I've been looking forward to this one since early March, and it absolutely is living up to expectations. Thanks Jay and Beastmode Mods, this is the box mod I've always wanted.
The search for the perfect custard vape always had to end here. I've vaped a lot of custards in the last few months. I've enjoyed many of them, been disappointed by more, but never vaped one that I felt was perfect.
I've never vaped Grant's Vanilla Custard, but it's so well regarded and the consensus appears to be that the clone recipe on the internet is right on the money that the first step I took on the DIY path of this quest was to make this clone. I've made this recipe several times now. I wanted to try it exactly per the recipe using both v1 and v2 of Capella's Vanilla Custard, and then I wanted to perfect it to my own tastes using those as my starting point and adding other elements. I've made a couple of variations so far, and neither attempt has produced a juice that was as good as the standard recipe. Maybe it can't be improved upon, but I have a couple more ideas I'd like to try before I throw in the towel.
If you've never made your own juice before it can seem daunting. It isn't. You can start with as little as a glass syringe, a graduated cylinder and some amber glass bottles. If you end up liking DIY you can add more equipment. As far as the results, DIY can give you juice that you think is way better than any commercial eliquid, and it can also seem at times that you just can't get a recipe dialed in. You will develop a feel for recipes that will pan out and those that won't, and after a little time tweaking ok recipes into great ones won't seem like magic, because you will be familiar with your ingredients and have a good idea what components in what quantities are going to give you what you are looking for, just like in the kitchen. Not everyone will be patient enough to master DIY, but those of you who persevere will be vaping top notch juice to the tune of about $15/liter.
Thick Vanilla Custard by Steam Juice was one of my very first stops on the road to the perfect custard vape. I've vaped about 150ml of this stuff, so these aren't my first impressions and I am pretty familiar with what this juice has to offer.
I emailed Steam prior to ordering the 120ml bottle I'm vaping now, and asked if they automatically adjusted flavoring percentages for higher VG ratios. They don't offer a flavor boost option. They responded that they do, but I would still request it in the comments for the product you order, because this juice tastes standard to me, which at 70% VG means that I feel the flavor is muted. One thing I do appreciate about Steam is that you can order your juice in any nicotine strength you want, just put it in the comments. When I'm home all day I tend to overvape, and even 3mg makes me a little sick. That sounds crazy I know, but sub ohm vaping drastically alters juice consumption and the efficiency at which your juice is vaporized. I order 2mg from Steam, and it scratches the itch and doesn't make me sick on the days when my device never leaves my hand.
Grant's Vanilla Custard is the benchmark custard vape. I've never vaped the original, but the recipe is well known and I've DIY'd it using both Capella's v1 and Capella's v2. Both make for a very different juice, and both are delicious. I've been adding small percentages of other flavorings, searching for my own unique version of the GVC Clone. In fact, expect to see some DIY reviews here in the future, and I will share my recipes with you guys. GVC Clone using Capella's v1 is what I judge all other custards by, and it's no surprise that most custards have a similar flavor profile to this formulation. I have yet to vape a custard that is as good as GVC Clone using v1, hence it is the benchmark all other custard vapes are judged against.
Custard is the new tobacco. Back in the old days on 306 and 510 attys all I wanted to vape was tobacco. Since I joined the rest of you in the 21st century I just can not get enough custard. The only deviation from vaping custard I see is the occasional tank of cheesecake.
Custard just does it for me. The taste is pleasing, but mostly I think I just get a real good core satisfaction from vaping these juices. They hit well and I get more than just one note out of them.
One of the more well regarded big bottle custards is Custard #3 from ITCVapes. You can get a 120ml bottle of juice from them for under $20, which is a great price for people who sub ohm and go through a lot of juice. This juice has been sitting around for well over a month and smells fantastic. Don't vape it fresh, this juice needs at least 3 weeks before you sample it. There isn't much going on before then. ITCVapes goes so far as to state that on their product page, so good for them for spelling it out. There was a lot of debate about steeping back in the old days, but I can tell you that custards absolutely need the time. They go through big changes between the time they're mixed to a month old.
Let's get this one into The Lab and see how it stacks up against all the custards I've been vaping.
There is always going to be a question in some people's minds about how objective a reviewer's feedback about product they received for free is going to be. I think all any of us can do, myself included, is find reviewers whose tastes seem to resonate with us who we feel we can trust. That's for anything. Videogame reviews, Youtube vaping hardware reviews, and especially eliquid reviews since taste in eliquid is incredibly subjective.
All I can tell you is that when I review a juice, whether I bought it or it was free, whether I like the company or am mad at them for whatever reason, the review itself is only going to contain my honest impressions of the product. That held true even when I was involved with my own product. Vapenstein the reviewer and Vapenstein the NET co-creator were two separate entities, despite what any unhappy reviewees might think. My father raised me to value honesty and integrity above all else, and I have always felt that nothing of value could be got by stepping on someone else's neck to get where I was going.
So as a reviewer I tell you that free samples are welcome and encouraged. It doesn't guarantee a review, and it certainly doesn't guarantee the outcome of any review, but it does help me review more product than I otherwise would since my tastes are fairly specific and limit my exposure to product.
I received an email from someone at 10th Planet inquiring about sending me some juice to review. I looked at their site and told them to send me their Vanilla Mousse as it wasn't too far off the course I've been sailing lately. The packaging was an insane display of overkill. I really thought I was going to open that box to find a 60ml bottle waiting for me, but no, it was just a 10ml packaged to survive the apocalypse. They describe the juice as "A deep, rich yet mellow custard flavor with a kick of vanilla. Vanilla Mousse will remind you of a smooth and creamy cheesecake with a hint of graham cracker.". It's a custard, vanilla, cheesecake, erm let's just vape it and see.
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