I can't think of any juice that is currently getting as much lip service on the forums as Nite Lite Vapor's Bounty Hunter. Nite Lite Vapor is practically a neighbor of Castle Vapenstein, located in the marshy fens on the eastern frontier of the Vapenstein hereditary lands.
The comparison to a certain It's Alive! Award winning juice is inevitable, but Bounty Hunter is an entirely different creature. I placed an order last week and received a nice care package from Nite Lite on Friday, and I've vaped Bounty Hunter exclusively through the weekend. Normally I would leave this juice in repose down in The Juice Cellar for a couple more weeks, but I have become quite familiar with it and I don't believe it needs any time to mature.
It's rare that I like a juice so much I vape 10mls of it the first few days out of the mail. I was itching to try this juice after all the hoopla, and once in my hands I found it to have good qualities that kept me vaping it all weekend long.
So put on your smock and safety goggles and grab a pair of tongs, I'm inviting you to join me in The Lab today, where we will put this phenom juice to test. I will be vaping this 24mg 65PG/35VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet and on Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein's silver vein BB, with an SLB 510 1.7 ohm and a 1.5 ohm 306 from Hot Vapes respectively.
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The cleanest burning juice in all of vaping comes from Colorado. It's an overlooked performance attribute. I really can't compare how clean burning Vape the Rockies juice is to other juices. It's almost miraculous.
My own Vapenstein Blend is tough on attys. We've talked about this before, but if you're just joining us, natural tobacco extracts that have any backbone contain a lot of solids. No way around it. Even with aggressive filtration, and I mean as good as present technology allows, you end up with juice that has more solids in it than most. What does this mean for the user? Nothing from a health perspective, but those solids will cause your atty coil to carbonize, decreasing their life span. There are ways you can minimize this effect. Regular use of atty cleanser or soaking attys overnight in PGA when vaping solid-heavy juices, or just alternating with particularly clean burning juices, like the juice from Vape the Rockies. It's the price that currently must be paid for authentic tobacco e liquid. Believe me, we are constantly bending our minds toward this issue, and eventually we will figure out a way to make substantial tobacco vapes that are much clearer without losing their essence, which will therefore be more atty friendly. In the meantime, exercise good atty maintenance practices and solid-heavy juices don't pose much of a problem.
Alright I've done enough hijacking of Fred's review. Today I am testing Vape the Rockies Mint Patty. I have high hopes for this one, as I've found the quality of flavors in all of Fred's juice to be excellent. There is already one mint chocolate vape in the It's Alive! pantheon, let's see how this one compares. I will be vaping this 24mg 30PG/70VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I've previously documented the months-long sojourn of acquiring mysterious Croatian E Liquid from Eliquid Shop. Anticipation turned to disappointment and eventually apathy. Then the juice finally came.
I get excited when I find a vendor with a big library of exotic tobacco vapes. It doesn't happen anymore. A tobacco vape from a newer, highly regarded vendor will pop up now and again, but there are no mysteries left in the world of vaping for me.
The reason Green Witch and Totally Green E Liquids got my hopes up is because they are from half way across the world. I hoped at the very least that they wouldn't taste anything like what we're vaping over here, and I held a secret hope that some of their many tobacco vapes would at least be good. European cigarette brands, cigars, pipe blends, they offer a veritable tobacconist selection of juice. It's like they knew I'd be coming. Unfortunately the first two I reviewed were a bit on the odd side and predictably left me feeling like I should have known better.
Let's get right to brass tacks and sample this 18mg 100% PG juice. I will be vaping this ecofriendly anti-freeze at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm atty.
It's no secret that I like Halo's approach. Instead of using off the shelf flavorings like most vendors, they appear to take the Chinese path and employ a flavoring chemist. Unlike the Chinese juices which more often than not produce flavors that make you scratch your head and wonder just what the hell you're vaping, Halo juices are almost always great.
They're not for everyone. There is a certain chemical quality to some of their juice. I've said over and over that Torque 56 and some of their other juice has a solvent-like taste to it. Believe me, I mean that in a good way though. I am not interested in vaping nail polish remover.
What Halo does and does better than anyone else is make juice that satisfies and performs. I have my own juice. Some would think that I would extoll my juice's virtues and demean all others, right? No. Vapenstein is separate from Vapenstein Blend. My job here is to provide neutral, thoughtful reviews on all juice, which is what I do every week. Halo gets vaped more at Castle Vapenstein than Vapenstein Blend does, but don't tell anyone that. Kind of like preferring restaurants to your own cooking I guess. The fact of the matter is that Halo is very good at making juice with world class throat hit, nicotine satisfaction and clean burning performance. That clean burning performance is a big deal for me. I burn through an atty a week anyway, so I really appreciate juice that doesn't speed that up.
Today I am reviewing a juice I got really excited about when they announced it, Halo Captain Jack. Initially this was marketed as their take on pipe tobacco. You guys know I'm a pipe smoker, so how could I resist that? They kind of backed off on the pipe tobacco comparison, but this is a Halo take on a robust tobacco vape. #win.
Off to The Lab where I will vape this 18mg 80PG/20VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a brand new 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Sweet Caroline from iVape has been around for at least a year, which is pretty much forever in vaping. Mention Rath juice in a forum and you'll draw blank stares.
This is one of the classics of tobacco vapes, and I've been remiss in letting it go til now. There's a lot of juice out there, and in my mission to vape all of it this one just kind of got lost in the shuffle.
Sweet Caroline is described as honey cured tobacco. I've seen reviews where people compared it to a hybrid of tobacco and sweet tea, and this is a vape that has a large fan base.
What do I hope for when going into The Lab with Sweet Caroline? The flue cured category is full of vapes that are sadly off target. So far the only juice that replicates any element of a real flue cured Virginia tobacco is the base that Don at Backwoods uses for his Virginia and Honey Flue vapes, but it's very light in body. His Adirondack also hits that note. A true flue cured Virginia is very sweet. Virginia has the highest amount of natural sugars of any leaf. It ages fantastically because of those sugars, and a large amount of fermentation occurs in a sealed tin of tobacco or mason jar. Virginias continue to improve in an oxygen free environment for up to four decades or so, and aged tins of pipe tobacco bring astronomical sums. To date, no vendor has really caught that magic in a vape.
So let's see if iVape was successful with Sweet Caroline. Fire up the tesla coils and Jacob's Ladders, it's time to open The Lab for an evaluation of this juice. I will be vaping this 18mg juice of unknown PG/VG ratio (spider sense tells me it's in the 70PG/30VG neighborhood, maybe a little more VG because it absorbed into the carto pretty slowly) at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a fresh Bloog cartomizer and 510 adapter. Bloog cartos perform very similarly to LR 510 attys, so the vape is about the same as a Cisco or SLB. There's a reason for this unusual setup today which I will detail in the wrap-up.
Experience has taught me to be skeptical of cigar juice, even though I love a good cigar vape. Too many vendors with absolutely no understanding of tobacco whatsoever are making tobacco vapes that make me die a little inside every time I write one of these reviews.
Smoking a pipe is my daily evening ritual. Outside of my family there is nothing in this world that gives me more pleasure than my pipe rack and my tobacco hoard down in the cellars of Castle Vapenstein. A bowl of pipe tobacco pushes buttons in my brain on the level of fireflies dancing in the air in July, cicadas buzzing in the trees in August, the crisp edge on the breeze in October when the moisture leaves the air and the world is dry and cool. It's a sky full of snow. A very old bottle of scotch. A bloody, marbled ribeye on my plate. Cigar doesn't sing to me in quite the same way, but it's in the neighborhood.
I know that I'm not alone in these feelings regarding pipe and cigar, and because of that you better be serious when you come to the table at Castle Vapenstein with a pipe or cigar vape. I also know the limitations of E Liquid, so I am okay with a juice that succeeds as a good cigar vape without necessarily being a good cigar. Look at Halo, their Bella is nothing like a cigar, yet I vape it every single day. It reminds me of licking the wrapper on a double claro if not smoking one. House of Vapor HoVana is similar. Not a cigar, but a great cigar vape plus the best throat hit in all of vaping. So, either capture some of the real magic, or give me something that suggests cigar and provides a good vape. I'm okay either way. The rest I don't have much patience for.
Today's test subject is Havana Tobacco from Bombay Vaping. I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I am a huge fan of lemon or citrus being used in a vape. When done correctly it increases throat hit and adds fullness and tang to the body of the vape. I am surprised more vendors aren't playing around with lemon in their vapes, as to my palate it's as interesting an addition to other flavors as menthol.
Mister E Liquid understands the appeal of lemon. It's used to varying degrees in many of their tobacco vapes, including the excellent 1963, which I am quite fond of.
Up for evaluation today is their Lemon Ice. I have only sampled this previously, and my initial impression was that it was great. I think it may have made me cough, which only one other juice has ever done. Let's see if that impression holds up as we head into The Lab to put this juice through its paces.
I will be vaping this 18mg 67PG/33VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a fresh 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I have been sitting on this review for a long time. So long in fact that I have vaped more than 30ml of today's test subject, which is Love From Above by Prime Vaping.
Prime Vaping describes this one as "mild tobacco flavor with nuances of cocoa and a little something special". I started with a 5ml sample, and it was gone in two days, again, something that normally doesn't happen. Based on how fast I killed the sample, I ordered a 60ml bottle. Surprising, because this is an artificially flavored tobacco vape, and I normally am not compelled to vape juices made with artificial tobacco.
I have had conflicting feelings about this juice since then. Suffice it to say I have waited to do a review until I felt good about my official stance on this intimately familiar juice.
Let's head into The Lab where I will vape this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet using a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Today's review is long overdue. Tasty Vapor's Natural Tobacco may be the oldest natural tobacco juice in all of vaping. It's one of them anyway. It was around when I started vaping, and I have overlooked their juice until now.
I'll admit that I wasn't in a bug rush to order any Tasty Vapor juice. For one, I pretty much only vape tobacco, and they just have the one. Also, they don't get as much buzz as the A list vendors, even though they're one of the founding fathers of vaping. It seemed to me like a lot of people started on Tasty Vapor and then moved on, kind of like Freedom Smoke USA.
The ounce bottles probably put me off too. Most juice I can't stomach past a review session, so big bottles are wasteful and expensive. They started offering 10ml samples, and that was my invitation to finally order some of this juice.
So without further adieu let's dive into this cornerstone of vaping. I will be vaping this 24mg 80PG/20VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Temperance. Moderation in action, thought or feeling; restraint. Admirable qualities in practice, but perhaps not the best selling points for a vape as it implies something very polite and restrained. In other words, boring.
I smoke a lot of Latakia blends. Whether you call one an English blend, a Balkan blend or an American crossover, they all include smoky Latakia from the Syria or Cyprus. Latakia is an Oriental tobacco that has been fire cured, but unlike flue curing or stoving where only the heat is a factor in the curing, smoke is a big part of the equation with Latakia. Hence the smoky campfire smell of these tobaccos. It's delightful and it imparts smoke, sourness and dry leather in varying degrees depending on which Latakia is used in which proportion.
I'm not really a big fan of the more civil examples of this genre. I like the rough edges. I want big flavors, and I hate feeling like I want more. Maybe I don't admire temperance as much as some.
Of course, more isn't always better. The right balance of flavor is what tips the balance between It's Alive! juice and "meh". Too much flavoring is as destructive as not enough. I mix my own DIY version of a popular commercial juice, and there is a reason why that commercial juice deserves its popularity. Consistency and balance require some skill to achieve. As much as I complain about all the commercial DIY out there, when done properly it's sometimes still good juice, and probably better than you or I would make using the same ingredients if the blender is good. Ultimately the most important aspect of vaping is finding that substitute for smoking that keeps you off the nails.
Today I have another LiquidXpress Indulgence juice here in The Lab, Temperance. Let's get to work and put this 18mg 85PG/15VG juice through its paces. I will be vaping Temperance at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
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