I am a big fan of Nick at Goodejuice. What his juice tells me about him is that he is a guy who has integrity. The sort of vendor who feels that average is not good enough for him or his customers. That is the sort of person this community needs more of.
Nick also knows a little something about tobacco. The average vaper smoked cigarettes once, but didn't really have any love of tobacco. That's why more vapers vape non-tobaccos than tobaccos. For those of us who do love tobacco, Nick is one of the only guys out there creating interesting, quality tobacco vapes.
Take today's test subject, Goodejuice Patriot Tobacco. A mix of Perique, Burley and Cavendish. Not something the average ex-smoker would know or care about, but to me it says robust, earthy Burley counterbalanced with the slight spice and fermented fruit tang of Perique and the soft sweetness of Cavendish. Sounds like something I'd smoke in a pipe, in fact, it's not too far off Cornell & Diehl Old Joe Krantz, which is one of my favorite tobaccos and one that I keep several pounds of in my cellar.
That's enough foreplay, let's head into The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
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You can't keep a jar of Nutella around here at the Castle. I'm pretty sure The Creature comes down in the middle of the night and eats it directly from the jar.
If you want to piss Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein off during the holidays, eat all her Ferrero Rocher. Good luck with that one. I have to live here, I'm not going near them.
Hazelnut must trigger some endorphin release or something. It's a very comforting flavor that also is delicate and never really overpowers anything it's mated with. It's an excellent, complimentary flavor. Today's vape, Hazelnut Cream from Highbrow Vapor, is simply Hazelnut paired with sweet cream, which sounds like it should be a very enjoyable vape.
Let's get to The Lab, where I will be vaping today's 80PG/20VG 18mg test subject at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein, The Creature and Little Igor all love watermelon. It's a summer staple at Castle Vapenstein and one can scarcely avoid the sticky juice of watermelon in the Vapenstein Kitchens as my paramour and offspring are not accustomed to or apparently interested in keeping a tidy Lab.
My experience with watermelon is somewhat different. At the tender age of 8 I participated in a watermelon eating contest that resulted in my eating a whole seeded watermelon. Watermelon had been my very favorite food up to that point, but four hours of vivid red projectile vomiting has a tendency to reduce your enthusiasm. I haven't eaten watermelon since, although I can tolerate watermelon flavored things.
Today's test subject is from Todd at Vaperite. It's a little experiment called Kool Watermelon Tobacco, and I am assuming a natural tobacco vape with watermelon and menthol.
I will be vaping today's 16mg 50/50 juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306 attached.
Goodejuice came out of nowhere (for me) this winter and quickly established themselves as the producers of some of the best natural tobacco extracts in all of vaping. Really good stuff and one It's Alive! winner so far. I have more of their juice in The Cellar, so we'll be looking at more of their house extracted tobacco vapes.
Today's test subject is GJ4 Tobacco. It's their natural tobacco RY4 variant, and according to them we should expect vanilla but no caramel, which makes it a little different than the average RY4.
One thing I do know with Goodejuice is that will not be vaping DK Tab with vanilla today, so let's see how GJ4 Tobacco stacks up against the better RY4s in the business.
I will be vaping this 18mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
Today I will be evaluating the second in the group of juices I have from Highbrow Vapor. Exotic Blend is interesting in that it appears to be a separate tobacco vape that you can have any of their fruit flavors. The bottle they sent me is labelled apple, so an apple tobacco vape it is.
I'm kind of a tobacco snob. I won't smoke a pipe tobacco that I know has flavorings added, preferring tobacco alone to create the magic in the bowl. I do like flavored tobacco vapes though, and apple can be a particularly good tobacco vape. I think it also helps in that the vast majority of tobacco vapes aren't too convincing on their own, so an added flavor both enhances and helps cover a multitude of sins, as my mother is fond of saying regarding wallpaper.
I recently gave Halo's Midnight Apple an It's Alive!, so a benchmark has been set in the arena of apple tobacco vapes.
I will be vaping today's 18mg 80PG/20VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306.
Today I am reviewing Vita Bella Tobacco from Goodejuice. I have no idea what this is supposed to be other than a tobacco vape. Why am I mentioning this? Here, I'll let you read their product description:
Vita Bella is a Tobacco flavored treat that will whisk you away to another place. Made from Natural Tobacco, it's unique taste is slightly sweet with a full, rich Tobacco flavor that is exclusive to Goodejuice. If you only had to pick one flavor for the rest of your life, consider Vita Bella. It was designed to be so.
Ok, it's a bad description. We'll find out soon enough what this juice is about. I'm not piling on Goodejuice here, in fact I have been pleasantly surprised by the last couple of juices of theirs that have come into The Lab. I do want to comment on natural extract juice and prolific catalogs, because Goodejuice has grown quite a large library of in-house natural tobacco vapes.
Anyone can make a tobacco extract. It isn't rocket science. However, making a good tobacco extract is rocket science. You better have some engineering skill and intimate knowledge of tobacco if you are going to embark on this endeavor. It is very, very difficult to select tobaccos that will maintain their flavor profiles through extraction, and even more difficult to develop a process for extracting that magic into a vapeable extract. I have four juices with my name on them, but there have been many more failures leading to those four keepers, along with various lab processes implemented and abandoned. There is a danger in releasing a large catalog of natural extract juices in having many of them be very similar to each other, especially if your extraction technique is replicating only a limited spectrum of that tobacco's qualities. So I don't get so much excited by seeing a big catalog as worried that the quality is going to suffer. But, we can't judge til we take it into The Lab, and in no way do I mean to cast aspersions on today's vendor.
2011 saw a long stretch with no new tobacco vapes from top tier vendor Vaperite. Vaperite Cherry Pop Tobacco is one of three new juices from Vaperite that I was excited to try when they came out last year. Having reviewed the first two, I am now finishing up with a flavor that is sure to a popular favorite, as vapers love sweet tobacco vapes.
There are infinite possibilities for flavored tobacco vapes, but everyone keeps falling back on caramel and mystery nut. I am always happy to see some vendor do something unique and interesting, as there is only so much room for improvement in the realm of caramel and mystery nut tobacco vapes. Cherry cola is a great idea for a tobacco vape, one that should provide a sweet, dark topnote that is a nice compliment to the base beneath.
This is a natural tobacco extract, so I look for a nice tobacco base from the pioneer of natural tobacco extracts. Natural tobacco juice contains a high concentration of solids, and this makes these juices harmful toward attys. You can help offset this by using a product like Atty Refresher, or by alternating natural tobacco juices with juice that is thin and burns very cleanly.
I will be vaping this 16mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306. Best device and best atty in my experience. I am pretty much done with other attys, and as far as devices go, unless someone wants to send me a variable voltage device to win me over to the VV side, I am vaping on a Silver Bullet til they put me in the ground.
One of the first juices I ever really liked was RY4. A well liked vendor makes what was my favorite RY4 back then, but it is hard to get, and I've never had two bottles that tasted the same so I just gave up on it. You also need to be careful with RY4 variants, because I know one popular flavoring maker whose caramel flavoring has diacetyl in it. If you're using flavorings that weren't created to be used in eliquid, you don't know what you're getting til you send a sample off to a lab, unless the maker unequivocally tells you they are diacetyl free. Sound like a sore subject? Yeah, I was ready to launch a new juice and the lab results came back and showed that one of the flavors I was going to use was positive for diacetyl, so I'm back at square one. Not happy, but I am not going to tolerate any amount of diacetyl either. That's my diacetyl rant, back to the review.
Up today is juice from a vendor that is new to me, Highbrow Vapor. I have several from them and will be working them in over the next couple of months. I am going to start with their Highbrowbacco RY4, which should give us a baseline for what their tobaccos are all about.
I will be vaping this 18mg 80PG/20VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.5 ohm Joye 306. Let's get to it.
Every single cherry vape has let me down. I come looking for either the dark sweetness of a black cherry variety or the tang of a sour cherry like my grandmother used to make pies with. I planted one of each in my mother's back yard about 15 years ago. Every year the birds and squirrels strip the black cherry tree in the space of about a day. We fight them for the sour cherries, and the cherry pies that result from the fruit of that tree are like a window back in time to my grandmother's table.
Tobacco and cherry sounds like such a great idea, on paper. people seem to have some genetic memory that attaches cherry to pipe tobacco. In reality this is the sort of thing you'd only find in a pouch at a gas station, but it's what people think of pipe tobacco.
I enjoy cherries when they're in season, and the thought of a cherry tobacco vape is appealing. So far, every one that's come into The Lab has let me down. Let's see if Vermillion River can rally and change that impression.
I will be vaping this 20mg juice of unknown PG ratio at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB 510 atty. 20mg is my favorite ratio btw. I wish more vendors offered it.
After vaping Halo for over a year I have some pretty solid impressions of their juice. There hasn't been one that put me off, and there are several that are crucial vapes for me. Freedom, Smooth 8, Tribeca and Prime 15 are all solid vapes, but not juices that made my regular rotation. Torque 56, Bella Valente and Captain Jack are all pretty much indispensable, and have proven to be the only three juices in all of vaping that I can't live without.
These juices are probably a love it or hate it affair. There is a chemical-ness to them that I can see putting some people off. It doesn't come across as a bad quality to me. No one has perfected killer throat hit like Halo. These juices also burn very clean and are extremely atty and carto friendly. That's a huge plus. Lastly, Halo juice does a better job than any at hitting that mysterious benchmark I call core satisfaction; the sensation you got when you lit up a nail after going a while without one. It's a combination of throat hit and a hard to describe sensation in your upper chest. It's something we never thought about when we smoked, but it was a big part of that feeling of relief that we relished about smoking. It's kind of hard to put into words. All I know is that when I vape this stuff, more than any other juice I get a piece of the satisfaction I am looking for as a former cigarette smoker. This stuff makes me feel like I'm vaping something. I also like it that none of these taste like DK-Tab or make me feel like I am going into diabetic shock. They're sweet, but much less so than the status quo for tobacco vapes.
I had been out of Bella for about a month and I took advantage of the Thanksgiving sale to restock. I didn't realize Halo had added a flavor, Midnight Apple, so I added a 5ml bottle to the cart. They describe it as spiced Granny Smith over their tobacco base. I have to hurry up and review it, because I've been forcing myself to stay away from this small bottle before I emptied it without getting a review out. This is definitely a big bottle juice for me and I'll have to get another order in soon.
I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new Joye 306 1.5 ohm atty. Halo doesn't list their ratios, but they all seem to fall between 73-80% PG.
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