Burley is a light tasting air-cured tobacco that can have a bit of a bite and nuttiness to it, as it typically has a high nicotine content and low sugar. When the burley is toasted, this nuttiness is accentuated, and toasted burley was famously used in Lucky Strike cigarettes.
When I first dripped some of this nectar into a Phoenix and fired it up at 8 watts, the first thought that crossed my mind wasn't Luckies, but of a John Middleton pipe tobacco called "Kentucky Club Mild". I've smoked other burley pipe tobaccos (Carter Hall, Prince Albert), but best as I recall this one is fairly close to the KCM. The vapor is rich and thick, and while the taste isn't quite as nutty as I recall KCM being (or as most burleys are in general), there is an undertone there. But basically I got a sweet, clean burley flavor. There is something that brings figs to mind here as well, but it isn't blatant...just an interesting character note. Throat hit was nice and vapor was plentiful for a lower VG juice.
Side note: When I say nutty, I don't mean that weird "mystery nut" that you find in most "tobacco" e-juice. This is more like the aftertaste you have in your mouth from munching a handful of, say, Brazil nuts or unsalted peanuts, rather than the actual flavor of nuts.
In the Cobra at about 10 watts, the flavor was similar to the Phoenix, but slightly richer and seemingly more complex. The slight grassy note was diminished, however, but the sweetness remained fairly constant. There's a lack of the "smokiness" associated with many pipe tobaccos since there is no Latakia here...just a sweet, medium-bodied tobacco that is easy to vape. Nothing phony or artificial here at all, my friends. Just pure tobacco vaping bliss! Tons of vapor and a decent throat hit as well.
Wrap-up: Another winner from W2V; Donley is a wizard with NETs for sure. And while burley isn't my mainstay tobacco, this is a great vape that will damn sure slake whatever cravings you might have for tobacco. Mild-to-medium bodied, all-American, sweet but not overbnearingly so...and impressive vapor to boot. As with all NETs, this will gunk up your toppers, so I recommend dripping into a Phoenix-type RBA that you can rewick and clean easily, or a T3/eVod where the head can be easily replaced.
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Reviewed by: John Hamilton from Orlando FL on 4/24/2013