I have a shaky history with E Liquid Shop juice. I've reviewed three of their juices already, and I'm not quite sure anything was different than the labeling as they all had very similar flavor profiles.
They commit what I feel are two cardinal sins. One, they offer about 150 different flavors. I haven't counted how many tobacco vapes they have, but it's way more than any other vendor. Two, they offer like four different lines of juice, some sharing the same flavorings. All this choice makes it confusing for the customer.
I've said this before but it bears repeating. One of the biggest mistakes a vendor can make is to try to make everyone happy. You just can't make everyone happy. It isn't possible. So, instead of focusing on trying to be everything to everyone, vendors should concentrate on making the best product they can. Six really good juices beats 150 mediocre juices every time in my book.
Let's get this 24mg 100% PG juice into The Lab and get to testing. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Joye atty.
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It's true, I got schooled by @Vapor_Mike. For a long time I cast aspersions on fruity menthol vapes, likening them to kid's stuff and not giving them much credit. Then he sent me some of his Cinnamon Strapple, and I saw the light.
Rawr Vapor is a community favorite vendor that specializes in fruit, tea, and specifically, menthol. Mike is pretty much the Grand Wizard of menthol. He'll give you as much as you want, but Rawr offers preset menthol levels that should make anyone happy. My personal favorite, and what today's juice is labeled, is Is There?. A very light hand with the menthol, just enough to send a cool breeze blowing through the vape and not destroy everything else that is going on. It's very good, and even though I'm not a menthol guy, I appreciate how balanced the application is in these.
Today in The Lab I have Pomegranate Tea from Rawr Vapor. Just enough menthol to make this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice interesting. I will be vaping this at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
This is how blind testing works. You get samples labeled with some kind of alpha-numeric identifier. You have no idea what they are. Now give your impressions.
Shouldn't be a problem, right? You trust your palate. Should be a piece of cake.
No. No, it isn't a piece of cake. I frequently blind test extract samples as we try to develop new varieties of Vapenstein Blend. My experience is that 25% of the time you are absolutely sure what you taste and your guesses are accurate. 50% of the time it is very difficult to guess what you're tasting and you are unsure of your response. 25% of the time you give completely wrong guesses, tasting coffee where there should be cranberry, or something to that effect. It is very difficult to do this accurately. Our brains really need a push in the right direction for most of us to have a frame of reference for sensory input.
So today I am kind of blind testing another juice, because Joogler Juice does not tell me what to expect from Blend #8. They provide absolutely no description at all for this juice. Fortunately there is one user review on their site that leads me to suspect it may be s'mores, but maybe that is just the impression of another blind tester gone horribly wrong.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
If you don't listen to VaporCast, you should. Scott, Jack and Adam manage to fill their weekly podcast with enough meat to keep you listening to the end. The production quality is straight off FM. It's like NPR with profanity. They're very nice young men, profanity aside, and they rarely, if ever, talk over each other. Maybe that's editing.
So the show is good, the guys are active in the community, and there is overall a tremendous amount of goodwill toward VaporCast amongst vapers.
The guys started selling juice this last March when they launched the VaporCastStore. I kind of had it in my head that the guys were making juice of the fruity menthol variety and hadn't ordered anything, then I noticed they had added a tobacco vape and ordered a bottle.
Let's get this VaporCastStore Midnight Express into The Lab. I will be vaping this 18mg juice of unknown PG/VG ratio on my Silver Bullet at 3.7v with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Nite Lite Vapor made a huge splash with their Bounty Hunter juice. It's one of those juices that got a lot of lip service on the forums and YouTube, and it's about as good a vanilla infused tobacco vape as I've dripped on an atty.
Nite Lite has incredible pricing, with 10ml bottles fetching a mere $3.50. I also like that we're practically next door neighbors. The Great State of Iowa is very proud of our own Nite Lite Vapor.
Today I have Nite Lite's Goldrush juice in The Lab. Nite Lite bills this as their most popular standard tobacco juice. From the picture I am expecting an analog replacement juice, so we'll see if that means something with analog-like performance, or just another juice with that DK Tab peanut butter flavor.
I will be vaping this golden 65PG/35VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with both a 1.7 ohm SLB atty and a 2.5 ohm ce2-XL Clearomizer. Clearomizers are Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein's new preferred vape. She just loves these. I like them too, I just wish they hit a little harder and wicked faster. They don't wick fast enough for how I vape, but I do have to say that these things actually work if you fill them properly. A big improvement over the ceramic cartos in my opinion, and the 2ml capacity is a nice feature.
Today's juice makes me think of a favorite haunt of mine when I was a little younger. A dark and seedy place called The Mai Tai Lounge, in the basement of a Japanese restaurant, where the lights were low, the paintings on the wall were black velvets of nude polynesians, and the drinks came in fishbowl sized globes. The menu said they had a two drink limit because of the high alcohol content, but I never had them cut me off, and I never, EVER had a good night that started out at the Mai Tai.
Back then the bartenders were grizzled old WW2 vets with flat tops and Hawaiian shirts. My favorite drink was the zombie, and I used to watch them make it so I could duplicate it at home. No luck. Half the ingredients came out of unmarked milk jugs. They guarded their secrets jealously, and while I could guess what most of the ingredients of their zombie were (151, white rum, dark rum, Malibu, pineapple juice, grenadine), I could never replicate the heavenly nectar that they whipped up behind the wall of fake bamboo.
So I did what anyone would do. I kept going back. A lot.
Vape the Rockies makes very clean burning, flavorful juice that I am a big fan of. Today it's their Pacific Punch that we'll be reviewing. I will be vaping this 24mg 30PG/70VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Halo Smooth 8 is a flavor that has been out forever. All the new additions to the Halo catalog reminded me that this is one I needed to get into The Lab.
We don't use much ginger in the West. Ginger ale, ginger snaps, that's about it. Getting into Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine is an education in spice and flavoring that is radically different than the European culinary tradition. Ginger is almost as essential as garlic in these kitchens.
So what does ginger taste like? Well, ginger ale I guess. To us anyway. Previously I've had a couple of ginger vapes, and the last one from Bombay Vaping, Stag Leaf Tobacco, was surprisingly good.
Not much of a setup for this one today, so let's just head to The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty. Halo doesn't reveal the contents of their juice, but I am going with 80PG/20VG for the ratio. Halo juices are thin, burn clean and have way better than average throat hit.
For review today is another juice from Bombay Vaping, Coumarin Pipe Tobacco. I'm a pipe smoker and I have no idea what Coumarin means. Never heard it before, so give me a minute to go Google it.
Ok, coumarin is a chemical compound sourced from botanicals, specifically tonquin bean or Deer Tongue (the herb not the lengua). That I have heard of. Samuel Gawith uses it as a topping on some of their tobaccos, and tonquin approximately tastes like vanilla. So, today I am going to expect a vape version of vanilla pipe tobacco.
One last word on pipe tobacco before we start. For anyone interested, my pipe and pipe tobacco blog is Cake and Dottle, and I'm pretty passionate about the subject. Vaping is about nicotine, but smoking my pipes is about love. For all of you who associate pipe smoking with sweet, musky, wonderful scents that evoke nostalgia, real pipe tobacco is a different animal. If grandpa smoked something in his pipe that made the room smell like vanilla or fruit, then grandpa probably bought his pouches at the gas station and didn't know much about tobacco. Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein constantly tells me I make the Castle smell acrid and smoky. Some of my tobaccos she doesn't mind or even likes, but some of my Latakia blends draw comments like "smells like ass", "are you burning tires in there?", or "why the hell would someone buy a $300 pipe to smoke that nasty sh*t?". The aromatic tobaccos smell good in the room, but that artifical flavoring is usually masking some pretty bad tobacco. I know, I am a tobacco snob. What can I say, I love tobacco. The good stuff has the same kind of complexity that makes people love good cheese, wine and single malt scotch.
With this week's rant aside, let's take this pipe vape into The Lab, where I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Vapor_Mike, a fixture in the vaping Twitter, VapeTV and Tiny Chat communities, started his own juice business a while ago. I had spent plenty of time on Twitter with Mike in the months preceding the launch of his business and my own Vapenstein Blend. Why haven't I reviewed any of his juice yet? Well, we've both been busy, and he probably figured that me being the tobacco guy I am I might not be interested in his juice.
Rawr Vapor specializes in tantalizing non-tobaccos. Mike didn't invent the fruit-menthol vape, but he sure has seemed to take that ball and run with it. I believe Mike offers menthol as an option in all of his juice, with the highest level humorously named LOL WAY TOO MUCH MENTHOL. Rawr Vapor juice is very highly regarded by the vapers that I follow on Twitter, and it is long past due for me to spend some time with one of his juices.
Today I will be evaluating Rawr Vapor Cinnamon Strapple, Mike's strawberry-apple-cinnamon fusion, and yes, there is menthol. I ordered a tobacco vape from Mike (surprise), and I asked that if he had any flavors he was particularly proud of to include a sample or two. This is one he chose for me.
Fire up the tesla coils and Jacob's ladders, it's time to open The Lab for today's session with this 12mg 50PG/50VG juice that is labeled "Menthol: Is there Menthol in This?", which is his lightest application of menthol. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye atty.
I just received a bunch of new flavors from Joogler Juice, which is great because my first batch of Joogler reviews was somewhat lackluster. Some vendors take that personally. I recently had one vendor get quite nasty with me in an email exchange. Here's the deal: yes, I have my own juice. Yes, I profit from my juice, and from Vapenstein for that matter. The important thing here is that Vapenstein is separate from my other commercial vaping endeavors. Web content is a product, like anything else. I want you to come here and consume my product, therefore it's in my best interest to have the best product I can offer.
Therefore, my reviews here have to be 100% impartial and unbiased, or there would be no reason for anyone to come here and consume my product. On top of that, I'm a vaper too, and I have an altruistic streak. I truly want to create the best possible vaping resource I can with Vapenstein. If you can't swallow that, given that I am involved with making juice, don't read Vapenstein. Plain and simple.
So Joogler earned my esteem when they sent me another package this week, given that the first set of reviews weren't so hot. For the most part, we're blessed with some really great people offering product in the vaping community, so props to Joogler for letting me evaluate more of their juice.
Let's get to work. Today I have their Pomegreat!, which just so happens to be their Flavor of the Week and is on sale right now. I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
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