Intellicig is a UK based firm that has been around forever, as time goes in the vaping world. They make what appears to be a KR808 device called the EVO, and they are also the producers of ECOpure e-liquid. They're not the sort of company that had come onto my radar, as I am not particularly interested in electronic cigarette facsimiles, meaning their ecigs look like a cigarette. ECOpure has been around since vaping's Jurassic period, so just how good could it be? It's the stuff they fill those cartomizers with. I have better things to do.
So when a package of RIZe juice from Intellicig's US associate Intellicig-USA showed up Friday with a bottle of ECOpure in the box, I had no expectations. I love freebies, and I am always happy to see that a vendor has prepared a little care package for me. It doesn't influence how I feel about a product, and I am still going to evaluate it like I paid for it out of pocket. At best, a vendor may receive a bad review with slightly more polite language, but my commodity is my integrity, and if you can't trust my reviews then I don't really have anything to offer. I won't let that integrity be compromised, for anything.
All I knew about this juice when I first dripped it on an atty was that ECOpure had been around forever, it was all VG, and their juice was supposed to contain only four ingredients. At $17.99 a 20ml bottle it's on the pricey side, and I wouldn't have ordered this based on the high price coupled with no expectation of anything great.
Off to The Lab. I will be vaping this 25mg VG juice on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
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I really like Turkish tobacco. In particular, I think Digitalciggz.com's Turkish Tech is smokin' good. It and Backwoods Brew Casablanca Blend arrived at Castle Vapenstein roughly the same time, and the two of them were and still are the best Turkish tobacco vapes I've had. Casablanca Blend, with its masterful combination of Turkish tobacco and cocoa won a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award, and Digitalciggz.com's Turkish Tech was knocking on the door. I vape Casablanca Blend regularly, and Turkish Tech is a constant companion in my PV case.
So when I saw that Digitalciggz.com had their very own cigar juice, Cuban Crisis, it was only a matter of time before I had to have a bottle. I've been vaping it for a few days now, and I thought it was time to head to The Lab for a thorough evaluation. There have been many new cigar vapes in and out of The Lab the last couple of weeks, so competition is fierce, yet my palate is finely tuned for the nuances of Cuban tobacco.
I will be vaping this amber 18mg PG stogie on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
I have been wanting an 18650 battery mod. The thought of going all day without ever having to reach for a fresh battery is appealing. I also craved something more elegant, something with a beautiful finish. No knock against my Copper, but it's a more utilitarian, workman-like device.
I had been looking at the Precise, the Prodigy and The Precious for some time. I ultimately decided I liked The Precious' top button better than the button on the end setup employed by the other two, and I was planning on ordering one sometime after the holidays.
Then about ten days ago Tim from Hot Vapes unveiled The Bombshell on ECF. Good lord, here was an extraordinarily reasonably priced mod that was very close to what I was interested in. It was a mod I could get now that wouldn't make me feel like I was stealing from little Igor's Christmas stocking. I could always pick up a sexy stainless device later. In the meantime here was a little stocking stuffer just for me.
So three days later The Bombshell arrived at Castle Vapenstein. I have been using it for seven days now, which is long enough to get to know it intimately. So without further adieu let us enter The Lab and examine this unique and cost efficient PV.
The cigar is a celebration of tobacco. The pinnacle product of the fruit of the Cuban fields. Not the cheap, smelly stogie that balding, fat, greasy men smoke in the movies. The cigar is one of life's truly sublime pleasures, like 21 year old Armagnac and Beluga caviar. The smell of a walk in humidor is one of the sensory experiences that stands out in my mind in a lifetime of sensory stimulus.
I am grateful to vaping for reintroducing me to the cigar and to pipe tobacco, as I had not indulged myself for quite some time. The Juice Cellar is quite extensive, as you can imagine, and pipe and cigar vapes account for the section that I visit most often. I love to relax with a rich, robust tobacco vape in the evening when Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein and myself have tucked little Igor in for the night. It's a like a little piece of Christmas you can give yourself year round.
I am still looking for the perfect cigar vape. Although one cigar vape has received a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award, I am still looking for one that makes me suspend disbelief and imagine I cut the tip off and struck a match. Today that search leads me to Intellicig-USA's RIZe Cigar Aficionado.
I will be vaping this 24mg PG stogie on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
Velvet Vapors tobaccos are prone to an airiness that I sometimes find frustrating. I like robust tobacco vapes, so often I sit down with a Velvet Vapors tobacco juice and find myself feeling unsatisfied.
On the other hand, some of the Velvet Vapors tobacco juices have absolutely blown me away with their combination of delicious flavor and delicacy. Kat is obviously a skilled artisan with a very good palate, and I think the key is to drop your expectations, wipe your mind clean, and accept her tobacco juice on the terms it presents you. She's also a good sport, for while I have had high praise for some of her creations, I haven't held any punches with the ones that I thought were missteps.
Today I am going to examine Velvet Vapors Honey Hookah, Kat's take on honey shisha. I was a big fan of the dark, rich depths of her Cappuccino Hookah, but I am not the biggest fan of honey vapes.
I will be vaping this 18mg PG blend on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
So far Halo has a perfect record here on Vapenstein. Two juices reviewed, two Vapenstein It's Alive! Awards. Embarrassingly both of those juices did not receive It's Alive! endorsements in their original reviews. My esteem for both grew to such an extent in the days following their reviews that I went back and added an addendum to one review and wrote a second article for the other. It was hard to swallow my pride and change my stance like that, but both deserved it. How could I not give two of my everyday vapes the credit they deserved?
A certain amount of secrecy surrounds Halo juice. They won't discuss what's in the stuff, even in the vaguest of terms. I have the impression that because of the drastic change this juice goes through from delivery to sublime in about two weeks that a certain amount of chemistry is at play. That's ok by me, as good as this juice is, provided I don't wake up one morning with webbed fingers and toes I guess.
Up for evaluation today is Halo Freedom Juice, which is their take on a full flavor cigarette with a sweet, nutty finish. Let's see if it makes as good an impression as its stable mates Bella Valente and Torque 56.
I will be vaping this 24mg PG blend on my Bombshell at 3.7v.
Venerable 555. A staple of vaping. Inspired by British American Tobacco's State Express 555 cigarettes, it's tobacco with a nutty finish. I have a bad history with 555 juice. In fact, the two previous 555s I've reviewed both received Toe Tags and now reside in Unmarked Graves.
555. It's generally got either a wrong quality to the nut, chocolate that doesn't belong, or an overwhelming perfume that I can't get past. The only exception I've encountered so far is Vapor Station tobacco juices, which generally have some degree of subtle nut and are very well done.
Therefore it is with some small degree of reluctance that I enter The Lab today. I'm a little scared of 555. Hopefully this Hot Vapes 555 will break that trend and break me of my 555 phobia. I have donned protective lab gear and an aggressive decontamination protocol has been implemented, just in case.
I will be vaping this 12mg 50/50 juice on my Bombshell, also by Hot Vapes, at 3.7v.
Seems like every vendor has a Camel clone. Fair enough, dry, mellow Turkish tobacco with an analog-like throat hit is appealing. There are a lot of these juices out there. These juices are usually worthy contestants in the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes, if the vendors can manage to keep them from tasting like peanut.
It should be evident by now that I like straying from the beaten path to find quality juice that no one is talking about. Last week I noticed RIZe juice from Intellicig-USA for the first time, and the flavors sounded promising. Always on the lookout for cigar and pipe vapes, they offered both. It was like they knew exactly how to trap me. So I placed a four bottle test order, which incidentally arrived amazingly quick, and this is the first one that I've sat down with.
To date, the best straight Turkish vape I've had is Digitalciggz.com's Turkish Tech. That thick, honey like juice is my benchmark for Turkish tobacco vapes. I am down to my last two drops, but thankfully there will be some in my mailbox tomorrow. It's been my constant companion in my PV case when I'm away from home since I reviewed it, and it almost won a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award.
Without further adieu let's adjourn to The Lab and put this Intellicig-USA RIZe Kamel juice through some tests. I will be vaping this 24mg PG blend on my Hot Vapes Bombshell at 3.7v.
Totally Wicked is having a Christmas sale. The way it works: check their site, and the prices will be discounted somewhere between 20-65%. It all depends on when you stop by. It seemed like the percentage changed on the hour for a while, but now it seems more random.
Anyway, I got some juice when it dipped down to 55% off. It's my first order through them, and frankly I have to point out that they need to be about half off regular price just to be competitive with everyone else. $30 for 30ml is ridiculous for juice. TW Red Label is produced for them in China, TW Black Label is made for them in the UK by Decadent Vapors, and they also have the USA-made Patriot line. As far as I know, the Red Label is not re-badged Dekang, and despite unfounded prejudices against Chinese juice, this stuff is good. In fact it's really good. So, lesson learned. Geographic origin is not an absolute guarantor of quality.
I also have to comment on how nice TW's packaging is. Everything comes in a beautiful box that contains two boxes, one for the juice, which is capped with a euro dropper, and a second box containing a conventional dropper should you prefer that. Very nice. So they make a nice first impression, let's see if the juice is any good.
I will be vaping this 18mg PG juice in my Hot Vapes Bombshell at 3.7v.
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