So far so good from Georgia-based vendor Ares Ecig. I haven't lost my mind over their juice, but I've also appreciated its quality, its clean burn and good performance, as well as their original approach to flavoring.
Today I have their Black Clove. I haven't had a kretek vape I thought was very good yet, and the best attack on that problem was an effort from want2vape that didn't attempt it but instead just went for a mellow tobacco and clove combination.
It would appear that Ares is taking a similar approach. While the name and art are obviously aimed at a certain, popular kretek brand, the description of this juice on their site would lead me to believe they aren't shooting for a full blown kretek clone, but a nice, mellow clove tobacco.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Copper with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
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Up for evaluation today is Mister E's interpretation of the venerable vape classic, Kamel Hump. The target for these vapes is a cigarette brand that blends Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. This gives it a signature flavor because most cigarettes are a combination of Virginia and burley, or one or the other. Turkish tobacco has a deeper, earthy, almost spicy quality, and it's made this cigarette brand one of the enduring marques in the industry.
On a related note, I have been vaping Mister E 1963 ever since I reviewed it last week. Don't let the fact that I didn't give it an award steer you wrong. I like that juice. A lot. It's a reorder for me, for sure. It's a refreshing, nut-free interpretation of the analog replacement, and it's better than average.
Let's commence with the testing. I will be vaping this 18mg 67PG/33VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
I was beginning to wonder what I was going to write about as my review samples had dwindled down to nothing. Now I'm swimming in juice from newer vendors. I want to thank everyone who has sent me juice in the last couple of weeks. Without vendor assistance Vapenstein would not be possible, and I will always be appreciative of the great vendors we enjoy in the vaping community.
The next vendor up in the Vapenstein cavalcade of new vendor reviews is Joogler Juice. Today I have Joogler's version of Cappucino. The bottle warns me that this product may contain nicotine! The website warns me that this flavor contains small amounts of caffeine! Oh no! heh.
Coffee vapes scare me a little. Coffee is a persistent flavor that does not want to leave your atty. It's like a blind date. One drop and you're committed. If you like it, if you don't like it, doesn't matter. You're stuck. You just have to ride it out to the conclusion, whether you like it or not.
Today I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
Without exception all the waffle vapes I've tried have tasted like butter and syrup. They're pretty much the same, except for the quality and intensity of the flavor. This is my first French Toast vape, French Toast from Prime Vaping. I don't know exactly how you differentiate French Toast from waffle in a vape, but today we'll find out.
This is also my first review of several Prime Vaping reviews coming up. It was the fact that they have their own tobacco extract juice that caught my attention, but one of their juices has become one of my go-to vapes. It may surprise you what that juice is. You'll just have to wait for the reviews to find out. I will say that while I find the quality of their juice good, and one of their juices is my current favorite vape, I do have some criticisms of at least a couple of these PV juices. I hope that both you and Prime Vaping will take any criticism for what it is; my honest evaluation.
Also they have a new website. The formatting is a little messed up, well frankly it is somewhat broken, but don't let that put you off. I've been working with Joomla since 2007, and yes I will make you a site, but you probably can't afford me. The time spent and the fact that you have to deal with owner input makes web design a painful job, and I prefer to stick to my own little web empire and answer to a boss whose ideas I am in total agreement with.
Off to The Lab! Today I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG specimen at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
I do not spend as much time on the web forums as I used to. I try to stop in every couple of days and make sure I'm not missing anything important, but I'm spread pretty thin trying to balance my web interests, day job and family.
So there are a bunch of newer vendors who are getting lip service on the forums, and I knew I needed to get cracking before I missed the boat altogether. Southern Ambrosia was kind enough to send me a couple of review samples, and today I am evaluating the first, Southern Ambrosia Voodoo Lady.
Southern Ambrosia has no web site at this time. Until they do, you can keep tabs on them via their Facebook page here. I'll update this when that changes.
I saw my friend lasttango on ECF repost a description of this one in one of the Southern Ambrosia threads there: This is a dark and decadent tobacco brew with creamy mysterious undertones. Granny picked up this potion from a VooDoo priestess in New Orleans back in '42. She will wrap you in her spell, and leave you wanting more. Warning, once you've been touched by the Voodoo Lady, she never lets you go.
Okay, I'm in. I love tobacco and creative descriptions. Straight to The Lab with this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
Puff Cigarette's Next line of flavorings have been a big hit with me. The three tobaccos have similar characteristics, and I've enjoyed all of them.
I've got two of these left to review, and the remaining subjects are non-tobaccos. Up today is Next #313, which is their fruit flavor. That's about as good as I can do on the description, as Google translate just provides "fruity" for the description on the item page.
This juice looks just like its stable mates, which is to say that it is a very dark caramel shade. Dark, dark brown. These are zero nic flavorings intended to be mixed 50/50 with your nic base. The Next flavorings are 50PG/50VG, so I just mix it half and half with my PG nic. I mixed this particular sample three or four weeks ago, so it has had plenty of time to ferment.
I will be vaping this 25 mg 75PG/25VG juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
The first two juices I reviewed from Ares E-cig received predominantly positive lip service. They were a little oddball, but achieved their goal by not following convention. The quality of flavors these juices had was good, and the fact that they weren't mystery nut with throat hit was good for extra credit as well.
Today I have one of their non-tobaccos, Key Lime Pie. I'm a big fan of key lime pie and lime in general. It's an underused item in the American kitchen. It's a vital condiment in Southeast Asian cuisine, and for Mexicans it's as essential as salt. I eat my fried chicken with McIlhenny's Chipotle sauce and fresh lime, and it drives Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein nuts because every time we go eat someplace that has fried chicken, I quarter a lime, wrap it in foil, and stick it in my pocket. When we get to the restaurant I take it out, unwrap it, and set it on the table. She gets exasperated and says "You don't bring food to a restaurant, stupid". Then I look at her incredulously and explain "but they don't have limes here". It's obvious isn't it?
And with that vaguely related setup let's enter The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
Just as I thought that was it, there's nothing left for me to review, some samples from newer vendors who are getting forum buzz started showing up in the mail.
The first is from Mister-E-Liquid, who sent me some of their tobacco juices to review. Their prices are competitive and they make some original tobacco vapes. The first thing that scares me away, far far away, from a vendor is when I check out their website and they are obviously just another FlavourArt squirter. Meaning, the juice from these vendors all tastes the same. You can make that juice at home, and I don't need to review it because we all know what it tastes like. It tastes like FlavourArt. If that's your thing, buy some base liquids and some flavorings and start DIY. You'll save a lot of money and your juice will be just as good as the vendors that premix this stuff.
Vapenstein is interested in those vendors who care enough and are talented enough to create a quality product that brings value to the party. Now that doesn't necessarily mean that I feel every vendor needs to be handcrafting their own tobacco extracts or using flavorings from obscure sources, but you need to convince me why I should be ordering from you when I can make perfectly good juice at home. The days of the vendor as glorified DIY'er are numbered, and frankly I look at those juices with the same dim view I cast on Chinese juice.
Mister-E-Liquid passes my site check, and their tobacco juices sound like they took some time to differentiate themselves from the pack. So let's see if it's any good. First up is Mister-E-Liquid 1963, which is their attempt at an analog replacement juice.
I will be vaping this 18mg 67PG/33VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a brand new 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
Well, here we are. My last bottle of Vape the Rockies organically flavored juice to review. I've put this off for two reasons. One, because I've enjoyed Fred's juice so much I didn't want the ride to end. Two, this juice, Vape the Rockies Missouri Bottoms Tobac has been my favorite, since the day they showed up in the mail and I sampled all of them. It was something no one else had, and it was good to boot.
Before I start in on today's subject I want to address something about Vape the Rockies juice. These are relatively thin, PG dominant juices. I don't know what it is about this juice that makes it so different from any other vendor's juice, but it is practically miraculous. It is the cleanest burning juice in the vaping world. So many juices either make your attys sticky, or worse, clog them. A lot of juices I love are atty killers. I only get 2-3 weeks out of an LR atty if I'm lucky, and some of my juices make it more like a week. I use VtR juice almost like an atty cleaner when I'm not vaping it for pleasure. If I've been vaping something sticky, or if it feels like my atty is heading toward slightly clogged, I will drip some VtR juice for about half a dozen drops and vape it dry again before I set my mod down. I swear this juice breaks up the sticky residue left by other juice and cleans your atty, more noticeably than any juice I've ever had. I'm not saying it will resurrect attys you've taken past the point of no return, but I honestly feel I make my attys last just a little bit longer by vaping VtR juice at the appropriate times. It's an overlooked aspect of performance, and VtR holds the blue ribbon in this category with the runner ups way back in the rear view.
What to expect from a juice named Missouri Bottoms? Well for me it conjures up images of river barges, corn cob pipes and plug tobacco. If this was a pipe tobacco it would surely be a pressed cake of Virginia, Burley and Perique. My kind of vape. Let's get right to it.
I will be vaping today's 18mg 70PG/30VG specimen at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
Today I have the last of the Puff Cigarette Next tobaccos, Next #165. Described by Puff as "smooth tobacco", I am expecting a lighter rendition of their tobacco profile.
If you haven't read the previous Next reviews I've done, these juices are more about burnt caramel than they are tobacco, but they're one of those formulas that capture the analog feel through performance and smoke and mirrors trickery that leads your brain into thinking tobacco when you vape them. I like these, very much, however they are not going to be for everyone.
These are zero nic flavorings in a 50/50 base suspension, but like most flavorings, they aren't meant to be mixed at a 10-20% ratio. I mix these 50/50 with my 50mg/ml PG nic to get a resulting 25mg 75PG/25VG blend. The resulting juice is dark. Really dark. I can't unequivocally state that these Next liquids are atty killers, but I suspect them to be. Again, I don't want to condemn these liquids by stating that they'll fry your attys, but I've been really hard on attys lately, and I've been vaping a lot of these super dark juices.
So without further adieu, let's take this 25mg 75/25 blend into The Lab, where I will vape it at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
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