- Created: 15 March 2011
Today I have the last of the Puff Cigarette Next tobaccos, Next #165. Described by Puff as "smooth tobacco", I am expecting a lighter rendition of their tobacco profile.
If you haven't read the previous Next reviews I've done, these juices are more about burnt caramel than they are tobacco, but they're one of those formulas that capture the analog feel through performance and smoke and mirrors trickery that leads your brain into thinking tobacco when you vape them. I like these, very much, however they are not going to be for everyone.
These are zero nic flavorings in a 50/50 base suspension, but like most flavorings, they aren't meant to be mixed at a 10-20% ratio. I mix these 50/50 with my 50mg/ml PG nic to get a resulting 25mg 75PG/25VG blend. The resulting juice is dark. Really dark. I can't unequivocally state that these Next liquids are atty killers, but I suspect them to be. Again, I don't want to condemn these liquids by stating that they'll fry your attys, but I've been really hard on attys lately, and I've been vaping a lot of these super dark juices.
So without further adieu, let's take this 25mg 75/25 blend into The Lab, where I will vape it at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
The nose of this juice is the softest, most inviting, almost masculine juice aroma I've smelled coming off my atty. The fragrance doesn't even make me think caramel like the other two. My brain goes straight to shades of dark chocolate and autumn nights. This is one of the reasons I like these juices. They provide sensory input in a way that precious few e liquids do. They give sensual cues that take your brain to established territory, and your memory fills in the blanks. Much like good tobacco does. I don't think food/vape flavoring when I smell this, and that alone is a success for Puff.
The flavor on inhale is decidedly more subdued than #117 and #169. It's still like sucking on a Ricola, but much more mellow in presentation. Deep and dark, with a spicy depth that defies the knowledge that this juice has only five ingredients in it. Throat hit is very good, like its brothers #117 and #169. Maybe not quite as robust as those two, but satisfying.
The flavor on exhale is similar to, but different than its brothers. There is a light, almost citrus-y element, along with the familiar Ricola-like essence. The burnt caramel that is so prevalent in its stable mates is not evident here. It's amazing how a simple change in balance can turn what I am assuming is the same base into three distinctly different vapes. Vapor production is average for a PG blend, which is merely a function of how I mixed this juice.
The vaping world needs more juice of this caliber. I honored #117 with a Vapenstein It's Alive! Award, and I hold #169 and #165 in similarly high esteem. I'll let the one award ride since they're similar in profile, but I like all three very much. Heartily recommended with the caveat that some of you aren't going to see what the fuss is about. For those that will, these are exemplary vapes.