I'm on the hunt for a Good, Big, Cheap Custard before I break down and just start DIYing a GVC clone recipe. I've got custards from several vendors aging in The Juice Cellar, and I'll be going through them as I feel they're ready.
A lot of custards are really just creamy vanilla vapes. That doesn't put me off, but what I'm really looking for is a super egg-y, rich custard with an almost sour note to it. How did I go from NETs to custards? Your guess is as good as mine. I just can't get enough custard right now, so I'm running with it.
Today's review juice is Full Moon by Steam Juice, a variation on their French vanilla custard with hazelnut added. I have to say that this vendor made a great first impression on me. Their prices are excellent, they offer a tasty assortment of original flavors, they will make you any level of nic strength you want, and they sell big bottles. I bought an assortment of four 30ml bottles to sample their juice, and even the ones I didn't love I thought were good. As a teaser, one of their juices became an instant favorite from the first time I vaped it, and I will definitely be back for big bottles.
Lastly I have retired my six week old iPV Mini. Actually I gave it to The Creature, who expressed an interest in vaping. I gave him the iPV Mini and an Aqua v2 and some juice to help him get started off right. Two days ago I received an Hcigar HB DNA 40, which is a tidy little box mod with an authentic Evolv DNA 40 that can be yours for less than $120. So far I'm very happy with the box. You'll notice that I am vaping at a lower wattage than normal. That's because apparently the SX130 in the iPV Mini was not terribly accurate, so to get the same vape on my DNA that I got from the iPV at 28.5w I had to drop down to 22w.
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I wanted to revisit this because in the four years since I first wrote about this everything has changed. Increased wattage and atomizers that vaporize a lot more juice have made all past wisdom on this topic irrelevant.
For the first four and a half years I vaped, I vaped 18mg juice. I could comfortably vape 24mg provided I didn't chain vape it all day. I could tell the difference between 18mg and 16mg, and 16mg never scratched the itch for me. I was never able to step down my nic content below 18mg, but for me 18mg was a success because it kept me off cigarettes and it never made me nic sick no matter how much I vaped.
On modern hardware, and for me that means RDAs and sub ohm RTAs, you have to step your nicotine level way down. I knew this going in, so when I finally joined the rest of you in the 21st century I ordered 6mg juice. Still too high for me. It seemed crazy to me that I would get nic sick off something as low as 6mg, but on days I was at home and my device never far from hand it was just too much.
FYI, I have an above average tolerance to nicotine. I may have traded in the death sticks for vaping four and a half years ago, but I still use nasal snuff and enjoy a cigar after dinner. It's been my experience that both of those forms of nicotine use constitute a higher level of nicotine delivery than any other form. I have to watch myself with the snuff. If I reach for it too often I get nic sick. I never get nic sick from enjoying a cigar, but when I first started smoking them they flat out made me buzzed in a way I hadn't felt since I first started smoking cigarettes all those years ago, and I could tell that cigars had way more nicotine than any other form of tobacco I'd ever used.
If you've been reading you know that I've only been vaping on modern hardware pretty much since the start of 2015. Prior to that for four and a half years right up until the end of 2014 I vaped on Joye 306LR attys. My Silver Bullet is still in service as my commuting device, but I only have one atty in reserve for it and once that one is toast I am retiring the SB. I got four years out of my Silver Bullet, and it will be fully functional when I retire it. Let that sink in. Fantastic mod and worth every penny I paid for it. The powder coated finish even held up and it only has a couple very small chips on the atty end of the tube.
One of the first things I noticed when I dragged myself out of the stone age of vaping was that I was going to go through a lot more juice. Nick's Blissful Brews Smoked Custard Plus was an instant hit with me and became my all day vape, but the day of the $20+ 30ml bottle is over. Dead. Seriously juice makers, you need bigger bottles and lower prices if you want most of us to vape your juice. $23 for a 30ml was ok when that bottle was going to last me a couple weeks or more, but I can kill that bottle in two days now. Don't call your juice premium to justify charging so much. We could all go make juice as good or better DIY for pennies if we weren't so lazy.Fortunately many vendors have figured that out, and premium tasting juice in big bottles at reasonable prices is not hard to find.
So anyway I am auditioning a bunch of custard vapes to replace Nick's as my all day vape. What I am looking for is juice that performs well and delivers juicy, saturated flavor. Today's entry is Vape Wild On Cloud Custard. This vendor offers big bottles at good prices and has a solid reputation among vapers on the web, so it was one of the first custards I ordered on this journey.
Over the years I've had vendors send me juice to review free of charge. Don't expect a better review because the juice was gratis. My reviews are 100% my opinion, which is an opinion after all so take it as such, but my integrity is uncompromisable. The vast majority of the 200+ juice reviews I've done were done on juice that I paid for. Either way, the review is never affected by who paid for it. Today's review juice was purchased by me and not a gift.
It's been very nearly three years since you last read a juice review here. I hope the time has been good to you. It certainly has been for vaping. The advances in regulated vaping, rebuildable atomizers, tanks, subohm, all of this has provided vapers of all experience levels and needs a means to tailor a perfect vape for themselves.
After four plus years of vaping 3.7v on Joye 306LR attys before I updated to modern hardware, all I can say is that vaping is far more satisfying for me today than it ever has been, and I am feeling a lot of the excitement that I felt when this site first launched on Halloween 2010. It's good to have you here reading this, and it's good to connect with people in the vaping community again. It's good to be back.
To celebrate how happy I am about reconnecting with you, I am kicking off the Return of Vapenstein with an It's Alive! winner. Today's juice is Smoked Custard Plus by Nick's Blissful Brews. Coming back to public vaping after a three year absence I had to take a crash course in hardware. I wasn't going to seriously look at anyone's product until I felt good about what I was using, and felt that I was getting a vape that would do these juices justice. I had to go through a few combinations, and I am vaping on a setup today that gives me flat out the best vape I have ever had, so here we go:
I've been on a roll with new juices. I've bought about half a dozen untried juices in the last week, and two of them are solid It's Alive! winners. That's a good run. In fact one of them is my new every day vape. I'm not going to write about juice yet though. VW vaping, RDAs, RTAs, twisting my own coils and wicking them, this is all stuff that is new to me, and until I'm sure that I'm getting the best vape I can put together I am keeping my mouth shut about other people's products.
It took me a couple days just to throw a combination together that was vapeable. Right now I am vaping 6mg (you would have won that bet because I never, ever thought I'd vape that low) mostly VG. Totally satisfying, and I'm burning through juice about twice as fast I'm sure.
I'm using an iPV Mini, and so far I am really impressed. This is a killer $50 mod. Super impressive at the price. I have a Vulcan RDA on it, single coil with one of the air holes taped off, 1.8 ohm 30awg coil. Think I'll get some 28awg next and shoot for the 1.0-1.4 range. I am getting great flavor from this combo at 15w, which I know is sissy compared to what you guys are vaping, but I am just trying to get this all dialed in yet and this is the first combo I've put together that I can sit and comfortably vape all day. The Vulcan has great flavor and air flow is a little restricted, which works for me as I vape mouth to lung.
I have a Kanger Subtank Mini on preorder, and a Kayfun v4 clone coming for Mrs. Dr.. I'm looking at an Aqua v2 and a Magma clone for myself and if the Magma works for me Mrs. Dr. gets the Vulcan to replace her Igo-W2, which vapes well but I hate hate hate working on. So for the time being, I am getting my gear dialed in. Once I am comfortable that I am getting the best vape possible on the equipment I have, you may see the occasional juice review here.
It's been almost a thousand days since my last article, where have I been? Why?
When my relationship with the producer of Vapenstein Blend deteriorated I was very disappointed. I was upset about all the ideas that would never transition to product. I was upset that my friendship with my partner was over. I just didn't want to be involved in vaping in any public way.
I have both good and bad things to say about my former partner, as he assuredly does about me. There won't be any airing of dirty laundry on my part. It's unfortunate that the relationship ended the way it did, and that is that.
I am vaping Halo Captain Jack on a Silver Bullet with a 306LR Joye atty. Sound familiar? It should, because that was what I was vaping last time we touched base. Mrs. Dr. and myself have been vaping in a bubble these last three years, using the same devices and the same juices we always have.
I just got us new hardware. Mrs. Dr. got an Eleaf iStick with an IGO-W2, and I picked up an IPV Mini with a Vulcan for myself. I haven't even really vaped mine yet other than to check that it works. I've got a coil built in it and I have some 100% VG juice in today's mail, with more on the way.
This review has been a long time coming. VS Tampa was my all day vape for the first few months I started vaping. A year and a half later it's still just about the only thing that Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein likes to vape.
I still like to vape a bottle of VS juice now and then. Plus I have to keep Mrs. Doctor in Tampa. Recently when momma was just about out of juice I threw a 15ml of Vapor Station VS4 on the order. For some reason I had never gotten around to vaping this one.
On paper VS4 sounds great. It seems to me that I remember hearing that it was the product of Vapor Station's first attempt at an RY4, but they went back to the drawing board because this one tasted like toffee instead of caramel. Lucky for us, because this is a solid vape, and a nice variation on the RY4 theme.
Let's get right to the action. I will be vaping this 24mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306. I never realized that VS juice was mostly 60/40 to 50/50, but it explains why they're ever so slightly less atty friendly. Very thin for so much VG though.
I had kind of put this one on the back burner because I'm not nuts about alcohol infused tobacco. I'm low on juice I haven't reviewed yet, so I grabbed this one from The Juice Cellar this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to read the product description. Apparently this juice is not a bourbon flavored tobacco vape, but an Oriental tobacco extract. At least the product description would have me believe that. Excellent.
Tobacco is tobacco. The different types we smoke are not individual species, but merely cultivars of the same plant. Crazy huh? Virginia, Carolina, Burley, Oriental, all wildly different due to nothing more than climate and chemical composition of the soil they grow in. Perique, Cavendish, Kentucky and Latakia don't count because with all four there is a process involved.
Most cigarettes are a mix of Burley and Virginia tobacco, but if you're a Camel fan then you've been smoking Oriental. I find the flavor of Oriental to be dry and less sweet, and depending on the tobacco it can also have wonderful sour and/or bitter notes. It's naturally low in sugar and nicotine. On its own I find it a little dull, but mix it with some Virginia and Latakia and you have pure nirvana.
Nick makes a great tobacco extract, and today we're vaping his Goodejuice Wild Turkey Tobacco. I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
New product launches and sick dogs have prevented me from writing for the last couple of weeks. I have overdue kudos to dish out to Vapenstein Super Minion Micki Bingham, who was the winner of the trivia sweepstakes on the Vapenstein Facebook page. Congratulations Micki, and thanks for playing!
Today I have a juice from our old friend Todd Gano at Vaperite, Vaperite Organic 2x Butterscotch.
Some years back I used to spend every Sunday at a friend's house, hanging out and relaxing. Various substances were smoked, take out bar food was eaten, and the standing house rule was that if anyone mentioned the name of a certain local ice cream chain that person would be making the ice cream run. My favorite and the only item I ever bought for myself was the biggest butterscotch malt they sold. Frosty heaven in a waxed paper cup. Sugar, butter and milk, just like caramel. The emphasis of butterscotch is brighter and more focused on the butter.
Let's take this 16mg non-dairy confection into The Lab, where I will be vaping it at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
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