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It's exciting to look in the mail and see a juice order has shown up. I admit, I get a little bit of that Christmas-y tingle when I see a package of juice sitting there. Such high expectations are rarely met straight out of the box. Sometimes never. However, sometimes you revisit a juice that made little to no impression initially after it has spent some time in The Juice Cellar and a revelation awaits you.
Some juice is good to go when it shows up. Others require anywhere from one to four weeks of aging, in my experience, before they shine. Some vendors you just know that you're going to have to patiently wait for their juice to come to life. Sometimes you write off a juice, only to be floored by it a couple weeks later.
I've stated that I think Backwoods Brew RY4 is the best RY4 in the business. Because of this I really don't look for RY4 anymore and have kind of lost interest. I mean, it doesn't get any better than best, so when I crave RY4 I just grab my bottle of Backwoods Brew and vape away til it's time for something else. Well, something happened last night that kind of shook up my feelings regarding the book being closed on RY4.
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The Vapenstein It's Alive! Award is the highest endorsement I give. Reserved for only the finest juices and hardware. For juice, these are either the very best examples of the flavor they represent, or have components that make them unique and extraordinary, standing head and shoulders above the crowd. For hardware these represent the best the vaping world has to offer. It is my great pleasure to help spread the good word about these exemplary recipes and devices.
Listed in order of addition to the list.
I am a big fan of Vapor Station. To date, every juice I've ordered from them has been right on target, and two of their juices are coveted Vapenstein It's Alive! Award winners. I was excited to try their Djarum Mild, because I love kreteks and it has been a long time since I have had one. There are plenty of clove juices out there, but not many kretek juices. This is probably due to kreteks being an extremely complex combination of flavors, and the fact that clove oil is rough on your lungs (and probably attys too).
Djarum Mild came in my very first Vapor Station order, when I hadn't been influenced by how good their VS Frisco and VS Tampa juices are. I sat down with Vapor Station Djarum Mild with high expectations, and it has lived up to those expectations in some regards and fallen short of the mark in others. Smell is the strongest sensory memory trigger and for me kreteks recall wild youth and long nights chain smoking kreteks while club hopping. Fun with friends and beautiful women. Happy memories, and a smell that will always turn my mouth into a gentle smile.
Eric's juice is produced in India for Vapor Station. I think because of that all of their flavors show up ready to vape, unlike some vendors whose product needs to spend some time in The Juice Cellar. My impressions of this juice after two weeks of vaping it are pretty much the same as the first impressions I had. I am vaping this at 16mg on my 3.7v Copper 510. I drip everything, no carts or cartos.
Ok, RY4 is NOT my favorite flavor. I think right out of the gate I found it accessible, and while I was searching for flavors that really hit the spot, RY4 was a juice that I could go to for sweet tobacco satisfaction. I have tried, oh, six different RY4s now, and I have a definite favorite.
Freedom Smoke USA really saved my life in the beginning. I had misguidedly ordered some inferior juice due to bargain hunting, and if it hadn't been for a 3ml sample of Wyatt Earp I don't think I would have taken to vaping the way I did. I am still a huge fan of Freedom Smoke USA Wyatt Earp, and while they aren't my very favorite vendor, I really can't fault the way their juice performs. I haven't found a Freedom Smoke juice that has the same impact on me that Wyatt Earp does, but every time I reorder Wyatt Earp I get something new, and they always manage to pleasantly surprise me with the freebie 3ml sample they throw in with every order.
So I was fresh off my Wyatt Earp high when my bottle of Freedom Smoke USA RY4 showed up and was excited to put it through its paces on my 3.7v Copper 510.
One thing that has to be said about Backwoods Brew juice is that it is generally not ready to vape right out of the mail. I like the RY4 right out of the box, but the rest need time in The Juice Cellar to achieve their full potential. These juices are mixed to order and any one who is disappointed with a Backwoods Brew juice should put it away and revisit it weekly. I find, depending on the juice, that it takes 1-4 weeks for most of Don's juice to shine. I haven't had a single juice from Don that I didn't like, but if I based my impressions on ripping the box open immediately and dripping them that wouldn't be the case.
I was reminded of this last night when I went down to The Juice Cellar and retrieved Backwoods Brew Maple Tobacco. Previously this juice left me cold, which was a big disappointment because maple is my single favorite flavor in the world. I have loved those little maple sugar candies since I was a kid, and when I have a bottle of real maple syrup, I hide it so little Igor doesn't squander it on frozen waffles. Before last night when I dripped some of this juice I got almost no maple at all, which was a huge letdown.
I noticed right away that the Backwoods Brew Maple Tobacco looked darker when I grabbed the bottle last night. Most of Don's juices that I have run from honey colored to amber, but last night the Maple Tobacco was positively dark, as in beer bottle dark. When I opened the bottle I was greeted by a delicious maple scent, and the dripping commenced on my 3.7v Copper 510.
People just love Backwoods Brew. Recent problems with his credit card processor didn't put off the faithful. If anything, people were whipped into a fervor waiting to get their orders in. I think Don may have nearly doubled the amount of orders he's shipped in the last month, looking at his order numbers in a recent ECF thread.
There's a good reason there is this kind of buzz regarding Backwoods Brew. It's good juice. It's better than good juice. With tobacco flavors ranging from Applewood to Cherry to Maple to the old standby RY4, and great originals like Malty Toffee, Backwoods Brew has deservedly built up a loyal following.
I have already gone on record stating I think Backwoods Brew RY4 is the best RY4 in the business. I have a couple other flavors from that first order that have spent three weeks in The Juice Cellar, and I think it's time to put them through their paces here in The Lab. I am vaping this at 18mg on my 3.7v 510 Copper.
Don uses Liquid Xpress Honey Flue Cured flavoring in his Honey Flue Cured and Honey Flue Nut juices, in addition to honey flavors from two other sources. Three honey flavors total comprise the honey element in these juices. The Honey Flue Nut has an added nut element.
Recently I ordered a 510 Smart PCC Kit from Mad Vapes for Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein, and while I was there I noticed they offered USA made juice at a ridiculously low price. This is usually a recipe for disappointment, but when I saw they had a flavor called Maple Cream, I had to order. I absolutely love maple sugar candy. Love, as in it may be my single favorite flavor in the world. Maple has such a great, natural sweetness to it, and the maple sugar candies have an extraordinary creamy quality. Like a good New Orleans style praline, which I make several batches of in The Lab every Christmas.
When the order showed up, it also contained a 5ml sample of Fried Apple, which I had put in the cart, then removed because I was trying to show some restraint and not order too much. I probably had three pending juice orders already somewhere in the mail at the time. Anyway, the Fried Apple was a pleasant surprise of a freebie because I had almost ordered it.
Both these juices are 24mg and I vaped them at 3.7v on my 510 Copper. Normally I vape 16-18mg juice, with the exception of morning coffee time, when I like to sit down with 24mg til the pot is empty. I have a feeling both of these would have been better at 16mg or 18mg (Mad Vapes offers both strengths), but I told myself that the Maple Cream was going to be an after dinner vape and 24mg would hit the spot. The juice was quite thin, but burned nice and didn't make a watery mess of my atty.
I got really excited when David from Freedom Smoke USA announced PureCig on ECF. His announcement read "for those of you who keep saying yeah but it just don't taste like, or hit like, or fry my throat, or expand my lungs like a "true" cigarette. Well, I give you PureCig". There are some good tobacco juices out there, but nothing that really, really feels like a full flavor analog. Hey, I love all these flavors, but sometimes you just want a goddamn cigarette.
As far as I can tell, I am the first person who received their PureCig order. I ordered almost immediately after FSUSA put it on the site, which was a Thursday night, and it came in the mail on Saturday. I ordered two 10ml bottles at 24mg. I intended PureCig to be my morning coffee blend.
Before I dive into the review it bears mentioning that PureCig really needs a clean atty. I think overall PureCig has a water-simple character, and the wreckage of past vapes in your atty trashes it and makes it taste like solvent. You may or may not like PureCig on its own merits, but before you render judgement be sure to use a clean atty or you won't be getting a true representation of what David intended.
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