I forgot how much I like this thread. Most helpful place on the internet! I've done a few hot extractions and messed around a bit but the gunk factor is what keeps me from fully embracing the NET lifestyle. I filter through an aeropress twice, once with coffee filter, second time with 2 micron filter. Still gunky city after about 5mL in my dripper. I'm considering getting a cheap vacuum pump to attempt sub micron filtering.
Have you guys gone 100% NET or do you still dabble with synthetics. If you do, what are your favs?
My top synthetics are as follows..
-INW Black For Pipe
-INW Dark For Pipe
-INW Gold For Pipe
-FLV Red Burley
-FLV Native or Kentucky (they taste pretty much the same imo)
-TFA Western (haven't found a better leather note)
-FA Black Fire
-FLV Virginia (yes, not satisfactory but it beats FA Virginia)
-INW Cuban, Virginia, Garuda TA
For me, that is the cream of the crop and nothing else I try has come close. Can't find anything else that competes with that list in the non-aromatic tobacco category.