Cloud Alchemist: Arrakis
Woody Italian Tobacco spiced with cardamom and clove and finished with a touch of sweetness.
Virginia Flavor and Burley Flavor
Virginia is a light brown or lemon yellow/orange load tobacco leaf. It emanates a pleasing aroma, of caramelized sugar, and has a more or less robust sweet taste depending on the content of nicotine; the fundamental property aromatic difference varies according to the origin (spicy, nutty, etc. )
Burley – The varieties of Burley are soft tissue and have the typical tobacco aroma. It’s an excellent tobacco filler. It’s the absence of sugars that characterize it.
And the mix
CARDAMOM – Elettaria cardamomum –
Cardamom pods are available in either their natural, bright green color or in a bleached white color. The pods are slightly crushed to get to the seeds inside. Each pod contains approximately 15 seeds. Cardamom is used to flavor coffee, curries, and desserts.
CLOVE Eugenia Aromatica
Neither our sight nor our scent of the Holidays would quite be complete without the sweetly spicy fragrance of Cloves. Their lingering aroma is an obvious and welcome part of subtle flavorings of main dishes and desserts
Manufacturer: Cloud Alchemist
Specifications of the Arrakis E-liquid
Size 10ml 30ml 120ml
Nicotine Level 0mg 1.5mg 03mg 06mg 12mg
PG/VG Ratio 20pg/80vg 50pg/50vg
Review of Cloud Alchemist’s Tobacco Magic Arrakis
Despite having several of Washington e-liquids maturing in my steeping drawer, it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to find the time to get to any of them. A new vendor that had promised to have their juice over to me fell behind, and a spot opened up on the review schedule, providing me an opportunity to deliver the one that got away. The juice I’ve heard so many rave reviews for, the juice that I’m embarrassed it’s taken me this long to get to, Arrakis.
Despite being vastly different beasts, the two tobacco e-liquids that I’ve tasted (and reviewed) from already have a single common thread, an uncanny resemblance to the genuine article, and Arrakis is no different. It opens with an aromatic, mellow, sophisticated tobacco, with soft, smooth undertones and a toasted, almost spicy, earthy quality.
It has a sweet, caramel note to it that slowly fades into a very light hint of the caramelized sugar flavor to come. The top of the exhale is where the juice gains even greater body, with a deeper, heavier, more potent tobacco blend that immediately gives the profile shape, depth, and a little backbone to boot.
The more rugged tobacco tone continues towards the tail end of the exhale, until mere moments from the time that the last of the cloud escapes…which is where the profile takes its final twist and things get a bit sweeter again as the aromatic wood fully enters the pattern, in all it’s sweet, caramelized, almost Three Cs Spices (Cardamom, Cinnamon, and Clove Spice Mix)-like glory.
The Virginia leaf flavor persists into the finish, leaving behind a shadow of sweetness that continues to develop and change for what seems like an eternity. This is not the plain, obvious graham cracker flavor present in a bottle of Boba’s or similarly styled e-liquids, it’s lighter, more ethereal, and divine.
The particular note is hard to describe. It is wholly natural, a perfect replica, akin to the flavor left in your mouth 30 seconds after you have a pleasing sweet aroma.
It’s almost the suggestion of Cloud Alchemist… like tasting the idea of the spicy flavor without eating one. The primary aromatic difference varies according to the origin.
While I try to steer clear of opinions in these reviews, this juice, is in my opinion, Cloud Alchemist’s crowning achievement. It’s as if they want to tease you with each flavor as it comes and goes from the profile. The juice evokes an emotional response, a need for “just one more vape,” a need to taste each broad stroke, and every subtle detail again and again. It’s tobacco perfection, plain and straightforward.
Like some of the other flavors I’ve reviewed from Cloud Alchemist, to get the most out of this juice, you need to put some heat up against it. Sure, it’s a tasty vape at 8-9 watts, there’s no question, but it comes off as more of a straight tobacco blend. The wide array of subtle nuances isn’t as pronounced as they are with some additional wattage. On the Provari topped with a 2.5Ω atomizer, I spent most of my time with it at 5.2-5.3v yielding 10.8-11.2 watts, which brings all of the flavors to their individual peaks, produces an immense, but comfortable throat hit, and voluminous clouds of thick, dense vapor. With my mech/RBA rig, I wanted to see just how far I could push this one.
I used a Nemesis topped with a Nimbus, modded with dual 1/16″ air intake, and made a dual twisted 28ga kanthal coil at .45Ω, wrapped on XC-116. The result was heavenly. Every flavor is amplified in perfect symmetry. The Arrakis remains a soft highlight to the pair of complementary tobaccos with the throat hit and vapor production going straight off the charts. Juice like this is rare, and vendors like Cloud Alchemist, who earn not just one, but three perfect scores in the tobacco category (that’s every tobacco I’ve reviewed from them so far) are unique.
I don’t say this often here, but for tobacco premium eliquid lovers, this is an absolute must try, and for those who enjoy a high-quality tobacco vape every now and again, don’t be surprised if you find Arrakis your ADV.