack, making it much smoother than the average RY4 and keeping the sweetness pleasantly-light. It’s definite all-day-vape material thanks to the subtlety of the taste despite the complexity and multiple layers of the flavor.
It comes in a 70% VG mix, and you can choose between 0, 3 and 6 mg/ml of nicotine. You can pick up a 60 ml bottle for $13.99 ($16.95 RRP).
5 – American Patriots by Naked 100
Naked 100 has some excellent flavors in their line-up, and although much of the focus is on sweeter and fruity juices, American Patriots is a signature tobacco blend that many vapers love. The juice is pretty straightforward in terms of flavor: it’s a pure tobacco e-juice with no nonsense and no additional components to bring you away from the intended flavor.
The tobacco itself is well-captured and impressively smooth, shooting for a premium tobacco experience rather than something generic or caricatured. Since most mixers shy away from offering pure tobacco flavors, it’s rare to find one this good.
The juice comes in a 60 ml bottle, with a 65/35 VG/PG mix. This gives you some flexibility in terms of device, with even some sub ohm pods being able to cope with it (although you can also get the salt nic version if you prefer). In the standard version, you have a choice between 0, 3, 6 and 12 mg/ml of nicotine. You can pick up a bottle for $17.95.
4 – Virginia Tobacco by Black Note
Black Note is a NET specialist mixer, with a range of eight tobacco e-liquids on offer. Although Virginia Tobacco didn’t fare too well in the best e-juice flavors poll, Black Note received over 600 votes in the best e-juice vendor poll, and they’re often claimed to have some of the greatest tobacco e-liquid on the market.
Their Virginia tobacco blend is the most popular flavor on offer from the mixer. Although it doesn’t have the complexity or robustness of flavor that some of their other blends do – for example, the basma blend Cadenza is an aromatic, spicy tobacco – the softness, lightness and subtle sweetness of the flavor means it’s a great option for vapers looking for an authentic tobacco that doesn’t challenge the tastebuds too much.
A 30ml bottle of Virginia Tobacco costs $19 – making it one of the most expensive e-juices on this list – and it’s available in six nicotine levels ranging from 0 to 24 mg/ml. The PG/VG ratio is fixed at 50/50.
3 – Boba’s Bounty by Alien Visions
Boba’s Bounty is nothing short of legendary. The flavor developed a huge following of vapers, with the juice ending up with such high demand that even getting your hands on a bottle was difficult. It’s also pretty divisive, with some treating it like the nectar of the gods and others being thoroughly baffled by the hype around the flavor. However, as one of the highest-voted tobacco flavors in our poll, it’s spot as one of the most popular tobacco vape juice flavors around is secured.
So what does it taste like? That’s a matter for debate, because pinning down the elements other than tobacco in this mysterious flavor isn’t exactly easy, but the general consensus is graham cracker and chocolate. The mixture isn’t exactly built on a high-quality tobacco, and the opinions on it are mixed to say the least, but the flavor is definitely unique, and many vapers can’t get enough of it.
Alien Visions reformulated the flavor after some inconsistent batches to try to bring it back to its former glory, and now it's back on sale direct from their site. You can pick it up in bottles ranging from 6 ml to 100 ml (at $4.20 to $45), with a 30 ml bottle costing $15, and it's available in six nicotine levels between 0 and 24 mg/ml.
2 – Tribeca by Halo
Halo’s Tiki Juice (since discontinued) was the highest-voted tobacco flavor in our overall e-juice poll, and Halo themselves did very well in our poll of the best e-juice vendors, but it’s safe to say that Tribeca is by far their most popular flavor. Although it only received a handful of votes, it’s one of the most well-known tobacco e-liquids on the market, and many would class it as the best tobacco vape juice you can find.
Tribeca can be most simply described as an RY4 e-juice – a mixture of tobacco, caramel and vanilla – but as with any version of the classic tobacco juice, Tribeca definitely has its own unique character. The caramel and vanilla notes are quite light, playing second-fiddle to the base of tobacco, but being present enough to keep the flavor smooth, sweet and delicious.
This isn’t one for lovers of pure tobacco, nor for those who like a heavily sweetened blend, but it’s perfect for vapers who find themselves somewhere between those two extremes.
Tribeca is available in five nicotine levels from 0 to 24 mg/ml and you can pick up a 7 ml bottle for $5.99 or a 30 ml bottle for $19.99.
1 – Deadly Sin by Good Life Vapor
Good Life Vapor fared exceptionally well in our best e-juice vendors poll – making it into the top 20 vendors on the market – and Deadly Sin specifically was the second highest-voted tobacco e-juice on our best e-juice poll, leaving it as a definite contender for the best tobacco e-juice on the market.
Good Life Vapor has an excellent range of tobacco juices, with El Kamino being another widely-loved blend from the mixer.
Deadly Sin is a sweet, bakery-style tobacco blend, with comparisons to everything from cookies and cakes to crispy treats and cinnamon buns. The result is a flavor that might not be to the tastes of tobacco purists, but offers a beautiful balance between the sweetness and bakery elements and the underlying tobacco, turning an often-maligned e-juice flavor into something even non-tobacco-loving vapers can enjoy.
Deadly Sin is available in six nicotine levels (from 0 to 24 mg/ml), comes in a 70% VG mix, and a 30 ml bottle costs $15, with 10, 50 and 100 ml bottles also available.
Editor's Picks: Tobacco Vape Juice Flavors
If you’re looking for some more options to help you find the most authentic tobacco vape juice for your tastes, we’ve compiled a separate set of recommendations based on the favorite tobacco flavors of our staff here at ECR. So here are more excellent tobacco juices to consider:
Sweet Tobacco by I Love Salts
The I Love Salts range from Mad Hatter brings their flavor-crafting expertise to a line-up of high-nicotine juices designed for pod style devices. Sweet Tobacco does exactly what you’d expect from the name: offering a smooth, well-executed tobacco backed up with sweeter elements in the form of a touch of vanilla and a custard backing. It has a 50/50 PG/VG ratio so it works in pod devices, and you can pick it up in 25 or 50 mg/ml of nicotine. A 30 ml bottle costs $13.99.
Vanilla Tobacco Granola by Yogi
Yogi E-Liquid prides itself on unique flavor combinations, and their entry onto our top tobacco flavors list is a perfect example of that. It builds on a base of cured tobacco with elements of vanilla and some extra character from a honey-glazed granola flavor. This won’t be like any tobacco e-juice you’ve tasted before, but the flavors come together wonderfully to create a multi-layered tobacco flavor you keep coming back to. It comes in 70% VG, with 0, 3 or 6 mg/ml of nicotine available. It costs $14.95 for a 60 ml bottle.
Eclipse by Space Jam
Space Jam’s Eclipse was featured on the main list, but it’s another that would also rank among our picks for the best tobacco vape juice here at ECR. The slightly sweet Cavendish tobacco blend works perfectly alongside the vanilla custard, creating a flavor that’s both rich and smooth, with just the right level of sweetness but still maintaining just enough of the authentic taste backing it up to please tobacco lovers. The juice costs $21.95 for a 30 ml bottle.
Cavendish Tobacco by Black Note
Black Note’s Virginia Tobacco made the main list – and we’d really want to include it here too – but the tobacco specialist mixer has plenty of excellent tobaccos on offer, and Cavendish is our next-favorite, offering the naturally-sweet flavor of Cavendish tobacco.
As a NET e-liquid, the flavors are all robust and authentic, but the dark Virginia base of this adds some much-needed complexity to the mix to accompany the sweetness from the Cavendish curing process. The juice is a little expensive – at $19 for a 30 ml bottle – but well-worth it if you’re looking for a high-quality tobacco e-juice.
Conclusion – A Huge Variety of Tobaccos
Although those looking for a pure tobacco flavor may be disappointed by many of the picks on this list (I’d recommend checking out our natural tobaccos list if you count yourself among these), our list of the top tobacco e-juice flavors reflects the huge variety in tobacco e-liquids available on the market, as well as vapers’ general slant towards sweeter blends.
It might not be as objective as some of our other “Best Vapes” lists – and the order and specific juices included is definitely open to debate – but we’ve aimed to provide a varied sampling of some of the best tobacco e-juice available, in both the main list and our personal recommendations.
At very least, it should give you some awesome juices to try out as you search for your ideal tobacco e-juice.
If you're looking to experiment with other e-juice flavors aside from tobacco, check out our main list of the best vape juices on the market to see if anything grabs your attention. We've also got some pretty decent menthol e-juice recommendations that are a big hit even among tobacco lovers.