I have yet to find a non-tobacco flavor of juice that I consistently reach for. I love tobacco, always have. I didn't necessarily want to quit tobacco, but I did want stick around to watch little Igor grow up.
I say that so Vapenstein readers will understand that I am predisposed toward tobacco vapes. I am interested in food flavors, and often will load one up after dinner. I lose interest pretty quick though, and switch back to a tobacco juice. I will continue to look for non-tobacco flavors that capture my imagination, and rest assured, if a non-tobacco juice ever does get a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award, it's good freaking juice.
So today I am loading up some AtmosUSA Watermelon (made for AtmosUSA by Vapure) for all you non-tobacco vapers out there. I am vaping this 24mg 100% VG juice on the old 3.7v Copper 510, a product that is also produced and sold by AtmosUSA.
I never mention how naked juice smells because I don't feel it's relevant to what we want it for. However, uncapping the bottle, the smell I get from the juice itself is straight watermelon candy. This had me in a frame of mind to expect watermelon Jolly Rancher, which wasn't an unwelcome prospect.
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America's second oldest e-liquid maker, Vermont Vapor. Not a vendor that is on the tips of everyone's tongue when someone shows up on ECF asking for recommendations, but one that I've recently found to have some surprisingly good juice.
Vermont Vapor is one of a handful of vendors that is going the extra mile by making their own tobacco extract, as opposed to squirting some commercial flavoring into a bottle and slapping a label on it. I support such vendors, even if the end product is not one of my personal favorite juices, because we end up with some incredible artisanal juices from said vendors. No flavoring will ever beat the real thing, and the presence of genuine tobacco, either alone or coupled with tobacco flavoring, creates a much deeper, much more satisfying vape.
Up for evaluation today is Vermont Vapor Maple, their signature tobacco with maple. It bears mentioning that I love maple. Since childhood my very favorite sweet has been maple sugar candy. When I have a bottle of real maple syrup, I hoard it, hiding it so little Igor doesn't waste it on frozen waffles. I am predisposed to like anything maple, but that also means that I am going to be ruthless when I feel let down. The vaping of this 20mg 100% VG juice shall commence on my steadfast 3.7v Copper 510.
I haven't ordered a juice from Vaperite that I haven't liked. All of them, without exception in my experience, have awesomely natural flavor that never displays any hint of anything but what the juice is supposed to be. No chemical weirdness. No wrong notes.
Individual tastes are subjective and wildly different, so perhaps Vaperite isn't going to ring your bell the way it does mine. I do believe that almost everyone will get what Todd is doing if they place an order.
Today's stop on the Vaperite tobacco tour is Vaperite Western Tobacco. Unlike Todd's other tobaccos that are a specific tobacco or a tobacco with added flavor elements, I believe Western to be a blend seeking a certain, familiar flavor profile. I don't know whether Todd is using natural or artificial flavorings in this one, but the result is an interpretation of analog cigarette tobacco that could only come from Vaperite. Once again, I am vaping this 16mg juice on my trusty, oxidized 3.7v Polished Rounded Copper 510.
It wasn't my intention to throw Digitalciggz.com under the bus when I wrote about an unfortunate incident of credit card fraud that affected me in one of my reviews. I was mad, understandably so, but not at Digitalciggz.com.
The fact of the matter is that Digitalciggz.com threw in a bunch of samples and a nice aluminum drip tip in with my order, along with some cool decals and a handwritten note. I love that kind of personal interaction. It reminds you that in the vaping world, by and large, we are dealing with real people instead of faceless companies.
This is the last I will say on the matter. Digitalciggz.com was the victim of an online criminal. It affected some of their customers. I was one of the customers affected. When the dust cleared, everything worked out fine with my bank account, and the only inconvenience I really suffered was having to wait for a new credit card and the time I spent on the phone making sure everything was going to be ok. It wasn't Digitalciggz.com's fault this happened, and they did all the right things once it came to their attention. I applaud how quickly they notified me and fixed the problem on their end.
Very early on in vaping I recognized the difference between real tobacco and tobacco flavoring. Most vendors offer tobacco flavors that are just some flavoring squirted into a mixture of PG and VG. With the exception of one really good tobacco recipe made solely with artificial flavor, these tobacco juices don't do it for me.
The vendor responsible for this revelation was Vaperite. The night I opened my bottle of Vaperite House Extracted Natural Tobacco I was ruined for fake tobacco. I love tobacco. Always have. The smell of a tobacconist is sheer heaven for me. That smell conjures up images and feelings of books, old leather, a roaring fire, comfort and happiness. It's the smell of my inner man cave, my sanctum sanctorum in a world that is often ugly and stressful. It reminds me to appreciate the beautiful things I have in my life, and to keep my head down and endure what I have to to protect them.
Slowly but surely I have been making my way through the many great tobacco juices offered by Vaperite. Today I sit down with Vaperite Cuban Supreme Tobacco. I am vaping this 16mg juice on my 3.7v Copper 510.
Ah, The Juice Cellar. Within reside many dusty bottles of juice, in various states of repose. The fact of the matter is that almost all juice improves with age, and a day can make the difference between "meh" and Vapenstein It's Alive! Award winner.
I have learned my lesson about jumping to conclusions about juices that have not been exposed to atmosphere and allowed to mature. In fact, two Backwoods Brew juices that have earned Vapenstein It's Alive! Awards sat for over three weeks before serious evaluation began.
So tonight I sit down with Backwoods Brew Cherry Tobacco, which I first opened three weeks ago, and have been paying weekly visits to since. I am vaping this 18mg juice on my 3.7v Copper 510.
I am a sucker for what I consider artisanal juice. Small operations who make their own tobacco extracts, multi-source their flavorings and spend the time and invest the love into creating products that are truly unique and special.
Vermont Vapor hadn't really come into my radar. They aren't mentioned much on ECF. No one really talks about their juice. So when I landed on their site one day and started looking at their juice, I was intrigued. I called them, and yes, they did make their own tobacco extract. Well now I can't help myself, and I'm placing a Vermont Vapor order to see what their product is like.
One of the juices I ordered from Vermont Vapor was their Smoke flavor. Smoke is a combination of their natural tobacco extract and artificial tobacco flavoring. Sounds like another contestant in the Analog Replacement Sweepstakes to me, so let's put this juice through its paces.
I am vaping this juice at 20mg on my 3.7v Copper 510.
According to Rick at AtmosUSA, AtmosUSA Dry Blend juice (made for AtmosUSA by Vapure) is a tobacco vape. I'll take his word for it.
No, Rick is the nicest guy, and I am not going to throw him under the bus over this juice. In fact, I don't hate it, but never before have I been so confused by a juice. Every effort I have made to put my finger on what this juice tastes and smells like has been thwarted. So this morning I am putting it through some detailed analysis in The Lab to get to the bottom of the mystery that is AtmosUSA Dry Blend.
Vaping at 3.7v on my Copper 510, which incidentally Rick also makes. This juice is a straw colored 100% VG juice at 24mg.
I just don't know where to begin. First I will just say that these 100% VG AtmosUSA juices produce a lot of vapor, but we expect that at 100% VG.
Ok, I have had one of these sitting in The Lab for a while, and I just got around to firing it up yesterday for the first time. My Copper is capable of 6v with the right batteries, but I just hadn't been compelled to cross that bridge.
I had some milkshake thick VG juice that I thought might be good with a low resistance atty, and I've been playing with it since then. Like I thought, it steps on the flavors of a lot of juice. However, with the right juice, emulating high voltage vaping via a low res atty is a kick, and I am having a hard time putting a standard atty back on my device.
Skip the physics lesson, in a nutshell a low res atty emulates high voltage vaping because the lower resistance allows the atty to burn hotter. The downside of this is that flavors aren't as vibrant because they're being burnt to a cinder, your atty won't last as long as a standard atty, and batteries discharge faster. Oh, and speaking of batteries, don't try this unless you are using a mod that has 14500 or better batteries. This will fry your standard 510 batteries, and I wouldn't trust an eGo battery to keep up either.
Ok, I have been sitting on this one for three weeks letting it age in The Juice Cellar. Backwoods Brew juice generally needs a little time to shine, and I wanted to give this juice the chance it needed to come together. I've been visiting this juice weekly since it showed up, and today it told me it was finally ready.
Backwoods Brew Casablanca Blend does not use the standard Backwoods tobacco base. It's a brand new base, and it's Turkish tobacco. This is good news for Backwoods fans that were hoping for more of a cigarette-like vape, and like a lot of people I was anxious to try it.
I am going to jump right into the review. Vaping this at 18mg on my 3.7v Copper 510.
The nose of Backwoods Brew Casablanca Blend has a smooth, delicious cocoa aroma that is right on the money and prepares you for what is coming. This juice has a nice throat hit. Not an unfiltered cigarette throat hit, but it has throat hit that is more than adequate for a flavored tobacco juice. Vapor production is excellent, as with all Backwoods juice.
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