Halo Torque 56 is advertised as Halo's answer to the unfiltered cigarette. Serious Throat Hit. (their words) Yes! I will take half a dozen.
Recently Halo Bella Valente became the newest Vapenstein It's Alive! Award winner, so we enter this testing phase with high hopes. Doubly so because we are always looking for new entrants into the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes. Sometimes you just want a cigarette, and no candy store flavors or designer juices will do. Also, since Halo was able to produce a juice that does such a good job of translating the complexities of cigar in Bella Valente, it stands to reason that they might also be able to pull off unfiltered cigarette, something no other vendor has really been able to manage.
Today we are hoping for serious tobacco satisfaction from a juice that promises unfiltered cigarette robustness with Serious Throat Hit.
This 18mg juice will be examined using my 3.7v Copper 510.
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Vapors Etc is a vendor that was not on my radar at all. I actually stumbled across their site once on my own, forgot about it, and then they got brought up in a thread on ECF and I went back and ordered some juice.
Being a tobacco lover I was/am in the market for good pipe and cigar tobaccos, and Vapors Etc has a few interesting tobaccos of their own creation to choose from. I get so bored with vendors who offer the same old flavors because they're using the same artificial flavoring that half the other vendors use. Vapors Etc got me kind of excited when I was looking at their selection, so I ordered a sample pack in addition to the bottle I ordered. Vapors Etc wisely prices their five juice sampler the same as a 15ml bottle, so you can try out a few of their juices without having to spend too much. If my order is any indication, you'll go back later and order bottles.
English Tobacco is really just a generic label for pipe tobacco mixes with no added flavor. A common English Tobacco would be a mix of Virginia, Latakia and Oriental (Turkish) tobaccos. Sounds like a winner to me, let's see how it tests. I will be vaping this 18mg 70%PG/30%VG juice in my 3.7v Copper 510. It's worth mentioning that when you order from Vapors Etc you can go with the above mentioned PG/VG blend, or choose VG. I don't like it when a vendor lets you specify any ratio, too confusing. I do like it when they offer PG and VG versions of their juice, because we all have a preference. An extra flavor option is also available, but in my experience just get the regular.
Some vendors offer an extra flavor option. Here's how I feel about extra flavor in juices:
Despite how some people will tell you that juice is just a carrier for nicotine and there is no such thing as premium juice, we know better. Yes, PG is PG, VG is VG, and nicotine is nicotine. What sets one maker apart from another is what they're putting in with it. Tobacco juice made from a commercial artificial flavoring simply can't compete with a natural extract. Natural flavorings taste better than their artificial counterparts. I don't even understand the argument.
The fact of the matter is that you get what you pay for, in everything. No $400 AV receiver can compete with a $3000 amplifier. I know this because I have a $3000 amplifier, and the difference is night and day. Would you rather drive an Audi or a Hyundai? Look, we all have to live within our means, but don't make an argument that Kraft cheddar is better than a wedge of Delice de Bourgenon. With juice we are already talking about a relatively inexpensive product, so don't tell me a $6 bottle of Dekang is as good as a $23 bottle of Vaperite. It isn't, and that $23 bottle of Vaperite is still cheaper than tobacco. You can call it snobbery. You can call me elitist. I'm still right.
If you smoked cigarettes, you've smoked Burley tobacco. Also used as a mixer in pipe tobaccos, Burley is primarily used in cigarette manufacture. Whatever cigarette you used to smoke likely contained some percentage of Burley. It's a dry, clean tasting air cured tobacco. It's one the most widely recognizable tobacco flavors along with Virginia and Turkish tobaccos.
My love of Vaperite juice is no secret, and I've been making the rounds through all of the tobacco flavors that Mr. Todd Gano offers. Two of his organic tobacco creations are Vapenstein It's Alive! Award recipients, Vaperite APV and Vaperite VR4 (which incidentally came real close to unseating Backwoods Brew RY4 as the world's greatest RY4). If that makes me a Vaperite fanboy, so be it. I like to think of myself as enthusiastically helping to spread the word about some tobacco juices that are truly superior.
The vaping of this 16mg juice commences on my freshly polished 3.7v Copper 510.
Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein is a big fan of bubble gum, so when I ordered some 510 gear from Mad Vapes a while ago I asked for a sample of their Top Vapor Bubble Gum juice. They were nice enough to throw big 5 or 6 ml samples of a couple of their juices in with the order.
I have reviewed the other two already, the Fried Apple receiving favorable marks and the Maple Cream not faring so well. I could have stayed away from this bubble gum juice and never missed it, but I know a lot of readers like non-tobacco flavors so I would be remiss in not evaluating the ones that enter The Lab. Actually Dr. Vapenstein uses more bubble gum than the average person, every day on work days, so I am qualified to give an expert opinion on this flavor.
Before I begin I just want to state that Mad Vapes is an excellent vendor that provides great service, products, and prices. This review is not a condemnation of Mad Vapes by any means, and I hope they will forgive the candid nature of this review.
This 24mg stick of bubble gum is being vaped in my 3.7v Copper 510.
Many vapers seek a substitute for smoking, whether it's from being new and needing something familiar, or simply because they enjoy tobacco cigarettes. The topic of analog-like vapes comes up frequently on web forums. I smoked pretty much my whole life, and I can relate. I will always want something that has that cigarette-like impact. I wake up every day and for the first couple hours of the day there is a particular juice I exclusively vape. If you're curious, for the longest time it was Vapor Station Tampa at 24mg and Halo Torque 56 the rest of the day, and recently Intellicig ECOpure Rich has become the top contender.
Well, after over a year of doing this, I am oddly attracted to pretty much the same juice that I liked when this was first written in 2010. I make my own juice now, but the juice I still vape all day every day are Vapor Station and Halo tobaccos. Great throat hit, clean burning, good flavors. Hard to beat for every day juices. These never leave my rotation, although they get temporarily joined by many of the juices you read about here. These two vendors are always present in The Juice Cellar.
So this is the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes, and the race is on to provide convincing, analog-like tobacco satisfaction for vapers who need it. Here are the front runners, in order of addition to the sweepstakes:
I have a funny story to relate regarding this particular juice. It is also a reminder that we must never violate the first tenet of juice evaluation: Every juice must be given the time it needs in The Juice Cellar to allow the flavors to marry and mature before serious scrutiny is applied to it. The fact of the matter is that for various reasons some juice will be ready to vape straight out of the mail, and some juice is going to need as long as a month before it is ready to give you its best. One Vapenstein It's Alive! award winner needed 3 1/2 weeks before it was ready, several were ready right out of the box. You need to give a juice the time it needs before you throw in the towel and write it off.
Halo is highly regarded on ECF. People really seem to like several of their juices, and I knew I needed to place an order. I was also told that Halo juice was ready to vape right out of the mail. So when my small Halo order showed up a couple of weeks ago, I dove right in. I want to mention that the Halo blue childproof dropper bottles are awesome. I prefer dropper bottles, and so far I would have to say that Halo and Vermont Vapor have the best packaging in the business.
I was incredulous. This stuff had a vile chemical aroma to it. I didn't smell cigar or vanilla, just some unidentifiable, unwholesome smell. I vaped some. It tasted vaguely chemical, but worse, it had no throat hit and barely any flavor. Wispy vapor. I was a little freaked out. I mean, this juice couldn't be like this, could it? People love Halo. I vaped some more. Naw man, there has got to be something wrong with this juice. It's just off.
Recently the honey bee has been having a rough time of it. I know that I have certainly seen a lot fewer of them for quite a lot of years. As it turns out a study was done showing that 30-70% of bee populations in Europe and the United States have died off due to some disorder of unknown cause. Recent study has led scientists to place blame on a combination virus-fungus, but it does make you wonder if this is a warning light for man's effect on the biosphere. I'm no tree hugger, but you have to care about this stuff. It's a beautiful world, and it would be a terrible shame on us if we don't do the best we can to leave it for our grandchildren still healthy and green.
Digitalciggz.com Honey Beez is custom made for them by DIY Flavor Shack. They are fond of Zs at Digitalciggz.com. This wasn't a flavor I would have ordered, but they were nice enough to include it as a sample in a recent order I placed. Vendors do this with the possible benefit that I will review their juice, but also at their peril as I am not going to give any juice a good review just because I got it free.
So let's take a look at Honey Beez. I am vaping this 16mg juice on my 3.7v Copper 510.
Chocolate and mint. As suited to each other as peanut butter and jelly. A delicious, palate cleansing after dinner sweet. I don't get too adventurous with food flavors, preferring to wander within the familiar region of tobacco vapes, but I wanted a chocolate mint vape early on and ordered a couple different ones.
Freedom Smoke USA. One of the very first vendors I used, and an extremely popular choice with ECF members. Freedom Smoke USA is a national and worldwide distributor for FlavourArt, and Italian flavoring maker. Also a popular choice with the DIYers. When you order from Freedom Smoke USA you know what you're getting. It's FlavourArt. However, they're also a well run family business that gives great customer service, has frequent specials that make their already low prices even more attractive, and bottles juice that is of good quality and is always consistent.
So here is another review for you non-tobacco juice lovers. Today I am loading up some 18mg Thin Mint Cookie. Evaluation done on my 3.7v Copper 510.
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