Just got my new Bombshell from Hot Vapes in. No time for a detailed first impressions article, but I thought I would jot a few quick notes. This is an incredibly nice PV for the money. It looks like a poor man's The Precious. It's an all aluminum 18650 battery mod, and I chose to get mine in naked aluminum.
I love the idea of not having to swap batteries at all during the day, and I've had my eye on an 18650 mod for a while. Funny thing is, I had finally decided I would have to own the 18650 version of The Precious, and I was just waiting til after Christmas to get one.
Enter Hot Vapes, who I shamefully admit I wasn't familiar with. Tim from Hot Vapes made a post on ECF this week revealing The Bombshell, and I immediately knew I'd be getting one. Unfortunately the holiday-overburdened postal service was not able to get me my Bombshell yesterday, but it was waiting for me when I got home today.
A detailed review of this device will be published once I've spent some quality time with it. My initial impressions are very positive. It vapes like a champ. It looks great. It feels great. It's only $60. Yeah, you read that right. Sixty bones. Hot Vapes is going to sell an awful lot of these Bombshells at that price. More on The Bombshell next week, until then enjoy some unboxing pics.
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I would have never ordered a flavor like Egg Nog unless a) the holidays were upon us, and b) I was looking for an interesting non-tobacco flavor to round out a five bottle sampler pack.
I sampled this one out of the mail a few weeks ago and it amazed me the how much the actual juice smelled like Egg Nog. Initial vaping impressions were positive, and I laid it to rest in The Juice Cellar for further maturation.
We're only a couple of weeks from the big day. Myself and Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein are scrambling to get the last of our Christmas shopping done so that little Igor has the best possible Christmas morning, with presents stacked high under the tree. Rudolph is on the DVR, the last of the decorations are up, and now there is little left but to think about what this time of year means for us. For myself, I feel an immense amount of gratitude for how everything has turned out. After all the apocalyptic years and all the damage done I find myself at a place in my life where everything is better than I could have ever hoped for. So for the next couple of weeks I'll be just a little more cognizant than I usually am about just how lucky a guy I am, and just how much I love the people closest to me.
Enough of that, off to the vaping. Today I will be vaping this 18mg cup of PG Egg Nog on my 3.7v Copper 510.
Caramel and tobacco compliment each other so well. The deep, creamy sweetness of caramel blends with the earthy, dark character of tobacco to create a flavor contrast that is really accessible. This was the first juice flavor I really fell for, and I must not be alone since every vendor makes some kind of variation on it.
I may have moved on to some extent. It's not as often that I reach for one of my favorite RY4s anymore, but it's something I will always keep a few of in The Juice Cellar.
Today's test specimen is BlueMist Vaping's Caramel Tobacco. Not a true RY4, but definitely the same genealogy. What separates this juice from its RY4 brethren is that it is simply caramel tobacco. There is no added sweetener, no vanilla, no additional flavor notes. Just caramel and tobacco. I did order this juice with extra flavor, and to date it's the one juice I actually prefer that way. More about that in the test notes.
I will be vaping this 16mg 100% VG juice on my 3.7v Copper 510.
The combination of cherry and tobacco is the one tobacco-fruit combo that I find really appealing. I don't know if I got my hands on some cheap cherry pipe tobacco or some cherry cheroots when I was younger, but I've been searching for a vape that scratched this itch.
The previous cherry tobacco I reviewed didn't do it for me, even though I'm a big fan of that particular vendor. None of the depth I was looking for, and too much cherry. The search continues.
Today I have the first of three cherry tobacco vapes that have been aging in The Juice Cellar. This one tells me it's ready, so it's time to sit down and evaluate BlueMist Vaping Cherry Tobacco.
I will be vaping this 16mg all VG juice on my 3.7v Copper 510.
What happens when you make a confection with cocoa butter but no cocoa? White chocolate. Unctuous, fatty, creamy, delicious white chocolate.
I was a young adult the first time I had white chocolate. It was my first year in college and my girlfriend and I were sharing a dorm room (my school was pretty laid back). She came home one night with a white chocolate Toblerone bar, and I had one of those revelations you have when you taste something great that you didn't know about. That same semester my girlfriend got a job at Robin Rose Ice Cream, and their white chocolate ice cream was my all time favorite food. Big chunks of creamy white chocolate that you knew were created by pouring liquid white chocolate into the white chocolate ice cream while it spun and cooled, sigh, it was just heavenly. I know it isn't terribly masculine to wax poetic about white chocolate like I just did, but the ladies will understand.
Today in The Lab I am vaping Velvet Vapors White Chocolate Tobacco, a unique concoction I haven't seen elsewhere. Let's see if Kat can put a spin on this idea that makes it as good as that Robin Rose ice cream was.
To date, with the exception of one juice, I have found the flavors of Velvet Vapors juice to be outstanding. My gripe is that I find the juices too delicate overall, so as you read my impressions keep that in mind. If you like subtle, delicate vapes, you are going to love this juice. If you want bold, in your face flavors, you're knocking on the wrong door.
Just about every vendor offers an RY4. RY4 was the first flavor I loved when I started vaping. It's an accessible flavor. Tobacco with a sweet caramel finish is easy to like. I have two favorite RY4s, Backwoods Brew RY4 and Vaperite VR4, so I don't look for it anymore.
My first order from Vapors Etc was for a bottle of Captain Jack and a five bottle sampler so I could try a variety of their juices. So far they've all made good impressions and received good reviews. I liked them enough on first impression that when he put up Cherry Jack a couple of weeks later I ordered a bottle of that too.
So today I am in The Lab with a little Vapors Etc RY4 action. Let's see how it stacks up to the competition and evaluate its performance.
I will be vaping this 18mg PG blend on my 3.7v Copper 510.
Turkish tobacco. Mellow. Dry. Satisfying. A familiar component used in many analog and pipe tobaccos, it's no wonder why many vendors have their own take on this classic flavor.
I've reviewed a couple of Turkish tobacco juices that pretty much hit the nail on the head, so the bar is set pretty high for any juice that is targeting Turkish tobacco.
Today's entrant is Velvet Vapors Turkish Blend. So far I've been impressed with the flavors of the Velvet Vapors juices I've vaped, but have been left wanting for more performance. Let's see if this juice can supply the throat hit and richness that Turkish tobacco deserves.
I will be vaping this 18mg PG blend on my 3.7v Copper 510.
When I stumbled across BlueMist Vaping I was excited to try their tobacco juice. Here was a vendor that was offering USA made juice with some interesting flavors at a price level almost as low as some vendors I am notorious for thinking have crap juice. If they were good it would be a great find, because the price was really reasonable.
I ordered three of Rob's tobacco juices and have let them sit for two or three weeks. I was hoping they would be great out of the mail, because Rob had a Thanksgiving special with 150ml bottles for only $20. 150ml, Are you kidding me? That's like a Big Gulp!
The impression I had with these juices is that they needed to sit for a little bit before I made any conclusions about them. Today I am reviewing the first of the three tobaccos I ordered, Robacco, which is BlueMist Vaping's straight tobacco. With any luck this juice will be Analog Replacement Sweepstakes material.
I will be vaping this 24mg PG blend on my 3.7v Copper 510.
So far Vapors Etc has been a winner for reasonably priced, good quality juice. Today I am sitting down with their signature juice, Vapors Etc Captain Jack.
Judging from the name and the image they use for Captain Jack I can only assume they are modelling the flavor off the well known and inexpensive Captain Black pipe tobacco. Captain Black has been around for years, and everyone is probably familiar with their label. Odd, because Captain Black has something of a bad reputation amongst pipe smokers as being flat and not anything special. It is, however, probably just like the pipe tobacco your grandpa used, and it is widely available.
Captain Black is mild Cavendish tobacco. Cavendish refers to the process of curing and cutting the leaf to bring out its natural sweetness. Cavendish is generally a blend of Virginia and Burley leaf. A juice with this model should produce a mild but slightly richer flavor profile than vapers are used to, as most tobacco juices are modelled after either Virginia or Turkish leaf that is air or flue cured.
I am vaping this 18mg PG blend on my 3.7v Copper 510.
There is no quantitative data to support that some juices undergo a change as they mature. No formal study has been conducted, but the qualitative change exhibited by some juices is so dramatic that it must be a measurable phenomenon.
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