South Carolina based vendor iVape's Sweet Caroline has a very loyal following, so I thought it was time to finally place an order. I ordered Sweet Caroline, which I will review at a later date, and Carolina Cured, the subject of today's review.
iVape doesn't tell us much about this blend, other than it's their "bold tobacco".
This leads me to the subject of my dissatisfaction with most tobacco vapes. I don't want to vape menthol green tea. I want tobacco. There is a real lack of eliquid in our community that gets anywhere near tobacco. I will even take tobacco-like performance in lieu of something more convincing. Halo and Vapor Station do a good job at that. Their vapes don't really taste anything like tobacco, but they have substance and are satisfying.
Obviously there are more vendors who are making juice worth vaping or I wouldn't be writing this 163rd juice review here on Vapenstein, but I get frustrated that so many vendors seem to take the easy way out and slap their name on tobacco juice they made using off the shelf flavorings. It's lazy. The juice is nothing like tobacco. Have the designers of these juices completely forgotten what tobacco is like, or do they just not care? I find it hard to believe that someone who smoked cigarettes would squirt some FlavourArt into some base and think to themselves "man, that tastes just like a cigarette". No, no it doesn't.
Tobacco doesn't taste like smoke. It doesn't taste like ash tray. Smoking tobacco tastes like a combination of smoke and the flavors locked in the moisture contained in whatever tobacco you're smoking. This is why I feel you're better off with a juice maker that smokes on occasion if you love tobacco. How are you going to replicate this target if you are not intimately familiar with it and refresh your memory now and again?
Okay, I'm done with my tobacco vape rant for this week. Let's get this 18mg juice of unknown PG/VG ratio into The Lab for some testing. I will be vaping this at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
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My first foray into TONIC juice from Puresmoker was a shocking letdown. Their Manchester did not deliver on the promise of pipe tobacco, it delivered DK Tab. Thankfully it was only a 6ml bottle.
Today I am hopeful that their newer cigar vape Criollo Blend will do a better job at hitting its target. Puresmoker offers no description for this juice outside of "Fine Cigar blend". Hmmm. I'll be the judge of that.
The cigar vape is a hit or miss affair, generally miss. Donley at want2vape nailed it with his natural tobacco extracts, nailed it to the point that I sought him out for a mutual project that led to our partnership. Halo also did a good job with their Bella Valente. While it isn't a dead ringer for cigar, it is a great juice, and it's one that I vape almost daily. Lately, I've been quite smitten with House of Vapor's HoVana, which has the best throat hit of any juice ever offered commercially. The rest? Mostly duds, some just plain pathetic.
Let's get this 24mg juice into The Lab. Puresmoker states the TONIC line runs anywhere from 60/40 to 90/10, but most are 70/30 to 80/20. I will be vaping this juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I stumbled across Bombay Vaping off a forum link some time ago. I was initially excited, because they offered some tobacco flavors that looked unique and interesting. They were queued for review.
I saw those same flavors which had looked so unique on a couple of other vendors sites, and a little research turned up that Bombay is using Flavor West flavorings. Flavor West is made by Vapor Renu, a company that I feel is responsible for producing what are perhaps the very worst juices in the entire vaping community. Abominable stuff with zero throat hit, runny consistency and suspect flavors. It's cheap though at $7.49/30ml, so Vapor Renu has a fanbase based on that. Personally I feel that life is too short to sacrifice pleasure for a few pennies, but different strokes...
So enthusiasm dampened a little, I decide to order anyway because there are a few flavors that sound intriguing, and perhaps someone other than Vapor Renu making juice out of them can turn something vape-able out of them.
Today's test subject is Bombay Vaping Virginia Fire Cured Tobacco. I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
As a cigarette smoker I would duck into a tobacconist every now and then for a pack of Gauloises, an unfiltered French cigarette made with Syrian and Turkish tobacco. How would I describe them? Hardcore. These babies were like a Camel unfiltered on steroids. I loved them, but you couldn't smoke them all the time. I can't think of any cigarette with a better nicotine punch and more robust flavor than these.
So when I see someone making a juice based on these, it's a must-try for me.
Green Witch E Liquid is from Croatia, something else that made these appealing. They have several lines. Green Witch is either all PG or all VG. Totally Green is a blend. I ordered the all PG Green Witch, because it was cheap and I figured if the shipment didn't make it from Croatia to Castle Vapenstein I wouldn't cry about it too much.
Well I almost didn't get it. I ordered this juice on January 15, and received it the last week of April. They sent it three times. I am guessing it was an issue with the customs form, but it did finally arrive.
I will be vaping this long-delayed 24mg all PG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Mister E Liquid has an interesting approach to tobacco. All of their tobacco vapes have contained a citrus element. Sometimes this has worked out better than at other times. I haven't been nuts about all of them, but I am a big fan of 1963, and I drained that bottle in record time. I need to get around to ordering a big bottle of that one.
Done right, a little citrus aids in a vape providing throat hit and satisfaction. Done wrong, and you're very aware of it in the vape. Mister E generally uses a light hand with the stuff, and the resulting vapes are fresh and interesting. The one I've been saving for last is lemon and menthol, a vape that should be dynamite if balanced properly. However, today we're concerned with English Meadow.
I have no idea what to expect from a juice named English Meadow, other than to think of relaxation, tranquility and refreshment. Let's just jump in and see what this juice is about.
I will be vaping today's 18mg 67PG/33VG test subject at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
I never once took a drag off a cigarette and thought to myself "gee, I wish this tasted like grape menthol green tea". Ever.
Keep that in mind if my view of some non-tobacco vape juice seems a little critical. It is. I can not for the life of me figure out why so many people are vaping this crap. I would be embarassed if someone found out that I, a grown man, was vaping snickerdoodle. That's just me. Maybe it's because of the generation I belong to, or the generation that raised me.
Then again, I don't want to alienate my readership by making fun of your choice in vapes, and frankly, sometimes I'm just in the wrong. Prime Vaping Boston Cream Pie is one of my absolute favorite vapes, manly or not. If my dad is spinning in his grave because I'm vaping such a foo foo juice instead of smoking an unfiltered Camel, well, I'll just have to figure out a way to live with myself.
So, while I learn to reconcile my choice of vapes with my inner guidelines of masculinity and sexuality, I am going to vape another one of LiquidXpress' Indulgence line today. Today it's Chastity, from the virtue branch of the line.
I will be vaping this 18mg 85PG/15VG blend on my Silver Bullet at 3.7v with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
House of Vapor is one of those vendors that seems to have been around since the beginning. I had never really had a reason to keep an eye on them, because it looked like they only offered Chinese and Johnson Creek juice, neither of which interest me much.
So a little while ago they rolled out their Gold Label juice line. I thought this meant they were producing their own USA made juice initially, and they had a cigar flavor, which always interests me.
Well, it turns out that the Gold Label juice is still Chinese, but that didn't affect the very positive impression HoVana made. I put my prejudices aside and have vaped this for a couple of weeks now. In all fairness, some of the Chinese juice is good. TW Red Label, while ridiculously priced at $1/ml still has a couple flavors I am fond of. Most of the Dekang makes me feel ill when I vape it, but there are a couple other Chinese juice makers who make good juice. The interesting thing about the Chinese is that all their flavors are made using the services of a flavoring chemist, so you won't be getting any of the familiar DIY flavors we're all so used to vendors selling us over here in the States. That's a pet peeve of mine. If I wanted DIY I would make my own. I expect more from a vendor. Anyway, sometimes the Chinese stuff tastes odd, but sometimes they really nail a flavor.
Gold label juice comes in a black 10ml bottle, wrapped in gold foil ala a Hershey's kiss. It's a nice touch, and it lets you know that the bottle you're holding is supposed to be premium. It should be at $8.99/10ml, which is still too steep for Chinese juice, no matter how good.
Let's get to it. I will be vaping today's clear 18mg 100% PG specimen at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Prime Vaping has become one of my favorite juice vendors. Their juice has been somewhat of a mixed bag however. I have enjoyed every one of their tobaccos. Their Natural Tobacco didn't wow me at first, but I grew to love its mellow grassy quality. Their Love From Above may just be the best artificially flavored tobacco vape yet made. Their Boston Cream Pie is one of my 6 favorite juices. The other non-tobaccos so far I have found bland and forgettable.
RY4 is a popular tobacco vape. Every vendor has their own version. It's easy to cover up the fact that you have a suspect tobacco base when you're drowning it in caramel. I think it's kind of a gateway vape. I loved it when I first started vaping. Now I don't really have the taste for it anymore, although I still appreciate a good one when one slips into The Lab.
Today's test subject is Prime Vaping PV4, a blend of tobacco, caramel, vanilla and maybe something else. Let's see if this one is as good as the other Prime Vaping tobaccos I've tested.
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. A word on SLB attys: You can find these as low as $6/pop. They are not as good as a Cisco 1.5 ohm, but for $2-3 less they are darn close. They are inconsistent though, and I've had many die after a few vapes, some die suddenly after a week with no warning signs, just perfect vaping then dead, and some just aren't right the moment you first screw them on. The money you save on these may not be worth it if you are only buying a couple attys at a time. That's where I would pony up for the Ciscos, which I have never had a DOA or premature death with. I also tend to get about 2 weeks out of a Cisco, whereas most of my SLBs only last me 7-10 days.
It's been a while since I've paid my friend Fred at Vape the Rockies a visit here on these pages. You guys all know I'm a big fan. All you need to do is look through my reviews and see the praise I've heaped on Fred's juice.
Vape the Rockies juice is organically flavored, thin, and burns better than any juice in the vaping community. Period. This stuff burns so clean that I use Vape the Rockies juice as an atty cleaner when I don't feel like going through the whole routine. Seriously. Atty starting to act up a little, I reach for a bottle of one of Fred's juices, and 9 times out of 10 my atty is vaping like a champ again in five minutes. I don't know what accounts for this, but it's awesome.
On top of that, Fred's flavors are good. Real good. Maybe not quite in Nature's Flavors (a flavoring company that one of your favorite vendors uses) territory, but they are crisp and true, and you have to appreciate a juice maker who is going the extra mile by not using off the shelf flavorings. Almost every vendor is commercial DIY. Nothing wrong with that, it's just that you could make that juice at home if you wanted to. In my opinion the vendors who create proprietary flavorings deserve some recogntion for not taking the easy way out.
Let's get to it. I will be vaping today's amber glass colored 24mg 70PG/30VG juice, which by the way is Vape the Rockies Voluptuous Vanilla, at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Just as I was on the verge of running out of review juice, the floodgates opened and I have a lot of juice in the queue.
One juice I had been eyeing for a long time is the subject of today's Lab study. Coffin Nail from DFWvapor. I ordered attys from them last fall, and saw that they had a small line of US made juice, and now I'm finally getting around to it.
Coffin Nail is described: All the great taste of burning leaf tobacco minus the cancer. This liquid tastes like burning tobacco. Not the best taste in my opinion but still it mimics the taste smokers are use to.
Yes, thank you, I love the taste of cancer. Is this where the line forms? Most tobacco vapes capture more of the grassy, unburned essence of the leaf, and the opportunity to vape a juice that attempts to recreate the smoky body of burning tobacco is appealing. So far Vermont Vapor's Smoke is the only one I've vaped outside my own creations, and it was a rather successful attempt at that, winning a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award.
So let's get to The Lab for some guilt-free hot boxing. I will be vaping this 24mg 70PG/30VG juice at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
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