It isn't often one of my favorite E Liquid makers comes out with a new juice. Halo is the undisputed king of the better-vaping-through-chemistry school of juice design. There is not a flavor in their lineup that tastes like you could duplicate it through the use of commercially available flavorings. My guess is that they are making their proprietary flavorings via the employ of a flavoring chemist, and the results are unique if nothing else.
Halo hints that this is their version of the venerable RY4, a generic term that implies tobacco with caramel. Halo's tobaccos, while they may not taste anything like the target, have always been among the more satisfying available to my palate. While I have left many, many vendors in the rear view, I still vape all of the Halo flavors that I've ever tried. They are tried and true and I've never gotten sick of them for whatever reason. So I'm looking forward to seeing what their spin on RY4 is.
Let's head to The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a new 1.7 ohm SLB atty. Halo doesn't reveal their PG/VG ratio. My palate tells me it's 80PG/20VG.
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This is a juice that has been on my radar for a long time. They were also out of it for a long time. Recently Puresmoker added a new cigar vape to the TONIC line of juice, and this one showed back in stock, so I jumped on it and ordered both.
Puresmoker describes Manchester: This blend of sweet tobacco, brandy, and vanilla is perfect for a pipe smoker. It’s smooth and strong, with a great finish. Hey, I'm a pipe smoker! I should love this stuff!
In fact, I smoked a large bowl of Pinkerton Five Brothers out of a Peder Jeppesen partially rusticated freehand last night. I have no particular love for drug store blends or codger tobacco, but this one had a reputation for being strong and I also wanted to smoke another 100% Burley because my Burley experience is limited to about half a dozen blends. This tobacco was dry as kindling, by design. Five Brothers was a tale of two tobaccos. The first had the most wonderful sweetness and nutty depth in a very stout Burley that burned incredibly fast due to the dryness. The second showed up to beat your ass. With a baseball bat. This tobacco has more nicotine in it than any product I've ever used. Woo boy. I am normally immune to the effects of nicotine, but I think it might have made me woozy had I not smoked it on a full stomach.
So let's take Puresmoker's pseudo-pipe vape into The Lab and run some tests. I will be vaping this 24mg blend at 3.7v with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty on my Silver Bullet. PG/VG ratio is unknown. Puresmoker states the TONIC line runs anywhere from 60/40 to 90/10, but most are 70/30 to 80/20.
I have not been a fan of the Joogler Juice that has previously entered The Lab. That's tough on me. I would love to give great reviews to every vendor, and I think the restraint I've shown in issuing Toe Tags illustrates that. Unfortunately, being nice and being honest often are incompatible goals, and my relationship with you, the reader, is more important than my relationship with Vendor X. It has to be, or there'd be no reason for you to be reading this.
So Joogler, yeah...two of those juices were borderline Toe Tag material. Just not good. However, one of them showed signs of craft, so I've held out hopes that I'd find one of these I could give a glowing review to.
Today in The Lab I have Joogler Juice Clint Vapewood. Continuing this week's streak of juice with no hint as to what it's supposed to be, I head into The Lab once more for some public humiliation blind testing.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty. The Joye 1.5 ohm was a short experiment. Turns out that after all this time using Ciscos and SLBs, the Joye just did not do it for me. Too much wick, not enough sizzle.
This is the last of the E Liquid I have from Ares Ecig. In fact, it's the juice that got me interested in Ares in the first place. When I first stumbled across them I had never seen an Apple Tobacco E Liquid before, and it sounded good.
Ares juice is clean and performs well. Oddly enough, to date my favorite from them is their S'Mores juice.
Today I am using a brand new 1.5 ohm Joye atty. I haven't used a Joye atty in quite some time, and I wanted to revisit them to see how they held up against my preference Cisco and SLB attys. I had forgotton all about the primer. That's not a big deal though, as it goes away after a puff or three if you've blown the atty out prior to dripping. I will say that in my opinion the Joye does not hit as hard as the Cisco or SLB, but perhaps flavor is slightly better. I'll use this one up, but I am going to stick to the Ciscos and SLBs. Ciscos are the best, hands down. For about three quarters the price of a Cisco, the SLBs are very close, so I buy them more frequently.
Enough with the preliminaries, let's take this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend to The Lab, where I will be vaping at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a fresh 1.5 ohm Joye atty.
So I had a really good initial reaction to Mister E 1963 and vaped the bottle dry in no time, and since then I have been casting aspersions on their juice. I keep hoping the next bottle gets me excited, because frankly I dislike giving tepid reviews to good vendors.
Today's Mister E juice is Laker Blend, a tobacco vape that promises a little of this, and a little of that. Great. Another blind test. I am going to tell you that this tastes like caramel apple tobacco and be completely off the mark. Vendors: please give us just a hint what your juice is supposed to be. It makes Dr. Vapenstein look bad doing publicly published blind testing week in and week out. ;)
The one thing I can tell you about Mister E tobacco vapes is that all of them so far have had an interesting citrus element. In 1963 it was used to perfection, adding spice and throat hit. Not so much in the others. They're also a little higher VG ratio than most blends.
In The Lab this afternoon I have Mister E Liquid Laker Blend, a 67PG/33VG juice. I will be vaping it at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Today we continue down the path of sin and virtue with LiquidXpress's Indulgence line of E Liquid. This time we are sticking with the Seven Deadly Sins theme and exploring Greed.
Chinese juice is always interesting. Instead of the commercial DIY approach so prevalent in the States, most of the Chinese flavors are developed in-house by flavoring chemists. This has mixed results, occasionally providing flavors that are uncannily good, often producing juice that tastes like vaping hairspray. Country of origin has no impact on quality, as recently demonstrated by a cigar vape I am enjoying that is unique and good. In any event, it never tastes like FlavourArt, which we're all so used to it's like watching that episode of insert-favorite-tv-show-here you've seen 280 times already.
Let's get right to The Lab with this 18mg 85PG/15VG blend. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I had been experiencing some device frustration lately, and I finally broke down and decided to add another piece of equipment to The Lab.
For a while now I had been interested in a status device. The Precise, the Prodigy and The Precious had all been on my radar for a while. Now that VV mods are starting to trickle into the market it's harder justifying the +$150 price tag on some of these mods when all they are is a combo 3.7/6v device. I had high hopes for the new The Precious, but first they announced they'd be aluminum instead of stainless, and then Scott Bonner's review of it made it look pretty poor.
So some hardware frustration forced my hand, and there really wasn't anything out there that made me feel like I couldn't live without it. I ended up focusing on the Prodigy and AltSmoke's Silver Bullet, both tried and true with large fan bases.
I already had 18650 batteries aplenty. That coupled with a more desirable button location and some prodding from friends on Twitter who know what they're talking about finally led me to order a Silver Bullet. I gave you my initial impressions the other day, here are my operational observations.
I've been sitting on this one for a while. Don had asked me not to review it, which I understand. Apparently my review of one of his juices that wasn't available for order yet created a lot of email traffic for him, and he's a pretty busy guy just keeping up with orders as is.
Backwoods Brew Adirondack was originally labeled as a pipe tobacco. I may or may not have had something to do with the change in description. It's another natural tobacco from one of the only vendors doing it, and Don's superior tobacco vapes earned him the Vapey for Best Vendor of 2010.
I had been hoping for a more robust tobacco from Don. His flavors all lean toward subtle, and I wanted something with his signature balance and quality that had teeth. It seems like he may have backed away from Adirondack meeting that description, so let's see what this tobacco vape is all about.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
I think if you put most people on the spot and told them to describe butterscotch, you'd get the same definition you'd expect for caramel. Actually, butterscotch is more of a soft version of toffee. Close to caramel, but different.
I've always loved butterscotch. It's my favorite milkshake for sure, much to Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein's chagrin. She doesn't understand why I would squander those calories on butterscotch. Butterscotch shakes rock.
Prime Vaping has also joined my short list of favorite juice makers. I look forward to trying more of Jon's juice. Two of his have become absolute go-to vapes for me, in fact, I ordered 60ml of one of those before I even reviewed it. Never happened before.
So the combination of butterscotch and Prime Vaping seems certain to please. Off to The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I have wanted a new mod for a while, but there really wasn't anything on the horizon that felt like a device I couldn't live without. The new Precious looks like a big disappointment after watching Scott Bonner's review. The Precise is just a basic 3.7/6v mod without any bells and whistles. Granted, it's probably the world's coolest mod in that category, but the price is kind of hard to swallow for what it does. None of the wooden box mods get me excited. The VV stuff out now and coming soon doesn't do much for me, even though I like the idea of VV. The bottom fed mods are of no interest at all to me.
So I was kind of biding my time until the mod that gave me that tingle came along. Then I fried a switch on my trusty Bombshell, and I started to get frustrated after vaping my little 14500 Copper for a week. Superior mod for the travel case, not what I want to vape on all day when I'm at home.
I agonized over a couple tried and true devices for about a week, then finally broke down and ordered a Silver Bullet from AltSmoke.
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