Official Flavor Note:
The super-computer, Deep Thought spent 7.5 Million years calculating the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life the Universe and Everything, and then he relaxed and reflected over this complex cavendish tobacco blend with notes of spicy sassafras.
After a stunning performance from Slartibartfast, the first tobacco flavor I had tasted from The Vapor Chef, I was eager to get moving on the next flavor from their Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy of tobaccos, Deep Thought. In the books, Deep Thought is the super computer created to calculate the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything (the answer is 42). While there is quite a bit more to it than that, this is an e-liquid review website, and you’re not here for a book report, so let’s cut to the chase and get down to the juice.
Deep Thought, like Slartibartfast, is an exceptionally smooth and mild pipe tobacco. While the tobacco itself is different, it does possess similar characteristics in that it’s soft, mellow, and downright relaxing with a natural, realistic tone that, despite being so smooth, still has a strong sense of body and fullness to it that I find quite satisfying.
There are notes of chocolate, vanilla, & a very mild fruity undertone that could be described as cherry, but to be clear, this is not a cherry tobacco, these are just the notes and characteristics of the tobacco flavor itself, rather than additional components in the e-juice, although the vanilla is potent enough to possibly be something that the Chef tossed into the mix.
The vape opens with the tobacco on the inhale, which is met by the vanilla and chocolate notes right at the top of the exhale. The flavors are then joined by the warmth of a spicy note, could be cinnamon, more likely cardamon, but either way, the result is a light molasses-like sweetness that highlights the depth and complexity of the juice.
The sassafras, the component of old-time-y root beer (and once again an ingredient in many), begins to come through the profile on the latter portion of the exhale, but really shines on the finish, leaving your tongue with the warmth of the sweet spice and the rich, earthy, almost woodsy flavor of sassafras root. While it could just be the sassafras itself, which has a similar quality, at times, I think I taste a very light hint of anise as well..it might be there, it might not, it’s just too tough to call. If you’re averse to anise, I won’t let that scare you away; it’s so light I’m not even sure it’s there. All said, this is equally complex when compared to Slartibartfast, but wildly different.
Both are the types of tobacco flavors that even vapers that loathe tobacco e-liquids might be surprised to find themselves enjoying. Both are the kind of mellow, relaxing e-liquids that one might enjoy on the porch swing as the sun goes down, sitting by a campfire, or just relaxing on the couch, working your way through the DVR. Neither are big, bold, straight tobacco flavors, they’re more gentle, more subdued, but still a very long way from subtle. There is something about the overall profile that feels comforting, serene, and laid-back…like everything on the to-do list is done, the bank account is full, and everything is right in the world.
I spent a good deal of time with this juice before sitting down to write this review, both in my standard reviewing rig, a ZMAX/510 dripping atty and with one of my more advanced set-ups, a Duke mod topped with a Helios RBA. With the ProVari, I found the flavors to peak at 9.2w or 4.8v on a 2.5Ω atomizer. This yields a fairly mild throat hit for tobacco but delivers a substantial cloud. With The Duke (50w/10a capable VV device),
I used a dual 28ga Kanthal coil (.8Ω) on 2mm Ekowool. I preferred Deep Thought at about 32w on this rig, with the Helios intake open just over halfway. While this set-up doesn’t affect flavor profile very much, aside from the obvious boost, I was surprized to find it also had very little impact on throat hit. That being said, it does of course, produce the fog machine that one might expect.
While I think I said something similar in the Slartibartfast review, I’m going to say it again. I am thoroughly impressed. It’s rare to see a vendor put out such intense flavors, with such a varied selection, but TVC has managed to produce not only some of the finest fruity e-liquids in the marketplace, but they also don’t miss a beat on their tobacco blends.